Okay that's it. I've had it up to HERE with Monsanto and their shenanigans. Who is Monsanto, you may ask? The giant biotech company producing most of the genetically modified foods here in this country (and probably the world). Yes, genetically modified foods, or GM foods, or GMOs. Any of those. Those franken-foods created in a lab and fed to the United States citizens without their knowledge. If you're slightly confused and need a basic education on GMOs, look through my previous blog post here.
case you haven't been paying attention, the state of California had the
opportunity this past week to vote to have genetically modified foods
labeled. Seems like common sense, don't the people have a right to know
what they're eating? Shouldn't you and I have the right to know if
what we're eating came from nature, or if that tomato was created from
DNA found in a maggot eating the feces of a retarded sloth? I'd like to
know. But they voted NO! They voted to allow Monsanto, Dow, and the
big food producers to feed YOU genetically modified foods, and NOT tell
you about it. This makes me very angry. Which makes my writing
significantly more interesting to read. So read on.
on earth, you may ask, would anyone be opposed to labeling GM foods?
It seems like an obvious right-to-know case. And quite frankly, it is.
Unless... somebody has a shit ton of money lying around to change
that. Somebody who would lose a great deal of that money if
Californians happened to vote yes on that ballot.
After reading my man Sean Croxton's article here, entitled "Lessons from the No on Prop 37 Vote", I feel a little more enlightened on the topic. According to the article Sean sites, here,
the big agribusiness folks like Monsanto shelled out $45 million in
advertising to convince Californians to vote AGAINST labeling GMOs. On
the flip side, the YES campaign only raised $6.7 million, mostly from
the organic industry, consumer groups, and alternative medicine
organizations. In sum, there were far more anti-labeling commercials on
TV than pro-labeling commercials. FAR more. Sean, a California
resident, says he never once saw a commercial supporting Prop 37. But
he saw plenty of ads funded by Monsanto to shoot it down.
really peeves me? Grinds my gears? Steams my clams?? It's that the
only reason this bill got shot down is because of a LACK OF EDUCATION!
If every California resident were given the cold hard facts (something
that's almost completely lacking in politics, by the way, and the reason
I can't watch the shit), the only person voting against it would have
been that 17-year-old kid with a dog collar and a penchant for eating
Downy. The fact is: Feeding Americans genetically modified foods
without their consent is a science experiment. And it's flat out
unethical. We have NO IDEA whether these foods are safe in the
long-run. No, we don't know for sure that they're harmful. But we
don't know for sure that they're not either. The very least that we
could do is label it COME ON PEOPLE!
And what else
peeves me? Chaps my ass? It's that Monsanto runs the whole fucking
world with their money. They pay politicians, they implant their own
people into the FDA (thus tampering with the very purpose of the FDA),
they put innocent small farmers out of business.
quick story time. In case anyone hasn't seen Food Inc. (I think it was
Food Inc.), here's an idea of the straight up evil politics Monsanto
plays. Say there are two farms on the same street. One grows
Monsanto's Round-Up-Ready GMO corn, and the other grows non-GMO corn.
Now, let's say, the wind blows one of Monsanto's GMO corn seeds onto the
other farm, and it starts to grow. Monsanto will, no joke, sue that
farmer for growing their corn without their consent. They will take
them to court, until that small farmer can't afford to defend himself
anymore. And they will put him out of business. They are that kid in
4th grade who had pubic hair and a mustache stealing your lunch money,
but on a grander scale. They put innocent, hard-working small farmers
out of business, and they have no remorse.
AND CALIFORNIA JUST VOTED NO TO LABELING GMOS???
you can see why I'm upset. This could have been the first big blow to
Monsanto and their fucking evilness. This could have been the people
fighting back with good old democracy, the system that is SUPPOSED to
protect us against things like this. But no. It was shot down.
Because once again, Monsanto had more money and more power to brainwash
the minds of California voters. It's capitalism working against itself. Just fucking peachy.
not over. This is just the beginning. I don't have the answers, this
is but an off-the-cuff rant. All I know is, next time... we had better
be prepared. And stand up to these fucking assholes before they fuck
our food supply completely. Burn, out.