How Do We Stop Monsanto? It’s as Easy as This…

monsantotomatoIt seems that nearly everyone needs a boogeyman, and for many, it is Monsanto. This weekend, around the world there were marches in protest of that company. If you’ve read my page Whiskey and The Morning After Blog and my article titled “The Monsanto Protection Act and Why You Were Duped,” you may believe that I dismiss this movement against Monsanto as delusional paranoia. Those who believe that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I don’t believe Monsanto is intentionally poisoning people, despite a lot of the conspiracy theories that claim otherwise. What I do believe is that they are using all means at their disposal to corner the market on food products and seed patents so that we have no other choice than to use their products, and on their terms. They have a concerning amount of lobbying power over our elected officials, as evidenced by the recently defeated push to require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (something that’s supported by a majority of Americans).

Like Wal-Mart or any other major corporation, Monsanto wants to be the only game in town, and they’ll do whatever they have to do in order to achieve that goal.

I’m not entirely convinced whether genetically modified foods are dangerous or not, but they are largely untested by independent scientists to confirm either way. I do know that I am gluten intolerant and it was something that, in retrospect, I found was getting worse and worse every year until the problem was finally diagnosed. Whether that was my body gradually rebelling, or the fault of genetically modified wheat for higher gluten content, I may never know. I can say with relative certainty that Monsanto does not have our best interests as consumers in mind.

Let’s put aside the hyped up stories from Natural News and other so-called news sites that want you to believe that this company is trying to give us all cancer, and look at the cold reality of how corporations gain this kind of power in the marketplace.

Monsanto didn’t come out of nowhere to take over the food market — we as consumers aided and abetted in that acquisition. If you wanted bigger strawberries, juicier corn or fruit without blemishes from insects, you in some way contributed to this problem. If you wanted the convenience of purchasing vegetables from a big box store instead of taking the time to grow your own or buy from a farmer’s market, you were helping Monsanto.

So how do we stop Monsanto and their ever increasing stranglehold on our food supply? It’s simple — start growing your own food or purchase from those who do. Even if you live in a high-rise apartment building, you can grow something in your window or on your deck. Here in Louisiana, we have literally hundreds of thousands of acres of incredibly fertile land that isn’t being used, and it sickens me every time I see black dirt being paved over to make room for another shopping mall or subdivision.

Even just doing a little bit of research to find out what companies use GMO’s and which products they use them in is a start. Until “frankenfoods” start getting labeled as such, this is the least we can do. Buy 100% organic whenever possible — it’s usually a little bit more expensive, but foods cannot be certified as 100% organic in the United States if they contain genetically modified ingredients. You can also check out the Non-GMO Project’s list of foods and beverages independently certified for good practices in GMO avoidance.

If you want to stop the beast, stop feeding it. Stop buying your food from Wal-Mart and the big box stores. Instead, buy from a local backyard farmer, local co-op, or take the time to fill a pot with some earth and plant some seeds (preferably non-GMO). Grow your own and share with your neighbors. Not only will you do some real damage to Monsanto, but you’ll also strengthen your community. That’s the only way to take the monster down.

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  • judizee

    Easier said than done for several reasons: many of us live in an area where the growing season is limited, others are bound by their financial situation to buy less costly food items, and the fact that corn and soy products are components of other food products we use that can’t be grown. Who can make their own corn oil or tofu or the mhyriad other foods that can contain GMO products? It can be done, but not to any significant replacement, and that’s what Monsanto is counting on.

    • Jessica

      If it’s not in season, don’t buy it! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, eat something else. I am on a budget too and I can afford to buy organic! People are spoiled rotten and they want things when they want things. People need to grow up and get serious about what they are feeding themselves and their children.. unless they want to get sick. Do some research and find a way to do it! Your life/health depend on it!

      • Timm Higgins

        Agreed. Not to mention, all I hear is I can’t , don’t have the time, blah blah blah. Make the frikkin time, and quite looking for excuses to be negative. While living in a high rise or whatever, you may not be able to grow a giant garden. Hell just a couple veg can be grown. You can hang tomato plants etc.

      • T

        You are missing the point my dear. I am a mother of a little girl who is allergic to 10 different things. Trying to find foods that don’t contain her allergens is difficult and very pricy. I also have my husband and three other children I have to feed. If I were to boycott everything that is a GMO I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills my family would not have clothes. There are many people who have very little money to live off and need to feed many in their family. You are being judgmental to situations that are unknown to you. I understand what you are saying but there are single family homes where the parent is having to work so much to keep a roof over their head that they do not have the time nor the energy to make every single meal to avoid buying processed. Have some compassion. The President made a promise and then broke his promise and protected the very giant corporation who is monopolizing the food industry.

      • wygit

        All he’s saying is do what you CAN do.
        “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.” – Sydney Smith

      • T

        Oh I do what I can I was just pointing out that for some people it is not possible to only buy organic. 🙂 I try to only buy organic but if it means only part of my family will be able to have food for a meal organic won’t work. I also grow my own in the summer but during the winter it is far more difficult to do.

      • Jessica

        I am NOT being judgmental and I’m NOT missing the point. It’s up to you to figure out how to feed your family with real food. I figured out a way to feed mine! What’s your excuse?

      • oldngrumpy1

        Your mention of your little girl made this interesting. How many kids were allergic to “food” when you were growing up? Did you ever stop to think that her allergies may be to the “non food” stuff you feed her. Just because someone has a reaction to a food that is chemically laced and enhanced, as well as altered at it’s core DNA structure, doesn’t mean they are allergic to the food per say. Sadly, once the body reacts to what it sees as a specific food it often remembers that food and will react to even non GMO varieties in the future in self protection. What do her allergies cost you each year in lost production and meds? I’d bet with confidence that those could be traced back to GMOs and chemical additives.

      • achayepee

        And if it is in season and you have a few extra dollars, buy it and preserve it for winter eating. It’s cheaper in the long run! 🙂

      • wygit

        You’ll get a lot more action encouraging people to do what they can than by attacking them as being spoiled rotten.

        You actually think you’re going to attract people to your cause by shouting at them and belittling them?

        Calm down.

        Breathe.

        In… Out… In… Out…

        And enough with the exclamation marks already.

      • Jessica

        !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who’s attacking anyone? I’m simply responding to what I hear on a daily basis. People can’t seem to figure it out that if they can’t afford to eat organic then they need to find a way. Eat well or be ill. It’s your choice! I MOVED so that I could afford to eat well! I have a son who has SO many health problems that I had no choice but to put him on a real food diet, and because of it he is being cured of his illnesses. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LindaK

    NOT SIMPLE. Yes, boycotting products is one way to keep ourselves and our families safer — if one can afford it and if it is even possible in many cases. However, having a few plants in a pot in a high rise is certainly not going to actually feed one person, let alone a family. And without labeling it’s impossible to be able to tell what products one purchases might contain GMO ingredients, (Note: virtually all soy and corn products in the US are now GMO.)

