Keri Marion

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10 years 6 months ago

Consumers deserve a choice of whether or not to purchase genetically modified foods. Monsanto says that we have that choice: simply buy organic.

But what about that sector of people who are truly ignorant of GMO technology in their food? The disconnect between where food comes from or how it is produces is so enormous in the United States that it is not a sizable jump to...


10 years 6 months ago

Japanese food is delicious and usually very healthy, clean, simple and elegant. And while it isn't a significant interest of the American palate (which is far more interested in unclean, complicated, vulgar food), Japanese food does hold about 4% of the import market in the United States, mostly in the form of snack items and instant soups.

The FDA says that, "...


10 years 6 months ago

Those that own the food, own the people.  Most of us understand the dangers in patenting staple seed crops like corn, wheat, soy, alfalfa & cotton because these ingredients are key to the industrial food system. Of course, for now, there are still ways to opt out of the industrial food system.

Elements of these five "mother crops" are evident in almost every kind of processed food available on the shelves of any American grocery store. Considering...


10 years 6 months ago

Over the course of a conversation with a reader, there was some discussion about seed patents, development and organics. The reader said that organic seeds can be patented and insinuated that it would be in the same manner as GMO seeds, to which many people are vehemently opposed. His argument was good, in that if what he was saying was true, then it may make...


10 years 6 months ago

For the past three years I have been fortunate enough to be a shareholder in a Community Supported Agriculture plan here in Providence, Rhode Island. We renew our membership annually around this time of year when our farmer sends out an email offering the prices for the year and what we can expect. This year, he added this blurb about organics and I thought it would be a really nice place to start a discussion about what the term "organic" means and why we should buy local/ accountable first and...


10 years 6 months ago

It doesn't even surprise me to hear the utter, inexcusable nonsense pasted all over Monsanto's website anymore. It seems the entire endeavor is nothing short of pandering propaganda aimed to the uninformed, the naive, or those looking to justify their own affiliations with such debauchery. In defending their right to not label GMO foods,...


10 years 6 months ago

It's a vicious cycle, Vandana Shiva explains, how indebtedness to large seed supplying corporations puts third world  farmers into precarious positions, sometimes ending with suicide seeming like the only answer to a continual problem.

Monsanto agrees, but holds no responsibility for it; in fact, they say, "The reality is that that the tragic phenomena of farmer suicides in India began...


10 years 6 months ago

This has to be one of the most brazen falsified statements about sustainable agriculture that has ever passed my primary auditory cortex.

Reggie Dowell states in this Monsanto-produced piece of propaganda, "In approximately 1920, we produced our first billion bushel corn crop in the United States. We planted 100 million acres to do that. Last year we planted eighty-two million acres and produced 13billion bushel of corn. That's pretty sustainable"

No, I'm sorry Mr. Dowell, that...


10 years 6 months ago

This little documentary is only about a half hour long, but it does brush across the general scope of the problem of industrial food in the United States, lightly discussing differences in opinion by other countries. Described most aptly by KPBS, the producing agency of the documentary:

"Food" is a 30-minute documentary that follows your dinner from the plate to the field, farm and ocean. The investigation reveals some surprising...


10 years 6 months ago

Of the four classical elements, it is hard to say which is most important because they are so deeply interconnected. But if there had to be a choice, water might be the most sensible.

A person can survive for a month without food, but only a few days without water of some sort.

Without clean water, we literally have nothing. But instead of respecting it, we have made water our slave, piping it through streets, running it through septic systems, damming it,...


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