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Nagy writes: "Keeping our children from harm in today's chemically-saturated world is one of the great challenges of modern parenting."

Kids reeding a food label. (photo: Beechers)
Kids reeding a food label. (photo: Beechers)


What Every Parent Should Know About Monsanto

By Toni Nagy, Occupy Monsanto

10 April 13

 

eeping our children from harm in today’s chemically-saturated world is one of the great challenges of modern parenting. The more I read the news, the more I want to look for toddler-sized quarantine suits on Etsy, but the most proactive way I can protect my daughter is to keep myself educated on these issues - even if that means I get forehead wrinkles from excessive worry. In addition to the health of my child, I fear for the ecological health of the planet. Last time I checked, Earth is the only place we have to live, and what kind of future am I providing for my daughter if I am not cognizant of how my life, and the decisions of my government, effect our environment? That is why every parent should be aware of the Monsanto Protection Act and what it means for their family.

When President Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act, many citizens were outraged by this blatant violation of the Constitution. By approving this act, Obama has allowed Monsanto to exist above the law, since genetically modified seeds are now protected from any litigation involving health risks. That is strange, right? If you were confident in your product, why would you be concerned about lawsuits involving health risks? You may wonder how this applies to you, considering you don’t buy Monsanto-Oh’s for breakfast, but essentially, you are. Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn, soy, wheat and beet crops have infiltrated our entire food system, and you could be eating their products every day and not even realizing it.

Many people, including children, have developed deadly allergies to peanuts and other food products. Imagine the trauma for a child who has to deal with their mortality every time they eat - how terrifying for the affected kids and their parents. According to PBS.org, “Some critics of GM foods feel that the possibility exists that those genetically modified food crops may unintentionally introduce a new allergen - for example, a fish gene can be put into a plant…. " Although I am fan of sushi, I don’t really think it is necessary to cross-breed it with my strawberries - especially considering the potential adverse reaction. PBS then goes on to explain, “Another potential hazard is the possibility that bacteria in our guts could pick up antibiotic-resistant genes found in many GM foodstuffs… in principle, it could exacerbate the already worrisome spread of disease-causing bacteria that have proven able to withstand our antibiotics."

Beyond frightening and unforeseen potential consequences to human health, there are some serious ecological effects we can’t afford to ignore. Traditionally, farmers around the world have saved seeds in order to cultivate a variety of strands to help maintain bio-diversity, particularly heirloom varieties, some of which may have been developed hundreds of years ago or more. Monsanto requires farmers to sign contracts on their seed that cannot legally be used the next season, and therefore the farmers have to purchase new seed annually. These GMO seeds are used only in monocrop farming type operations, which are not environmentally friendly or sustainable for their own reasons even without the GMOs, pesticides, and petrochemical fertilizer. So when you drive cross-country, one-third of the time you will be staring at corn and soy fields making you wish the Children of the Corn will emerge and eat your eyeballs directly out of your sockets. Massive fields with one crop, created from one seed, become very susceptible to pests - hence the creation of pesticides. And because there is no crop-rotation to replenish fields, the pesticides often continue to build up over time.

I know organic is a bit more expensive, but that is largely because organic farmers don’t receive the subsidies that GM farmers do. It is not like organic farmers are blinged out in diamonds because of all their profit from kale. They are barely scraping by trying to compete in a marketplace dominated by agribusiness. And think of it this way - until the 1940s the whole world ate organic all the time. Because that was all there was. Of course this is a very complicated issue because millions of people are dependent on GM crops to survive, but as an individual with purchasing power, how you spend your money will dictate where the market will start to lean. Supporting local farmers and getting involved with CSA‘s (community supported agriculture) will keep your costs down. And, of course, the more people who buy food grown without GMOs, the more companies will move in that direction.

It can be difficult to make an assessment for yourself of the personal and environmental risks of genetically engineered crops, because both the pro and con sides of the argument are very impassioned. You can find massive amounts of research pointing you in either direction, and that in and of itself should be a major warning sign. That the long-term consequences of these products are not yet understood means that we, the consumers, are essentially the test subjects of a global experiment involving our entire food system. What kind of responsible scientist uses humans as their guinea pigs? Not to throw the mice and rats under the bus, but I would much prefer we test on them for a few decades instead of using our children.

