Son of a Farmer

“Everything is connected. That bond is what keeps this Planet dancing round in poetic choreography. That connection is what keeps us all alive. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. If we are capable of destruction, we are most certainly capable of healing. ” – Eric Herm

Eric Herm, (organic farmer, author, activist and musician) translates modern day agriculture and life through various mediums and venues in his own unique West Texas manner. With plow, pen, guitar and sarcastic wit, Herm plunges forward into a world of tumbleweeds, sandstorms, droughts, GMOs, and rural existence.

Thoughts from Expo West

Spending a couple more days back in California, my first taste of the Natural Products Expo West show earlier this month was quite a memorable bite. Some 30,000+ plus people attended the shin-dig over that weekend.

Hanging out with Mike Larocca, head of marketing for Beanitos.

Hanging out with Mike Larocca, head of marketing for Beanitos.

A big thank you to all the wonderful people at Beanitos. They are a wonderful food company based in Austin, Texas, producing non-GMO chips. Great people…and chips.

Met so many cool people and saw some familiar faces from the Right 2 Know March to Washington D.C. People like David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Soap, Ariel, Adam Eidenger, Chris O’Keefe (Right 2 Know) and several others.

Got to spend some quality time with Pamm Larry, who started the Label GMOs campaign in California and is spear-heading the petition for signatures right now in the Golden State. In their pursuit of 800,000 signatures, we’ll find out if Cali will have the right to vote for GMO labeling in just a few weeks. Pamm and I drove to San Diego for a television interview on the local Fox affiliate.

which is a great publication. Not to mention Jeffrey Smith, author and grand-daddy of the non-GMO movement in this country. It was a real treat spending time and getting to know these people face-to-face.

Pamm Larry, of Label GMOs, is the fiery leader in California.

Pamm Larry, of Label GMOs, is the fiery leader in California.

While spending time indoors in the Anaheim Convention Center, which is much larger than my hometown, I was a little overwhelmed. Sitting at the Beanitos booth and not seeing the sun, sky or outdoors threw my mind and body out of sync. But I recovered. The quick dash across the country was well worth the time and energy to meet some of the real courageous leaders in this movement against GMOs.

There is a real genuine concern now with not only consumers but food companies regarding GM foods’ harmful side effects on human health, as well as the environment. More people are starting to realize that companies like Monsanto are washing their hands of any liability so all the blame falls to the farmer and food company. It’s going to take all of us in this fight to not only get labeling but spread more awareness about the dangers of GM foods and their negative impact on life in general. After meeting more of the warriors in this fight, I am hopeful we are gaining ground.