Monsanto. The March Against Monsanto. Occupy Monsanto.
I mentioned that this is where my head’s been during this hiatus. But not entirely. Yes, I’ve been feeling full of passion and purpose. But, plenty of painfully emotional personal stuff has happened too. P l e n t y. But such is life. I’m no different than you, I’m sure. Life is an endless stream of trials and tribulations, it seems. But I’ve learned that tapping into the side of me that is less self-indulgent, and more “servant’s heart”, is a simple and worthwhile way to not only distract, but to deal, with the shit life throws my way.
One of two things that gets me through, is doing something for someone other than myself. Activism. Living a passionate and purpose-driven life is actually the first part of my personal mission statement. It is, and always has been, the best kind of therapy. Using my “god-given” talents and abilities, to make a difference in my small corner of the world, can do so much more for my mental health than any prescription pill. There’s definitely something to the idea that we heal ourselves by healing others… and that we overcome the perceived problems in our own lives, by offering ourselves up to becoming a part of some solution.
It’s amazing how quickly I can restore my perspective, when I see how much less significant my issues are in comparison to the issues that face all of humanity. And like George Bernard Shaw, “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die…”.
So, back to Monsanto and GMOs.
My experience and education on these intertwined topics date back over a decade, so this isn’t new to me. But in light of recent events, including (but not at all limited to) The Monsanto Protection Act, I have felt moved to put action behind my convictions. Yes, I have shared on social media, but it’s not enough. And to say that the response has been disappointing is an understatement. The vast majority are just simply apathetic. Disgustingly apathetic. Even if I do try to inject a little humor into an otherwise serious issue.
And why is that?
I do have some thoughts on that, but I think it best to be left for another day. For now, let’s look at something that was making the social media rounds. It’s not an aesthetically appealing meme, but it did get people talking.
At first glance, I think most of us feel that twinge of injustice. Like “hey, that doesn’t seem right”, but perhaps we think that this doesn’t (and won’t) impact us directly. But it does.
Because we eat food. We need it to survive. And we need real food if we want to do more than just survive. We need to eat clean, whole foods if we want to be healthy. And we can’t take for granted that we’ll always have access to healthy choices.
Did you hear about the The Garden of Eden raid in Texas? or the charges against Julie Bass? What about Terrence Ingram and his bees? Why is it important for us to pay attention to stories like these? Because this is not propaganda, or isolated incidents. This is happening, and not just to the amish, or families growing food on their front lawns (those terrorists!). And it’s not just happening in our part of the world.
And if you’re going to talk about Monsanto and GMOs, you’re going to have to talk about organic farmers, and beekeepers. You’re going to have to talk about the environment, and colony collapse disorder, and human health, and how it is all connected. You’re going to have to talk about our legal rights, the laws already in place & that are being passed right now, and the power of politics. It goes on and on. And it can be overwhelming.
It can be paralyzing.
But you have to at least feel something before you can make a conscious decision on whether you’re going to allow yourself to feel frozen, or fired up.
I don’t think it’s enough to just “be the change we want to see in the world” like Ghandi advised. Not anymore. I don’t think it’s enough to just live it and hopefully lead by example. I think we need to lock arms and actually make that change happen. So what can we, as a family, realistically do?
Aside from what we already do, like being members of our local CSA (community supported agriculture), and participating in the March Against Monsanto, etc. I am planning to make seed bombs with the kids. We’ve been talking about doing this sort of thing for a long time (years) but the idea just never took priority. I want to set a better example for my children by showing them some real tangible action, rather than just passionate words. This is something we can do now. This is how our family can feel like we are doing our part. This is how we put action behind Sofia’s Ideas on Simplicity, Frugality, and Frivolity… all with an Eco-Mentality!
How are you and your family doing your part?