RESISTBarbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

Compromise. That’s what it’s all about, eh? We are taught from early on that the only way to get along is to go along. Meet halfway, in the middle. Don’t be such a stickler. Nothing is so sacred or important that it cannot stand a little compromise.

And just were has this type of thinking gotten us? Just how willing should we be to compromise and lay our values down on the altar of coexistence?

Just how much compromise do we have to accept to feel that it is okay to allow others to put poison in our food, to spray poisons on the land that we are supposed to be stewards of, to poison our animals that trust us to take care of them, to drop poisons from the sky, to put poisons in pills and vaccines that we are ordered to get if we want to keep subsistence jobs working for people who would rather see us dead than alive because we are just a statistic and replaceable, and to poison our very water supply?

We are dying, and it’s our own fault. We are compromising our way into extinction with only ourselves to blame. But it’s okay if we keep believing the lies. If we keep hiding our heads in the sand and accepting the falsehoods that make us feel good, eh?

We love the lies that make us feel like we are all powerful and in control of our pitiful existence. Yes, pitiful. Just how pitiful is it when poisons are sold next to healthy foods and we have to guess which is which, all under the banner of “choice” and “free will?” You tell me, because, quite frankly, I’ve had just about enough of it. I want truth. I want uncompromising truth, no matter how much it hurts.

I talked with someone at Trader Joe’s. She would not allow me to quote her, and referred me to the PR department, but the gist of the conversation, paraphrased, was this:

Question: “Do you sell brands with GMOs?”

Answer: “Yes, we do.” She listed the brands.

Question: “Will you be getting rid of your GMO brands anytime in the near future?”

Answer: “No. We want the customers to have a choice. We won’t get rid of them unless demand goes down.”

In other words, they want the customer to be able to choose between non-GMO and something unlabeled that might possibly be GMO, but you don’t really know because it is not labeled. That’s real choice, eh?

If people simply stop buying the poisons, Trader Joe’s will concede to that and stop carrying them because the company will lose money, not because removing poison from store shelves is the right thing to do, but because it is cost-effective.

No wonder she didn’t want me to quote her….

If people want it, the stores will sell it, doesn’t matter what it is. No values, no honesty in advertising. No concern for anything other than the almighty buck. Hey, if it works for me, then to hell with everyone else. Let the buyer beware.

This is the same type of thinking that says my neighbor can spray Roundup all over his place and pollute my organic garden through toxic runoff. It’s his right to do so. What about my right to not be poisoned by his choices? My organics don’t hurt anyone, whereas his chemicals do. That is the difference. When poisoned food is placed side by side with good food, with no outward distinction, not to mention the ethics of poison being sold as food anyway, how exactly is that real choice? It’s not. It’s compromise. Coexistence, if you will.

Each and every time we compromise we lose a little bit of ourselves in the process. Each and every time we decide that just a little poison is okay, just as long as no one notices, or because everyone is doing it, and I just have to make a living, so I have to, we lose another piece of ourselves to compromise. And just how much do we have to lose before we cannot regain what was once good and true?

What are the consequences if “everyone does it” except for the minority that chooses to not compromise? The radicals. The freaks, if you will. The people who choose to take a stand and fight the good fight for uncompromising honesty? I guess if the majority wants to poison itself, the minority just takes it in the shorts. So much for democracy in action.

We live in a world where good is bad and bad is good. Where poisons are considered healthy, and good, clean food is illegal. Where people stand in line to register and poison their children, all mandated by a state that requires such “healthy” practices in order to participate in life on this earth. And don’t dare try to really be healthy and share the wealth by sneaking any raw milk to your neighbor or you just might end up in jail.

But it’s all okay if the bottom line is in the black. If you have enough money to get all the zoo-zoos and wham-whams you want to keep yourself occupied with triviality while the world around you crumbles in a pile of toxic waste.

For those who couldn’t care less and prefer the status-quo, just keep making money and living the lie. It’s easier that way. But for the rest of us who have a burning for the truth, and who spend every last breath here on earth searching for it, it’s not nearly enough. No lie will replace it.

WalkingSo, we stand. We stand in the truth, and try to do what is right. We plant our heirloom seeds and pray for rain. We watch our gardens grow and feed our animals with the last remaining shred of food that hopefully has not been poisoned by liars, deceivers, and those who choose to compromise and coexist.

When you are surrounded by falsehoods and compromise, it’s time to make a choice. Sometimes, that choice is a hard one, but one that must be made by every man, woman and child on earth. That choice is to either stand for the truth or die defending the lie. As for me, I choose to stand for the truth, come what may. Please join me. It’s our only hope in a compromised world full of deceit and trickery.

©2013 Barbara H. Peterson

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11 Responses to “Making Money and Living the Lie”

  1. Paramenides says:

    The reality of course is that retailers like Trader Joe’s have succumbed to the Harvard Business School “Ethic” of “whatever the public will fall for”. The bottom line is that we must educate ourselves, our families, and our friends. I realize that is not easy given that the media bombards us with lies, more lies, and statistics. However, surrender is not an option. Once your eyes have been opened it is simple cowardice and unwillingness to take responsibility to try to shut them again.

  2. Alicia says:

    “…Are there actually people coming into stores wishing to buy GMO foods?!”

