August 2, 2013 on the Rio Grande at Embudo, NM
I was traveling when Heather reported the first firefly on June 7. By mid-June they were out in massive numbers and are an ongoing spectacle now.
On April 2, 2014 the Policy Director for the Center for Food Safety, Elizabeth Kucinich, published an article on Huffington Post titled Monsanto: The Enemy Of Family Farmers. In the very first paragraph of the article she writes:
After years of work by scientific public interest organizations such as Center for Food Safety and governmental bodies such as the United Nations, consumers around the world are becoming aware of the dangers of industrial, chemical-based agriculture. The most legitimate science and research bodies recommend turning toward organic and sustainable agriculture, shunning genetically engineered (GE or GMO) products and the chemicals they are designed to promote. Yet despite the U.N.’s assessment that sustainable agriculture is the way to feed the world’s growing population, U.S. government agencies continue to support the biotechnology industry and its pesticide-promoting crops as the path forward. But the message is failing — even with the backing of the U.S. government and a barrage of advertising from companies like Monsanto.
Natural is an annoying but occasionally necessary word that is much abused by marketers and moralists alike.
Everything that exists is, in one sense, natural. When I speak of culture and technology, I’m still referring to things that evolved through natural selection (and hence are products of nature). But not all products of natural selection are equal, and sometimes it is necessary to make distinctions among them.
Spoiler Alert! This post is about some of my thoughts relating to the movie Elysium and reveals plot details by necessity. If you haven’t seen the movie, you won’t get as much out of this post and/or you might also find the reveals spoil the movie for you.