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World Food Supply and Genetic Modification

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       Agricultural giants such as Monsanto are attempting to control the world’s food supply by developing genetically modified seeds and customized pesticides. GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are marketed to farmers as being resistant to insects and droughts. But there are unseen consequences of such genetic modification through cross-pollination and gene splicing.

       One of the worst aspects of this genetic modification is the fact that corporations are creating sterile seeds. For one season, the seeds will produce a crop. But the seeds produced by this crop will be sterile, forcing the farmer to purchase more seeds and sacrifice sustainability.

       These seeds that contain "terminator genes" were developed in the 1990s. There are two types. One type simply produces sterile seeds after the first crop. The second type would prevent the seeds from germinating until they were treated with a certain chemical that is produced by the company. The whole point of this genetic modification is to increase profits for the corporations and make farmers dependent.

       In India, these GMO crops were heavily marketed to farmers where the farmers ran up huge debts on the crops and accompanying pesticides. But these crops required heavy irrigation, which is a problem in India. Due to economic problems, many Indian farmers have committed suicide by drinking their own pesticides.

       Author of the book Seeds of Destruction, William Engdahl, wrote an article describing how agro-giant Monsanto, The Gates Foundation, and the Rockefeller family are working toward creating a globalized agribusiness that could monopolize world food production just as the Rockefeller family has done in the past with the oil industry. In the 1970s, Henry Kissinger said that if you control the food, you control the population. Basically what he was saying is that food can be used as a weapon.

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