Spin Doctors

With all the focus lately on the Ag and Energy Bills, the lobbyists, PR departments and other Evil Doers have been working overtime to cloud our minds, empty our wallets, and expand our waist lines.

This Article from AlterNet is a prime example. Several comments such as the ADA’s concerning that “consumers will continue to go to Fast Food”, ergo we must continue to subsidize their fattening of America and encourage them to Spin their “Light” options. I am sorry, but cutting 25% of the fat off of a Big Mac leaves 45 grams too many and the last time I checked the “healthy” apple slice at McDonald’s were laced with High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Monsanto’s comments are the ones that really got my hackles up. The age old arguments that Big is Better: “Organic can’t feed the world”: Bullsh/t. Acre for Acre sustainable ag can match the yeilds of Big Ag, and does so in a manner that ensures those yields are possible for generations. Plus these yields are real food, not some nutritionally defunct shell of a plant living in dead soil. The “Organic can’t feed the world” argument is based off current paradigm thinking which has little to show for it except the destruction of Rural America, record obesity levels, and destruciton of prime farmland on an unprecedented scale. The need for McDonald’s goes down in a society of gardeners. Our grocery bill drops 75% form June through August.

And that is the real problem. Monsanto is beholden by law to maximize the return for their share holders ( i.e. my lack of consuming is a direct threat); there is no law against lying straight faced to the consumers. And thanks to the lobbyists and our god awful election financing laws, the Corps have more pull than you or me.

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and cause me to tremble for safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic destroyed.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, letter to Col. William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864

In this time of Enthroned Corporations, actions as simple as growing your own food are Revolutionary Acts to save the Republic. Be the Change!


One Response

  1. My sentiments exactly, Rob. We have 900 miles between us, but it sounds like we are reading from the same playbook. Nice quote.

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