 

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+61 # KrazyFromPolitics 2013-04-10 09:03
There needs to be a campaign to educate the American public through any, and all, media about the predatory activities of Monsanto over the past several decades. Then, we need to unite with the rest of the world to categorically reject these evil bastards on all levels.
 
 
+17 # dkonstruction 2013-04-10 09:38
Looks like the kids were so freaked out about what was on the label one of them had to whip out a joint to calm down.

"I know organic is a bit more expensive."

A bit? For many poor and working class folks, even when organics can be purchased locally (not always easy or possible) they are often ridiculously expensive. I'm now living in a neighborhood that is being heavily gentrified but there are still many of the old and long-time low-income residents. The local supermarket which had always been horrible is "upgrading" it's stuff to cater to more of the new gentry including now selling organic veggies...they had a package of 2 organic red peppers for a mere $8.00!

I'm not necessarily faulting the farmers and the article is right to point out the subsidies that big agri-business gets and which organic farmers don't. But, the issue of price is huge and those promoting organics have to make the issue of price a priority otherwise it appears that all they are calling for is for those that have the money to have access to organics instead of making the goal easy and affordable access to all.
 
 
+16 # tbcrawford 2013-04-10 11:11
Interesting what the city of Oakland CA is doing...amazing and creative urban gardens sprouting all over and prices range all over, but many folks producing affordable healthy produce. It does take effort, imagination, determination and conviction that "si, se puede". So stop complaining and do something!
 
 
+18 # SOF 2013-04-10 16:23
Grow your own food. Don't have land? grow in containers. Join a community garden -coop or your own plot. Don't have one? Start one. Someone has a big yard but can't do the heavy lifting. $8 for 2 peppers !! NO WAY is the farmer getting near that. Complain. Demand the store label GMOs cuz you want to know what is affordable but not organic or GMO. Whatever, Just try shopping without corn syrup, soy, canola oil, 'sugar'. Assume those are all GM. Did they mention that test rats are becoming infertile in 3 generations? Why is the victim (natural or organic farmer) guilty when his crops are ruined by GMOs? Does anyone know anymore that soil is alive and being destroyed? that we still need bees-even for bee killing GMOs? Bees, kids, health, destruction of environment, basic essentials like water!, future generations, refusal to label, and now unconstitutiona l laws. Assuming you've at least seen "The World According to Monsanto" and "Genetic Roulette" for the slimy politics and health problems. I've been fighting this for years. It just gets worse. People are sheeple. Bah. Go ahead and eat GMOs if it suits your values. After all, its all about you.
 
 
+4 # ConcernedMom 2013-04-11 13:41
We can all work together to grow our own food in our backyards and in our communities. As mentioned earlier, see what Oakland, CA is doing. And Seattle is working to make the first food forest within the city. Barter, trade...most importantly, figure out ways to help each other.
 
 
+30 # cokacoa2 2013-04-10 09:56
I guess I am in front of the curve since I grew up with the peanut allergy. Why our government would encourage and subsidize GMO farming is frightening. The fact that the rest of the civilized world lets its consumers know whether or not they are choosing GMO crops but our country does not is beyond upsetting. It shows that we live in a corporate controlled country. When corporations merge with government, the merger is fascism. The USA is now a government for and by the corporations not for and by the people. Monsanto and its protection act are just a manifestation of our fascist country. People who still believe the USA is the land of the free and the home of the brave are fools. We are all doomed.
 
 
0 # Doggone 2013-04-13 12:55
Please do not say we are doomed, that is giving up, we have no choice but to educate each other and do what we can to fight Monsanto. Even though it "appears" hopeless, it is not!

Go to Organic Consumers Association and give it your support. They are working on these food issues all the time. Join together and educate anyone who cares.
 
 
+22 # jwb110 2013-04-10 10:02
This is all becoming like H.G.Wells and the Island of Dr. Moreau. Just a different kind of vivisection. It's Soylent Green and Logan's run all at once!
 
 
+7 # cymricmorty 2013-04-10 11:12
"Soylent Green is people!"
 
 
+23 # Vardoz 2013-04-10 10:18
This is something that upsets us all the time and enrages us that our govt and reps are so goddamn irresponsable! The EU seems to get it- they seem to understand that making their population sick for bribes is just palin stupid and negligent. We buy our kids organic meats and veggies but eating out is a problem - and our water is very polluted to- Our world is a poisoned planet!
 
 
0 # Johnny 2013-04-10 10:24
How did Monsanto brainwash the idiot masses to vote for Monsanto's puppet Obomber?
 
