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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Biogenetic assault on Life

Organic food is the fastest growing segment in u.s. agriculture. In all probability it will be virtually impossible to obtain any real organic food in the not too distant future.

Monsanto, giant in agricultural biogenetics and holder of patents on several genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is working to corner the global market on Life. Their genetically modified (GM) crops, some complete with suicide genes which render their seeds infertile and others genetically resistant to herbicides, are intended to ultimately overrun all natural crops making Monsanto quite literally the sole owner of all food crops on Earth.

These GM crops will ultimately be the only game in town and, therefore, every vegetable, fruit or grain you eat will be a genetically modified organism (GMO). The same will apply to every form of feed used for livestock, poultry and any creature whatsoever that is raised as a source of food for humans. It's even quite certain that food animals themselves will be subjected to the same sort of genetic manipulation that is now being used on crops.
In fact, genetically modified salmon could be available at a supermarket near you sooner than you think.

Political prostitutes

With the radical right coming to power in the 2010 midterms there is a fair chance they will take full and permanent control in 2012. Fascist, and no, I don't think that word is too strong, "republican" governors, representatives and radical right judicial activists, all of whom represent not the People but a plutocratic oligarchy, are pulling out all the stops between now and the next election to ensure that there will be virtually only one party running in 2012. The events now taking place in Wisconsin and other states are clear evidence of an agenda designed not only to finally and completely crush unions and, thereby, the working class but to also deprive the "democratic" party of its last significant source of campaign funding. As bad as the democrats have become, things will get much worse, much faster, without them.

Perhaps this is the world-changing catastrophe so many are predicting will take place in 2012. That's not as funny as it sounds. Such an event could be the catalyst that launches the world into an age of global totalitarianism.

One can only hope that the supremacist plan will backfire. Ideally, the people who voted for these fascists, make no mistake, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is nothing less, will realize the gravity of their error before the next election and vote them all out of office. If the neofascist right should succeed in their quest, total deregulation of the capitalist profit machine will follow as surely as night the day.

At least one multinational corporation has been experiencing the benefits of a one party system for some time; the Dr. Frankenstein of agribusiness, Monsanto. Most recently, on January 27, 2011, the Obama Administration capitulated to Monsanto allowing complete deregulation of its GM alfalfa. Sugar beets will soon follow. Monsanto GM corn, soybeans, canola and who knows what else are already out there and causing problems.

Of course, since Monsanto is glutted with money, they get to make the rules regarding GMOs and agriculture in the coming single party, privatised, pseudo-government.

Mutant enemy

All that being said, regardless of what happens in the 2012 elections, a nasty djinni has already been loosed that will simply be impossible to put back into the bottle. GMOs are already on the loose and their impact on Life is beginning to be felt. Just search "GM foods". You'll get over 1.5 million hits and I'll wager more than half of them will not be singing their praises.

Monsanto is arguably one of the most willfully malign entities, sometimes known as corporate persons, ever spawned by the capitalist profit machine. For a bit of insight, see "The World According to Monsanto". This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If Monsanto is in fact a "person", that person is an unmitigated psychopath.

Presently, whenever a Monsanto GM strain contaminates a neighboring farm that's growing the same crop, say soybeans, it is company policy to sue that farm for stealing a patented GMO. These suits are generally successful, resulting in the bankruptcy of the victimised farmer whose land is then easily acquired by Monsanto. This not only puts a potential competitor out of business but provides free land, empowering a quest to own all the food we need for survival. Just search "Monsanto suits". Over a quarter million hits will result. The goal of this monolithic multinational is nothing less than the total ownership and control of the global food supply.

Once these GM crops are growing in the open, anywhere in the world, they will inevitably contaminate all non-GM crops. The wind and every creature that enables pollination will carry GM pollen everywhere. Such cross-contamination is inevitable and already occurring. As deregulation allows more GM crops to be grown, the process will escalate at an ever increasing pace.

Hybrids will ultimately result from this process. Nature will intervene regardless of the worst efforts of self-appointed, corporate masters of the universe. Mutations will occur which will result in entirely new sub-species, or perhaps even species, of herbicide resistant plants. It would in fact seem that this scenario is already being played out. Search "GM superweeds". There are now weeds, at least ten species in twenty-two states, that are resistant to the herbicide that quite literally brought about their existence. Monsanto engineered several GM crops specifically to be resistant to their own, most widely used weed killer, "Roundup". Hybridisation with GM pollen, natural mutation or a combination, it doesn't really matter, has resulted in the appearance of these "superweeds". Hence the race is on to come up with new and "better" herbicides to combat them. It would seem only logical that if new weed killers are developed to destroy weeds resistant to "Roundup", they will also be fatal to the crops that are likewise. Will it then be necessary to bioengineer new crops that will be resistant to the new herbicides? It doesn't take a geneticist to figure this out. Have you ever watched a dog chase its tail?

It also seems clear that corporations like Monsanto do not find this tail-chasing undesirable. Every new superweed requires a new super herbicide, which in turn requires new resistant crops. Spraying the new herbicides will produce new superweeds that will require new weed killers...can you see where this is going? Every stage requires a new product to be marketed, bioengineered or chemical, to keep those profits growing.

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