    Donna, my thoughts exactly. And in fact I would even argue that many (most?) people don’t know enough about what’s actually in their food to make an *informed* choice. So, what Trader Joe’s calls choice or “demand” may really be a lack of consumer awareness.

    I love to cook and bake from scratch and am a picky shopper, but GMO food has somehow managed to stay under my radar until recently. Now I investigate and question everything, even foods labeled as organic. And it’s honestly a little overwhelming at first because it’s disillusioning and it takes work — you have to get yourself over the convenience mindset.

    I liken it to being in a thrall. We grow up in this society in the thrall of nefarious marketing and business practices. People need to be educated and encouraged to connect the dots for themselves and live consciously in every area of life, even if it means a little bit of inconvenience and sacrifice.

    I personally would rather be inconvenienced in my grocery shopping than to poison my kid with pesticide-infused food, or contribute to the destruction of family farms here and in Canada, the infestation of ancient corn varieties in Mexico, the destruction of agrarian communities all over the world, the pollution of the ecosystem…

  3. Grissell says:

    I shop at Sav-A-Lot. THey don’t have name brands and they are smaller, because they only have one brand of something. Stores that are large have 5 brands. They stock the cheaper stuff. I find I can go in and do all my shopping in 15 minutes. Those large stores you spend twice as much time and then you got long lines to wait. No more warehouse shopping for me. It’s time for people to give Wal-Mart the boot when it comes to grocery shopping.

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  5. Not-the-minority says:

    The reason that coexist seems to make sense is because few people are exercising common sense. The entire argument hinges on a minority vs a majority. The first amendment to the Constitution was added to the Bill of Rights to protect the minority from persecution of the MOB (democracy) group think. Those that want natural unadulterated organic foods are the majority. After all who wants to drink polluted water, breath polluted air and eat poison? At one point in time GMO’s did not exist except in a lab, then they cleverly hid the GMO’s in products without our knowledge. Now they claim that the majority of people want GMO’s! Really? Then put it on the label so that the people that desire franken foods and poison can buy the products, this will certainly speed up the culling of the herd. If we want to regain our sanity and some semblance of a responsible society, people are going to have to learn a very important concept. That concept is called asking questions and learning to say NO. Just say No to everything that you find offensive and not acceptable. If your precious sensibilities are offended by being told the truth too bad!

  6. Vee DeMarche says:

    I shake my head every time I hear the argument about choice… especially when it comes to food. Just STOP providing me with endless stupid choices -then I won’t have to CHOOSE.


  7. Carole says:

    Unfortunately we are all being conditioned to be ‘politically correct’ from little on in school . This conditioning has been going on for at least a generation. It has caused a lot of people to stifle what they really feel morally on issues and just ‘go along’ least someone bring attention to others that you have ‘different opinions, values, morales. Why you might be looked on as a terrorist since you don’t go along with mainstream media.
    This is affecting every aspect of our lives and how we ‘don’t ‘ react to things that long ago we would have. We are being manipulated on so many levels we don’t even know. Learn to think for yourself and speak out.

  8. irene says:

    compromise is the whole of this existance. Even when one spends vast ammounts of money to get secluded farm land isolated from regulated and crowded places, the compromise seeps in like a poison every second.
    What am I really going to do about the weather modification over my head 250 days out of 365? I can’t even figgure out who they are; so who to call? I compromise and send letters to my congressmen and senators. Its a silent yell quietly filed.
    Same with the indignities I suffer knowing that experian and the car insurance industry are in cahoots to chip our records to a credit score on our hand and head so that we can be named by the supercomputer at what percentage of my life can be milked to feed the vicious baby, our banker overlords government.
    I guess this is why Daniel the prophit and others were so abused for stubornly “praying in the wrong direction”. So on this scale of “Ëverything is compromise on some level,” our decision makers are manipulated to do the wrong thing, EVERY TIME !
    Occupy the HYDRA ! Wholly Moely people, do we need to go make friends personally with the with the idiot senator/ congressman and jaw their ears off about the bio warfare being committed on the environment and his state ? I call it project dress up socialite ! Find out their schedual and drop off jeoffrey smith books and copies of the french rat studys and water tests from the local rivers.
    In montana generally it is not the small houses polluting the waterways but the citys have poorly designed drainage systems that sluce out toxins industrialy from the shipping yard and industrial aluminum smeltering and the knock down herbacide the farmers use to kill the fields before they plant. The headwaters don’t get sewage in them untill the first big sewage plant, from there everybody compromises and 200 miles down the river tailings from the mine causes autism and parkinsons disease. Everybody goes along to get along but Jesus said we can’t do that. Extracting ones self from the matrix comes in degrees and is never fully completed. That is the amazing thing about how fully Jesus did extract himself from the Roman system. Still, he got money from a fish and used it to pay a tax. hmm.

  9. Donna says:

    The Trade Joe’s employee made the comment that Trader Joe’s wants to give their customers the choice to buy GMO foods or not GMO foods. Are there actually people coming into stores wishing to buy GMO foods?!

  10. Abe says:

    It’s like being forced to play Russian Roulette with a 1911 .45 Cal pistol. Hey there could 10 in it instead of just one.

  11. nedlud says:

    Well said.

    Compromise is the art of statesmanship, but the state (centralized authority, government and control) is pure evil.

    So why would anyone want to ‘compromise’ with pure evil?

    Mostly because they’re a) cowards or b) fools or c) just plain pure evil themselves.

    Well said, Barbara.