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GMO Eggs & Toxic Ham

  • By Leslie Sheridan
    Copywrite October 2012

(A parody of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham, in protest of the companies[1] which support the American public not having a right to know what is in our food, (via their funding the deceptive No on 37[2] campaign in CA,) and thus, the hijacking and poisoning of the U.S. food supply and environment with GMO's,[3] aided and abetted by the nonfunctional U.S. FDA, and a corporate-owned government which allows this right under its nose!)

I am Sam
Sam I am!

This Sam-I-am
Does not like
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

Do you like poison corn[4]
In whose DNA pesticide is born?
Do you like animals raised with toxic feed
From companies who lust on only greed?
Aided by their former colleagues now in our FDA,[5]
They've rigged the game, keeping "precautionary principle"[6] at bay.

Do you like a fish in your tomato[7]
or a "Round-up ready"[8] potato?
And how about seeds that make bugs explode,[9]
by killing them with tainted load,
Which survives your digestive tract,
. . . in research this is backed![10]

I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

Would you like them in your soup?
Then by Campbell's you'll be duped!
Would you like them in Fruit Loops?
That's when Kellogg's says "whoops!"
Would you like them with the Mayor?
If so, you can count on Bayer!

Surely you'd like a GMO kiss
Disguised in Hershey's chocolate bliss?
How about in Nestle's ice cream sundae?
Or in Pepsi's snacks called Frito Lay?
How about in your Lucky Charms
Courtesy of General Mills farms?

I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

How about in your sour cream
From the Land O' Lakes team?
What if they came from Dupont or Dow
Would that whet your appetite now?
How about while sipping a Coke,
Leaving your health a joke?

What about in a can of fruit
Concocted with Del Monte loot?
Or perhaps in blueberry jam
Delivered by the Smucker's man?
Or how about in a can of Spam
Carried on a Hormel tram?

I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

Do you like them in tuna fish?
If so, Bumble Bee Foods has your dish!
How about in a cranberry tart,
Arriving on an Ocean Spray cart?
Or perhaps in your coffee cake,
Which Bimbo Bakeries will proudly bake?

Would you eat them in your meat?
Sara Lee's got Hillshire Farms treats!
Would you eat them in a pancake?
With Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth's on the take!
Do you want them in your cow?
Then let Dean Foods take a bow!

I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

Would you eat them with a spice,
With McCormick's unseen health price?
Would you eat them in your shrimp?
Rich Products can be your pimp!
Would a pineapple entice?
Then Dole will happily suffice!

Would you taste them in your applesauce?
Then Knouse's Musselman's brand is the boss!
How about in your chewing gum?
There, Wrigley is second to none!
What about in Snickers or M&M?
Concocted by the Mars milkmen?

I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

Can I change your mind with Sunny Delight,
Or Hero Nectar Juice just right?
Or Solae brand with "ethics inside?"
By B.S. you'll be taken on a ride!
Or how about with a French fry from McCain,
Whose common sense has left with the train?

Will you eat it with ketchup?
Then with Heinz you should sup!
How about with cheese on top?
Then off to Kraft should you hop!
What about with a glass of juice,
Using Tree Top and Welch's as excuse?

I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

Do you like it in a meatball?
Smithfield's "Armour" answers your call!
How about a potato with chives?
Idahoan will make you come alive!
May I tempt you with sweet corn?
From JMR Farms it was torn!

Would you have some in your tea?
Lipton will package that for you and me!
How about with some mayonnaise?
You'll love Hellmann's winning ways!
Will you eat it on a pizza pie?
Then Richelieu is the one to try!

I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

Can I lure you with a sweet,
In the form of Godiva treat?
Or perhaps with a bit of salt
From Morton will you take a halt?
Will Similac and Pedialyte do,
From Abbott "Nutrition" fooling you?

Will your baby like Enfamil or Enfragrow blends?
If so, on Mead Johnson's answer you'll depend!
And what about brands who like to hide?
Give BASF, Bunge, and Cargill a ride!
With ConAgra and Syngenta behind the scenes,
You'll remember whose messing with genes!

