Wednesday, May 18, 2011

so crazy right now

I just finished watching "The Future of Food" (free on Netflix, watch it), so of course I'm all on the warpath again.

Just when I start feeling good about myself (I make my own bread! I buy non-feedlot beef from my neighbor! I buy local pork from my butcher! I buy my summer produce almost exclusively from the person who grew it!) I get a reminder that I'm still contributing to our collective doom. Because where is my wheat coming from, anyway? Idaho and Canada, yes, and sure, I buy it from Honeyville Grain and Big J and Kitchen Kneads, but is it GE wheat? Sure my beef is pastured, but what about the silage? Is it from GE corn? What about the pork? What is the farmer feeding those pigs? Is it GE corn? I am surrounded by fields of GE corn, so what else could it be? What kind of fertilizer does Mas Sumida use?

The amount of research required in something as simple as eating a BLT is exhausting.

I try to have a sense of humor about all of it, because nobody likes an eco-terrorist, am I right? I don't want to go to jail for bombing a biotech company. The bombing part sounds okay, but not the jail part.

Yesterday I was having a discussion with some other nutty moms, and one of them was wondering how a person could work for a company like Monsanto and live with themselves. How do they go home at night to their families and not feel crippling guilt? My opinion is that the rank and file employees of any of these bloated, corrupt, octopoid corporations either don't know any better, or they feel like they have no choice. But once you get into any kind of management, I don't know how they couldn't know how incredibly destructive they are. I don't know how they could disconnect their actions from the consequences. So I guess the corporate officers of Monsanto (and similar) probably ought to be convicted of crimes against humanity. For starters, anyway. I mean, I don't see any other solution.

Gosh, and we wonder why everybody has cancer and autism rates are skyrocketing. Can we even find real food anymore?

Of course we can, but it's hard. And it's not going to look like the food landscape we're used to. More varieties of each species, but less variety year-round, even if you've thought ahead and canned or frozen it. As always, Barbara Kingsolver was right. The time to think about pesto is not February, but August, when the basil is growing.

I wish it were easy. I wish we could just buy food, you know? Calling the suppliers is always a distasteful experience, because no matter how self-deprecating and good-humored I am about the exchange, they always put on their kook-handling gloves and it makes me feel really awkward. But good news! As of now, Honeyville Grain's wheat suppliers are not growing any GMO wheat. That is not the case with some of their corn and soy products, so watch for that.

This has been your morning lecture re: the food crisis.


highdeekay said...

great, now I'm thinking it is time for a Twinkie or Oreo or a crown-shaped chicken(like) nugget.

(for the record, I don't really like any of those things, except maybe an Oreo once a year and when I say "an" Oreo, I mean a package)

Tori said...

Funny you brought up making bread. I was just thinking how I need to start doing that, but now you pointed out that I have to go find extra special hippie bread ingredients or there's no point.

I'm just going to give up and try to sustain myself on Oreos. Thanks to Bamamoma for planting that idea in my head.

All8 said...

Honey, you just do what you can and don't lose sleep over the rest.

Oreo's might help ease the pain...