Industrial Agriculture

Navigating 21st Century Hopelessness

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Published on The Doomstead Diner July 16, 2017

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Is our techno-industrial way of life fundamentally benevolent?  Is it advisable to continue perpetuating a civilization that is predicated by non-renewable fossil energy sources as well as unsustainable rates of renewable resource extraction?  Our civilization requires an ever growing GDP to be considered healthy.  This is a measure of production in terms of consumption.  Our literal benchmark for the health of our society is based on how much we can consume in a year as a nation.  The reason for this is to create monetary profit for the individuals of this society whom have shares in the corporations controlling this production.  The actual physical wealth of the world is subjugated to the tune of dollars and cents.  To make this pathway possible it requires a proletariat class willing to sell their lives for an hourly rate.  This hourly rate is the lowest possible rate so as to not reduce the profit that’s stolen from the resources of the Earth and the energies of its peoples.  This hourly rate is about making money and not about stewardship of any kind.  It does not have to be like this, but that is a delusory sentiment based on idealism. 

The road to ruin for our species began with agriculture.  Before agriculture emerged there was no need for money, and so it did not exist.  Agriculture allows for civilization which requires money to function.  With the creation of money we stratify into economic classes of people.  Once money is created life becomes about servicing this need for monetary acquisition.  Before money life is about engaging with nature to acquire food, fuel, fiber, medicine and shelter.  In aggregate these actions create a healthy human culture.  Agriculture allows for money and removes the limiting factors for our numbers.  Before agriculture the limiting factor is the amount of food that can be sustainably hunted and gathered.  The hunter/gatherer life is mostly nomadic as we follow the animals and plants through the seasons which define their lifecycles.  Our lives are imbued with rich somatic meaning as we engage with the body of nature.  We are from this Earth, and we inhabit it as a corporeal being made of the elements.  We evolved both physically and spiritually within the framework of our physical Earth.  Our health depends on engaging with nature to create life and its meaning.  The fall from paradise began with domestication which is nothing less than the taming of wild nature.  Domestication is tandem to agriculture and literally creates civilization.  What is being civilized if not the opposite of wild?  The two are anathema to one another. 

Agriculture means that we stop moving around.  It means that we domesticate ourselves as well as the wild beasts of nature.  It sets up the conditions that allows for a great competition between us and nature.  All of a sudden our culture becomes one of domination and control rather than harmony.  Being rooted in one place we begin building monuments to hubris.  We get bored and invent competition.  We stockpile food and create war and plague.  We set up the conditions for disease and famine and warfare (although nomadic people still do occasionally fight with opposing tribes).  We argue and debate and create inequality amongst our people.  Life becomes a struggle to create meaning and avoid boredom.  Eventually, as we move further and further from our natural origin, habitat, and culture the enchantment of being evaporates. We are left with a driving urge to consume to fill this void of meaning that emerges due to our domestication.  Time continues forward and our habits create technologies to service convenience.  We become lazy and our bodies grow fat with our sedentary nature which arises from our domesticated captivity.  No longer do we need our bodies for anything more than acquiring money.  We then want pleasure to fend off boredom and meaninglessness.  Life is no longer about dancing in the wild where we are from and where we return to.  Civilization is nothing more than something to do in the great illusion that we create for ourselves.  This is the way that it is.  The Matrix was born with the first surplus of cereal grain. 

Is there anything that can be done about this?  It seems to me that we are at the end of this failed experiment in hubris.  There is no harmony in domination and control and consumption.  There is only waste, disease, and poison by way of ecocide and genocide.  Our quest for the production of unlimited energy against the gradient of entropy has created cancer.    In the end we cannot dominate nature.  Aside from money the quest for domination  is the great fallacy of civilization.  We cannot think our way out of the limiting factors of ecology.  Our modern techno-industrial civilization will run out of the fossil blood that sustains it.  We will lose the capacity to safely maintain the nuclear power plants that liter the surface of the Earth.  They will spew out DNA damaging clouds of radioactivity as they have already begun doing.  The rain will become poisonous to life.  As we fight to continue this failing technotriumphalism we will continue increasing the CO2 in the atmosphere which will continue heating the human supporting biosphere.  Natural disasters will continue increasing in number and severity.  Our hubris has metastasized into a cancer that will shrink our settlements as the habitable regions atrophy.  Nothing is going to stop this process now.  All that remains is answering the question of what to do about this inevitability.  We have entered into the age of doom. 

