I was at the grocery store, thinking about the next subject to tackle and whether or not to slow down my tempo when it comes to writing new posts. The better part of me thinks of that as unfathomable. Not only I am going through one of the most creative phases experienced in a long time, but also I have a very good feeling about this unexplored path that my life is taking. The biological part of me might eventually turn against my will and purposely expose my body to a virus that will temporarily disable me as I will lay in bed attempting to recover as fast as possible, in order to write all about the experience in my blog.

Let’s put all these “what ifs” aside and get back to our subject. As I’m walking through the fresh produce aisle, I am wondering why is it so difficult to find good fruits and vegetables that taste as good as they did when we were younger. Even when willing to pay good money for them; although they look perfectly structured and pigmented, they mostly taste like the fruity lip gloss we use to cherish as young ladies in training.

I then recalled an interesting French documentary: “Le Monde selon Monsanto (The World according to Monsanto)” which I, of course, recommend.

This controversial American multinational has the potential to be, if not already there, to our world what Mr. Burns’ power plant is to the Simpsons’ Springfield. Okay, for us non nerds out there, it’s right up there with BP. Monsanto creates some of the most toxic Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) such as Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and the herbicide Agent Orange.

Striving to be an impartial wannabe journalist / pseudo writer, as soon as I got home, I decided to see what they were up to these days. I visited their Website and right on their home page, representing financial transparency at it best: their annual report and their stock value. Remember, they are all about farmers and improving lives.

But we need food right?! What happened to the days when you actually had to be well off to savor caviar, crustacean, exotic mushroom, foie gras, saffron, truffle, Kobe beef, sea bass and oysters? What happened to waiting for a specific season in order to eat your favorite home-made fruit pie?

I’ll tell you what happened: greed and being spoiled. We have grown up wanting everything right away all the time, whether we can afford it or not. Why not supply the demand one would ask themselves in this age of capitalism?

Monsanto comes to our rescue with their artillery which includes High-Fructose Corn Syrup (quarter water and the rest is various sugars). It is a man-made sweetener that is present in almost everything we ingest. Skeptic? Just go into your cupboard right now and start reading your labels.

More and more we are discovery and exposing the effects of HFCS such as obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, anemia, mood swing, low immune systems…

On the other hand, they make it possible for governments to meet the industrialized world demand for food without increasing the prices by 800%. How would we view our nations as evolved and advanced if we went back to eating beats, onions, potatoes and apples? To that we say: “Never! Let us eat cake!”

And to that Monsanto responds: “Eeeeeexxxxcellent!”

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