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Monday, January 31, 2011

I Do Not Heart Monsanto or Corporate Greed!

Almost 2 hours of my day today was spent watching 'The World According to Monsanto' -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH4OwBYDQe8
and feeling pretty sick about it.  I try to be a positive person, but it's hard to watch the stuff that's going on in India and Mexico and now right here in the good 'ole US of A and not feel really angry about corporate greed and the impact it has on all of us, but especially the poor of the world.  Some of the damage I contribute to as a US citizen really hurts my heart.  So now I have to decide what to do with this information.  Where do we go from here?  If you just sit back and look at these big picture stories, like the polar bear mom whose baby died because she had to swim so far looking for ice and just couldn't make it any longer; all the plastic particles that are now everywhere in every part of everything we do, eat, breathe, etc.;  and now Roundup Ready alfalfa takes over the world.....it all feels a little overwhelming, doesn't it?  I think my conclusion today is that it is overwhelming.  These are times that I just have to turn to my faith to carry me through.  There are no easy answers.  The best I can do is my personal best, one step at a time, day by day, spreading (non-GM) seeds and hoping they take root and grow, learning from others and trying to find the love in this world.  That's the optimist in me.  Here comes the pessimist....
This video was an eye-opener for me because I realized how many things I am just naive about and don't even begin to know about.  There are lots of Americans just like me.  We live in a little bubble not even realizing all of the things that are going on around us until they hit us right in the nose.  That's the life I wish we could all have, though....the simple life.  When did everything get so complicated?  It wasn't good enough to drink the milk of a cow, we had to inject her with all kinds of hormones until she got mastitis and then administer antibiotics to heal the mastitis, so now we have pus, antibiotics and igF1 (a hormone, I think?) in our milk....and the best part is that if we didn't purposely try to find out about it, we might never have even known!?!  And that milk is probably not killing us, but think about it and think about all of the bad things that it IS doing.  Is it worth it?  The milk is just one tiny example, a drop in the bucket.  I think about my grandparents and how hard they worked to put food on the table and how they grew gardens to nourish their families.  Is there anybody in the world that dreams of feeding their kids pus?  antibiotics?  hormones?  toxins?  I have to say that I'm really disappointed in our government for constantly giving in to corporate greed and putting profits ahead of people.  When will we learn?  Why does it seem like the simplest things are often the hardest to understand?

4 comments:

  1. P.S. - I really miss the days when you didn't have to have a law degree just to figure out what is in the utensil you're using at the moment: http://www.worldcentric.org/biocompostables/bioplastics

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  2. really wonderful post kate...:)

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  3. I loathe Monsanto! I am going to grow some vegetables this year just to rub it in their faces!

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  4. Thanks so much, Sudha!!! :)

    Dave, me, too x infinity....glad to hear you're growing some veggies...me, too! Keep us posted how they grow!

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