I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

And what of associations lurking in the dark,
Where Grocery Manufacturers and Biotech[11] do park?
But one company goes beyond greed,
To stealing and destroying seeds,[12]
And making seed saving a crime,[13]
For global food control they do opine!

Monsanto[14] takes us all for fools,
Thinks monopolizing seed control is cool,
Leaves Indian farmer suicides[15] in its wake,
The Greed-at-all-Cost award it takes!
When will this GMO insanity end,
The answer rests with you my friend!

I will not buy them[2]
Sam I am!
I will not buy[2]
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

I'm glad to hear that you'll have found
That GMO food is change profound,
Where cancer, tumors, and reproductive problems in mice,[16]
Isn't something that you'd called nice,
61 countries[17] agree with you and me
Labeling GMO's so we'll see!

Why is it in country so "free"
That transparency cannot be?
Where Russia and China have rights not known
To Americans whose rights are on loan?
Go forth and boycott[2] en masse!
Be you elephant or ass!

I'm calling out an SOS[18]
Sam I am!
I'll tell all not to buy[2]
GMO eggs and toxic ham!

_______________________

AUTHOR BIO:

Leslie Sheridan is a consultant, poet, and citizen journalist who has published an online political newsletter called The Carpe Diem Voice since March of 2003 as an alternative to the corporate-owned "news" media for those who want the real news in our world. (Those who wish to see a sample of her newsletter or subscribe can find her easily on Linkedin.com, with the newsletter mentioned at the bottom of her profile.) She is a staunch Independent who is appalled at what has been done to our food supply and planet, with the support of the U.S. government, right under our noses! This is nothing short of criminal and she hopes that one day the guilty parties will be brought to justice. Many thanks to Dr. Seuss for his timeless wit and wisdom!
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FOOTNOTES:

1
Companies funding the No on 37 campaign with over $40 million to take away Americans' right to know what is in our food: (currently the food fight of our lives going on in California's Proposition 37 which is on the ballot,) include: Abbott Nutrition, B&G Foods, Inc., Bayer CropScience, BASF Plant Science, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Biotech Industry Organization, Bruce Foods Corporation, Bumble Bee Foods LLC, Bunge North America, Inc., C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc., Campbell Soup Company, Cargill Inc., Clement Pappas & Company, Inc., Clorox Company, Coca Cola North America, ConAgra Foods, Council for Biotechnology Information, Crop Life American, Dean Foods Co., Del Monte Foods Co., Dole Packaged Foods Company, Dow Agrosciences LLC, DuPont Pioneer, E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co., Faribault Foods, Inc., Flowers Foods, Inc., Four K Farms, General Mills, Inc., Godiva Chocolatier, Goya de Puerto Rico, Inc., Goya Foods Great Lakes, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Hero North America, Hershey Company, H.J. Heinz Company, Hillshire Brands Company, Hirzel Canning Company, Hormel Foods Corporation, House-Autry Mills, Inc., Idahoan Foods LLC, Inventure Foods, Inc., JMR Farms Inc., Kellogg Company, Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc., Kraft Food Group, Kraft Foods Global, Inc., Land O' Lakes, Inc., Mars Foods North America, McCain Foods USA, Inc., McCormick & Company, Inc., Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, Mondelez International, Monsanto Company, Moody Dunbar, Inc., Morton Salt, Nestle USA, Inc., Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., PCS Administration (USA) Inc. (also known as "PotashCorp") PAC (Out of State PAC), PepsiCo, Inc., Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a Dupont business,) Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, Reily Foods Company, Rich Products Corporation, Richelieu Foods, Inc., Sara Lee Corporation, Saticoy Foods Corporation, Smithfield Foods, Inc., Snack Food Association, Solae, LLC (affiliated with Dupont and Monsanto,) Sunny Delight Beverages Company, Syngenta Corporation, the J.M. Smucker Company, Tree Top, Inc., Tri-Cal Inc., Unilever, Welch Foods, Inc., W.M. Wrigley Jr. Co., etc. Why is it that these organizations think they have the right to take away our right to know what is in our food, when they have been supplying non-GMO versions of their food to 61 other countries which have demanded and won the right to know what is in their food? Vote with your dollars by boycotting these companies until they respect your right to know what is in your food!