    So why isn’t it a a viable option to expect our elected representatives support us instead of passing legislation to make Monsanto essentially immune to court challenges? The issue is NOT a red herring. Explain to me why the courts shouldn’t be able to stop production of a harmful crop. It’s not to protect consumers from potentially dangerous health effects of crops. It’s not to protect growers of potentially dangerous crops who would otherwise have recourse against Monsanto for selling a dangerous seed to them. DUH, it allows this giant corporation to maintain its stranglehold over the US food supply and was written by Monsanto lobbyists for the company’s protection.

    Time for you to wake the heck up and stop accusing those who are working to protect our food supply from the ambitions of large corporations which don’t give a damn if they may be poisoning our food. You imply that those of us who attribute nefarious motives to Monsanto all wear tin foil hats. I challenge you to take off your blinders (or get off the dole). Just take a look at the tobacco industry for starters. How long did that industry deny and harmful health effects from their “agricultural product” and fight tooth and nail against any liability for cancer and other negative health affects of that crop? You can look us in the eye and maintain that Monsanto et al couldn’t possibly knowingly sell us dangerous products???

    Either you are incredibly dense on this issue — or perhaps you are making money trying to undermine a large and growing movement against GMOs. Who knows? Will you divulge all sources of income you get for your blog or this article?

    • Me

      Get off the dole? What’s that have to do with your other reasonable argument? Statements like that discredit the rest of your message.

      • LindaK

        What? You are not aware that bloggers are sometimes paid to reflect a particular POV? It happens.

      • kladinvt

        So you’ve never heard of or realized that there are “paid trolls” whose purpose is to disrupt meaningful discourse on progressive blogs in order to benefit their corporate “sponsors”? You need to wake up then!

    • jessica

      Actually, I never grew my own food, I never even knew it was possible. It seemed like such a far stretch. Then my boyfriend taught me. Clear out some space near a window with light. Wah lah. A tomato plant can give you tomatos every day for weeks if not months.. once it is grown. Lettuce also as well as many of the other vegetables that can be grown. It may be challenging at first to know how much water, what kind of soil, etc to use.. but once you have that down.. the rest is easy. From someone who literally killed every plant i ever had, i am proud to say i have a few little kids growing in my apartment including broccoli, lettuces, herbs, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and more. Good Luck! (And seeds are MUCH cheaper than buying vegetables at a farmers market or organic veggies that have been shipped over seas for MANY miles in a Whole Foods).

    • each closet in your home is capable of yielding enough vegetables to feed you for over a month, as is each individual window (though closet growing can get pricey without alternative energy sources such as solar/wind power). in areas where high rise living is the only option, there are ALWAYS neighborhood gardens available as well, whether they are on the roof top or within a halfblock radius is irrelevant, they ARE there, you just don’t know where to look. there is no such place in these united states where self sufficiency isn’t an option, it’s not like our land is poisoned (see also Chernobyl).

      • LindaK

        Jeremy, Hahaha — can’t help but picture that you must live in a nudist colony to have room to grow entire crops of various types of food in your closets. Still chuckling…

      • Jack Bond

        That’s hilarious. Most people I know use their closets as… closets. I continue to see this fervor for growing your own veggies, and that’s a great idea in concept, but in reality, few people want to take the time and effort it requires for such activities. Several of my vegan friends have undertaken such an activity, and of 5 who started on the plan, only one remains committed, and his results have been mixed. I grow tomatoes, but not because of GMO, but because I like homegrown tomatoes in season.

        Seriously, it’s the best idea in this mess, growing your own, but it’s just not practical for most people… supermarkets are too ubiquitous and well-stocked, and in a nation where we don’t get enough exercise, by choice, it’s unlikely we are all going to become ‘closet’ farmers anytime soon. I know people who grow things in their closet, but nothing you’d necessarily eat.

        That might all change in a hurry if actual, real, credible evidence of GMO harm to our health emerges… thus far, it hasn’t, and when it does, it will need to be substantial, otherwise, people won’t change their habits. Good luck, and don’t forget to ‘ventilate’ that closet… mold and mildew are hazards substantiated by credible evidence.

        I reiterate. Over 20 years of GMO use, more than 16,000,000 products worldwide… the evidence of harm, based on the claims of the anti-GMO activists, should be overwhelming and obvious to all. It obviously isn’t.

    • geeegee

      susan….er, you said,””I believe monsanto will do whatever it has to do to corner the market.” I rest my case.

    • LadyeCatte

      We ALL do our part, no matter how small. All the purchases NOT going into Monsanto’s coffers DO count. And I, for one, will NEVER purchase another bag of Miracle-Gro again.

    • Jack Bond

      Linda. Everything you request is possible, when the ‘credible evidence’ emerges that GMO is dangerous. As I mentioned above, we have had GMO products for over 20 years, there are more than 16,000,000 GMO products available worldwide, so there should be mountains and mountains of evidence that these have injured our health, yet ‘credible’ evidence has not yet showed. Sure, there are all kinds of ‘scientists’ who claim results showing the hazards of GMO, as there are ‘scientists’ who claim results showing man-made climate change is a hoax. As mentioned, both are typically ‘junk science’ which is not accepted as credible evidence in reality, by actual scientists who aren’t propagandists with an agenda. You claim 90% support for labeling, but we haven’t seen anything approaching that number in reality, nor will we, because the votes aren’t there for unfunded government mandate, it’s not going to happen, because the cost will ultimately fall to the consumer, and most think they already pay too much for food.

      Last week, your anti-GMO cohorts decided to commit an act of domestic terrorism in Oregon, resulting in the destruction of an innocent farmer’s entire sugar beet crop. This is now being investigated by the FBI, and when they capture the perpetrators, they will face ‘terrorism’ charges. That’s not ‘junk science,’ that act of terrorism actually occurred. Seems like an unnecessarily BAD public relations maneuver for activist who claim 90% public support and credible evidence of health dangers. You mention the tobacco industry. People had the choice to smoke, or not to smoke… and once the credible evidence emerged, many chose not to smoke. YOU can purchase your coveted ‘organic’ food products and supposedly be assured that there are no GMO ingredients, so the choice is yours, and shouldn’t be an unfunded government mandated leveled on the backs of the rest of us, especially since the evidence thus far is no better than the evidence that global warming is a hoax. Go figure.

  • Joe

    honestly if we let the health nuts take over its worse than monsanto taking over.,,

    • Kimmy

      I’ll sit here with my homemade organic chocolate chip cookies and disagree. 😉

      • Sarah Fitzpatrick

        Organic chocolate chips?? Really??

    • wygit

      I kinda disagree with that one too.
      We’ve pretty much tried letting Monsanto take over, now that farmers can’t plant seed from their own crops anymore.

      When do we get to try letting the health nuts take over to see how badly they mess up? (If at all)

  • Melanie

    Yes! And be sure to buy organic heirloom seed!

    • Timm Higgins

      No to mention some cities and what not have a seed collective. Usually for free or for a small nominal fee.

  • oldngrumpy1

    Monsanto and the big box food distribution system sold us “convenience”. We were feeding ourselves before they arrived, so it wasn’t an unfilled niche. The problem most people face now is that convenience has resulted in increased time away from the garden, market, and kitchen that was dedicated to our work. The only way to get back that time now to reverse the effects convenience has on our consumer society is to accept earning less and having less. For the average middle class family a garden large enough to make any impact may mean one less car, or a smaller house.