 
+7 # SOF 2013-04-10 16:27
Romney would have passed it too. This started long ago.
 
 
+6 # ConcernedMom 2013-04-11 13:46
Yes it started a long time ago. And please, do not be fooled into thinking that there are two parties. It's just an illusion to keep America divided. If we see them for what they are, we wouldn't be wouldn't be voting for any of the two that's put in front of us. We really need to stand together and stop drinking the Fluoride and eating the GMO.
 
 
+15 # warrior woman 2013-04-11 06:51
Listen, Romney IS THE REASON MONSANTO IS SO POWERFUL! Mitt Romney, Monsanto Man
9-12-12 http://truth-out.org/news/item/11531-mitt-romney-monsanto-man

"Though Mitt Romney has been campaigning for president since 2006, it’s alarming how little is known about critical chapters of his business biography. Nothing spells that out more clearly than his ties to Monsanto—the current target of a mid-September Occupy nationwide action—whose dark history features scandals involving PCBs, Agent Orange, bovine growth hormone, NutraSweet, IUD, genetically modified (GM) seed and herbicides, reaching back to the 1970s and ’80s. That’s when Monsanto was the largest consulting client of Romney’s employer, Bain & Company, and when Romney helped move Monsanto from chemical colossus to genetic giant, trading one set of environmental controversies for another."
 
 
+3 # Alfwyn 2013-04-11 07:55
You go, girl!
 
 
+20 # Ladidah 2013-04-10 11:02
It is a crime what Monsanto has been allowed to get away with. It is no different than a criminal enterprise. It is frightening that this government totally disregards the interest and health of the American people: Between our food sources (Monsanto and the inspection and filming of cattle and chickens,which has been criminalized) and fracking,which poisons our ground water. We are left to suffer illnesses and possibly death, for corporate greed.
 
 
+2 # ConcernedMom 2013-04-11 13:48
It's a crime what Monsanto and friends has been allowed to get away with AROUND THE WORLD.
 
 
+23 # jlg 2013-04-10 11:03
The disaster of GM 'food' is made truly awful by the fact that GM will contaminate other crops - a Monsanto executive is on record as saying we should get used to it (eating GM) because the rate of contamination will ensure that 'organic' will be wiped out. God help us!
 
 
+6 # cymricmorty 2013-04-10 11:08
"Not to throw mice and rats under the bus..." Yeah, you are, but we're all under the bus together. Mice and rats inside (and outside) the laboratory are eating GMO right along with us. Any creature that eats food in your pantry, too. And any creature that eats those creatures. And so on.
 
 
+20 # Shirley in Berkeley 2013-04-10 11:37
When people complain about the cost of organic food while they clutch their iPhones and iPads, and adjust their designer jeans, and get their kids fitted with the latest Adidas, and fan themselves with the menus at chic restaurants, it's like listening to the logic of crazy people.

Google "Round-Up Ready" and look at the list of crops you get. They have been genetically modified not to make them better for the consumer but to make them impervious to Round-Up, the poisonous weed killers Monsanto sells and which wind up on our dinner tables.

Monsanto sues farmers that save seed for the following year's crops because now Monsanto still "owns" the seed they sell and farmers must buy it again every year. If you think organic foods are expensive, don't you think the Monsanto product is setting up to get a whole lot more expensive?

Monsanto means to control the world's food supply, and if you think that's a paranoid exaggeration, you haven't been paying attention.
 
 
+4 # dkonstruction 2013-04-10 14:47
Quoting Shirley in Berkeley:
When people complain about the cost of organic food while they clutch their iPhones and iPads, and adjust their designer jeans, and get their kids fitted with the latest Adidas, and fan themselves with the menus at chic restaurants, it's like listening to the logic of crazy people.

Google "Round-Up Ready" and look at the list of crops you get. They have been genetically modified not to make them better for the consumer but to make them impervious to Round-Up, the poisonous weed killers Monsanto sells and which wind up on our dinner tables.

Monsanto sues farmers that save seed for the following year's crops because now Monsanto still "owns" the seed they sell and farmers must buy it again every year. If you think organic foods are expensive, don't you think the Monsanto product is setting up to get a whole lot more expensive?

Monsanto means to control the world's food supply, and if you think that's a paranoid exaggeration, you haven't been paying attention.