There is no escaping this destiny that we have perpetuated.  The most unfortunate aspect about this hopelessness is that man cannot live without hope.  Hope makes life worth living.  Is hope itself a delusion?  What are we to hope for?  The nature of existence is a destiny with death.   The time we have between birth and death needs to be animated by meaning.  Meaning is derived from a harmony with all life.  Our civilization is marked by domination and control.  There is no harmony in control.  The great struggle is finally about the nature of life because life wants to live.  We must maintain ourselves within the boundary of our skin while we are here walking the Earth.  The overwhelming desire is to do this devoid of pain and misery.  The tragedy of man is to think that he can avoid his own nature by the creation of a technological utopia.  Life cannot be about domination and control, but that is what man forces it to be.  We are teetering in a suspended animation just before the moment of expiration.  We are flailing about in denial of this process of resolution.  Maturation as a species must culminate in an acceptance of suffering and death.  We must accept our temporary nature, stop struggling, and lie down in the great current of life.  We swim against this entropic process everyday as we participate in this civilization.  We collectively attempt to keep the center from flying apart under the pressures of our own technologically created centrifuge.  We struggle in vain against the pressures of physical dissolution.  We create illusions to fight against the natural process of becoming to fall apart. 

The first act was rife with physical struggle within the framework of existing in harmony with nature.  Hubris arose and we thought we could become gods using the power of physical manipulation.  We thought we could master the universe with our cleverness.  We are collectively a breaking wave, and nothing will stop the pull of gravity as we are recycled back into the void which we originally manifested from.    Idealism is nothing more than the ravings of a mental lunatic.  Idealism is a delusion that is born from the struggle to acquire more than we need.  Fighting against entropy is finally not worth it.  Yet this fight is what it means to inhabit a physical body. 

In the final analysis life must be about observing beauty.  Without beauty it is not worth living.  We have made a mess of this beautiful blue/green orb that’s floating about the universe.  We have partied our way to desolation.  Yet the Earth keeps spinning around in outer space in its dance with the sun that sustains us.  Every morning the sun reemerges to give us another day of life.  Our great challenge is to honor this life by creating beauty and not it’s opposite.  We have created a lot of ugliness.  Maybe the secret to this 21st century hopelessness is to learn how to make beauty out of malevolence.  Or maybe we should just stop struggling and accept the final act of misery which we have written for ourselves?  Or maybe we can simply embrace our collective ugliness with grace?  Without love and beauty this great struggle that is life is not worth it.  The greatest challenge that we face is learning to love and observe beauty even as love and beauty vanish under the oppression of our own collective delusions. 

The nature of a body is to act.  How are we to act?  We should act to minimize suffering for all sentient beings while honoring our bodily nature.  Every day is a new day to make the right decisions.   Yet every day requires a certain amount of money.  This is why my conclusion is that a lifestyle that requires no money is the only truly benevolent lifestyle.  That lifestyle is a fiction in this world we have created.  This world is quite literally hell on Earth.  Therefore we must learn to love and find whatever beauty we can while in hell.  We must not resist as we realize our ultimate destiny of assimilation with the machine we have created.  I’ve tried finding work arounds to the truth that life is suffering, but the only way to win is to let go, stop resisting, and accept the nature of this great delusion.  Manifestation is transience in action, and our resistance arises within that transience only to dissolve back into the void that is death.  All that is created within that resistance is more suffering.  Yet still we must act in the world, and how should we act when our actions only serve to create more suffering?  The heart of our civilization is the creation of suffering, and to participate only adds to this toll.  Not participating in this civilization can be our only spiritual redemption.  For the life of me, and my children, I cannot figure out how to not participate. 

