Control over your food: Why Monsanto’s GM seeds are undemocratic

By Christopher D. Cook
Christian Science Monitor

Question: Would you want a small handful of government officials controlling America’s entire food supply, all its seeds and harvests?

I suspect most would scream, “No way!”

Yet, while America seems allergic to public servants – with no profit motive in mind – controlling anything these days, a knee-jerk faith in the “free market” has led to overwhelming centralized control of nearly all our food stuffs, from farm to fork.

The Obama administration’s recent decision to radically expand genetically modified (GM) food – approving unrestricted production of agribusiness biotech company Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” alfalfa and sugar beets – marks a profound deepening of this centralization of food production in the hands of just a few corporations, with little but the profit motive to guide them.

Even as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials enable a tighter corporate grip on the food chain, there is compelling evidence of GM foods’ ecological and human health risks, suggesting we should at very least learn more before allowing their spread.

Numerous peer-reviewed studies suggest these crops – the result of reformulating plant and animal genes, with minimal oversight and no food labeling disclosures – increase allergens in the food supply. And according to the World Health Organization, “The movement of genes from GM plants into conventional crops…may have an indirect effect on food safety and food security. This risk is real, as was shown when traces of a maize type which was only approved for feed use appeared in maize products for human consumption in the United States of America.”

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8 responses to “Control over your food: Why Monsanto’s GM seeds are undemocratic

  1. Let’s put these Fascists out of business!

  2. eco-farming, baby, eco-farming

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  4. Last night, I saw a new Monsanto commercial for “roundup”…utterly disgusting! They’ve even taken over Russia with their frankencrops. Here, in Canada, they’re funding all the schools on the prairies and totally brainwashing them into eating frankenfoods for breakfast (exclusively)!
    “Agriculture in the Classroom-MB Inc. (AITC-M) will announce an exciting expansion of its Made in Manitoba Breakfast Program at Discover Agriculture in the City at the Forks Market in Winnipeg on Friday, March 18th at 9:50am.
    The expansion – which will bring the famous, locally produced breakfast and agriculture education program to 30 new rural communities – was made possible through a generous $140,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund.”
    Arrrrggggghhhhhhh! Monsatan is alive and well!

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  6. So, what can we do to stop this?


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