Recently I stopped by a feed store that I do not normally frequent and bought a 50 lb bag of alfalfa pellets. I failed to look at the bag when the man put it in the truck, and just assumed that it was the same brand that I had already verified to be GMO-Free. It was not. And then it began…
Not wanting to feed GMO to my critters, I began calling everyone I could think of and finally got to the bottom of whether or not I had inadvertently supported Monsanto et al or not.
I called the feed company, posted a message on their Facebook page, got the number of the manager of the manufacturing elevator that processes the hay into pellets, because that is where the list of growers is located, and found that each and every grower is going through GMO-Free verification.
A good day, indeed. Not only did I not support Monsanto, but raised awareness that customers want GMO-Free alfalfa, and not pesticide-soaked garbage that has been genetically engineered in a lab. Score a hit for the good guys.
You see, alfalfa is notoriously pesticide-free. The root mass is so thick that weeds simply have a hard time growing in it, so it doesn’t need to be sprayed. That is, unless you buy Round-up Ready alfalfa, in which case it is soaked with pesticides just like every other GMO crop, as well as genetically engineered in a lab.
Way to go, Monsanto! Take a naturally pesticide-free crop and turn it into a cash cow for the Glyphosate industry, all with a bit of PR hocus pocus and outright lies. Any farmer who actually buys Round-up Ready alfalfa is either ignorant or brainwashed or working for the GMO crowd. Period.
So, if you are in Oregon and want good quality GMO-Free alfalfa pellets, the Grange Co-op is your store.
I know that it takes time to call around and ask questions, but in my opinion, that is what we need to do. Stores will stock what customers demand. If we demand GMO-Free feed, then they will stock GMO-Free feed. If we just plop whatever into our trucks and don’t ask what it is we are buying, we will get what we deserve – anything that they want to give us. It is up to us to be the change we want to see. Make sure that what you are getting is GMO-Free. Do the research, demand change, and follow through. We can do it, one customer at a time.
©2014 Barbara H. Peterson
Barbara H. Peterson
What could Monsanto and the Ukrainian conflict possibly have in common? Let’s just take a look:
The stakes around Ukraine’s vast agricultural sector, the world’s third largest exporter of corn and fifth largest exporter of wheat, constitute a critical factor that has been overlooked. With ample fields of fertile black soil that allow for high production volumes of grains, Ukraine is the breadbasket of Europe.
Ukraine is the breadbasket of Europe and it is GMO-Free, but not for long.
It appears that an alignment with the EU carries with it a mandate to implement genetic engineering into its farming practices. Read the rest of this entry »
We are creatures of habit. We get up at certain times, got to bed at certain times, eat certain foods, like certain things, and rarely think about the consequences of our actions. We rely on our past knowledge of what is good and healthy and nourishing to still be valid in today’s genetically engineered, pesticide soaked world.
But what if the things that we have grown up with and learned to trust have changed so dramatically that they are no longer good for us, but just appear to be?
What if the chains of habit that bind us to certain actions are merely illusion, designed to keep us coming back for more and more of the same stuff that is now killing us?
This is mass marketing, folks. And it is all around us.
The package says “natural” and “healthy” and we go for it. We bite. We take the bait like fish in a tank and end up floating belly up with no one to blame but ourselves.
That candy/power bar that you grabbed at the checkout stand is not what your great-grandma used to make. It is a concoction of toxic and addictive chemicals designed to keep you coming back for more with a pretty wrapper shouting “All Natural!” Read the rest of this entry »
“It was a letter officials with the Cumberland County Library System were surprised to receive.
The system had spent some time working in partnership with the Cumberland County Commission for Women and getting information from the local Penn State Ag Extension office to create a pilot seed library at Mechanicsburg’s Joseph T. Simpson Public Library.
The effort was a new seed-gardening initiative that would allow for residents to “borrow” seeds and replace them with new ones harvested at the end of the season…
That was, until, the library system received a letter from the state Department of Agriculture telling them they were in violation of the Seed Act of 2004…
The department told the library it could not have the seed library unless its staff tested each seed packet for germination and other information. Darr said that was clearly not something staff could handle…
…commissioner Barbara Cross noted that such seed libraries on a large scale could very well pose a danger. “Agri-terrorism is a very, very real scenario,” she said. “Protecting and maintaining the food sources of America is an overwhelming challenge … so you’ve got agri-tourism on one side and agri-terrorism on the other.”
…the department indicated… that it would continue to crack down on seed libraries that have established themselves in the state.” LINK
You might be an agri-terrorist if…
- You attempt to start a seed library for members to borrow and replace seeds.
- You don’t test each and every seed packet for germination and “other information” before sharing.
- You actually tell the Department of Agriculture what you intend to do, go along with what they say, then expect a positive result.
- You think that you have the right to share seeds with anyone you want without the Monsanto/Department of Agriculture seal of approval.
© 2014 Barbara H. Peterson
And you thought that the government and its media prostitutes were just being protective when they started “warning” us about Ebola.
What’s the charge officer? Sneezing… Read the rest of this entry »