Yesterday I blogged about the incredible recalcitrance of the French and Russians, daring to maintain there are dangers in GMO food and, in Russia's case, actually banning it from the country. (Oh, I can hear it now on See BS News, on CNN(See No News), or Faux News: "there goes that neo-Stalinist crypto-communist authoritarian hardliner Putin again, standing in the way of democracy and capitalism"). It's just another case of the French and Russians being difficult as usual, right?
Consider this one (and again, a whole bunch of you emailed me this one: many thanks!):
Shock findings in new GMO study: Rats fed lifetime of GM corn grow horrifying tumors, 70% of females die early Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037249_GMO_study_cancer_tumors_organ_damage.html#ixzz27iE7oKMK
Note that the study was done by the University of Caen (apparently they're doing more there in that French city than watching film festivals... gotta watch those French!). Let me draw your attention to that paragraph again:
"Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs...
(Gee, is that all? "No problem there! Our GMO food is perfectly safe! No labeling required!" Duponzanto.)
...although different between the 3 GMOs. Other effects were also noticed in the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system.
("No problem here folks! Nothing to see. Move along! Here...have some vegetables." Duponzanto)
...We conclude that these data highlight signs of hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides specific to each GM corn. In addition, unintended direct or indirect metabolic consequences of the genetic modification cannot be excluded."(Emphasis in the original)
Now, lest you think that the American Way of Mercantilism is going to sit back idly and let France, Russia, or for that matter, the Republic of California, openly challenge their corporate bottom line in the name of humanity and good health, think again:
That's right folks, nearly $20 million just to prevent the citizens of California from knowing what is in their food. When pesky things like French scientists or neo-Stalinist crypto-communist authoritarian Russians like Putin get in the way(Sorry Vlad, but that's how our media is portraying you), simply stifle any open discussion of the subject, and, if that fails, well, then it's on to round two of the American Way of Mercantilism: buying enough corrupt Dummycrooks and Republithugs to take any teeth out of any law, to allow "ambiguous" labeling, and if that doesn't work, well, then just altogether do not enforce the law and lie through your teeth.
Seriously folks: the GMO food issue is, in my opinion, a microcosm of what has gone wrong in this country: Mercantalism - another word for fascism - has become the model. Fake securities-driven prosperity for the few over real productivity; corporate private interest trumping the public good, Federal agencies that are little more than rubber stamps for policy decisions made in secret between bought-and-paid-for politicians and corporate executives, "science" studies whose results are predetermined by the foundations and corporations running the study (think "global warming here" and who has been behind that meme. The same pattern obtained in the early history of GMOs, and once again, you can thank the Bushes for that. Don't believe me? )
There are some countries rational enough to understand the long-term human implications of GMOs. France, Germany, Hungary, India, and now, Russia, have all issued bans on various GMO crops. They deserve, not our villification, but our encouragement. And the agribusiness companies with their strong arm tactics (see Dr. de Hart's and my forthcoming book Transhumanism) to intimidate the farmer, deserve our scorn not only for their tactics, but for their product. They must be made to be aware, that if they are indeed granted the status of "persons" in law, that they must be responsible members of human society, that shoddy science, bought-and-paid for politicians, and corrupted agencies of government, are not the way.
Of course, these are the same oligarchs that ultimately think there are too many people to begin with, and perhaps that is ultimately why they are promoting "food" that kills virility and fertility.
See you on the flip side.