A friend recently sent me an over-long audio/visual presentation that may be the worst example of overblown, sensationalized, unfounded, and downright wrong indictments of genetically modified organisms I’ve ever seen.
The premise is that the U.S. government, NATO, and Monsanto are conspiring to control the world’s food supply, increase the demand for “poisonous” (their term, not mine) pesticides, and in the process make us all ill.
The blatantly biased presentation runs 15 minutes or longer, and you may wonder why I watched it in its entirety, knowing from slide 1 that it was a wagonload of manure. I wondered that myself, as I gagged at the hypocrisy and dishonesty that runs throughout. But I was interested in just how far they would push their ludicrous theory and wondered what they were peddling.
A “growdome,” as it turns out, which they say will be the savior of mankind, the answer to all food production challenges, and the only way individual citizens can escape the clutches of Big Government, Big Food, and Evil GMO. It also allows us to eat natural foods — the way God intended. I’m not making this up.
The production was nothing more than a long advertisement for a book, some 130-pages in length, detailing the complex strategy necessary to construct a “growdome,” and how to produce all the “mouth-wateringly delicious” fruits and vegetables a family will need to survive in case of natural disaster, terrorist attack or, perhaps, an inability to get to a Piggly Wiggly.
The underlying message was that we should try living “off the grid,” as the narrator of this nonsense and the author of the important (?) book he’s shilling, recommends.
The “growdome,” he explains, originated in biblical times, developed for Tiberius, who was afraid someone would try to poison him. He needed to know his food supply was safe so he invented, or had someone invent, the “growdome,” a structure that was portable, since he moved around a bit.
In this “one-of-a-kind book,” he provides blueprints, a materials list, and handy tips on food production. Materials are easy to find, he says, just head for your local Home Depot or Lowe’s — so much for living off the grid. One would expect to use willow limbs and birch bark, something to harken back to biblical times, but the modern version relies on PVC pipe, various screws and glues, and the miracle material, sheet plastic.
Yes, this invention from biblical times bears a striking resemblance to — a greenhouse. The step-by-step book detailing how to make one — they come in various sizes and shapes, by the way — is available now for the low price on only $37, but that’s only until the first printing runs out. Second printing price will cost you more than $60.
BUT WAIT! Order soon and receive bonus hardcover books showing how to preserve food, how to grow your own vegetables “just like my sweet little grandmother” used to grow (not making that up either), and where to hide your groceries so looters can’t find them.
I’m not certain how many times during the tedious program that a slide popped up damning modern food production technology, castigating Monsanto, and blaming the U.S. government for not protecting the integrity of the food supply. I could watch it again and count them, but I’m not sure I can endure a rerun.
The long diatribe and product promotion offers no evidence for the claims that GMOs are unhealthy, and seems to ignore the truth that the plants one would produce in the miraculous “growdome” — fruits and vegetable — are not genetically engineered to begin with.
For someone claiming to live off the grid, this charlatan relies on a lot of modern technology to pitch his product and promote his questionable agenda.
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Finally, I have nothing against building a backyard greenhouse; I considered it myself when I had a spacious backyard. But if you don’t have an extra $37 handy, I’m pretty sure you can find all the information you need at your county Cooperative Extension Service office, probably for free, or at most for a minimal fee. But that is the government: so beware!
If you’re interested in watching this exercise in tomfoolery, here’s the Web address: http://bit.ly/1V04i3Z