I try to purchase mostly organic food, much to the amusement of 2 of my nieces when they come to visit. One in particular seems to hunt down things in my cupboards to see if she can find “organic” written on anything, so she can gleefully announce “Oh, that is organic too!” I won’t bother going into all the benefits of organic foods in this post, but I do want to say that when you make the decision to purchase and consume organic foods, in particular locally grown, you are making a statement to support smaller farms. Okay, I know that is not exclusively the case. When I buy a tub of Earthbound organic greens, I am certainly aware they weren’t grown in Ontario, but on a huge California farm probably. The point is, as well as wanting to reap the benefits of nutritious organic food, I want to avoid synthetic and chemical pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers and genetically modified foods. Monsanto is the most well known of companies that dominate the GMO field and there are some interesting videos and documentaries about them – “The World According to Monsanto” is one. I have just come across another shorter film about how farmers get stuck in the GMO cycle – http://www.nextworldtv.com/page/5704.html It certainly dispels the theory that GMO crops are sprayed less. (This web site has so many interesting short clips about a wide variety of topics. I encourage you to have a look at all that it has to offer and sign up for email alerts when new videos are posted on topics that interest you.)
Monsanto doesn’t make it easy to opt out. It is becoming harder for farmers to find non GMO seeds. It is no longer far fetched to state that our food supply is becoming more controlled by giant corporate interests. Where will this lead for our children’s children? Remember that every time you purchase organic you are supporting a farmer who has opted out of this vicious cycle of GMO’s.
April 1, 2012 – I just watched a 10 year old film (I didn’t realize it was that old until I saw an ancient computer monitor on someone’s desk!) called Supper Deconstructed about a restauranteur who goes on a quest to find out more about where his food comes from after a customer asks him if any of his food contains GMO’s. He travels across the globe and speaks with farmers and government (Monsanto would not give him an interview) about bio technology and how it has infiltrated our food supply and we don’t even know when it is in our food most of the time (unless you buy organic of course). The film reminds us that this technology is wiping out our food variety and the ability to save our seeds for future generations. Food has become patentable and those who hold patents yield a lot of power! We still have the power of choice choice and that is why it is so important to make your voice heard. Tell your produce manager that you don’t want genetically modified foods and make your purchases send loud and clear messages.