…In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images,
I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of
What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles full of husbands!
Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!…
…who killed the pork chops?
The above is an excerpt from the poem A Supermarket in California by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Beat poetry was spawned in the 1940s and provided lyrical commentary against societal conformity and materialism.
Today there are compelling reasons why certain foods should be avoided. Compliance to capitalist standards has given rise to Frankenfood industries and their accomplices. They now threaten the integrity of sustainable agriculture, crop diversity and the animals that inhabit this planet.
In the spirit of this genre of literature and food security, I bring to you an installment of ‘Beet’ Poetry.
Who butchered food security?
Rainforests cleared for mcCoffee and beef.
The cows go mad and the chickens give grief.
WHO says dairy and meat are not here to stay.
California in drought,
Their agribusiness in doubt.
“Please sir, can I have some more?”
water for sale.
Hey man, the orangutans say stop!
Get the palm oil out of my paleo
Gluten-free and wheat belly,
the grains aren’t what they used to be.
The GMOs are working for the man
in the Monsanto clan.
Clandestinely infiltrating innocent farmers’ fields.
Fluorescent corn, soy, canola and beets.
Yes the beets man and the bees.
Beet still my broken heart.
The beet goes on but,
the sustenance in food is gone.
The WHO states the following description of food security as defined by the World Food Summit of 1996:
“when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.”
Retrieved April 19th, 2015 from the World Health Organization’s website. Page: http://www.who.int/trade/glossary/story028/en/