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Interesting article

Well it has been a few day since I last posted on the blog, but I read a very interesting article today about how Monsanto is trying discredit people like myself who grow heirloom tomatoes. Here is the article: http://civileats.com/2009/04/30/you-say-tomato-i-say-monsanto/.

Right now Monsanto controls about 85% of the US Tomato market and now they are coming after backyard gardners. This company must be stopped, the article points out that Monsanto is “the company that brought us PCBs, Agent Orange, rBGH, and even tried to patent the pig“.

If you have not done so already, please go to this site:http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm and fill out the Millions Against Monsanto petition.

The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Just thought I would post an article about the White House veggie garden, this is so exciting…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/09/michelle-obama-gardens-wi_n_185287.html

I also wanted to take time to comment on the book I am currently reading ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ by Michael Pollan. I am about half way through this great eye opening book and it is amazing to me the stuff that happens with the agriculture industry. They do all they can to produce as much shitty corn as possible, then process it a million times over and add it to the food supply. It is no wonder 1 in 5 children are now obese in the country. In a recent Ohio State-Temple study 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese. Here is the story:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/06/child-obesity-study-one-i_n_183790.html

I really appreciate what President and Michelle Obama have done to introduce the country to gardening but I think they are going to have to do more. Agribusiness has to be reformed or else we are going to get more stories like this (from the NY Times today):

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/health/policy/10food.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

To make things even more interesting, big agribussiness like Monsanto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto) is trying to buy up all heirloom seed companies and make that industry obsolete. Now this is just my opinion but this article seems to point out what is going on…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kerry-trueman/fedco-seeds-the-david-to_b_178581.html

Also there is a documentary that will be out this summer called Food, Inc. here is the trailer…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqQVll-MP3I

Finally for any who read this blog, please sign the following petitions, Thank you…

http://fooddeclaration.org/
http://www.organicconsumers.org/monfax.cfm

I promise not to ‘preach’ any more, until next time…

Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupations is exhilarating and life-giving.

– Mohandas K. Gandhi

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