What is now known as organic food today used to just be known as ‘food’ not so long ago.
Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton
More and more people are waking up to the fact that the widespread proliferation of genetically modified (GM) foods and petrochemicals are not only wreaking havoc on our environment, but wreaking havoc on us. More than 250 million acres are planted with GM crops each year. Again and again, honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been linked to pesticide use; for all the promises that genetically modified foods would result in less pesticide use, studies have actually confirmed the opposite to be true, giving rise to superweeds and superbugs. Herbicide use has only substantially increased.
According to the Institute for Responsible Technology, GM foods have been linked to some 65 health risks; evidence from dozens of animal studies and dire warnings from academic and industry research cannot be overlooked. Among these documented hazards are increased chances of allergies, organ dysfunction, digestive disorders, autoimmune issues, cancer and reproductive dysfunction.
Once planted, genetically modified organisms have been found to escape their fields and contaminate natural crops, killing biodiversity one plant at a time. GM material is tainting farmland all over the world in short, and it is only spreading.
The initial so-called Green Revolution was spurred in the 1940s by The Rockefeller Foundation as was ultimately about large-scale corporate farming practices — including propagation of hybridized seeds and pesticide use — and tended towards consolidation and monopoly of the food supply. As writer Stephen Lendman notes, “With Rockefeller family funding, the Green Revolution laid the groundwork for the Gene Revolution, allowing a handful of Anglo-American agribusiness giants to gain worldwide control of the food supply.”
This paved the way for the eventual introduction of GM crops all over the world. In July 2006, the Rockefeller Foundation initiated “Africa’s Turn: A New Green Revolution for the 21st Century,” with the accompanying statement, “It is time for a second ‘Green Revolution,’ aimed squarely at Africa.”
Africa, with its mix of developing nations and growing economy, is continually being forced back under the yoke of its neo-colonial masters. Just today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new trade mission “to promote U.S. agricultural trade and investment in sub-Saharan Africa” in support of President Obama’s “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” initiative.
These kinds of ‘initiatives’ push GM products and agricultural chemical use in Africa, while consolidating local farmers under big agribusiness. One of the larger global initiatives is The World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture. According to the initiative website, New Vision “engages leaders of business, government, civil society, farmers organisations, development partners and other groups to work together to achieve sustainable agricultural growth. The initiative works at the global level with the G8 and G20, and facilitates national-level partnerships in 11 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.”
With specific mention that the world’s population will reach 9 billion by 2050, the plan revolves around the idea of production shortfalls, resource scarcity and climate change as drivers that justify modern agriculture ‘techniques’.
Plans include a transformational framework and roadmap for stakeholders that lays out “steps toward national-level agriculture transformation”. The initiative’s 2012 report acknowledged that the role GM foods will play is controversial, but stated, “Focus and good faith are required by all parties to ensure that controversies over these or other issues do not derail the broader multistakeholder collaboration.”
Internet archiving revealed the New Vision’s original explanation of their mission:
In 2010 the New Vision for Agriculture initiative worked with select governments to form public-private partnerships aimed at harnessing private-sector investment and technical expertise to help achieve the government’s goals for sustainable agriculture-sector growth. Initial reaction to this model has been strongly positive among governments, donor agencies and the private sector alike, as all three recognize it as a ‘win-win’ approach that leverages and multiplies each party’s investment. [emphasis added]
Participating companies involved in New vision include the usual suspects:
- AGCO Corporation (an agricultural equipment manufacturer)
- A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S (a shipping, oil and gas parent company)
- BASF SE
- Bayer CropScience AG
- Bunge Limited (St. Louis-based international soybean exporter)
- Cargill Incorporated
- CF Industries Holdings Inc. (agricultural fertilizer manufacturer/distributor)
- Diageo Plc (international alcoholic beverage company)
- General Mills Inc.
- METRO AG
- Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods Inc.)
- Monsanto Company
- Nestlé SA
- Novozymes A/S (Denmark-based biotech company)
- PepsiCo Inc.
- Rabobank International (a leading international food/agri bank)
- Royal DSM NV (international, science-based ‘nutrition’ company)
- SABMiller Plc (multinational brewing/beverage company)
- Sinar Mas Agribusiness & Food
- Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.
- Syngenta International AG
- The Coca-Cola Company
- The Mosaic Company (Fortune 500 phosphate and potash miner; sells Hydrofluosilic Acid byproducts to municipalities to fluoridate water supplies)
- United Phosphorus Ltd. (a chemical and seed company)
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
- Yara International ASA (Norwegian chemical and fertilizer company)
In addition to representatives from these corporations, project review and advisory support also includes representatives from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United Nations World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the USDA and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
Major public-private New Vision partnerships also include country-level initiatives in Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia and India.
With so many major corporate players involved, it is all too clear who this project is meant to target – and benefit.
Aaron and Melissa created TruthstreamMedia.com,where this first appeared, as an outlet to examine the news, place it in a broader context, uncover the deceptions, pierce through the fabric of illusions, grasp the underlying factors, know the real enemy, unshackle from the system, and begin to imagine the path towards taking back our lives, one step at a time, so that one day we might truly be free…