Sunday, September 15, 2013

Cool Sunday with possibility of a bit of rain. Tomatoes, spearmint, stevia, and grapefruit mint.

I don't know what I will get done in the gardens today.  We expect some rain but how much is a good question.  So far the predictions indicate too little to do any good.  The temperature is cool enough that we had condensation on the bedroom windows yesterday morning and today when we woke.  I just remarked to Mom that it seems we just took the plastic off the windows and we may be putting in on again soon.  Our windows leak badly so we started putting plastic over them several years ago.

Well, I did get a bit done already (not yet 9am).  Three trays of spearmint, three of stevia, and one of grapefruit mint are drying right now.  And I have a pot of tomatoes stewing.  I saw three or four of the paste and sauce tomatoes that will be ready tomorrow or the day after.  I have closed the patio glass door because it is still very cool and the clouds are moving in.  I should get our first red peppers this week.  Three of the lipstick peppers are rapidly turning.  I know I have complained about this but everything is so slow this year.

Evidently the agriculture officials in Oregon have confirmed that a farmer's alfalfa crop has been contaminated with the Round-Up Ready GMO variety.  He didn't plant it.  Of course Monsanto is trying to minimize the issue on the grounds that the contamination was only a small part of the crop and seeds and it doesn't pose a health problem.  According to them.  I have a problem with the whole think on other issues.  First, it is getting increasingly difficult for consumers to choose non-GMO because Monsanto and their buddies have, so far, successfully stymied legislation to label products made from such crops.  Second, if their GMO crops can cross pollinate (and if they are in the open they most certainly will) then they are contaminating the rest of the food chain by their mere presence.  I think that as soon as any GMO contamination is found in fields where it wasn't deliberately planted the patent should be voided.

Washington's Blog has a good post on the "real" problems with the Fukushima meltdown.  I have always thought any technology that had the potential (however small the proponents claimed it to be) to cause widespread environmental damage and kill or maim a large number of people should not be widely adopted and, maybe, not adopted at all.

I have seen stories on this obscenity at odd intervals for the last five years.  California has finally decided to take their case to court.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  So the only way our manufacturers can compete internationally is still to pay our own workers the starvation wages common else where.  And do as  Wal-Mart does relying on the public purse to support their low paid employees with food stamps, health care, and rent subsidies.

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