With all due respect, nearly 50% of the country is either poor or "near poor" and nearly that number fell below the official poverty (roughly $23,000 for a family of 4) line at some point in the last 2-3 years. So we're talking about 150,000,000 people in this country.

So, the conservative mantras that all the poor folks in the US are walking around with iPhones and iPads, wearing designer jeans and eating at "chic restaurants" is bull.
 
 
+2 # Sunnybunny 2013-04-10 17:46
50% of the population in poverty means that if we focus our attention on educating and organizing the working poor families (the largest food consumers) and make non Gmo food affordable and accessible through bulk buying clubs etc, we will quickly gain the upper hand in the food market, and use our dollars to take Monsantos power. This is a necessity! The poor are the guinea pigs for Monsantos giant experiment.
 
 
+5 # ConcernedMom 2013-04-11 13:52
If we learn to grow our own foods either in the backyard or in a community garden, it will definitely help offset costs. Trying to wait for prices to go down will be a long time coming as Monsanto and friends will work against it as they already are with GMO labeling.
Learn about Permaculture and spread the word.
 
 
+9 # Shirley in Berkeley 2013-04-10 18:30
What I'm talking about are priorities. People choose what to spend their money on, no matter how much of it they have. The fat cats complain as loudly as anyone else about how much organic food costs.

The key to the problem is that we have no idea what the consequences will be of eating pesticide polluted, genetically engineered food. We can’t even know what we’re eating unless it’s labeled, and Monsanto will spend whatever is necessary to keep that from happening. A conservative estimate for their defeat of Prop 37 in California is $40 million.

And you jump to conclusions. My family has only slightly over $23K per year in income. We buy clothes at thrift stores, have a used computer and a Tracfone, and we buy organic foods, either at a farmer’s market or our local supermarket. Yes, it costs more, but we pay it. Until people understand that their health and the health of their families is more important than Stuff, they will continue to cave in to spend their money on junk their kids and they themselves think they need to be happy.

Fifteen years ago my husband and I sent letters to every member of congress urging them to pass legislation requiring that genetically engineered food be labeled. It was clear from their pablum responses that they weren’t getting it and that we were getting form letters. More people are paying attention, but it’s very late in the game: Monsanto now has legal protection from lawsuits.
 
 
+3 # RnR 2013-04-11 07:58
ala Bill Frist protecting the pharmaceutical industry from any and all liability related to vaccines - notice the push to vaccinate for anything and everything by your local chain pharmacies?
 
 
0 # dkonstruction 2013-04-11 09:06
I fully agree with you about the importance of organic food these days given the poison that is being passed off as food. But, as I stated in my earlier post:

I'm now living in a neighborhood that is being heavily gentrified but there are still many of the old and long-time low-income residents. The local supermarket which had always been horrible is "upgrading" it's stuff to cater to more of the new gentry including now selling organic veggies...they had a package of 2 organic red peppers for a mere $8.00!"

I don't think it is reasonable to expect most low-income folks (even if they have access to organics which many simply don't given the nature of "ghetto" supermarkets in many cities) to be able to afford to feed their families even mostly (let alone exclusively) organic foods.

I agree that people need to make choices and sure it is more important to buy healthy food than the latest designer whatever gadget or clothing but it is neither accurate nor fair to say that it is the fault of low-income people (due to their choices) that they are not eating organic food.
 
 
0 # ConcernedMom 2013-04-11 14:16
Help people help themselves. We can follow his example. http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la.html
 
 
+11 # Eliza D 2013-04-10 11:58
Sadly, so many of my neighbors and parents of my kids' classmates think I'm an eco-freak, so I've concluded that talking to others about how we live is useless. But to RSN readers: Grow your own. Join a CSA. Support Organic Consumers Association. Write or e-mail representatives until your fingers bleed.Give to GMO labeling initiatives. Let's not let our grandchildren hold us responsible for this travesty of a food system.
 
 
-27 # scienceisgoodman 2013-04-10 12:03
Most of you really need to take the time to research and understand what genetically engineered organisms are, how they work and what they do, and how this sensationalist "journalism" is not providing a true picture. Some basic understanding of farm practices wouldn't hurt, either.
 
