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I recently wrote a diary that I thought would be little noticed, except for maybe a few science literate Kossacks. I was trying to put together what I knew and hoped for some corrections, evidence controverting my point, lessons, etc.

Boy did I step into a contentious issue. I swear I didn't know. There are some passionate opinions around here on the subject. I promise to not write about Monsanto. Instead I will try to write about GM crops in a way that makes sure that I am merely a curious consumer of food.

That being said, here are a few lessons that I learned:

Lesson 1: Don't write about Monsanto.

Lesson 2: When trying to ask questions, make that absolutely clear in your first graph.

Lesson 3: Be better about my titles.

Lesson 4: Always expect your diary to hit the rec list.

Lesson 5: Be prepared to engender controversy with anything you write.

I now have links to a lot of information from a variety of viewpoints. I have a lot of reading to do. I consider it homework. I will roll up my sleeves and get to reading. I like homework.

I can't be around for comments, etc. but I just wanted to put this on the record and hope that maybe some of those who read my last diary will see this.

And now, below the squigglies, something completely different:

I like food. I used to make my living preparing and serving it. As such, I believe that food is of the utmost importance. I care about food safety, food politics, and the role that food plays in society.

Some of the writers that I pay attention to on the subject are Tony Bourdain (for fun and a chef's perspective), Tom Philpott at Mother Jones, Michael Pollan, and Marion Nestle at Food Politics.

Learning about food and the food supply is a growing interest of mine. I am trying to learn more about our food chain, hunger in the US and the world, and the politics surrounding food.

These are areas that are obviously close to us all. I should be careful what I diary on the subject. I am just one person with little formal education on these subjects. I am trying to learn and I am ready, willing, and able to be corrected and pointed in new directions.

And now I must leave you, so I will leave you with a few pootie pics.

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  •  I hope that this finds you well, (15+ / 0-)

    from the new MLK Memorial

    100_3505

    "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro"

    by gravlax on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 06:00:11 AM PDT

  •  There will be no criticisms (7+ / 0-)

    of Monsanto, or of Union Carbide, or of Kruppwerks.  It is time for mere plebeians to silence themselves before their intellectual, political  and moral superiors.

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 06:37:24 AM PDT

  •  really? (5+ / 0-)
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    rebel ga, bluedust, weck, mygreekamphora, pico

    I'm disappointed you got from that last diary "Don't Write About Monsanto."

    I didn't get that vibe from the comment thread at all, which I participated in. Even among those of us who are objectively pro GMO and GE (as I happen to be), we almost universally hate Monsanto's business practices, which are cold-blooded and cruel.

    I certainly do hope you keep writing about food and food chains, though.

    [insert pithy sigline here]

    by terrypinder on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 06:52:10 AM PDT

    •  Seconded. (0+ / 0-)

      to the diarist: I think it's good to have people writing about it.  I think it's less good for people to have the wrong information, but you're doing a good job weighing evidence, and that's the important part.  But please don't think Monsanto is off-limits; if anything, more sunlight is good.  Like terry I'm pro-GMO and -GE and don't want this topic to be avoided.

      I think it'd be a little different if it were an issue like IP, where it's much harder to cut through the ideology (because those issues are fundamentally ideological) and the most ideologically-minded stopped listening to each other long ago.  Certainly GMO/GE does have its partisans pro and contra, but as long as we're all agreeing to be judiciously skeptical, we can learn a lot from each other.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 10:50:24 PM PDT

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  •  I'm anti- GMO, GE, and Monsanto, (2+ / 0-)
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    Karl Rover, 4Freedom

    and I hope you keep on writing about all of them. People need to know the truth about how bad they are, and they have not been getting the facts from our government or the mainstream media. Nuclear energy and the nuke industry fall into the same category.

  •  No fan of Monsanto either, but we should (2+ / 0-)

    try to keep the business practices of certain corporations separate from arguments about the risks and benefits of genetic engineering.  Traditional selective breeding has risks and benefits, too.  The issues that concern me most with all these tools are loss of genetic diversity and the development of resistance in targets.

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 08:39:44 AM PDT

  •  Excellent documentary on Free Speech TV (1+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom

    about Monsanto and it was frightening. They have cornered the market on seeds through these GMO's. Farmers around the world must buy seeds from Monsanto. Will read your other diary on this but yes Monsanto is greedy and most disheartening manipulative.

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