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Food poisoning a slow death from gluttony and greed

Food poisoning a slow death from gluttony and greed

Back in January I posted an image with a PLU sticker that we have all seen on various produce at the local grocery store. What made this image stand out were the codes to show if the consumer was buying organic, from a farmer or grove and if the produce was a GMO or Genetically Modified Organism.

Last month I posted yet again another gallery of images on the potentially harmful effects from GMO. Today when going through the word press reader there were a few post on the recent victory in Europe. It would seem that agricultural giant Monsanto has been banned, permanently in all of Europe.

But sadly not in the US. Last week the bill went before the senate and was defeated 71 to 27. The bill would have allowed each state to decide if they wanted to require food labeling of GMO’s.

The Supreme Court ruled on May 16, 2013 in Monsanto’s favor against a 75-year-old farmer for patent infringement.

Justice Elena Kagan wrote the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling, which denied Bowman’s claims that Monsanto’s patent was exhausted since he bought his seeds from the grain elevator and not the company itself. She wrote: “Patent exhaustion does not permit a farmer to reproduce patented seeds through planting and harvesting without the patent holder’s permission.”

So where does that leave us?

On the consumer side, its clear GMO foods are not wanted here in the US and in Europe.

So how could 71 senators vote against a bill that would allow the consumer to decide if they want to buy and consume foods that are GMO’s.

One thing is for certain, those who march against Monsanto, signed petitions, formed rallies do not let last week’s decision defeat your cause, deflate your passion, slow your fight. Instead use the landmark decision in Europe to push even harder. Avoid stores that sell GMO foods, and brands that support GMO’s. Buy local, ask questions its your right. 

Pass the word, keep talking your voice is being heard, don’t give up!

This is only the beginning……


About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

6 responses »

  1. Thank you for this post. I’ve been anti GMO and anti Monsanto for a long time, and it’s wonderful to see that I’m not alone. Keep up the good work! And thanks for those links as well.


    • Meeka, you are never alone! I am against Monsanto as well. I just felt so bad for those who have fought so hard to get slapped across the face. Yet Europe’s decision will for certain was a major pop in Monsanto’s bubble, and that is only the beginning.


      • You know I used to think most Americans didn’t care about GMOs in their food but I’ve come to realise they do care, a lot, but they are being ignored. It’s a horrible thing to happen in a democracy but it seems the odds are stacked against ordinary voters. 😦

        I really hope you have success with the food labelling – eventually. That is the very first step. Without it consumers have absolutely no choice. How ridiculous when choice drives market demand and market demand is at the heart of capitalism?


      • Its sad cause it should always be our choice, but little by little our rights are being peeled away. In my opinion.


      • Sadly yes. 😦


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