• Small Farms Destroyed By Monsanto’s Food Act

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    Monsanto’s talk of ‘technology’ tries to hide its real objectives of control over seed where genetic engineering is a means to control seed,“Monsanto is an agricultural company. We apply innovation and technology to help farmers around the world produce more while conserving more.”

    “Producing more, Conserving more, Improving farmers lives.”

    These are the promises Monsanto India’s website makes, alongside pictures of smiling, prosperous farmers from the state of Maharashtra. This is a desperate attempt by Monsanto and its PR machinery to delink the epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India from the company’s growing control over cotton seed supply — 95 per cent of India’s cotton seed is now controlled by Monsanto. Control over seed is the first link in the food chain because seed is the source of life. When a corporation controls seed, it controls life, especially the life of farmers.

    On par with Stalin’s farm collectivization program of the 1930s, Monsanto’s push (to the tune of $8.8 million in lobby bribes in 2008 alone) for the Food Safety Modernization Act is already achieving the nightmares of its worst critics.

    Introduced in 2008 by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) as HR-875, the reworked FSMA was signed into law in January 2011 by President Obama. DeLauro’s husband, Stanley Greenberg, served as a consultant to Monsanto through his strategic political consulting firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. (GQRR also advised Tony Blair and Bill Clinton during their campaigns.)

    Nothing in FSMA addresses the food safety issues of pesticide residue, genetically modified crops, or food miles (which increase the chance of spoilage). But FSMA requires all commercial farms to test the streams used to irrigate their crops.

    “The 1,200 page act was designed to put small family farms out of business,” explains Michael Tabor in a recent …

    The intrusion of federal inspectors… a man or woman who really doesn’t know anything about farming, has gone thru training, but comes onto a farm and is going by the book, and demands that you stop what you’re doing, you show them your farm and you comply with the Act, which you might or might not know much about…. So, you’re subjecting yourself to an overseer.

    The feds do not have this authority and that they think they do – simply because they passed another in a long line of police state acts – does not bode well for family farmers in the US.

    With guns drawn, Stalin’s forced farm collectivization resulted in the starvation of millions of people – historians estimate that figure between 7 and 20 million.  With guns drawn, local, state and federal agents continue to raid natural food stores and the farms that supply them, seizing and destroying their products, though no one was sickened by them.

    Rawesome Food owner James Stewart, a 65-year-old businessman who had never been arrested in his life, was deposited in a Los Angeles County Jail cell with an overflowing toilet.  Raw sewage can kill people much faster and more violently than tainted lettuce or milk.  His complaints to the guards were ignored, as if they wanted him to eat shit and die. See this two-part interview here and here.

    Farm and food freedom advocate, Sue Wallis, a Wyoming legislator, died suddenly last week of “unknown causes” at the age of 56. Nationally known for her humane and utilitarian advocacy of horse slaughter, she remained a strong proponent of food freedom, repeatedly, yet unsuccessfully, introducing legislation to allow direct farm sales with few restrictions.

    Clearly, the US government intends to protect the most dangerous and toxic food source while driving the smaller food farms out of business.  The goal of the industry-owned federal government is for genetically modified crops to capture 100% market share.

    A Monsanto representative admitted that they were “the patient’s diagnostician, and physician all in one” in writing the patents on life-forms, from micro-organisms to plants, in the TRIPS’ agreement of WTO. Stopping farmers from saving seeds and exercising their seed sovereignty was the main objective. Monsanto is now extending its patents to conventionally bred seed, as in the case of broccoli and capsicum, or the low gluten wheat it had pirated from India which we challenged as a biopiracy case in the European Patent office.

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