Corporate Control of the Food Supply

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Published on Economic Collapse on July 14, 2014

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Big Corporations Have An OVERWHELMING Amount Of Power Over Our Food Supply

From our fields to our forks, huge corporations have an overwhelming amount of power over our food supply every step of the way.  Right now there are more than 313 million people living in the United States, and the job of feeding all of those people is almost entirely in the hands of just a few dozen monolithic companies.  If you do not like how our food is produced or you don’t believe that it is healthy enough, it isn’t very hard to figure out who is to blame.  These mammoth corporations are not in business to look out for the best interests of the American people.  Rather, the purpose of these corporations is to maximize wealth for their shareholders.  So the American people end up eating billions of pounds of extremely unhealthy food that is loaded with chemicals and additives each year, and we just keep getting sicker and sicker as a society.  But these big corporations are raking in big profits, so they don’t really care.

If we did actually have a capitalist system in this country, we would have a high level of competition in the food industry.  But instead, the U.S. food industry has become increasingly concentrated with each passing year.  Just consider the following numbers about the U.S. agricultural sector…

The U.S. agricultural sector suffers from abnormally high levels of concentration. Most economic sectors have concentration ratios around 40%, meaning that the top four firms in the industry control 40% of the market. If the concentration ratio is above 40%, experts believe competition can be threatened and market abuses are more likely to occur: the higher the number, the bigger the threat.

The concentration ratios in the agricultural sector are shocking.

-Four companies own 83.5% of the beef market.
-The top four firms own 66% of the hog industry.
-The top four firms control 58.5% of the broiler chicken industry.
-In the seed industry, four companies control 50% of the proprietary seed market and 43% of the commercial seed market worldwide.
-When it comes to genetically engineered (GE) crops, just one company, Monsanto, boasts control of over 85% of U.S. corn acreage and 91% of U.S. soybean acreage.

When so much power is concentrated in so few hands, it creates some tremendous dangers.

And many of these giant corporations (such as Monsanto) are extremely ruthless.  Small farmers all over America are being wiped out and forced out of the business by the predatory business practices of these huge companies

Because farmers rely on both buyers and sellers for their business, concentrated markets squeeze them at both ends. Sellers with high market power can inflate the prices of machinery, seeds, fertilizers and other goods that farmers need for their farms, while powerful buyers, such as processors, suppress the prices farmers are paid. The razor-thin profit margins on which farmers are forced to operate often push them to “get big or get out”—expanding into mega-operations or exiting the business altogether.

Of course the control that big corporations have over our food supply does not end at the farms.

The distribution of our food is also very highly concentrated.  The graphic shared below was created by Oxfam International, and it shows how just 10 gigantic corporations control almost everything that we buy at the grocery store…

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And these food distributors are often not very good citizens either.

For example, it was recently reported that Nestle is running a massive bottled water operation on a drought-stricken Indian reservation in California

Among the windmills and creosote bushes of San Gorgonio Pass, a nondescript beige building stands flanked by water tanks. A sign at the entrance displays the logo of Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, with water flowing from a snowy mountain. Semi-trucks rumble in and out through the gates, carrying load after load of bottled water.

The plant, located on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ reservation, has been drawing water from wells alongside a spring in Millard Canyon for more than a decade. But as California’s drought deepens, some people in the area question how much water the plant is bottling and whether it’s right to sell water for profit in a desert region where springs are rare and underground aquifers have been declining.

Nestle doesn’t stop to ask whether it is right or wrong to bottle water in the middle of the worst drought in the recorded history of the state of California.

They have the legal right to do it and they are making large profits doing it, and so they are just going to keep on doing it.

Perhaps you are thinking that you can avoid all of these corporations by eating organic and by shopping at natural food stores.

Well, it isn’t necessarily that easy.

According to author Wenonah Hauter, the “health food industry” is also extremely concentrated

Over the past 20 years, Whole Foods Market has acquired its competition, including Wellspring Grocery, Bread of Life, Bread & Circus, Food for Thought, Fresh Fields, Wild Oats Markets and others. Today the chain dominates the market because it has no national competitor. Over the past five years its gross sales have increased by half (47 percent) to $11.7 billion, and its net profit quadrupled to $465.6 million. One of the ways it has achieved this profitability is by selling conventional foods under the false illusion that they are better than products sold at a regular grocery store. Consumers falsely conclude that these products have been screened and are better, and they are willing to pay a higher price.

