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Michelle Obama has been a hot topic on CLUTCH as of late, but the FLOTUS is seriously committed to her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, and overall wellness initiative. Furthering her efforts, Mrs. Obama is in the process of penning “American Grown,” a book inspired by her White House produce garden. Crown Publishers announced the complete title is: “American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools and Communities.”

The First Lady’s book explores the ways in which improving access to healthy and affordable food can influence eating habits – and in turn – improve public health. In step with her fight against childhood obesity and “food deserts,” “American Grown” is a guide to creating a lasting, healthy lifestyle. Sources report that Michelle Obama received no advance for the book, and plans on donating all proceeds to one or more charities to be named at a later date.

The First Lady’s “American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools and Communities,” is scheduled to be published in April.

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    Monsanto is in the process of acquiring and patenting their newest technology, known as “Terminator Technology.” This technology is currently the greatest threat to humanity. If it is used by Monsanto on a large-scale basis, it will inevitably lead to famine and starvation on a worldwide basis.

    Billions of people on the planet are supported by farmers who save seeds from the crops and replant these seeds the following year. Seeds are planted. The crop is harvested. And the seeds from the harvest are replanted the following year. Most farmers cannot afford to buy new seeds every year, so collecting and replanting seeds is a crucial part of the agricultural cycle. This is the way food has been grown successfully for thousands of years.

    With Monsanto’s terminator technology, they will sell seeds to farmers to plant crops. But these seeds have been genetically-engineered so that when the crops are harvested, all new seeds from these crops are sterile (e.g., dead, unusable). This forces farmers to pay Monsanto every year for new seeds if they want to grow their crops.

    In less rich countries, hundreds of millions of people rely heavily on small farms which produce foods for the region. If these farms begin to use Monsanto’s terminator technology, and cannot afford to buy new genetically engineered seeds from Monsanto the following year, many of the people in the region may starve. Under normal circumstances, food could be brought in from other regions. However, many of those other regions will likely have the same problems with famine due to Monsanto’s terminator technology.

    “It’s terribly dangerous,” says Hope Shand, “half the world’s farmers are poor and can’t afford to buy seed every growing season, yet poor farmers grow 15 to 20% of the world’s food and they directly feed at least 1.4 billion people – 100 million in Latin America, 300 million in Africa, and 1 billion in Asia. These farmers depend upon saved seed and their own breeding skills in adapting other varieties for use on their (often marginal) lands.”