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Whatever happened to the good old days when deciding what to eat didn’t have to be a political statement or involve enough research to qualify for a doctoral dissertation? Now, if you want to be sure that you are consuming food that is free of pesticides, genetic modification or the influence of big agribusiness, it’s necessary to be hyper-vigilant about what goes into your body. Among the major offenders to the environment, small farmers, and decency in general, is Monsanto, the maker of Roundup and a number of GMOs that have infected other crops, created superweeds, and potentially affected the health of millions around the world.
From its poisonous pantry of industrial seed stock, Monsanto boasts a wide variety of “Roundup Ready” crops — including soybeans, alfalfa, corn, sugar beets, canola and cotton — whose DNA has been altered to withstand heavy doses of their own trademarked herbicide. This allows farmers to spray their fields with toxins, eradicating the weeds and leaving behind nothing but their cash crop, albeit laden with Roundup®. These Roundup Ready crops grow prolifically in the United States, although they have been banned throughout the European Union and much of South America.
Here at Bambu Batu, we like to wear our hearts on our sleeves and our convictions on our shirts. We are now featuring a proudly organic (and non-GMO) cotton t-shirt that cheekily proclaims, “Roundup: Its whats for dinner!” For each shirt we sell, we will donate one dollar to Millions Against Monsanto, run by the Organic Consumers Association. The front side sports the chemical composition for glyphosate, the weed-killer sold as Roundup®.
Make a strong statement by using a little sense of humor! Start a conversation and a revolution to take back control of our food supply. Roundup may be what’s for dinner, but Monsanto will get their just desserts.
NOTE: Although our parody of Monsanto is protected by the Fair Use Act, we have opted not to list this t-shirt on our website, due to biotech behemoth’s notoriously aggressive legal practices, regardless of what side of the law they are on. Please contact us directly to order a “Roundup” shirt, and we’ll gladly send one your way.
There are plenty of reasons for concerned citizens to be wary of companies like Monsanto and Koch Industries. Between pollution, public deception, and political manipulation, these are corporations that have permeated our society with their GMO’s, chemicals, and corrupt policies. As consumers, we tend to believe that we can at least choose not to purchase the goods they are peddling. However, identifying the makers behind popular foods and cleaning supplies are nearly impossible at the grocery store without having to do a multi-hour internet search beforehand.
Instead of lugging around your own compendium of brands to avoid, you can turn to a much more manageable smartphone app called, “Buycott“. Invented by 26-year-old Ivan Pardo, the program scans the barcode of a product, determines its manufacturer, and cross-checks the item against campaigns you have joined to see if it conflicts with your principles. The campaigns you can join either choose to avoid or promote certain goods or causes. The application already has a large database, but users can contribute information for those items that Buycott does not recognize.
So far, Buycott has experienced a rush of new users, speaking to the concerns of communities across the nation. Although these businesses are massive and influential, this may be the first grassroots step in the effort to topple their hegemony.
It is that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the Halloween decorations are getting swapped out for hand-turkeys and cornucopias, and sample ballots are being mailed to homes across California. This season, citizens of the Golden State have an opportunity to make history with Proposition 37, a measure that will require genetically modified food to be labeled for consumers. As a business that supports transparency, responsibility, and the rights of customers to make the decisions based on accurate information, Bambu Batu would like to support passing Proposition 37. Before voting, here are a couple of things to consider.
· Who is funding the proposition and who is against it? Turns out the major force against Proposition 37 is Monsanto, donating over $7 to stop the law from being passed. Other opponents include Pepsico, Syngenta, DOW, Nestle, ConAgra Foods, and Coca Cola, all massive corporations that either produce or use GMO’s. Those in favor of the bill are a collection of health food brands, family farms, and organizations such as the Organic Consumers Fund, The Center for Food Safety, Amy’s Kitchen, Clif Bar and Company, UFW, California Nurses Association, and the Sierra Club.
· 61 other countries have labeling requirements for GMO’s. Labeling would occur at no cost to consumers and create no new bureaucracy.
· The Union of Concerned Scientists give Monsanto an “F” grade in sustainable agriculture, citing their value of the bottom line and production of engineered seeds over conservation and long term viability. Not only are they falling short on feeding the world, their products and practices foster chemical resistance, spread gene contamination, encourage dangerous monocultures, reject alternatives that are more expensive, suppresses research, and direct enormous amounts of time and money lobbying congress. Not surprisingly, the gigantic company is the largest opponent to Prop 37.
· GM foods have caused a number of problems in the environment and for small farmers. Those who do not wish to support the actions of agribusinesses should have the right to opt out of buying these goods. For example, there have been peer reviewed studies that have shown GM plants have contributed to the rise of genetic resistance to certain pesticides, and to the decline of certain plants and animals.
· Some who disagree with Prop 37 believe that if consumers were aware of GMO’s in their foods, they would shy away from those brands because of a negative stigma. If GMO’s are as safe as we are told, why should these businesses worry? If we label trans fats and sodium, we should be able to let consumers know other ingredients are in their foods, where they come from, and how they are cultivated. The foods are not banned, just labelled.
With all the world’s events unfolding, there’s a lot of hubbub in the air about change and democracy. Between Egypt, Bahrain, Iran and Wisconsin, Amy Goodman has plenty to talk about. And Michael Pollan is somewhere in his office wondering, “Why haven’t they called me? It’s been so long!”
Well, don’t worry, Michael. We still have issues with GMOs and Monsanto. So today’s blog is for you.
In the spirit of today’s revolutions, it’s time for we the people to stand up and say, “Step down, Monsanto!” You years of tyrannical rule over our food supply must end, and we demand our freedom. Careful, or we’ll tweet about you.”
So with the giant, over-powering food dictator that Monsanto is, do we the dietary-oppressed people have a way of changing anything? I think so, I really do.
There is a movement being put in to motion now. It’s called the Millions Against Monsanto Campaign. This month they’ve decided to do a little bit of ‘Guerrilla labeling.’ The idea is to place stickers containing the question, “Oh no, is it GMO?” on grocery items that are likely to contain GMO’s. It’s a very simple and harmless gesture, telling your grocer that you’d prefer to see something that won’t give you intestinal cancer on their shelves. (Or least to be told what’s in your food so you can made informed choices when you shop.) This is what happens when voting with your dollar just isn’t enough.
If you’re uncomfortable with idea of displaying your disapproval of these products, you can always go in to your pantry and find an item you suspect may be GMO infected, label it, take a picture and send it to the grocer you purchased it from. However, I think the defiant method is kind of fun.
If you’re unsure what foods might be tampered, you can always see the non-GMO shopping guide.
If you have any other ideas on how we can see to it that organic foods are being put on our shelves, please chime in. We could always use more optimistic strategies. After all, they are the Goliath of the food world, and we are but Davids, trying to obtain whole foods at reasonable costs. Monsanto is well-known for giving us Agent Orange and openly expressing their wish “to control the world food supply.” To them it’s about making billions out of millions (of dollars); to us it’s about the freedom to plant, grow and eat the wholesome foods of our choice.
By the way, if you are unable to print out your warrior stickers, we plan to have some available here for your stickering needs.