Part 1 – Monsanto and how we allow this to happen by way of our Children…

If you Eat Food, Please Read…

This is written for those of you reading who eat food.

You are what YOU eat.

All facts  and situations written about below may be found in multiple locations on the internet, the real world [farmers, scientists], your supermarket and of course, books.

While this article is mean to display the dire need to have our food put back into the hands of the common man, the UN-conventional/commercial farmer and individual growers seeking to feed their family, please do not for a moment think that I am not in awe of what this company, Monsanto, has created, and with the zeal they display in their slow yet steady march for control the Global Food Supply.

My awe does not sway my opinion however, they are batshit crazy in their aim.

In fact the depth and breadth of what is happening with this single company has been recently paralleled in the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, where the villain SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion – Amazing how close Mr. Flemming was when it came to the irony government) sought control of the water supply of South America and ultimately the rest of the globe.  Be it water or food, the result is the same is it not?

If anyone person or group of people were to control the water or food supply, they would in fact control the world… wouldn’t they…  Do you understand this basic fact?  Its very important that you see the connection.

You are what you eat and if you stop eating, you will die.

Many of you reading this do not even know this company exists and yet you use the products of this company on a daily basis and in the course of many of your lives, you use them ALL DAY.  Odd that you wouldn’t even know of this company, and for those of you who do know this company, I assure you that whatever you know is a tip of the iceberg.  Whatever you think, hasn’t been thoroughly thought through, the ramifications of this company’s impact on your, OUR lives and that of the planet are so cloaked in shadow and circumspection that until you spend a week or so contemplating to the true genius and then, the breadth and scope of what is happening, you may not feel the need to spring into action of any sort, and I guess that’s the point.

I say all this as I am continually learning about this company and I have realized that I shall never know the true depth of this corporation.  I dare say that many of the employees, even the heads of entire divisions do not have a clue.  The size is simply too large, its reach now fully encircles the globe.

For those of you who know about the Monsanto corporation, you may find yourself asking, “Why reinvent the wheel [plants] when you can be spending all this money [hundreds of Billions] on figuring out the myriad problems we are currently faced with?”.  To now knowingly add further problems, I say knowingly, as the very procedures and rights of trial by jury are in fact now rigged to ensure that they are all circumvented for sake of speedy delivery to market, what motive could there possibly be other than that of profit.  In a world where our government is constantly toting profit over people, what are we to discern from their collusion with this entity?

And let us hope that the lust for ever increasing profits is their only aim.  For truly, an endeavor such as this could have much more dire consequences than fattened bank accounts.  You, the consumer, could find yourself living in a most deliberately changed world one day and you will have nothing to say but “meep”.

No one likes to say meep.

I used to always hear in my sales training, it is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission, if you see a golden opportunity, go for it.  I would say Monsanto is doing just that to a degree beyond the scope of reality, and perhaps that is how they manage to fly under everyone’s radar, the scope is simply too grand in design for it to even register in the average persons brain.

But then, what can one expect from a company that seeks to patent the very food you eat?

First we have to look at ourselves and why it is possible for this to even be happening.  Then we need to understand the growth, or history of the company in order to fully understand the magnitude and reach on a global scale, from there we can enter into conversation and conjecture, finally closing with a very real look at the actual results they have achieved and if it is actually the boon to mankind they try to represent or if indeed it is a extremely large can of shinola which we will all be eating from sooner or later.  Literally.

How Did we get to this place in time where a Single Company is poised to take control of the “Food Supply” of the planet?

We Seek Complete Control of the Worlds Food Supply – purportedly said by a Monsanto official (with no evidence of the officials name or at what point it was said), which should not even be bothered to be re-recorded here if not for the company’s current direction and history.

While this may seem very ostentatious indeed, and surely for the person who struggles to pay bills on a daily basis,  the full extent of this madness will undeniably be lost in the details and the fact that it doesn’t seem to be an immediate threat, even more so.   The very idea that any one company could position themselves to own the worlds food supply is madness at best.   And yet it is due to our own lethargy in action which allows for this to be occurring.

Especially when we consider that fact that most children in school do not know the names of vegetables, nor do they know how they are grown, nor where they “come from”.

We aren’t even getting into proper nutrition yet!  Proper nutrition being proportions, vitamins and minerals, exercise, all that further makes us, well, us.

