Posts Tagged With: Genetically modified organism

Monsanto Hopes You Prep Like Homer Simpson

by Todd Walker

Dr. Hibbert: Homer, I’m afraid you’ll have to undergo a coronary bypass operation.
Homer: Say it in English, Doc.
Dr. Hibbert: You’re going to need open-heart surgery.
Homer: Spare me your medical mumbo-jumbo.
Dr. Hibbert: We’re going to cut you open and tinker with your ticker.
Homer: Could you dumb it down a shade?

— The Simpsons

Dr. Mercola’s recent article exposes a new alliance of 50 industrial food and biotechnology front groups covering for GMO producers like Monsanto. At first glance, the Alliance to Feed the Future sounds like a group genuinely concerned about your health and what you’re feeding your family.

The trend to buy locally produced organic, naturally grown real food needs to be nipped in the bud. Local farmers, producers, and consumers are a growing in numbers and are becoming a pesky fly in the ointment to the multinational food and pharmaceutical bottom line. See March Against Monsanto. To combat these rebels and their vocal opposition to junk passed off as ‘food’, the cabal alliance wants to add balance in the public discussion on mass factory farming and techno-foods.

Monsanto, supported by power and money hungry US politicians, are the bully on the playground. They don’t want to be perceived as such. So they employ soft bullying tactics on the world. The problem with pushing kids around on the monkey bars is that the ‘weaker’ school children have had enough. One or two kids have finally punched the bully in the nose – and the schoolyard erupts in applause and cheers.

But now, this alliance has bigger fish to fry. China recently destroyed three shipments of GMO corn delivered from the US. Japan and other European countries are rejecting Monsanto’s lab experiment foods. Meanwhile, in American poly-ticks, our ‘representatives’ killed a bill that would have allowed states to label foods containing GMOs. So much for state sovereignty.

Don’t be fooled by their ‘caring’ attempt to spin the Industrial Food Machine, loaded with unpronounceable labels, genetically engineered Frankenfood, and chemical concoctions.

You’re smarter than Homer Simpson. But that won’t stop The Powers That Be from dumbing it down a shade. Our government schooling is proof that this ‘dumbing down’ strategy works to produce trusting, compliant citizenry.

Don’t pull a Homer Simpson when it comes to your own health and fitness, self-reliance, or knowledge.

For example, The American Council for Fitness and Nutrition, a member of the sell-out club, is a non-profit organization promoting fitness and nutrition. It’s in their name! They must be concerned about your wellbeing. Following their advice is like living in Willy Wonka’s factory as a weight loss strategy. Here are a few of their members – all ‘experts’ on nutrition:

  • American Bakers Association
  • American Meat Institute
  • Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers Association
  • Chocolate Manufacturers Association
  • Coca-Cola
  • Hershey’s
  • National Confectioners Association

This is just a small taste of the front groups peddling illusions with beneficial talking points that fatten their wallets at your expense.

Smart preppers do the opposite of what the FDA, USDA , and Monsanto alliance advocates. If you’ve followed this blog at all, you’re already in the smart prepper tribe. You’re building individual and community resilience by…

  • Growing and storing nutrient dense food – even in space challenged locations
  • Doing the stuff of self-sufficiency
  • Designing your home to be a producer and not a money pit
  • Buying locally grown food from sustainable farmers to supplement what you can’t produce yourselves
  • Embracing the importance of play, exercise, sunshine, and family
  • Avoiding stupid stuff
  • Developing the art of neighboring
  • Question everything – be the stupidest survivalist in the room

My last point may seem oxymoronic. But here’s my point.

Try this the next time you’re in a work related meeting. Don’t have all the answers. Ask all the questions – especially those that everyone is afraid to ask. Keep asking and digging until you hit the root. You’ve just become the smartest person in the room by playing the part of the dumbest.

There a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. – Henry D. Thoreau

Being a smart prepper means you lay your axe to the root. You don’t let things just happen to you and your family. No matter what elites tell you is good for you, you’re no Homer Simpson!


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13 Simple Ways to Eat Your Yard and Build Food Security

by Todd Walker

In the March Against Monsanto, millions of people peacefully took to the streets in protest over our unhealthy (being kind here) Industrial Food Machine operated by the little man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. The switches, pulleys, and levers are connected to BigFarma, BigPharma, corrupt politicians, main stream media, and our protected predator class.

