Well, if ya read the New Yawk Times (that screed? yeah, sometimes folks send it to me via cyber links), mebbe ya heard how a dread tomato blight is rippin' through the northeast. The fancy pants restaurants is paying more than sushi grade tuna fer a heirloom tomato that the Long Island chi-chi- gardens all grow. (but they mighta brought it on theyselves by purchasin' from the big box stores--Walmart, yore name is mud) Doan suppose y'all knowed that a five acre patch of heirloom tomatoes and potatoes could pay the taxes on yore house at the shore did'ja??
( Yeah I know, I know that mah Black Russian 'maters could be mah ticket to wealth and a bigger patch to furrow.)
But stand back--even the doyenne of garden chic , Martha Stewart, has been smashed, blackened by the horrific blight.
Read all her woes.
One researcher called the blight--same strain that they claim caused the 1800s potato famine--a bubonic plague fer plants!
What bothers me in all the articles is the suggestion that it is the heirlooms what is ter blame--that they ain't got no resistance to the fungus blight.
Now wait. Wait a dern minute.
First, the frankenstein hybrid tomatoes is engineered by Monsanto (and others) to withstand pests and fungus--an' doan look too hard or y'all will see that them GMOs (genetically modified organisims) called market tomatoes ALSO kill bees and butterflies--buh bye pollination!
See Aunty on Food Security)
Next, think about this--no kiddin', now--sit up straight an' think on this:
Monsanto and their subsidiaries is makin' a ka-billion bucks by sellin' seed that doan re-germinate. This is EGGS-actly why folks like me an' K9 done started ourselves up on some heritage seeds. That means the kind yore grandmama saved after growin' Cousin Sally's shared seeds. The way nature meant it--a tomato falls to the ground and its seeds grow a whole row of new tomato plants. UNLESS it is a Monsato tomato --nope, when them seeds fall they DIE. THey's poisoned from the start--they is sterile, androgynous fake tomatoes, an' they doan make baby tomatoes. An' they's engineered that way so you cain't save seeds fer next season's crop. Engineered to make shure ya gotta go back to Monsanto every season jes' to have a patch of tomatoes. And now here it comes: They is engineered to ALSO withstand pests.
See whar' this is headed? I think--an I ain't the first to think it--that Monsanto might have helped get that dang blight fungus goin' --or hep spread it--why why why??
Cause then the growin' heirloom movement is dealt a cripplin' blow!
Aunty is madder'n a snake that been stepped on--I'se riled.
But I got me some good stuff (write to me I'll send ya some) to kilt whatever fungus they let loose on us--see? They want to shove us'uns in a corner and make shure we have to buy from them or starve (cause they kilt off the heirloom seeds). But I gotta fungus killer that is --heh--natural an' effective. Me an' a few thousand others is STILL gonna grow real food from real seed.
This is jes' a tip of the proverbial iceberg. What eese is engineered to wring the life outa us'uns??
Oh thar's a blight loose in the land, alrighty, but it ain't "late blight". It's MONSANTO.
Now fer lighthearted edification here's Troll's Poll:
Been arrested? NO
Kissed someone you didn’t like? NO
Slept in until 5 PM? NO
Ran a red light? Mebbe
Been suspended from school? NO
Experienced love at first sight? uh....
Totaled your car in an accident? NO
Been fired from a job? NO
Fired somebody? Yes
Sang karaoke? NO
Pointed a gun at someone? uh--Loaded?
Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? Yes
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes
Kissed in the rain? Yes
Had a close brush with death (your own) Dunno
Seen someone die? Yes
Played spin-the-bottle? Yes
Smoked a cigar? NO
Sat on a rooftop? Yes
Smuggled something into another country? NO
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Yes
Broken a bone? NO
Skipped school? Yes
Eaten a bug? NO
Walked a moonlit beach? Yes
Rode a motorcycle? Yes
Dumped someone? Yes
Lied to avoid a ticket? NO
Ridden in a helicopter? Yes
Shaved your head? NO
Made your boyfriend/girlfriend cry? Yes
Eaten snake? NO
Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? NO
Puked on amusement ride? NO
Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? Yes
Been in a band? No
Been on TV? Yes
Shot a gun? Yes
Ridden a surfboard? Yes
Drank straight from a liquor bottle? NO
Had surgery? NO
Taken by ambulance to hospital? NO
Passed out when not drinking? NO
Peed on a bush? Yes
Donated Blood? Yes an' it took two days--I'm done wif' that (see BOXER on this point)
Grabbed electric fence? NO
Eaten alligator meat? Yes
Killed an animal when not hunting? Yes
Peed your pants in public? NO
Snuck into a movie without paying? NO (is snuck really a word? or did somebody jes' need a word to rhyme wif' truck?)
Written graffiti? NO, it was a manifesto
Still love someone you shouldn’t? NO
Been in handcuffs? NO
Believe in love? Yes
Sleep on a certain side of the bed? Yes