I’m writing to you to talk about the state of human and planetary health, but more importantly to activate every bit of cellular energy within you that yearns for a better reality for your family, friends, community and the next generation toddling barefoot and bright-eyed around playgrounds as we speak.
We are at a critical time in our nation and our species’ history. What we do today will make all the difference for future generations.The future is calling you to envision a different level of agency that has ever been activated before.
Every year the stakes get higher and we are broached with the challenge to expand our capacity ourselves further than we thought we could.For more than a decade, I’ve followed the science on human health and soil health and what I learned was initially devastating, but it was purposeful, because it allowed for an awakening. Frankly, as a citizen, as a doctor, and as a parent, I’m concerned about our future, unless we realize the potency of this moment to create change together.
When I became a doctor, my main goal was to help my patients heal from illness and manage any long-term conditions. But today we have a chronic disease epidemic unlike anything we’ve faced before. At the same time, farmers are seeing their soil health crumble in the face of the overuse of synthetic pesticide and chemical use and experiencing the highest suicide rates of any occupation.
Over the years, I discovered what many before me have already learned, you can’t outrun poor nutrition. This is especially true if your food contains an ingredient that’s not listed anywhere on the label.Today, many foods containing wheat, oats, barley, lentils, chickpeas, peas and other ingredients found in grocery stores contain an alarming level of the weedkiller glyphosate.
These foods contain such high levels of glyphosate not because they are genetically engineered, but because they are sprayed before harvest in a process known as desiccation to dry the crops out and get them to market faster.In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared that glyphosate, the main active chemical ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, was likely to cause cancer in humans and confirmed to cause cancer in lab animals.For the past 5 decades, its use has slowly risen from when it was first approved in 1974 until 1996 when the first GMO crop genetically engineered to resist being sprayed with Roundup, soybeans, to today where it’s become the center of a scientific, legal, environmental, and human health controversy.
Why are we concerned about glyphosate?
Today, we are in the middle of an unprecedented chronic health crisis. According to the CDC, currently 60% of Americans have at least one chronic illness such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, are overweight or have an auto-immune disease.1 in 4 suffer from allergies1 in 3 adults are obese1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer These rates of disease are alarming and as a society we have the opportunity to come together to do something about it. Most likely you know someone suffering from one of these conditions, or maybe you are personally on a difficult health journey. The good news is that you’re not alone.
Earlier this year, more than 140,000 people joined Farmer’s Footprint in signing a petition that calls for the banning of Monsanto’s glyphosate use as a desiccant.
One of our major goals next year is to launch a groundbreaking public awareness campaign to ban glyphosate from being sprayed on our food.
Incredibly, a small group of generous donors has stepped up and promised to triple all donations up to $45,000 to help make this possible.
You have the capacity to help us build a regenerative future and have your gift doubled when you donate today.michael, we’re really going to need your support and welcome your partnership in 2023 — it’s our chance to keep supporting regenerative farmers, healthy food and the growing regenerative food and agricultural movement. Remember, our movement to regenerate our nation’s soil is about building a supportive community that serves farmers, ranchers and landowners in their transition to better soil health and climate-friendly practices and helps educate consumers, policy makers and public health officials.
And I’ll leave you with this – I hope you feel activated and called into the present moment – because when humans are present, I believe we can find a solution for everything we face. Nowhere have I met a more resilient and creative group than the faces and hearts of this community.
Thank you for your support and helping grow Farmer’s Footprint at this critical moment. Triple your impact and make your tax-deductible donation to Farmer’s Footprint before end of year.
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