13 August 2010

Is Monsanto the BP of Food?

Years ago when the movie, The Matrix, was the hot box office hit, I, like many of you, tried to interpret the symbolism in the film and part of what I came up with is: Mr Smith is representative of the corporation. The corporation maintains and defends the matrix which is depriving human beings of freedom and the space they need to breathe and create the meaning that makes life worth living. Endowed with super-human powers Neo really never conquered or defeated Mr Smith who had thousands of cloned versions of himself. In the drama of real life, fighting to be human against the real matrix, Mr Smith is also Mr BP or Mr Monsanto, and they are struggling hard against us, to subdue the human spirit and if possible make us into what they are, artificial persons, the Black's Law Dictionary definition of a corporation. An artificial person with some of the rights of a real flesh and blood living human being! That's the problem- non-human corporations with rights and powers over real people. They have become fiends, like Frankenstein's monster, and need to be curtailed and controlled before they destroy what's left of humanity. Let's start with the corporations that are destroying our food.

In this day and age, decent food and shelter is considered a basic human right, not to mention common sense. Where there is sufficient hunger, there is no rule of law. Homelessness and Hunger are no longer a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. It is now an American issue. For years Americans have helped the hungry around the world. Unfortunately for the children of America, there is no conglomeration of movie stars raising awareness. There is no conglomeration of rock stars raising money. The government has been mediocre at best in meeting these needs. The following outlines the problems and provides a very simple solution that can lower crime rates, provide employment, reduce hunger, and improve the quality of your own families health as well.
  • Problem #1: The BP of genetically modified plant seed, Monsanto, is striving to take over the food market.
  • Problem #2: There are 19 million empty houses in the US with more on the way. (3.8 million predicted for this year and looks to continue that pace until July 2011.)
  • Problem #3: More than 49.1 million people do not have enough food in the USA. (About 1 in 7 people!)

Problem #1 Evidence. According to Natural News:
At a biotech industry conference in January 1999, a representative from Arthur Anderson, LLP explained how they had helped Monsanto design their strategic plan. First, his team asked Monsanto executives what their ideal future looked like in 15 to 20 years. The executives described a world with 100 percent of all commercial seeds genetically modified and patented. Anderson consultants then worked backwards from that goal, and developed the strategy and tactics to achieve it. They presented Monsanto with the steps and procedures needed to obtain a place of industry dominance in a world in which natural seeds were virtually extinct.
Why do I compare Monsanto to BP?
Here's Jeffrey M. Smith writing at InfoWars:
Azevedo got a small taste of Monsanto's character. A verdict in a lawsuit a few years later made it more explicit. On February 22, 2002, Monsanto was found guilty for poisoning the town of Anniston, Alabama with their PCB factory and covering it up for decades. They were convicted of negligence, wantonness, suppression of the truth, nuisance, trespass, and outrage. According to Alabama law, to be guilty of outrage typically requires conduct "so outrageous in character and extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency so as to be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in civilized society."
Doctors orders: no genetically modified food
A greater tragedy may be the harm from the dangerous GM (genetically modified) foods produced by Monsanto. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has called on all physicians to prescribe diets without GM foods to all patients. They called for a moratorium on GMOs, long-term independent studies, and labeling. They stated, "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food," including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. "There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation..."
Former AAEM President Dr. Jennifer Armstrong says, "Physicians are probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to ask the right questions." Renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava believes that GMOs are a major contributor to the deteriorating health in America.
Pregnant women and babies at great risk
GM foods are particularly dangerous for pregnant moms and children. After GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died -- compared to 10 percent deaths among controls fed natural soy. GM-fed babies were smaller, and possibly infertile.
Testicles of rats fed GM soy changed from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GM soy had altered young sperm. Embryos of GM soy-fed parent mice had changed DNA.Mice fed GM corn had fewer, and smaller, babies.
Are they succeeding? Here's Natural News again:
Replacing nature: "Nothing shall be eaten that we don't own"
As Monsanto has moved forward with its master plan to replace nature, they have led the charge in buying up seed businesses and are now the world's largest. At least 200 independent seed companies have disappeared over 13 years, non-GMO seed availability is dwindling, and Monsanto is jacking up their seed prices dramatically. Corn is up more than 30 percent and soy nearly 25 percent, over 2008 prices.
Is it a coincidence? The USA, one of the foremost leaders in medical technology, was ranked in infant mortality (death rate at birth) by the United Nations right behind New Caledonia at 33rd place inching out Croatia by .1 point. The CIA ranked us 46th (right below Guam and Cuba!) by the CIA 2009 report. The USA is one of the few countries that does not require GM labeling. Most other countries do not allow GM food without proper labeling, if they allow it at all. Europe is fighting to keep these foods banned. You can find all the charts at Wikipedia:
I hope that at this point all you grizzly bear mamas are seriously thinking about doing something about it.
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