Part 3 – Damn the Farmers and Full Speed Ahead!

What Else is helping to contribute to their proliferation?

While it seems that things are only just beginning, that is largely, again, due to a general lack of education by the masses.  As we have read, things have been happening for some time now.  While most of it has been not general public knowledge, it has been the knowledge of the farming industry and yet, seemingly, there seems to be little to no help for us the consumer from that arena.

It isn’t on purpose to be sure.  Monsanto has used a most derisive and studious campaign against the very suppliers of food.  Some parts bullying and strong arming, others simply through the system of capitalism and finance, the average Mid Western farmer is now waaaay out of their depth.

There are myriad ways in which Monsanto is slowly taking over the growing practices of Farmers GLOBALLY.

Here in the USA, the methods are fairly direct and spit in the very face of freedom and the “Victory Gardens” that brought us to the forefront of the Global Community as a SuperPower.

One method is suing of farmers for apparently stealing the crop.  This is determined if there is any of the GM crop on the farmers field, which is verified by spraying the field with RoundUp.  If any crop survives, it is GM and therefore owned by Monsanto.  So now we have a twofold trap.  One, in order to prove or disprove an entire crop will be destroyed (assuming that it is not GM), and, if the crop is found, the farmer is sued and either then serves Monsanto or loses everything.

You may be thinking as I once was, “well, if the crop is there, the farmer obviously stole it!’.  Would it were so easy.  The seeds of Monsanto are much stronger than their conventional counterparts.  If they are planted in fields beside a non-Monsanto field, there are EXTREMELY high odds that the non GMO field will be cross pollinated and cause the non GMO plants to now become Genetically modified, it’s simply how it works, of course you may feel free to look it up!  Trucks that carry the seed from one place to another often lose seeds due to airflow over the bed of the truck, they blow out, and seeds will get into non GMO fields where they will grow and again, contaminate the rest of the crop.

Now perhaps you are thinking, well, if we know all of this, then it should be no problem to prove the farmer didn’t want that seed there and no harm no foul.  You are wrong.

Numerous states now, due to Monsanto lobbyists have enabled congress to push through what is commonly known as “Anti-Democracy” laws.  These laws are numerous, essentially a whole bundle of laws which block a farmer from counter suing or even initially suing if their fields are contaminated and all rights automatically go to Monsanto.  Further these laws prevent the local farmers and citizens from having a decision in the planting of GMO crops, it will be instead on the State level.  The state level of course being run by the very people who allowed the pro-Monsanto law to be passed, ergo, you know how that is going to go.

Further, Monsanto has now made it near impossible to save seeds via the FDA, by making seed cleaning equipment and procedures so convoluted in both paperwork and finance, as to be pointless, for instance, every specific strain of seed must have its own line of equipment, in many cases making the seed cleaning equipment itself illegal if it does not meet standards so ridiculously stringent that there is no point to owning it.

There are now numerous laws in place which require stringent controls over the cleanliness of actual seed during storage and its proximity to manure and other common conditions in the farm which make the average farmer trying to save seed go bankrupt.  It makes buying seed from Monsanto a much cheaper way to go.  These are laws of the land now upheld by the U.S. government, allowed by the people of the U.S.A.

It’s interesting to note that the laws prohibit use of seed that may be tainted by manure, but make no mention of seed tainted by pesticides and herbicides, and if you, a human are ever in your life given the choice to drink and herbi- or insecticide OR eat cow shit, go for the shit, at least you won’t die.  It will taste like, well, like shit, try drinking a quarter cup of any of the chemicals, I guarantee you will be OOC [Out of Commision] for days at the very least, and the whole time you will wish you were dead.

Perhaps now you’re thinking, well, no worries, we just take it to the Supreme Court.

While highly idealized, the road to the Supreme Court is EXTREMELY expensive, you must first wade through literally thousands of hours of litigation, moving through the local and state system before applying to be seen at the pinnacle of law for the land.  The average farmer who is usually in debt compared to a multinational giant will never make it this far.

