Call me crazy, but I like Dandelions.
That's right. And, I couldn't help but think of them lately. Here's why: .
As I watch the news pertaining to events surrounding the ongoing tragedy happening to our Japanese friends, like many, I watch in horror.
The newscasters keep offering horrible news. Radiation levels in some parts of Japan has affected their food and water supply, milk and vegetables, and it's now spiked to dangerous and deadly levels.
While watching the news on comes a commercial break... I was about to get up and make a coffee, however... one commercial came on that caught my attention.
It was a commercial for Roundup®. You know that stuff. It's a poisonous chemical herbicide, created by that giant chemical conglomerate, Monsanto. .
Wasn't that nice of them? . A real tribute to mankind.
So, back to the Roundup. You know the stuff. It's the chemical you have to actually pay for, so that it can be sprayed in the garden, perhaps on food being grown, Food that you might feed to kids, friends and family members.
So, picture this... A cowering little Dandelion. A big bottle of Roundup®, aimed & ready to open fire on that Dandelion. . Talk about playing up to an old Wild West Mentality! I actually laughed at the absurdity of it all. Absurdity mixed with a heaping helping of disgust. .
This chemical company is telling me that a useful little yellow flower is my enemy!! .
What does Monsanto have against dandelions? What did a dandelion ever do to deserve such a powerful enemy? Why do they want to instil such hatred into my head for this little flower? . Dandelions have never done anything to me. Have they ever done anything to anyone? Not that I know of... .
So, I'll tell you why... It all comes down to corporate profit. . If Monsanto can't promote the dandelion as an enemy to you and me, no more profits for them or their shareholders.
. Well, I don't give a damn about Monsanto or their shareholders.
There is cause and affect for everything we do. Perhaps people don’t realize that the chemicals sprayed in the garden has to go somewhere. It doesn't just miraculously go away..
It leaches down into the soil. . The earth we live on. . Right into our water supply. .
Hmm, I have a well on my property. I don't want to drink this poison, or have my children drink it either. .
That, my friends, would be asinine. It makes no sense. . Who in their right minds would want to choose to poison their own water hole?
. A 2008 scientific study has shown that Roundup formulations and metabolic products cause the death of human embryonic, placental, and umbilical cells in vitro, even at low concentrations. .
So, my point is that there’s no need for Monsanto's poisons if Dandelions aren't really our enemy. Hmmm. That sounds pretty good!
I mean, come on.... Is one plant, growing between the cracks in our patio's so hideous, and such a blight to our sensibilities as human beings, that we're ready to spray deadly and harmful poisons on our own property that in the end will only poison us, and which may subject us and our children to ill effects down the road? It makes no sense...
. Consider this, a main active ingredient of Roundup is the surfactant POEA (polyethoxylated tallow amine), known for its toxicity in wildlife. It increases herbicide penetration in plant and animal cells.
. Consider also the fact that several weed species, known as superweeds, have developed resistance to Monsanto's herbicides, largely because of repeated exposure.
. Superweeds?? This sounds like sci-fi thriller. But it's actually happening now. And, it's part of the reason our food costs are higher. . Monsanto now has to create more powerful herbicide chemicals to combat those superweeds they've created.
. Sounds like the lady who swallowed the fly... More absurdity. . Is a dandelion really worth all of this?
. If a weed really bothers a person, I ask them to please consider boiling kettle full of water and pouring that boiling water on the crack that contains that little dandelion.
. That'll do the trick. Really. It's that simple.
. Consider our children, our future, our planet.
. Consider the fact that using chemicals to spray a few weeds is overkill on so many levels.
. Consider the fact that our Japanese friends now have poisons on their food supply, through no choice of their own, and it will likely be there for a hundred years. It will make them sick if they eat it.
Why would we, as intelligent as we think we are, fork out money and pay for a toxic product to willingly do this to ourselves??
Things to make with Dandelions:
Dandelion chains ( Remember doing this as a child?)
Dandelion leaves in salad. They're tasty and nutritious, too!
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