The final project I have chosen for the end of our class is on my tribe. This class deals with food in many ways. The most interesting thing i have come across this semester is what happens to our food. I know what happens to the food that I eat individually, but not my family or community. I would like to think my family and community is on the same page with me about not wasting food. I know that composting is not very popular in many homes so that is something that i want to share with the families in my Tribal community.
In Red Rock, Oklahoma our tribe the Otoe Missouria tribe has begun a new garden for the entire community. This project will be a great learning experience for everyone especially when food prices start to raise, due to drought or reduction of crops. the tribal garden will provide tribal members with fresh affordable healthy food. The will also be more involvement from the community and help from one another makes the job of gardening easier.
In my research project i used a survey which focused on how tribal members made, cooked, and discarded left over food. Many of the tribal members asked me to explain a composting system to them because they were interested in gardening. A majority of the surveyors would rather buy food from a garden than grocery store where most tribal members shop. The access to fresh produce is not meeting the demand for the tribe. With the rate of diabetes in not only our community many many other tribal communities the advantages of gardening are worth the effort of tribal members. Those that I surveyed would support a tribal gardening and composting system. Both projects are ways to reuse and recycle our food at lost cost, time efficient, and energy saving for the community.
There are a lot of issues that deal with food, in America. The way we get our seeds to plant is changing through the Monsato case, and how American farmers will produce food is not going to be the same in the next few years. The climate change and weather is also affecting how much food farmers can produce at all. That then affects the food prices that we pay as consumers in the local grocery markets or from large food corporations.
The Monsanto Protection Act, essentially both written by and benefiting Monsanto Corporation, has been signed into law by United States President Barack Obama. The infamous Monsanto Corporation will benefit greatly and directly from the bill, as it essentially gives companies that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds immunity to the federal courts, among other things.
The bill states that even if future research shows that GMOs or GE seeds cause significant health problems, cancer, etc, anything, that the federal courts no longer have any power to stop their spread, use, or sales.”(2)