Catherine J. Frompovich
With all that’s going on regarding genetically modified organisms, especially food crops, this writer became intrigued while standing in line at a Whole Foods checkout counter by a magazine’s cover story “Inside Monsanto,” which appears on the Aug./Sept. 2013 issue of The Mountain Astrologer. Online access to the magazine is www.mountainastrologer.com.
Even though being somewhat esoterically inclined, the feature article by Eric Francis Coppolino was a little more than this writer expected. Coppolino, an astrologer, delved deeply into the history of both Monsanto and its founder, John Francis Queeny, in addition to supplying astrological charts for both, which were delineated, cross-referenced to Monsanto history, and from which prognostications also were offered.
According to Coppolino’s exceptional eight-page article, Monsanto was founded November 29, 1901 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Queeny, who worked for a pharmaceutical company by day, invested $1,500 of his own money and borrowed $3,500 from another company. Monsanto found its way to becoming a behemoth due to Queeny’s perceptive abilities and, in particular, being able to produce a “good quality artificial sweetener” along with Monsanto’s early alliance with the Coca-Cola Company supplying soft drink ingredients, e.g., saccharin, Vanillin, and caffeine.
In 1935 Monsanto purchased the Swan Chemical Company, which made PCBs, and the rest is history, one could say. Monsanto has had a controversial history producing chemicals that have been banned or recalled, such as the Agent Orange defoliant 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D contaminated with dioxins.
Interestingly, Monsanto produced the active ingredient in Lysol that also was contaminated with dioxin, according to Coppolino’s historical account. Just think – that product was used to disinfect everything, including being used in hospitals.
Monsanto’s history includes Nutri-Sweet, the Copper-7 intrauterine device, and working on the Manhattan Project supervising one of the secret laboratories that developed the atomic bomb.
PCBs were banned by Congress under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. Coppolino points out that astrologically Mars and Chiron were in an opposition October 12, 1976, the day President Gerald Ford signed the control act into law, reflecting a cosmic pattern that occasionally sets into Monsanto’s horoscope negative aspects that affect Monsanto’s genetically modified foods ‘mission’. Coppolino does an exceptional job of jockeying between charts to illustrate how Monsanto is on a path that’s been written in the stars that also will include some unexpected events.
Coppolino says, “Monsanto’s 11th house provides a description why the company seems so intractable, including its stranglehold on the public.” Also that, “Monsanto survived the onslaughts against genetically modified food by its usual tactics – the use of government influence.” But, here’s the apparent bugaboo in an otherwise perfect chart: “Monsanto’s Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will experience a simultaneous conjunction from Pluto and square from Uranus, which happens in 2015.” That cosmic event may precipitate dramatic and traumatic events for Monsanto. Here’s how he describes it:
While there is no way to predict exactly what the Uranus-Pluto square will bring, there are few astrologers who would dare to underestimate its potential power. Those who are working for a sane response to genetic modification or to stop Monsanto outright, should know that the company is approaching a vulnerable moment, which is an invitation for activists to persist in their efforts.
As an example of how celestial energies affect earthly events, especially with regard to Monsanto and its GMOs, Coppolino points to the lunar eclipse in May 2013 that impacted several events Monsanto had to stiffen its upper lip to:
- May 25, 2013 the world wide March Against Monsanto;
- Less than a week later, an Oregon farmer finds Roundup Ready wheat;
- Japan cancels their entire wheat order/shipments from the USA because of the Roundup Ready wheat discovery;
- Monsanto gives up on pushing GMO products into the European Union regulatory process;
- And, in addition to the above happenings within about a week or so, Kansas wheat farmer Ernest Barnes filed a federal lawsuit June 3rd alleging he and other wheat farmers have been hurt financially because of the Oregon GMO wheat findings.
GMO producers are concerned about the push for labeling of GMOs in the U.S. and want to dialogue about the safety of genetically modified seeds, crops, and foods. According to The New York Times, the Council for Biotechnology Information will handle answering questions to quell consumer concerns at http://gmoanswers.com/ , a website that went online recently. Personally, this writer wonders what GMO Answers.com will have to say about genetically engineered oranges. According to The Grower website, 
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Hamlin orange trees genetically engineered to produce a natural insecticide that wards off Asian citrus psyllids may be planted in Florida field trials as soon as required permits are granted. [On line 1/16/2012]
According to Just Label It August 2, 2013, initial field trials for GM oranges have started in Central Florida. For more information about genetically engineered oranges, please see “Can Genetic Engineering Save the Orange, and Vice Versa?”
Establishment of a council, whose members include “Monsanto and five other big crop biotechnology and agricultural chemical companies — Dow Chemical, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience and BASF,”  ought to be considered as a positive indicator that GMO labeling will become a reality in the USA, but consumers must keep pushing for it, and do some “hard ball-type” pushing. It’s quite apparent to this writer, at least, that GMO biotechnology companies see the handwriting on the wall and are fearful that U.S. consumers will be as successful as the European Union consumers were in (1) getting GMOs labeled and (2) in having them banned, which the U.S. is trying to negate and introduce GM trade agreements.
However, there is a large push from American farm lobby groups and international food manufacturers such as Kraft and Nestle to do away with such labeling mandates so they can sell genetically modified foods in Europe without a label (as is currently the situation in the US).
Perhaps the GM biotechnology industry has had its tea leaves read and are beginning to realize that “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time,” therefore, the need to dialogue. “Let’s talk” can be interpreted as “We need to persuade you to our way of thinking.”
However, as this writer assesses the GMO issue, Coppolino’s prognostications ought to revitalize all who are working to expose the dangers of GMO farming and foods, plus bring new-found hope and unfailing determination. When certain aspects are written in the stars, who knows what can happen. We just have to keep on, keeping on.
Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies.
Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine’s latest book, A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.
Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).