the image above is a list of companies owned by monsanto
it occurred to me that there are tons of people who still dont know how despicable monsanto is or the kind of crap they get away with
if these paragraphs dont convince you to boycott monsanto and all of the companies owned by them, i dont know what will
“Monsanto sparked controversy nationwide with the introduction of Bovine somatotropin, abbreviated as rBST and commonly known as rBGH. It is a synthetic hormone that is injected into cows to increase milk production. IGF-1 is a hormone stimulated by rBGH in the cow’s blood stream, which is directly responsible for the increase in milk production. IGF-1 is a natural hormone found in the milk of both humans and cows causing the quick growth of infants.
Though this IGF-1 occurs naturally in mothers’ milk to be fed to their infants it produces adverse effects in non-infants, behaving as a cancer accelerator in adults and non-infants; this biologically active hormone is associated with breast cancer (correlation shown in premenopausal women), prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancers.”
“In 2002, The Washington Post carried a front page report on Monsanto’s legacy of environmental damage in Anniston, Alabama related to its legal production of polychlorinated biphenyls(PCBs), a chemical once used as a common electrical insulator, 40 years ago. Plaintiffs in a pending lawsuit provided documentation showing that the local Monsanto factory knowingly discharged both mercury and PCB-laden waste into local creeks for over 40 years. In a story on 27 January, The New York Times reported that during 1969 alone Monsanto had dumped 45 tons of PCBs into Snow Creek, a feeder for Choccolocco Creek which supplies much of the area’s drinking water. The company also buried millions of pounds of PCB in open-pit landfills located on hillsides above the plant and surrounding neighborhoods. In August 2003, Solutia and Monsanto agreed to pay plaintiffs $700 million to settle claims by over 20,000 Anniston residents related to PCB contamination.”
to read more about the things monsanto does and what ends up in the food they produce, head to oganicconsumers.org
oh, and on top of all of that, monsanto also just bought BLACKWATER, also known as Academi, which is a mercenary group.
if anyone else wants to add something to this, please feel free
Monsanto frequently bankrupts independent farmers in hundred-thousand-dollar lawsuits because the farmers used the seeds from the previous year’s harvest (THE WAY FARMERS HAVE BEEN DOING SINCE THE BIRTH OF AGRICULTURE) instead of paying them another royalty. Monsanto is allowed to do this because they patented the genetic makeup of the seeds of major food crops like wheat and corn.
(Source: souphands, via culturerevo)
Someone should go to the Mellow Mushroom in Denver with me.
I want a huge gluten free/dietary restriction friendly gathering, centered around good pizza that is safe.
Question of the Day: am I having an IBS flare up or did I get an extremely mild gluten exposure?
I guess we’ll never know.
Leigh says clean out your freezer, Udi’s is bringing over some unbelievably delicious frozen entrees! #GlutenFree of course! Which one will you try first?
Oh. My. God.
I want to cry.
I’m not seeing any dairy free options, WHYYYYYYYY
Could the spoon theory apply to people with severe food allergies too? I just found out about this from your blog and my friends sometimes ask me what it's like to have severe peanut allergies and I was just wondering.
I don’t think so, but I’m not the ultimate expert on spoons or anything. Think of spoons as a metaphor for reduced energy or ability based on a chronic condition. It’s a direct effect : does the condition render you too [insert adjective] to accomplish daily tasks? I would spend some time with google or find specific blogs about low spoons living. Thanks!
I think spoon theory can be applied, but it has to be treated a little bit different. There’s a chance of all your spoons being taken away at any time (you ingest the allergen, or in some cases, get too close to it or even touch someone who ), so you’re always having to be prepared for that. People with severe allergies to very common things also have to put more thought and prep in to their days (“Okay, so I need to walk across campus but I know they’re frying shrimp in the dining hall today so I need to keep away from there”), but once in the safety of your own home, unless you’ve had an attack and are physically weakened, I don’t think it really fits anymore.
I was at a university once and one of the buildings had giant notices on every single entrance that raw onions were not to be brought in due to a severe allergy. I mean, can you imagine having to plan your day in such a way that being in the same building as raw onions could send you to the hospital?
I also had a friend who did state assisted babysitting (employed by the state, helped families with children who needed lots of special care) who wasn’t allowed to eat wheat or dairy for three days before going to this one house because even contacting it that way through her could set off an attack in one of the kids.
I’m not an expert, though. For my part, I think if the spoon experience resonates with you and helps you think about how you plan and go about your day, by all means use it, but be sensitive to the fact that your situation isn’t the same as many who do use it.
I think that the way you described it was good, to start. But I think it’s more apt to say that they have about the normal amount of spoons, just that like you said, they can lose them whenever, and they do use more of them planning their day than ‘normal’ people, though depending on their allergic reaction strength and allergen tolerance level, they might be closer to normal-spoons than deficient-spoons budgeting.
… “spoon” is no longer a word that I recognize; I’ve typed it too many times.
there is a lot of interesting commentary here! so many good points
Speaking from a personal struggle with gluten intolerance - the above sounds about right. I’m okay for the most part unless I have gluten, then it’s counting spoons time until I recover - which can be anywhere from 3 days to 6 weeks, or more, depending on what I had.
HOWEVER, with that being said, I don’t know if I feel comfortable with taking that title when compared to someone who has a chronic illness, like lupus (used in the original spoon theory). There are lots of things I can relate to, but it’s not counting spoons unless the allergen is involved. I guess you could say (like above) it’s like being willing to trade all/most of your spoons for one item of food, or a medicine that has gluten, etc. Yes, celiac is my way of life, but I’m fine for the most part? Perhaps we (those with allergies/food intolerance) should come up with our own thing and leave a safe space for those who do have to count spoons day to day?
That’s just my take on this …
Just got diagnosed with celiac disease and im having some struggles. Please message me if you are gluten free as well and willing to help me out. Thanks so much!!
I can help! and I’m sure many of my followers can also help, just ask away, and good luck!
Message me at any time <3 <3 <3
My response to the “insensitive” guy
"The thing is that having celiac disease is not a "lifestyle choice" saying that is like saying someone with cancer is choosing to have that "cancer lifestyle". it’s a fucking disease that affects thousands of people. So please realize that there are thousands of people who use being gluten free as their medication, it’s the only way to not have our intestines literally falling apart. "
It’s the only way for me to stay sane, have the ability to breath, live without pain, have periods that don’t cause me to miss work or faint, ETC ETC ETC. I WILL FLIP OUT IF YOU IMPLY THAT I EAT THIS WAY BECAUSE IT’S THE NEW FAD AND I WANNA FIT IN
One of the things that pisses me off, 2.5x the price for the gluten free alternative. Not all of us are made of money, not at all of can afford $7 for a box that’ll make 2.5 batches of pancakes.
What a load of bullshit. *things that will make me sigh forever*