Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) crops

The food supply of the world is something that has been the subject of speculation and sensationalism. If the food production of the world can be controlled then so can the world’s population.

The main focus of food control has been agriculture, with domination of the seed market being sought by five major companies since the mid-1990s. Biotech companies Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont – have bought up more than 200 other companies between them to dominate farmer’s access to seeds.

Monsanto in particular has been the subject of much criticism in the tactics it has used to try and dominate the market and keep prices high, also their involvement with governments and other corporations.

The ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’ bought 500,000 shares in Monsanto in 2010 for more than $23 million. The foundation has been heavily criticised in the US and Africa for investing in a GM company that has a history of blatant disregard for the welfare of small farmers around the world. The foundation has also invested $10 million in a project in Mozambique with partner Cargil, a giant in the agriculture world and known for aggressive tactics, use of slave labour, deforestation, and one of the largest palm oil traders in the world resulting in the destruction of natural habitats.

The ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’ also teamed up with the ‘Rockefeller Foundation’ to finance ‘The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa’ (AGRA), headed by Kofi Annan. The controlling board members primarily consist of members of both foundations. The prime purpose of AGRA is to promote the use of GMO in Africa, and claim to be supported by many international organisations, including the Kenyan government. However, in  December 2012 Kenya’s Public Health Minister, Beth Mugo announced an immediate ban on the importation of genetically modified foods citing doubts about the safety of GMO, and stating that “the ban will remain in effect until there is sufficient information, data and knowledge demonstrating that GMO foods are not a danger to public health.”

The seeds produced by the large bio-tech companies are genetically modified and patented, making them expensive for small farmers to afford – meaning that AGRA and similar initiatives closely associated to the big five bio-tech companies are creating a ‘faming elite’. Part of the ‘contract’ in supplying farmers with GMO seeds is that they are forbidden to use them more than once, and forbidden to pass them on to other farmers.

Both Monsanto and the ‘Bill and Melina Gates Foundation’ also have very close relationships to population control.

In a television programme on the PBS network titled ‘Bill Moyers Interviews Bill Gates’, Gates disclosed that his father, William H. Gates Snr (who is also a founding member of the ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’), was head of ‘Planned Parenthood’, and both parents were strong and active believers in eugenics.  According to the ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’, Gates father has contributed his resources in reproductive and child health within the foundation.

Bill Gates (in the same interview) said that he had been a firm believer in the work of Robert Maithus, who, in ‘An essay of the principle of population’ published in 1798, commented on eugenics “It does not… by any means seem impossible that by an attention to breed, a certain degree of improvement, similar to that among animals, might take place among men. Whether intellect could be communicated may be a matter of doubt; but size, strength, beauty, complexion, and perhaps longevity are in a degree transmissible… As the human race, however, could not be improved in this way without condemning all the bad specimens to celibacy, it is not probable that an attention to breed should ever become general”.

Monsanto had very close connections to a San Diego company called Epicyte. Epicyte’s focus was on introducing specific human genes into plants like corn, plant cells can be reprogrammed to manufacture human proteins. In September 2001, Epicyte announced that it had produced corn plants which made anti-sperm antibodies. The contraceptive corn was based on a rare condition in women called immune infertility, which makes antibodies that attack sperm. Epicyte used corn for much of its research because of the cellular structures which closely resemble humans.

The President and Chief Executive of Epicyte, Lloyd M. Kunimoto, also served as vice president of commercial development for Monsanto Company’s Nutrition and Consumer Sector and was President and CEO of Calgene, a biotechnology company focused in agricultural products and technology that was acquired by Monsanto in 1997. A director on the board of Epicyte was Mich B. Hein, who also served in various R&D positions at Monsanto. At the time Epicyte was sold to Biotex it is believed that Monsanto acquired the patents to contraceptive corn. Monsanto are also known to be involved in the research/use of other crops to deliver contraception, such as soybeans.

The use of GMO crops which are designed to survive harsher conditions (environment, disease and drought) than they normally would may seem like a reasonable answer to the potential problem of feeding an ever-growing population.

However, there are concerns about the use of GMOs. Some of the concerns are safety issues, effect on delicate ecological systems, and the economic control of distribution through the use of patents and intellectual property rights. Add to this the possibility that GMO crops could be installed in the food chain with covert agendas, such as sterilisation of specific populations, we can see that GMO crops pose serious concerns about their value. GMO crops could have devastating effects which far outweigh their values as food crops.

There is a definite and historical link between the elements of the GMO chain. Gates, Rockefellers, Monsanto (and other bio-tech corporations), ‘Planned Parenthood’, the eugenic movement, all serve the same purpose – population control.


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