As most children do not know the names of common vegetables nor the reasons to eat them, we can then therefore assume, since the foremost teacher of a child is its parent, that the parents do not have grasp on the import of food.  Further, it is obvious that for the most part, the schools we send our children do not see the need to educate humans on what it is to be human.

You are what You eat.

This is a key element in Monsanto’s ability to do what it is doing, and for most of the major food brands to sell food that is decidedly not food.  Food, being by definition that which fuels the body, is now largely anything but.  These days the average food is more a chemical intruder that must be processed out of the body with all haste possible.  One need only look at current health statistics for confirmation of this fact.  Silly me, we need only look at what the average school passes off as “breakfast” or “lunch” to get the idea of just how miserably we are failing the FUTURE OF OUR SPECIES.

The human body is made up of trillions of cells.  Each and every cell/system in the human body needs a certain amount of vitamins, minerals, water, fat, sugars, proteins, carbs, etc. to run correctly.  If it does not get what it needs, you will get some form of sickness.  As you are a human being who is not genetically modified, your food must be of the most organic form possible with the widest variety available to you so that you may get all you need.  Every step away from ORGANIC and NATURAL makes it a bit more difficult for the body to function correctly as now it must deal with unnatural elements and chemicals which are nothing but trash to be taken out.

Hanks to the current food system in place, we must even be wary of Organic and Natural, in fact, did you know that the USDA now requires a minimum of 94% organic ingredients in order to label something 100 percent organic.

Wait, what?  Yes, you read correctly.  Our system has been whipplsnapificated by the very people you rely on to keep you safe.

It is easier for a thief to steal when they are not found out.  And if the ignorance of the theft and what exactly is being stolen in the first place can be made generational, all the better for a long term theft on a global scale.

As the education of our children is so very key, and that you may not believe in the true disparity between what we think children know and what they actually know, I now turn to a TedTalks video with Jamie Oliver.

Mr. Oliver is a World Renowned Chef and Activist and has a British accent which we all know makes all the difference for our puerile American ears.

When you see this video, you will be shown in the lower right hand of the screen, “What to Watch Next.” .  I invite you to watch the ones by Dean Ornish, and Mark Bittman.  If you do not take a moment from time to time to educate yourself on food, how do you ever expect your diet to change for the better?  Surely by now most of you believe that we are what we eat…. No?

Children in French schools in France, that’s a country over there, to the right of the USA on a map, where French fries came from, these children were asked to draw a chicken in a country wide sampling of basic education.

They drew a roast chicken in a pan.

Can that really be accidental, are we merely forgetting to educate children in basics…?

That people have a basic overall lack of knowledge, not to mention a near complete lack of how their bodies work in relation to everything; many do not have the slightest clue about digestion or what makes muscles work.  It is simply known that something makes the muscles work the fingers to pull back the pop top of the soda and peel off the wrapper of the microwave jiffy meal.

Many people do not see the importance of chewing food properly, the most fundamental process for your ENTIRE digestive process, and a “secret” to longevity in every centenarian I have ever read or had the pleasure of seeing interviewed by the weatherman, what was his name…?

They have a body, but feel completely helpless should anything go wrong.  This is due to a fundamental lack of knowledge about one of the most important things you will ever “have” in your life, your body.

I know this may seem like I am covering the same ground in myriad ways, and I am in fact doing so as I truly hope at least one of you will leave this article with a new plan forming…

In this lack of understanding it is the smallest leap to seeing how easy it is for a person to then not understand why nutrition is important, it merely becomes a word that may or may not fit their socioeconomic status.  What I mean is that the word itself is a tool to be used.  Many do not feel that nutrition is within the allowable constraints of what they consider their lives, it is above their “paygrade” and hence they eat accordingly.  Fast foods, pre-packaged chemical GMO mixes made with all the love one would expect of serial murderers.

To help you understand what I mean with socioeconomic class eating, as we go up in class structure, we see better meals, but this isn’t due to the people themselves necessarily.  This is a byproduct of having more money and a slightly better education.

The places they go and shop have generally better products, or at least a greater diversity of products.  There is more “TIME” at the family level and meals begin to take on at least the guise of the “traditional” home-owning family.  Namely, one in which a family meal is considered important.  In trying to keep to the ideal of this mental family image, the meals will naturally tend to be slightly healthier than the fast food of the family in the economic status below.  This is a sweeping generalization and should be read as such.

