A Call to Action for January for
Pima County/AZ Citizens & Visitors!

Don’t Want Monsanto in Pima County? Use This Schedule to Attend All Important Educational Events, Board of Supervisors Meetings, and Open Public Meetings This Month

by Melissa Diane Smith













It’s the new year, and it’s time to hit the ground running in a full-court press against Monsanto establishing a facility in Pima County.

If you don’t like the idea of Pima County rolling out the red carpet for a chemical corporation that has a notoriously bad record in the communities it takes hold in, be sure to attend as many events and meetings as you possibly can this month and make your voice heard against the outrageous idea of Pima County giving a tax incentive to the corporation.


Last Educational Event Before Open Public Meetings about Monsanto Will Be Saturday, January 7

The first of five open public meetings for the Pima County supervisors to receive more public input about chemical corporation Monsanto’s proposed plans in Pima County begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, at the Oro Valley Public Library. Other than a mention on Supervisor Ally Miller’s Facebook page, information unfortunately has not been advertised to the public, so most people know nothing about the open public meetings.

If you don’t know about the meetings, what Monsanto is, and what it wants to do in Pima County, or if you simply need more information, be sure to attend “GMOs & The Future of Tucson’s Food and Environment” on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Tucson Waldorf School, 3605 E. River Road. This free and open-to-the-public community meeting will be the last educational event to take place before the open public meetings begin. Come to the event and get all your questions answered so you can be up to speed on the information and prepared for the open public meetings.


FREE ‘World According to Monsanto’ Screening in Tucson on Friday, Jan. 6

Monsanto, a large global corporation that produces or has produced various agricultural products (pesticides, hormones in raising animals, and genetically modified soybeans, corn and other crops), and chemicals such as Agent Orange, Roundup, and PCBs, has plans to move into the Tucson area (1.5 miles away from Marana High School) and is seeking a 66% tax break (also known as “Project Corn”) from the Pima County Board of Supervisors.

On Friday, January 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., concerned citizens of Pima County present a free screening of The World According to Monsanto at Green Fields School Auditorium, 6000 North Camino de la Tierra (just south of Orange Grove Road in northwest Tucson).


Non-GMO Foods for Baking

Gluten- and GMO-free food guide for baking

Ask the Nutritionist

by Melissa Diane Smith

Q: I avoid sweets most of the year, but like to bake occasional treats for my family during the holidays. I eat gluten-free but I also want to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to protect both my health and the environment. I recently noticed that some gluten-free flours contain common sources of GMOs. Can you provide a rundown on ingredients that are both gluten-free and non GMO foods that I can use in baking? —Beth W., Kansas City, Kan.

A: As you mentioned, many gluten-free baking mixes contain ingredients that are derived from common genetically modified foods such as corn, soy, and sugar beets—cornstarch, cornmeal, soy flour, sugar, fructose, xanthan gum, and others.

While you can find Non-GMO Project Verified versions of gluten-free flour blends, I recommend avoiding them altogether—even if they’re non-GMO—because gluten-free flours such as cornstarch, rice flour, tapioca starch, and potato flour raise blood sugar levels very high, which sets people up for blood sugar- and insulin-related health conditions including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more.


‘Stand Up Against GMOs & Pesticides’ Presentation in Tucson on Dec. 29

Five open public meetings about chemical giant Monsanto’s plans to develop property in Pima County for the purpose of developing experimental corn and experimental soybean with experimental chemicals will take place in a two-week period in January, yet many people who live in Pima County know nothing about them. Learn what you need to know in preparation for the meetings at a “Stand Up Against GMOs and Pesticides” presentation at Natural Grocers on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at 6 p.m.


Read This If You’re Going to the Pima County Board of Supervisors Meeting, Tuesday Morning, Dec. 13

Planning on going to the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting at 130 W. Congress Avenue at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13th, to keep the pressure on the supervisors and tell them to vote NO on the outrageous proposal to give Monsanto a tax break? Although the tax break for Monsanto is not on the meeting agenda, the public can still speak about it, and we want the board see that the public is not going to leave this issue alone!

If you plan to go, here are some things you should know:


‘Say No to Monsanto’ Meal/Mixer at The Tasteful Kitchen on Dec. 14

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs

meal-mixer-against-monsantoIt’s the festive holiday season—no better time to recreate non-GMO Pure Food Dinners in Tucson!

I am pleased to say that I planned the first non-GMO Pure Food Dinner in the summer of 2012, and every single one of the dinners that I helped organize and that our group offered was extremely popular.

Fast forward to today: In less than two months, the Tucson community has done an amazing job of standing up against Monsanto in Pima County, and new people are joining the movement every day! So, I thought teaming up with GMO Free Arizona and offering a few non-GMO dinners during the holidays was a perfect way to thank the people of Pima County for all their efforts so far and to keep the movement going strong.



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