What you can do to make a change and what others are doing –
The modifications to nature are not going unnoticed! Already we have two global seed banks with the express purpose of saving as much of the natural flora and fauna as possible before it is lost . Not all loss is due to Monsanto of course, and never let yourself for a moment believe that I have left them alone to shoulder the burden! Man in general has a way of killing off many species of plant and animal in our own never ending and insatiable drive to control and pave over ever increasing masses of land. And one only need look into the mirror to see the reason why other men/women do these things. It is because we as consumers demand it of them. If no one bought what they sold, well, they wouldn’t sell it would they!
NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.
Granted, Monsanto has very neatly side stepped that situation of supply and demand, the foundation of capitalism, as we will all be eating their food if they continue their advance unchecked.
There are many people putting forth an effort to help stem the tide of this madness. From grassroots organizations to large groups and even countries. In an eerily foreshadowing effort, the first two groups here are noted for their work in preserving seeds on a scale that is very grand in scale and beyond most of our comprehension.
http://www.kew.org/ – The Royal Botanical Gardens in Surrey, The UK, and The Valbard Global Seed Vault in
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard_Global_Seed_Vault – funded entirely by the Norweigian govt is lies 810 miles from the North Pole and is managed under terms spelled out in a tripartite agreement between the Norwegian government, the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NordGen). Its reason for being, in case of large scale regional or global crises. Ongoing funding comes from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and governments world wide. Inclusion of a seed in the vault is free of charge. Getting your seeds after an apocalypse, good luck!
There are many groups and organizations as I had earlier mentioned in the seeming “fight” for our food. It is due to their vast amount that I have focused on only these two as they represent the “Hail Mary” for our species. What is more telling than making an underground vault for seeds. If anything could more apocalyptic and telling, I hope to never learn of it. Between Zombies, seemingly non-stop war and now being vegan and being scared of vegetables and what they may do to me, enough is enough.
One of the most productive measures you can take is the planting of a garden! In relation to planting a garden, take a course or do some of your own research on how the body, your body, the one you walk around in daily and do stuff with, learn how it works. Until you understand these two things, you aren’t going to get it.
Planting a garden is so profound in what it can teach you not only about your body and the world you live in, but it can give you, if you are open enough, to a truer understanding of time. The true meaning of time, seasons, growing. I know many of you think that your daily routine is based on time and you feel that you get it, I assure you, until you grow something, you don’t know time.
One of the primary reasons all the afore mentioned corruption of the natural flow of things are happening is due to a basic lack of understanding about natural systems and how we interact with them. While in the face of an overwhelming amount of information which is steeped in government intrigue, James Bond like ploys to dominate the global food supply and needless death with subsequent cover-ups, it seems like this is a mere piddling of a thing. And yet, I beg to differ, this [learning about one’s own body and growing food] is one of the only ways we will effectively bring about the needed change to stop all of this madness from happening. It is only because I have grown food and learned about my body that I know that what is happening with this company, while scientifically marvelous, has no place in a society filled by human beings, nor in a world governed by nature.
Read labels and only shop organic/local. Expensive though it may be, have you recently checked into the inconvenience and costs associated with Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Obesity – Et Cetera?
YOU are what YOU eat.
You can actually care about the political process beyond voting day facebook commentary and hold your votes responsible, they are after all the ones who allow for key positions in the gov’t to be held by Monsanto employees
Don’t believe anything you read/hear, including this, do your own research and as always and most importantly, use the tool of common sense.
If of course you can still remember how to use it!
A decent company wouldn’t have so many lawsuits, nor the need to refute so many different things, they are refuting suicides, lawsuits, adverse health effects, I have never seen a company that was truly and legitimately clean have to defend so many topics.
Monsanto is literally charged with everything from murder to bribery, extortion, theft, coercion, frivolous lawsuit, illegal dumping, cover ups…. It truly begs the question does it not?
They are being charged globally.
How the Farmers are getting hornswaggled…
Coming back to the farmer, once everyone starts a process, if you are into competition and market share, making the most money you can etc. it quickly becomes apparent that you will have to go Monsanto’s way, at least it is apparent in the beginning, if you are to keep up with your neighboring farmers.