    In an economy that always adjusts itself to our incomes there are no gaps that remain unfilled for long. Look at how quickly the economy adjusted to women transitioning from the home to the workplace. Are we willing to remove either the woman or the man from their income potential in order to readjust? This might appear as an extreme reach to many, but I can attest to the fact that any significant move away from processed foods, which are the real motivation for GMOs, for a family will result in a full time job at home.

  • bronncohowie

    the so called “Monstanto Protection Act” was only authorized for six months. The President had to sign it because it was included with re-authorized extended unemployment benefits. I doubt he will sign this again !

    • oldngrumpy1

      The President appointed an ex Monsanto CEO to head the FDA. This bill can now be extended in perpetuity with midnight secret votes in congress, or one line inclusions into non related legislation. Don’t give Obama a pass on this and remember that 31 of our congress critters are heavily invested in Monsanto.

  • I love how many of the comments are excuses for why it’s too hard to grow your own food. In every city that I know of there’s a community garden somewhere. I’ve read stories of little kids growing food on vacant lots near their homes. There is ALWAYS a way to grow your own food IF YOU WANT TO.

    Stop being lazy whiners and just admit you don’t care enough about what you put in your mouth. Sheesh.

    • wygit

      You’ll get a lot more action encouraging people to do what they can than by attacking them as being lazy whiners.

      I like me a little Sydney.

      “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.” – Sydney Smith

      Calm down.
      Breathe.
      In… Out… In… Out…

      and do what you can. Sometimes it’s baby steps.

    • Elizabeth

      It’s also really easy to be a self-righteous privileged individual, so congrats on mastering that. I’m glad that every city YOU know of has a community garden somewhere. But unless you know EVERY city, then realize that your knowledge is limited by your experience, and your experience is not universal. Therefore, not EVERY CITY has a community garden and not every community is supportive of little children (or grown adults) growing food on vacant lots.

      • Diane Reeves Kusenback

        So start one if your city doesn’t have one! If you start one, more people will come to help you & then the work load won’t be that much but the payoff will be huge! It doesn’t have to start out as a big garden, start small & grow it over time- use recycled materials. It teaches your children patience; waiting for that seed to sprout is exciting, they will want to help- don’t you remember planting that pumpkin when you were in Kindergarten? The end result- great tasting veggies that you grew yourself- is an awesome feeling. Being self sufficient, is also an awesome feeling.

      • Elizabeth

        Hey, I’m not saying that it can’t be done. I’m saying maybe let’s not call people lazy based on our own limited experiences.

    • lemondrop

      Sanctimonious finger wagging. Have you been out teaching anyone lately???
      I have a huge garden and its not enough to supply all of our food. At any rate: Unfortunately, those of us who would be willing to do that are the ones who already know and care, and we are a minority. A mosquito buzzing around monsanto, maybe finally growing in to a mouse.
      The good ol US, however, is huge. Its an enormous market.
      There are millions of people who have no idea what we are talking about, and dont care to investigate. They prefer to sit down to a glut of reality tv and cheetos, and that is who corporations are fighting over, and who politicians salivate over. A fraction of them spraying their lawns and eating carelessly is PLENTY to destroy a large perimeter around them, and keep monsanto fat and healthy.
      Just the market for iphones is enough to ghettoize and entire country if the corporation gets its way.
      Sure, we can refuse to contribute to the beast, which I do. I even try desperately to convince those around me to little avail.
      Just because we are so smart and enlightened and have access to land and the leisure and money to garden and grow food and buy organic food doesn’t mean our responsibility ends there. We have a responsibility to look out for our shared earth, and our reality tv/ junk food consuming neighbors in their concrete deserts, even if they are stupid and lazy.

    • Many of the so-called “lazy whiners” are working two or three jobs and don’t have time or space to garden. Even here in the suburbs, I don’t have enough garden going to make an appreciable contribution to my food supply, yet you ignorantly suggest that people already strapped for time should work in community gardens for the sake of a few tomatoes, maybe a basket of zucchini, and find time to process that produce so they have it for more than a few weeks at the end of summer? Get off your high horse. Next you’ll insist that people without chickens are just not trying hard enough to produce their own cutlets.

    • Sarah

      All of the community gardens in my city that I know of (and within a reasonable travel radius) have a very long waiting list. Furthermore, I cannot think of a single vacant lot that is not privately owned and planned for some kind of turnover. What you are saying is coming off as condescending and kind of offensive.

    • Jessica

      Yes! Exactly what I’m talking about here!

  • wrmcnich

    What a CROCK. Monsanto is, to a greater degree than most, a corporation, favored by our legislators, who accept contributions (bribes, I’d say) and generally cave to big money. We are without question governed by corporate interests and yes Wall Street, who not only abuses us de facto, but benefits from corporate profits more than the common investor. Monsanto cannot be starved because unlike Frankensteins monster, we the people no longer have the pitchforks and hammers with which to battle this beast. We have yielded them to politicians who have laid them down lest they get in the way of corporate “success”. Pots on balconies? Give me a break. Do you have any clue as to the number of millions of metric tons of food the US alone consumes in a year? This kind of Pollyanna crap will keep Monsanto comfortable forever.

    • wygit

      “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.” – Sydney Smith

    • kladinvt

      Well, you’ve obviously given up then. Just don’t try to drag others down to your depressed level.

    • oldngrumpy1

      This issue may be the single best way to move away from party politics. Thirty one of our congress critters are stockholders in Monsanto and former execs sit in policy making positions in government and the Supreme Court. They span party divide and liberal conservative ideologies.

      When Monsanto purchased the company formerly known as Blackwater sh*t got real for me. Companies buy other companies that are within their area of expertise, or they buy them for a purpose that is better served with managing authority than with contractual influence. Seldom do corporations invest heavily outside of these two areas. Blackwater certainly is not within the realm of business that Monsanto would relate to. What purpose would Blackwater serve for Monsanto that would require management authority? If that doesn’t scare people, conservative, liberal, and libertarian, out of their slumber nothing will.

      • templestark

        They bought Blackwater? Lemme go and confirm that. Assuming truth, you’re right, that’s not normal.

      • templestark

        They are “only working together. Which is bad enough, considering Blackwater’s tactics before. Change the name, it’s still the same face.

  • kirk parsons

    If all the worlds farming land (including that covered by rainforests and other biodiverse habitats) were used for growing crops organicallywe could feed about 4 billion people… which is great, until you realise that that leaves 2 billion people to starve….

    • oldngrumpy1

      The “Feed the World” incentive to move to GMOs was a great lie. Most of the advances in crop yields have come from simple cross breeding that is entirely different from genetic manipulation at the DNA level. In fact, GMOs are now falling behind modern farming that has begun to take another look at ages old practices and adopt those that worked to bring mankind to this point so successfully.

      The push back against GMOs has been a bit miss targeted. The real culprit we should be attacking is the poisonous insecticides and herbicides that the crops are manipulated to be resistant to. If we simply said that we won’t allow these on food crops, or those destined to feed our food animals, we would remove the incentive for the worst transgressions against nature. Natural alternatives are proving every day that we don’t need to poison our food to grow it. It is only the unfair treatment of organic farms and the subsidies lavished on GMO producers that keep organic foods from being competitive in our stores now.

