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Monday, April 09, 2012

Small things help.

So, when you buy sugar, please read the label. Domino sells pure cane sugar. It can be had inexpensively at your local grocery store. It is higher than other granulated sugars, because the other sugar is from the more numerous GMO sugar beets. Deny Monsanto your essence!! Don't pay a rogue company your hard-earned shekels and simoleons. They are converting the biosphere into a vast chem lab, with plants genetically modified to produce their own insecticide (mmmm...yummy!), amongst other things. Do some reading on GMOs online. Even read the weird sites with lots of caps. There are lists of companies available that do not sell GMOs. So, unless you were the kid that licked the lids of your Gilbert Chemistry Set, you likely do not want to be eating the equivalent on your dinner plate.

Here is a site with a good list. you'll be healthier, and Monsanto and their ilk won't be.


Doom said...

I don't worry so much about GMO's. My last lady friend was absolutely freaky about them, and because of her extreme leftism otherwise to boot, and a little research (including papers to the contrary by a rather astute Berkley Biochemist chair), I couldn't buy it all. Something about "organic" plants producing all the chemicals GMO's do, though not the particular types that are more useful for growers if just as bad to humans, all of the chemicals in trace amounts of course. And, actually, that not having some... contact with various chemicals, viruses, and bacteria (even the bad stuff, or more so the bad stuff) leaves people extremely vulnerable to the most minor of contact (which has to happen in almost all but laboratory conditions). Still, your dough, your call.

I've eaten wild grub (literally, grubs), over-ripe meat, standard fare, the finest "organic", and even "vegan" meals. It all goes down the same. Some people are stuck eating what they can't afford (including my last lady friend), "organic" foods. Bah! :p

Michael W said...

I have to say I don't worry too much about GMO food either. For instance, I wonder what people would think if they could see an ear of corn unmodified by centuries of selective breeding and (recently) genetic modification?

I've also noticed that most of the people who worry about genetically modified food come from countries where food is reasonably plentiful. Off the top of my head I can think of several countries where food (modified or not) would be welcome.

The Aardvark said...

I was a "GMO? What? It's still FOOD!" guy until I started hearing from the Fringe...Ignored studies, like that. Warnings given to the FDA that were shrugged off as alarmist. I daresay, to the Rwandan, GMO corn would be just as belly-filling as heirloom, at least until health issues arise.

If there is no other reason to look askance at GMOs, it is because Monsanto and a few smaller-fry are attempting to patent the biosphere by manipulating ordinary foodstuffs genetically, patenting them, then when a neighboring farmer's crop gets pollinated by stray pollen-laden breezes, or by honeybees who are not up-to-date on patent law, the lawyers swoop in on the hapless neighbor and sue him for patent infringement. Forget Coast to Coast or Alex Jones...that alone is reason to run shrieking from GMOs.

Doom said...

Well, there is that part, Aardvark. I thought the Monsanto thing was utter bull (though there are as many false as true stories out there about them). After talking to a farmer (who I knew to be even keeled and brighter than your average bear (was a mechanical engineer until his father roped him back into farming)), I do believe Monsanto is a problem, or could become one.

Still, the problems with "organic" are manyfold and multi-headed as well. True organic food production on any scale would leave much to rot (does now) and require slave type labor if actually implemented (which would induce even more cheating than what already occurs) and that beside the forced labor.

I'm not sure there is a good answer present, but neither the "organic" nor the corporate are the right way. We, though, have very little choice, or most don't. I would garden but I don't have what it takes, at least yet.

Fair enough point.

The Aardvark said...

The Dread Dormomoo is the green thumb here at Chez 'Vark, and ever since college days, we have done so "organically", just not fanatically. We have a small home garden to supply the tomatoes that my 'mater sandwiches require. Her fresh asparagus is as buttery and yummy as canned asparagus isn't. The blackberries provide us more than a winter's worth of jam for biscuits and toast. Boy, she can grow some hot peppers! She made hot pepper sauce that almost required a hazmat team. We had to evacuate the house. To dose chicken stew, you stuck a toothpick in the bottle, then stirred the stew with it. Much more would render it inedible, and the neat bit is, the sauce had a wonderful flavor! It wasn't just hot.

We compost and such, and do our level best to avoid any pesticides.
We are on the brink of doing aquaponics, which grows your veg AND fish at the same time. Even gonna build a geodesic dome for it, 'cos, well, I WAS an environmental studies major once upon a time.