“Ur going to be one hungry dirty girl.”

Going Monsanto-free in practice means going 100% organic which in turn means there will be a fat chunk coming out of my grad school budget.  My local natural foods store, Dean’s Natural Market, was having a sale last Sunday so I decided to take advantage of the savings in anticipation of the 15th when my Monsanto-free lifestyle commences.  The receipt proved my budgetary concerns were well-founded, especially the $8 I spent on a 4oz. tube of organic “brushing rinse.”

$8 for a 4oz. bottle

Finances aside, there is another issue that hadn’t occurred to me until this initial foray into non-GMO land. For those who know me well, it’s no secret how much I detest shopping – in fact, everything about it makes my skin crawl:  traffic and parking, lines, crowds, you get the idea.  So imagine my mood when I emerged over an hour later from Dean’s with a half of a bag of stuff for which I paid $40 and didn’t even get everything I needed.  Grr.

I’m particularly stuck on facial lotion.  Aside from non-GMO, I have other criteria which are important to me like no animal testing and some sort of SPF protection.  Oh, and I would really like to keep the cost under $10.  Suffice it to say, I am still without this product – if anyone knows of a good one a steer in this direction would be much appreciated!

The time I spent in the body care products aisle alone still makes my blood pressure skyrocket.  I would find a product that was organic and then realize only certain ingredients were included, with major exclusions being soy or soy derivatives.  Since 90% of soy in this country is patented by Monsanto the likelihood of non-organic soy being GMO-free is slim to nil.  Truly, the “organic” line can be misleading, since even the USDA’s seal only guarantees 95% organic products.

A friend of mine also recently attempted to navigate the non-GMO minefield on my behalf, searching for hair care and bath products from the organic aisle in Giant Foods yesterday.  The ensuing text message conversation was entertaining, starting with a discussion of whether or not paraben-free meant GMO-free (it does not) to whether vegan equated with organic (it does not).  My friend’s final assessment ended with, “Ur going to be one hungry dirty girl. LMAO.”  And broke.  Hm.  I’m trying to tap into my sense of humor…

About A Patented Life

Documentary-Style Social Work Project December 15, 2011 – April 1, 2012 Our Mission This is about seeds. A Patented Life is a project documenting our 6 week personal rejection of the genetically modified seeds that compromise the food on our tables, small farms around the world, and our relationship to the land. Through genetic engineering and US patent law, Monsanto Inc., the company which brought us Agent Orange, leads the way in dominating our world’s seed supply. The purpose of this project is to activate the public to stop Monsanto’s genetic experiment on our food and livelihoods in its tracks. We are returning to real foods and inviting eaters of the world to do the same. Goals *To get people to stop consuming GMO products by sowing seeds of doubt around the safety and ethics of genetic engineering(GE) *Contribute to the work of existing community movements about this human rights issue Come Join Us!! Here are a few ways to get involved: *Subscribe and Contribute photographs, articles, thoughts, experiences, and questions to: A Patented Life on Facebook (Community page) apatentedlife.wordpress.com Ready to go GMO free? Join us anytime from January 15th- February 26th, 2012. We are going for 6 weeks- Join us for a day, a week, or even multiple weeks and keep us posted on the experience! Or just follow our journey, join in the discussion, and check out our Task of the Week on our facebook page. Looking forward to the organic adventure with everyone!! Together, we are stronger! Ready to be filmed? Contact us for an interview! Email: apatentedlifejm@gmail.com

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