The distribution of organic foods is also extremely concentrated. A little-known company, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) now controls the distribution of organic and natural products. Publically traded, the company has a contract with Whole Foods and it is the major source of these products for the remaining independent natural food stores. This relationship has resulted in increasingly high prices for these foods. Small manufacturers are dependent on contracts with UNFI to get their products to market and conversely, small retailers often have to pay a premium price for products because of their dependence on this major distributor. Over the past five years, UNFI’s net sales increased by more than half (55.6 percent) $5.2. billion. Its net profit margin increased by 88 percent to $91 million.

Everywhere you look, the corporations are in control.

And this is especially true when you look at big food retailers such as Wal-Mart.

Right now, grocery sales account for about half of all business at Wal-Mart, and approximately one out of every three dollars spent on groceries in the United States is spent at Wal-Mart.

That is absolutely astounding, and it obviously gives Wal-Mart an immense amount of power.

In fact, if you can believe it, Wal-Mart actually purchases a billion pounds of beef every single year.

So the next time someone asks you where the beef is, you can tell them that it is at Wal-Mart.

On the restaurant side, the ten largest fast food corporations account for 47 percent of all fast food sales, and the love affair that Americans have with fast food does not appear to be in danger of ending any time soon.

Personally, if you do not like how these corporate giants are behaving, you can always complain.

But you are just one person among 313 million, and most of these big corporations are not going to consider the ramblings of one person to be of any significance whatsoever.

Collectively, however, we have great power.  And the way that we are going to get these big corporations to change is by voting with our wallets.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans seem quite satisfied with the status quo.  So the population as a whole is likely going to continue to get sicker, fatter and less healthy with each passing year, and the big food corporations are going to keep becoming even more powerful.

Mon(ster)santo: Past, Present, Future

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on September 5, 2012

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Few institutions typify the urge to dominate, the urge to control, more than the corporation known as Monsanto. Incorporated early in the age of chemical optimism, 1901, the chemical incarnation Monsanto-of-old, is best known for it’s production of DDT, PCB’s and Agent Orange. If that sounds like a list of weapons of mass destruction to you, like a list of crimes against humanity, then you will not be surprised necessarily, to find that Monsanto is now a “bio-tech” company more or less in charge of the global food supply, more responsible than any other entity, for the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMO). That Monsanto is located pert’ near the geographical center of the contiguous 48 American States (St Louis), at the center of America’s “breadbasket”, should not be surprising, if you understand modern America as a fascist construction. But then, if you think of Monsanto and America generally as a fascist construction, you probably are growing at least some of your own food, and tend to avoid GMO’s to the extent you can, and probably are in favor of labelling. In which case, if GMO’s make you uncomfortable, Monsanto thinks you are an elitist condemner of the poor, and more or less an Enemy of the State/eco-terrorist/luddite scrum. LOL. (Notice the above corporate emblem has nothing to do with health, food or people. Though Monsanto otherwise bills itself as a “Sustainable Agriculture Company”.)

 

How inverted has the totalitarianism of the West become, that this guy is able to make an argument about caring for the poor, and get away with it? This guy eats children for breakfast, with a side of puppy dogs and a garnish of baby rabbit balls (oops, jackass, that was not a child, that was a young woman lol.)  This guy never met a fascist he wouldn’t plot the rape of the planet with, over $500 martinis. And yet America defers to clowns like this as if they are the pinnacle of evolution/imperialism, as if the requisite evil of uber-success is no barrier to gross admiration, genuflect before the gods of rapacious greed and crass materialism, all. In a just society a guy like this doesn’t exist. In this society, where corporations like Monsanto rule the roost, he gets to be a host of one of the most highly rated television shows on the mob-neutering boob-tube, (where he glories in raising the bar of cynicism in the most cynical mean-spirited nation there ever was.) Seriously, how does this Monsanto/GMO shill even get to go on television to call this principled young woman a shill, and not be widely denounced, unless this is something very like the fascist North America I claim it to be? This guy would put DDT/PCB/AGENT ORANGE in your breakfast cereal, if he thought he could make a buck and get away with it.

 

The interviewer here should probably be delivering these questions on his knees. Listening to Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant, one might be reminded of Hannah Arendts’ statement that the most common characteristic of fascism is it’s general banality.

