Op Ed: World Food Prize Goes To Criminals

Food Supply & Food Politics

Jul 30

I nearly lost it when I read about the recipients of the World Food Prize this year. They are: Robert Fraley a Monsanto Executive; Mary-Dell Chilton, founder of Syngenta Biotechnology and Marc Van Montagu, founder of the Belgium Institute of Plant Technology Outreach. These are all biotech companies that produce genetically modified organisms.

This Win Encourages More GMO Research

This prize, considered to be the Nobel Prize of agriculture ($250,000), furthers the diabolical cause of the biotech companies.

Founder of the prize, Norman Borlaug, said,

Genetically modified crops offer higher yields and more resistance to pests, plant disease and harsh weather.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

He forgot to mention the India farmers who commit suicide each year because their genetically modified crops failed.

He forgot to mention the superweeds and superbugs that are created by the pesticides that then require even more pesticide applications to the crops, (more money for Monsanto).

He forgot to mention that because of the patent on the seeds (and the oodles of money these companies make) farmers in this country are being sued by Monsanto if representatives (thugs in suits) from Monsanto find so much as a few samples of their plants inadvertently growing on the farmer’s land — with a big question mark as to how they got there.

He forgot to mention that Monsanto is out to monopolize the seed market by buying up smaller seed companies as quickly as they can.

He forgot to mention how devastating Roundup is to the soil, the animals and the environment.

He forgot to mention that studies show that glyphosate, the active ingredient in pesticides and Roundup, induces disease. Glyphosate is the worst thing that has ever happened to the earth and Monsanto, their scientists and the law makers who are in their pocket completely deny these problems.

He forgot to mention this study that show gross deformities in rats who ate genetically food.

He forgot to mention how inexact a science genetic modification actually is. It is actually far from “engineering” when you think about engineering as a very precise science. In genetic engineering, DNA is fired from the equivalent of a shot gun, into a gene in the DNA of the plant cells with absolutely no control where it will hit or what it will damage.

While they have the shotgun out, they also insert a virus and an agro bacterium that is an aggressive cancer-like cell. What could possibly go wrong?

So Much of the Food Supply is Already Damaged by Genetic Modification

In this country the soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed, crops are 90% genetically modified. Sugar beets, alfalfa (for cattle) and papaya are following along.

Other crops are becoming identified as genetically modified — recently they found GM wheat growing in fields in Oregon — leftovers from unsuccessful research in 2005.

They will be releasing the new Artic Apples soon — importantly, these genetically modified Granny Smith apples will not turn brown.

Watch out for the new genetically modified salmon — this one really will feed the world as it can grow twice as large as the old salmon — and faster. Buy wild caught salmon or don’t buy it at all.

Watch our for the new genetically modified potatoes also coming down the pike.

Bill Freese, science policy analyst with the Center for Food Safety, said Simplot’s potatoes are another of many genetically engineered crops that don’t face rigorous enough USDA or FDA testing.

In the words of Howard Vlieger from Verity Farms:

The companies that make these toxic chemicals are the same companies that make pharmaceuticals and chemotherapy drugs. So it comes full circle.

We use a chemical that is a poison to raise crops. The crops are fed to livestock. The livestock get sick and we have to call the vet who uses chemicals to treat them. The chemicals from the food and the chemicals from the treatment are now in the meat of the livestock that humans eat. The humans get sick and go to the hospital where they use chemicals to treat them. Full circle.

The mission of Verity Farms is the reestablishment and prosperity of the “Family Farmer”.  The family farmer is the only one capable of having the intimate relationship with the soil and the animals to raise a quality food product.

Far from feeding the world, these companies are hell bent on destroying the very earth we walk on.

The Solution

  • Call food companies and say you don’t want GMOs in food. Call your representatives and tell them we want GMO labeling on all food.
  • Buy organic as much as you can.
  • Buy your food from a local farmer that you know as much as you can.
  • Support the groups that support and protect local small farms such as The Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

This is a new feature where I let off some steam about events related to health and nutrition. This is where I let my inherent sarcasm rise to the surface and splinter the lunacy we call evidence based medicine. I call it Oppositional Editorial because I usually think things should be exactly the opposite of what convention says.

What about you? Do you think opposite also? Leave a comment and let me know!

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