Saturday, January 17, 2009

this little piggy went to the market

the number two thing i am love with in waterloo is the st.jacobs farmers market. in the winter time its open thursdays and saturdays not sundays thats gods day. its run by mennonites and local farmers so everything is pretty much organic slash locally grown without the 25% price increase.

i meant to take a picture of all the things we bought but for less then 40 bones we got two double espressos, a huge apple fritter, focatcha that turned out to be lunch, two samples of teas, two heads of broccoli, red potatoes, three containers of blueberries, tomatoes, two books, a pound of ground beef and a steak. and a partridge in a pear tree. plus you can haggle and get to know the vendors so when you come back they give you good deals. the cute lady that sold me the teas said hi to me when we walked by her later. there is everything you could want to eat there -cinnamon buns, dumplings, falafel, apple fritter cakes and then upstairs there are all kinds of crafty, knitted handmade 100% grandmother certified nick-nacks. 

those things in the blue crates are the fritters. h u g e. and 4$
insert your sausage is really big joke here

jay found me the anne-marie macdonald book i have been looking for for months now. i'm looking forward to sitting down with a cup of tea and engulfing my face in this book. the pursuit of happyness is for him. 

these steaks were so fresh the juices on them were bubbling. gross but also impressive. 
last night we played euchre with some friends, drank some wine and watched the movie The World According to Monsanto. i recommend it but i would also recommend not drinking milk prior to or during watching it. 
Thanks to these intimate links between Monsanto and government agencies, the US adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Not coincidentally, Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market. 
Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence. 

But Monsanto’s influence doesn't stop at the US border. “The world according to Monsanto”, documents the devastating impact of Monsanto's malpractices around the world. Among others, it includes the real-life stories of cotton farmers in India that ended up in hopeless debts after using Monsanto genetically engineered (so called Bt) cotton, and of a family in Paraguay, South America whose dreams have turned to nightmares after their farm became surrounded by fields planted with Monsanto’s GE soya. 

1 comment:

carly. said...

this post made my hungry!
i want a market close to me. you had me at the 100% knitted gramma stuffs, sounds loooovely! maybe i'll come visit, i've never been to waterloo.

ps: since you're so internet saavy, can you teach me how to make a funky banner like yours? i'd love you forever (not like i won't already) ♥

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