Monsanto’s Food Empire Expands To Africa – Prelude To Food Wars
Newscast Media — Food giant Monsanto is spreading its tentacles to third world countries as it seeks to dominate a continent that relies mostly on agriculture and farming to sustain itself. The company was created in 1901 and currently controls the US and world seed markets. During the 1940s Monsanto became a leading manufacturer of synthetic fibers and plastics, including polystyrene that ranked fifth in the EPA’s list of chemicals whose production generates the most hazardous waste.
Monsanto also produced PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) for over 50 years, and these chemicals have permeated the blood and tissues of humans and wildlife around the globe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that PCBs are cancer-causing agents, and on January 1, 2002, The Washington Post ran a story, “Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution, PCBs Drenched Alabama Town, But No One Was Ever Told.”
After the Second World War, Monsanto championed the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture. Its major products have included the herbicides DDT, Lasso and Agent Orange, widely used by the US government during the Vietnam War. This led to a lawsuit filed by Vietnam war veteran who sued Dow Chemicals and Monsanto because he faced an array of debilitating symptoms attributable to Agent Orange exposure. In a June 14, 2004 article, the BBC detailed the side-effects of exposure to Agent Orange. After facing worldwide criticism, Monsanto developed the weed killer RoundUp to replace Agent Orange, and has since become the world’s largest producer of herbicides. With the success of RoundUp and after facing a series of lawsuits in the 80s, Monsanto transformed itself into a biotechnology company that pushed genetic engineering as ground-breaking technology that could not feed the world’s hungry populations.
How Foods Are Genetically Modified
Genetically modified foods are foods that are engineered to be resistant or tolerant to disease or insect attack. For example, a gene encoding an insecticidal protein from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) has made cotton, corn and other crops resistant to attack by caterpillars. GM foods contain genetic material from some source other than themselves. The inserted gene sequence, called a transgene, may come from another related species, or from a completely different species, such as a bacterial cell. Once a useful gene has been identified, isolated and copies made, it must be modified so it can be effectively inserted into the DNA of the target plant or animal. Nearly every product with a corn or soy ingredient, and some containing canola or cottonseed oil, has a genetically modified element, according to the grocery manufacturers group.
The Making Of Food Slaves Through A Biotechnological Dictatorship
All GM crops are patented and the majority of these patents are held by food giant Monsanto or its subsidiaries. One of the lines of seeds being produced in Africa is the “terminator seed.” Terminator seeds are genetically engineered to render themselves sterile, that way they can’t reproduce and farmers would have to go back to the supplier to purchase new seeds once the farmer’s seed supply is depleted. With organic seeds that are in their natural state, a farmer can use the same seeds over and over again without having to buy new ones because organically grown seeds reproduce. The purpose of terminator seeds is to enslave nations that use GM seeds, so that they are dependant on Monsanto for food.
Because GM foods are patented, the companies selling these seeds to unsuspecting farmers would claim that they are preventing “piracy”- the “illegal” use of “their” seed, that’s why the GM seeds are sterile. If the farmers can’t afford to replenish their supply, they would have to starve. If they can afford it, then they would forever have to rely on the supplier of the GM seeds in order not to infringe upon the intellectual property rights or patent of Monsanto. Monsanto feels a patent would provide more protection since it would deny farmers the right to save and re-use seeds containing the company’s patented genes and cells.
Even if a farmer doesn’t buy GM seeds, if a bee pollinates that farmer’s crop from a GM food crop, the farmer whose crops were cross-pollinated would be charged with piracy and patent infringement. If somebody had something against that farmer and threw a handful of GM seeds on that farmer’s soil and those GM seeds germinated, Monsanto would still take the farmer to court for piracy. The lawsuits would drive these farmers out of business and as compensation, Monsanto could end up taking their land.
Monsanto’s “Technology Use Agreement” requires farmers to pay a technology fee for every acre they plant with Monsanto’s patented seed. Farmers pay the fee to the store where they purchase the seed. Under the terms of the agreement, farmers must deliver all of their crop to an elevator or crushing plant—they are prohibited from saving and replanting any harvested seed. They therefore must purchase new seed every year. They are also prohibited from making the seed available to other farmers, a practice known as “brown-bagging.” Read Technology Use Agreement.
To enforce its “Technology Use Agreement” Monsanto sends spies and undercover agents into farming communities to ensure that all fields planted with its patented seeds have been paid for. Monsanto also encourages farmers to use a toll-free “tip line” to blow the whistle on noncompliant neighbors. Monsanto sued Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser because wind had accidentally blown some seeds into his combine harvester then these GM seeds germinated. When Monsanto detectives tested Schmeiser’s crop, they found that they had GMOs in them. The Canadian farmer was sued by Monsanto and the food giant won. See lawsuit.
Health Risks Associated With Genetically Modified Foods
A report by the American Academy Of Environmental Medicine has called for a moratorium of GM foods based on multiple animal studies that show significant immune dysregulation, including upregulation of cytokines associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation. Animal studies also show altered structure and function of the liver, including altered lipid and carbohydrate metabolism as well as cellular changes that could lead to accelerated aging and possibly lead to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Changes in the kidney, pancreas and spleen have also been documented. A recent 2008 study links GM corn with infertility, showing a significant decrease in offspring over time and significantly lower litter weight in mice fed GM corn. Therefore, because GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health and are without benefit, the AAEM believes that it is imperative to adopt the precautionary principle.
Bill and Melinda Gates know the dangers of GM seeds so they have collected all the known species of organic seeds in the world, and are storing them in a food bank at the North pole. They are preparing for the impending food wars that are evident with the rising food prices. Why else would Bill Gates fund the world’s largest seed bank? Do you ever wonder why food prices are rising? Gates knows something we don’t know. The video below says it all.
African countries that allow Monsanto’s GM seeds into their land, should do it at their own risk, because they might also inadvertently allow foreign agents and spies to infiltrate them. Monsanto even admits in this article that it uses a firm known as Total Intelligence Solutions to gather information in foreign countries. If you still have doubts about the spying capablities of Total Intelligence Solutions, you may read this Washington Post profile about (TIS).
A host country can never be 100 percent sure that agents who spy for Monsanto have pure motivations, since according to the Washington Post, their agents also engage in “offering freelance espionage services” as the article notes. Who’s to say with absolute certainty that they couldn’t even go as far as subverting a country, at the same time enslaving that country’s population with the use of their GM seeds.