What is Monsanto?
“Monsanto is focused on agriculture and supporting farmers around the world in their mission to produce more while conserving more. We’re an agricultural company.” ~ Monsanto
So what’s wrong with this? Well, in order to “produce more”, Monsanto genetically modifies (GMO) their food. What is genetically modifying? I found a pretty unbiased article to help explain –
Also, here is an interesting (and very biased) short video on the “threat to food security”:
Most astounding to me, Monsanto is not afraid to sue small family farmers when their crops are unintentionally contaminated by Monsanto’s seed. In addition, Monsanto has several government ties. Monsanto’s consultants, legal counsel, board members etc are Congressmen, Senators and Secretaries of Commerce. Call me crazy but it just seems sketchy that one of Monsanto’s top scientists developing rBGH (a man-made hormone to increase milk production in cows) became the Deputy Director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
These are the types of issues I believe more students should be questioning and addressing.
Here is a short write up by a woman who gave Monsanto up for one month. She touches on just how big Monsanto is, how hard it was to eliminate from her life and good first steps to help you eliminate Monsanto. – http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/a-month-without-monsanto
“While it’s extremely difficult to entirely avoid Monsanto, there are some basic guidelines that anyone can use to minimize the genetically modified organisms in their lives.” She says in the article.
So how can we be more cautious when purchasing food for ourselves? Below is just one example but a great start as it helps you prepare non-GMO corn for use during winter (us mid-westerners and our corn).
*Important Note* – I purchased my corn from the farmers market and forgot to ask the farmer if they use genetically modified seed. I emailed them and they responded right away with this message;
We’ve never used GMO seeds, and we NEVER will. It’s good you ask. I don’t believe there are any mandatory requirements for distributors or stores to tell you.
Consumers, like you, need to continue to have your voice heard.
Mike Munson | Munson Farms
*It is very important that you ask your farmer the source of their seeds. Do no assume that if it is from the farmers market, it is not genetically modified.*
What you’ll need:
- Corn Cutter (buy at your local kitchen store – around $6)
- A few dozen ears of corn (whatever you think suits your needs – I cut 13 ears and filled two and a half ‘1 quart’ bags)
- Freezer bags (there is probably a more green solution than plastic bags so let me know if you use one!)
- Cutting board
- Large knife
1) Start by shucking your corn. Leave as much of the stem as possible, it makes for a great handle when the cutting part comes.
2) Cut the end off your corn cob if it is being used as a home for worms. This sounds gross but the worms choose the sweetest corn and therefore, the corn with worms is the tastiest.
3) Holding the corn handle, run the corn cutter down the face of the corn cob applying pressure. The kernels should fall to the cutting board.
4) Bag up your corn and date it! (I wrote date of purchase, date of freezing and how many ears of corn were in each bag.)
When you are ready to eat some of your delicious, non-GMO, frozen corn, just throw some in a small pot with a little organic butter and garlic salt and heat on med-high for 7 minutes.
Together we can work towards a healthier (non genetically modified) future, but each and every one of us needs to do our part. The population is growing fast and we need to figure out more healthy, sustainable ways to grow more food. Let’s start now.
Chelsea Richer | Founder