Artificial Control

“Of course production cannot be unbound from limits and as with all attempts at freedom beyond limits the result is violence. This violence is evident across the country in confinement chicken and pork operations. In both cases animals are bred for very particular ends such as large breasts or lean bacon that often result in a weakened gene pool. The goal is to create a series of perfectly-mirrored animals without any of the variety found in nature . These animals are then kept in large warehouse-like structures and kept in a way that is intended to maximize the speed of the animal’s weight gain with minimal losses that might affect the bottom line. The animal is not seen as an animal, but as a part of an industrial process that will result in a protein product. This is exemplified by Cargill’s move to follow the current business orientation toward providing ‘solutions’ rather than products. The pigs being raised for Cargill are a part of Cargill’s ‘Meat Solutions’ division — a pig is then reduced to a solution to a protein problem. Gone is both the joy of food and the tradition of animal husbandry — a tradition in which the words ‘products,’ ‘protein’ and ‘solution’ seem fairly out of place.”

–Ragan Sutterfield, “Farming As A Spiritual Discipline”

So True…

Prince Charles

“For many years, [Prince Charles] has championed organic farming and sought to raise world awareness of the dangers facing the natural environment, such as climate change. He has been outspoken on the role of architecture in society and the conservation of historic buildings, and produced a book on the subject called A Vision of Britain in 1989. He has also promoted herbal and other alternative medical treatment.” — Wikipedia.

I think he’d be a very interesting person to meet and with whom to have a nice discussion about organic farming… or climate change… or even the conservation of historic buildings. Maybe over a cup of tea.

I wonder how conversant he is on religious art….

I’ve Had Worse….

With genuine starling flavor!

With genuine starling flavor!

Chicken of the sea? No... Chicken of the Black Lagoon.

Chicken of the sea? No… Chicken of the Black Lagoon.

Once you get past the legs, those eggs aren't bad!

Once you get past the legs, those eggs aren’t bad!

Ooh. Look at the size o' that' croc! Let's see if we can really make him angry....

Ooh. Look at the size o’ that’ croc! Let’s see if we can really make him angry….

Fish Mouths

Just like momma use to make!

Just like momma use to make!

Fresh as the day it was... well, fresh, anyway.

Fresh as the day it was… well, fresh, anyway.

Now lower in cholesterol

Now lower in cholesterol

Real Western flavor... but be sure to pick the bones out before eating.

Real Western flavor… but be sure to pick the bones out before eating.

Rudolph has been downsized!

Rudolph has been downsized!

The sauce is what makes it so good.

The sauce is what makes it so good.

Something bugs me about this one....

Something bugs me about this one….

Don't knock it until you've tried it... and then knock it.

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it… and then knock it.

Better than Roadkill Sausage!

Better than Roadkill Sausage!

I don't understand why no one comes to my parties... I serve the best canned escargots.

I don’t understand why no one comes to my parties… I serve the best canned escargots.

Giant... because anything smaller wouldn't be giant.

Giant… because anything smaller wouldn’t be giant.

But then you have to decide what to do with giant bug leftovers.

But then you have to decide what to do with giant bug leftovers.

Because other canned herring doesn't have that squid flavor we all remember from childhood.

Because other canned herring doesn’t have that squid flavor we all remember from childhood.

Just don't ask which part of the pig....

Just don’t ask which part of the pig….

I can has cheezburger!

I can has cheezburger!

Sweeter then possum.

Sweeter then possum.

Tactical bacon. Actually, this one isn't all that odd.

Tactical bacon. Actually, this one isn’t all that odd.

You can bet it is.

You can bet it is.

Candwich: Zombie Apocalypse ready-to-eat!

Candwich: Zombie Apocalypse ready-to-eat!

The non-creamed version... and still sweeter than possum.

The non-creamed version… and still sweeter than possum.

Robin Williams didn't know they have 'em.

Robin Williams didn’t know they have ’em.

Hop on down to the store....

Hop on down to the store….

Makes you wonder what they were smoking.

Makes you wonder what they were smoking.

Liverspread. Just the word should strike fear into you.

Liverspread. Just the word should strike fear into you.

100% Organic.

100% Organic.

I'm sure you would.

I’m sure you would.

Actually, pretty good for camping trips. Soak it in molasses.

Actually, pretty good for camping trips. Soak it in molasses.

The phallic choice is now the easy choice.

The phallic choice is now the easy choice.

9cans-36

When fresh is just oo much hassle.

When fresh is just oo much hassle.

Roadkill at its finest!

Roadkill at its finest!

