Fran’s Rant – GMO

To the woman who disrupted our business and screamed at me insisting that our popcorn could not possibly be non-GMO, I invite you view the attached letter from our supplier and I urge you to stop fighting with little guys like us.  Your fight is with Monsanto and our government that allows giants like Monsanto to exist instead of letting the small responsible farmers thrive.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term GMO it stands for Genetically Modified Organism and apparently it’s the new hot topic for people to fight about.

6packWhen I was a kid they told us the plastic 6-pack rings were choking the poor fish and they urged everyone to cut up their 6-pack rings before disposing of them. How ridiculous is this?!? If I throw something away that is picked up by my disposal company, shouldn’t it go to landfill? So how does this impact the fish in the ocean? If we’re dumping our trash in the ocean we’d have bigger problems than fish being strangled by 6-pack rings.

NOW the big culprit are those horrible plastic bags you get at the grocery stores that are ruining our planet!!! And you MUST use reusable totes that any retailer will be happy to SELL you. Hmmm. Keep in mind — it’s not the plastic bag you use for your your broccoli that’s bad. Or the one you use for your apples, celery, lettuce, or onions.  Or the plastic that covers your meat, fish, and poultry. Or the plastic liners in your cereal and cracker boxes (I could go on forever with every plastic item in the store). It’s ONLY the plastic bag at the checkout counter that’s ruining our planet.  And YOU’RE responsible. Who’s buying this BS?

We all get roped in by media hype. I’m guilty as well. In fact, I took a short trip down a raw food road one week and ended up at — get this — a raw food cooking class. Now raw food and cooking shouldn’t be used in the same sentence. And anyone that knows me is fully aware that I don’t cook. Nonetheless, here I am, parking my work truck in a sea of small, sensible, smart cars. So right off the bat, I’m the heathen in the room.

So the class begins. They start by talking about the movie “Food Inc.” which was meant to scare people into a vegetarian lifestyle. Then they went on to discuss the dangers of microwaves claiming it changes the molecular structure of water making it dangerous to drink. Now I’m not a chemist but I think if you change the molecular structure of H2O you would probably get something other than water like H1O2. Maybe a gas – maybe a solid? And doesn’t heating something on the stovetop change the molecular structure of food as well? After all, it changes raw meat to cooked meat – right?

THEN, they went on to discuss a study where they said: “I love you” to a glass of water and claimed it was healthier water than the glass of water they were mean to!!! How I made it through the first 10 minutes of this class is beyond me but after they were done making salad (after all, it WAS a beginners class) they projected a slide balking about how important it is to use re-usable grocery bags and showed a picture of fish being choked by our plastic grocery bags (just in case you missed the 6-pack ring fiasco in the 70s) and they urged us to be conscientious and responsible by using tote bags. My tongue was bleeding from biting it and I finally stood up and said, “Hold on a minute. Why do only the innocent plastic shopping bags get this bad rap when I sat here and watched you use 15 pairs of disposable plastic gloves while you chopped a mountain of veggies that you pulled out of umpteen plastic ziplock bags. You served me with disposable paper plates coated in plastic – but I can’t use a plastic grocery bag because I’m ruining the planet??? And hey, wait a minute, what’s that lining your trash can? Ooh – is that a plastic bag? I line my cans with reused grocery bags!!!” When the instructor escorted me to the door she whispered in my ear, “Fran, I just want you to know that I didn’t buy those zip lock bags.  Someone gave them to my mother and I was just trying to use them up.” UGH!!! Is there no end to the madness?!?

NonGMO Letter

Letter From Supplier – Non GMO

Back to the matter at hand. I’m not sure how much truth is behind the GMO hype.  Aren’t we all genetically modified?  I’m a full blooded Italian (as you might have guessed from my rants) but my parents were not related and they made me which makes me genetically modified.  So are Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds actually going to kill us? Or is this just another distraction our government uses to make us fight among ourselves so we don’t pay attention to what they’re really doing to our food supply? But while we wait to see how this plays out here’s a copy of my popcorn supplier’s letter stating their innocence.

