Topics Lois Speaks On
Genetically Engineered Food, Global Warming to Reproductive Rights, Lois covers it all.
My Mission is to Educate, Empower and Inspire Global Advocates to Make This Planet a Healthier Planet Where All Enjoy Full Human Rights.Lois Shapiro Canter
Health care and reproductive rights are crucial issues for women. Indeed, almost half a century ago the U.S. Supreme Court recognized nationwide abortion rights. But because of restrictive judicial decisions, violence against doctors and patients, and shortage of abortion providers, reproductive health services are still out of reach for many U.S. women, particularly poor women.
Hundreds of laws and policies, i.e., un-necessary vaginal ultrasounds, waiting periods, late-term bans for deceptively-named “partial-birth”abortions, personhood legislation, employer-based denial of contraceptive insurance coverage and bogus clinic restrictions are in place across the U.S. And there are relentless attempts to criminalize all abortion and to imprison health care providers.
In a particularly destructive policy, the U.S. actually defunds family planning worldwide whenever a conservative president is elected. Yes, we actively prevent family planning in the midst of a global population crisis.
Lois explains women’s historic battle for reproductive choice and explains what’s happening and what can be done.
GLOBAL ECOLOGY: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS/FOOD SLANDER LAWS/BIOTECHNOLOGY/TRADE AGREEMENTS!
All manner of global development must recognize the interdependence of environmental, social and economic systems so that present-day needs are met without compromising the survival of future generations. The absolutely essential provision of clean water, sanitation, and energy must be compatible with protection of the world’s biodiversity and ecosystems.
Such phenomena as genetic engineering give multi-national companies power over food, crops, and farmers, thus standing in the way of sustainable development. Through passage of food-slander legislation, U.S. states are making it a crime to speak negatively about various products. Global trade agreements favor corporate power over state environmental and worker protections, while intellectual property laws and life patents on seeds make it illegal for farmers to save, replant or share seeds. This system results in bankruptcy for many small farmers, who then move into cities to swell the ranks of unemployed poor.
Furthermore, corporations are taking over the world food supply through trade agreements that restrict countries from using their sovereign powers to enforce their laws in a variety of areas, from clean air to clean water.
Lois explains how national resources are rapidly depleted while engineered “biocrops,”awash in herbicides and pesticides, replace diverse and nourishing foods. She goes step by step through the morass of corporate power, explaining how routine practices obstruct sustainable development.
GLOBAL WARMING & HUMAN SURVIVAL!
Global climate change is the most important issue of our day. Our dependence and Global-Warming-2nearly sole focus on fossil fuels as main energy source has had catastrophic effects on our weather, causing near irreversible damage to our planetary health. Today’s land and ocean surface temperatures are rising due to high concentrations of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Solid evidence shows that most of the past fifty years’ warming is the result of human activity.
Extreme weather plagues countries around the globe via hurricanes, record heat, typhoons, drought, fires, floods, impaired food production and rising sea levels. Even the everyday person on the street recognizes that weather is not the same. Mountain glaciers are melting at an alarming rate; and our very survival depends on the willingness of today’s government leaders to adopt earth-friendly ways to operate.
Climate change challenges our economy and survival. Ironically, the countries that have produced the least greenhouse gases are suffering the most from global warming: a new form of ecological injustice. In fact, climate change will continue to slow economic growth worldwide and impair food production and supply.
Lois speaks of the scientific evidence and the need for cleaner, carbon free energy alternatives and governmental commitments to reducing emissions. She also explores the relationship of fracking for gas and its contribution to global warming. And she explains the ever-so-urgent issue of overpopulation and its connection to global warming.
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD/ rBGH IN DAIRY PRODUCTS
Via “genetic surgery” scientists cut and splice genes of unrelated species, radically altering food. A strawberry is spliced with a fish, a tomato with toad genes to permit longer shelf life. In today’s laboratories, animal genes are crossed with plant genes, grains and nuts are crossed with bacteria. This radical alteration of our food supply can create numerous potential long-term health hazards. Indeed, genetic engineering causes greater herbicide use.
Our dairy industry is largely controlled by a company called Monsanto. A great many of their and other U.S. milk and dairy products now contain recombinant bovine growth hormone, otherwise known as rBGH, which is injected into cows to increase milk production. However, studies indicate a correlation with higher levels of breast, prostate and colon cancer.
Meanwhile, Europe regulates while the U.S. stays Laissez-faire. Genetically engineered food is unregulated in the United States and efforts to label hmos have been thwarted by billion dollar lobbying efforts of the food industry. Since 1993 this genetically-engineered rBGH product has been FDA approved, despite the fact that scientists agree rBGH milk contains higher levels of pus, bacteria and antibiotics. Canada and Europe have already explicitly banned the use of rBGH.
