OH THOSE WONDERFUL GMO FOODSAugust 4, 2011
I've been watching, as many of you probably have, the claims of corporate "science" versus the legitimate concerns of independent voices over the growth of genetically modified plants. Well, it appears that GMOs are once again not in the news, at least, not in the news here:
We have been reassured, repeatedly, by the corporate purveyors of these poisoned foods, and by any number of "scientific" studies they have sponsored, by their paid off government lackeys, that these foods are safe. Little wonder, since there is a revolving door between these corporations and the very government agencies ostensibly tasked with looking out for the public good. Personnel move easily between the corridors of corporate board rooms and laboratories, into the FDA, the EPA, the NIH, and just as easily, back again.
Re-read that article carefully. You'll note that most of the scientific studies cited are being done in other countries, a sad comment on the state of our own, and its increasingly corrupted "science" being done by corporations looking to nothing but the bottom line, and not the potential human and animal misery their products are causing.
Note something else, hinted in this paragraph: "The biotech companies ignore the substantial difference between the GM toxin and the natural bacteria version, and boldly claim that since the natural spray has a history of safe use in agriculture, it’s therefore OK to put the poison directly into our food. But even this claim of safe use of Bt spray ignores peer-reviewed studies showing just the opposite." When genetically modified crops were first proposed back in the 1980s the corporations backed the principle of "substantial equivalence," meaning that genetic engineering was not fundamentally different than the agronomic practices of farmers through the millennia. But these same corporations turned around and patented their genetically modified seeds and crops, which could not be done with ordinary crops.
Why do I bring all this up? Well, not only to alert you to the dangers of tinkering with "mother nature," which are palpable and clear, but as yet another example of how the American Empire works, and why it is so dysfunctional. It is government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations. There is more of this story to tell...but that, I'm afraid, has to wait the means of a fuller exposition.