Backlash against Monsanto and GMO foods
by Mark Luedtke
Monsanto is another of government’s corporate agents that is literally poisoning our food supply. The newest technique is modifying the DNA of crops to supposedly improve them. Health News Magazine explains how this got started, “The challenge of effective weed control spurred a ‘great’ idea from the biotechnology industry: Make a plant that is resistant to Roundup brand herbicide. Scientists began work to discover the gene that made plants susceptible to Roundup, replacing the gene with an alternative, Roundup-resistant gene derived from a bacteria. The result was a ‘Roundup Ready’ plant, which could be sprayed repetitively with Roundup without killing it – the original genetically modified organism (GMO).”
Monsanto created a kind of Frankenstein organism, commonly called a chimera, that was mostly plant but part bacteria. One immediate health problem that resulted was a tremendous increase in the use of Roundup, Monsanto’s brand name for glyphosate, on crops. About 500 million lbs. more has been used since GMOs were introduced. That means much of the produce you buy in the grocery store is drenched in the poison. While Monsanto and the Food and Drug Administration – Monsanto’s protector – say there are no health problems associated with Roundup, independent researchers have linked birth defects, high infant mortality and more to the product.
Health News explains the problems are even bigger, “[Roundup] is alsoharmful to beneficial species of soil bacteria, like bifidobacterium, lactobacilli, enterococci, and bacilli, while potentially pathogenic bacteria like Clostridium perfringens, Clostridium botulinum, and a few Salmonella species were highly resistant to glyphosate. It’s a bit like an antibiotic for the soil. It kills the good bugs and lets the bad bugs proliferate unchecked, and then we wonder why there is rampant salmonella contamination in the egg supply, and chronic botulism in cattle!” Roundup is not only harming people, it’s harming the soil, which ultimately reduces crop yields.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, weeds have developed immunity to Roundup, so all this damage has been largely for no benefit. The Permaculture Research Institute describes Monsanto’s response, “And now, Monsanto aims to combat this serious agronomic, environmental, socio-economic, and health problem with even further increases in pesticide use. The company is refusing to accept responsibility for rising weed costs, stating that ‘Roundup agricultural warranties will not cover the failure to control glyphosate resistant weed populations.’ Rising costs are burdening farmers across the globe.”
Monsanto, with the aid of the US government, also attempts to control all seeds for crops. Dr. Joseph Mercola reports they’ve bought seed companies across the midwest. Governments have passed Monsanto seed laws that make it difficult for farmers to save and store seeds. They’ve blocked laws preventing GMO planting. The FDA has made farmers’ seed cleaning equipment illegal.
The attacks on farmers by Monsanto and its government masters don’t stop there. The US has allowed Monsanto to patent its GMOs, but crops naturally cross-pollinate. Monsanto considers cross pollination theft of its intellectual policy. Mercola claims, “Monsanto has sued more than 1,500 farmers whose fields had simply been contaminated by GM crops.” Monsanto punishes poor farmers who refuse to buy its GMO seeds by infecting their crops with their Frankenstein crops then suing them for it.
All the while Monsanto and other GM producers create Orwellian-named organizations to promote pro-GMO propaganda. They’ve hijacked higher education. Monsanto even went so far as to place a former employee on the editorial board of a magazine that had the temerity to criticize Monsanto products.
Roundup isn’t the only problem. As a former pro-GMO scientist tells, GMO crops are dangerous themselves. He explains that the theory on which GMO creation is based is wrong, “The whole paradigm of the genetic engineering technology is based on a misunderstanding. Every scientist now learns that any gene can give more than one protein and that inserting a gene anywhere in a plant eventually creates rogue proteins. Some of these proteins are obviously allergenic or toxic.”
Fortunately, the backlash against Monsanto is growing. Over 2 million people recently protested against Monsanto worldwide. The recently passed Monsanto Protection Act is under pressure to be repealed. China incinerated three shipments of GM corn from the US. Hungary destroyed all its Monsanto GMO corn crops. Farmer Percy Schmeiser of Saskatchewan, Canada, who countersued after Monsanto sued him for theft of intellectual property from cross-pollination, defeated Monsanto in the Canadian high court.
You might notice most of the victories against Monsanto occur in other countries. That’s because government is not the solution to our GM crop problems. Neither politicians, the courts, proposed GM labeling nor organic regulations can be trusted because the government corrupts them to the advantage of our rulers at our expense. The solution is to identify food producers who don’t produce GM crops or use them as feed for animals. Only the power of the consumer wielded in the marketplace will protect us from GM crops.
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Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.