Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Real Food, Real Votes

No microwave popcorn or hot cocoa packets here, no sirree.  We are currently sipping Real Cocoa: 4 cups of whole milk, about a half cup each fresh cream and water, 1/2 c. sugar, 1/3 c. cocoa powder, a splash of vanilla, a good whopping dash of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.  We're feeling nice and cozy, and planning on staying that way as it snows for the first time tonight.

And S. and I don't get publicly political much, but it was a fun election season.  We watched bits of some debates, including the Third-Party alternative debates, and both felt like our vote wasn't wasted.  Our older kids even watched a debate... We voted for different candidates for president (the only hint I'll give you is that neither won), but enjoyed watching the spectacle and also saw a candidate we both voted for win a very, very close local race.  These were some of my favorite election moments:

20 women will be in the Senate next term!  I think that's phenomenally exciting.  (It's about 3 times the number there were 20 years ago, which was also seen as a record year at the time.)

And, there is always room for humor:

Not so favorite, California's proposition to label GMO foods didn't pass.  Not only does that mean we're still unknowingly eating crops with genes from fish or viruses combined into them (or the meat from the animals that ate such crops), but even more scary to me, heirloom varieties are becoming scarce enough that they wouldn't be able to feed us if we found something definitively wrong with GMOs and tried to switch back.  A good example, if I'm not misremembering, is the case with sugar beets.  About 48% of all American sugar comes from domestically grown, genetically modified sugar beets, which were planted (wink wink, nod nod) years in advance of having official FDA approval.  When someone found out and tried to challenge it, they banned the beets until appropriate environmental studies were done.  But then they had to renege because there would have been a total sugar shortage due to lack of "regular" sugar beets to plant!

Multiply that by soy and corn and canola, and all the feedlots and dairies they supply, and you get the idea.

Let's keep it Real, people, huh?

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