Do you know what you want? I'm certain of what I want for me, my family, and ultimately for the population at large. I want healthy food, food that is not contaminated with toxic pesticides and herbicides, has the genetic makeup of crops that are consistent with crops grown for thousands of years and of which there are no questionable genetically engineered mutations. And of course I believe that it is possible to provide all of this, it just will be somewhat more expensive than the food we have presented to us now. Organic and sustainable farming techniques work, they work on large scale farms all over the world. And they can, and do, provide what I want for people all over this world.
So why don't we have this availability of clean safe food everywhere? Pretty simple, because there are those that firmly and completely believe that their personal needs supersede those of the many. Does everyone remember back in grade school when in history class we learned about monopolies? When one person acquires a monopoly on the production of a product or a service, that was a bad thing. Or so we were told. Remember the giants of the past, Rockefeller, Getty, Carnegie, men that made fortunes by stomping all over the competition. Men that for the most part, were incredibly generous with their fortunes and funded arts and projects for the underprivileged. And then the government went in and made the accumulation of wealth and monopolies illegal. So what happened? Why did the government allow agriculture to become a monopoly? Believe me, it is in fact a monopoly controlled by Monsanto.
Back when the poison glyphosate was first patented, Monsanto became king of agricultural chemical production. Sort of a long line of products that has helped to make the company a giant. PCB's, Agent Orange, Dioxin, DDT, Bovine Growth Hormone, you know, all the normal stuff that Monsanto claims to be harmless when they first begin to make MONEY on the stuff and then time reveals the truth. And of course the government has pretty much allowed Monsanto to escape paying for the cleanup of each of the disasters that their products caused. But back to glyphosate, as the patent holder, Monsanto made billions. And as a cash rich corporation with no scruples at all, they began to look toward the future when the patent rights ran out. How do they get farmers to pay them money and buy their glyphosate instead of other manufacturers when they get the right to make it. The answer was pretty simple, the Canadians gave them that answer. Gene technology. Canola was such a success and the BIGGEST COVERUP LIE EVER as well. The Canadian Canola Council to THIS DAY claim that canola was produced with traditional plant breeding techniques. However the scientists that MADE canola wrote a book detailing the new science of gene splicing and all the new techniques they developed in the production of canola. And today, for the companies that make canola, the market is in the billions.
Monsanto had the path to monetary success, gene technology. Once they created a plant, and held the patent, then they could require that whatever farmer planted that crop would have to buy their agricultural chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides and whatever else. It would be in an unbreakable contract. Personally I have no idea why ANY farmer would sign such a thing, why pay more for chemicals when other manufacturers have the same thing at cheaper costs. Aaaaaah, now comes that monopoly thing. Back when Monsanto was making huge profits as the only patent holder of glyphosate, the cash rich corporation went out and bought all the companies that produce seed for farmers. ALL OF THEM. So when the farmers went to buy seed to plant, they did not have a choice, is was sign the spend more money contract or not plant anything. And the only seed that they produced for sale was the new patented GM crops that made for unbreakable contracts with farmers that caused them to spend more money that went directly into the coffers of the corporation with no scruples, Monsanto.
I thought monopolies were illegal?
Apparently not in AmeriKa. If you have enough money, and give a lot of that money to politicians, you can have anything that your heart desires. Aaaaah, Monsanto doesn't really give money to politicians now do they? Seventy one senators last week voted the Monsanto line and showed AmeriKans just where they stand on individual rights, states' rights, and just how much they bend under pressure from the Ag King Monsanto. The company makes Frankenfood, and in the process, they have created Frankenpolitics.
In an ever increasing effort to protect themselves Monsanto added a rider to a farm bill that will effectively stop any state from passing laws requiring labeling of GM foods. That was bad enough, scary to think how much money Monsanto paid to get that rider added. But the big one was the bill introduced by the senator from Vermont, Amendment 965 that would ensure that states kept their rights as defined in the BILL OF RIGHTS in the Tenth Amendment and allow states to pass laws to require labeling of GM foods so that consumers have a choice as to what they eat. That was, unfortunately, defeated. How much money did that cost Monsanto? We will never know, their profit and loss statements don't list bribes and payoffs.
Tell your senator that you don't want them to take anymore money from and do the bidding of a company that has proven itself to put their desire to dominate the world over the well being of the populace.
I don't think it is just me, but I am uncertain how this rider was defeated. Or for that matter, why it was even necessary to have this vote. According to the Tenth Ammendment Congress shall not pass any law that interferes with the right of each State to protect its population.
And see where each senator stood on this issue. How each voted I think it is a humorous side note here that Senator Al Franken voted in support of his master Monsanto. Hey, there is humor everywhere if you look.