 

One might better know the character of the thing, by the actions of it’s principle henchmen (less it’s public face.) For instance, the Supremacist Court (aka Supreme supporter of corporate/gov/banking rights) says if you plant non-GMO soybeans in a field next to Monsanto GMO soybeans, you cannot plant your non-GMO second-generation seeds, because of genetic drift. See, beans cross-pollinate quite easily, over long distances. So it is fairly well guaranteed, the regular soybean in one field is going to be contaminated by the GMO next door, genetically. That should be cause to say that GMO is a kind of monopolistic tyranny. But when Monsanto has more rights than people, plants or the land, the Supreme Court is just an elevated version of pit viper Monsanto lawyers glorying in the dressing-down interrogation of gentle old farmer/seed savers. This is an older piece worth reviewing. specifically 16:30-18:10

 

 

Which of course if there were any real farmers left, pit vipers like these might get a pitchfork through the heart. But most of what is left of farmers are Archer-Daniels-Midland/Cargill/Monsanto tenant agri-businessmen, who for the most part care about the health and welfare of land and people about as much as Monsanto cares about labelling GMO. Such an amoral people cloaking themselves in the morality of “feeding the world” should be repulsive; but then, in a nation ever at war, upon invasion, ordering it’s soldiers to shoot on sight every male between the ages of 16-65, spraying depleted uranium bullets all over the countryside, lecturing other nations about war crimes, the stench of hypocrisy is so thick as to choke a devil.

 

Clarence Thomas recently ruled in Bowman vs Monsanto , a case that basically put the final nail in the coffin of seed saving of soybeans, or even the growing of non-MonsantoGMO soybeans. He might have recused himself, being a former Monsanto lawyer, if he were a good man and not a fascist, but it hardly mattered as the decision was 9-0 in favor of Monsanto. Michael Taylor (pit viper extraordinaire), who was instrumental in assuring that GMO’s would not be labelled, and in allowing bovine growth hormones into the food supply, is Obama’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods @ the FDA (a goddamn lawyer!). Perhaps if you voted for Obama and are disappointed with his drift toward all things totalitarian, he will treat you like a spy and charge you under the espionage act for uttering in jest, the word Hope; such is the nature of governance in this age of imperial rot. As far as these people are concerned, you might as well be an Indian subsistence farmer.

So the situation as it stands, is that we in America have handed over the production of food to the enemy’s of all that is good, amoral socio-paths, psychopaths and war-criminal makers of weapons of mass destruction. America, where 200 years ago nearly everyone was engaged in the growing of food, presently a mono-cultural food desert, 2013, in thrall to warmongers. Next time someone says to you that we are feeding the world, ask them how many more desperately poor people living in abject poverty there are, than there were in 1800? The answer is, about 2-3 billion. Combined with a near complete dependence on fossil fuels in food production, and increasing Geo-political instability, that is a holocaust in the waiting, enough to make Adolf Hitler look like a pissant school yard bully.

 

Where do you suppose the executives of Monsanto are going to be, as that plays itself out? What about the leadership of the FDA and USDA, who have sanctified this hideous arrangement? A Congress that has allowed Monsanto GMO to proceed into the food supply without ANY human trials (the same Monsanto that was responsible for DDT, PCB’s and Agent Orange,) and minimal testing generally?

 

One does begin to wonder, if GMO’s are a not-so-subtle, not-so-unconscious plot to rid the world of it’s “useless eaters” ie regular people. There is an easy solution to overshoot, don’t you know? At the very least, what is the food equivalent to Goldman Sachs shorting (betting against) the toxic mortgage securities they sell to “muppet” clients? Or “defense” contractors paying politicians to talk about “humanitarian” war? Government fraternizing with al Qaeda in Syria/Libya, which “terrorists” were otherwise the impetus for eviscerating the Constitution, setting up of the total surveillance state?

 

Monsanto executives investing in the Health Care industry. Which you can bet they do, every single one of them, seeing as Health Care is about the only industry (other than war making) that is growing, in an economy that is otherwise stagnant. Make ’em sick and profit bookoo, off both sides of the proverbial coin.

