slow means it'll stay as food, and not become fuel.

lets get one thing straight: in the future, humanrobots will not eat food—they will require fuel. the groundworks of this metamorphosis of a culture’s energy intake are currently being placed in the soil for later harvesting. for brevity’s sake, lets just focus on crops for the time being (we’ll touch upon the meat industry at a later date). first the DNA of the crops we produce are altered (i.e. last week when genetically engineered alfalfa seeds got the nod from the USDA; the same USDA that our justice system says has no power to shut down killing plants that continually manufacture and sell recalled meat). an even further i.e.: the sugar beet’s soon to become Ready Roundup genetic fate.

then inevitably our DNA will change from consuming crops grown from chemically resistant seeds created by a scientist. then it’s called fuel for us, and not food. I’ve finally gotten around to reading the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle written by Barbara Kingsolver, and family. and I also just watched Food, Inc. for the first time last week. there seems to be a coincidental cyclone going on with food right now and it needs discussing because it needs to change for Americans or our fate is fuel.

look at what is being done to the soy bean farmer, running him out of business and forcing him to do things the way they want them done with their patented seeds that account for over 90-percent of the U.S. soybean seeds. the they being Monsanto, who created American Seeds Inc. in 2005 and acquired Seminis, a company that already controlled about 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable seed market. and since then Monsanto (they are the corporation behind the face that is Land O’ Lakes that have the Native American girl on the tub of butter) has been doing everything in their power (including ruining the lives of farmers, seed cleaners, and just plain hardworking people with hundreds of thousands-and even millions-of dollars in legal fees due to patent infringement) to make sure their GE seeds are the only ones being used, phasing out all other seeds so they control the market. “Garden seed inventories show that while about 5,000 nonhybrid vegetable varieties were available from catalogs in 1981, the number in 1998 was down to 600 (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; Barbara Kingsolver).”

my parents had a garden when I was a kid. I appreciated it as a young kid would, but not in the way I would now I bet. the things I can recall that we grew were pumpkins, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, snap peas, and various herbs. we also had a crab apple tree, two pear trees, a grape barber, and a plum tree. every summer we had fresh veggies and what I would give to live on that acre of yard again, already producing some delicious crops.

“If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; Barbara Kingsolver).” there’s ways for everyone to do this—often times it is cheaper to buy a week’s worth of locally grown vegetables and locally grown grass fed meat, as the Kingsolver family documents in A, V, M. in 1976 there were roughly 350 farmers markets nationwide, and over 3,500 today (which averages out to 75-per state). find nearest farmer’s markets at ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets and localharvest.org. do it just for one meal a week (and if you want more). i’ll be heading to the farmer’s market down the road on Sunday to get some food for the following week, not fuel.

Some more resources:

Petition to help protect non-engineered alfalfa seeds:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/858/377/569/?z00m=19937140

http://www.biotech-info.net

http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.net

http://www.takepart.com/foodinc

http://www.organicconsumers.org

http://michaelpollan.com/books/the-omnivores-dilemma/

http://www.truth-out.org/big-win-biotech-usda-deregulates-monsanto-alfalfa67373

http://www.slowfood.com/

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