Reduced need to plow soil in order to control weeds results in less man hours and gasoline expense, being able to plant entire fields rather than rows gives and reduced damage by insects gives way to greater yields to market. Of course all of this is tied with the pretty ribbon of ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP. If you buy our seed, you will be having a more beneficial impact on the environment.
Further, on the website you see the phrase, buy from an independent seed dealer near you. Well, buying from an independent dealer is all well and good, just let it be known that all independent dealers get their seed from the same source! It’s so full of trickery that it literally boggles the mind.
Now we see that grocery stores are only carrying certain shapes and colors when it comes to fruits and vegetables, one of Monantos key selling points in their seed line are quicker yields, bigger yields, and a uniform shape and color. When it comes to buying based on shape and color, do you think you can identify where that began, did it begin with Monsanto or with you the buyer?
In response to the weeds, we see a whole new area of concern emerging.
The idea initially is to be able to grow with the minimum of work on the farmers part. We do away with plowing, pulling weeds by hand etc. Now, we see an entire group of Glysophate resistant weeds springing up across the country.
No longer is the roundup working, further, the weeds that it once worked on have come back exponentially stronger and grow many times as fast.
The first resistant species to pose a serious threat to agriculture was found in a Delaware soybean field in 2000. Since then, the problem has spread, with 10 resistant species in at least 22 states infesting millions of acres, predominantly soybeans, cotton and corn, the primary and first modified plants for the Monsanto Company.
“The biotech industry is taking us into a more pesticide-dependent agriculture when they’ve always promised, and we need to be going in, the opposite direction.” -Bill Freese, a science policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety in Washington.
Far from solving problems, farmers now find themselves where they were 20 years ago, plowing, which, excuse me for being silly, but I thought that was a key component of being a farmer, pulling weeds by hand and spraying now more, both in volume and toxicity, chemicals to control the weeds. Chemicals as we learned earlier are taken in by the plant and delivered to us when we eat them…
Farm experts say that such efforts could lead to higher food prices, lower crop yields, rising farm costs and exponentially greater pollution of land and water.
“It is the single largest threat to production agriculture that we have ever seen.” -Andrew Wargo III, the president of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts.
Lastly they keep making the claim that what they are inserting is safe, and based on sound science and research “it” is safe, the problem is not what is being inserted, the problem is the process of insertion and the resultant product. Little pieces of gold painted with chromosomes are fired into the nuclei of cells which then break apart the genetic double-helix and as it recombines it assimilates the new genetics and creates a new species. To base the safety of a product using only its components and not the overall process and final product is about as tricky as one can hope to be! For what is a thing if not the sum of its components?!?
Lastly, dong forget the lawsuits and strong arming tat Monsanto uses against farmers, from private detectives, helicopter fly-overs, local police forces all the way to the Supreme Court and even the laws of the land.
Parting thoughts for you to ponder…..
In speaking about their seed production process and their commitment to quality, ‘Regardless of what phase each of our pipeline products is in, every single one aims to make agriculture more productive, more profitable for farmers and more efficient and sustainable for our planet.’. And yet, everything they have created thus in the history of the company from its first product to now, is by far some of the most damaging products to ever grace the Planet and the Nature therein.
“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job” – Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. This statement speaks volumes about the company and what they think of you. Read again.
There is a new world forming, you will be a part of it, or you will be its burden, both for your family and self. Make up your mind and use common sense as your guide….
You are what you eat.
In my humble estimation it has not been since the East India Trading Company that there has been a single company so very crucial to that of the government in which it was started. As this company grows to an ever greater in its size and hold over the world as a multi-national corporation, the U.S. Gov’t will have to make more and more concessions, it will have to bow ever lower lest it lose the edge that the company currently gives it. It is one thing to imagine this company rewriting natures laws in other countries under the control of the U.S. Gov’t, it is quite another story entirely to lose illusion of control and see the company find a new country to call home, a new master to serve, much as the genie in Alladins’ lamp, one must wonder does the genie work for me, or I for it?
I will leave you from a most fitting comment from the Bible as I can think of no better way to say the last 13 pages in one sentence so beautifully ironic as it pertains to the subject:
Matthew 7:1…. Wherefore by their fruits Ye shall know them.