The Good Humor Man: Truth is Stranger Than My Fiction

In honor of the e-book reprinting of The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501, I thought it might be an appropriate time to reprint my recent round up of Food Police, Food Fascists, or GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food terrorist stories bouncing around in the news and blogosphere. After all, what fun is it to be a Cassandra if you can’t shout from your blog, “I TOLD you it would happen!”

Here’s a selection of headlines that could be torn straight from the first third of my novel:

The Growing Ambitions of the Food Police

Invasion of the Food Police

Food Police Planning Next Attack

LA Food Police Ban Burger Joints

Fighting the Food Police

But wait, there’s more!

Washington bureaucrats work to have Tony the Tiger Placed on the Endangered Species Act

about to do the perp walk

McDonalds’ CEO Jim Skinner, confederate of Emmanuel Goldstein, subjected to “Two Minutes’ Hate” for daring to defend corporate spokes-clown Ronald McDonald

Rather creepy stuff — British school bureaucrats secretly open students’ lunchboxes, photograph contents, calculate nutritional values, then send threatening notes home to parents if contents are not up to approved nutritional standards

And on the genetically modified foods front:

Farmers sue Monsanto over GMO seeds

In East Flanders, members of the Belgian Field Liberation Movement [FLM] destroy field of genetically modified potatoes meant to withstand potato blight, while in Chicago, the Organic Consumers Association protests their local Whole Foods store

October 16, 2011 will be Millions Against Monsanto World Food Day (and there’s still time to read The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501 before the big day!)

Eco-terrorists suspected in chop-down of genetically modified papaya trees in Hawaii (in my book, it was genetically modified bananas that caused all the ruckus, but if Elvis had been fond of fried peanut butter and papaya sandwiches, I might’ve used papayas instead). Well, all the characters running around the world of The Good Humor Man would have to agree it’s a darn good thing the King of Rock and Roll sure liked his fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, because otherwise… well, read the novel to find out about that “otherwise”…

Elvis Before

Elvis After... ready to save the world

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