Should they somehow be able to pull it off, they will find themselves in front of U.S. Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas.  In every case that has come before Mr. Thomas he has ALWAYS ruled in favor of Monsanto.  Every case concerning Monsanto that reaches the U.S. Supreme Court goes before Mr. Thomas.

Judge Clarence Thomas was head legal counsel for Monsanto before becoming a US Supreme Court Judge.

Are you beginning to have an understanding?

In addition to this one huge roadblock to democracy, there are many other ways that this is continuing to happen unabated and regardless of scientific data showing that GMO’s and the procedures required for them to grow, may not be the best thing for humans or the planet.

For one, there is a revolving door policy to the US Government, many people do not know about it and yet, that is due to a simple lack of research and education.  What this refers to is, well, we just spoke about it.  Judge Clarence Thomas would be an apt demonstration of the revolving door and how it helps Monsanto be in the position that it is.

Based on what we have seen with this policy, once Mr. Thomas retires from his position as a U.S. Supreme Court judge, he will be offered a position once again within the Monsanto group of corporations.

This is currently in play for the key members in the FDA, the EPA, the US Dept. of Agriculture.  The come from Monsanto and go back to Monsanto.   This is true of many aspects of our lives, from Meat and Dairy industry to pharmaceutical and weapons manufacturers.  They all have a voice in the US Gov’t, and yet, where is YOURS?

I’m hoping that by now you are wondering how they even got control over plants in the first place?

This has been done, again, though our court system and is largely tied to many lawsuits and confusion involving medicine and owning certain strains of let’s say, cancer and other diseases.  The owning of “Disease” is an extremely profitable market in which a company that wishes to test a drug, must first lease the genes involved for trial from the company that owns the particular strain of said disease!

Monsanto, lest you forget is one of the major players in the pharmaceutical industry…  This company is no joke, seriously.

This later played so well into Monsanto’s hand.  It is also crucial in that they still do not own the actual product.. YET.  They own traits of said product which is why they sue for having their version of corn on your field and not corn in general.  There is still time to take back food.

Currently 90 percent of GMO’s in the world being grown belong to Monsanto.  70 percent of corn, soy, wheat and cotton grown in the US are Monsanto owned and that number is growing, eventually they will essentially “own “ by default all of the corn, soy, wheat and cotton.

Tricky, Tricky…

Another very tricky and little known, though easily verified; all of this is easily verified via the internet and if you are truly diligent, backed up in books all over the world, none of this is difficult to find, it is in the open to be sure, albeit in a scattered sort of way which is why I am putting it together for you, very basically of course, in a personal renewed effort to try and bring some respect and self sufficiency back to the citizens of the United States of America.

So, tricky, Monsanto co-owns the terminator seed patent with USDA.  Your first though may be, what does that even mean…

A terminator seed or G. U. R. T.’s – Genetic Use Restriction Technologies, make the subsequent harvest of seeds for replanting from the initial harvest IMPOSSIBLE,  i.e., if you plant this here seed of corn once it matures, all of its seed will be sterile, you will not be able to plant them and reap another harvest, you will instead have to go back to the company [Monsanto] and purchase another set of seed and do this every year hence forth and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and, oh my, what are we doing with our planet?

This all became a reality in March 1998 when the US Patent Office granted Patent No. 5,723,765 to Delta & Pine Land (which Monsanto then purchased in 2007) for a patent titled, Control of Plant Gene _Expression. The patent is owned jointly, according to Delta & Pine’s Security & Exchange Commission 10K filing, ‘by D&PL and the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture.’

The patent has global coverage and during more in depth research of the official D&PL SEC [Securities and Exhange Commision] filing, ‘The patent broadly covers all species of plant and seed, both transgenic (GMO-ed) and conventional, for a system designed to allow control of progeny seed viability without harming the crop’(sic),’ and,  D&PL claims, ‘One application of the technology could be to control unauthorized planting of seed of proprietary varieties…by making such a practice non-economic since non-authorized saved seed will not germinate, and, therefore, would be useless for planting.’

