War of the Words — Eating the Greens and Naturally Sustainable Organic Foods
I have referred to the War of the Words several times in my talks and conversations –and it seems to resonate, so I will expound here. There is some intended sarcasm also.– Augie
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Government, corporate and academia change-makers are always defining and redefining our words for us. “Water” for example may have different meanings depending on the specific laws or regulations the word is set within. Redefinition is an age-old practice to manipulate people and take control. As soon as you understand one word defined, you can be sure its definition has already been changed. Attorneys love it.
Organic comes to mind. If you search the Journal you will not find me using the term– as I have a distaste for it– like organic CAFO-type factory farmed chickens and eggs. The word has caused so much confusion and frustration– I don’t like to use it. USDA stole the term from the grassroots and twisted it to where can mean a battery of concentration camps of 250,000 chickens or even a million–voila, most of your organic chickens and eggs at the supermarket. Funny, pesticides and herbicides are organic too.
Rather than using organic, I chose to use organic-like for a while until graduating to use natural and naturally grown. But I also like BTO crops: better-than-organic (sounds like a GMO). It works much better to communicate– that is what words are for. But then I heard from the naturally grown certified people, that USDA is after them to make sure they meet the USDA/FDA definition of natural. To food manufacturers, natural can mean nerve toxins derived from naturally occurring species as in natural flavorings, 100% natural etc. Let us pause to remember the Splenda Made from Sugar campaign.
Consider the Pure label. At least Ivory soap is honest in its claim their air-filled floating bars are 99.44% pure– but you have to realize that it can be that 0.56% is rat poison–although that surely is not the case with Ivory.
Speaking of rat poison, Fluoride is added to drinking water and even pure well water and the federal, state and local governments call it safe and healthy. They are effectively calling it an essential nutrient, as well as safe, effective and necessary to drink to reduce cavities (strange, if ingested water gets into the teeth, then it goes into every other cell in the body, especially the bones and brain). Yes, it is so effective and necessary, they want to put it in table salt like in some other countries. I am looking for other toxins to be called nutrients under Codex Alimentarius, the grand control scheme that has a dictionary of definitions– as well as more nutrients being called hazardous.
When we come to the word sustainable it cuts both ways. Sustainable is a term coined by the United Nations and its leaders of nation-states. Sustainability is an Agenda 21 buzz word (like diversity, tolerance, and so forth) Your product or activity is not sustainable unless it meets their definition. What has happened is the farmers growing it naturally have unwarily adopted this term without knowing it is a code word. Well, this is another age-old trick too. When grassroots farm folk say sustainable they usually mean natural. When politicians and multinational corporations say sustainable, they are really saying controlled. When they say green, it usually means red. So sustainable can be unsustainable, but it depends on whose definition the speaker is using.
One mid-sized farmer told me recently that eco-farming is unsustainable, meaning only large-scale industrial farming can feed the world, in the long run. It takes more workers to produce real food it he says; but isn’t that what people need and politicians want: to “create”— jobs?
I just returned from a conference entitled Eco-farming. This new jingle reminds me of the term eco– from ecology–another entire field of study gone
green red. Hence, we have the term eco-fascist. Eco also reminds me of the windmill and solar panel fanatics– thinking they will save the planet and control the weather by the written goal of converting 25% of farm lands for production of electricity–on top of the high percentage of land used to grow corn for the ethanol fuel scam.
Back to sustainable organic (SO) farmers. It reminds me of Esso, the Exxon European brand name, tried in the US, but failed–because it sounded to close to asshole. So SO farmers would be the name called of the true sustainable farmer by the soybean and corn farmers in the community to heat up the warfare between these groups in rural areas –another goal of the central planners.
Then there is biodynamic farming– or I should say Biodynamic®. Unlike Organic where some allowance is made on its use, Biodynamic® is trademarked and can only be used by certified growers. This comes with strict standards for certification similar to USDA organic certification and includes unusual rituals such as burning weed seeds over a fire made with the weeds so that the ashes can be mixed with cow urine and sprayed on fields during a full moon– among other rituals.
Having coined a tagline of real food for real people for a website and paper bulletin a few years back (I see someone has taken it already) prompted one fellow to tell me the phrase implies there is unreal food and unreal people. So I like the term real farms and real farmers; after all, the concentration camps for cows, pigs and chickens are a bit unreal. State policies and EPA/USDA programs encourage the spreading of concentrated human, industrial and hospital wastes on farmland along with imported CAFO wastes from another area. This would normally be classed as hazardous waste due to heavy metal content, but if spread it on 8800 farms in Ohio– it is called green recycling that is sustainable.
Local food is another one people disagree on. Some say within the county, within 100 miles, how far you can drive in a day or other measuring stick. Some farmers markets allow a certain amount of ingredients from outside their local domain. States are taking the term also– as anything made in the state even though it contains some products from China. Fanatics are out there I suppose, that make it a religion to eat only local– there goes the bananas, pepper, coffee and coconut oil. Within that group are the extreme vegans– the ones that will not eat a local bit o’ honey.
Milk has different meanings, like some canned whipped cream or coffee creams. You have real milk and you have regular milk-like products, chemicals included. Marianne up in Ontario has a YouTube site called Kilm War backwards for raw milk– the real milk. More than one person will remember when I was running around a farmers market over in Bluffton, Ohio with an antique Italian flask of raw milk. The label and brand name I made up was Lagelli– backwards for illegal-– which makes it legal–according to the code I made up one day. The raw milk lovers are divided into three groups it seems–those that want to call it real milk, raw milk or farm fresh milk. How about just Fresh Milk?
I got burned recently when I was hungry for ice cream and stopped at a sign that read Homemade Ice Cream– only to find out Homemade was the name of the trademarked brand. It was made from a mix of a long list of chemicals. Wasn’t fit. Bob Evans restaurants call their muffins Taste of the Farm— but it is made from another long list of ingreedients right there at the restaurant, usually right off the freeway.
The War of the Words reminds me of the tale of when the social planners and change-makers decided it best for all to remove the patriotic and God references by those founding fathers on Washington monuments by sandblasting (which if a person used these phrases today word be called a terrorist) The safety engineers decided it would be easier and cheaper to get the dictionary dictocrats and linguistic artists to slowly change the meanings of the words rather than to meet the OSHA standards for the sandblasting operations.
When you are notified with no notice of the Ministry of Food, Health and Agriculture– a merging of HHS/FDA/CDC with USDA, EPA and DHS– through some feel-good Act of Congress with an acronym like LIFE, you may find out it existed before the legislation was passed. This is to give the People the idea that it is what they want. At that time you will know you have entered Word War III. You will see again that meanings of words sometimes mean the opposite. Like an old saying referring to the end of an era, good will be called evil and evil good. Spell those backwards but drop an O first.
I remember when Al Gore came back from Buenos Aires at the Earth Summit in 1993– where the US adopted the Earth Charter and principles of sustainability. They came to Kentucky for the first town forum to define what sustainable means; but they could not. (Yes, they adopted the Treaty without knowing what the key word meant). Apparently it is still being defined. The recent broadcast on a farming Sustainable Project– where some developers of Sustainability Standards– have up and quit.
There are lots of words and phrases for foods themselves. There are terms such as real food, natural food, raw food, organic food, live food, true food, nutrient-dense food and living food, for starters. Then there the names for the other food: factory food, fake food, industrial food, dead food; I like food-like substances.
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