Fuck OB People's Co-op! - by Mark E. Smith
I just got the June issue of the Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op News and I'm so angry I can barely type.
Their front page is devoted to an article urging people to donate money to the collection boxes they now have at every cash register to support a campaign started by a Congressman to urge women in the Senate (it was Congress that passed the Monsanto Protection Act in the first place) to ask President Obama (who appointed former Monsanto Vice-President Michael Taylor to the FDA, and several other Monsanto VIPs, lawyers, and lobbyists http://www.activistpost.com/
to other high-level positions in his administration) to allow GMO food labeling--and this after three brands which were labeled organic or non-GMO were exposed by a whistleblower as having GMO ingredients anyway. I should check, because I suspect that the co-op might still be carrying those brands.
Of course they didn't listen to the presentation I made to their board:
Voting Against Values http://fubarandgrill.org/node/1517
Nor are they interested in the facts about GMO labels:
GMO Labels and Lies http://fubarandgrill.org/node/1525
The manager, Nancy Cassady, and her husband Derek, are long term Democratic Party political operatives, and their primary interest is in getting out the vote, which is the real purpose of the GMO label campaign:
God, Gays, Guns, Grass & GMOs http://fubarandgrill.org/node/1524
OB People's Co-op's idea of democracy is to support an organization to ask Congress to ask the President to do something that he isn't likely to do, wouldn't help if he did, and might cause great harm in the end if they were to succeed and Monsanto got Congress, the President, or the Supreme Court to annul it. Should mandatory GMO labeling become law, Monsanto will appeal to the Supreme Court where former Monsanto lawyer Clarence Thomas is now a Justice. He hasn't recused himself in other cases where he appeared to have a conflict of interest and there's no reason he'd recuse himself if there was a case involving his former employer. There's no incentive for him to recuse himself, as there is no place to appeal anything he does. You can't go to a higher court and have him removed from the case due to an obvious conflict of interest, because there is no higher court--they're the highest court in the land. I'd be very surprised if Thomas hadn't exercised his stock options when he left Monsanto and if those shares aren't still in his portfolio. He can claim that his portfolio is under management and he doesn't know what is in it, but he certainly knows what used to be in it, and he knows his financial managers wouldn't dump a stock he favors. So I know how he'd vote. I don't know how many other Supreme Court justices have had some connection to Monsanto in the past, have stock in Monsanto, or have close family and friends with stock in Monsanto, but I'd be very surprised if there was one who did not. Voters aren't chess players, but political party operatives are. They think several moves ahead while distracting voters with their immediate move. They know that if they can get people to demand GMO labels, Monsanto will appeal to the Supreme Court, labels will be declared unconstitutional, and even voluntary labels will become illegal. Both political parties get donations from Monsanto and favor Monsanto, so by getting people to demand GMO labels, they are helping Monsanto by giving the Supreme Court the opportunity to declare labels illegal. The Supreme Court considers corporations to be people, is very protective of the Constitutional rights of corporations, and the reason they ruled that money is speech is because that's the only voice they listen to. Oh, they'll ask questions and pretend to deliberate, but they'll decide for Monsanto.
In addition to speaking at the board meeting and explaining the problems with labels, I've personally emailed and spoken with both Nancy and Derek extensively--a total waste of breath. They are dedicated statists and they don't care if they poison all their customers with falsely labeled organics, as long as they can get out the vote by using any scam they can grab on to. Oh, they care enough to recall foods after it is found that the labels lied, but a lot of people can become ill or even die before a whistleblower comes forward or an agency gets around to checking on a product that has already been certified.
My membership in the co-op is still paid up for part of this year and I've got about a hundred dollars on a co-op gift card that can't be redeemed for cash, so I guess I'll still be shopping there for another month or so. I'm considering whether to stand in front of their store and pass out fliers, but it probably wouldn't do any good. I'm obviously not going to renew my membership and I'll do most of my shopping in the future at Sprouts, Boney's, and the farmers' markets.
Luckily for me, a Jimbo's will be opening in Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego soon, which is walking distance for me, instead of a 40-minute bus ride to the co-op.
Funny, last time I was at the co-op, I happened to see Nancy and I introduced her to a neighbor of mine I had encouraged to join the co-op. Nancy's face seemed unusually drawn, and I now realize that she had already seen (if not actually written) the front page article for the newsletter which came out the next day, so she was probably concerned that I had also seen it and would be angry. I hadn't then, but I have now, and I couldn't be much angrier.
As soon as I post this, I'll send the link to Nancy and Derek. Fuck OB People's Co-op!
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