Beef Frankfurters

Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients
BENZENE HEXACHLORIDE, Carcinogenic.
DACTHAL, Carcinogenic (can be contaminated with dioxin); irritant; strong sensitizer.
DIELDRIN, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
DDT, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
HEPTACHLOR, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin; xenoestrogen.
HEXACHLOROBENZENE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; teratogenic.
LINDANE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; damage to blood forming cells.
HORMONES: Carcinogenic and feminizing.
ANTIBIOTICS: Some are carcinogenic, cause allergies and drug resistance.

Labeled Ingredient
NITRITE, Interacts with meat amines to form carcinogenic nitrosamines which are a major risk factor for childhood cancers.

Brands Using GMO Products

The following is a list of foods using GMO ingredients. This list has been circulating the Internet, and also appears in several highly-circulated graphics. The best message to take away here is that if it comes in a box, you probably should think very carefully before you eat it.

Real food doesn’t have ingredients you’ve never heard of before; it doesn’t have ingredients you can’t easily pronounce. It seems increasingly companies are in a race to take the “slow” out of the “slowest form of poison” phrase that Ann Wigmore spoke of.

Companies Using GMO

  • Aunt Jemima
  • Quaker
  • Betty Crocker
  • General Mills
  • Bisquick
  • Duncan Hines
  • Hungry Jack
  • Jiffy
  • Ms. Butterworths
  • Peppridge farms
  • Campbells
  • Aurora Foods
  • Kraft/Phillip Morris
  • Post cereals
  • Hershey’s
  • Nestle
  • Carnation
  • Holsum
  • Interstate bakeries
  • Best foods
  • Knorr
  • Kellogs
  • Nature Valley
  • Nabisco
  • Pillsbury
  • Heinz
  • Hellmans
  • Hunts
  • KC Masterpiece
  • Frito-lay/Pepsi
  • Delicious brand cookies
  • Famous Amos
  • Keebler/Flowers Industries
  • Banquet
  • Green Giant
  • Healthy Choice
  • ConAgra
  • KidCuisine
  • Stouffers
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Marie Callenders
  • Ore-ida
  • Smart Ones
  • Power Bar
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Hormel
  • Loma Linda
  • Morningstar
  • Lipton
  • Unilever
  • Uncle Ben’s
  • Rice-a-roni/Pasta-roni
  • Tombstone Pizza
  • Totinos
  • Orville Redenbacher
  • Pop Secret
  • Pringles
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Coca Cola
  • Minute Made
  • Pepsi
  • Cadbury/Sweppes
  • Capri-sun
  • Kool-aid
  • Ocean Spray
  • V-8
  • Prego Pasta Sauce
  • Ragu sauce

Buy fresh; buy local, and prepare it yourself. Those are words to live by. I mean, seriously, Words to live by… as opposed to suffering from diabetes and dying from cancer.

A Lot of Crap and the Death of Ralph

I saw several interesting things while walking around the Baptist Megaplex and Hotdog Stand last night. It was Little Girl’s Pee-Wee Soccer Night, and there were dozens of little girls rushing gladiator-style toward the soccer fields of glory. One precocious little future soccer all-star, herself barely past the toddler stage, caught my attention as she was giving a very unwanted, death-grip hug to a very unwilling little brother before she charged off to join her friends. Her dutiful dad was unloading a folding wagon from the back of the mini van and he started piling stuff into it.

I thought to my self that he had to be the coach and this was the load of whatever equipment is needed to facilitate pee-wee sports. But as I got closer, I realized there was not one bit of sports gear on it. It was a load of toys, doo-dads, noisemakers, distractions, cookie crumbs, diaper bags, sunscreens, shiny bits, small animals, and sippy cups designed to distract the so recently hug-accosted Junior. Meanwhile, all he really wanted to do was pee on the retaining wall.

If my parents had decided to take everything I owned at that age out to the field for a thirty-minute outing, the wagon load would have paled in comparison to this kid’s traveling gear. It seems a shame to me that so many parents spend so much time distracting their kids and so little time engaged with them. Kids don’t need a wagon load of crap to make their little life worthwhile; they need human interaction. They need positive examples and good role-modeling so that they can grow up to be intelligent and healthy adults, not sad and desperate human beings who cling to the belief that their television loves them and wants what is best for them, and that it expresses this by showing them all of the many wonderful  worthless things that if they could just somehow own would undoubtedly make their lives seem meaningful and worthwhile and — most of all — a little less desperate.

 

In Other News… Ralph Died.

I’m glad I wrote about Ralph yesterday morning, because when I went out for a walk yesterday afternoon Ralph was gone. I can only presume he is dead.

It was quite clear that the mowers had been through. Though I searched diligently, I could find no sign of Ralph’s remains. Though nature and the ravages of insects couldn’t harm him, the whirling blades of death were his undoing.

Poor Ralph. I hardly knew ye.