Monday, February 7, 2011

First post

Here's our first post. I thought we'd start out with an article about the giant, evil Monsanto Corp. Monsanto is the world's leading producer of herbicide glyphosate (or "Roundup") and genetically engineered seed. The article below is about their genetically modified corn. Corn is in A LOT food products in some way shape or form (i.e. high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, etc...) and since Monsanto produces a large portion of the United States (genetically engineered) corn crops, you've probably been eating Monsanto corn whether you realized it or not.  These articles are just the tip of the iceberg.  Monsanto's products are the under intense scrutiny in several countries including France, Germany, Haiti, and Mexico and their genetic engineering practices are the subject of a very large controversy.

Please take a look at the very disturbing article below, linking Monsanto corn to organ failure:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/12/monsantos-gmo-corn-linked_n_420365.html

Here's an article about Mexico not allowing Monsanto in their country:

http://redgreenandblue.org/2011/02/07/mexico-stands-up-to-monsanto-says-no-to-gmo-corn/

Want to know what you can do?   Well, for starters, reduce your intake of corn.  It's in things you may not even consider.  For instance, I'm muchin' on some froyo and.... yup, corn syrup and corn syrup solids are the 6th and 8th ingredients.  The great thing is that the market is turning; you can buy ketchup without high fructose corn syrup now!  It may not seem like much, but the loss of one person's support turns to two which turns to three which turns into something pretty big.  Times, they are a-changin', but it's up to us to keep it going in the right direction.

Also, you may want to consider writing to your local politicians and/or signing this petition:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/642/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1265

Thanks for taking the time to learn something new.  We hope it makes you think about things a little differently.  Thanks for reading our very first post!  More to come very soon.

-Kervin

2 comments:

  1. What is froyo? Zach and I recently bought real maple syrup. Apparently most syrups are made with corn and have only maple flavor. For Alabamians - Monsanto is the cause of one of Alabama's worst environmental disasters - the big PCB spill from their landfill in Anniston. Also - corn ethanol can be in your household cleaners.

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  2. froyo=frozen yogurt.

    I did not know that about syrup. I don't ever buy it. Was the real syrup from the US? Maple syrup from Canada is actually being boycotted in an effort to make an impact on the seal fur trade.

    Thanks for the info! I will look into that spill.

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