Call to Action: Vote with your Fork!

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Oh dear, where to begin.

Surprise, surprise, a major retailer has sold out.  Or rather, their trying to cover their asses because so many of their products are probably already contaminated.  Because big organic (WF-style) is not all that different from regular farming (e.g. they still use pesticides, etc).

So here’s a brief history of food:

Monsato owns it.  That’s it.

They are a ginormous conglomerate that wants to genetically modify every crop despite the fact that we do not know the risks of consuming such crops.  They’ve ruined the lives and well being of millions of small farmers by forcing prices and subsidies to ridiculous levels so these families are forced to take huge lines of credit and sink into bankruptcy and ruin their land and etc.  They’ve ruined the land by pushing for regulation that supports monoculture (one crop grown, usually corn or soy)  rather than polyculture (multiple crops, rotated throughout).  They’ve ruined the lives of the communities surrounding such farms where the waste from their toxic sprays is contaminating water and soil and thus food.

Well Monsanto and the USDA who they (along with the cattle ranchers association and the like) have in their back pocket aka own because these corporations have tons of $$$$$$ to make sure policy decisions go in their favor.

Yes I sound like a petulant child.  You know what, you should too.

Let me re-frame this.  Did the bail-out piss you off?  Does the tax loophole for corporations piss you off?  Good, then we’re on the same team.

What people don’t always seem to realize is this: these are all the same damn issues, manifesting themselves in different ways with different masks and costumes.

So what can you do?

  • Step 1: Get angry.  You can no longer trust any food company to provide high quality, sustainable food produced in quality working conditions.
  • Step 2: Sign the petition.  This is the easy and takes two seconds.
  • Step 3: Educate yourself.  Read stuff by Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman (my new author crush), etc.
  • Step 4:  Think about your food choices.  Stop buying that crap.  Sign up for a CSA, grow your own herbs, go to the farmer’s market, shop at your local health food store.  Support companies who are a part of the Non-GMO Project (whose work I support despite what the first article says).

I recognize this might not be everyone’s cup of tea.  But fact of the matter is, we don’t have a choice anymore.  We inherited these issues, along with things like global warming, and its up to us to reverse the course and undo as much damage as possible.

I also realize that I might lose some readers for this post.  Its a risk I’m willing to take because unlike other things I feel passionately about (e.g. Passion), this is not something I am flexible on because these are issues that truly and deeply affect each and every person, present and future, in this country, regardless of gender/race/economic class.  Its about time we realized that.

Yoga/beauty/life,

Kait xo

Updated

As I’ve continued to explore these issues I’ve found more on the story.  Please continue educating yourselves with these stories about what this legislation means for you as a consumer of organic goods as well as more on Monsanto’s tactics (3rd article).

Vilsack caved on GM alfalfa so what’s the impact?

The decision was a stunning reversal of a more measured approach that Vilsack appeared to be taking in December, when the USDA talked about considering the impact of the GM crop on other sectors of agriculture. But that was before he faced an uproar by the GM industry and the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal for playing nice with organic farmers

USDA Disappoints: No Regulations on GM Alfalfa

The USDA had been considering two potential decisions on this issue – either full deregulation or deregulation with restrictions. The latter would have set rules to protect non-GE crops from contamination.

The GMO Battle: Does Whole Foods  Support Monsanto’s GM Alfalfa

Once a farmer begins using Monsanto seeds, they are essentially hooked for life. They cannot easily go back to using traditional methods because the cross-contamination of their seeds with those from Monsanto results in an infringement of the patent and trademark laws. Many farmers who have never even used Monsanto seeds have fallen victim to these laws due to the cross-pollination effect of wind, that occurs naturally.

xo

9 thoughts on “Call to Action: Vote with your Fork!

  1. I hear ya! I’ve been feeling the same way for a long time, but it’s frustrating because I feel like I’m always so negative all the time.

    I see a TV commercial and it’s difficult for me to be quiet about how many lies they use in marketing. I feel like I’m always complaining.

