Monsanto myth revealed in new report
Growing up in a Greek-American household, bedtime stories did not include children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. But rather my dad sailed us to the Greek islands through the world of ancient Greek mythology. My siblings and I championed Prometheus, who stole the fire from the gods to give to us mere mortals, or Pegasus, the beloved horse whose wings got too close to the sun. But my favorite is the myth of Sisyphus—punished for his craftiness and unlawfulness.
My dad, in his subtle Greek accent, recounted with vivid details the punishment that befell on Sisyphus for his deceitfulness. Forced day in and day out, Sisyphus rolled a huge boulder up a steep mountain only to see it miss the top and roll back down. Sisyphus’ punishment is a forceful reminder to examine truth versus myth.
At times, I would lie in my bed thinking, “why was he so stupid to lie in the first place?” Through the mind of a child, I quickly realized Sisyphus was to blame.
This week my mind drifted back to Sisyphus.
A new report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council, debunked the myth that Monsanto and other companies continue to propagate —the need for pesticides to feed the world. To sum it up—Monsanto’s mouthpiece is a myth. It’s not truth but is a false idea that has poisoned the American mind and soil.
The report is a grim reminder that our food, which is loaded with pesticides, is not the way to feed the world. The report slams pesticides and the “catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health and society as a whole.” Particularly alarming is the exposure to the voiceless—children. “Children are most vulnerable to pesticide contamination,” the report states. It’s time to push for more good honest food. It starts at the farm to table restaurant.
One will never know the reason behind Sisyphus’ unlawfulness. But for whatever reason the punishment leaves Sisyphus defeated.
It is time to interpret truth through mythology and let Monsanto carry the huge boulder.
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