2 Proposition 37 Proposition 37 = A precedent-setting proposition on the ballot in the 2012 election requiring that GMO food be labeled. The best source to learn about this: http://www.CARightToKnow.org. Boycott the No on 37 funders: Since corporations tend to understand and pay attention to the their bottom lines, please sign this petition to pledge to boycott organizations funding the No on 37 Campaign in CA and please support organizations funding the Yes on 37 Campaign in CA: http://www.change.org/petitions/amnerican-food-consumers-boycott-no-on-prop-37-companies-support-yes-on-prop-37-
companies?share_id=FFzjSLZyDc&utm_campaign=petition_creator_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
. (A list of funders on both sides of this right to know issue: http://organicconsumersfund.org/label/prop-37-funders.cfm.)
Sign the petition saying that you will tell the Director of Stanford University's Hoover Institution what you think about Henry I. Miller's (http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/10/23-9) shilling for corporate interests by telling outright lies in the No on 37 TV commercials in CA, and why they should not have a shill like him affiliated in any way with their University: http://www.change.org/petitions/stanford-university-silence-henry-i-miller-of-their-hooverinstitution?share_id=DjxGYMhCbo&utm_campaign=petition_creator_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

3 GMOs: genetically-modified organisms. The best sources to learn about this include:
www.ResponsibleTechnology.org, www.GeneticRouletteMovie.com, and on YouTube, "The Video Monsanto Doesn't Want You to See:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lni6OAJz3sk and "Seeds of Freedom:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-bK8X2s1kI, and GMO Myths & Truths: http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.2.pdf.

4 Poison corn: http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2012/08/walmart-soon-selling-monsantos-poison.html; http://truth-out.org/news/item/6838:dow-and-monsanto-join-forces-to-poison-americas-heartland; http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021176915.

5 FDA & industry revolving door: http://rense.com/general33/fd.htm

6 Precautionary principle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precautionary_principle

7 Fish tomato: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fish_tomato

8 Round-up Ready: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate

9 Bugs explode: http://www.voxxi.com/victory-gardens-gmos-pesticides/

10 Research on health risks: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/65-health-risks/5notes

11 Grocery Manufacturers and Biotech: the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Biotech Industry Organization.

12 Monsanto seeds and other ills: http://ecowatch.org/2012/ten-ways-monsanto-and-big-ag-are-trying-to-kill-youand-the-planet/. Take action: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24801.cfm

13 To Monsanto seed-saving is a crime: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_14458.cfm

14 Monsanto: if you think you don't support them, think again: http://www.voxxi.com/monsanto-culinary/

15 Indian farmer suicides: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/columns/sainath/article3595351.ece;
http://www.infowars.com/monsantos-gmo-seeds-contributing-to-farmer-suicides-every-30-minutes/; http://digitaljournal.com/article/323656

16 GMO problems in mice: http://www.ghorganics.com/GM%20food%20can%20cause%20cancer.htm; http://vivienveil.com/2012/10/10/top-10-ways-to-avoid-genetically-modified-foods/; http://wellnessmama.com/2193/why-you-should-never-eat-vegetable-oil-or-margarine/; http://naturalhealthandorganiclivingnetwork.wordpress.com/tag/gm/; http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/10/23-9

17 61 countries: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/21/california-to-vote-on-labeling-of-genetically-modifiedfoods/; http://redgreenandblue.org/2012/10/26/prop-37-is-monsanto-buying-silence-gmo-labeling-law-slippingin-latest-poll/

18 SOS: traditional definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOS, though here used as a double entendre in direct reference to Clorox's S.O.S. steel wool brand, given Clorox's funding of the No on 37 campaign.

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