This past Saturday Milo (2.5 years old) and I went to march against Monsanto in downtown Los Angeles.
Let me start by saying I’m not the protesting type. Even during all my years living in Argentina (even in 2001 when sh*t was hitting the fan daily) I never got up off my bum to protest. Contrary to popular belief I’m not that much of a rebel and there are few causes that get me fired up. The causes that do get me fired up all have to do with messing with nature- yes, that’s the technical term.
I have to admit that since I don’t have cable I’m in a bit of a bubble when it comes to advertising and when Proposition 37 didn’t pass in California I was floored. Prop 37 simply requires GMOs (genetically modified organisms) to be labeled and prohibits deceptive marketing techniques like the recent popular one which slaps the word “natural” on everything. WTF does “natural” even mean?!
I’m not a big fan of “modifying” anything (and genetic modification just makes me livid). Part of this is because I’m lazy as I described in my lazy parenting post, but to be serious for a second, I think its incredibly arrogant and unreasonable to believe that we can do better than nature. Seriously?
I’ve been a member of the Seed Library of Los Angeles for two years now. I’ve been gardening for that amount of time as well. I’m definitely a newbie at all of this, learning every day but I have to say that the empowerment of growing your own produce and saving its seed to share with others and grow year after year without having to buy another one is amazing. (I’ve also killed several crops along the way-oops). Monsanto (aka Monsatan) will make it so that you have to buy new seeds each year, from them of course.
Check out David King’s (founder of the Seed Library of Los Angeles) powerful message at this weekend’s march:
It gave me goosebumps to see so many people show up at the March in L.A. Vegans, Real Foodists, and Standard American Dieters all united with the common goal of having the right to know what is in our food (or foodstuff, if that’s how you roll).
I met up with Shirley from Primal Fenix and by chance ran into Hannah from Kombucha Kamp. I must admit it was a little scary to show up with a toddler amidst a group of people with bandanas and masks covering their faces. Milo was pretty scared of this guy in particular:
But was excited to try on “halloween” as he called it. One friendly masked protester shared her mask with him:
It was great to be among a group of empowered individuals….
This guy was a riot!
It was exhausting…
The crazy thing? It got almost NO media coverage! Don’t worry, I won’t get all political and conspiracy theory on you today but that’s at least a bit odd, no?