U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the Bush administration drew up ways to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified seeds. In 2007, then-U.S. ambassador to France Craig Stapleton was concerned about France’s decision to ban cultivation of genetically modified corn produced by biotech giant Monsanto. He also warned that a new French environmental review standard could spread anti-biotech policy across Europe.
Almost every single staple in a person’s diet is composed of engineered food products. The rise of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions can be traced on a direct and causal path to the dominance of engineered foods. (Given that this common knowledge, one has to wonder what motivates our political leadership to decide to harm other countries in order to force a corporate product upon them).
Food, Inc. discusses Monsanto and its role in your kitchen quite well. Here’s the trailer…
Within the context of the food supply, disintermediation is actually a relatively easy task to accomplish. Citizen awareness is obviously the essential element. But once the information and properly assembled and contextualized, we find that the way back home is not really that difficult. Local organic food co-ops, farmer’s markets and other forms of community supported agriculture are springing up in communities all across the nation.
As a vegetarian during childhood, and then a meat eater who grew very fond of cheeseburgers and Walter Dogs, I always found that trying to go back was extremely difficult in the 80’s. It is only during the prior decade that I have noticed an ample selection of vegetarian meals, sufficient to have allowed me to return to a veggie, bean and lentil based diet. The occasional (two times a year) meat that is consumed is as far removed from factory farming as possible.
What one must question is the value of convenience and the cost of inattention.