THE HIDDEN AGENDA IN GENETIC MANIPULATION OF SEEDS . . .

A diabolical plan for total world domination!



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by Selvam Canagaratna


"Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people."


- Henry Kissinger, Nixon-era neocon US Secretary of State (1970)


It was Noam Chomsky who pointed out in World Orders, Old and New, that the central goal has pivoted around the issue of control: "Control of the population is the major task of any state that is dominated by particular sectors of the domestic society and therefore functions primarily in their interest. . .".


Kingsley Dennis, PhD, a sociologist and researcher, spelt out on the Truthout website the ‘particular sectors’ Chomsky had in mind: the minority elite, who pursue controlling strategies to ‘engineer’ national and international affairs in line with their aims. "And these aims are for the most part based on greed and power; and the need to keep the masses contented and docile."


Dennis recalled the words of the late Herbert Marcuse, a German-American philosopher, sociologist, and political theorist: "A comfortable, smooth, reasonable, democratic unfreedom prevails in advanced industrial civilization, a token of technical progress" and explained that the ‘democratic unfreedom’ Marcuse referred to was often implemented by parading rational thinking as the vehicle in which to present specific agendas most suitable to hierarchical power structures.


One of these forms is corporatism and the rise of the conglomerates, wrote Dennis. "A particular example of corporatism and social control can be found within global food systems, the ways they are monopolized and managed. The control and management of global food supplies has been a corporate and political priority for decades, with US-based conglomerates leading the charge."


The 1974 UN World Food Conference in Rome outlined the necessity of maintaining sufficient world grain reserves, especially since prices had shot up dramatically via the huge increase in oil price during the early 1970s oil crisis.


"The US long-term strategy was to dominate the global market in grain and agriculture commodities, as outlined by US President Richard Nixon," wrote Dennis. This policy coincided with taking the dollar off the gold exchange standard in August 1971 to make US grain exports competitive in the rest of the world.


But for the US to become the world’s most competitive agribusiness producer, it had to first replace traditional American family-based farming with the now-widespread huge ‘factory-farm’ production. Simply put, traditional agriculture was systematically replaced with agribusiness production through changes in domestic policy: domestic farm programs that had previously protected smaller farm incomes were phased out during Nixon’s term in office. This policy was then exported to developing countries in a bid to make US agribusiness more competitive and to get a hold into foreign markets.


The Nixon Administration began the process of destroying the domestic food production of developing countries as the ‘opening shot’ in an undeclared war to create a vast new global market in [allegedly] ‘efficient’ American food exports. Nixon also used the post-war trade regime known as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to advance this new global agribusiness export agenda, as set out in F. William Engdahal’s book Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation.


Stephen Lendman who reviewed Engdahal’s book on the Global Research website notes matter-of-factly: "Today, we’re all lab rats in an uncontrolled, unregulated mass human experiment the results of which are unknown. The risks from it are beyond measure, it will take many years to learn them, and when they’re finally revealed it will be too late to reverse the damage if it’s proved GM products harm human health as independent experts strongly believe. Once GM seeds are introduced to an area, the genie is out of the bottle for keeps."


And therein lies the greatest danger to the survival of humanity as we know it.


Engdahal’s book presents "the diabolical story of how Washington and four Anglo-American agribusiness giants – Monsanto, DuPont, Dow AgriSciences and Cargill – plan world domination by patenting life forms to gain worldwide control of our food supply and why that prospect is chilling."


In 2003, Jeffrey Smith’s Seeds of Deception exposed the dangers of untested and unregulated genetically-engineered foods most people eat every day with no knowledge of the potential health risks. Efforts to inform the public have been quashed, reliable science has been buried, and, says Engdahal, consider what happened to two distinguished scientists.


One was Ignatio Chapela, a microbial ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Chapela and a UC Berkeley graduate student, David Quist, in 2000 discovered genetically-engineered contamination of Mexican corn in violation of a government ban on these crops in 1998. Corn is sacred in Mexico, the country is home to hundreds of indigenous varieties that crossbreed naturally, and GM contamination is permanent and unthinkable – but it happened by design.


The prestigious journal Nature agreed to publish Chapela’s findings. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, Director of the Commission of Biosafety in Mexico City, wanted his findings withheld, but Chapela refused. When his article appeared on November 29, 2001, the smear campaign against him began and intensified. Because of the pressure, Nature took an unprecedented action in its 133 year history.


It upheld Chapela’s central finding but retracted the second – and even more serious – conclusion: the contaminated GM corn had as many as eight fragments of the CaMV promoter that created an unstable "hotspot". It could cause plant genes to fragment, scatter throughout the plant’s genome, and, if proved conclusively, would wreck efforts to introduce GM crops in the country. The anti-Chapela campaign moved into top gear, focusing on this ‘conclusion’ while ignoring the first.


But, ironically, on April 18, 2002, two weeks after Nature’s partial retraction, the Mexican government announced there was massive genetic contamination of traditional corn varieties in the states of Oaxaca and neighbouring Puebla. Up to 95% of tested crops were genetically polluted and "at a speed never before predicted". The news made headlines in Europe and Mexico, but was, unsurprisingly, ignored in the US and Canada.


UC Berkeley denied Chapela tenure in 2003. He sued for lost wages, earnings and benefits, compensatory damages for humiliation, mental anguish, emotional distress and coverage of attorney fees and costs of action. He won in May, 2005 but not in court; the university granted him tenure and agreed to include retroactive pay back to 2003.


The other scientist – the world’s leading lectins and plant genetic modification expert, UK-based Arpad Pusztai – was vilified and fired by Scotland’s Rowett Research Institute for publishing his findings on safety of GMO foods: rats fed GMO potatoes had smaller livers, hearts, testicles and brains, damaged immune systems, structural changes in their white blood cells making them more vulnerable to infection and disease. Thymus and spleen damage showed up; enlarged tissues, including the pancreas and intestines; and there were cases of liver atrophy as well as significant proliferation of stomach and intestines cells, a sign of greater future risk of cancer. Equally alarming – all this happened after 10 days of testing, and the changes persisted after 110 days – the human equivalent of 10 years.


The Clinton and Blair governments were determined to suppress the findings because Washington was spending billions in promoting GMO crops; they weren’t about to let even the world’s foremost expert in the field derail their effort.


Engdahl’s book covers the roots of the strategy to control ‘global food security’ going back to the 1930s and the plans of a handful of American families to preserve their wealth and power. But it centres on one family – the Rockefellers – that above all others, he says, "came to symbolize the hubris and arrogance of the emerging American century".


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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