Who knew you could”patent” a seed?

Watched Food, Inc. today.  Wow.  More on that in just a bit.

After 6am Spin…Circuit Craze…and another Spin….I was more than ready for lunch.  Pizza was calling my name!  Started out with a FlatOut wrap:

Topped this bad boy with some Earth Fare brand pasta sauce…spinach…shroom babies…and some Fat Free Mozz.  There also may have been a sprinkly or twenty-four of crushed red pepper.  😉

Pre bake:

10 minutes later….lunch!

Snacks for the day included the new Dannon greek yogurt, as well as some puffed millet cereal!  Totally diggin’ on this stuff!

More eats (consumed later…I promise) consisted of a two part dinner!

Part one before my appointments came in:

Mushroom, Spinach, and Mozz sammie on a wheat pita.  I saw my co-worker/love-o-my life Christie eating something similar to this earlier today at work…and knew I wanted to recreate it for dinner!

Part two included a mini salad from Panizzle.  Fuji Chicken Apple salad..sans the chicken.  There was also the classic hunk of whole wheat baguette deliciousness.

And a dessert that rocked the YMCA dowwwwwwwn.  Yep, it was that good.

Strawberries plus this little bit of joy.

Pure amazingness.


Moving on to a less palent tantalizing topic.  Food, Inc.

My pal Heather was kind enough to let me borrow this movie to watch!  I have been dying to see it.

Ok.  If I hadn’t been a vegetarian before, I think I would be now.  I had no idea the poor extent to which our food is being produced on a daily basis.

This isn’t to say that meat and/or meat products are the only culprits in this craziness.  Even some of the food that we would normally take for granted: fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, and even SEED!  First of all, who knew that seed could be “patented” and that if you re-seeded a crop from a previous year that “belonged” to a company…that you could be sued for all you are worth (and in most cases…much, much more).  Absolutely ridiculous.  This along with the fact that the VIP’s in these corporations even hold high power positions in the FDA, which can then in turn promote such outright ridiculousness.

Also these poor local “growers” of pigs, chickens, and cows across the country are at the complete mercy of the huge corporations…who will require “upgrades” to their farmers facilities just to ensure that they have to take out more loans to pay for everything.

It was said that the average “grower” (how ridiculous that a farmer is now referred to as a grower…and even more ridiculous that animals can even be “grown”) earns about $18,000 a year…while they are on average in debt up to $500,000 just to “maintain” the facilities.

It was alot to think about, that is certain.

What are your thoughts on this movie?  What about your thoughts in general about non-organic/natural foods?  It has seriously made me even re-consider going to Kroger/Wal*Mart to get “cheaper” things that I don’t buy organic/natural at Earth Fare.  Are the lower prices really worth what the food is doing to our bodies and our nation?



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12 responses to “Who knew you could”patent” a seed?

  1. Christie

    I’m glad I could inspire your dinner tonight =o)

  2. Michelle

    Both lunch and dinner looks fantastic!

    I haven’t seen Food, Inc but there is a reason I won’t shop at WalMart for similar reasons. However, my shopping at Safeway isn’t too much better either.

  3. Although it would be nice to be able to shop organic all the time, not everyone (including myself) can afford to do that!! But that doesn’t mean we don’t care about our bodies or our nation! 🙂 What really should happen is that food distributers/stores/etc should stop being so horrible with their methods!!!

  4. Penny

    I can’t bring myself to watch Food Inc. I want to, I really do, but I CAN NOT STAND to see inside those awful slaughter houses. I fear there would be content in that film that would seriously upset me.
    Yep, I’m a vegetarian.

  5. Isn’t it so sad, darling?! I stopped shopping at Wal Mart last year after watching a documentary on it called “The High Cost of Low Price” (definitely check it out).

    These stores may be doing your paycheck a service, but the morality factor is at an all-time low. Slave labor, mistreatment of employees, lack of care about the products they carry and HOW they get there, to name a few.

    Goodness gracious – we could talk about this forever, no?! We need to do our part by not buying from them and spreading the word…and keep praying they’ll change their ways.

  6. I really enjoyed this film (well…not “enjoyed”…you know what I mean) and also read the companion book. My husband and I have made a ton of changes over the last year to our diet (read the book before the movie came out) including switching to organic/natural and buying local as much as possible. We’ve also pretty much cut out red meat/pork as we cannot find a reasonably priced local supplier. We now only purchase hormone free/free range/organic chicken from a local company and I really don’t see that much of a change in our grocery budget. A “meat-filled meal” is splitting a chicken breast between us, the real filler in our meals now is healthy grains, veggies and fruits (and chocolate, obviously). I get so frustrated when I hear people say that they saw Food Inc but can’t live a healthy lifestyle because it’s too expensive, there are so many options!
    I could go on and on…and on!

  7. I have gotta see this movie!!! Interesting thoughts and points it sounds like it brings up!!

  8. Saw dark chocolate almond butter in the store the other day…wasn’t sure if I should buy it, but that strawberry pic convinced me!

    Your pizza looks PHENOM!

  9. Food Inc. completely changed the way I eat, and how I feel about what I eat. I’ve written about it on my blog at http://bit.ly/4ezeCB and http://bit.ly/bmmCoT, but it made me realize that in the grand scheme of things, my dollar is worth so much more than that, and I alone am responsible for the aftershock.

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