“‘Control oil and you control nations,’ said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. ’Control food and you control the people.’
Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations.”
Read Ellen Brown’s “Monsanto, the TPP, and Global Food Dominance" at CounterPunch
New article on Independent Science News: “The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture,” by Colin Tudge
Synopsis: Industrial agriculture “is a far bigger threat to humanity than North Korea or “terrorism”, or the collapse of banks or dwindling oil.” It is sold on a series of mythological propositions. Principal among them are the high yields and efficiency of monoculture agriculture, the inadequacy of smallholder farming, and the existence of a food productivity crisis. Journalists, politicians, and especially academics, propagate these myths largely unaware of their contradiction by evidence. Demolishing these myths and halting the march of industrial farming, therefore, “is the cause of our age….whatever else we may aspire to do, agriculture is the thing we absolutely have to get right.”
“Monsanto tells us that their products are about the best thing to come along since sliced bread. For years they’ve been promising that GMOs would reduce pesticide use, increase yields, reduce water consumption, and offer foods that are more tasty and more nutritious. But in the 20 years since GMO crops first came on the market, studies have found that they have led to higher pesticide use, and no meaningful improvement in flavor, nutrition, yield or water requirements. Instead, what they’ve created are plants that are engineered to withstand massive dosing of toxic herbicides, and plants that function as living pesticide factories. Monsanto’s Bt. corn, for example, is actually registered with the EPA as a pesticide.”
The World Marches Against Monsanto
Yesterday, May 25, 2013, huge numbers of people all over the world took to the streets to protest Monsanto and demand an end to genetically modified foods. Below are images from just some of those marches.