Again – …both transgenic AND CONVENTIONAL…  So they will also own the plant your parents grew up with.  I hope you are asking yourself how this is even possible.

The overall use of this technology is sadly put into clear focus when we read the following, again, taken directly from the patent… ‘the prospect of opening significant worldwide seed markets to the sale of transgenic technology in varietal crops in which crop seed currently is saved and used in subsequent seasons as planting seed.’

WOW, mans saving seed for thousands of years and bringing the humans on this planet to this point will now be wiped out with bureaucracy for the sake of money all because the citizens, YOU, did nothing.

That is truly what the business model for these seeds is, the areas where people save seeds from year to year is now being targeted for this product.  WOW.  Really, what a world we find ourselves to day if only we open our eyes to what is happening.

Keep in mind, this is what is currently happening.  You do understand that, it is happening right now and has been happening since the ‘90’s…

One thing I find most interesting of all is that on the Monsanto website you will read, ‘Monsanto has never developed or commercialized a sterile seed product. Sharing many of the concerns of small landholder farmers, Monsanto made a commitment in 1999 not to commercialize sterile seed technology in food crops. We stand firmly by this commitment. We have no plans or research that would violate this commitment in any way.

And yet, there is a patent that says not only are they made, but they are ready to use as they have potential scenarios already in mind, and that I the beauty of their Public Relations campaign, for we know that they DIDN’T create the seeds, they merely bought the company later on, and yes, they haven’t made them public… yet.  For as we continue reading, we see them talk about if they ever were to make them public, i.e. commercialize them, they would first ask the shareholders.

Thank goodness for that, we see how the shareholders are looking out for everyone’s best interest so far!

We will be talking about terminator or GURT seeds later as they are potentially the foremost tool for warfare.  Control the Food/Water, you control the people.  Think, US FOREIGN aid…

“In order to feed the world’s growing population, farmers must produce more food in the next fifty years than they have in the past 10,000 years combined..” – Monsanto Website

This is by far one of the loudest platforms to the public sector, i.e., you and I, which is used to explain why we “need” a company Monsanto.

In using the rapidly expanding rate of humans as a soap box, Monsanto is legitimizing its slow takeover of food.  By extolling the virtues of increased yield and lack of loss due to drought, insects etc., they hope to achieve a world in which no one starves.

But, that’s a lie.

A little research on this and we find it is a total sham.  For this explanation, I introduce you to Tristram Stuart who is most noted for his work in just how much food we waste per day on a global scale and why we waste it.

Surprisingly, one of the foremost reasons mentioned for throwing away food is that it doesn’t “look” right for sale to the public.  Coupled with laws of the land and insurance companies and all else that go into our modern lives, this food must be destroyed.  This is, in essence, you the food purchasers direct influence.

The labeling.  Monsanto fought and lost the rBGH labeling fight with milk, but recently won the California Proposition 37 fight.  This win, was a huge success for Monsanto as California is of such crucial import to the way the rest of the country does things.  California was once one of the bigger economies in the world, so this win is huge.

This win kept labels off foods containing GMO’s.  Had this won, we may have seen a sudden turnaround in the direction our food is going.  For instance, once labeling happened with milk, many people quit buying milk from cows treated with rBGH, to the point that largest producers of cheese and milk had to convince people that it wasn’t in their milk as they were losing too many customers once the research came out linking this to all manner of disease, especially focused on pregnant mothers and new born babies.

Now, had the labeling law been enacted, I firmly believe that we would have seen a veritable food apocalypse.  Can you imagine people suddenly realizing that over half the foods they ate were GMO, hell, half the people buying the food don’t even know this is going on all of a sudden, they would walk into the super market and half the food they take home, for some all of the food taken home would have this new label on it.  There would have been a surge of interest and in that surge a good many facts would have come out which may have been debilitating to the current plan to modify the food supply!

What else is happening to allow this company to continue with a relatively insane business idea?

