Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Once upon a time...

You've probably seen the meme: Once upon a time, all food was organic. Truth. And once upon a time, it was safe to roll around on lawns spattered with weeds rather than Roundup and its toxic friends. The real danger in walking barefoot was the occasional bee sting, not a cocktail of toxins absorbing through your skin into your non-Roundup ready system.

Photo from 2015 March Against Monsanto in Pittsburgh

When I think about it too much, I become weepy and the sadness clings like a toddler not wanting his mommy to leave. Life changes. It always has and always will. But that doesn't mean it's always a good thing. Our toxic environment is full of someone's idea of progress, much of which started in the minds behind Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, etc. Progress, as it often does, led to greed, and now those corporate giants seem almost unstoppable. They're gambling with the health of your children and mine. And we cannot remain silent.

Talk to your friends, relatives, coworkers, and neighbors. Read everything you can about the dangers of Roundup, GMOs, neonicotinoids, etc. Learn about safe alternatives. Whenever possible, buy organics. Ask the farmers at your local markets and farm stands if their produce is non-GMO. Ask if they grow their flowers with or without neonics. Talk to them about the crisis of the bee colony collapses of recent years. 

Our kids' and grandkids' lives are at stake. We cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand. We can make a difference with our voices, our dollars, and our votes when election time rolls around. Find out which presidential candidates are in bed with Monsanto and let others know. 

I believe this is the most critical issue facing our nation and our world. There is no room for genetic modifications of any sort. There is no room for poisonous chemicals sprayed on our lawns, parks, ball fields, and food. There simply is no room for it. Think about seeing your precious little one lying in a hospital bed with a shaved head and tubes coming out of their body. Then speak up. Let's do this... together.

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