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Bland Melon… ‘No Bees’

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Sometimes, what begins as a clever pun reveals horrific truth… A few weeks ago, the creative engine inside my soul generated an idea to re-brand a classic album cover to read: Bland Melon… No Bees!

It made sense, on a gut level, since there’s a bee girl on the cover, and part of my artistic process involves making intuitive leaps, with puns and rhymes providing the missing links… I often learn way more authentic information as I search for images in order to add the details it takes to convey the message…

I am under the impression that most folks know we are in serious trouble here… The bees were dying 10 years ago or more, and for several seasons, farmers and beekeepers have been importing millions of bees from Australia, the one continent on Earth which doesn’t suffer colony collapse disorder, or CCD as it’s often referred to… This is not a viable solution, mate! Neither is Monsanto buying a company called BeeLogics, who were actually studying the problem intensely, but got too near to the Truth…

Colony Collapse Disorder is from many things: Pesticides, Monoculture, and Beekeepers supplementing their bees’ food in the winters with High Fructose Corn Syrup… It’s the GMO corn syrup, in my opinion, that drives them crazy, while the pesticides and monoculture likely hasten their demise… All this information is searchable online, and I could provide links, but this blog is more about the art and the issues, since I don’t typically feel qualified to tackle solutions…

Furthermore, I did a search for GMO Melon, just to see what results I would get… You guessed it! Dozens of GMO Melon varieties exist, like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, etc… Bottom line, for the future: IF YOU AREN’T SURE, ASSUME IT IS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED!!! Would you trust liars and thieves to produce your food? If you do trust ‘BLINDLY’ then you will have the sad task of explaining to your children why they have more tumors than candles on their birthday cake…

Also, I want to remind everyone that this is simply art, not solid information… I prefer to think of it as a signpost, hinting in the right direction… Like, “Hey, here is something you might want to examine more closely…” I try to provide a wake up call, but once awakened, it is up to each individual to choose how they use that awareness… I am optimistic that we will soon reach a colossal tipping point, where the WalMart Moms are screaming outrage, old ladies carrying torches and pitchforks, and corporate executives hiding underground in terror…

Another discussion that always comes up is whether or not it’s too late to fix this crisis… Well, um… I truly don’t know… BUT, if you sit on your ass and don’t spread the word, I would say you are just as guilty as those who mess with the food supply for profit… Don’t be a bystander, do something… DO ANYTHING! Raise bees! Grow food! Write your elected officials! Burn a GMO field! Make art! Whatever it takes…

And most importantly, at all costs, KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR! If you lose your joy for living, they have already won…

Jason’s Deadly…

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It all started when my mom told me that Jason’s Deli had come out and taken a stand against GMO ingredients, with declarations on their menu… I responded that it was great to see a fast-food restaurant chain who could boldly go where no corporation has gone before… When the time came to actually go to lunch there, I began to survey the menu with one eyebrow raised…

Everything on the menu contained some form of genetically modified ingredient! I was very disappointed, though I did see that their menu proclaimed some Gluten-Free options, and it said their food was, “Really Natural”… (what the hell does THAT mean?) But rather than walk out and ruin a lunch with mom, I asked the person taking my order if there was any NON-GMO options…

She looked at me with that look… I repeated the words, and then changed it to GENETICALLY MODIFIED, and she just pointed to the manager who was already on the way… I must say that the manager was an extremely nice person, to listen to me explain that I don’t want their toxic modified food in my body, under any circumstances… She assured me the beef and chicken they serve are, “Very healthy” and that they don’t use corn syrup… I explained to her that even one GMO-DNA from BT-soy could forever change my genetic structure… To her credit, she never lost her composure… The boss of this particular place of hospitality was desperately uninformed, though she promised to pass my message along up the chain of command…

I ordered the least offensive item on the menu, but won’t say what, because I can’t certify it as clean… Yet I also practice mindful eating, which means that if I sit down to dine with family, I am stress-free and chewing 50 times per bite! My mother mentioned my handling of the situation, and I thanked her that she raised me with some conscience , as well as cojones… We had a good discussion, and I didn’t want to rock her world, as Jason’s is one of her favorite places to go out and eat… In the course of the meal, I proposed a new piece of art, Jason’s Deadly… Her response was that I should visit the website on the napkin holder: http://jasonsdelifeedback.com

So I did… It was a very narrow-minded process that channeled me through a series of questions, and never asking me the one I wanted to answer: “Does your menu have GMO’s?” Nevertheless, at the end there was a box to leave my own words, so I gave it to them… Expressing the sentiment of a paying customer, I informed them of my disappointment that that hadn’t taken a stand against GMO’s, and my shock and disgust that they weren’t properly labeled as such… Then I notified them that until they changed their policy, I would never again be spending dollars in their restaurant… Finally, I offered the Artists Against Monsanto email for them to reply to, and OF COURSE THEY REPLIED THE VERY NEXT MORNING!!! Here is that reply:

Good afternoon,

Our purchasing and R&D teams are continuously looking for better quality and more sustainable foods for us to serve. We are also constantly questioning the ingredients we utilize from our suppliers and pushing them to be better.

