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I had the pleasure of sitting down with April Davila to discuss her new project called Month Without Monsanto. For the month of March she is trying to go without Monsanto products in her life. That means not ingesting GMO foods, not wearing cotton clothing, or using any skin care products that may have been produced with GMO or biotech ingredients. She’s got her work cut out for her, but I think she can do it!

I’m excited to follow her journey so I too can become a better consumer. I personally don’t want to support Monsanto in any way, so April’s blog will make sure I know my stuff when it comes to being a consumer.

Here’s a little video that will tell you more about April and Month Without Monsanto. More interview questions are after the video. I really hope that you will join April and follow her during the month of March. (sorry the video quality kept getting dark then light again)

The Blissful Chef: What are some horrifying things you’ve found in your research on Monsanto?

The thing I have found the most shocking so far is this quote from Phil Angell, Director of Corporate Communication for Monsanto:

“Monsanto should not have to vouch for the safety of biotech food, our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

The Blissful Chef: Do you think there’s any hope of fighting the agriculture-evil that is Monsanto?

To answer this question I need to step back and say that I don’t think Monsanto is evil. Monsanto is an agricultural company that exists to make money. They’re good at it. I’m not interested in raging against their attempts to keep investors happy.

What does get me excited is the idea that we, as consumers, have the power to accept genetically modified organisms or not. There is absolutely hope for our future. A recent report from the ISAAA stated that only 2.7% of all agricultural land was devoted to GM crops last year, and most of those yields went to feed livestock. Of the 25 countries that currently allow cultivation of GM crops, seven of them saw a reduction in the number of acres devoted to GM crops in 2009.

The Blissful Chef: What can we do to help you on your quest or help our families & friends go “Without Monsanto”?

The best thing we can do is get involved in the conversation. My goal with the blog is really to open up a dialogue and get people talking about what’s in our food. The more we know, the more we can shop with confidence and feel good about what we’re eating.

The Blissful Chef: Is it possible for the everyday person to go Without Monsanto?

I certainly hope so. Ask me on March 31st.

Thank you again April for sitting down with me and taking on this month-long mission to go without Monsanto. I will be right along with you this month and hopefully some of you will join her too! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog Month Without Monsanto and follow her on Twitter @WithoutMonsanto.

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Posted in My Blog on 02/28/2010 06:55 pm
 

8 Comments

  1. Great post, but none of the links seem to take me to April’s blog. Can you provide the URL?

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  2. Good video-I have been aware of Monsanto since I have been an organic gardener in my own backyards for 30+years. I was not able to get to Aprils blog either – need URL??

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  3. Links updated! Thanks!

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  4. Nice to see another effort to uproot the control that Monsanto has exerted over some aspects of our lives.

    I will state upfront that I disklike Monsanto quite a bit, unlike the author. I do not accept the rationalization that corporations exist just to increase shareholder cash and I feel corporations are in a unique position to take moral and ethical stands, in some cases by avoiding lines of business that are destructive, as GMOs and seed patents are.

    That said, I am even more upset with the US Supreme Court when it decided to allow seed (and life) patents, and also decided that wind-spread GMO seeds cause neighboring farmers to lose their right to re-use seed, even though they do not want Monsanto products.

    I think that someday Monsanto will become so obsessed with greed and so arrogant that they will go too far and get tossed out on their “cans” from controlling anything that is a public benefit, such as seed patents.

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  5. I had some beers with a guy from Monsanto who was pretty high up and he went on and on how they were going to save the world by making vegetables like Eggplant more nutritious to save starving people… I tried to reason with him that plants have all the nutrition we already need, but its the lack of food, not the quality that makes people starve… To crush Monsanto I’d spend all your time focusing on the unhealthy city of St. louis and raising GMO awareness among the people who work there and walk around with a god complex.

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