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Elizabeth Kucinich
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Elizabeth Kucinich is a champion for health, human rights, animals and the environment, and the Director of Policy at the Center for Food Safety (CFS).



Through legal challenges, CFS has successfully prevented at least 7 potentially hazardous GMO crops, including biopharmaceutical crops, from being commercialized and has filed numerous groundbreaking legal petitions to halt the use of dangerous feed additives in industrial livestock operations.



Elizabeth serves as a board director of several notable organizations including, Sean Penn’s Haitian relief organization, J/P HRO, and the Rodale Institute, America's oldest organic research institute.



Prior to her present role, Elizabeth organized the American Monetary Institute's first international conference on monetary reform and was instrumental in bringing about the introduction of landmark monetary reform legislation.



For three years she was the government affairs director at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, working on preventative healthcare, child nutrition, medical research and training policy, and helped to found the Congressional Staff Vegetarian Association, dubbed 'The Veggie Caucus.'



Elizabeth has produced two award-winning documentaries, GMO OMO, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013 and Hot Water exposing radioactive contamination of US water sources. Both docs are scheduled for release in 2014.



Elizabeth is married to former eight-term US Congressman and two-time US presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich.

Entries by Elizabeth Kucinich

American Journey From Terror to Peace, 9/11 to 11/11

(28) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 12:57 PM

This day commemorates both Veterans Day in the US and Armistice Day abroad, marking the end of the First World War, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 1918. This year of 2014 is particularly poignant as it also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of...

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We Can Reverse Climate Change by the Way We Grow Food

(29) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Yesterday the White House and USDA hosted a meeting with food, agriculture and data industry officials in an attempt to encourage innovation to stem the effects of climate change on agriculture and food production

Beyond "stemming" the effects of climate change on agriculture however, the way we produce food has...

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Congress Hosts GMO Psychodrama

(5) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 2:02 PM

OK, quick, grab your gene gun and shoot tiny DNA-coated metal pellets of "Scandal" into the pitch-dark cell walls of the "House of Cards" and you have the genetically-engineered psychodrama which reverberated in the marble halls of Congress in recent industry-led hearings and briefings, under the...

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The Vietnam War Toxin Now Lurking in US Food

(16) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Lingering long after the bombs stopped falling in Vietnam, the effects of Agent Orange continue to haunt Vietnamese people and American veterans of the war. Generations later, cancers, birth defects, deformities, and organ failure have all been attributed to exposure to the chemicals produced by Monsanto and Dow...

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The Link Between Parkinson's And Your Produce

(41) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 1:05 AM

April is Parkinson's Awareness month. While we have come a long way since James Parkinson first published An Essay on the Shaking Palsy in 1817, we need to be doing more.

According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, "Parkinson's is a chronic, progressive, neurological disease and is the...

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GMO Pushers and The Art of War

(65) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 8:00 AM

In The Art of War the famous strategist Sun Tzu writes, "The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent."

Sun Tzu could write a whole new chapter about Monsanto and the other pushers of genetically modified foods, or GMO.

On Wednesday,...

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Monsanto: The Enemy Of Family Farmers

(126) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:00 AM

After years of work by scientific public interest organizations such as Center for Food Safety and governmental bodies such as the United Nations, consumers around the world are becoming aware of the dangers of industrial, chemical-based agriculture. The most legitimate science and research bodies recommend turning...

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My Mother. My Inspiration.

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

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One of the most common questions I am asked when campaigning across America is, who provided the inspiration for me to get out into the world and dedicate my life making a difference? So today let me share the wonderful story of my mother,...

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Warning: Industry Spin May Be Hazardous to Your Health; Learn the Truth About GE Foods

(21) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 6:27 PM

It seems like every day the food movement is gaining more power in the fight for the consumers' right to know what is in our food. Two weeks ago 200 businesses and organizations sent a letter to President Obama asking him to fulfill his 2007 campaign promise to...

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What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

(9) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 12:13 PM

The purpose of the Farm Bill is to balance the immediate needs of feeding the country with the long term goal of ensuring a sustained food supply.

In order to unite the interests of both urban and rural communities, the Farm Bill combines food assistance for our fellow country...

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If a Chicken Exists Only to Become Chicken Nuggets, Does It Really Matter How She Lived? The Connection Between the Humane Treatment of Animals, Health and Food Safety

(18) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 1:37 PM

It's a subject that comedians have latched on to. If you are going to kill, slaughter, and eat an animal why should you be concerned about the quality of her life? This week as thousands gather in Atlanta for the International Poultry Expo, I thought it timely to write about...

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Members of Congress, Farmers and Businesses Call on Obama to Fulfill Campaign Promise on GMO Labeling

(10) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 5:09 PM

A morning press conference offered a beacon of hope for farmers and activists on Capitol Hill today as members of Congress and 200 organizations demanded Obama fulfill his 2007 campaign promises to label GMOs.

The appeal had added urgency after the USDA recently published its initial recommendation to

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The First Controversy of Chris Christie's 2016 Presidential Campaign: Tortured Food

(11) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 4:54 PM

Governor Chris Christie has a problem. The vast majority of Americans don't want to eat tortured animals. No, the governor of the eleventh most populous state in America likely does not want to torture animals... but he has a problem, a political problem. The politics of his presidential ambitions conflict...

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The Monsanto Protection Act Is Back!

(122) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 11:38 AM

The agrichemical companies may have the best lobbyists in town. Last May, the agrichemical giants -- Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont, BASF -- pulled off a stunning maneuver to protect their massive profits. They secured a new type of corporate earmark, getting legislation signed into law that requires the continued...

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The Killing Fields: Industrial Agriculture, Dead Zones and Genetically Engineered Corn

(19) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Scientists are predicting one of the largest dead zones ever in the Gulf of Mexico this year, with estimates ranging from 7,286 to 8,561 square miles, or as large as the state of New Jersey. Dead zones are the oxygen-deprived bottom waters of bays and oceans. The lack of oxygen...

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TAFTA (Part 2): Citizens of the Food Movement, Be Prepared!

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 5:55 PM

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): A race to the top, or the bottom?

In the U.S., some agencies may adopt a foreign country's regulatory standards and systems as being "equivalent" to those of the United States. Similarly, the U.S. can enter into "mutual recognition agreements" that allow nations...

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TAFTA: Code Word 'Harmonization,' a Race to the Bottom or the Top?

(18) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 8:33 PM

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) -- Part 1:
Preventing health and food safety standards from slipping

While everyone should celebrate the idea of economic and cultural cooperation between the European Union and the United States, some are voicing legitimate concerns that free trade negotiations for a Transatlantic...

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So What's With Libertarian and Republican Senators Voting Against States' Rights?

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:53 PM

On the Sanders GMO Labeling Amendment Failing in Senate

Last week, as it did last year, the U.S. Senate voted on an amendment supporting the rights of states to enact their own laws requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. The amendment was offered to the Senate Farm Bill...

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God Did Not Write the Farm Bill

(76) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 9:17 PM

One of the most memorable ads from the last Super Bowl featured the poem by radio broadcaster Paul Harvey called "So God Made a Farmer." It was a fitting tribute heard during the pinnacle of a uniquely American sport, as farming is such a central part of...

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Mothers of Pure Food, Rebirthing a Movement

(27) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 2:51 PM

My paternal grandmother, Edith Harper, died a year ago today: Mother's Day, 2012. She worked full time to raise seven children. Her greatest pride was putting good, wholesome food on the table for her family. My maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Cosser, lived close to the land, the daughter of a long...

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