Posts Tagged ‘food’

They Should Be Proud, Right?

September 17, 2014

Monsanto is very proud of their developments – so they tell us – and yet are spending exhorbitant amounts of money to hide that very pride. Wherever people begin a drive to insist on full disclosure, the corporation brings out its lawyers to quash the entire movement.

And they keep losing!

They keep telling us that their product is better than natural foods because… well, it just IS, that’s all. And it makes them a helluva lot more money than natural crops ever did, that’s for certain.

And in today’s technology-is-great mindset, the very idea that we made food – up until recently something that was only in the bailiwick of nature itself – is really something we can gloat about. So, rather than hide the fact, they should be proud!

Here’s the label they should be putting on all GMO foods to show their pride in their accomplishments.

GMO label

I am certain the consumers – equally prideful in what amazing technology we have – will clamor to buy the stuff.

Having their lawyers attempting to circumvent the food labeling laws by claiming GMO is not really “food” is counter-productive. They should stress that not only is it FOOD, it is better than real food because technology has made it better; science has triumphed yet again.

The people at Monsanto have got to stop being so defensive. If they were a little more proactive with their advertising, they might be a little more successful.

If I saw one of these labels at the store, I know I would have to buy it.

I mean, they are bound to be a collectible some day as rare as they are going to be.

This Year’s Menu

June 22, 2013


The big storm – “derecho” I think they called it – never materialized in our area, thank goodness. The one that hit last year destroyed about half the garden.

Our garden this year has taken a different course. Last year we tried for a lot of variety and wound up losing a lot of that stuff.

This year we decided to curtail the number of varieties and concentrate more on the stuff we actually eat.

We had six different types of tomatoes last year and canned about fifty jars of sauce, diced and whole tomatoes, juice and salsa. We like tomatoes and it seems the usual basis for so many of the dishes we eat.

So this year we are still doing the six varieties but have two or three plants of each. It is something we are guaranteed to eat.

Last year we started potatoes a little late in the season and, though we got a lot of them, most were a little small.

This year, we have tripled the potato patch and started early enough to get some bigger prospects. And we added sweet potatoes as well.

Peppers! Last year we had tabasco, jalapeno and banana hot peppers as well as pimento, Hungarian, and the standard green bells.

This year we cut the banana peppers but added habanero and serranos. Peppers are useful in so many of the dishes we cook so we love having as many as possible.

Kale, spinach, and two varieties of chard as well as the green beans. Last year we had vining beans but they were a bit messy so we’re trying bush beans this year.

And I hope the chard turns out as tasty as last year’s crop. Most chard I’ve had in the past has a little bitter edge to the flavor but that chard was exquisitely smooth tasting. Definitely worth a repeat. And the dozen cans we got out of it are all gone.

Looking forward to expanding our canning this year so we can actually make it through until spring on the food we have harvested.

It’s an exciting time!

France may Have the Best Cuisine on the Planet but…

March 5, 2013

Titan International, a tire manufacturing company in the U.S. was offered a great opportunity:

To take over a failing French tire plant!!

Hey, who wouldn’t want a presence in France, hey?

Well, apparently not Maurice Taylor, head of Titan. He wrote to the French government that he was not interested in “helping” with their little problem.

He wrote, “The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!”

And then went on to say he was going to buy a plant in eastern Asia. He told the French they can keep their “so-called” workers.

Well, okay, so maybe the French are not known so much for their market economy, but just think of all the things they have to offer…

[ sound of crickets ]

Still they have the Left Bank, the Seine (or at least its polluted descendant), the Eifel Tower, and some lovely buttered croissants.

And somewhere back in the past they had some great vintages, several artists, and the original Napoleon.

So, who needs good workers when they can just rest on their laurels?

After tickling my tastebuds…

January 20, 2012

I passed by the TV monitor in the lobby of the business where I worked and was brought up short. A word was on the screen that I thought said SOPAPILLA and I was immediately drawn to it. Perhaps they were giving the recipe for my favorite Mexican food dessert or perhaps they were discussing a recall affecting that industry.

Either way, I was interested.

Turns out it was neither. It was nothing more than a female CNN reporter interviewing some face about the new SOPA law and why it was so important. He claimed that many websites were selling illegal copies of Hollywood films for dirt cheap. And, of course, not passing the funds back to the moneybags in Hollywood.

After she made nice with the guy for a couple of minutes, she gutted him: So, tell me, Senator, what happened to your promise not to become a lobbyist when you left Congress?

He sputtered a moment and responded: Well, this is a very worthwhile cause, you understand.

And she said: Oh, so you’re volunteering your services?

Another sputter: Well, no, I…

A smile: So, you’re being paid?

He: Well, no, I am being compensated.

She: Just say it, you’re a paid lobbyist.

And that was all I heard of that interview.

I really don’t know what all the fuss is about this SOPA thing. I know Google and Yahoo and Wikipedia and WordPress, my blogsite, were all blacked out over the issue.

I mean I know what the fuss on our end is all about. I just don’t see why the government is making such a big deal over this.

Why don’t they just do what they’ve always done? Sneak around behind the scenes and wreak whatever havoc they want until they get caught.

Laws?! They retort. We don’t need no stinking laws!!

But perhaps that is just the cynic in me who cannot believe in a kinder more caring Federal Bureaucracy.

Maybe it’s time I drop the cynical view and join this time of change