Now, as with anything, from cars to literature to education, as we move up the rungs of the socio-economic ladder, we see the quality and ingredients used,  increase at a near exponential level.  Of course, food follows suit.  One only need go into any “high end” grocer to see the difference between a Whole Foods Market and the Walmart food section.

Let it be known that Whole Foods has also agreed to sell GMO foods.

It should be noted that much of what I am writing is a generalization.  That at all levels there are those who fully understand the impact of diet on health and eat accordingly. 

It is through a general lack of education in the fundamental idea of diet and “what to eat”, makes possible the subjugation of food, after all, once you have the person eating subjugated, the next step, naturally, is subjugation of what they eat.  Its what is done in prisons, in third world countries, it is through the withholding of foreign aid, Henry Kissinger was very good at this, it is through control of food you control people.  First you must gain a basic control f the people or they wont let you control their food.

That’s the beauty of America, give the citizens remote controls and you have them… hook, line and sinker.

One of the most deplorable examples of this general lack of education/control, is the simple fact that anyone may grow a garden and yet so few do.  Many languish in the idea that they are doomed to poor food quality, when a bit of sweat, some seeds and a modicum of education will allow for such a bounty as to be near magical in nature.  Yet, we see very few people doing this, especially those of the lower economic status, those who would benefit MOST, do it least!?  This is 100 percent due to education and nothing more.

Of course in many places you will hear and read stories of people being fined by cities for having vegetable gardens, most recently there is a family in Florida who is under the gun.

The overall system of educating humans has been, in my estimation, subjugated towards an end goal of serving the state and not the individual.  Of course, not the state that people are led to believe they are voting for.

Now we must look at the history of the company that is making the most use of this lack of generalized education of not only the body but the nature of eco-systems and the planet whole.

Please continue to Part 2 for the remarkable and extremely scary history of this corporation, after you read it, ask yourself, why would I choose the makers of pharmaceuticals, plastic, nuclear weapons and astro-turf be the best provider for food for myself and family….?

Shifting Baselines and Waistlines. Your health effected by odd combinations of time, memory and grasp of history.

don quixote

For me two of the most difficult apects in the “getting healthy” phase of life is the adjustment to doing things differently that take me momentarily out of my comfort zone.

Broken down as follows from that statement are:

1.  Shifting my baseline experience of what is my comfort zone.  Baseline – my bottom line view on normal and acceptable in my world as it applies to myself and those I care about, including but not limited to, critters, assholes and the planet at large, possibly even E.T.

2.  The appearance of time passage to me during this phase.

To fully understand the import of these two things has taken me 36 years to put together in my own head as I have been so resistant to its finding a way in for so many years. Often you have heard of giving things time, all good things come in their time, a watched pot never boils, good food takes time, ETC.

I listened to/watched a talk in which Daniel Pauly speaks to the shifting of the baseline as it regards the Ocean.  It is a relatively short video and is quite eye opening if you let it, not to mention how it may be part of a key piece in your journey to health and general ninjaness.  Watch this and learn about the Ocean, it is afterall the birthplace of life on this planet what with the primordial ooze and what not, of course, pay attention to the theme, the theme is the key for this idea.

Theme in super summation:  As the years progress, unless you are extremely diligent not only in being a detached observer of your surroundings, and an adept when it comes to learning from the past, you will never see the loss of possibility in your natural world as you will accept the current state of affairs for “as good as it gets”.

Without further ado, Mr. D. Pauly –

Im hoping this has left you with a greater respect for the ocean and for the true attention that must be paid to ones surroundings if you are to have any chance at all of finding a quality equilibrium in life which will lead you to health and ergo, some semblance of happiness.

We have forces arrayed, literally, all around us trying to shift our baselines on a daily basis, these forces are called: ADVERTISING.  In truth, the easiest thing to say is – Caveat Emptor, a.k.a., Let the Buyer Beware.  You must come to know that things are not being sold for your benefit, that is a happy outcome perhaps and congrats if it works that way for you, things are being sold to you so a company may make a profit.

