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General News    H2'ed 7/12/08

The death of the sustainable agriculture movement and its twin, the alternative health movement

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Dear friends, 

I write you as a burdened Cassandra, someone who has begun to see too much of what is going on, and needing to warn good people to be careful, to make plans to protect yourselves.  i have believed as you do in the wholeness of things and in the inherent goodness of people, and from that in the growth of millions of small efforts to improving our world that would coalesce bit by bit into a better and healthier and lasting world. 
But having been immersed in awareness of Monsanto and its way of operating and of some of its plans, I see that some multinational corporations have immense designs to disrupt then destroy the sustainable agricultural movement and its twin, the alternative health movement - which support all people and have arisen from the wisdom of indigenous people. 
Please bear with me as I lay out some facts, which I hope will begin to limn the size of what is coming at you. 
1.  I assume you are aware that genetic engineering is not about improving crops or increasing yields, despite all PR to that effect, but about "owning" nature.  Break something apart, and because of the CHANGES IN THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS, you have just "invented" something that can be patented and thus "owned," including DNA, or biology itself.  Monsanto accomplished this by having the first Bush put Clarence Thomas, a former employee, on the Supreme Court in time to rule that GMOs were the same as normal organisms, and for the vast changes in intellectual property laws that gave legal fangs to anyone "inventing" GMOs. 
2.  I assume you know that the FDA has been attacking alternative health treatments for decades, literally destroying cancer treatments that proved valuable and gentle and cheap, and wrecking not only the access to them but the lives of doctors involved.  

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