Month Without Monsanto: One Woman’s Attempt To Avoid GMOs

In a world dominated by agribusiness giant Monsanto, is it possible to live without genetically modified organisms?

That’s just the question that April Dávila, a writer from Los Angeles, California is trying to answer through the month-long personal experiment she has dubbed, “Month Without Monsanto.”

There has been a lot of information swirling around recently about the negative effect that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been shown to have on both the natural environment and human health.

Studies have linked GM corn consumption to organ damage and consumer alert organizations have questioned the fact that food manufactures in the United States still aren’t required to declare the presence of GMOs on product labels.

After reading an article about Monsanto and the health complications caused by its genetically modified crops, April says she was ‘compelled to swear off all things Monsanto for good. How hard could it be?’

A little research, however, proved that it would be quite difficult. As consumers, Dávila says on her website, “we are largely unaware that everything from last night’s steak, to the Cheez-Its on our desk owe their existence to Monsanto.”

An accomplished writer and editor, Dávila has decided to chronicle her experience of navigating life completely Monsanto-free online, at Currently on day four of her thirty-one day adventure, readers can follow along with her day to day experiences, and even read a few interesting guests posts, from experts like Sarah Kelly, co-director of the adapting to scarcity organization in Guadalajara.

Now, it may not seem like forcing oneself to eat only fresh, non GMO food for a while is that big of a sacrifice, but when you take a closer look, it’s astounding just how intricately-tied one organization’s interests can be to one’s everyday existence. 

A recent Twitter update from Dávila’s account: 

“Calling all chemists – Is there any way polyester or spandex owe their existance, in any way, to #Monsanto?”

The simplicity and courage of the experiment is perhaps summed up best by Dávila herself when she writes,  “I’m not doing this as a political statement, at least, that’s not how I’m starting out. I am simply fascinated by the fact that one company can have such a profound grasp on the human species and I’m ultimately curious – if we decide, as individuals, we don’t want Monsanto products to be a part of our lives, is it even possible to live without them?”

Follow April Dávila’s progress on Twitter or support her cause on Facebook. 

If you want to learn more about the fight to eliminate GMOs from the food supply, check out the Millions Against Monsanto Campaign.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogersabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogersabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this important information.

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.5 years ago

Tanyaisa, dont worry there is tons of evidence both on paper, in labs and also human beings who have got sicker and sicker from ingesting those artificial sweeteners that the medical profession told them to do. Remember there are a millions of Diabetics in the world and some of whom have no clue they are b/c they dont carry the symptoms whilst others do. Then dont forget there are equally millions of young kids and 20 and 30 and 40 year olds plus who believe in the advertising on tv that if you drink Diet coke or Zero or Pepsi Max or sugarless drinks or Sugar FREE confectionery, desserts, chocolates and sugar free chewing gum you will be well. WELL sorry YOU WONT. This stuff is a progressive impacting substance that creeps up on you and for ages you will ingest this food with this stuff in it and then BANG you will then realize you didnt lose weight, your eyes need glasses to see better, you forget things and 'get the fog' and you also might become a diabetic.

If this doesnt make you realize then Id suggest to you and anyone to GOOGLE the Side Effects of Aspartame. OR The side effects of Artificial Sugars on the body and you will quickly realize just how potent it really is. Find STEVIA its better for you. Choose water, add a slice of lemon to it or a slice of Orange or drink it plant. To those who say they hate the taste of water..ask I drink a lot of soft drinks ie coke or diet coke and the like and DO I drink lots of coffee? Do I use a lot of Salt? If it

Tanyaisa P.
Tanyaisa P.5 years ago

We definitely need to know more about these processes and how safe they really are or are not.......what they effect and what they don't in reality........we need more independent green research.....scientific research, etc......

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Good article. Thanks for sharing.

Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec5 years ago

Bravo April Davila! You are an example for us to follow. Let's do it!