 
+12 # warrior woman 2013-04-11 06:54
Ok, here you go pal:

The pesticide Bt Toxin or Bacillus Thurengenisis is inserted into the DNA of the plant. This allows the plant to be sprayed with the systemic pesticide, Round-Up and not die after the spray. Bt Toxin is not designated as “safe” by the EPA IN genetically modified crops. I would note, IN vs ON, is key to the discussion. We can wash off pesticide residue ON a plant, we can not do so with pesticides IN a plant. Recently scientists have found that the corn crops that are GMO have failed in that the insects that they were supposed to thwart from eating the plants have developed a resistance to the pesticide so they are now adding another strand of Bt Toxin to the plant, in effect doubling the pesticide contained in the plant. The pesticide Bt Toxin and the RoundUp that is applied to it in the farm fields are made so that the bugs that eat the plants have something happen in their intestines so that they can not absorb nutrients, therefore, killing them through starvation. It's posited that human intestines are not really all that different from the insects that are being poisoned. The question in this debate, how is the pesticide digested? Is it digested? Where is it digested? Does it cause a reaction in the human body that increases obesity? In addition, a 3rd or now, 4th pesticide that is systemic is being applied, clothiandin, due to the insects resistance.
 
 
+4 # Alfwyn 2013-04-11 07:56
Great post.Thanks for telling it like it is.
 
 
-5 # scienceisgoodman 2013-04-11 16:25
[quote name="warrior woman"]Ok, here you go pal:

"The pesticide Bt Toxin or Bacillus Thurengenisis is inserted into the DNA of the plant. This allows the plant to be sprayed with the systemic pesticide, Round-Up....."
Close, but no cigar, sweetie. Get the big, thick book out. Bt does not allow any plant to be sprayed with glyphosate (Round-up) Glyphosate is an HERBicide, Bt is a PESTicide. Slight difference. You will also find in that book that Bt is a natural pesticide, and is allowed and has been used in the production of Certified Oraganic Crops for decades. As to the rest of your questions, you will understand the answers when you first get a grasp on the basics. Right now, you are telling it like it AIN'T.
Try again.
 
 
-4 # scienceisgoodman 2013-04-11 16:41
Oh....if you're having trouble, "Bacillus thuringiensis" would be the correct spelling.
 
 
+5 # ConcernedMom 2013-04-11 15:11
What research are you talking about? The ones paid for by Monsanto and company? Or the research that's hidden away from the masses where scientists were fired or let go? Or the ones that proved something is wrong but the paid for community sells them out and calls them crazy or research invalid? Am I to ignore the overwhelming evidence of deformed births occurring around the world?

I understand farm practices and what they are doing is NOT farming. The farmers of old took care of the land, they knew how to read the land. Saving seed is part of farming. When biotech companies want to control everything and destroy the land, that is not what a true farmer does.

Hybrids and GE are NOT the same thing either. How nice for the GMO folks to try to lump them in the same category to confuse the masses. Hybrids can occur naturally in nature because it's between two similar species. GE is not as it's trying to combine traits from two/three different species. GE is trying to play God. We certainly don't know what the full consequences are now that these GE crops are now in the wild. Look what's it's doing to the bees. Once the bees and other pollinators are all gone...
 
 
+5 # noitall 2013-04-10 15:36
Join Treaty Tribes in their fight to save the environment for ALL OF US! Treaties are "the law of the land", are mentioned in the Constitution, and guarantee to the tribes water and environments of which sustain resources necessary so that they can maintain their cultures. When you see Congress begin making moves to abrogate the treaties, stand up against it! These treaties protect all Americans and for tribes, they will NOT be bought off. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is step one in Congress considering this action because it goes against their being able to honor the treaties AND it compromises U.S. sovereignty as far as our environmental laws. Google it, educate yourself about it and teach. Things have never been this bad. We have a treasonous government siding with multi-national corporations.
 
 
+9 # nature 2013-04-10 15:54
nature

I know how they work, and they work to change our bodies once we have eaten GMO foods. Our government in not protecting us. Greed is in the corporations and in the government.
 
 
-15 # scienceisgoodman 2013-04-10 16:41
No, seriously do the homework.....be cause you obviously have no clue. You are entitled to your own opinions....not your own facts.
 
 
-11 # Holmes 2013-04-10 19:35
Quoting nature:
nature

I know how they work, and they work to change our bodies once we have eaten GMO foods. Our government in not protecting us. Greed is in the corporations and in the government.


You have been exposed to naturally occurring GMO's all of your life. Viruses introduce genetic material into your cells every time one attacks you. Likewise consider bread wheat, a man maintained hybrid of 3 grasses which is very difficult to develop and maintain with out human intervention.