      Considering that we are now facing “super bugs” and “super weeds” because they have also evolved resistance we are a bit too late joining this party. The EU has firmly stated their disbelief in the feed the world propaganda after seeing the tragedy of India after it bought into Monsanto’s lies.

    • Getaclue

      Biggest load of crap…

    • Steve

      With more knowledge, farmers, especially in third world countries, particularly India, are raising high-yielding, nonGMO crops without pesticides. World yield records officially started being broken by such farmers last year. Think outside the box, learn something; if it works build on that and do the next thing. The tide is changing and I think Monsanto sees it, which is why they have their people in key government jobs to use laws to protect their business. However, the consumer is ultimately in control. In researching the latest longer-term GMO tests, I’d say it’s just a matter of time before the illnesses, early deaths, fertility problems will cause an uprising, just as it did for their PCB’s, saccharin, and Agent Orange.

    • Leoncefalo

      Mr. Parsons, arable land is not the only growing medium in the world. . . hydroponics is used in many countries where land is at a premium. It is the response to Monsanto’s GM seeds contaminating thousands of farmer’s acres, and then being sued by Monsanto. Buying ONLY heirloom seeds and using hydroponics will insure that the crops are not poisoned by Monsanto pesticides and further contaminated by GM seeds.
      One way or another Monsanto will suffer for the poison it is spreading all over the world. It only takes a
      determined group of citizens to start a grassroots movement to stop this world polluter in its tracks.

  • kirk parsons

    Monsanto’s biggest “crime” is, of course, nothing to do with GM food… GM is nothing new… every banana and every potato, and most of the lamb that most of us have eaten is genetically modified in some way… and has been for centuries… no, my big problem with the firm (and others, in the interest of fairness) is in selling their seeds so cheaply… now, cheap seed may not seem like a bad thing, until you realise that most Monsanto seed grows non-viable plants… that is, they do not produce further seed…. which means to grow next years crop, Mr Farmer has to buy more seed… in a perfect world, all crops would be essentially self sustaining, but unfortunately that leads to lower profits, which leads to unemployment… make no mistake, companies end jobs to maintain profits for shareholders and bosses, and for no other reason…

    • fed up with gmo

      Cross breeding is what has been done for centuries and it is entirely different from genetic manipulation at the DNA level.

    • Steve

      Incorrect. Monsanto’s seeds readily sprout. I am a small farmer, not pleased with Monsanto at all, but their seed does sprout and produce more viable seed. That’s why they have successfully sued farmers who have saved seed back from their GMO crops to plant the next year. They own the genetics. Early on, Monsanto sought approval for a “killer gene” that would prevent the next generation from sprouting, but it was not approved on fears of transferring that gene into the wild, destroying plants everywhere.

    • Leoncefalo

      @Kirk Parsons. . . .your information about ‘centuries’ of genetic modification is totally FALSE..Please don’t confuse breeding and nutritional changes with GENETIC ENGINEERING – only successful within the past 25 years!!!!

  • massage_gueen

    FYI – Just heard this yesterday from a patient of mine. Obama’s new food Czar is an ex attorney from Monsanto. So now you will understand why Mr President signed the Monsanto act!!! Disgusting but true!!!

    • Allie Ogle

      You “heard” and didn’t do your own research? Intelligent. Also, as many have pointed out, the “Monsanto Act” as many want to call it was put into a bill to extend unemployment benefits and only lasts for 6 months. While it is infuriating that the President would let that past, he wouldn’t have even gotten the opportunity to extend benefits to people had that not been included. He had to make a decision and saw 6 months of the “Monsanto Act” as better choice than people not being able to put food on the table for their families.

      • Kat51

        Not to mention that they took away the line item veto from the president, so he really did have to sign it in order to save those who need those unemployment checks.

  • lladyrusty

    So, Manny Schewitz, has no problem with the largest chemical and pesticide company in the world (the same guys who gave us Agent Orange and bovine growth hormone) taking over our food supply. What could possibly go wrong? The question is, how much research has Manny actually done on this subject? Your conspiracy theorist is my foreign government who actually tests genetically modified foods. The USDA allows Monsanto and other biotech companies to regulate themselves. Is it any wonder that the reaction from foreign governments to gm foods is so different than our own blind acceptance? There is a wealth of research out there for those of you choose to search for it.

    • wygit

      I think you need to read the article again.

      He was only calling out the people who accuse Monsanto of doing what it does purely out of a desire to poison us all.

      Acting out of a desire to increase profits at the expense of thee environment, people’s health, etc., is bad enough. You don’t really need to look farther than that.

      You kinda lose credibility when you go farther and accuse them of being evil superheroes who do it just to be evil.

      “BWAHAHAHAHAHA!”

      • But if you kill people, who will buy your stuff?

      • Albe

        by the time enough people are dead its someone elses problem, the company directors are different etc

      • As opposed to Good Super-Villains, I guess.
        Corporations act like sociopaths.
        All sociopaths care about is their own comfort, and being seen as great–BUT–if a corporation is monopolized enough, they don’t even care about what your opinion is. They will run over any MF to get their way–they are above right and wrong.. ‘The bottom line’ is their comfort, and you will never be invited to the Board of Directors’ country club, no matter how much you kiss their asses.

  • Elizabeth

    I’d love to stop feeding Monsanto. But I can’t afford to buy organic food. The farmer’s markets where I live are good but not great. And there’s really not too much that I can grow in my tiny one room apartment. I admire those who can avoid purchasing proprietary foodstuffs. But it’s not an option for everyone. What *is* an option for everyone is calling their state and federal representatives, writing letters, raising awareness, etc.

    • Leoncefalo

      Elizabeth, if you REALLY want to stop this monster company from poisoning everyone, you will reconsider the four
      reasons you gave for doing nothing.
      If you are from Missouri forget it. The legislators there are all in bed with Monsanto, so be an individual and stop depending on others to do your bidding.
      Monsanto is Goliath and the only way to stop this giant is to be David with his little stones. Your little action
      can deprive Monsanto every time you do NOT buy any of their products.
      Or do you wish continue eating their poisoned crops and animals???

  • Aisling

    I am genuinely surprised by the responses here. I am wondering if some of you actually read the same blog post I did. The only way to get rid of Monsanto in the end is to cut off it’s funding pure and simple. You don’t need labeling to know if your food has GMOs. If it comes in a box off a shelf in a grocery store and is not labeled organic you can be 99.9% sure it contains GMOs. If you want to get GMOs off the shelves only buy organic. And yes you can feed your family non-GMO food without breaking the bank it just takes more work. You have to make everything from scratch and you need to buy in bulk. Maybe adding a few pots of tomatoes and herbs sounds like nonsense but you forget every little bit helps. You save a few bucks on what you can grow and you put that towards what you can’t. If you want good food you have to invest in it with both your time and your money. Americans want the government to step in and provide them with cheap non-GMO convenience food and it will never happen.

    • wygit

      Telling people that the only thing they can do is buy everything in bulk and do all their cooking from scratch… you just lost.