All this focus on Monsanto, though. Don’t forget about Syngenta, or Dupont, or Dow.

 

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I was in my local grocery store recently, and I thought to myself, is there anything in here that isn’t genetically modified, including the people?

 

The primary feed animals – pigs, chickens and cattle – are almost all being fed some GMO corn and soybeans. The list of additives in non-animal food products, derived from GMO corn and soybeans is extensive; effective as sweeteners, emulsifiers, preservers, etc, and so cheap (because of industrial scaling and government bias), that nearly every food product on the shelf, is likely to contain one or more on this list (I would list them all here but the list would be longer than the article.)

 

Which is why “they” won’t label GMO food-products as such, why they resist so intensely, the fight to inform people about what we are eating. Because if they had to label products that contain GMO, people would realize the extent to which we have been duped, treated as guinea pig science experiments. Many would be horrified, to realize virtually everything on the shelf is GMO. There would be an exodus away from GMO product, and even perhaps a kind of legal retribution, cutting severely into the profits and even freedom of those who create and use GMO to feed animals and people.

 

Maybe there would be an exodus. Maybe not. It is also a truism, the degree to which the mob has been neutered. While Continental Europe on the whole has refused GMO, there is nary a movement in America to require labelling, let alone cut GMO from the food supply. Whatever people like to say about corrupt corporations/gov, our faith in Authority and Expertise is overshadowed only by our Techno-narcissism. This being so strong as to be unimpeachable, no matter how fat and sickly the average American becomes, no matter to what extent our industrial/corporate “Health Care” system is bankrupting us. We are the least healthy, most doctored people on earth.

 

Seriously, it is impossible to imagine a more effective system of tyranny than to compromise food (and water), while providing unsustainable over-abundance, while offering up an endless banquet of entertainments. All the better to harness the power of the mob, for the purpose of the ruling of the world, and the ruling of the world is what the corporations and banks and government of America do. That is the “they”, who operate most effectively in the dark, the elite players, who resist at every turn the free flow of information about what is really going on.

 

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At the Doomstead Diner, we have been working on something we call the Sun Project (Sustaining Universal Needs), a land acquisition non-profit. We are hoping to acquire approximately 100 acres, on which to build a self-sustaining, eco-technic permaculture farm, to sustain approximately 150 people. Long term, we hope to set up a network of such farms.

Rotational grazing of cows/cattle, pigs and chickens, value added meat and dairy products; market gardening; beer, wine and mead production; off-the-grid building/training; campgrounds; festivals. A self-sustaining and to a degree self-organizing model of neo-tribal living, combining the best and most responsible of the culture we inhabit, and the best of those cultures that were here when Europeans landed.

 

Permaculture is a design concept, melding the wild and the domesticated, first outlined by Bill Mollison of Australia, expanded here in America by many, including Toby Hemenway: “[Permaculture] gardens…a riotously abundant landscape in which all the pieces work together to yield food, flowers, medicinal and edible herbs, even craft supplies and income for the human inhabitants, while providing diverse habitat for helpful insects, birds and other wildlife…where nature does most of the work, but where people are as welcome as the other inhabitants of the earth.”

 

 

 

There is a surpassing genius inherent in nature, that Humanity has been attempting to subdue and destroy for most of the last 5000 years, accelerated especially since the “enlightenment” following the work of Bacon, Newton, Descartes et al and the birth of Science. That has come to a kind of terminus. We are 7+ billion now, at the precipice of one last desperate attempt to exploit and mine the resources of the earth to sustain a growth pattern and a way of life that is unsustainable, potentially destroying the capacity of the earth to sustain anything like our current numbers, or humans at all, or even life above the single-celled.

 

There is no more clinging to the status quo that is not doomed. Adapt, as nature so eloquently teaches. Seek harmony with the earth. Heal the body, heal the biosphere. Become like the waterbearers… in the coming of a new Aeon.

