An Omnivore’s Dilemma, Indeed. We don’t always talk about home energy efficiency around here. Sometimes I like to get into healthy living, as it is totally a part of what we do in our homes- right? We live. We play. We sleep. We eat. I just started reading the multifaceted Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food. I have to say that I had originally been opposed to reading about the way that our society has decided to go all crazy GMO on us because I like food. Let me rephrase that, I like clean, healthy food, and I don’t eat fast food, because it freaks me out. I know it sounds silly, but I didn’t want to hear about all of the terrible things that happen to our slab of roast beef before it hits the plate; I didn’t want to hear about the monoculture and how it was probably going to have us all wind up with curly horns and prehensile tails in our next generation of children. I just wanted to eat my (non-chemically treated, real) food in ignorant, gluttonous bliss. In our household, we shop at Whole Foods quite frequently because they tend to usually have the most eye-catching and seemingly tasty produce selection and -oh- (sort of excited here) gorgeous butcher section complete with organically raised, grass fed beef, bison and beyond. Meat, glorious meat and veggies which are strikingly beautiful and yummy, for the most part. Sticking to the tradition of trying to do the “right thing, the sustainable thing, the green thing,” when it comes to food- seems to be getting trickier and trickier. With the announcement on January 21, 2011, in the ” profoundly misleading email” to their customers, the folks at health food 800 pound gorilla, Whole Foods Market is “surrendering” to the GMO giants (the 850 pound gorillas) Monsanto. Whole Foods Market has asked that farmers be given “compensation” for their Monsanto contaminated fields; meaning: these once organic farms have been tainted and there is no way to resurrect the soil to amend it to not have the terrible, toxic and mutant Monsanto seed. This is their so called “hush money” for having the Monsanto GM seeds contaminating their organic fields. Wow. Enter feelings: Shocked. Saddened. Scared. What does this mean for the future of organic produce? If Monsanto’s seeds are nudging their way into the Whole Foods Market, what will happen to all of the other small-scale, organic, and even biodynamic farms who have so far avoided the Monsanto seed? Having just got into the book, In Defense of Food, I was starting to get excited about finding these amazing organic veggies to overpopulate our fridge; but now I’m not too keen on buying those luscious vegetables from Whole Foods. Back to the CSA… but wait, are they in danger, did any of our local farmers get a pay off check yet? I wanted to live in that ignorant, gluttonous food-oriented bliss- but I am pretty glad to have finally enlightened myself. What are you thoughts on this? Leave a comment, or join the discussion on Facebook.