My last 6 blogs were about GMO’s. It was a very one sided point of view, mine and about 200 million other people who view GMO’s as a man-made scourge upon the earth not unlike the biblical plague of locust described in Exodus.
I didn’t realize until I looked up the biblical reference to locust how similar the plagues of the bible correspond to the our modern day ‘curses.’ The biblical locust “descended upon the land and ate every living plant and tree.” Humm. Terminator seeds, Frankentrees and Roundup Ready crops created by Monsanto does the same thing. Kills everything it comes in contact with. Geez who needs gods to cast plagues upon the earth when we have man-made curses like Monsanto to do it for us? So, where is our modern day Moses to get us out of this mess? I wish I knew. I am not a particularly religious person but this has me wondering. All this plague stuff has to do with nature and living organisms.
The plagues as they appear in the Bible are:
- (exodus 7:14–25˄) water turned to blood killing all fish and other water life. (Dam)
- (exodus 8:1–8:15˄) frogs (Tsifardeah)
- (exodus 8:16–19˄) lice or gnats (Kinim)
- (exodus 8:20–30˄) beasts or flies (Arov)
- (exodus 9:1–7˄) disease on livestock (Dever) Mad cow?
- (exodus 9:8–12˄) unhealable boils (Shkhin)
- (exodus 9:13–35˄) hail mixed with fire (Barad)
- (exodus 10:1–20˄) locusts (Arbeh)
- (exodus 10:21–29˄) darkness (Choshech)
- (exodus 11˄,12˄) death of the first-born of all Egyptian families. (Makat b’chorot)
These references are from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagues_of_Egypt
It just seems to me the key here is nature. If you want to get someone’s attention just threaten and change the natural order of things. GMO’s have changed the natural order of things. The Egyptian pharaoh was a pretty hard nut to crack. He didn’t ‘get it’ until after the all the fishes in the Nile died all the cows, donkeys and horses died and the scourge of flies, frogs, locust, lice and unhealable boils happened. Not until the death of his own first born did he finally get it.
Our government is a pretty hard nut to crack too. They don’t get it. I mean we are the only country that has not labeled these cursed GMO’S. We have made it a law to Not label GMO’s. That is just crazy talk. I mean really. What is it going to take to get things turned around before someone or something ends up dead? I think having 80% of all our food contaminated with GMO’s is enough of an indicator of where things are going. Cracking the nut in this case is just not worth the effort. By all indications the nut is rotten anyway so why even bother trying to crack it? Our government has had numerous opportunities to do the right thing by at least labeling GMO’s and has ignored every request to do so. So, I think now it’s time to ignore the rotten nuts and get on with picking something better.
Better Nuts worth Cracking
Rather than try to take on the rotten State or Federal government I am going to start this nut cracking business in my own backyard. I can do that by getting an ordinance written here in SLO that requires all GMO’s to be identified on the signage with a red dot at the Point of Purchase. I have talked about the organization Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund who helps people write ordinances. I also told you I would keep you posted as to the process. So far we are off to a bit of a bumpy start. I have been in contact with Ben Price and Shannon Biggs. Ben is working out of headquarters in Pennsylvania and Shannon is the Rep for California.
We have made our introductions. I have made my intentions known and the offer to have a 3 way phone conversation was extended by Ben. That was 3 weeks ago. I have since sent a follow-up email last week to Ben and Shannon indicating I am ready to get started. I am still waiting for a response. In the mean time I have learned we are a charter city, which is a good thing. Also am lining up local organizations I belong to as well as networking with farm organizations I think would be so inclined to back this ordinance.
Community involvement is key to this effort. The more the merrier. I am approaching this as a one for all all for one flash movement. If we could All join forces for just one big push or effort our chances of success are greatly increased.
After we succeed in passing this ordinance as a community we disband and go back to our regularly scheduled events. We can each be doing our own thing but when the need arises we can ban together as One in a Flash. Get the job done and then go back to what we were doing. One thing that really impressed me about CELDF was how they were able to organize at the local level. This local level stuff is very powerful. In fact, in many cases as they have proven, local laws and ordinances trump State and Federal laws .
Maine Town Passes Ordinance Asserting Local Self-Governance and Stripping Corporate Personhood | Press Release
“We do not recognize corporate personhood.” That trumps the Supreme Court ruling. Cities have successfully done this thereby disarming corporate mercenaries and rendering them helpless. Oh Yea that’s the ticket.
There are a lot of issues right now. Had to pick my battles. Getting GMO’s labeled is one. Growing timber bamboo in San Luis Obispo on the Dalidio property another and learning to edit iMovie the last one. I just told you about how I am working on the first one. Timber Bamboo is in the works. Learning to edit is well, it is a learning process. Want to see what I have learned so far? It will leave you laughing….. (so hard for me to post. It is so not perfect. But if I didn’t get it posted today on the full worm moon it was never going to get done.)