 

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Occupy Monsanto Blog-a-thon: Part 1

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Published on Epiphany Now on August 28, 2013

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When RE, head admin and creator of the Doomstead Diner, asked me to write an article about the evils of Monsanto I was a bit confused by the request at first. “Aren’t we just preachin’ to the choir” I wanted to know. What am I going to write about that most people don’t already know? Most of what I know is from documentary films such as Food Inc., a Michael Pollan book or two (as well as many other books), the occasional internet article, as well as the annual report generated straight from Hell. Haven’t heard of that report? It’s called the Earth Rape Newspeak Players Ball Report and it’s discussed at the annual Newspeak Players Ball. This is the real purpose of the Bilderberger meeting every year. It’s where the awards are handed out by Satan himself. Monsanto has won four out of the last 10 awards with Satan praising their use of the word sustainability. He took the time to point out (at last years Earth Rape) how wonderfully crafted and full of diverse and pure Newspeak Monsanto’s “AboutUs” section of their website is:

At the heart of Monsanto is a very clear and principled code of conduct – one we expect all employees, contractors and management to live by every day. We operate under a genuine value system—our pledge—that demonstrates integrity, respect, ethical behavior, perspective and honesty as a foundation for everything we do.
A key part of fulfilling the promise of our value system is by engaging our communities in a significant and positive manner. Not only do we work hard to support the family farmer in a variety of ways, but we also:
  • provide extensive educational programs – particularly in science and agriculture – for students around the world
  • fund numerous research grants for graduate students
  • work in partnership with government bodies, non-profit agencies and advocacy groups to make agriculture more sustainable”
While I’m at it, here’s a video from Monsanto’s website that might make you throw up a few times.

This type of write up makes me very angry. Newspeak makes me angry in general. But this is particularly pernicious Newspeak. Monsanto making agriculture more sustainable? Is that why 16,196 Indian farmers killed themselves in 2008, with over 15,000 suicides a year from 2002 to 2008 according to Wiki. These deaths are mainly due to Monsanto’s BT cotton, but more to the point it’s due to Monsanto’s “sustainable” agriculture methods. Now, I study and practice permaculture methods, which are actually sustainable agriculture methods. Monsanto practices chemical mediated, genetically modified, monoculture. Sustainability with plants depends mostly on diversity. That’s why in nature you don’t see monocultures. You see thousands of different species of plants growing in a true melting pot of diversity.
Monsanto’s agriculture is the opposite of sustainable. They move into a country and get the farmers (whom practice sustainable agriculture passed on through generations) to plant their GM seeds which will not grow without Monsanto’s application of poisonous chemicals. So now the farmer is beholden to Monsanto to get their crops to grow. To add insult to injury the seeds are what are known as “terminator seeds” because subsequent generations of the plant are sterile and will not produce the next years crop. So the farmer must buy more seeds from Monsanto. By this time Monsanto has complete control of the farmer (and their land) since the farmer cannot afford to continue the charade without a hefty loan from the bank, which they will never be able to repay since they will never see a profit. No worries, cause Monsanto doesn’t give two shits about the farmers and their human needs. They’ve got huge machines that run by satellite programming to do the job of the farmer. This is the real reason why there has been an epidemic of Indian farmers committing suicide over the last ten years. So I guess if farmers killing themselves, genetically modified terminator seeds, and numerous application of deadly poisons is sustainable than Monsanto has nailed it. So this is the “variety of ways” that Monsanto “supports the family farmer”? By making them debt slaves whom find it practical to hang themselves?
There are many evils associated with what Monsanto is doing, but to my estimation, the most evil thing they have attempted to do is to patent life itself. Percy Schmeiser, of Saskatchewan Canada, can tell you all about that. His story is pretty well known, but in 1998 Monsanto sued him for growing their patented GM canola seed. Now, he didn’t grow their seeds, their seeds contaminated his 50 years of work cultivating an heirloom canola variety. That happened because nature has this amazing capacity to pollinate with pollinators. His fields got contaminated with Monsanto’s bull shit and then Monsanto sued Schmeiser for growing their crop without permission (luckily they did not succeed). I guess maybe next Monsanto will try to take the birds and the Bees to court for cross pollinating their patented genetic modifications?  What’s with the birds and bees anyways? Don’t they know there is law to follow?  Damn nature and it’s anarchic form of resilient life.
As far as genetically modifying natures design goes, this is what Monsanto has to say about that completely risk free practice:
 There is no need to test the safety of DNA introduced into GM crops. DNA (and resulting RNA) is present in almost all foods. DNA is non-toxic and the presence of DNA, in and of itself, presents no hazard.
 Indeed, no need to test the effects of splicing non-plant DNA into plants such as the “fish tomato” with it’s winter flounder anitfreeze transgene spliced into it for better frost protection. Granted, this fish tomato was not brought to us by Monsanto, but their logic applies here, and they were the first company to apply genetic modification to food crops. There is no need to test whether or not this is a safe practice because “DNA is present in almost all foods” and DNA is “non-toxic.” Right, so sign me up for a “fish tomato” sandwich with round up ready corn on the cob. While I’m at it, why not some genetically modified soy formula for my 3 month old with a BT Cotton onesie. Might as well get him ready for his diet of mostly poisonous food so that he can get a head start on being sick for the rest of his life. But hey, at least he won’t be hungry while he’s dying from cancer.

