I’m Giving Up Monsanto for Lent
But, I am pissed off.
And this is as good a time as any.
For the 46 days between March 9 and April 23, I am going to do my best to avoid supporting Monsanto in any way.
I suspect that doing so will lead me down (ahem) interesting paths as I explore just how deep the company’s claws have sunk into our politics, economy, and environment.
I’ve heard that to control a nation’s destiny, you must control the education of its children. I’ll buy that. But if you want an even deeper hold — an even more immediate and desperate one — why not control the food supply? And while you’re at it, you might as well think big. Go international. Do it in the name of Feeding the World.
Enough. I want to know if we can still escape. The best way to find out?
So, the rules:
1. No purchasing GMO foods or food products that contain them as ingredients. All produce, including canned or frozen, must be organic or an item as-yet unapproved for alteration. Any dairy must be free of rBGH.
2. Insofar as possible, no purchasing other products that support Monsanto. I’ll share with you as I do my homework, but I suspect this list may include such items as gasoline (corn ethanol?), stocks, household products, livestock feed, and more. It’ll be interesting to discover whether I still have a choice in these areas.
And, the caveats:
1. I do have a few non-compliant items in my pantry; my budget demands that I use up what I have, but any new purchases will follow the rules.
2. I’m bound to make mistakes. I suspect Monsanto products are more pervasive than I know, so I’ll be obliged to make corrections as I learn.
So, feel free to add cautions to the comments. Warn me of the places Monsanto hides. And join me if you dare.
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