My favorites from the week . . .
From Seeds of Suicide to Seeds of Hope:
This is not a puff piece. But in light of what Monsanto claims about their products, it’s a must read. Honestly, I expected M Corp to keep a low profile after Food, Inc. came out. Nope. Here’s the statement on their front page:
Monsanto is an agricultural company. We apply innovation and technology to help farmers around the world produce more while conserving more. We help farmers grow yield sustainably so they can be successful, produce healthier foods, better animal feeds and more fiber, while also reducing agriculture’s impact on our environment.
Does that line up with real life experience? You decide.
The region in India with the highest level of farmers suicides is the Vidharbha region in Maharashtra — 4000 suicides per year, 10 per day. This is also the region with the highest acreage of Monsanto’s GMO Bt cotton. Monsanto’s GM seeds create a suicide economy by transforming seed from a renewable resource to a non-renewable input which must be bought every year at high prices.
To read more, visit The Huffington Post
How Long Should You Breastfeed For?
This short article, although not new information, was certainly worth the read if only for the comments. I feel almost mainstream now. Sigh.
The practice of extended nursing has sparked heated controversy because some disagree about when it is no longer appropriate to breastfeed children. Some parenting experts say breastfeeding too long could potentially stunt child development because it may impede a child’s ability to self soothe. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics supports mothers who want to nurse as long as necessary. “It’s completely appropriate that a mother should avail herself to her infant or toddler,” said Dr. Lori Winter, of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “That’s in no way damaging to the child.”
Read the full article at New Parent
Who Owns Your Favorite Organic Foods?
I try to buy local as much as possible, but due to time/budget/availability constraints we supplement our pantry with goodies from Whole Foods. I shop at WF because it is the only grocery store I can go into and buy anything, knowing it doesn’t have any GMO ingredients (yes I am THAT against GMO’s). Plus, even their conventional produce has not been irradiated. So even if it’s not organic, at least it’s still alive.
With that said, Whole Foods is not what it used to be. I don’t walk in there and buy just anything. Many of the labels are owned by companies I don’t trust. They’ve “gone organic” for the money, and that often means they sacrifice quality.
“The large companies go to great lengths to hide that they’re the owners,” Potter said from his company’s headquarters in Clinton, Ill. “There’s a great deal of effort that goes into shielding that from the public. There’s smoke and mirrors in the marketing of organic foods.”
There are a few really exceptional companies out there. One of my favorites, Organic Valley, is more expensive than Horizon Organic but soooo worth it. If you’re wondering why Horizon uses factory mega-farms to produce their organic but environmentally unsustainable milk. Organic Valley, on the other hand, is a cooperative of private family farms with very high standards. Their CEO, George Siemon, is an actual farmer. He has resisted buyout offers from just about every U.S. food conglomerate imaginable in order to keep product quality and environmental sustainability a priority. Seriously, I wish more CEO’s with half a billion in sales this year looked like this.
For more on this topic, read Who Owns Your Organic Foods?