There is so much energy forcing us into certain directions that it is hard for a person to truly pick and choose the orbit best for them as many have even forgotten how to tune into what they feel is best for them.  It will take a lot of energy at first to buck the trending tides which seem to do nothing but lead a person away from health and fitness and ever into somnolence and disparaging self pity leading to disastrous health to the tune of eating food engineered and not even grown.

This is basically describing that lazy, unmotivated feeling during your exercise.  This feeling many times never goes away, I have heard pro athletes, body builders, you name it, all say the same things about motivation levels, feeling lazy, not into it etc.  No matter what stage you are on, once you start a health and fitness program, you are constantly getting stronger or maintaining a certain level of strength and fitness or barely keeping your head above water, but still trying.  As so poignantly sung in “Just Wait” by the Blues Traveler, “…no such thing as failure in he who keeps trying…”

I firmly live by and accept those words.  I just like to couple them with Bruce Lee’s wisdom of doing more tomorrow than you did today by at least 1 thing, he said it a bit more eloquently because he was himself saying it, the message is the same=]

And if I lived them everyday, I would be famous and you would be buying my words, not having me seek you out to read them=]

As you get started or as you continue, you will feel it, I do not think there will ever be a time where you are not sore or feeling a bit lazy.  Coupled with the fact that many of you reading this are doing so from portable electronic devices or sitting in comfortable places, drinking warm beverages whist reading… You are already at a very comfortable and relaxed pace in life which will be initially resilient to the big change of being healthy and the focus to seek out all aspects of your life that need to be trimmed or added to achieve the goal.

By understanding that we are starting off from a “more difficult” baseline of relatively domesticated, city dwelling, usually overfed, and surprisingly this goes for most people reading this, even if you are in rad shape, you probably still over eat, very few are on the ninja food level.  I am there once a month or so…

A few of you may have hairs prickling and you’re now mumbling about what the heck does this guy know.  Actually knowing, you are right, I don’t know, I only ate once really well in my life during my training for the Ironman I never participated in while living in Hawaii.  I will however direct our attention to the Shaolin Monks in China, who eat twice a day, from a bowl and still manage to break bricks with their bare hands while spinning helicopter kicking over five guys with spears.  That they have a dramatically shifted baseline is the only real difference.  Anyone can truly do anything.

My goal is only to help everyone involved feel better and look at other possibilities to incorporate in their own lives.  Many people are far more advanced than myself, and I know that, and I also know of people more advanced than that, I try to have an understanding of – BASELINES.  By understanding many baselines, you are able to look at your own with the casual detached observational powers of the outsider with nothing to lose or gain by comparing and analyzing.  When you do this, you are now looking at yourself realistically.  Many times I would look at myself in the mirror, especially when I used to weight 285 [100 POUNDS HEAVIER!] and think how fat I am.  This would usually be right after I flipped through a Mens Health or some equivalent magazine.  This is not a realistic baseline approach if used as a tool for guilt which is how I used it at the time.  Set reasonable goals for yourself if you are comparing yourself to others, especially others in media, print and film, and ESPECIALLY if that media print and film is based on health and fitness, of course they will be the best of the best who have had a shifted baseline for sometime, that and/or a great photoshop artist.

A 50 year old comparing itself to a 20 year old will be hard pressed to come up with a decent baseline comparison for health and fitness, especially if they have been living a sedentary life and want to change it.  Be honest and fair with yourself, you want to be promoting success and not merely courting failure.  Courting failure is a subject which many of us exercise to some degree or other on a near continuous basis as we do not have the tools for complex thinking because many of us do not even realize this behaviour [spelled British style=] is going on, further, it is a way of being which is pushed upon us by the forces that drive general society and the your subsequent acceptance in that arena of life.  One must begin to question everything if one is to be a fit as one can truly be!  It is O.K. for the 50 year old to set a baseline on the exercises, just be easy on yourself when it comes to the baseline of the results.

Another method for discovering shifting baselines is by use of the Socratic Method of reasoning.  I bet you weren’t expecting that and many of you may be scoffing at this point, jumping to the conclusion that anyone who lived so long ago knows nothing of today.

What Socrates knew and what you now know, is that it isnt the people or situations that change with the untenable procession of sand in the hourglass so much as the technology with which we walk through that time.  People stay the same; thier motives, drives and desires at any rate, that is what being human is.  You have a map, everyone does and you in turn live your life based on it.

