Last week was the last post for excerpts of The Awakening of Russell Henderson. We were at the end of the novel and if I post anything more, it will ruin the ending for all of you out there eager to purchase it and read it in its entirety. Thanks for all who tuned in for a few or for all. I have a collection of short stories being published for release in February 2022. Stay tuned.
My award certificate from Southwest Writers for my short story, Katie. This and other stories will be in my upcoming collection of short stories due out in February 2022￼.
We went to the west side of the La Plata Mountains today to check out the aspen color before a storm and colder weather move in tonight. It was well worth the trip. Hope you enjoy them.
This is my long overdue post about food.
Pure, plain, and simple, the food industry has been co-opted by the ag giants: Cargill, Pepsico, Tyson, Smithfield, Del Monte, just to name a few and topped off, of course, by Monsanto. Their goal is not to supply the populace with good wholesome nutritious food, but to make money, and they do. Lots of money. Monsanto, in 2017, pulled in approximately 2.26 billion U.S. dollars. Not small potatoes.
Big Ag has infiltrated most every aspect of food production in the U.S. and is working to do the same in Asian and African countries. Big Ag controls most all research being done in our Land Grant Universities, because they put money into the school coffers, steering the research to help them make even more money. And, of course, Big Ag has pretty much bought our senators and congressmen from federal to state levels with money and influence.
And, there is the Big Ag “Big Lie” that they are working to help feed the world. But the upshot of that lie is that they are feeding the world junk food, poisioning the people and creating a growing health crises of obesity, diabetes, cancer and so on. Plus they are poisioning the land, contributing to global warming, ruining small towns and small farms, exerting more and more control over what is left of rural America. They will crush anyone or anything that gets in the way, new or better ideas toward sustainable agriculture, be damned. They don’t want anyone to think that enough food can be grown on a smaller sustainable level to feed the masses. I say they are full of greed laden bullshit.
You may think my ideas are sacreligious and unfounded, but all this information and more is readily available on the internet. I have seen and witnessed it pretty much first hand over my life, as you can see if you have read the previous parts of this rant. So I wish you well for better food choices, better health, and creating a critical mass to ruin the profits of these giant corporations and bring back more wholesome food grown in your localin a sustainable method. Support local small growers.
Of course, there is the issue of overpopulating the planet which may be a topic for another day.
We took a trip into the San Juan Mountains just north of us to experience the fall colors of the golden Aspens. I’ll share a few pictures which don’t reall capture the beauty of the sixty miles we drove.