The last thing we need is more chemicals on planet Earth. Monsanto is in the business of making humanity even more dependent on chemicals. A quick google search for “pollution in the womb” uncovered this gem:

Umbilical cord blood from 10 babies was tested for 413 industrial chemicals and pollutants. The tests found an average of 200 of these chemicals in each newborn, and a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of the 10 babies harboured pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline and garbage. Some of the chemicals found in the cord blood are banned or severely restricted in the US.
Among the chemicals found were:
– eight perfluorochemicals used as stain and oil repellants in fast food packaging, clothes and textiles, including the Teflon chemical PFOA. PFOA was recently characterized as a likely human carcinogen.
– 21 organochloride pesticides.
– dozens of widely used brominated flame retardants (PBDEs) and their toxic by products, used in TVs, computers, foam and many other products. They are also found in some foods.
Of the 287 chemicals detected in the study, 180 are known to cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
I wonder how many of those organochloride pesticides are brought to us by Monsanto and their ilk? So we’re going to Occupy Monsanto on September 17th. Everywhere. Not sure what my part will be short of writing this article. But maybe I’ll put a sign up on the busy roadside in front of my house that says something like “Monsanto pollutes our wombs.” Or “Monsanto causes cancer.” Anything to bring attention to the evil that is being perpetuated in the name of profit by this ridiculous company and the food production philosophy they labor to cultivate. We don’t need genetically modified foods in moncultures. It is not a sustainable practice. It is quite the opposite in fact. It causes more virulent and pesticide resistant pests for our food crops. It causes slaves to be made from simple farmers whom then kill themselves out of desperation. It causes humanity to ultimately be at the mercy of those who would seek to control all of our food for no other reason than profit via patents on plant DNA.
The question you have to ask yourself is do you want your food to be cheap, nutritionally deficient, and destructive to sustainable cultures throughout the world? Or do you want your food to be nutritious and produced using natural methods that mimic natures design while facilitating healthy human societies? We can do that as a species if we decide to. There is a lot stopping us from accomplishing the later goal, and Monsanto is behind a good bit of that reasoning. There is no reason why we can’t produce all of the food we need as a species in a way that is regenerative, healthy, and supportive of all life systems involved in the ecology of food production. It’s not a mystery. We know how to do it, and it does not require the use of man made chemicals that pollute the wombs of our unborn children, cause cancer, and convince simple farmers that killing themselves is a better option than remaining Monsanto slaves. We have the solutions. We can fix this mess. But we won’t if you don’t pull your head out of the sand and start paying attention to the evil’s being perpetuated by corporations whom care about nothing but profit. And at the expense of the health of our planet and all of the species on it. We don’t own the Earth, but we do share it with billions of other life forms, a healthy majority of which we are actively exterminating with the practices of our civilizations Big Agriculture headed up by the likes of Monsanto.

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OCCUPY MONSANTO Tuesday September 17, 2013

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A few months ago in May, 2.000.000 People in 50 Countries around the world organized to fight Monsanto.  It is only the BEGINNING.  The fight is revving up now, and the Net Heads and Bloggers can come together here to get the MESSAGE out better than ever.

September 17, 2013 there will be more Global Actions against Monsanto.  Here on the Diner, we will do everything we can to make this effort even more successful than the last one.

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