Check out the two tomatoes Patty is holding on the left. They came from the several acres growing 100 yards from my house, conventionally sprayed with toxic pesticides that will last literally generations in the groundwater and in my body and everyone else’s who live on this street.
My children are breathing it, and tracking it into my house on their shoes. I didn’t know Patty bought these tomatoes. I guess she wanted to dehydrate more of them for the winter than we had coming out of the few plants in my garden.
The two tomatoes on the right were grown organically in my garden. I grew them with compost, and no effort whatsoever to worry about pests. The variety we planted were supposed to be SMALL tomatoes! I’ve lived here for 10 years, with my garden, and have never sprayed anything on anything.
Like John Denver sang, “Only two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love, and home-grown tomatoes!”
If you grow your own garden, don’t let modern agricultural practices lull you into a sense of complacency that herbicides and pesticides and artificial fertilizers are necessary and righteous.
REAL farmers for thousands of years amended the soil with decayed plant matter, returning it to the Earth as food for the next crop. It’s a beautiful, eternal round that God intended.
He didn’t intend Monsanto to try to outsmart Mother Nature to inflict “Roundup Ready” crops on us. That’s where Monsanto has engineered crops that are impervious to their deadly Roundup chemicals.
I read Monsanto’s web site touting the virtues of their wonderful chemical approach to all the world’s problems. Monsanto’s frankenfoods, the company claims, are “a perfect fit with the vision of sustainable agriculture and environmental protection!”
Monsanto’s good-hearted vision allows farmers to “conserve fuel and decrease the overall amount of agriculatural herbicides used.” Are you buying any of this? I hope not, because there’s one reason ONLY for Monsanto’s practices:
THEY’VE PATENTED THEIR FOODS. Google and read about the epic battle between MONSANTO and DuPONT over who gets to grow these herbicide-resistant man-made foods. Then tell me if you think the actions of these companies are in the interests of public health.
Monsanto brags that they’ve now commercialized funky strains of alfalfa, corn, cotton, canola, and sugarbeets.
(Yet another reason not to eat sugar.)
In my google search, the NEXT item down, after Monsanto’s mind-blowing benevolent spin on its horrific agricultural agenda, was a Huffington Post article about farm animals having rampant miscarriages because of Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” GMO crops. These crops are highly linked to depleting the healthy flora in the human GI tract, leading to our culture’s widespread digestive problems. It’s also linked to obesity and mental illness.
Purdue University’s Dr. Don Huber wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (who fast-track-approved Roundup-Ready GMO foods) begging him to “avoid a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure.”
Plus, the stuff doesn’t work. The Washington Post wrote recently that Roundup Ready Alfalfa is unnecessary, harmful to farms, more toxic than DDT (banned in the U.S. many years ago), and actually causes weeds to develop a resistance to Roundup.
You can’t recall a genetically modified plant from the environment. It changes the environment forever, and only Americans are inflicting this on the public with impunity. Europe bans GMOs and carefully regulates pesticide use, as do the other first-world nations.
Please. Grow your own food, with whatever space you have, the way people did for thousands of years. Stand up against conventional ag practices—by buying organic, and local too, and boycotting Monsanto and other chemical companies who are the terrorists of our food supply.
So what if the birds and bugs get a few. What we are doing isn’t just unconscionable—it’s unsustainable too. We cannot keep dumping millions of tons of new chemicals, annually, into our soil, water, and air, without massive ramifications to human health and the entire ecosystem.