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Jerry Brown’s “Green California Liberals” weigh in on Slo Food, Food Chain issues and a few other things, plus Swine…

One thing about growing up in California when Jerry Brown was our governor, most Californians understood Green — (they call it that now) as a movement that was based on “health” — the health of the planet and the health of the people.  We called it the Ecology movement.

Most good things either come from or get started in California don’t they?  We pride ourselves on that…

How ironic that sprouts in the news are showing up with salmonella now.  Why, I remember when everybody grew their own sprouts on a kitchen windowsill!  Those were also the days of granola bars — and, they didn’t have things like chocolate chips in them either, no?  They fell under the category of “health” foods or “natural” foods.  This is the beginning of the whole organic food movement that has now morphed into what is called “Slo Foods.”

Here is a little primer for all of you on that from a food co-op in America:

Hippie Food Then and Now

Well, when we read the LAT piece on sprouts above it looks like the seed was the problem — to quote them:

“…Investigators believe seeds used to grow alfalfa may bethe source of the pathogen. That’s made the outbreak worse because suspect lots of seeds may have been sold around the country and could account for a large proportion of what’s being used by sprout growers…”

Hmmm… I wonder who manufactures the seeds for that?  I’m certainly not a scientist, but this sure is an interesting article.

Californians can trust politicians like Jerry Brown to get to the bottom of things like this, because he comes from the capital of what we call “slow food” out here in the west.  Western organic farmers will be interested in this piece off Dandelion salad…

Hmmm…

We just seem to be having so many damn problems with the food chain don’t we?

I mean, it was all so simple in the ’70′s.  Farmers were just farmers.  Food was safe!  Food was healthy!  Food was from scratch!

You just ask people like Jerry Brown, Senator John McCain or Senator Grassley — they can tell you…food is food, no?  And, this is a very strange article this morning…

Swine Flu Outbreak Could Be Linked to Smithfield Factory Farms

“…The outbreak of a new flu strain-a nasty mash-up of swine, avian, and human viruses-has infected 1,000 people in Mexico and the U.S., killing 68. The World Health Organization warned Saturday that the outbreak could reach global pandemic levels…”

What kind of Swine do we have on our hands, no?

Better yet, what kind of pig is being BRED?

IS IT A GENETICALLY MODIFIED PIG?  Perchance?

Patent For a Pig (vid) + Monsanto files patent for new invention: the pig (2005)

You’ll really want to read the above, but here is an excerpt:

“…Monsanto files patent for new invention: the pig

Greenpeace researcher uncovers chilling patent plans

Source: Greenpeace (http://www.greenpeace.org)

by Brian Thomas Fitzgerald

02 August 2005

Geneva, Switzerland — It’s official. Monsanto Corporation is out to own the world’s food supply, the dangers of genetic engineering and reduced biodiversity notwithstanding, as they pig-headedly set about hog-tying farmers with their monopoly plans. We’ve discovered chilling new evidence of this in recent patents that seek to establish ownership rights over pigs and their offspring.

In the crop department, Monsanto is well on their way to dictating what consumers will eat, what farmers will grow, and how much Monsanto will get paid for seeds. In some cases those seeds are designed not to reproduce sowable offspring. In others, a flock of lawyers stand ready to swoop down on farmers who illegally, or even unknowingly, end up with Monsanto’s private property growing in their fields.

One way or another, Monsanto wants to make sure no food is grown that they don’t own — and the record shows they don’t care if it’s safe for the environment or not. Monsanto has aggressively set out to bulldoze environmental concerns about its genetically engineered (GE) seeds at every regulatory level.

So why stop in the field? Not content to own the pesticide and the herbicide and the crop, they’ve made a move on the barnyard by filing two patents which would make the corporate giant the sole owner of that famous Monsanto invention: the pig.

The Monsanto Pig (Patent pending)

The patent applications were published in February 2005 at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva. A Greenpeace researcher who monitors patent applications, Christoph Then, uncovered the fact that Monsanto is seeking patents not only on methods of breeding, but on actual breeding herds of pigs as well as the offspring that result.

“If these patents are granted, Monsanto can legally prevent breeders and farmers from breeding pigs whose characteristics are described in the patent claims, or force them to pay royalties,” says Then. “It’s a first step toward the same kind of corporate control of an animal line that Monsanto is aggressively pursuing with various grain and vegetable lines…”

More in an article here, off Civil Eats:

Leave it to the French to Investigate Monsanto in The World According to Monsanto

“…And, folks, we should be scared, very scared about the implications of these details on the future food security in the world.  I left the film certain that Monsanto was responsible for perpetrating a slow and conscious modern holocaust, and should be no less than tried for crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court.  Sound extreme?  70% of food on supermarket shelves contains GM food, and scientists in government and university research programs have been fired for speaking out against treating human beings as guinea pigs, aside from all of Monsanto’s other trespasses (Wonder why you didn’t know that 70% of supermarket food contains GMOs? lobbying against labeling).

During this holiday lull, do yourself a favor and watch this film.  It is the most important and fundamental documentary about the future of our food system, and it is available to watch here, or can be bought here.  (Also, here is a great review from Truthout.org last November.)  If you are new to these facts, this movie will convert you to food security issues.  If you know all there is to know about why our food system is broken, this will reinstate your food fighter’s fervor…”

More from Feral Scholar:

Food safety scam from Big Ag

Greens from the 70′s who started off as Jerry Brown kids in politics?  We are all very aware of this kind of issue.  And we are all very aware of the politicians who can do something about it, too.

NQ’s Batcheldor has a report on the pigs…

Kill the Pigs?

And Larry Johnson has a follow-up:

Influenza pandemic

I’ve been watching Glenn Beck on Fox News…and, even though journalism looks incredibly different on TV now — he has an interesting angle on things…

This is going to be very interesting to California foodies…and slow foods people…

Swine Flu And The Future Of Free-Range Pork

You know what?

Given the way people seem to be switching political parties of late?

What’s in your pork?

Or was that porkulus?

Hmmm….

Which swine are responsible is the question on a Green’s lips, this morning…

This calls for grassroots action, no?

It does Jerry Brown.  It really does.  There is Science, and Science that goes too far?

Good thing Jerry Brown and I both read Aldous Huxley.  I’ve been revisiting Brave New World.  So should you!

I’m on page 34, as of last night.