March Against Monsanto : Finally some mainstream media coverage!

You don’t get much more mainstream than CNN.

I’m Canadian, and cancelled most of my cable, and frankly find CNN kind of hilarious on most days anyway, in a weird, sort of sad parody on American culture kind of way . . . but heck, it’s what most people watch, or so I’m told.

And here, finally, is their coverage of Saturday’s March Against Monsanto. Three days late, but hey, better late than never, right?

Supporters of the March Against Monsanto bombarded mainstream media with complaints about the lack of coverage and looks like someone listened. Is it the best coverage? No, but hey, we’ll take what we can get.

We all gotta start somewhere.

homemade whole wheat waffles recipe

homemade whole wheat waffles

In our house, when we want a treat for breaky, something more elevated than pancakes, less pedestrian than scrambled eggs or oats, waffles take the stage.

Waffles take a bit more effort than homemade pancakes, and if you’re like me and only have a single waffle maker, they’ll take a bit more time. However, they are light and airy and crunchy and just generally wonderful and well worth the effort. They are also easily frozen and can be toasted up later for a quick, fancy-pants breaky on the fly.

Whole-Wheat Waffles from Scratch

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When a world-wide peaceful protest ISN’T news : The March Against Monsanto

A note from Stacey:

This post has been seen by over 400 people in just the last few hours. I just want to say thank you to everyone who is taking them time to educated themselves on this important issue. When you are done, please share this post and my related post regarding why we need to care about Monsanto. I have heard back from some of the media outlets I contacted regarding the lack of coverage and their responses have been pathetic. It’s time for us to create a NEW mainstream media. It’s up to us. Spread the word. Share the information. SHARING IS REBELLIOUS. Cheers, Stacey The Slow Foods Mama

march against monsanto sign          no to gmo alfalfa           no patents on life

Yesterday morning we headed to downtown Vancouver to take part in our local March Against Monsanto, signs in hand and munchkin in tow. It was POURING. When we arrived at the Art Gallery, the turn out was decidedly disappointing, but to my encouragement there were tons of kids there. TONS. Mamas, wee babies, other prego ladies, lots and lots of families.

march against monsanto vancouver

We waited and waited in the pouring rain, and as we did, our numbers grew, and grew . . . and grew. By the time we got marching, we were at the end of the line, pushing the buggy – 15 minutes in the march had grown to such an extent that I couldn’t see the end of it!

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The March Against Monsanto : Who is Monsanto and why should you care?

This coming Saturday, May 25, the March Against Monsanto gets underway in 36 countries around the globe. Yes, 36. I am excited and worried and hopeful.

In my circle of experience, I take for granted that most people know who Monsanto is and why they’re bad news. I realized this week that I shouldn’t.

So.

First of all, let’s get a look at the lay of the land, so to speak.

What are GMO’s?

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A word on compassion in farming

chicken tractor

Omnivorous Complications & Oversimplified Thinking

Along with the rising interest in where our food comes from and how it’s grown, many people are educating themselves about how farm animals are treated. For the most part, I’d say it’s a good thing. Many of our food animals are raised in absolutely unacceptable conditions.

However one consequence of this raised-consciousness is a lot of all-or-nothing, non-sensical thinking. Unfortunately, it’s easy to have black and white opinions when your experience is strictly philosophical.

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feed the soil

Out this morning at dawn before the boys woke up, watering, planting, spreading straw. Such rare moments these days, quiet time by myself in the garden. Moments like that I can forget about everything else, set aside the busyness, not have to keep one ear and eye open for the kid and dog and other critters, actually lose myself in the work of my hands and my thoughts . . . what a gift.

This morning as I spread the straw I got thinking about one of the simplest, but most profound shifts in our thinking about growing food since we began our inquiry into organic gardening.

For me, the idea that we should feed the soil instead of the plants completely changed my outlook and actions in the garden. Industrial / conventional agriculture largely views the soil merely as something to hold the roots, not as an integral component, a living being. Agri-industry spends most of its time depleting soil, it certainly doesn’t seem too concerned about nourishing it.

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