Mary Mary, Quite Contrary
How does your garden grow?
With suicide seeds and Roundup for weeds
And GMOs all in a row
Today May 24th 2014 is International March Against Monsanto Day. Monsanto is a corporate powerhouse of profits from poison. Their commodities are chemicals and products for agricultural use and they are credited with creating saccharin, polystyrene (styrofoam) and Agent Orange.
Herein, according to many, (particularly those marching today) lies the evil empire. Food security, seed variety and crop integrity are threatened by Monsanto’s involvement in the business of agriculture. Today’s March Against Monsanto is a call to action to make people aware of and examine the health risks of GMO foods and to lobby to have GMO foods labelled.
Whether you march on this day or march to your local farmers’ market, there are a few things you can do to help protect our food supply, farms and environment.
- Support your local farmer. Shop at farmers’ markets instead of the supermarket.
- Grow your own food. Whether you live in a house or apartment, there are gardens available in all sizes and all varieties.
- Plant bee-friendly plants. Whether flower or crop, pollinating plants gives bees a purpose and gives us sustenance.*
*The use of the pesticide class neoniconitoids is claimed to be a major contributor to Colony Collapse Disorder i.e. the disappearance of honey bees. Without bees, several of our fruits, vegetables and crops will not proliferate. Click here to see a list of pollinated foods.
Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen