I have had a visceral and negative reaction to seeds that are bred to tolerate just one specific herbicide that is the only one that can be used in the growing of the seeds if herbicides are used. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybean and cotton seeds, etc., are the example. The circle of farmer dependency seems expensive and burdensome for them, and the company’s plan seems simply a scheme to make more money and sell more herbicides. (Not to speak of the lack of biodiversity in the Monsanto seeds to begin with.)
I realized the other day that we are in a similar circular bind with many consumer products, but I had just never really seen it clearly. I was returning home after being in NYC for a Martha Stewart Whole Living radio show at the Sirius studios, reflecting on one of the call-in questions I received. A woman had a floor cleaning question and I realized that there wasn’t any commonsense cleaning answer anymore about floors because almost all modern flooring materials have become specialized to require specialized cleaners. Because the caller was semi-required to clean her floor in the exact way prescribed by the company, or heaven-help-her who knew what would happen, I fielded her question by referring her to an article about
I wrote an article with a similar purpose, including a workaround, about how to clean stainless steel appliances which require expensive specialty cleaning products.
It no longer requires simple cleaning sense to figure out how to clean your floor or appliance. Or for farmers to use educated integrated pest management. Worse, the marketing of the cleaning products prescribed scares you out of your wits if you use anything else, and the required products are expensive. Let’s be wary, consumer, about buying any product that binds us to future products required for the original product’s maintenance. It does seem ridiculous that cleaning the floor or fridge requires expensive and specialized products that you need so as not to cause damage. I for one don’t want to be that dependent on any corporation, and much prefer the comfort and simplicity of knowing how to clean a floor, any floor, or an appliance, any appliance. Me, I like a rose to be a rose.
Annie Bond is the author of a number of books, including Home Enlightenment (Rodale, 2005).