i might be talking out of my ass a little here. but please indulge me for a minute. i'm not as smart as all you facebook people who are being educated through your news feed about the scary government takeover of monsanto, and this will not be an articulate post, but i've got questions. and this seems like a good place to rant my way through them.
yesterday i posted all about my love affair with food. really, it is a life long - LIFE LONG - love affair. i don't trust people who don't love food. (except maybe you leigh - who at least loves chocolate enough to make up for everything else.) i take food seriously: what my next meal will be. how & what i feed my kids. where my food comes from. the next celebratory meal i get to create.
if i can buy food directly from a farmer, that is my preference: eggs, a side of beef, veggies warm from the summer fields. if i can't do that, farmers markets are next. then the local organic/gourmet market. then whole foods. and finally, trader joes. i'm not a purist. my kids get slurpees now & then. and in n out burger too. but i'd really like to know that the bread i buy at the grocery store is something my body can digest. not some mutant grain derivative that is a poison to my system. corn products that are mutilated and toxic. this whole gluten-free epidemic has alot to do with wheat that is genetically engineered to the point that it is an unrecognizable food to our bodies. our bodies are in revolt and we should listen.
last weekend my aunt and uncle were visiting and uncle dale spoke of the patriot act that obama signed - allowing the government to put americans in jail with no habeus corpus. a potential life sentence without explanation. dale, a chiropractor who believes that food is the only medicine we need, hinted that this new law was intended to turn food activists into terrorists. that our desire for food the way the earth grows it, food that our bodies recognize, is becoming a revolutionary (read: terrorist) act. terrorist because it is counter to the capitalistic agenda of american corporations to monopolize any market - even if it means corrupting our food sources. and sure enough, on the heels of the patriot act (signed offshore), obama appoints a monsanto figure head to a critical fda position. are you f*cking kidding me?
(obama, i'm crying. i cried the night you were elected - joyful tears - so happy that an african-american with dreams would lead our country. i feel so betrayed. now i cry tears of frustration and resistance. maybe there was never any hope anyway. maybe the office of president is dead. the president a mere puppet to corporate greed. but i am definitely in mourning over this. and i'm pissed off about it too.)
perhaps i will be put on a list of terrorists now. here. because i am terrified (who are the terrorists?) of what this world will become with frankenstein food. with seed populations and genetic strains mutated? when i cannot feed my children food that will make their bodies healthful and strong. when i am forced to eat vegetables with round-up innards grown in empty soil filled with toxins.
our soils are corrupted - essential minerals depleted. our seed strains corrupted at the cellular level, with pesticides woven into its dna. our animals pumped with antibiotics and steroids.
are you not afraid?
do you have hope?
what should we do?