Category Archives: Evils of Monsanto

Weeds in the Garden

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Or, even better yet… EAT THEM!

That’s right, I said it.

Weeds.

If you can’t beat ’em, EAT ’em.

Most weeds are edible at some point in their growth. Even tumbleweeds here in the Southwest!

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Quote of the week…

Quote of the Week (From Organic Bytes)

Monsanto’s Corn Is Toppling Over

“As the summer growing season draws to a close, 2011 is emerging as the year of the superinsect – the year pests officially developed resistance to Monsanto’s genetically engineered (ostensibly) bug-killing corn.

“In late July scientists in Iowa documented the existence of corn rootworms (a ravenous pest that attacks the roots of corn plants) that can happily devour corn plants that were genetically tweaked specifically to kill them. Monsanto’s corn, engineered to express a toxic gene from a bacterial insecticide called Bt, now accounts for 65 percent of the corn planted in the US.

“The superinsect scourge has also arisen in Illinois and Minnesota.

“‘Monsanto’s insect-killing corn is toppling over in northwestern Illinois fields, a sign that rootworms outside of Iowa may have developed resistance to the genetically modified crop,’ reports Bloomberg. In southern Minnesota, adds Minnesota Public Radio, an entomologist has found corn rootworms thriving, Bt corn plants drooping, in fields.

“[A] 2008 study, conducted by University of Missouri researchers and published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that within three generations, rootworms munching Monsanto’s Bt corn survived at the same rate as rootworms munching pesticide-free corn-meaning that complete resistance had been achieved. Takeaway message: rootworms are capable of evolving resistance to Monsanto’s corn in ‘rapid’ fashion.”

– “Monsanto Denies Superinsect Science,” by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, September 8, 2011

Ummm, seriously. How do we continue to uphold a system that supports this sort of agricultural practces!!!???

“Monsanto’s insect-killing corn”

Sounds like something we should run away from screaming, not support through practice and policy!!


Get your read on!

I have a few books that I wanted to pass on to all of you with high recommendations!

I was assigned several books to read for my Foodshed Field School Course as follows:

  1. Imhoff, D. (ed.). 2010. The CAFO Reader. Watershed Media.
  2. Franceschini, A. and D. Tucker. 2010. Farm Together Now: A Portrait of people, places, and ideas for a new food movement. Chronicle Books, San Francisco.
  3. Rodríguez, Sylvia. 2006. Acequia: Watersharing, Sanctity, and Place. School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.
  4. World Economic Forum. 2011. Water Security: The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus Island Press. ISBN-10: 1597267368.

Now, a quick check on that list… The number 4 book I would NOT recommend. I read a good portion of it and it raised the hair on my neck a few times. Part of the contributors for the text are CEOs of CocaCola and Pepsi. Obvious hidden agenda with companies like that telling others how they should conserve water!! It takes over 16 gallons of water to make just one 12oz can of soda… Think about it.

The other books are good reads so far.

It was hard in the last month to actually get any reading in during the field school but I am catching up now. I am nearly done with Farm Together Now and love love love this book. The CAFO book is graphic and harsh but that never stops me from reading on. The truth hurts at times 😉 The Acequia text I have actually used as a reference before for other school works I have written.

I would recommend book number2 the most.

The book that I really want all of you to read besides Farm Together Now is:

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love.

 

I could not put this book down. It is so open, inspiring, and real. I always thought of myself as settling down later in life to run some sort of farm but this book has made me think why wait? It really was almost more informative that all of the texts that I was assigned during the field school. I referenced it so many times in discussions en route to new locations on our NM foodshed tour that my peers dubbed it “my bible”. I love this model though. How more connected to your food, land, love, and community can you get than this??

Read it and get inspired!

For more about the book/farm/author here are some links:


Pollinator Awareness Day!

This Sunday ~ June 26th!

That is tomorrow people!!!

What will you be doing to celebrate these little creatures that give us so much food and beauty that would never be a possibility without them??

Might I make a few suggestions?

              You could…

  • plant some flowers/herbs in your yard or an outside pot or a window garden.

  •  make a bee watering station with a shallow container filled with rocks and water.

  • start a backyard hive.

  • help spread awareness of their endangerment from CCD.

  • write to your local politician about the importance of stopping GMO foods.

  • join Millions Against Monsanto.

  • take your children to a local farm that raises bees to educate the next generation on their importance and harmlessness.

  • join your local beekeeping coalition.

  • volunteer time with a local beekeeper.

  • host your own celebration for friends, family and neighbors.

  • buy a hive for a family to make a living from in another country.

  • You could even dress up!

There are so many ways in which to celebrate these lovely creatures!


Please help save the future of our food!!!

