GPOWS Green Power Offering Workable Solutions
Green is the game, and it’s a high stakes game. The number of people and the expanse of industry that is affected by how our food is raised and processed is phenomenal. I don’t want to take every article and rant against Monsanto, but it’s tempting. The control that they exercise over the food industry is blatant, no longer just insidious. Their toxic contamination started decades ago with pestiides like the well know Roundup graduating to genetically modified seeds that the small farmer was forced to use.
Regarding the control of seeds to the farmer, if Monsanto suspects a farmer is not using their seeds according to their specific guidelines, then threats to sue the farmer and take away his livelihood are made. There are dozens of cases witnessed and on record of Monsanto representatives using intimidation to force their protocols on farmers. One would argue that if the farmer agreed to Monsanto’s rules in the first place then they must abide by the contract. Many farmers are wising up, but some are still caught in the Monsanto snare.
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Farmers Markets abound during the warmer weather months of the year. Most of us want to make a move to support our local farmers and buy their produce, but are they selling organic? This is what has stopped me from loading up every Tuesday like moving service kitchener when visiting the Farmers’ Market in my area. I’m sure the foods are wholesome and delicious, but are they grown from seeds that are gmo? Is the smaller local guy still catering to Big Ag? Are they spraying with unhealthy pesticides? I have to ask.
Growing organic is a process that takes a commitment. Switching from being a conventional chemically grown food producing farmer to a certified organic grower takes education, time and money. The good news is, it’s all paying off.
There is a growing demand in the US for organics and now there are financial incentives driven by the market for more healthy food production nationwide. So how do we support the local guy during their metamorphosis? Simply buy the crops that they presently offer which are organic. It assists them and continues to send messages incentivising them to expand their organic yields for next year.
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