I’m suffering a mild, perhaps major, attack of self-doubt at the moment.
I found myself pissed right off this morning at some ding-dong I don’t even know. And then I got pissed at myself for being pissed at him. And then I yelled at a guy in traffic, and may have made a gesture . . . Or three.
I have so many other worries right now . . . Getting this darn house sold, raising my boy.
Big worries, little worries, everyday annoyances. There are plenty. Such is life.
So why do I keep insisting on taking on the worries I write about in this blog? I have to wonder what, if any, difference its making?
I keep running into folks who seem to think that you don’t have the right to talk about or question our food system unless you are running a humungous industrial agricultural operation or are publishing in Scientific Journal or some other baloney.
I was actually asked today
How do you know what to eat or drink if you don’t trust science???
First of all, I never said I didn’t trust science in and of itself, I said I don’t trust the system that sees scientific papers published.
Since when does a mother need to read scientific journals to make sane decisions about what to feed or not feed her family? Have we fallen that far????
If we have, things are even worse than I thought.
Maybe we should just all give up now.
Soylent Green, anyone?
What has happened to our common sense? Our ability to make informed decisions free from all the rhetoric and red herrings? Why can’t I question the practices of companies like Monsanto or confinement farming methods without being drawn into some irrelevant (and untrue) argument about my being anti-worker? Why on earth does it have to be so complicated????
And I realized today, I’m just as much to blame for complicating matters. I spend so much time reading and writing about these issues, that I forget that most folks don’t do the same. I’ve fallen victim to jargon and have allowed my outrage to make me vulnerable to baiting by morons.
I’m questioning whether I’m actually helping people make change, ask questions and improve our food system, or if I’m just preaching to the choir . . . A choir that can’t be heard over the big-money blowhards of the other side.
I wish I could just say to the Monstanto’s of the world
Give your head a shake! Cut it out!
But I can’t.
I keep telling myself that that shouldn’t stop me. That we don’t need to be scientists or factory farmers or CEO’s of major agricultural corporations to make change. That we can make change at home, one meal, one seed at a time.
Today that just feels childish and naive.
All I am is a Mama who wants the best future possible for her son. For him to be safe and healthy and have access to safe, nourishing food that doesn’t hurt him, the environment or the workers who produce it.
I don’t think that’s too much for a mother to ask.
- Monsanto Blocking Research on GMO Safety (freedomhallblog.wordpress.com)
- Monsanto-Funded Science Denies Emerging Roundup-Cancer Link (pakalertpress.com)
- Science ‘should be open to all’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Scientists must make research an open book (independent.co.uk)