Why Consumers Should be Thankful for Activists with Big Hearts

I have done my fair share of meeting attendances, government lobbying, speaking and writing about genetically modified food concerns in South Africa but this doesn’t compare at all to the courage and resolution of one woman with a big voice and an even bigger heart.

RushkaRushka Johnson is an environmental activist and is on a mission in South Africa. This slender woman transforms into a warrior to bring about awareness of toxic substances such as glyphosate in our stores. Not content to use her knowledge for the safety of only her own family, she wants to help make South Africa a less toxic place for all families and is determined to fight for national attention about the associated health concerns.

As Rushka herself explains: “Any decent human wouldn’t keep quiet.”

In an ever increasing space of greenwashing and slack-tivism, Rushka speaks from the heart with integrity about the concerns of the herbicide, glyphosate, used in growing genetically modified foods and as a weed killer in our communities.

Listen here to my talk with Rushka about her activism and the two campaigns she has organised #RoundupOut and #MarchAgainstMonsanto, which incidentally is part of a global march.

Every year, millions of people march against Monsanto.Every year, millions of people march against Monsanto.Join Rushka and the March Against Monsanto on 21 May to become part of the solution in South Africa.

 

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The history of #RoundupOut Campaign- 

http://www.acbio.org.za/activist/petition/GlyphosateMustFall

Want to know more about what GMO activists are on about – read here and here

Find a ‪#‎marchagainstmonsanto‬ in your country and city here – http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/may21/

Follow on twitter @rushkajohnson @noMonsantoSA

Sonia Mountford

Sonia Mountford lived as an expat in the Middle East for a number of years and enjoyed travelling and exposure to third and first world cultures. Her interest in food security began while visiting in Sri Lanka after floods and discovering the politics around Food Aid. As a co-founder of Grass Consumer Action and the only full time member, she spent four years researching the dysfunctional food system in South Africa, investigating, questioning and exposing misleading claims. Although her interests range from food politics to toxins in our food, including harmful ingredients in processed foods and Big Food influence; she soon came to realize that the most important part of the food journey begins on farms. For that reason she spends much of her time visiting farms, learning and talking about constraints and concerns in production methods with farmers. Passionate about nutritional food security she believes higher animal welfare farming practices are not only necessary for ethical reasons but also for human health. She is an ambassador for SOIL, BEES and healthy WATER. Mountford started EATegrity (eategrity.co.za) “Helping You Find Integrity in the Food Chain” in 2015. Her aim is create greater consumer awareness about the food chain and to encourage transparency in the South African food industry.

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