Did Cargill and Monsanto profit? " Cargill's net worth over the last five years has gone from U.S. $5,942 million in 1996 to U.S. $7,888 in 2000, at a time when commodity prices have reached their lowest level in well over 100 years.." and "Monsanto announced record profits today, citing $2 billion for the 2008 fiscal year compared to $993 million in 2007", while food riots breakout all over the world.
So far in the USA we have been lucky to get off with an increase in food born illness and a few deaths. In other parts of the world the transnational Ag corporations aggressive monopolization of the food supply has caused a child to starve to death every 30 seconds, caused farmers to suicide every 32 minutes in India, many by drinking Monsanto pesticides, and in Mexico, caused the number of farmers to drop an astounding 75% from 2.3 million in 1992 to 575,000 in 2002. Meanwhile Monsanto, Cargill and ADM happily sign agreements to steal and patent Mexico's seed genetics with the UN's blessing and the EU passed laws making the sale of un-patented seed impossible. The Joint Communication from the African Group said the WTO patent agreements (TRIPS) "could damage the livelihoods of 1.4 billion farmers worldwide and undermine food sovereignty and food security" With the passage of the bogus food safety bills the transnational Agri-corporations will be handed the final weapon needed to drive out independent farmers and even home gardeners. The bills allows "the Administrator" to confiscate farmland, conduct surveillance and warrant-less entry on anyone "holding food" (thats YOU) with no judicial review over even the appropriateness and validity of punishments for as yet unstated "crimes"
What do they care if US farmers join the ranks of those committing suicide, what do they care if more children starve because food prices are too high? What do they care if the term "Premises" strips away our constitutional rights, reduces US property owners to mere stakeholders. Despite repeated requests by farmers, the USDA refuses to change the term from "premises" to "property" or even answer for whom they will be holding the property rights. Dr Nina Fedoroff science and technology advisor to the US secretary of State says: "There are probably already too many people on the planet." She stressed the need for humans to become much better at managing "wild lands" No doubt she wants to transfer all that stolen farmland to the "Wildlands Project" after starvation reduces the number of people in the USA and worldwide to the appropriate level.