The website itself is written in a very beautiful form of Layerese.  Facts are turned round upon themselves and language is written so delicately about such deep and troublesome subjects that at the end you truly believe that this company is here for you.

In one instance regarding Agent Orange, Monsanto states, ‘We believe that the adverse consequences alleged to have arisen out of the Vietnam War, including the use of Agent Orange, should be resolved by the governments that were involved.’

Hmmm, well, quite a response if I do say so myself.

Many many such instances are found on the website, I invite you to take a look.  Look carefully, one such instance is the one mentioned before that shows just how deep they will go with wordsmithing – Terminator seeds.

In every case, Monsanto is diverting responsibility to others, and in some cases, to the “Old Monsanto”, remember them, when the company in 2000 broke into old and new.  Amazing, what is more amazing is that people accept this.  Again, the problem isn’t Monsanto, it’s we the people that allow it to happen.  Never for a moment divest yourself of blame as Monsanto is doing, you are the consumer, ergo, you are at fault.

Part 2: Monsanto – He who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it.

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How It Came To Be So…  A Brief and Cheery History of Monsanto.

“The Company” was started in 1901 by a Mr. John Francis Queeny, in St. Louis Missouri, once a great hub, if not the hub of industry for the United States as it essentially connected the East and West.  I learned this when I rode through it on my bicycle.

For me the sugar company roots of her, Mrs. Queeny’s, maiden name MONSANTO, father in Puerto Rico seem to be a key component of the Monsanto corporations success with their first notable business boom, Saccharin, which was then sold to Coca-Cola.  Saccharin as you may or may not know is an artificial sweetener that has a most dubious history and appears to only have made it through the FDA with much pressure from Monsanto itself and the odd fact that many personnel from Monsanto end up in the US government in strategic roles, strategic to its own ends of course, and vice versa, many US Government personnel will end up in Monsanto or its subsidiary companies once they decide to put their public servant (HA!), lives to a close or at the very least in a few cases, a brief hiatus…

With the success of Saccharin now under Monsanto’s belt, the movement went towards other food related additives and compounds, such as Vanillin, which is used as flavoring in foods.  This is a cash “crop” so to speak, as demand for vanilla far outpaces the ability of vanilla beans to supply, further in the 70’s more than half the worlds vanillin was used in the production of fine chemicals, these are very complex, single, and pure chemicals used in production of most all chemical compounds; from pharmaceuticals to agrochemicals.

This new endeavor was accompanied by Aspirin, which goes without saying the enormous demand that follows that pill, Salicyclic Acid (active ingredient in Aspirin and in anti-acne treatments, like Oxy, who knew!) and rubber processing chemicals.

We now see Monsanto’s first international corroboration in the form of a partnership with Graesser’s Chemical Works in Wales, England.

The year is now 1920 and the company is now beginning to produce Sulfuric acid, which is a principal substance in the chemical industry, uses range from domestic drain cleaners, mineral processing, oil refining, fertilizer manufacturing, wastewater processing, chemical synthesis and lead-acid batteries.  The company also now starts producing PCB’s, or by their true name, PolyChlorinated Biphenal’s.  PCB’s most commonly used in coolant systems, from your cars AC to temperature regulation of high power electricity devices such as transformers and also in commonplace items like wallpaper and household paints, adhesives and many others due to their fire retardant capabilities.  PCB’s would later be considered by some, the most toxic substance created by man.

Worldwide the production has thought to be completely ended as of 2000, due to all countries uniformly outlawing them.

The environmental damage done due to dumping legal and illegal is beyond estimate, and the cost of properly destroying the chemicals is so high and complex that it is not used and the entire situation has essentially been swept under the rug so to speak.  You can still see completely sealed off buildings which are contaminated with PCB’s in the U.S. which will remain that way until they fall down of their own accord.  They aren’t torn down as there is no safe place to put the scraps, that’s how toxic this stuff is… Wow.

