You have no right to grow your own food nor to decide for yourself what you consume! Sounds ridiculous right? Absolutely, but is it really that far away from becoming a reality?
Well, recent developments in the USA have brought into sharp focus this worldwide trend towards the control of our food supply by a small number of large agribusinesses assisted by governments. You may ask why does this affect Ireland if it is overseas? So I will show you that this is something we are getting a very clear heads up to now as it starts to spread around the world. We can be forewarned and thus forearmed.
Last week saw the latest in a series of raids by armed police and Federal agents in the US against growers and producers of organic vegetables, meat, eggs and raw milk. The people who produce this food for their own use form growers trading clubs and share produce.
Los Angeles police with guns drawn raided a grocery store, risking possible fatal encounters with staff who may have appeared holding temperature testing guns. The reason given for the raid was to confiscate unpasteurised milk.
Two things leap out that feel wrong about this. Firstly the extreme force used, and secondly, where does the government thinks it derives a right to tell anybody they cannot drink raw cows milk?
This incident was the only one of many that have happened over the last 24 month that was covered by the media. This was probably due to the fact that the CCTV footage of the raid went viral on the internet, otherwise we may never have heard of yet another government stampede over individual rights.
There have been many other raids on organic food stores and farms, confiscating tens of thousands of dollars of produce which then spoils, plus computers and equipment that is never returned. The victims of these raid have to start again and see it as intimidation tactics by government agencies corrupted by insiders from the large agribusiness companies like Monsanto and DuPont who are attempting to control the nations food by forcing smaller producers out of business.
Is this paranoia or there any truth in their concerns? Well, on investigation we find the who’s who of the federal agencies that control food is indeed populated by a raft of ex employees of Monsanto and DuPont, from scientists and lawyers to lobbyists. Many of these people have been appointed by the current US administration.
Even Obama’s “Food Csar” Michael Taylor was the vice president of Monsanto. He was given the VP job ironically after serving as head of the government’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Clinton era when they ruled that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in crops did not need any labeling on food products. Even more cynical is that he was Monsanto’s lawyer working on the food labeling prior to the FDA job. Needless to say Monsanto is the biggest proponent and manufacturer of GMO crops in the world, so if ever there was a case of a serious conflict of interests this is it.
More worrying still for organic farmers is that of two of the nine Supreme Court Justices recently appointed are ex Monsanto or have sided with them in cases taken by organic farmers who’s land has been contaminated by their GMO seeds.
So we see a trail of corruption developing here, and now we must remember these are international companies and they are pushing their GMO wares all round the world. How? By lobbying, by gaining inside positions in government and by legislation.
For example Britain’s new food and agriculture minister Caroline Spelman, up to taking the job, owned and ran a GMO lobbying company with her husband that now lobbies her own department. In fact the business is still registered to her London flat. Similar stories of insiders can be found in other countries and the EU.
Legislation is now being passed in the EU to allow Monsanto’s GM crops despite the refusal by some national governments and the populations. The problem with it is that once it is planted it spreads and infects organic crops as nature cannot be controlled by man to that extent no matter how many assurances they give you
In the US the ironically named “Food Safety Bill” S.510 is currently being forced through the Senate. This bill was written by the lobbyists of the big agribusiness companies and puts so many extraneous requirements on small growers that they will be financially unable to comply. It will also force them to vaccinate animals and use chemicals on crops that go totally against the point of organic “as nature intended” food. The heavy handed methods that have been used to date will undoubtedly be employed again and will put small holders out of business.
Legislation in the extreme can be seen in the post Iraq invasion treaty for government, wherein Iraqi farmers are only allowed to use “Roundup ready seed” supplied by Monsanto. This is GM seed and only grows using their particular fertilizer that activates it. Further they are not allowed to keep seeds to plant for the following year and must buy again. This happens in India too with the cotton crop and will soon be in Europe, as trials are underway as we speak.
Down the line we are expecting also legislation that criminalises the sale of dietary supplements and herbs under the Codex Alimentarius rules currently attempting to be implemented in US and EU health legislation. This would put them in the realms of the medical profession and only be available on prescription as drugs.
So in summary, what we are seeing is the proponents of GM food taking over the administrative and legislative bodies all over the world. We see new legislation to allow GM crops to be planted and infect natural crops. We see resistance to labeling of GM crops in foods so we cannot have free choice to avoid them. We see laws making it impossible to grow organic crops. We see laws banning the sale of meat, eggs or milk that doesn’t come from animal treated with vaccines, or that hasn’t been pasteurised or irradiated. We see laws coming to prevent us from supplementing our diets to the proven nutrient deficient GM foods; or using natural remedies and cures.
When you look at it all together even the most skeptical mind might say, there seems to be an agenda going on here ! There seems to be a clear collusion between big agribusiness, government and pharmaceuticals in the drive to control the entire food chain and all matters relating to the health of the body and it doesn’t seem to have our interests at it’s heart. Soon it seems it will be a criminal offense to grow carrots in your garden without strict government licensing and regulations and woe betide you if you dare eat as nature intended.
If you think this is one step beyond crazy then you must do something to stop it after reading this article. Research and contact those people making these decisions and voice your commitment to oppose them. Let them know you are aware of what is going on and demand of them to stand up and represent the people’s interests, and not big business.