So we get maps of how people work, we help get these maps by looking at the changes in people based on technological advancement.  Taking that and looking through history we see trends, on every level, and based on what level we are trying to acheive for our goals, we can help get ourselves direction.

Example – You want to have a savings.  You earn 50 cents for mowing the lawn.  You speak to people about how they saved money when mowing lawns and they tell you they saved half thier earnings in a piggy bank.  You begin to save.  It seems simple and innocuous, but it is a cornerstone behavior on which you will base most of your life conciously or unconciously.  You will set a baseline based on who you learn from and what level of implementation you r are willing to go with the information you recieve.  Some may continue questioning about how to best save money and learn about DRIP investing and by the time they are 18, they are multi millionaires sponsoring pedaling for peace…  All because they further questioned and were better able to set more specific baselines to bring about thier results.

what..? =]

You are constantly setting and adjusting baselines based on what is going on around you.  Most of it is not conciously done.  Be aware of that and you will start seeing the process in action, at that point, you could factor in Socratic Method.  it is very simple and is like this example taken largely from the book The Consolations of Philosophy, written by Mr. Alain de Botton.  A genius book that blends wit with wisdom, truly a great place to learn to be a happier human, and learn about the world you inhabit!-

The Socratic Method for Thinking:

1.  Locate a statement confidently [most will look at you like a fool if you say otherwise] described as common sense.

     You are what you eat.

     Being virtuous [doing good] things in the world requires money.

2.  Imagine for a moment that, despite the confidence of the person proposing it, the statement is false.  Search for situations or contexts where the statement would not be true.

     Could one ever be something other than what they eat?

     Could one never be what they eat?

     Could one ever have money and not be virtuous [do good] things?

     Could one never have money and be virtuous [do good] things

3.  If an exception is found, the definition must be false or at least imprecise.

     It is not possible to be something other than what you eat.

     It is not possible to not be what you eat.

     It is possible to have money and not be virtuous [do good] in the world, and to actually not do good so well you really F stuff up!

     It is possible to be virtuous [do good] in the world and not have money.

4.  The initial statement must be nuanced [changed slightly, tweaked] to take the exception into account.

     You are what you eat.

     People who have money can be described as virtuous [doing good] only if they have acquired it in a virtuous way and use it in virtuous way, and some people with no money can be virtuous when they have lived through situations where it was      impossible to be virtuous and make money.

5.  If one finds exceptions to the improved statements, the process should be repeated.  The Truth, in so far as a human being is able to attain such a thing, lies in a statement which it seems impossible to disprove.  It is by finding out what something is not that one comes closest to understanding what it is.

consolations of philosophy by alain de botton6.  The product of thought is superior to intuition.

I think that gives us a pretty good idea of why Baselines are important, how we base them on rationale, memories, others and spurious trains of thought that get us nowhere fast.  How they manage to creep into our lives and how we equally manage to change them without our concious thought and how we can begin to, at the very least, be aware and begin to make changes.

Of course, changes take time and as we know well, Time is Relative.  Einstein is quoted as saying, “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity.”

So, here we are, looking at our baseline model of a ninja with the UNDERSTANDING that this person underwent rigorous training since birth and that we are only just beginning our journey, this is correcting for real world.

Slowling, ha, thats a good one, slowling…. slowing down time to a natural rate is a key ingredient to the mix that is you.  When you look at the time things grown in nature, you get an idea of what they are all about.  Oaks grow to be legends, unearthed by archeologists, so old they have literally turned to stone.  On the other hand you look at a baby gazelle in the plains, and here is an animal which is reaching very high speeds at a very young age due to the ever present razor of life which is constantly pushing the Darwin Theorem.

Where is all this taking us.  Take some time to be realistic with whatever change yo want to embark on.  Give yourself time for it to happen.  With time must come a constant diligence as you are changing your subconcious.  Its not part of your everyday life, thats why its called as it is, SUB concious, below the radar.  You now have to take time to bring it to the radar screen and keep it there until you manage to change it.

Baseline shifted, like changing a gear in an autmobile, now you can move forward, or reverse, the fact is, you have finally made a change and can now view your ENTIRE WORLD in a new light, as you now have a new baseline with which to make decisions from.

Enjoy it and Aloha!