Son of a Farmer

“Everything is connected. That bond is what keeps this Planet dancing round in poetic choreography. That connection is what keeps us all alive. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. If we are capable of destruction, we are most certainly capable of healing. ” – Eric Herm

Eric Herm, (organic farmer, author, activist and musician) translates modern day agriculture and life through various mediums and venues in his own unique West Texas manner. With plow, pen, guitar and sarcastic wit, Herm plunges forward into a world of tumbleweeds, sandstorms, droughts, GMOs, and rural existence.

Ignore Propaganda: A Letter to California on Prop 37

Dear Californians,

It’s not unusual for all Americans to be lied to from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. This being an election year, the manure is getting piled so high, waders are needed to cover your coveralls.
However, it is unusual for you to be told lies about the food you’re eating, the meals you’re preparing for your children and what we consume daily in our entire food system. But we’re eating more than just lies by the spoon and fork-full. We’re also eating poisonous genes in 90 percent of many meals involving corn, canola, soy, sugar beets and cotton. Soon to join them are alfalfa, wheat and much more.

Prop 37 is perhaps the single most important vote in the entire 2012 election. Forget the empty suits and promises. This is about the stuff that keeps us alive – food. The people of California can get GMOs labeled in this country. For the first time since GMOs starting dominating agriculture (mid-1990s), we could actually have the right to know whether or not we’re eating food with herbicide and pesticide genes imprinted into its DNA, and eventually our own DNA.
You’ve seen some of the ridiculous commercials stating it will run farmers out of business. Lies.

You’ve heard in other ads, it will cost everyone more money for their food. More lies. What it will do is inconvenience many billionaire food and seed companies. They’ll actually have to monitor the poisonous ingredients they’re selling us and put a label of truth on their food. As a fourth-generation farmer, I’ve seen the horrific impact GMO crops have on local rural economies, as GMO companies charge farmers 12-15 times the amount of natural seed. I once planted genetically-modified cotton. Once I found it what it was in 2006, I haven’t planted another GM seed since and never will.

Billionaire companies like Monsanto rely on the same trick as most of our politicians: they’re counting on you to be lazy and uninformed. They’re counting on you to continue to ignore the real truths screaming behind the one-dimensional packaging ingredients. They’re counting on you to believe more lies in the form of propaganda.

They want you to believe this manipulation of genes is high-tech, the wave of the future. They want you to believe we have to have these GMO crops to feed our growing populations. In the same breath, they want you to avoid years of research that it causes cancer, liver atrophy, spleen damage, that it weakens the immune system and poisons your digestive system like a slow drip of rattlesnake venom every day. They also don’t want you to believe that GMOs have anything to do with food allergies and the ever increasing rates of neurological disorders in children like autism, ADD, and ADHD. No, not the same company that told us Agent Orange was perfectly safe. Not the same company that told us DDT was harmless. They couldn’t be wrong again…could they?
As long as you believe the lies, they win and will continue to manipulate, dominate and poison your food. And they’ll expect you to thank them for such wonderful technology that weakens your body, mind and spirit. Ignore the lies. Ignore the propaganda. Ignore so-called “experts.” Just think about this issue, think long and hard and use the non-GMO parts of your brain. So on behalf of all living creatures, I ask that all Californians vote YES on Prop 37 this week. When you go into the voting booth, use your own common sense. Vote with your mind, your heart and your stomach.