Myfanwy Owen
Breakfast, anyone? [whole school]
Wed Nov 22, 2017 07:42

It was springtime. Myfanwy had definitely settled into her new school in America by now, and she had some people who were sort of maybe almost her friends. She was pleased by the group of people who came to AgriClub from time to time, and with the progress they had made: the weather was warm enough to start planting out some seedlings that had been growing in a propagator, and some of the earlier root vegetables were starting to sprout tiny little seedlings. The herb garden was starting to come into its own, and they should be able to enjoy some early strawberries if the plants continued progressing as they had been. The fifth year had been gently but consistently educating club attendees about the importance of organic growth, and the damage of pesticides, and yet day after day she witnessed just about every student in the school, with herself as the exception, and all the staff members, too, sitting down to feast on GM, non-organic, non-fairly traded, pesticide-ridden, mass harvested produce. She obviously wasn’t having much of an influence.

So one breakfast time, Myfanwy came into the Diner armed with fliers (written with vegetable-based inks on recycled paper) that resembled menus, yet where there was often a short description of the food selection, these pamphlets objectively outlined some of the dangers the food provided by Rocky Mountain presented to planet and person. For example, if a student chose to eat an egg, they could read that the RMI eggs came from battery caged chickens, with about eight chickens to a small cage for the entire of their lives, never seeing daylight or eating fresh food. They could also learn that male chicks, unable to lay eggs, were culled at one day old, by methods that included cervical dislocation, asphyxiation by carbon dioxide, and maceration using a high speed grinder.

If someone chose to eat fruit, they could find out which pesticides were likely to have been used; almost 100% of apples, nectarines, peaches, strawberries and grapes sold in the USA were grown using pesticides. If consumed they could lead to food poisoning (a very misleading term, as it wasn’t the food that was poisonous, but the chemicals used on it), and infect - sometimes completely eliminating - surrounding insects from their natural habitats, which in turn lead to poisoning animals who fed on the insects, or driving them away when their food source became scarce. If pesticides spread into freshwater, they caused growth abnormalities in fish and amphibians, successfully destroying whole ecosystems worldwide merely to ensure a perfect crop.

And so on.

Having distributed her menus to at least one per table, Myfanwy settled herself into a seat at a smaller table near the edge of the room, quite visible in her bright orange, tie-dyed, organic linen over-sized shirt and dark green leggings. The fifth year poured some locally produced, organic rosehip tea from her own flask into a china cup. She sipped it slowly, peering through her round, rose-gold framed spectacles as staff and students alike arrived for the first meal of the day. She was there to educate, not to judge, and would welcome any questions that might be posed.

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      • You read my mind, kid - Nolan Ramsey, Sun Dec 10 02:48
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        • Now that is a skill to posess! - Satveer, Mon Dec 11 15:35
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          • Are you a secret Legilimens? - Nolan, Fri Dec 15 11:22
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    • Can I order off the menu? - Dade Farnon, Thu Nov 30 15:20
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      • Be my guest - Claudia Dubois, Sun Dec 10 14:09
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    • Ugh! Horrible - Camilla Baird , Wed Nov 29 14:23
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      • You are, rather - Myfanwy, Wed Nov 29 15:45
        Myfanwy had made it almost to the bottom of her first cup of calming tea when one of the other students in the room approached her. However they didn’t do it in a way that indicated they might be... more
        • I’m awesome tyvm! - Camilla , Thu Nov 30 11:59
          No,” was the only word that came out of Camilla’s mouth at MYFFI´s invitation to sit down and talk about it. What even was it? The blonde´s anger rushed through her veins in an irrational way. At the ... more
          • That's your opinion - Myffi, Sat Dec 2 16:11
            “No,” came the instant reply. Myffi raised her eyebrows and pursed her lips. She decided she didn’t especially like probably-Camilla. “You shouldn't shove your beliefs into everyone’s faces when we... more
            • A true statement - Camilla, Sun Dec 10 18:16
              Camilla was right and the author of the pamphlets had been Myffi, and her words echoed around her mind as she uttered them. They made sense, they really did, and Camilla felt a bit bad that she had... more
              • I only speak the truth - Myffi, Mon Dec 11 08:58
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                • I prefer my truth - Camilla, Wed Dec 13 16:16
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    • Omg never again - Marley Chapman, Sat Nov 25 22:17
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      • You sure you don’t want a nice egg? - Alena Adler, Wed Nov 29 12:51
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        • This is too far gone for eggs! - Marley, Sat Dec 9 00:58
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