It is interesting to note the highest concentrations of airborne PCB contaminants is found in City Centers and gradually reduces as one moves away from the center.  Some places where there was a large amount of dumping, in the U.S. – Indiana, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts and the Great Lakes will be polluted for many years to come, well into your children’s children lives if not farther.  The site in Wales England where Monsanto created this product continues to leak into groundwater supplies to this very day.

Now the year is 1940-ish and we see Monsanto getting involved in some very interesting work indeed.

An executive for Monsanto, a Mr. Charles Allen Thomas who was married to a Mrs. Margaret Talbott, obtained the use of their families Runnymede Playhouse on the Talbott estate, in order to extract and refine the polonium to be used in the neutron triggering devices that cause detonation.  The Playhouse was not able to return to its former use as a community playhouse with indoor squash, tennis courts and ballroom as it was simply too radioactive and later had to be buried in Tennessee, some distance from its original location in Dayton, Ohio.  This was the Dayton project.

The Mound Laboratory was part of the Dayton Works, the program to develop Nuclear Weapons in accordance with the Manhattan Project, which was the overall program controlled by the United States Army in partnership with Canada and the United Kingdom.  This site and the project itself was managed by the Monsanto corporation.

At the same time we are building nuclear weapons, Monsanto begins the manufacture of  DDT or as it is truly known DichloroDiphenylTrichloroethane.  First synthesized in 1874, its insecticide properties were later discovered in 1939 and it was used with great success in treating outbreaks of Malaria and Typhus in the second half of WWII.  In 1944 Monsanto along with 15 other companies [most of which were or would be connected to Monsanto] begin its production, ultimately allowing in 1948 for Swiss Scientists Paul Herman Muller to receive the Nobel prize for discovering its efficacy against bugs.   In 1962 a book by Rachel Carson named Silent Spring was published about the negative effects of indiscriminate spraying of poisons, focused on DDT, and this is generally considered the birth of the Environmental Movement.

It was then banned in the USA in 1972 after a long list of law suits, counter suits, and a general public distrust of industry.  Even with the ban in ’72, as late as 1995 over 300 tons were distributed to foreign markets.  Distributed from the U.S.

The ban became global with the Stockholm Convention in 2004 for agricultural use and is now only permittable for vector controls and of course it is still used illegally.  The U.S. Ban is considered by scientists as the main reason the U.S. Bald Eagle, the irony, made a return from the brink of extinction.  Apparently DDT weakens egg shells to the point of killing he yet unborn baby chics.

Skipping ahead to 1954 we see a partnership with the German company Bayer in order to create a sub company – Mobay, to market polyurethanes in the US.  It can only be assumed that Bayers initial attempts at marketing were thwarted by the companies in-depth involvement with WWII and their use of Slave Labor in concentration camps and that they were one of the primary manufacturers of the infamous, Zyklon B, the gas used to kill concentration camp inmates – en masse.

Further, it should be documented that the executive of Bayer at that time of the war, Fritz Tee Meer was imprisoned during the Nuremburg War Crimes Tribunal for 7 years, after which he was re-instated as head of the supervisory board of Bayer in 1956.  This was of course during the time that Monsanto was working with them to sell plastics to all of your parents and grandparents, many of whom died fighting those men.

Irony.

Further, it should be known that the trajectory and overall business model of Bayer and Monsanto are essentially the same.  Consisting of an Umbrella corporation which directly controls the actions of a myriad of subsidiary holdings around the world, including but not limited too – pharmaceuticals, chemicals, weapons, agricultural, technological and of course, ones that we will never know of.

As an aside, it is interesting to note that Bayer was the company who discovered and marketed  Heroin – diacetylmorphine, and was sold under their label as a cough treatment up until WWI.

The joint company created by Monsanto and Bayer, Mobay was almost sued in the 1990’s by the US Gov’t as they refused to sell a chemical which is crucial in the development of Sarin Gas, an extremely lethal nerve agent that has many similarities to convention insecticide.  The true depth of this one fact may leave those of you who delve deeply equal parts shocked, relieved and perhaps filled with a little [or a lot of] WTF…?