      Baby steps. Tell them one small thing they can do that will be a step in the right direction. Some city dweller parent with three screaming kids may read about GMO’s and want to do something, but if you tell them the ONLY thing they can do is change their entire life around, right now, they’re going to say they’re too busy and head for the Kellog’s Corn Flakes.

      Accept that people aren’t as ecologically advanced as you are and help them.

      “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.” – Sydney Smith

      • Aisling

        The author gave them one small step and they all ridiculed him for it because it wouldn’t make a difference. I was responding to them not giving advice to the world in general. I thought I made that rather clear from my first 2 sentences.

      • wygit

        I read your first two sentences and agreed, and then the rest of the comment seemed to go off in another direction.
        I saw the “You have to make everything from scratch” but missed the “Maybe adding a few pots of tomatoes and herbs sounds like nonsense but you forget every little bit helps.”
        I misunderstood your intent. My apologies.

      • Aisling

        No problem. 🙂

      • Steve

        Good point. However, there are staple foods that aren’t GMO. My opinion is they aren’t a big enough market for Monsanto to get involved. Oats, barley, most rice (although it can be comingled with GMO rice), potatoes, thanks to Dr. Arpad Pusztai’s research that cost him his career, wheat (although evidence is mounting that the Green Revolution short wheats are not the same as older wheat). Lots of oatmeal pancakes, cookies, and such to replace corn and soy.

      • Jack Bond

        Actually, the anti-GMO activists have already lost, virtually anywhere they’ve attempted to parlay their anti-GMO message. They claim 90% support for labeling, but we haven’t seen that number in reality, California being the obvious example.

        Last week, anti-GMO activists committed what is being called an act of ‘domestic terrorism,’ when they burned the entire sugar beet crop of an Oregon farmer because it was a GMO. Most activists in the area were appalled, but several were quite cavalier about it, one claiming ‘what’s the big deal, I’m sure he had insurance.’ There is currently GMO related legislation pending in Oregon, I seriously doubt it has the support today that it had before the terrorists destroyed a farm.

        And finally, there is the sanctimonious finger-wagging that many promote here. The ‘food elitists,’ who are also typically among the ‘scientific illiterates,’ never seem to recognize how their ‘food politics’ ALWAYS result in less food supply and higher prices. They’re ignorance on the subject means that they will never have the support of the majority, most of whom are not going to become growers, who are not going to suddenly double their food budget and start shopping at Whole Foods, nor are they going to support unfunded government mandates like labeling. Food is too expensive for most now, making it more so is not going to win you much support, and those who ride the high horse on the subject are only going to drive more people away.

        Maybe when the credible evidence of harm shows up, people will change their attitudes, but after more than 20 years, and 16 million products, we’re still waiting.

    • oldngrumpy1

      There are now phone apps that tell you if a product contains GMOs. You just scan the bar code and check the results. You will not find non processed, non GMO foods that will fit into most children’s preferences tho, so it may require being the adult in the room and taking charge of their diet, as well as your shopping. If you find non GMO food to be a little more expensive think about the cost incurred by another poster here who’s kid is allergic to 10 different foods. I’m betting the Dr and medication bills would have paid for a lot of organic food.

  • oldngrumpy1

    If you really want to stop Monsanto legalize hemp as a commodity crop. It will replace all of the corn grown for ethanol and most of the trees grown for fiber, and do it on less than 2/3 the land we now dedicate to these. This will allow the market to adjust to actually growing “food” on farmland. Iowa, one of the most fertile states in the country, imports almost all it’s vegetables for consumption. That worked in the era of cheap energy, but it’s a deal breaker for the American food supply in the immediate future. We can’t continue to dedicate entire states to one or two crops and move them around the globe in the waning days of plentiful oil. Diverse farm practices don’t lend themselves well to land saturated in Round-Up and chemically polluted water sources.

    • Nekoanomaly

      Hemp is not going to get GMO’s out of all our food. Corn-syrup Wheat and Sugar and Soybean oil and Cotton oil is all gone GMO. Nearly every product we consume one or multiple of these ingredients. The genetic modifications to these crops cause everyone that eats them to modify as well. That modification we are most familiar with is called Cancer. GMO stop they normal life cycle of cells. Creating abnormal cells that won’t die on there own. Obviously hemp isn’t replacing sugar or grains any time soon. These products are the arguments. GMO corn is not being used for fuel, as much as its used to feed the meat that we eat. Create sweaters and hydrogenation products.

      If you want to educate yourself more on the subject try watching a documentary “Seeds of Doom.”

      • Nekoanomaly

        that should have said sweeteners… damn I hate autofix.

      • “Creating” hydrogenation products isn’t correct. “Hydrogenation” is a process, and it is a “nasty little process”, too. If you are in the least bit concerned about your heart-health and your HDL and LDL cholesterol “numbers”, it is not totally “cholesterol” that you need to avoid. It is things that are made with tropical and hydrogenated oils and fats that you need to be concerned with. It is those that create “bad cholesterol” in your bloodstream. Unfortunately, the only way to avoid “hydrogenated” fats and products is by reading labels and “educating yourself”, preferably with the help of your doctor.

