We are Beansprout Productions…Meet Mary

Meet Mary: A Tree-Hugger, Unapologetically

In the small town in Oregon where I grew up, tree-hugger was the worst of all possible epithets, code for an anti-business, anti-job, bleeding-heart liberal. In the hours I spent under and among the magnificent old growth forests of my home I used to hug them in secret, as though it was a betrayal. Of whom or in what way, I didn’t know. What I knew was I felt a deep gratitude for their shelter, a reverence for their ancient roots, and at peace simply to be in their presence.

Today I embrace not only the trees but the title of Tree-Hugger, because I now have a language to define for myself what that means. A tree-hugger understands intergenerational justice and the interconnectedness of all beings. She understands partnership and sustainability; recognition of the obligation people have to each other and to the earth.

Nothing has reinforced the power of this relationship stronger than the project I have embarked upon con mi companera, Jess, as we delve into the ‘evolution’ of the global food system over the last century.

From a farming community, it is only now years later I am beginning to fully appreciate the immeasurable contribution of the small farmer – and I owe so many my sincere thanks: the families who were my neighbors and my friends who continue to make their living growing food.

But more than food and trees and people, this project for me is about justice. It’s about our right to safe, affordable, nutritious, and sustainable food. It’s about the right of the farmer to save the best of the seeds, to grow crops and livestock humanely and sustainably, to a way of life that has been eroded as deeply as the soil by industrial agriculture. It’s about the billions of people on this planet who are malnourished while a criminally wasteful economic system watches impassively, falsely bleating impotence. It’s about the power of We the People to claim our right to know where our food comes from and what’s in it.

Thanks to you all for your engagement with this project – your support has been unspeakably inspiring. As you watch my little video introduction to who Mary is, know I am the sum of all of you who encourage, critique, educate, mentor, and laugh with me. Here’s to our journey to justice, one seed at a time…

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

Posted on January 25, 2012, in Mary. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Where is the like button? This is profound and moving.

  2. Moving portrayal of the awesome person that you are Mary. I loved the video and your mature recognition and embrace of the term Treehugger. You continue to inspire and amaze me!

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