Sorry, sorry, sorry for not posting more regularly....no! no, apologies....life is life...we get busy so we do what we can. But, I am sorry. I've come across sooooooooo much it's almost mind-blowing regarding the laws, Mansanto is entrenched in our current administration, and things are changing faster than you could sear a steak!!
Please, everyone try and get a copy of the New Food Safety Law and study it! I think we should be able to get a free copy from the US government web site. If it costs anything to get a copy, it's well worth it. I'm going to try and get me a copy soon! We need to know what we are up against to be able to become REAL FOOD advocates. Also, we need to do as much investigation as we can to be able to educate our family and friends as to how Mansanto is QUICKLY changing what the food industry is really about, how that affects our immediate health and access to food and what we can do about it.
In the meantime, here is a great link that can help you navigate through the FRANKENFOOD INDUSTRY. Remember, it's not just about "organic" any more. That term itself can be VERY misleading. Learn what is happening to our foods. Even if you have stepped up your diligence to make truly good food choices, others need to be educated. It's the whole world food chain that is under attack by the greedy. Europe has kicked Mansanto OUT!! It's time we did the same!
For the VERY brave:
I've mentioned several times that GMO's are not good for us, even though we are having them forced upon us in the consumer food markets. Many of us, who realize that biocompatability plays a big part in nutrition, don't want to eat anything genetically modified that hasn't happened natrually. Mansanto is one of the primary developers, if not the main one, who holds the patents on these Frankenfoods and who is resisting the demand from consumers to label them so we can avoid them. Here are some great links on current events regarding the fight against Mansanto and GMOs:
I'm very excited in that I've recently come across a website where concerned individuals have the opportunity to collectively address the FDA over labeling Genetically Modified Foods (referred to as GMO's which is Genetically Modified Organisms). If you are interested in the health risks of these Frakenfoods (foods created in a laboratory "like a frakenstein") this is your opportunity to sign a petition asking that the public AT THE LEAST be made aware of which GMO foods are in the public market for consumption and then they can make personal decisions as to whether they would like to consume these products, OR NOT!! Some people might have questions as to what could possible be wrong with ingesting GMO's. I think if you do a little research on bio-compatibility, you will see that it is a VERY serious concern. As the incidence of food alergies and other potentially related food/health/body & mind performace issues steadily increase, it's time food consumers begin to educate themselves as to what the food controversies are really about. So, with that lead in, here is the link that will further address the issue and offer an opportunity to add your name to the growing demand for the labeling of GMO's:
I can only apologize for not attending to my blog lately. We are dealing with many issues related to my parents' health and keeping up with managing their affairs. It's a bit distracting from all the other things I would like to be doing.
Chef Roland is keeping quite busy working with a local non-profit in developing their baking/culinary program for rehabilitating persons. It's an awesome program. We have managed to work in a few outside projects and I will hopefully have pics up soon. In addition, we will be involved in some private culinary classes, some culinary presentations and helping with our church to develop their concept for gardening/culinary/food preservation classes. Though we live in a very rural area, I can't believe how many opportunities keep popping up in the most unexpected places.
We are also looking at the possibility of collaborating with two local venues to present culinary classes to our immediate community, with the idea that we will possiby start our own small cooking school nearby. Lots going on.
In the meantime, I am persisting to find what I can regarding the GMO/hybrid/Mansanto connection. I hope you find the link I've included to be interesting regarding an article that ran in the NYTimes. As you read the article, especially take note of the reference to how Mansanto is brought into this article. I really wish their could be some kind of public pressure that could be organized and brought to bear on Mansanto and the FDA. Any political activists reading this???
I would love to hear back from some of you as to what your thoughts are on this most important subject of GMO labeling.
Since I've referred to Mansanto in various articles and links I've posted, I thought I would give you a link that, I think, gives a very good overview as to why we should be concerned about this corporation and how it is negatively impacting our world. Here's the link:
Though the Senate Bill 510 has passed the Senate and is now in the house (hopefully it will not pass), I found this more in-depth information that helps to explain what has and is going on with the bill. Please study Senate Bill 510 and weigh in on what you think. If you believe that this bill in its present form is potentially oppressive to small and personal food production, please contact your representative to demand that they amend this bill to exclude small-scale production.
Though some of the bill may, in fact, protect the country's food supply, the engine behind the bill is Monsanto and it's desire to monopolyze food production in the country and to force the public to consume hybrid and genetically modified foods that they have invested in heavily but are meeting resistance in the market.
Remember, should anyone have as problem with what I post, I, Elaine Parny am solely responsible for what appears in this blog. Alot of people have said to me, "I don't care for politics". I'm here to tell you, you better get political TODAY when it comes to the food you eat because your choices are going to be getting fewer and fewer. Case in point, please look over the links I've posted to see how the seed industry (seeds being where most plant food originates), is being taken over and dictated by Mansanto and the government. Read and decide for yourself :
There always seems to be a particular food product that gets alot of promotion in the market. It seems like soy is the 'darling' when it comes to getting alot of attention and it's being touted as a 'healthy' food that is a viable alternative to meat-protein. Yet again, there is more to soy than what is being said and I hope you will take the time to read over the information I've linked to so that you can become informed and make your own decisions as to soy being a 'healthy' food choice.
If your interested in food and/or cooking, I'm sure you've come across all the labels that catacorize our foods we consume. There's "natural", "farm fresh", "whole", "healthy", "organic", "good", "nutritious", just to name a few. It gets a little overwhelming trying to keep up with the categories, the prices, the trends and the information. Talk about a convoluted mess!
Truth be told, there really is no clarity to what food is really about in the US. It seriously takes a determined effort to tease out the truth regarding food production and real nutritional benefit of the commodities that are being offered to the US public under the guise of "food". Now, don't everone get in an uproar over what I'm saying. Just do your own research as to what constitutes real nutrition, what you eat and what is involved in the production of that food regarding it's affects on your body and your health. Maybe then, when the average consumer becomes more educated to the fact that there is a problem, we all can have real talks about the food policies that dictate what we eat and what are food markets are doing.
In the meantime, remember two things: 1) I, Elaine Parny, wrote this blurp and 2) do your own research. It's easy, especially with the use of the internet.
As usual, here are a few links to get you thinking. Bon Apetit!
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/315425.In_Defense_of_Food_An_Eater_s_Manifesto (I am not endorsing this book or encouraging you to purchase this product. I have included this link so that you might see that there are people writing books on critical food issues and that food is not just about cookbooks.)
When Roland and I met, I was one of those people who opened the box or can and warmed up the family meal. After our marriage in 2005, I truely began to appreciate what food is really about, not only that it can taste very good, and be nutritious, but that it can be a celebration of who you are and the people that you share it with.