October 22, 2015
Dateline: Santa Fe, New Mexico
By Paul Fassa, Natural Health Journalist
(UtopiaSilver.com) Elsewhere in the world the opposition to GMOs with its associated toxic herbicides and pesticides has increased. But in America Monsanto mighty beyond belief. The latest report indicates that over half of the European Union’s (EU) 28 nations have banned GMO crops within their borders. Let’s hope that the demise of GMO agricultural control has begun!
Ditto for Russia, which set the pace for Europe by declaring ‘nyet’ (Russian for no) to GMOs earlier. The old trick of centralizing power to make manipulating large segments of populations easier for corporate masters backed by corrupt governments was hacked when the EU finally decided to allow member nations to opt out of GMO agriculture completely.
Then there is growing organized agricultural and medical resistance in Latin American nations, GMO crop failure dissatisfaction among Asian nations, especially India and Pakistan, and some unrest in China regarding GMO proliferation. Labeling was already widespread throughout the EU.
But labeling doesn’t stop GMO planting with its accompanying increased dangerous herbicide and pesticide use. And it doesn’t stop the cross pollination contamination that does exist regardless of “buffer zones”.
Those governments untainted by monetary or political persuasions were strong enough to add themselves to the GMO nyet list. Good for them.
But what about us in the USA? There are reports of Monsanto’s stock values dropping as a result of the WHO’s glyphosate “probable carcinogenic” label and worldwide GMO waxing resistance.
The Problem With Labeling
The biotech, processed food industries, and retail grocery groups are well off enough financially to easily lobby politicians against labeling, especially in the national congress and senate. Those industries have the bucks to set up fake grass roots groups and hire soulless PR marketing experts to spread lies such as the price of all food will rise dramatically if GMO products are labeled.
Recently, a House Agriculture Committee decided that Americans are too “ignorant” for GMO labeling that could lead to “false fears” that do “… more harm than good, that it leads too many people away from it and it diminishes the market for GMOs that are the solution to a lot of the problems we face,” said David Just, a professor at Cornell University who testified as witness to the committee.
The testifying witnesses were pro-GMO. Cornell, for example, is a major research center for Monsanto. The university receives generous grants for GMO plant research that isn’t designed for finding what’s wrong with GMOs. The committee itself was paneled by pro-GMO congressional members. There was no input from witnesses who are aware of GMO agriculture’s true dangers.
An Ironically Valid Point
In a perverse way, the committee conclusion that Americans are too ignorant is valid, but for different reasons. The whole original premise for labeling was to create a consumer tipping point that would force GMOs out of business because of sufficiently lowered market demand.
Have you seen the SUVs lined up at McDonald’s and other fast food joint drive-by lines? Do they care about labels? Do you think a majority of shoppers, even in health food stores, examine labels closely? This ain’t France folks. Americans are concerned about convenience and low food costs, not quality.
And most American fast or processed foods do have GMO items in them, even while being labeled natural. Posing this issue as a consumer “right to know” is a false issue, a distraction for the real issues.
Let the knowledgeable know how and what to avoid while shopping. The “ignorant”, who are of the vast majority of consumers, don’t want to know. There simply aren’t enough knowledgeable folks to create an economic tipping point.
And some leaders of labeling efforts are at best are leading controlled opposition. They know how to soften the rhetorical fervor attacking the biotech industry’s true intentions and past history by framing it as a consumer choice issue.
The Real GMO Issues
One of the issues ignored by distracting anti-GMO activists with consumer choice is simply contamination of really natural organic foods. Pollen drift, by wind, birds, and insects has been known to spread to other fields and contaminate non-GMO and organically grown crops. Then there are GMO seeds getting mixed into non-GMO seeds to add to the spreading pollution.
To sum it up, there can be no co-existence. An excellent article by Farm Wars blogger Barbara Peterson included a phone call to the USDA organic certification department. She was informed by a USDA official that organic certification does not include testing for GMO contamination.
The only labeling effort that does is The Non-GMO Project, an independent group that collects fees from food processors to inspect and certify the product as GMO free. Nothing more is needed. The other matter that should be of more concern is how bad the chemicals used for GMO crops are and how much of them are used.
Glyphosate has contaminated groundwater and human breast milk. And glyphosate has been labeled as a probable carcinogenic, a rating only one notch below definitely carcinogenic. And even that was very close to being considered as a definite carcinogenic.
The Only GMO Solution is Banning
All the other nations’ choices to ban GMO cultivation are enforced by their governments. Fat chance of getting that done on a national level here. Monsanto owns Washington. But at local levels, there is hope. That would mean getting farmers and farm legal counseling groups who are anti-GMO involved as well.
I have not seen any high profile leaders involved with labeling extend a helping hand toward non-GMO farmers. Food plant crops come from the ground that farmers cultivate, not from retail stores. There have been some successes and some failures with banning GMOs locally, initiated by farmers.
That’s the only hope in America, where the federal government has several key positions filled by biotech industry insiders, especially Monsanto. It is consistent guerrilla warfare that succeeds against monolithic invaders. The increasing damage from pockets of worldwide GMO refusal, along with the WHO’s glyphosate carcinogenic announcement, finally appears to be taking its toll on the biotech industry and Monsanto.
Perhaps eventually this citadel of evil will crumble down on its arrogant occupants.