 As a restaurant company with 240+ Jason’s Delis nationwide, we rely on some manufacturers to ensure consistency and availability across the country. As you mentioned – there are so many foods containing additives derived from soy and corn such as xanthan gum and ascorbic acid it can be difficult to determine those with and with out GMO’s in them.

With our large menu, we do not yet have ingredient statements for all our menu items – we are working on this project now and hope to have it finished in the next few months. If you have any specific menu items you were interested in, please let me know and I will look into them and see if they contain any GMO’s. I can tell you our Organic Wheat Wrap and our Antibiotic Free Chicken are GMO free along with our organic items on the Salad Bar.

I also want to assure you that we continue to be free of artificial trans fats, msg, high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes & colors. All this is in our continued pursuit to serve the best quality foods we can.

Our guests’ questions continuously help us become better as a company! Thank you for your interest in us and our future.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if I may be of further assistance. 

 

Kim Jones

Director of Testing & Research
Jason’s Deli

I replied:

Kim,

Thanks for the response… If your chicken is GMO-Free then I want to see it labeled as such… Many factors play into whether they are safe for human consumption, such as what the animals are fed as well as their living conditions… Until Jason’s reverses its approach to GMO food and the labeling of such, it won’t be going into my mouth, or the mouths of those who I can convince to not put it in their bodies…

Thanks,
CMOR
Artists Against Monsanto

 

(Also, I should mention that it’s not only THESE guys who are dealing in bad food, it is the entire industry… This art grew from my personal experience, though also you may notice both signatures! Thanks to Artie Xia for the added style and flavor…)

The 50 Year-Old Surgeon…

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Finally, the story of one man’s life, and how he went from organic to poisonously rotten…

Starring Dr. Oz, the real life traitor to the population of Planet Earth… Watch the shocking truth revealed in cinematic brilliance, as Oz changes his tune about GMO foods… He thought the hippocratic oath was all about hypocrisy, and he has lived up to his oath extremely well!! He begs the question to be asked of him, “Which truth is your real truth, the one BEFORE, where you espoused healthy organic foods, packed with nutrients and poison-free? Or your CURRENT truth that contradicts all that healthy stuff you used to say? Are you practicing to be a politician?”

Lies and more lies! He actually DID answer that question on national television, and his response was that (yawn) there are simply too many people in the world, and that in order to feed them all we have to poison them [sic] with GMO food… This argument is so shoddy that a 3-year old could take it down… You know? If GMO’s actually COULD feed a starving, overpopulated planet earth, the global starvation should have been eliminated years ago… Instead, it’s on the rise, along with droughts from poor Big Agricultural practices… World hunger has become a commodity that can be traded on Wall St… And therein LIES the answer to Dr. Oz’s betrayal of the citizens of Earth… He’s getting rich off of your diseases and death, caused by the toxic food he recommends you put into your body…

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So let’s ask Dr. Oz one last question, “Do you want GMO food in prison, while serving your life sentence?”

Harper’s Bizzare!

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Through networking with folks around the world, I keep learning new things all the time… Recently some Canadian citizens have asked me to put a bit of focus on the True North, so here are several attempts… I am learning a lot about Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper appears to be public enemy #1, similar to how most folks in America despise Obama and his lies… A week ago, all I knew was that in Canada they call Rape ‘Canola’ and modify it! And that MOST of Pamela Anderson was from there…

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I like to re-brand familiar images and icons, hopefully with a conscious point to them… But even humor is a poor-man’s-enlightenment…

I had a hunch that folks in the USA wouldn’t get this at all, we being so egocentric and plain old dumb… So I made a USA alternate… If Newsweek can change their cover for different countries, so can I, hee hee…

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While I was at it, I made a blank one, in the hopes that all of you clever Canadians would download it and make your own memes! This is me handing the torch to the True North… Let’s roll!

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Finally, I have one that didn’t work for the page that wanted a cover image, but I still like the way it turned out… Image

So let’s win the country back, eh? Canada can be a free nation again, but it will take you! Don’t eat Arctic Apples, or Harper’s bizarre bullshit…

Food Reich…

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Welcome To The Food Reich…

Monsanto has taken over the world, buying up seed companies and patenting living organisms… In a way, they are like a new Nazi regime, with their apparent agenda of poisoning us all… Armed guards are posted at their farms, and not the mall-security type… No, they rent Blackwater private security forces, troops who have been through wars…

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This image may get me in trouble… But I cannot care, when our very survival as a species hangs in the balance… Monsanto IS a regime, and we must take them down; politically, scientifically, economically, and punitively…

(Author’s tidbit: This image was the first I created on my new PhotoShop CS6!! I had created the same image yesterday, but the trial expired and I lost the image… This is exciting, to be using professional quality tools!)

Monsantopoly…

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Making art is so much fun! Especially when there is a functional point to it, like saving our planet from GMO’s…

Sometimes it doesn’t happen the way we wish, and the art takes a different turn… This happened to me while I made the following… I accidentally closed the file without saving it, just as I had finished! I liked the image so much that I went right back to work on it before I forgot all the details… But the second time around, I figured it would be cool to film it in time lapse, then narrate over it afterwards…

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There are things I oopsed on, which I will keep to myself… But I am happy with the overall result… This is a game I could play!

Here is a link to the video I made…

As always, keep your diet organic, and tell everyone you know to do the same…