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September 1, 2006

An immoral and unethical government

Thanks to my mother for sending me this link to Robert Brady’s post about Monsanto and the Terminator seed. Please read the full article here.

I knew about the Terminator seed from Ban Terminator, a campaign to ban, worldwide, Terminator:

Terminators, or GURTS (Genetic Use Restriction Technologies), are a class of genetic engineering technologies which allow companies to introduce seeds whose sterile offspring cannot reproduce, preventing farmers from re-planting seeds from their harvest. The seeds could also be used to introduce specific traits which would only be triggered by the application of proprietary chemicals by the same companies. (Excerpt from Ban Terminator.)

The other, bigger problem reported in the article is the government and corporations’ ability to completely control the people, farms, agricultural industries, and food supplies, GLOBALLY. Farmers who currently, and in the future, adopt the genetically modified way to increase food crops will see themselves having to fork over money in order to keep buying seeds every year — because the crops will yield sterile seeds. Oh, and, any farmers who are getting patented seeds “unlawfully,” will be unable to use them the next year through their traditional methods of saving seeds. The movement would render farmers penniless. (If you’ve seen The Corporation, you might remember the part about farmers doing much better by traditional, natural methods.)

D&PL [Delta & Pine Land] calls the thousand-year-old tradition of farmer-saved seed by the pejorative term, ‘brown bagging’ as though it is something dirty and corrupt. Excuse me?

Or what about what “Kissinger said back in the 1970’s, ‘Control the oil and you can control entire Continents. Control food and you control people…'” Are you scared yet?

With Terminator patent rights, once a country such as Argentina or Brazil or Iraq or the USA or Canada opened its doors to the spread of GMO patented seeds among its farmers, their food security would be potentially hostage to a private multinational company, a company which, for whatever reasons, especially given its intimate ties to the US Government, might decide to use ‘food as a weapon’ to compel a US-friendly policy from that country or group of countries.

Food as a weapon? Who are the real terrorists here — Islamic extremists, or the US Government and their corporate friends? Think about it.