Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GMOs Oregon Ballot Measure 92

Here is a local article outlining who is supporting and opposing GMO labeling and why, but this paragraph pretty much sums it up:
Labeling supporters say there aren’t enough studies on the impacts of GMOs, so consumers have a right to know if they are eating them. Critics say mandatory labels would mislead consumers into thinking engineered ingredients are unsafe, which scientists have not proven.
When your position is that science needs to prove that eating something is going to hurt us BEFORE we ban (or even label) it, I think you're really grasping.  How about if science proves that it's safe FIRST and then we eat it?  You might be wondering why we can't just eat good old-fashioned food, and the sad answer is that no corporation can monopolize and capitalize off of that, therefore it's a bad idea all around.

Vote YES on Measure 92 - at least make Monsanto and Pepsico work for it just a little.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day

Lifted from AK Press:
It seems there are still some people out there who celebrate Columbus Day. If you happen to know any of them, please share this description from Bartolome de las Casas of the sort of civilized and heroic behavior Columbus brought to the "new" world:
"And the Christians, with their horses and swords and pikes began to carry out massacres and strange cruelties against them. They attacked the towns and spared neither the children nor the aged nor pregnant women nor women in childbed, not only stabbing them and dismembering them but cutting them to pieces as if dealing with sheep in the slaughter house. They laid bets as to who, with one stroke of the sword, could split a man in two or could cut off his head or spill out his entrails with a single stroke of the pike. They took infants from their mothers' breasts, snatching them by the legs and pitching them headfirst against the crags or snatched them by the arms and threw them into the rivers, roaring with laughter and saying as the babies fell into the water, 'Boil there, you offspring of the devil!' Other infants they put to the sword along with their mothers and anyone else who happened to be nearby. They made some low wide gallows on which the hanged victim's feet almost touched the ground, stringing up their victims in lots of thirteen, in memory of Our Redeemer and His twelve Apostles, then set burning wood at their feet and thus burned them alive. To others they attached straw or wrapped their whole bodies in straw and set them afire. With still others, all those they wanted to capture alive, they cut off their hands and hung them round the victim's neck, saying, "Go now, carry the message," meaning, Take the news to the Indians who have fled to the mountains. They usually dealt with the chieftains and nobles in the following way: they made a grid of rods which they placed on forked sticks, then lashed the victims to the grid and lighted a smoldering fire underneath, so that little by little, as those captives screamed in despair and torment, their souls would leave them...."
 
For more on the history of Christopher Columbus' voyage, check out this article by William Loren Katz.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Oregon GMO Labeling

From the Institute for Responsible Technology:
"Oregon voters are being hammered with a huge disinformation campaign about Measure 92 funded by the likes of Monsanto, PepsiCo and Dow to the tune of $5.45 MILLION."  
If they want to poison our food supply, they can own up to it with proper labeling.  They can pretend it's about "freedom" of choice for consumers (to "choose" to eat chemicals, genetically modified organisms, cheap sugar substitutes and food "enhancers" that make us fat and sick), but what they really advocate is the freedom of corporations to bully independent farmers and put whatever crap in our food they want if we're stupid, desperate or uneducated enough to pay them money for it.  If you believe the purpose of food and food production is for the sustenance and health of all people, not for corporate profit, speak with your ballot.

Vote yes on Measure 92.