I wonder if most people understand the dire consequences of a bill signed by our president last week. A bill that protects Monsanto from all law suits, present and future, from any claims that their products causes serious health problems, even death. Research shows it does and every other country in the world has banned them. Why, I ask, would the president protect this company in particular? Of course we know the answer, money, and the money from Monsanto haunts the halls of Congress and the White House.
That is sad that the American people, who are by and large against genetically modified crops, did not have a voice despite Marches against Monsanto across the country, and that our health, our children’s health, and definitely our grandchildren’s health is going to be sacrificed for a few bucks. It feels overwhelming and devastating.
Is there anything we can do? Is there any way to beat big business at its own game? Not directly, but indirectly perhaps. I think of all the convenience food my grown children eat daily, fast food, and supposedly healthy boxes of dinners. The effect that will be having on them. The effects on my granddaughter Maryjane’s new organs and system. I cannot change the world, indeed I may not be able to change my children’s worlds, but I can work within my own boundaries and possibly inspire or help folks around me and maybe help my children start gardens when they get into their own houses, or at least let them come raid the root cellar and my gardens. So what can we do?
This is war. Not war in the sense of World War II but war against the people all the same. In the time of WWII, Victory Gardens were the answer. Victory Gardens provided sustenance against insecurity and fear. It provided healthy food, grown from seed, from back door to table. Back yard chickens provided eggs and meat. Grains stored so that fresh bread could be made. Sugar and other items that were experiencing a shortage were creatively replaced. The housewives of the 1930’s and 40’s fought for their families and protected them by ensuring food was in the back yard. We can do the same.
Steps to Winning the War Against Monsanto and Protecting Your Family
1. Grow a garden. Be it in pots, 5 gallon buckets, the front yard, the back yard, the side yard, or at a community garden.
If you cannot grow a garden where you are at, or do not have the energy to have one, support someone that does. Small farms are dotting the landscape and more and more new farmers are coming on the scene, particularly women. They are all around you. Check the farmer’s markets or ask around.
Not all farms are the same. The big farms at the farmers market ship in produce this early in the season. Is it organic? Where did it come from? Particularly corn. That will protect you from the GMO’s but the pesticide free is very important as well. Pesticide use is at an all time high and the residual is in the structure of the food. You can’t wash it off. Find a pesticide free farmer. Local. Small. Eat in season.
Go in with a friend. Do you have a friend that gardens? Can they plant a row for you in exchange for something you create? Or can you buy excess produce from a friend?
If all else fails, buy from the health food store and make sure it is organic!
2. Get back yard chickens. If you are allowed, get them. You will not regret this most amazing, local protein source and classic entertainment. Eggs have a million uses and if one chose, the meat could be harvested every few years.
If you cannot have back yard chickens, find someone that is allowed to. It is actually very easy to find someone to raise your livestock for you. Farmsteaders are happy to share what they know and to help out city folks.
If all else fails, buy organic meat from the health food store.
3. Get a Milk Share or A Goat. Nothing tastes better than a cold glass of chocolate milk after watering the garden. Raw milk is better for you than pasteurized. It contains valuable enzymes and nutrients that are destroyed in pasteurization.
4. Avoid boxes at all costs. Inside them lurks, not only every genetically modified ingredient known to man, but they are basically nutrient deplete, and unrecognizable to the body.
If you must use a box of something, make sure it is organic.
5. Make your own food. This may seem impossible to a lot of people. It does take time to make everything homemade, but not that much more time. Make time. A television show less and you could have a day’s worth of food pre-made if you needed to. The time it takes to eat out could be spent in the kitchen. Fast food on a farmstead is salad, boiled corn (organic of course!), fried fish, I mean seriously folks, it really doesn’t take that long to cook dinner. Pre-make breakfasts and plan lunches and bake bread on Sundays.
6. It doesn’t cost more to be organic. Trust me on this one. Yes, the individual prices of the vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, meats, and grains are a smidge higher than at Walmart. However, you are saving money by not eating out, by not buying prepackaged meals, by not buying boxes, soft drinks, etc. The grocery bill may even look a little lighter!
Do it yourself. Support someone local to do it for you. Only eat organically. Store food for winter. Watch many of your diseases fall away. And protect yourself in the future. We can have the last laugh.