Genetically modified foods are in the news again... well, sort of anyway. But a careful read will disclose some interesting and disturbing features about American "agribusiness":

Flashback: When Cocaine and Monsanto’s Roundup Collide, War on Drugs Becomes a Genetically Modified War on Science

I hope you caught that: Monsanto is simultaneously developing an herbicide, and crops resistant to it, which, in the goofy "logic" of corporate greed, is now producing unexpected consequences: a super-resistant weed that will require even stronger herbicides to kill (and thus raising the possibility that it will mutate again, &c ad infinitum). Then throw into this mix a Federal government that not only accepted Monsanto's own dubious tests of its own products, but a "war on drugs" that, the last time I checked, wasn't going too well, but hey, it keeps the prisons full and the stockholders of the private prison companies that run them happy.

The article alleges serious fraud on the part of Monsanto. Well, fraud may or may not be involved, but it is curious that, back in the Reagan-Teflon administration and continuing on into the administration of King George the First, the elder Bush was involved in hosting "quiet meetings" at the White House with members of "agribusiness" for the express purpose of pushing through weak regulations that basically allowed those companies to claim "substantive equivalence" between their genetically modified crops on the one-hand (thus requiring no real scientific testing of their potential hazards), and on the other, allowing them to patent their dubious herbs and reap a huge profit from their sales.

You cannot have it both ways; you cannot argue "substantive equivalence" on the basis that genetically-modified crops are simply "tweaking" the normal processes of breeding certain traits into or out of plants in a slow Gregor Mendel-like process, and thus by-passing the normal requirements of scientific testing on the on hand, and turning around and patenting your crops on the other. This is nothing more than the American empire run amok once again, and in the process, once again, South America is paying the price.


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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. romanmel on June 21, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Monsanto forgot the message…

    “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature!”

  2. Jon on June 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    It is also no coincidence that the bug which keeps turning up in nasty ways, our old friend e. coli, is also the most used bug in biowarfare and genetic engineering. It has been experimented on since at least WW2.

    It has been implicated in everything from the tryptophan “accident” which caused the ban on that substance (mere days before the “coincidental” introduction of Prozac, which it handily, and safely, outperforms), to the recent “mystery” e coli outbreak in Europe.

    It is used to spice genes for all sorts of things, like Monsanto Roundup Ready seeds. The sheer number of genetically modified e coli strains out there is amazing, and I would imagine that many more are secret.

    Since it is a ubiquitous bug and is a vital component of the digestion and immune system in humans, it is only a matter of time before some truly nightmarish strain gets loose from the lab (intentionally or otherwise) and causes a science fiction plague. The most likely vector for this genocide will be Monsanto’s various Frankenfoods, the linchpins of the Auschwitz Meal Plan, I mean, the Codex Alimentarius.

    I agree they should have stuck with making carpets, not doomsday. Most of their foods taste like carpet……really old shag carpet from a house with lots of wet, muddy dogs. Just about that nutritious, too.

    Oh, they are also buying up water rights all over the world. Nice folks. Make the Nazis look like good neighbors…….at least the Nazis were honest about their villainy (comparatively).

  3. Robert Barricklow on June 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    F. William Engdahl wrote the definitive book on GMOs caalled “Seeds of Destruction” and quoted Henry Kissenger: Control the oil & you control nations; control the food & you control the people; contro the money & you control the world.

    Peter Dale Scott’s recent book blows the lid off the Drug War to Smithereeens! It is called:
    American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan.

  4. Kent Brashear on June 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Monsanto should have stuck to making carpet fibers. They did that very well 45 years ago.

  5. James Gladman on June 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    A little off-topic, but the Joplin tornado-fungus-secret morgue affair makes my conspiratorial mind think Monsanto.

    I find it suspicious that the morgue was declared secret, ‘off limits’ in a martial-law manner almost instantly, before the deadly fungus deaths occurred.

    Could this agricultural area happen to be a test area for a dangerous new herbicide or GMO organism considered dangerous if aerosolized?

  6. Charles Frith on June 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    It takes some getting used to reading an American who knows how to write satirically. A rare and authentically patriotic breed.

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