In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation’s 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America’s organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it’s time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack (examiner.com, 2011)
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Just when I thought we were on the right path, and there were still some company’s out there trying to support health, nutrition and wellbeing. Once again, big corporations who are more interested in their income than health, win again. I am a subscriber to the Environmental Working Group e-mail serve and every so often they send letters out concerning petitions and other chances for us to sign letters supporting healthy eating, environmental sustainability, non-toxic babies you name it. Recently the past 4 that I have received from them are regarding the laws pertaining to GMO’s (genetically modified foods) and Monsanto. I did my part and sent a letter to the government, hoping that enough people may do the same in order to make a difference; however, it still seems that as progressive as we (I) think we are in supporting healthy, non genetically modified, pesticide and chemical free foods, we are still under the big hand of those in control (those who make the decisions also control the $, i.e. big corps & big pharma).
So, in an effort to support your own health and those closest to you; family and friends, spread the word and get informed. Read your labels, research where your food comes from; find out if it’s organic or ‘natural’ and what exactly that means. A little knowledge can go a long way and your health and wellbeing depends on it. We are what we eat; literally, and if we keep pumping ourselves full of non-nutrient dense foods, filled with chemicals; how are our bodies supposed to thrive?
And to lighten things up a bit after that depressing news; this all reminds me of a scene in the new show Portlandia… and yes, though a little extreme, those of you who do live in Portland or are familiar with it know that it isn’t too far off. Love it!
Schortgen, K. (2011, January 28). Whole foods and other organic groceries cave in to monsanto and gmo products [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.examiner.com/finance-examiner-in-national/whole-foods-and-other-organic-groceries-cave-to-monsanto-and-gmo-products