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Written by Jazz Glastra on 04 October 2012.

co-conspiratorsWhile Monday was the “official” beginning of Month Without Monsanto, last night  was the first chance I had to gather with my co-conspirators who are also participating. Each month, Victory Garden Initiative (the organization I work for) throws an open potluck. Those who had agreed to join in the #Nonsanto fun came to the potluck, and I was also able to throw in a plug for others to join us. All in all, we had about 20 people present, though not all decided to jump on the #Nonsanto wagon. I was surprised but pleased by everyone’s reaction to my pitch for the Month Without Monsanto experiment. It turns out that a bunch of people who show up to our monthly Eat & Meet are pretty savvy about the dangers of pesticides, herbicides, GMOs, and Monsanto in general. What ensued was a lively, far-ranging discussion; frombees dying en masse due to pesticide  exposure (thanks, Monsanto!), to GMO labeling issues, to the importance of preserving food as a sort of personal insurance policy. You know, just in case we accidentally kill all the bees and there’s not enough food to eat.

I left last night feeling angry at the industrial food system, but also duped. We’ve been lulled into a false sense of security by thinking that regulating agencies like the FDA, EPA, and USDA will protect us from the dangers of products which are toxic to humans—pesticides that we put on our food. Is it just me, or does putting anything with the suffix “-cide” (Latin for kill) on our food seem like a bad idea?

I’m more convinced than ever that going 100% organic is something I’d like to commit to long term (keeping almost all -cides off of my food). For this month, we’re all committing to going as #Nonsanto as we possibly can, and learning a lot in the process. That means researching companies, interrogating farmers about their seed sources, and at the very least purchasing 100% USDA organic foods. I’m personally not throwing anything out—I made applesauce from some conventional apples someone gave me—but as I go through the month I hope to gradually step up my #Nonsanto level.

It’s not going to be easy: Today I got a potato chip halfway into my mouth before I realized it had Monsanto written all over it. For lunches, I’m currently living off a giant vat of #Nonsanto soup made from organic veggies and a local, free range chicken. Breakfast yesterday was carrot sticks, and dinner was….a compromise. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how many layers of the food system Monsanto penetrates. On the upside, I’m spending more time in my kitchen and not caving to the temptation of eating lunch out.

Best of all, I’m going to have to rely on my #Nonsanto co-conspirators to get through this. Here’s to all of us!

Sources for this post:

Dig Deeper:

A great run-down of bees, neonicotinoid pesticides, and why this is a perfect storm of awful:,Monsanto,GMO,Genetic,Engineering,Modified,Organism,Food,Sustainable,Local,Locavore,Organic,RoundUp/neonicotinoid/

Picture: Our #Nonsanto Group. Left to Right: Brian, Pamela, Robert, Me, and Pauline (front)


0 #3 Alicia B. Johnston 2012-10-11 12:38
I'm so glad we had the chance to sit down and talk about Month Without Monsanto last week! It's easy to feel defeated when you have a realization like you described--
"I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how many layers of the food system Monsanto penetrates." That's actually how I felt about gluten/dairy/soy when cutting them out of my diet- every time I read the label of a product, I was blown away first by the sheer number of ingredients, then by the amount of creepy non-food or allergen-containing additives in basically anything I didn't make in the kitchen. If you come early enough on Saturday, you can help me buy approximately one thousand pounds of root vegetables since this week's farmer's market is the last of the season! My basement is going to be a little crowded with produce for a few weeks.
0 #2 Kouba65 2012-10-06 16:43
Don't give up! Our whole family came together and committed to a non GMO diet. We cut out all processed foods, meat and dairy, because finding grass fed animals is really hard in AZ. It was hard to cook the first three weeks because I have no imagination when it comes to
Food, until I discovered how to make eggless French
Toast, and from there, a whole new world opened up for me! It's really easy to bake yummy foods without eggs
Or milk. I use bananas and applesauce as a binder, and organic coconut oil instead of vegetable oil or
Butter! Buy grains in bulk, not boxes. It saves and no "cides". Try a
New recipe every other day, you will not regret it and you will start to enjoy the taste of food again!
Good luck!
0 #1 Jessica 2012-10-04 18:26

Good luck guys!!

PS really never DO say no, do you?

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