We write a lot about food and our search to find good food.  We’re not obsessed with organics, but we want fresh food, minimally processed at the very least.  There has been a lot written lately about GMO’s,  genetically modified organisms.  A genetically engineered organism is an organism that has been manipulated by humans in a way that could not occur in nature.


Which brings us to Farmer Assurance Provision, now known as the Monsanto Protection Act.  Monsanto has cried foul over the nickname, but they wrote most of the provision,  so it seems fair to us.  If a GMO crop was found to pose a health threat to humans or animals, the provision would allow companies like Monsanto to continue to grow those crops until it was resolved in the courts.  That process could take years.  The “Assurance” isn’t really for the farmers, it’s for Monsanto.

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Monsanto is a formidable adversary.  If there is cross contamination of their GMO crops to an organic farm or any farm, instead of cleaning it up, they sue for patent violations.  They have sued over 800 small farms.  Fighting those lawsuits has put some of those farmers out of business.  Once their crops have been cross contaminated, they cannot sell their produce as organic.  There are currently class action suits by wheat farmers in Oregon and elsewhere because a field of unapproved GMO wheat has been found and may have contaminated their wheat fields.  Exports to Japan and Europe have been suspended, putting those farmers at terrible financial risk.

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We urge you to sign the petition that can be found on .  We urge you to call your representatives and insist that they remove this rider from the farm bill now working its way through Congress.

A bill to require labeling of products containing GMO’s was recently defeated in Congress.  There are valid scientific studies linking GMO’s to childhood allergies and learning disabilities such as ADHD.  We don’t want to eat meat or poultry raised on genetically modified feed.  We don’t want to eat genetically engineered fruits, vegetables or grains and we certainly don’t want to feed them to our children.  Since most of the corn, soybeans and sugar beets grown worldwide are now genetically modified, doing so becomes a challenge.  Please contact your state representatives, asking them to pass legislation that requires that foods containing GMO’s be labeled as such.  Connecticut recently passed such a law.  If enough states pass labeling requirements, a federal law is possible.  Whether GMO’s are harmless or harmful is irrelevant to our right to know it’s in a product and to decide for ourselves if we want to consume it.  Monsanto’s stance that labeling will confuse and frighten the public, is ludicrous.

Hollywood, FL, March 26, 2011, Rally for the R...

Hollywood, FL, March 26, 2011, Rally for the Right to Know (Photo credit: MillionsAgainstMonsanto)

The power lies with us.  Monsanto has given up investing resources in Europe and Japan because people have risen up in such numbers against GMO’s that they know there will be no market there.  We can do the same here.  We would also like for you to consider boycotting the products listed below.  Monsanto may not be moved by words or reason, but money is a language they understand well.


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  1. TBM says:

    They have sued over 800 small farmers. That’s not good. Not good at all. We have farmers in our family. Thanks for raising awareness.

  2. you’d think with all the interest in organic produce, farmers markets and humanely raised animals, Monsanto would be smart enough to get on that band wagon. but bullies aren’t known for brains.

  3. likeitiz says:

    Monsanto lords over these companies? I think the only one I still buy is Best Foods Olive oil mayonnaise and Heinz ketchup when there are kids at home. But our company buys from General Mills.

    This will be a tough battle. But it will be worth it.

  4. it’s interesting that prepared foods were the sign of affluence in the 50’s-freeing women from the drudgery of cooking. now we want food to taste good again and are confronting agribusinesses who put quantity ahead of quality. in blind taste tests in our houses, Trader Joe’s organic catsup was as good as Heinz. we were sad to let it go but the Hellman’s mayonaise is tougher.

  5. Georgina says:

    I totally agree – this is an issue of vital importance, which at its most basic is about freedom of information and the right to know what we are doing / buying / eating. It’s actually much easier here in the UK, which supports non-GMO as well as much more explicit labelling (and most of us manage not to be too confused or frightened, just pleased that we can make an informed choice if we choose to do so). It’s going to be a long hard battle in the US, and definitely one worth fighting.

  6. It is a battle worth fighting and there are many ways to fight it. the more people buy from farmers markets and not in grocery stores, as in almost all things here, the movement of money helps the movement toward sustainable agriculture and a healthier populace-and better tasting food.

  7. bulldog says:

    I found your blog via a post by TBM, and paging through I find a lot of good looking food… then I hit this post and had to read and comment…
    Apart from the fact that GMO produce can be harmful to humans it is a well known fact that most of their GM seed is created to withstand their other big money spinner which is “Roundup” a glyphosate reputed to have no harmful effects on humans… this was originally allowed at application levels of 20 ppm but has now got, I believe, an allowable application of 200 ppm… the original is harmful to humans forget about the higher dosage…
    I quote from wikipedia… “In 2007 glyphosate was the most used herbicide in the United States agricultural sector, with 180 to 185 million pounds (82,000 to 84,000 tonnes) applied, and the second most used in home and garden market where users applied 5 to 8 million pounds (2,300 to 3,600 tonnes); additionally industry, commerce and government applied 13 to 15 million pounds (5,900 to 6,800 tonnes). With its heavy use in agriculture, weed resistance to glyphosate is a growing problem.” The higher levels are being absorbed by the plant and fruit that it produces… is this good for us? Of course not, in fact it has been shown that the higher levels can have an effect on our good organisms in our stomachs, and such problems as “leaky gut syndrome” is now becoming rife… as is the increase of cancer (from which my wife has suffered 3 different un related cancers)
    It is a cancer growth creator in rats and other animals it has been tested on…
    The point I’m trying to make is Monsanto’s patent on “Roundup” ran out in 2000 they had to produce more GMO seeds to protect their biggest money earner and at the same time get rid of the small man… they are a pest in the world and when you have institutions like the Bill Gates foundations pumping this seed into Africa as a “save world hunger” problem solver, the world once again will discover, to late, the damage done… Funny how Bill Gates owns so many shares in Monsanto… makes you think…

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