Friday, September 28, 2012

Monsanto... Get your dirty hands out of my bucket!


It's the last Vinegar Friday in September. Where did the month go?! It seems like just a week or so ago we were bemoaning the end of August and now October is upon us. How did that happen? Just the thought of Christmas around the corner makes me almost panicky. I am so not ready for that!!

I am so not ready for this, either. And chances are, neither will you be.

You know how I'm always posting links or writing about GMOs? Well, I never gave any thought to the possibility of how that might affect my beloved vinegar. And I guess I should have. Unless you are buying organic vinegar, chances are good you are ingesting or using vinegar that is genetically modified. Doesn't that make your blood boil?!

Photo by Jiri Hodan
Here we are, trying our best to create non-toxic homes by cleaning with vinegar, and guess what? We're failing. Not failing in that we are keeping chemically-based carcinogenic cleansers out of our homes, but failing in our attempt to keep it pure. You know what I mean? The white vinegar we use to clean our homes is made from corn and corn is, for the most part, a GMO. Monsanto has its dirty hands in our natural cleaning buckets. Damn them. (Excuse the swearing, but I'm just soooo angry).

Of course, there is an alternative. We can buy organic vinegars. But there is something in me that cringes at the thought of pouring organic DWV into my toilet to clean it. Don't you agree? It's not that the conventional vinegar will hurt the toilet or kitchen counter or hardwood floor. It's just that by continuing to buy it, I'm knowingly contributing to Monsanto. Granted, it's in a rather small way, but if I hold to principles, I wouldn't do it. But then again, I wouldn't buy bread or cereal or produce or anything else unless I researched it and knew for certain it wasn't genetically modified in one way or another and I don't do that. Who has that kind of time? I could limit my purchases to organic everything, but, quite honestly, I don't have that kind of money. It's a tough conundrum we all find ourselves in, especially since the products are not labeled to reflect the polluting of our food by Monsanto and the likes.

Here are some companies who do have money, and are using it to aid in the fight against Proposition 37 and the fair labeling of our food:

Monstanto -- $7.1 million
DuPont -- $4.9 million (you can thank DuPont for being instrumental in the outlawing of growing hemp in this country)
Dow Chemical -- $2 million
Pepsi -- $1.7 million
Coke -- $1.1 million

This is why those of you in California must get out and vote and spread as much knowledge around to the people you know about the necessity of labeling. I know you're fighting big corporations with big bucks. But you are armed with something more powerful than money. TRUTH. Stay strong, soldiers of the truth. I smell a victory.  

Trying to keep it green with vinegar,


For more information on DuPont's involvement in banning hemp in the US, read The Surprising Benefits of Hemp.


  1. I guess it is time to investigate making our own vinegar. I'm trying some apple cider vinegar right now with all the peels and cores from making applesauce. Now, how to make white vinegar?

    1. I'm not sure how to make white vinegar, but if you find a good recipe, I hope you'll share it! Good luck with the ACV.


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