Monsanto’s ‘man’ behind the curtain is busy pulling levers that rabidly promote the un-scientific fact that eating GMO’s has little ill effect on human health. What they’re really trying to say is you can pick up a turd by the clean end. Crass but true.

Genetically Modified Organisms should be avoided at all costs. But how can you ensure a safe food supply for your family? You don’t have 40 acres and a mule. You live in a neighborhood with quarter acre lots. You may have never grown a garden in your life. How in the world can you produce even a small amount of real food that’s safe to eat?

There’s a movement gaining momentum around the world. The idea is to make your home as resilient as possible. Having multiple backup systems gives you options when things go wrong. And things always go south with the fragile systems that run our houses. When the lights went out on our farm where I grew up, my daddy was famous for saying, “Bob’s dog must have peed on the power pole again.”

Our industrial food system is no different. Since the end of World War II, our system of food production shifted from small local farming outfits to mega farmzillas. We use to know where our food came from because we produced most of what we ate for ourselves. Following jobs into the city, producing our own food has become a lost skill.

Step by step, we’ve lost (or forgotten) our independent nature.

Building resilience into your food system may seem daunting. It’s not. You just have to start. Maybe you could start eating your yard.

Here are 13 ways to that you can grow food, not lawns.

Creative container gardening

EarthTainers, containers for growing tomatoes,

We grew peppers and tomatoes from four EarthTainers with great results

  • Five gallon buckets of low hanging fruit.
hanging bucket tomato plants, five gallon bucket planter

More tomatoes hanging around

  • You can also set these on the ground, wrap them in burlap, and make them easier on the eye in the front yard.
burlap wrapped bucket planters, 5 gallon bucket planter,

Plastic buckets are cheaper than pots. Dress them up for the front yard with burlap and twine.

  • Vertical gardens. There are many ways to get creative for space limited yards. Grow up if you can’t grow out. 

  • For more ideas on growing up, get your mind (and salad) in the gutter here
  • An innovative way to grow 50 plants + composting in four square feet!
  • The base of the garden tower below measures 27½ inches on each side. Four 63-inch long cedar boards are attached to a central six-foot cedar post to form the pyramidal framework.

Photo of strawberry tower

Grow food, not lawns

Foodscaping is landscaping with food. Are your boxwoods under the eve of your house edible? Didn’t think so.

I pruned our ornamental hedges yesterday to make room for plants DRG and I can eat.

Pruning this pile of un-edible plants to make room for yard food.

Pruning this pile of un-edible plants to make room for yard food.

  • In Bloom Where You’re Planted, I shared an amazing couple’s foodscaped front yard. Some of us can’t get away with this kind of ‘radical’ foodscaping. The time is coming when front yards will have to be utilized for food production. Might as well test your green thumb before you have to rely on your garden in bad times.
  • Worried about the food police and your nosy neighbor ratting you out. Give your front yard curb appeal by blending edibles into your front yard. Julie Chai’s article over at Sunset shows you how to make traditional backyard garden crops look good out front. Some of the favorites mentioned are:

    “Artichoke. ‘Violetto’―especially when interplanted with large pink cosmos.

    Basil. ‘Purple Ruffles’ and ‘Green Ruffles’ basil, with their unusual, frilly leaves.

    Chives. With thin, grasslike foliage and pink flowers, they look great in or out of bloom.

    Japanese red mustard. Large burgundy-colored leaves are very dramatic.

    Kale. ‘Russian Red’, for greenish purple color and oaklike leaves.

    Lettuce. ‘Black-Seeded Simpson’, ‘Red Oak Leaf’, and ‘Royal Oak Leaf’ lettuce.

    Peas. ‘Dwarf Gray Sugar’ is compact and has showy lavender and maroon flowers.

    Peppers. ‘Super Chili’ (peppers change from green to orange to red) and ‘Golden Bell’.

    Swiss chard. ‘Bright Lights’, for its many colors, including orange, pink, red, and yellow.”

Wild foods

Learn now how to utilize all those weeds growing in your yard and waste places. Be cautious and avoid weedy area that have been treated with pesticides and herbicides.

All these crops can be grown from heirloom seeds and plants and not genetically modified versions. I hope you see the merit in this approach.

What’s your thoughts on building food security? Do you have a hobby farm? We’d like to hear about it.

Keep doing the stuff!

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