There were many more “first’s”, from pharmaceuticals, to LED’s, the technology that would make the proliferation of digital clocks and watches possible, to Astro-Turf, one of my personal most despised inventions by man, fake grass .

The next paragraph will be the crux of what brings us to where we are today, it is one of the single most important applications of knowledge and business principle by Monsanto.  What is it…?

One of the most important firsts for Monsanto was the application of its pharmaceutical business model to Agriculture.  Not exactly what Hippocrates [considered globally as the originator of medicine] was thinking when he said, “Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”.

In 1985 Monsanto picked up the G.D. Searle Company for 2.7 BILLION in CASH.  In Cash…  This was then spun off into the Nutrasweet company, foremost maker of Aspartame.  We now have two of the world’s most controversial sweeteners owned by the same company.  Both sweeteners are in never ending review for their carcinogenic properties and the highly sketchy way that they were both allowed into the mainstream by the FDA which, coincidentally has been chaired at numerous times by former Monsanto employees and government officials who later become Monsanto employees.

In 1994 Monsanto made available to the world rBGH – which stands for Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone.  This allows, in relation to their other invention rBST – Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin, for the increased “yield” of milk from an individual cow by mimicking the naturally occurring hormones resultant from pregnancy .  This was then marketed under the name Posilac and was later sold to Eli Lilly (2008), for cash and “additional consideration”.

The hormone rBGH in the cow, drastically increases mastitis, an extremely painful infection of the udder, which for many of you is no big deal, HOWEVER, this leads to exponential increases of antibiotics and pus in the milk you drink.  In fact 70% of all antibiotic use in the U.S.A. is for livestock, which is why we now have ever increasing amounts of superbugs.

Further, rBGH is currently outlawed in most countries around the world, including Canada which is usually lockstep with USA FDA regulations.

In 1996 we see the purchase of Agracetus and Dekalb, Dekalb being the premier producer of corn seed and genetically engineered corn seed as of their joint venture with Pfizer pharmaceuticals in 1982, resulting in Dekalb –Pfizer genetics which was later changed to Dekalb Corp in 1985 and the seed business was Dekalb Genetics and was a standalone company by 1988.  Agracetus was the company that had pioneered genetically modified cotton of which Monsanto had licensed the tech since 1991, and the company that created the Flavr Savr tomato.

By the year 2000, Monsanto had separated itself into two separate companies, both named Monsanto and both having the same corporate offices.  One is responsible for all lawsuits resulting from the myriad chemical catastrophes, the other is solely responsible for advanced genetic research in the agricultural field.  It also helps to protect stock prices and as time goes by, the New Monsanto can further separate itself from the Old Monsanto, thereby hiding its past.  We all know about hiding of ones past.

In 2007 in order to purchase one of the largest genetic cotton suppliers, it had to divest itself of its other cotton holdings, the largest of which was sold to BAYER, whom we know they worked extensively with since WWII.  It is during this same time that Monsanto let go of it’s genetic program dealing with swine and sold its Newsham Genetics which remixes pigs.

Oh, you may not have known, it isn’t just vegetables, it is BEEF and PORK as well…  Vegans AND meat eaters are up the creek.

As of 2008 with the purchase of de Ruiter Seeds, Monsanto became the largest seed holder in the world.  It is also very interesting to note that ALL of the world’s leading conventional seed suppliers are now owned by pharmaceutical companies.  It is also important to note that as of this time, Monsanto is now 100 percent in the Agricultural business.  All other business, according to the public eye, have been sold off.  Monsanto only does Agriculture.  It is also interesting to note that all sell offs, except for one of their smaller cotton companies, have been sold to friends of Monsanto, long term partners, which begs the question, have they been sold off or has  the Monsanto family grown new branches on an infinitely confusing family tree…

At this point, Monsanto is now working very closely with Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bayer, Pharmacia Upjohn and BASF.  If you know anything about this, you would do well to be very wary of a  web made of these companies.