Monsanto and the Heirloom Seed
“Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. “Control food and you control the people.”
World food control is almost in place thanks to the reduction of seed diversity with genetically modified seeds being distributed by only a few transnational corporations. Genetic engineering has made proprietary control through the use of intellectual property rights possible over the seeds on which the world’s food supply depends on. To cover these costs, food prices are raised.
Monsanto is a leading corporation in agribusiness has been gradually taking over smaller heirloom seeds suppliers in addition to trademarks acquisition of a number of heirloom seeds. This started several years ago and it’s continuing. There’s significant probability that when buying seeds from a local store, one may get a genetically modified product.
Monsanto was formed in 1901, that’s more than a century ago, in the year. Throughout the ages, Monsanto has emerged and secured its reputation as a face of corporate evil. Demonstrations have been held globally by environmental activists and when Monsanto introduced Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seeds. Monsanto modifies a plant or crop artificially, making it immune to a specific, all-purpose poison through genetic engineering. It’s expected that the modified crop stays safe with the use of pesticides while everything else is killed.
The Monsanto Controversy
The controversy that lies with Monsanto is not recent; the company used to be a chemical company which produced Agent Orange and its main poison, Dioxin. The company was also involved in selling DDT, dairy cow hormone rBGH, the carcinogenic Aspartame sweetener, and PCBs in the past.
Impacts of GMO Foods
GMOs are unhealthy, this is according to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM). The organization points out that GMO food can cause infertility, organ damage, immune system disorder and accelerated aging. Another impact is the expected increase in the use of herbicides in an effort to stem the ‘superweed’ resulting from weed’s resistance to herbicides due to their increased usage.
Due to the possibility of cross-pollination, it’s expected that GMO pollution will be the long-term problem with no possibility of eradication. The famous and tragic Colony Collapse Disorder of Honey Bees was recognized to have happened after the introduction of GMOs. All these point to an unsustainable and dark future.
The Dominance Agenda
Monsanto’s plan is not just to spread the unhealthy and inorganic GMOs all over the world but for ‘full domination control agenda’. The control of the world’s entire food supplies through artificial biotechnology.
The strategy of merging with other companies and buying off organizations for quite some time has been an agenda of Monsanto. Mergers with firms such as Pharmacia and Upjohn give Monsanto market dominance, becoming an agricultural company from a chemical producer. Competition from DuPont and the latter’s muscles in the market; Monsanto devised a hidden partnership with DuPont.
These two corporates agreed to drop patent lawsuits against each other and later collaborated to further genetic engineering of crops and related technologies with the sole intent of having mutual benefits. This has resulted in a monopoly on agriculture.
Monsanto has been promoting its technology of genetically modified seeds all over the world. Indian farmers had been promised previously unheard of harvests and income if they switched from farming with traditional seeds to planting GM seeds instead. However, things turned opposite when these crops failed more than once resulting in over 100,000 farmers getting bankrupted.
“The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009: HR 875” was sponsored and written by Monsanto and partners, Archer Daniels Midland, Tyson Foods, and Sodexo. The act gives the company to control all foods grown anywhere and forces everyone to use chemicals and fertilizers. Another act “HR Continuing Resolution” was later pushed by Monsanto making the company immune to the federal courts. All these acts were approved by the US President.
Currently, several campaigns for correct labeling of GMO food are ongoing. This process is vital for the protection of seed supply and care should be exercised regarding the seeds one buys. How and where you spend your money is a powerful tool.
As consumers, we can stand up against big corporations and protect our still existing ethical businesses. Permaculture’s concept and spirit is driven by the concern towards others with the intent to support and promote sustainable activities through our actions. The concern should further drive us to help protect the environment for our future generations.
The buyout of Heirloom Seed Suppliers is an attempt by the company to remain relevant and help secure its dominance agenda globally. Policies by several nations across the world limiting the use of GMO crops gives a ray of hope in the quest for a sustainable, healthy and organic future which certainly spells out a better future for us all.