From the Organic Consumers Association:

 

10 Reasons to Label GMOs Tell Your Friends, Food Companies, & Politicians!

World Food Day is October 16, 2011. That means there are only 4 months left to get 1,000,000 people to sign our petition to label GMO foods and organize 435 Millions Against Monsanto demonstrations nationwide.

Download the petition

Getting everyone you meet to join the Millions Against Monsanto campaign should be easy – upwards of 90% of the public already agrees that foods made with genetically modified organisms should be labeled – but if you need some ammunition and inspiration to inspire you to spread the word, look no further than these 10 scary reasons to label GMOs:

#1 Monsanto’s Bt-toxin, in its Bt-producing GMO corn and cotton (used in food in the form of cottonseed oil), was found by Canadian doctors in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and 80% of the umbilical blood of their babies.

#2 The authors of the Canadian study conclude that the women and their babies were exposed to Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin through a “normal” non-organic Canadian diet, including non-organic (so-called “natural” and “conventional”) meat, egg, and dairy products from animals fed Bt corn.

#3 Monsanto’s GMO “Bt” corn and cotton plants are engineered to produce a insecticide in every cell of the plant that kills insects by breaking open their stomachs.

#4 Mice fed Monsanto’s Bt corn had elevated levels of immune system substances that are also higher in humans who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, allergies, Lou Gehrig’s disease, autoimmune disease, and colitis.

#5 Young mice in the same study had elevated T-cells, which are increased in people with asthma, and in children with food allergies, juvenile arthritis, and connective tissue diseases.

#6 Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin has properties of known allergens – it actually fails the World Health Organization’s allergen screening tests.

#7 Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin has been found to bind with the small intestines in mice and with intestinal tissue in rhesus monkeys.

#8 In addition to its GMO “Bt” crops which are engineered to produce insecticide, Monsanto also produces GMO “RoundUp Ready” crops, engineered with a bacterial DNA that allows it to survive otherwise deadly doses of its herbicide RoundUp.

#9 In the only human feeding study ever published on GMOs, Monsanto’s GMO “RoundUp Ready” soybeans were found to transfer Monsanto’s “RoundUp Ready” DNA to the bacteria living inside human intestines.

#10 According to Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology, the transfer of Monsanto’s GMO Bt DNA to human digestive bacteria could create a “living pesticide factory” that could be responsible for the “increase in gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and childhood learning disorders – since 1996 when Bt crops came on the market.”


Saturday Morning Coffee.

Empty coffee mason jug in hand, Saturday morning, Apple stands with Apple at the Los Ranchos Farmer’s Market.

There is SO much beauty in this world.

SO much to be grateful for!

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My Saturday morning saw me to the Los Ranchos Growers’ Market with several friends to watch a dog show and browse the yummy selections available. We also went to the Downtown Growers’ Market, which is my favorite and is the closest farmer’s market to my house. I also got some new lighter-than-air-three-pockets running shorts (will be prefect for the Marathon) at REI’s anniversary sale. They are actually called “better than naked shorts”. Not quite true but damn close! Then I wasted the rest of my Saturday away in a lovely way on the banks of the Rio Grande with some lovely friends (see above BEAUTIFUL photos), followed by a sunset twelve mile bike ride.

The farmer’s Markets are always a hub of running into people I know. I love that community connection that I gain from it, not to mention the delicious food! This pescetarian purchased some golden beets AND a rack of lamb. Yup. MEAT! I don’t even eat fish very often and really live more like a vegetarian but every once in a great while I eat good, environmentally friendly, humanely raised and killed meat. I planned to celebrate my seventeen mile run on Sunday by cooking up the lamb. At a farmer’s market, you can meet the person that raised the lamb, just as you would produce. Knowing the farmer is important to me with regards to produce but knowing the rancher is pretty much essential in my book when it comes to eating meat. I will eat venison when home in Oregon too if hunted by friends and family. However, I do not find meat to be essential in my diet. I also know the vast amounts of environmental damage wrought by meat industries. Yet every once in a while, maybe once or twice a year the last five years or so I have been eating some amounts if I know where it came from and how it was raised.

I have a few habits that work for me but most people probably wouldn’t do or may find strange. They work for me because I feel healthy without meat. I also abstain from eating bananas because they positively travel so far before getting to your lips. Most runners seem to live off the things. I do drink coffee though, and that travels nearly as far. I don’t choose almonds and never buy them directly because of the almond industry’s impact on honeybees. Though I do love apples and other fruit that requires pollinators.

Does anyone else “cheat” at being vegetarian? Do any of you participate in “no meat Mondays” if you are a regular meat eater? What are your views on eating “environmentally friendly” diets? Do you have any “strange” habits or abstinence’s of diet that make you feel better but could be quirky to others?