Lois explains that genetic engineering is not a solution to world hunger since world hunger has more to do with food distribution than with production. She shows that the only way for consumers to really know what is in their food is to ensure mandatory labeling.
OBESITY: FOOD CORPORATIONS DESTROY HEALTH!
Children’s television programs are laden with ads for junk food, candy, soda and other unhealthy products. Commercials target children’s untapped purchasing potential and corporations persuade schools to contract for products laden with sugar and saturated fats. Such foods exacerbate the incidence of diabetes, bone fractures, tooth decay, heart disease and osteoporosis, and cost the U.S. well over a billion dollars a year.
Lois explains the importance of educating children and adults about health problems associated with many common foods.
WE’RE ALL GUINEA PIGS: ENVIRONMENT/CHEMICALS/HEALTH
We live in an ocean of seventy-five thousand untested human-made chemicals, with each of us carrying over two hundred fifty lifetime-accumulated toxins from food, water, air, and physical possessions.
Chemicals like DDT, PCBs, PBB, dioxin, furans, mercury, and bisphenol-A travel up the food chain to contaminate breast milk and newborn babies, weakening immune systems, shortening life spans and impeding quality of lives. Many probable and suspected carcinogens are allowed full use by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, which establishes minimum “safe” exposure levels that may be safe for one person and deadly for another.
New research on endocrine-disrupting and other chemicals shows that even infinitesimal doses disrupt fetal development of humans and other species. The result is an epidemic level of diseases and disorders worldwide. And indeed, breastfeeding has become toxic to infants.
We live in a world where we all know someone who has endured the pain of cancer, endometriosis, a brain tumor, childhood leukemia, childhood cancer, hormone-related cancers, autoimmunity, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism and many more illnesses. The spread of such conditions has paralleled the proliferation of chemicals.
Not enough is being done to combat these risks. Educating our young is crucial to instill in them the awareness needed for informed, safe choices. And by educating adults to make safer choices for their families, we further decrease toxic exposure. We must cultivate a generation dedicated to ridding our world of these chemicals and to finding safe alternatives
Lois discusses the myriad of ways humans are exposed to chemicals that bio-accumulate to dangerous levels. Lois shares the hope that the awakening of human awareness will give birth to a movement for alternatives to this toxic legacy. Lois believes that this is one of the greatest human rights issues of our new millennium: the right to be free from exposure to toxic substances.
MICRO-CREDIT FINANCING FOR WOMEN!
In the 1970s, Grameen Bank of Bangladesh (founded by Muhammad Yunus) revolutionized the international savings and loan industry with the introduction of a versatile new service for poor customers: micro-credit finance. This involves small business loans to poor individuals. As no collateral is required, poor women do not have to gamble with their land or their homes. Instead, two groups of women are approved for loans, with the second group not receiving funds until the first group repays.This second, yet unfunded group, exerts such peer-pressure (a substitute form of collateral) on the first group that system repayment rates are almost a hundred percent.
Through her work in Kenya, Lois has seen poor, hard working women turn their lives around with two hundred U.S. dollars. Money is used to buy chickens, to sell eggs, to buy a cow, or a goat, to sell the milk, to sell hand-made soap, and for many other enterprises.
Lois shares the micro credit model as developed by Muhammad Yunus; and tells of her successful work in Kenya
GENDER AND MULTI-CULTURAL EQUITY EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS!
How we educate our children affects their life choices and how they respond to people of different genders, ethnicity, and races. Education influences a young person’s professional choices and how that individual will interact with others, both in the workplace and in social settings. Unfortunately, not all children are treated equally in the classroom. Moreover, not all children receive the same benefits from their educational experience.
Gender and multi-culturally inclusive curricula should be a priority of our schools. The historic literary and scientific contributions of women and minorities are crucial to a balanced, equitable, and accurate account of the past. When students read stories about children like themselves, they identify with the characters and say “We are like these children; we can relate to their stories.”So children get a more balanced perspective of people with different backgrounds.
Lois discusses the need for all schools to address these issues and thereby develop curricula that includes all students. She points out how this particular area impacts all of the above.
So Do Contact Us Today
Have Lois Shapiro Canter, J.D. headline your event with an employee-inspiring keynote speech at your annual convention, university graduation, legislative meeting, corporate consortium, or international forum. She will be delighted to discuss the specific issues of prime importance to your group. And please ask about special not-for-profit event rates. Also, please note that five percent of proceeds from all speaking venues are donated to the international women’s human rights nongovernmental organization
Saratoga Foundation for Women WorldWide, Inc. www.saratogafoundation.org.