        I can give a few examples. When I was a youngster, my dad’s wise doctor ran tests on my dad and concluded that he had “high cholesterol”, something that at the time (back in the late 50s/early 60s) didn’t get a lot of “media exposure”. In the interest of my dad’s health (and the rest of us–I had two older sisters), my mom looked over the literature the doctor sent home, and certain things made either an “immediate” or “gradual” disappearance from our house. First to go? Canned shortening! You remember—the white stuff called Crisco and other trade names. Seems that canned shortening, despite even today calling itself “all-vegetable” shortening, is pure, hydrogenated vegetable oil. I won’t go into the process of hydrogenation here, but you can read it in nearly any bio-chemistry, or some more advanced health brochures or references. All you need to know is that “hydrogenation” of an oil, even one that doesn’t have naturally-occurring “cholesterol”, makes it NOT a good choice for a heart-healthy diet. I haven’t looked at a shortening can since way back then, when I was about 8 or 9 years old, but my guess is that no matter how they try to make it sound like a “healthy choice”, it still has a high count for “trans-fats”. The rule of thumb on shortening is “just DON’T use it”. Need to “fry” something like chicken for that holiday picnic? Use Canola oil instead. For any sautéing, olive oil is the best. It is high in monounsaturated oil, which actually helps boost the HDL, or “good cholesterol”.
        But I digress. Regarding hydrogenation: When you buy margarine, your best choices are those with the most polyunsaturated oil and/or monounsaturated oil. Two brands come to mind: Smart Balance, and Fleischmann’s Margarine, which seems to be more and more difficult to find these days. Fleischmann’s has for years been the only margarine made of 100% corn oil, and high in polyunsaturated oils. A rule of thumb to remember is that “the easier it is to cut or slice” a stick of margarine right out of the fridge, the higher in polyunsaturated oils. (On the opposite end of the spectrum, try slicing butter right from the fridge. Not too easy, is it? That’s because butter is full of trans fats, and is, despite it being “natural”, very high in LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol. Another “clue” I use, is to see how an oil or fat hardens on a plate or bowl after dinner. The faster it solidifies, the faster it is going out in my trash!
        If you have children, or are a peanut butter nut like me (my dad, being from South Georgia, treated peanut butter as if it was its own “food group”, just as his daughters do today) this is where label reading will really be of help. Almost 100% of peanut butter offered on the shelves today are “hydrogenated”. Brands like “Skippy”, “Jif”, and others, are nice and smooth, right? Well, do they require refrigeration after opening? No. And what happens if you DO refrigerate a jar of Skippy or other smooth peanut butter? It becomes hard as a rock! Why? Because it is hydrogenated! Because of that, they stay smooth, there’s no need to stir in the oil, before each use. Convenient, yes. Healthy, NO!
        The only kind of peanut butter I’ve known in my life has been “natural” peanut butter. But that can be deceiving when it comes to labeling as well, which isn’t really correct. Here on the West Coast (SoCal, to narrow it down) the only known label of genuinely “natural” peanut butter is “Laura Scudder’s”. It is not hydrogenated, is very low in fat (15%), Of that 15% fat content, there is 0 (zero) “trans-fats” (the bad guys), 9.5% polyunsaturated fats (also “okay stuff”) and a pretty good number of mono-unsaturated fats (the kind in olive oil, and the kind that helps reduce LDL and raise HDL in the diet—a good thing.) The “downside” of this kind of peanut butter, if you can call it that, is that when you first open it, you need to stir it up to incorporate the oil, which because it is not hydrogenated (like Skippy, etc.) It also must be refrigerated after use as well, because it does not contain preservatives, and sometimes needs to be stirred again before spreading it. There are other peanut butters out there that market themselves as “natural” (many with the “store brand” on them) when indeed they are hydrogenated, and contain more than the two simple ingredients of “peanuts and salt” (and you can even get the REAL natural stuff unsalted if desired, as well as “smooth” or “nutty”).
        I was quite taken aback when I had to find a substitute for my usual Laura Scudder’s brand (it was sold out one time). I figured any “natural” peanut butter would do. But so many of them contained sweeteners, as well as, being hydrogenated! That’s the real bugaboo. You have to be careful of store brands calling themselves “natural”, and in fact I found one brand labeling itself as “organic” in addition to “natural”, and it, too, had not only been hydrogenated, but it also included some other decidedly “un-peanut-y” ingredients.
        Two other brands of peanut butter that I buy (when available—seems that in recent months it’s not been in the stores) are Trader Joe’s “natural” peanut butter, and the “natural peanut butter sold at Costco. For whatever reason, the Costco brand has not been in the stores in recent visits, but I think it had something to do with a problem with their supplier(s).
        So, now I’m getting off my soapbox and just gonna wrap up with: Do NOT buy/use anything “hydrogenated” whenever possible. It’s just not good for you. And beware of labels bragging “No cholesterol”, because it is possible for perfectly good foods to contain some cholesterol; it’s just not okay for hydrogenation to be a part of the production of a product.

      • Traywayne

        Susie maybe you should read up on Canola oil and how it’s processed before you recommend people use it…

      • Judi

        Animal fat is healthier. we were lied to.
        Stay away from all margerine and vegtable oil. Pure olive oil is okay for cooking

      • oldngrumpy1

        I should have explained my point more succinctly. That point is that we have been duped by the “feed the world” lie that is self perpetuating as long as Monsanto’s GMO products are so intrinsic in our food chain, as you pointed out. Besides offering better land use economy, hemp offers byproducts that would replace much of the animal feed and corn based oil that is now in wide use. As byproducts, these have great cost benefits to manufacturers and the market would wean away from GMO corn naturally. Also, hemp is almost indestructible and sets nitrogen in soil, and therefor would not benefit from the added expense of Round-Up or urea based fertilizer application, so it would be unattractive to the chemical industries. The best way to beat Monsanto is to offer it’s customers more profitable options.

      • Jstyx

        Not to point out the obvious, but if hemp were to begin being used as suggested, then Monsanto R/D would just begin work on creating larger and tougher strains of hemp. The only reason hemp is a talking point is because it isn’t used. Once it begins being used, then it becomes profitable and open to “improvement”.

      • Outtherebad

        Also, because if hemp is used, next is marihuana. People who smoke weed always seem to rally for hemp. And Monsanto and others will just start growing weed seeds

      • name

        Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant species. Hemp just has a lot less of the DHT in it. That’s the chemical that give the “HIGH” to marijuana.

      • Nugget

        THC

      • Cassandra Martinez

        Your an idiot hemp is a cousin plant that has NO chemicals that get you high in it

        Lmao
        Your stupidity is amusing

    • oldngrumpy1, I think you are missing a comma after the word “Monsanto”. I’m not saying this as part of the “grammar police”, which I so often do, but only because without that comma, it sounds as if you’re writing from the viewpoint of wanting to prevent the legalization of hemp BY Monsanto! 🙂 It just hit my “funny bone” when I read it the first time.

    • Lyola M Roeske Shafer

      I believe your idea would be ineffective, but applaud you for serious thought. Crops are grown where they thrive best. It is not a “designation.” My considered opinion about this is that the hysteria is ill-placed and uninformed to a great degree. If we choose we should try to know more so that we can complain effectively to the people who have the power to act .

    • Judi

      Buy organic

  • IAMimportant

    If monsanto seeds germinate naturally on your farm, they will sue you and shut you down, who cares about if its bad or not, they are a fucked up company.

  • kladinvt

    Besides GMO’s, which are problem for all consumers, more important is the devastation of bee colonies worldwide. If Monsanto is permitted to continue widespread use of their pesticides and global bee populations are decimated, there won’t be any food to grow nor eat!
    That’s the real issue here!

  • competing companies should fight back by labeling theres as not GMO then what doesn’t will look suspicious right

    • Bruce Veasey

      That, my friend is a wonderful idea! But we need some sort of enforcement of false advertising laws to prevent monsatos from simply labeling their food as well.

    • Steve

      The competing companies are the organic ones and they already label theirs nonGMO. All other companies, unless it’s a small Mom and Pop company that sells their own farm’s production, buy their corn, soy, sugarbeet sugar, cotton, etc., from the marketplace, which comingles GMO and nonGMO crops. In other words, it is physically impossible to buy, for example, corn chips that are nonGMO unless the manufacturer buys organic corn. Growing your own vegetables is fine, but most, with a few notable exceptions, are still nonGMO. It’s the corn and soy that are the main problems insofar as getting GMO stuff out of your food, including meat animals that eat GMO crops.

    • oldngrumpy1

      This is already in use. Products labeled “organic” must prove that they are not produced from GMO or use any chemical fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, etc. They also must pay for this inspection to earn the label and to keep it. Even an adjacent farmer’s overspray can be detected and cost one labeling rights, so the organic farmer must go to extreme measures at times to protect that right. Some organic farmers had even been sued by Monsanto when their crops became pollinated by the neighbor’s GMO variety and made to pay a royalty to the company if they wished to save their seeds. When you have the ability to write laws you can use taxpayer money against consumers and producers and require government to be your private police.

