As I learn more about gardening, I keep tripping over articles, posts and films about the practices of Monsanto.
A post by my one of my favorite Facebook pages TheCrunchyChicken led me to the following Natural News article; Shocking findings in new GMO study: Rats fed lifetime of GM corn grow horrifying tumors, 70% of females die early.
I read the article. Then I went to the Monsanto Wiki page, which may have been written by Monsanto itself. I read the entire page, including all the lawsuits filed by and against Monsanto. I learned about Terminator Seeds.
"Genetic use restriction technology, colloquially known as "terminator technology", produces plants that have sterile seeds. If put into use, it would prevent the spread of those seeds into the wild. It also would prevent farmers from planting seeds they harvest, requiring them to repurchase seed for every planting, although they also need to do this for hybrid seeds, because second-generation seeds are inferior, and in cases of patented transgenic seeds, where patent-holders like Monsanto enter into contracts with farmers who agree not to plant harvested seeds as a condition of purchase." (-Genetic use restriction technology Wiki page)
The World According to Monsanto, a 2008 documentary film directed by Marie-Monique Robin seemed like an interesting place to continue my Monsanto research. The film received thought-provoking reviews on Amazon, but the film is out of stock. Reviewers recommended Food Inc., which I haven't yet watched because I like food. Same goes for Forks Over Knives, which preaches a vegan diet.
I guess I can only bury my head in the sand for so long.
What really got my attention about Monsanto this time, is that they make Round-Up weed killer, which I used recently in my yard. I'm worried about my kids.
Monsanto's genetically modified corn is everywhere, even in canola oil and aspirin. Right now, I'm eating Dannon Oikos Greek Nonfat yoghurt. Modified corn starch is the fifth ingredient.
I'm not an alarmist and I don't bring up dinner-table taboo subjects, like... ever. But, it doesn't look like the government will be able to regulate Monsanto anytime soon. If I can keep GMOs out of my kid's cereal (corn) and make a few important changes, maybe my kids will live.
No plastic bags
No plastic water bottles
Grow more veggies at home
Eat organic meats
Learn more and pay attention
That reminds me, what's that crap that lines soup cans? BPA
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