    How can we remain a positive person “inside”, without feeling the negativity all the time. That’s the part I’ve been struggling with, especially when it comes to my family, my parents in particular, who think buying organic flour is going to make up for the processed coffee cakes, puddings, “skinny cow” snack bars, breads, deli meats, etc.

    I get sick of complaining, feeling paranoid and pointing out one more wrong thing after another. sigh. sorry, just venting. Maybe you can offer some insight.

    PS I think what really sent me over the edge, was Obama (who I had high hopes for) recent appointment of a Monsanto VP (?) to the USDA. I feel like we’re all doomed.

    I think I need a hug! LOL

    • I hear ya Debbie! I feel like I have this “the world is evil” mentality and that is so not me! I was reading Good Housekeeping before going, “UGH dairy is so not the answer post-workout!” and will snarkily narrate any given television show/ad.

      To be honest. I don’t think there is an answer. I try to not be too preachy but sometimes things happen and I just can’t help it. IMO there is a time to be silent and a time to speak up. Both Lindsay (happyherbivore.com) and Erika (blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com) talk about not pushing our beliefs on others but rather showing them. Erika takes it to the point that if people ask her, “Why aren’t you eating cake?” or “Why did you give up x?” or “Don’t you like to just have fun once in a while?” she just shrugs. Its actually a really useful trick!

      I also think its important to recognize that a lot of times people feel like we are judging them for their food choices when we speak up about things like this. Most of the time, I’m not! I’m just sharing a fact or something interesting that makes me super excited because talking and learning about this stuff makes me downright giddy. But I’ve had people freak out on me and I can recognize its not that I’ve done something wrong (share something I find interesting with my family or friends is unheard of, right?!) but rather they feel judged or less or whatever.

      The most powerful thing you can do is to vote with your fork and offer education and guidance to those who ask/express interest (and actually a lot do)! I’ve had many friends contact me independently to thank me for influencing their eating/buying habits because they feel better and they’re saving money and they never thought it was possible to fit healthy cooking & eating into their lives & budgets. Its slow progress (like with my hands…ironic? I think not!) but its progress nonetheless. I also stay up-to-date on food policy and try to post it to fbook because despite what we’ve been led to believe, I do think every voice counts. And finally, I’ve come to accept that some people will never change. There are so so so many factors that play into why people don’t care (I talked about it more here and here) and it isn’t your job or my job to help them (unless, of course, they are in our circle). My beau has switched to a mostly veg diet not b/c of nagging but because of education and the deliciousness of eating veggies and trying new things.

      So to conclude this novel (that will likely end up as another post haha)…do what you can. Know you are making a difference. Spread the word generally. Chat about it with like-minded folk. And vote with your fork…over and over again. ::hug::

  2. Well, I am sooo soo happy that someone else feels the same way. Your first paragraph sums up “me” in a nutshell. Talking back to the Pediasure & Pizza Hut TV commercials!!!! Or yelling at Dr Oz! LOL, feeling the world is so evil!

    I know, I know, I have a habit of shooting off my mouth and thinking later, when it’s too late. I’m really trying to hold back a little and not be so ‘forceful’ in my opinions, as yes, it will turn most people off. I have been learning myself, that *I* don’t like to be preached to, so I have to learn not to do that to others.

    Yes, vote with your fork…(love Michael Pollan!!!)

    I’m not a fully plant-based diet, like you, and I don’t know that I would ever get that far, but I’m doing what I can, and it’s nice to meet others feeling the same way!

    thanks for my virtual hug!

    • See…you exemplified my 3rd paragraph perfectly. I didn’t say you were preachy. tehe ;)

      I shoot my mouth sometimes too…I have a strong personality (in case you didn’t get that haha) and sometimes word vomit just happens.

      RE:plant-based diets…I never thought I’d be here. As in, my blog name should be the “Accidental Vegan” because I literally found myself at the end of a week going, “Holy shit…I didn’t eat any animal products this week. WAH?” And I was scared at first because of the inevitable backlash and didn’t want to be “one of those people” but now I embrace it and try to remember to shrug. ;)

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