      • the main point of listing as non GMO is to start the conversations among consumers with the simple spark of a question :

        “i see this food as not contain GMO what is that?”
        “what is a GMO?”
        “I i see non-GMOs in this package are they bad?”

        in America you have to take the around a about way to educate people

      • Jack Bond

        60% of the organic produce consumed in the United States is grown in Mexico, where oversight and regulation are not of primary concern. Of course nobody in Mexico would ever sell ‘organic’ produce that wasn’t (of course not), but if they did (of course they do), there is little chance you, the consumer, would find out. Many years ago, several suppliers paid third-party companies to ‘test’ their organic produce, but that costs money, and often, the results were not what was expected, so the practice has been less common and infrequently implemented. It costs money, and that cost is always passed along to the consumer.

        Our government doesn’t have the funding to protect us from contaminated produce, like the recent outbreaks of salmonella and listeria in spinach and cantaloupe, and ‘certification’ of organic producers is not an ongoing process, there is little regulation in place to protect consumers from fraud, especially on produce grown in Mexico.

        Supporters of labeling will suggest that as many as 90% of Americans support labeling, though less than half that number showed up in California to support labeling there, and thus far, there is no will in Congress to institute labeling, as unfunded government mandates are not popular these days. The question is the same as above… ‘Who’ is going to provide the incredibly expensive oversight required to maintain the ‘credibility’ of labeled products? The inevitable truth is that such regulation would cause an increase in food costs, something the average consumer will not pay for, as again witnessed by the labeling vote in California.

        To suggest products labeled ‘organic’ must prove they are not produced from GMO is totally misleading. The ‘organic’ ingredients are the key, and we already know that the ‘organic’ industry is rife with fraud, as mentioned above. The notion implied by ‘oldngrumpy1’ that testing and certification is an ongoing, unwavering process is simply wrong, and indicates a lack of understanding of the industry and how it works. There actually is a law that requires labeling should the GMO ingredient be shown to ‘alter’ the product in terms of consumption and health, but thus far, that law has not been used because the evidence simply is not there.

        We still await credible evidence that GMO foods are dangerous to our health. GMO foods have been available for more than 20 years, and there are more than 16,000,000 products worldwide that contain GMO ingredients, yet there is no legitimate evidence that these products have harmed our health. Yes, there is supposed ‘science’ that suggests GMO products are not healthy, but there is also supposed ‘science’ that man-made climate change is a hoax. I think both positions are born of the same scientific discipline, that being ‘junk science.’

      • Cassandra Martinez

        I like that you say %60 with no sources
        Also the farm to table movement is huge where i live
        Id say %90 of the produce where i live is grown in our town

  • LadyeCatte

    Purchased vegetable and strawberry plants today from local grower Grants Farms in Cheyenne, WY. Looking around for locally-produced potting soil… and NOT at Wal-Mart.

  • johannah90

    YES!!! You must buy heirloom seeds from a reputable company like Baker Creek Heirloom seeds…..or another likewise reputable heirloom seed co.

  • johannah90

    all you can do is buy local, but you don’t know if they have been using GMO SEEDS, DO YOU?? Or, you can grow your own crops and share them with your neighbors, which is the best thing to do. Using heirloom seeds, of course. Keep the seeds year after year as well. Watch for cross polination.

    • Not only will I share any “crops” we have (amounts to two citrus trees: a very high-producing lemon tree and a not-very-reliable Valencia orange tree) but I will help anyone who might want it with their barn-raising,
      Getting practical, I think many of the people lecturing folks on this topic to “grow your own” (last I knew, one could still get arrested for that) were born after the last communes closed-down in the 70s, bought homes in the ‘burbs or Cities, and have very little space for growing anything. I’ve lived in three major cities in the US and one in England, and land in any urban area is never “free”. 90-percent of the time I’ve heard of large and successful community gardens, it was in the context of the folks who worked the “vacant” lot, being evicted by the owner, enabling them to build something. Anyone who thinks that you can just start raking, hoeing, planting, watering (a major challenge on a vacant lot when there is no piping from which to get water) and harvesting (and then preserving) in any city in the US has never really done it, at least not without some “benefactor” who donated land for such a purpose. Sadly, most urban property-owners aren’t so generous. It’s not possible to show up on a weekend with some would-be “urban farmers” in, say NYC, San Francisco or LA. Finding even a small plot of unused land in those cities is nearly impossible. And even if you do find a space, (and I know this from my experience as an Sr. Economist/Budget Analyst for NYC) you’ll quickly find yourself up against a whole team of zoning commissioners, and the other affected City departments, such as Sanitation, the NYPD, and FDNY. Someone owns that land; even by declaring “squatters’ rights” (which only exists in someone’s imagination) whenever a lot or even small swatch of land becomes “productive”, even with a “community garden”, there suddenly are taxes to be paid, and in those cities (especially San Francisco, where there is very little in the way of “vacant” land. In LA, there isn’t much more in vacant space, except in the suburbs, and people who live there (as I did) and commute to a job, spend on average, about 3.5-4 hours commuting to and from work each day. I’m not making excuses here, because I have grown gardens in our backyards, but when there are times of the year when you don’t see your home in daylight, it gets very difficult.
      Interestingly, I never heard such squabbling when I lived (and worked—even for an upscale greengrocer in Chelsea) in London. People just “naturally” cooperated. If there was a bakery strike, people bought one less loaf of bread, enabling that other loaf to go to someone else. If there was a strike preventing livestock to get to market, well, we ate less or no meat. Funny how in a nation where people are portrayed abroad as being quite “classist”, things are quite the opposite when it comes down to daily life. During a bakery strike, I invited some girlfriends to our flat to make our own bread, because none of them had ever done so, and I, loving to bake, had done so on many occasions. The British are quite social, and almost anything can be made into a “social event”, like baking bread, baking holiday cookies, or even when I made pecan pies for my friends who had never heard or tasted such a thing. (HINT: Non-Americans in general, ADORE pecan pies! (And pecans are one thing I’ve always been selfish with, since we always got a year’s supply from our family down in Georgia each year for the holidays.)
      But I think there’s a lot that some people need to learn about “communal” planting, or any other activity for that manner. There’s always going to end up with one person trying to be “the boss”, and another, let’s say, who will be “the authority”. In other words, be careful if you want to start a community garden, because the “social pecking-order” will take you back to middle- or high school!
      Don’t know about you, but I didn’t particularly care for that.

      • johannah90

        I can certainly see the difficulty in attempting a home garden with such a busy life…..something like what you already have, a couple of citrus trees that may or may not be fairly maintenance-free are ideal. Also, some type of fruit trees require very little constant care and would be great for sharing unless you live in an area of the country that is not ideal for such a planting. Anyway, I am thinking of folks like myself, who are retired, and are able to devote more time to a garden and can share the proceeds with those neighbors who are very busy with work and coming and going in the dark. That’s neighborly!

  • Judith Meives

    Grow just enough for your family. I have two tomatoe plants potted. I am fixing up a vertical pallet to grow lettuce, radish, carrots on both sides. Put a trellis on your porch or against a wall from a pot, grow pole beans or cucumbers on that. I’ve seen squash, gourds climbing on chicken wire strengthened by fence poles. It is each family for himself, and then to share and exchange if possible. Someone with a yard can grow potatoes, and trade with you for tomatoes. Another can grow the corn, and you all exchange foods as needed. This was the original world before companies and illnesses took over.