And if you have any issue with the sensitive subject I’ve raised here please don’t fight with me about it. This is simply my opinion. We do everything we can to make the best popcorn possible AND to keep our customers safe and happy.  But if you want to fight with Monsanto here are some links to get you started:

12 Responses to Fran’s Rant – GMO

  1. Alana MacBain April 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm #


  2. Holly Collick April 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You should be applauded!!
    I work for one of those “BIG BAD” food companies. Apparently, our sole goal is to poison the country with product. When actually we spend a vast amount of resources (research, time, and money) making sure our products are safe and wholesome for our customers.
    GMO can mean a wide variety of things all of which in our day and age must be classified as GMO. The vast majority of grains in the United States are GMO. This simply means these species of grains have been cultivated to be disease and mold resistant. This helps to keeps are food supply wholesome.
    If it helps to put your mind at rest, the United States has the most stringent and transparent Food Safety and Food Defense protocols of any country in the world that all food processors must adhere to. Yes, these regulations are very much a burden to the manufacturers of your food. This is all for the benefit and safety of you and I as consumers. However, this is a burden most in the food industry gladly accept because believe it or not we do not wish for anyone to be sick. We simply wish to feed America good wholesome products.
    This is a political maunver to manipulate the public.

  3. Julia M April 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Amen! I wish I had been at that class!!! Please send me all your rants.

  4. Mary Gallichio April 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    Well said! I agree totally!

  5. Brent April 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Hear hear! It’s sad how much fearmongering has become the most accepted sales tactic these days, and most of it doesn’t seem like a sales pitch because we hear it second or third or eighteenth hand from someone who thinks they’re doing us a favor!

    If you’re worried about the source of your food, by all means feel free to buy overpriced food full of bugs and insect feces because it’s “natural.” Don’t forget to try the hemlock, it’s both natural and vegetarian, and I’m sure it’s not really poison because botanists say it is, and they’re all evil minions of Big Agriculture!

    You can’t fix stupid!

  6. CuzzMichele April 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Bravo! Public manipulation comes from 24 hour news. When news was aired only on broadcast TV, we never heard about GMO.

  7. Kass Elliot May 1, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    You say what everyone else is thinking but are afraid to open their GMO tainted mouths. The political correctness in this country is nauseating. No one can think for themselves and if they do they are silenced by loudmouths like the rude woman who spoiled your day. Maybe we should start respecting the people in our lives instead of humanizing animals, trees, crops and now even water!!

  8. Paul May 1, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    I will NOT eat GMO corn. All corn is GMO unless it is organic. The corn produces a chemical that blows up the stomach of the bug eating it. It certainly is not good for our stomach.

    With that being said, there is NO GMO Popcorn. It hasn’t been developed!

    So……no worries about popcorn, there is no such thing as GMO Popcorn!


  9. Ida Mae May 1, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    YNOT eat Mookies KK – because it’s delicious and who cares about the latest meaningless acronym such as GMO!!!

    I felt the same way yesterday at lunch duty looking at the kids stuck at the “peanut free table” in the school cafeteria. Did we have peanut free tables in the 60s and 70s? I seem to recall everyone eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and we all survived. My own son does not eat peanut butter because he’s been brainwashed since pre-K about peanut allergies – and he doesn’t have an allergy to peanuts!!

    Freedom of speech is under attack in soooo many ways. I’m all for political incorrectness (amen Kass Elliot) AND you nailed it CuzzMichele – I just said last night that the problem is 24/7 news cycles – filling airtime with a lof of nonsense!

    One last memory from the 70’s: “Boycott lettuce and grapes! St Phils is #1” (This was an old cheerleading chant from grade school at the dawn of political correctness. Some wacko told us at a football game to “boycott lettuce and grapes! because of some farming problem– so we turned it into a cheer!)

  10. Rolfonzo May 1, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Absolute fact! These GMO folks are the same people that claimed we had hole in the ozone layer! What ever happened to that one? Let’s see,the hole in the ozone layer made the north pole warmer but last winter’s super frozen US was cause by the polar vortex (a super cool continous loop). So, the hole was never there? Or, I stopped using Agua-net so the problem is solved?

    Back to GMO. No one really knows what GMO really is because both sides distort the facts. My guess is it’s just another way for them to charge inflated prices for our food. Slap on a certified sticker and charge us double. Organic is a perfect example, we pay extra for them NOT to spray our veggies. Shouldn’t it cost less? So instead of chemicals, we get bug feces, from bugs that ate pesticides from other farms!

    Geeeez, get a life!

  11. Cuz Marc May 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    HA HA HA ,

    This is great, and I agree with Shelly, in a 24 hour news cycle world they have to talk about something, that’s why we now have celebrity life changers, and doctors of every conceivable ailment, Not to mention the “medicine” advertisements for fake things like restless legs, (an ailment Italian’s called St Vita;s dance for centuries) and that drop that puts the water back in your eyes??? and the side effect is death…….CLASSIC world we live in, Like the best comedian ever(George Carlin) said about your subject, How arrogant we are to believe that this planet that has been here for millions of years will be taken out by a PLASTIC CUP.

  12. Kathleen Kelly Mitnick September 3, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    You are so smart, so much hoopla, well said Fran!

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