March Against Monsanto really?

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Posted by Annie in gardening, Organic on October 12, 2013

I attended the March Against Monsanto rally in Sonora today.  It was disappointing at best.  There were fewer people than turned out in May, but what really burns my biscuits is the movement seems to have been co-opted by the Green Party. This is not about parties!

Dear! Stop buying the genetically modified pro...

Stop buying the genetically modified produce!

We saw a bunch of people playing bongo drums wearing dread locks, just looking dirty.  Then some guy spewing stuff about the Green Party and how they were they only party that cares.

I was turned off by the entire thing, so I left.  If they want to exclude other parties and make it about the Green Party, so be it — but I can tell you that a lot of people are going to be turned off by it.  We need to keep the focus on getting GMO’s out of our food supply, not on party affiliation.

I was really disappointed to find that the only other Monsanto Marches in California were being held in San Jose, Sacramento and San Francisco.  I expected to find one in Angels Camp or at least Modesto.  What’s wrong with you people in Modesto?  Don’t you care about what you eat?

We have really got to get serious about stopping Monsanto before it’s too late.

I’m a libertarian and I care.  You don’t have to be a Green Party member to care about what you eat, but if you want to get the GMO’s out of our food it’s going to take all of us working together, regardless of party affiliation.

Please call or write your legislators today.  We have a right to know what’s in our food.

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Our kids and GMO’s

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Posted by Annie in Opinion, Organic on September 27, 2013

The kids in Sonora, Twain Harte, and Soulsbyville schools are eating GMO’s everyday in their lunch.  We might as well be giving them poison.  I think this needs to change. Our kids should be eating the very best foods we can give them.  They are our future. We are throwing away our future.

March Against Monsanto - October 12, 2013

March Against Monsanto – October 12, 2013

Get informed about GMO’s. Yes, it’s hard to live a totally GMO-free diet, but little by little we are making the change.  You can, too.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  Heck, with as much as the typical person has in their fridge and freezer, it simply can’t happen overnight. You can start by calling and asking if the foods you currently eat contain GMO’s.  Every week I personally call two or three companies…who has time for this?  But someone has to do it.

I’ve got a small list growing every week and more to add. We have a right to know.  I call them on the phone, Facebook them, e-mail them, and/or write them a letter, then I share the information with you.  Here’s my list (updated regularly). Our family is committed to living a non-GMO lifestyle.

I think back to the way my grandmother did things and I try to do the same.  Surprisingly she was doing things right all along, but don’t expect to hear that from the experts.  They want you sick.  Since eating a partially GMO-free diet, we haven’t been sick at all.  My son used to get sick every two or three months.  I can’t recall any of us being under the  weather at all this year.

I can assure you, if you spend the money to buy grass-fed beef, it’s worth it.  I’m finding we aren’t as hungry as we used to be.  We eat less and the grass-fed — you can really taste the difference.  I can tell the garbage from the good stuff.  I’m loving it. While it costs more, you won’t need as much to be sated. Even four ounces of this stuff will be enough.  At least try it once.

There are sales out there, and this is the time of year when the prices are low.  Did you know some stores put meat on sale in the evening hours after 6 or 7 p.m. they mark down the stuff that hasn’t sold.  If they don’t sell it, they have to either freeze it or throw it out.  I don’t know why the schools or community organizations don’t make an agreement with the stores to get the stuff before it has to be thrown out, but that’s a topic for another day.

We all get used to shopping at the same stores.  You can’t shop them all but you should try the markets in your area.  Some will carry local produce: buy them, they may save you money, they may not.  But it’s a good idea to check, because more and more stores are carrying organic these days. Get to know the people in your neighborhood, join a local co-op, start a garden, share with your neighbors.  Now is the time to prepare because the days ahead are grim and we weren’t all born rich.

Some days I sit and wonder what we will do, but then I stop, remember to take it one day at a time and continue to prepare for hard times ahead.

Please join the March Against Monsanto in your town, on October 12. Come join us in Sonora

Join GMO Free California

Join Beginning Organic (Non-GMO)

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Mountain People Organics

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Posted by Annie in Opinion, Organic on August 31, 2013

My fridge

Organic Pastures Raw Milk!

Have you heard of Mountain People Organics?  Their statement is simple.

“We are a Private, Membership-only Warehouse, committed to Local, Fresh, REAL food. This page is for the management of the Warehouse. Well, and some information and recipe sharing!”

But it’s so much more than that.  It’s a real community.  I knew I had found family when Arleen Fotiu asked if we were okay because of the Rim Fire, and said, “We take care of our own. I think we can do better than a cot in the evacuation center.”

RAW MILK Freedom to Choose

RAW MILK Freedom to Choose

Anytime I’ve had a question, Arleen or Cindy have had the answer. These are fantastic women.  Instead of waiting for the FDA or the state to get around to labeling GMO’s, these women got together and decided to act.  Mountain People Organics has grown to more than 400 families, and continues to grow each week.

They have something new for our members each week, whether it be food to sample, classes or a visit from the doctor.  The group has members who bake their bread in solar ovens and everyone shares their knowledge, their food, and recipes.  It’s really amazing.

Most of the food is brought in from local suppliers and local growers.  We eat seasonal foods and the ladies are so helpful, sharing recipes, techniques, and answering questions.  I’ve learned so much and I’m still learning.  I am so glad I found you!

Stop in and check us out: Mountain People Organics

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