I took a few days off work and am enjoying a nice five-day weekend. With Ethan’s 12th birthday party this weekend, and David in Wisconsin, I had a lot of work to get done. It was really nice having two full days to myself, even if I did have a boatload of chores to do.
One of the things I did this afternoon is watch the documentary “Seeds of Death” (you can access the movie at: http://dolphriends.com/seeds-of-death-movie/
This movie (about 1:20 in length) focuses on the dangers of genetically modified foods. Everyone in America should watch this movie; it will certainly move you to take action of some kind. It’s got some gloom and doom in it, but in general, the points are well made. If this movie doesn’t anger and frustrate you, I don’t know what will. At a minimum, I hope it moves you to action, even if the action is doing your best to eat foods designed by God, not Monsanto.
One step you could take is to download the “Buycott” app on your smart phone. I played with it a little bit today and it’s pretty cool. You sign up for “campaigns” (for example: anti-Monsanto). You can then scan the barcodes and it will trace your food back to the parent company, and it will notify you if the product violates any of the campaigns you signed up for.
So, for example, when I scanned my Way Better Snacks, I got the message “You’re supporting this brand” and it’s traced back to Live Better Brands, Inc. However, when I scan the Lay’s French Onion Dip I was eating with my Way Better Snacks, I got the message “You’re Avoiding this company” (because it doesn’t jive with the campaign “No to Monsanto+GMOs”). It doesn’t necessarily mean the product has GMOs, but the company (Frito-Lay) does use GMOs (read: corn chips).
So now that I know that, I guess I’m done with my dip!
One more action step you can take: sign Organic Consumers Association’s Truth-in-Labeling Petition.
Time to get off my soap box now…
I had my post-op visit at my surgeon’s office today. I tried to get out of it, but the nurse on the phone insisted I needed to go (even if I am a week overdue). The nurse who saw me today though thought it was a shame they made me come in. There was really nothing to see or do. My incision is healing beautifully and there were no stitches to remove. I did, however, ask her about the “breast prostheses” comment that was on my MRI report. She confirmed what I knew: that there was nothing implanted. I was surprsied when she picked the phone up and immediately called the imaging facility for me. They agreed to re-review the MRI, and they were also going to pull the dictation to see if the stenographer just misheard. At any rate, they will be issuing a corrected report. I’ll have to keep after them on that!
I’m looking forward to celebrating Ethan’s 12th birthday tomorrow. I’m hoping the icicles melt before the guests arrive! (It is 37 degrees outside as I write this.)