  • Leftoverquiche

    Thank you for your words. I do believe that one person can make a difference!

  • Doc Franklinstein

    I feel insulted when people take my name in vein…..

  • Kathy

    If you want to understand the science behind the change in wheat read the book “Wheat Belly”. It is very good and will answer many of the questions you may have about the science behind peoples claims.

    • sunenge

      Wheatbelly is nothing but whackadoodle BS used to make $$ for the author, no real science in it whatsoever.

  • Chris Peck

    This is rather simplistic and very insulting. GMOs have crept into every facet of the US food chain. This is about much more than fruits and vegetables one can grow at home. GMOs are in just about every processed food product on grocery shelves that contain wheat or soy or corn by products. I am not an alarmist, new age wacko. I am a well educated, informed consumer. I have a right to decide if I want to consume GMOs. But I have had those rights abrogated by Monsanto and their heavy handed legislation on labels.

  • Jean Smith

    They have cost us the European market.

  • QueenBossLady

    I agree with your premise. However, a huge problem is that people who live at or below the poverty line can’t afford the organic, non-GMO foods. They don’t tend to live in areas near those types of stores. There are 5 apartment complexes across the road from the WalMart closest to my house in my town, and that’s next door to a WinCo, which makes WalMart look like Whole Foods. That’s where they go because that’s what they can afford. It’s easy to say “don’t purchase it” and “shop organic” when you can actually afford it. I don’t mean that disrespectfully toward you, I mean that it’s high time quality, organic food become available and more affordable for all.

  • Stormdev

    I don’t fault Monsanto at all for driving their business. What I don’t like is the company’s continual attack on farmers who don’t use their seed. I only want to eat organic, non-GMO, foods and Monsanto has a vendetta against organic farmers because they don’t use their seed. Monsanto, you’re Microsoft and we’re Apple. Back down.

  • upscalebohemian

    Wow, does this writer really not see the big picture. Monsanto’s plan can’t just be stopped by growing our own food because Monsanto’s real plan is to go after farmers (and eventually home growers) for patent infringement after our pristine crops are cross-pollinated on the winds with their proprietary pollen. They’ll tie up one business concern after another in litigation until they put them out of business, and then they’ll swoop in and buy their land at ever more and more fire sale prices over time. Unless they’re stopped now (and I believe they will be) we will have ZERO choice in the future. This is the big picture. It’s not going to be stopped by what you advocate here. There are more sinister forces at work than what you seem to comprehend.

  • pzuppo

    was planned in less than three months, proving this point. Millions rose and marched and that’s a very telling aspect of the collective displeasure of one company monopolizing food, behaving unethically, working behind the curtains lobbying our government representatives, and omitting valuable data from consumers. Some want labels, but I want the company to go bankrupt due to its very long history of death and environmental destruction. Apparently, that’s what they like to do or they would have changed their ways over the past one-hundred years. Their greed and misplaced ethics have time and again proven they persevere on their path of profit over people; profit over the continuation of natural biological diversity, and; profit over life on Earth.

    Google Monsanto and bovine growth hormone. The same scenario took place then, between the late 1990s through 2998, as is playing out today with their genetically mutated seeds. Monsanto is expert at subterfuge; however, it appears they really don’t learn by their mistakes in the true spirit of learning. They believe if they can keep the Monsanto Protection Act active and have a ban on GMO labeling, then they won’t be forced to stop their destructive ways. We cannot let them do that, so this is much more than grow your own vegetables because we don’t all subsist on vegetables only. Plutocracy has slashed away at the rights of consumers, but we must put our collective feet down hard when corporations steal our food democracy.

  • jeczaja

    Natural seeds could be retained for planting the following year. Hybrid seeds (GMO) cannot. They produce sterile or undependable plants. Thus they already have a monopoly on the food supply each year-you MUST buy engineered seeds. Or not. Heirloom seeds still exist and we can request them whenever we buy seed. I have heirloom squash, cucumbers and tomatoes growing in my garden as we speak.

  • Scott Cody

    You want to know why there are fertile areas not being farmed? The government actually gives subsidies to farmers to NOT farm their land. Not even joking. My Sociology teacher has a neighbor who collects a government check to not farm his land.

  • Mark Vaughan

    One Powerful tool in this fight is the free app “Buycott” as you can set it against Monsanto, and it will tell you that Pepsi is made with GMO High Fructose Corn Syrup.

  • g-fchefess

    Buy only non GMO foods. Write to the companies that use GMO ingredients and tell them you will not buy there products anymore and then STOP buying them. Support grocers, farmers, farm markets, and local distributors who do not use GMO seeds. Hybrid foods are not GMO foods – the science is not the same and hybrids have been with us for a long time – think seedless fruits, even apples are all hybrids. I am pretty sure that GMO wheat has never been approved for use in foods – but beets, soy, corn, cotton Yes. So do not use sugar from beets (which it almost always is) do not use baked foods that have cottonseed oil (duh, it is not even a food) and always buy organic soy and corn products!

  • mx

    What I do know is that my parents died in their 50’s. Their mothers lived to be over 90. Their parents were from the depression era and WWII and grew their own backyard gardens. A friend of mine attended her 50th High School reunion and was surprised that a large number of her classmates were worrying what to do about Mom and Dad as they approached their 80’s and 90’s. I think a number of things have triggered the problems with this country’s food supply. I wholeheartedly agree with the author that Monsanto wants to corner the market and patent everything possible – patents that infringe on the rights should a natural crop become infected with their genetic mutant. I also wholeheartedly agree (and regret) that the modifications to the food supply have created increased problems with gluten, allergy sensitivity, asthma problems in children and a whole host of problems probably not easily diagnosed by physicians (which is not the physician’s fault). The only thing I can do is try to only buy foods that are not GMO modified; avoid corn and corn syrup, and go organic and local as much as possible. (My growing skills are pathetic – I try but to no avail ). Encourage others, spread the word.

  • Bernardh H Conway

    Yup, it all sounds good. But how about this ?……..Let’s start importing our food from The EU countries, that refuse to use GMO’s !! We already bring in crappy fruits from S.A……….,poisoned frozen farm raised fish from Indonesia. etc. American farmers want to sleep with the DEVIL ?… then let them burn in HELL with all the other evil monsters wreaking havoc on our planet !!

  • vtaylor94903

    You don’t have to grow your own (this is impossible for many people). Just buy Organic. Yes, it’s more expensive, but so far, GMO food can’t be labeled organic. Even Walmart and Costco are seeing this market growing and have organic produce.

  • Nathaniel Donaghy

    Sorry, I have no intention of taking any action to abolish GM crops, as they represent the future of our species. Please give me solid published scientific papers in a peer reviewed journal (that aren’t under heavy criticism) that highlight all the ills you claim they cause.

    • Sarah Fitzpatrick

      Scientific American and Science journals say they are fine.

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  • James Mersky

    We have laws about monopolies, where is the enforcement? And how does a company that makes food products not have to tell us what’s in it? I am flabbergasted!