As another is saying, please educate yourself in basic genetics and the how we interact with all other life on this planet.

GMO's are not main the problem. Sure if you introduce a toxin into a plant, it will be toxic to any organism sensitive to it. Any food novel food product should be tested. I guess we should also ban wine as it causes cancer.

Its how we use and control them and the IP with them, is the challenge. And how our culture is abused by those in power.
 
 
+9 # Alfwyn 2013-04-11 08:02
You are partially right. However, Monsanto,Bayer and other corporadoes have shown that their genetic tampering is almost never beneficial to human health. Instead, ther is more evidence that it is dangerous-see RSN article on birth defects in Argentina attributed to GMOs. We simply cannot trust large companies anymore. Period. That is why we must have GMO labeling and then the market will do it's job and GMO food simply won't be bought any more, causing its extinction.
 
 
+3 # ConcernedMom 2013-04-11 13:26
Yes, organic food is more expensive but, they are also more nutrient dense and therefore one will not be as hungry for more food. Because of the mono agriculture and the lack of crop rotation, necessary nutrients are not put back into the soil. You are what you eat as the plants are what they eat. If the soil is full of chemicals, guess what you're eating.

There have been studies by the USDA that the nutrient content of certain fruits and vegetables have been declining since the 60s. We don't see much of these reports but guess what some say is the solution.

Farmers shouldn't be saving GMO seeds anyway as they are tainted. Cows and chickens don't need to be eating that crap either. It's the indirect way we're still eating GMO besides the HFCS or Maltodextrin additives. Also, check out the history of the Biotech companies as they are also involved with Big Pharma, artificial sweeteners, nuclear waste...one even with the Manhattan Project. Why are chemical companies in charge of our food production?

Learn about PERMACULTURE. Look it up. Grow your own foods as well as support your CSAs. Grow gardens and not lawns. You can still grow food from containers even if you don't have a yard. Work together, build community garden plots. Grow a food forest in your neighborhood. It can be done. We need to do it now before it is too late. I doesn't have to be expensive. Many DIYs available on the internet.
 
 
-8 # scienceisgoodman 2013-04-11 16:32
Just a comment on one little section of your post....You and others have been linking evil companies to the Manhattan Project. It was estimated that the invasion of the Japanese homeland would have resulted in at least 1.2 million U.S. casualties. That is what you would rather have in the history books ???
 
 
+4 # dkonstruction 2013-04-12 07:18
Quoting scienceisgoodman:
Just a comment on one little section of your post....You and others have been linking evil companies to the Manhattan Project. It was estimated that the invasion of the Japanese homeland would have resulted in at least 1.2 million U.S. casualties. That is what you would rather have in the history books ???


It has also been shown that the Japanese were ready to surrender before the dropping of the bomb. We refused, allegedly, because the Japanese wanted to maintain the Emperor. However, when the Japanese did finally surrender after we dropped the bomb we let them keep the Emperor so what was the point of dropping the bomb and why on the Japanese? Well, we had also concluded a deal with Stalin to have the Soviets come in and help us defeat the Japanese but we didn't want to then have to divide up the spoils with the Russians and we wanted to show them what we had (i.e., the bomb) and we needed to test it to see what it could do but we would hardly use such a weapon on white folks (i.e., the Germans) so the Japanese were perfect. But the argument that if we didn't drop the bomb the only alternative was a full-scale invasion of Japan which would have cost a million American lives is simply not true.
 
 
+1 # Depressionborn 2013-04-12 12:11
Hey dk Thanks, you got it right. And the NWO marches on!
 
 
+3 # Depressionborn 2013-04-12 12:08
Thanks mom, will look up PERMACULTURE.

Back home growing up, almost all moms had kitchen gardens. My good mom insisted on nothing but horse manure. Dad had to spread it with a shovel. Me, I would get lost.

Soil nutrients are said mostly gone after 25 years. Potash may be being used up too.
 
 
0 # Innocent Victim 2013-04-13 17:42
The US Constitution is a rotten joke! None of the three branches respects it. It is silly to write as if the Constitution is more than a scheme for elections, which populate the offices of government with agents of the corporate ruling-class.
 
 
+2 # Kathymoi 2013-04-14 15:13
And this sweet mother didn't even mention the economic disater to humans of Monsanto owning a monopoly on food. All people become serfs dependent on the owner of the food. The economy of food monopoly is not healthy for parents or children.
 

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