THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: IG FARBENSANTO AND GMO WEED
By now you may have heard about the merger plans of German chemicals giant Bayer, which wants to buy Mon(ster)santo. Birds of a feather flock together, as the old saying goes, so I suppose there's nothing newsworthy about a former charter company of I.G. Farben wanting to buy an American corporation with a similar track record. But part of the plan appears to be that these two GMO giants want to control the marijuana trade (nothing like that good olde "bottom line"), in these articles shared by Ms. M.W>:
As the authoress of the article, Ellen Brown, notes, cannabis and hemp were used not only as a primary argircultural crop prior to the "war on weed," but were components of various medicines, and it is now acknowledged that the plant has beneficial medical uses:
Cannabis is actually one of the oldest domesticated crops, having been grown for industrial and medicinal purposes for millennia. Until 1883, hemp was also one of the largest agricultural crops (some say the largest). It was the material from which most fabric, soap, fuel, paper and fiber were made. Before 1937, it was also a component of at least 2,000 medicines.
So why the rush of Bayer, the German GMO-chemical-pharmaceutical giant, and Mon(ster)santo - IG Farbensanto as I like to call it - to enter the cannabis market? Predictably, it's about patents and profits:
Powerful corporate interests no doubt had a hand in keeping cannabis off the market. The question now is why they have suddenly gotten on the bandwagon for its legalization. According to an April 2014 article in The Washington Times, the big money behind the recent push for legalization has come, not from a grassroots movement, but from a few very wealthy individuals with links to Big Ag and Big Pharma.
Leading the charge is George Soros, a major shareholder in Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company and producer of genetically modified seeds. Monsanto is the biotech giant that brought you Agent Orange, DDT, PCBs, dioxin-based pesticides, aspartame, rBGH (genetically engineered bovine growth hormone), RoundUp (glyphosate) herbicides, and RoundUp Ready crops (seeds genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate).
Monsanto now appears to be developing genetically modified (GMO) forms of cannabis, with the intent of cornering the market with patented GMO seeds just as it did with GMO corn and GMO soybeans. For that, the plant would need to be legalized but still tightly enough controlled that it could be captured by big corporate interests. Competition could be suppressed by limiting access to homegrown marijuana; bringing production, sale and use within monitored and regulated industry guidelines; and legislating a definition of industrial hemp as a plant having such low psychoactivity that only GMO versions qualify. Those are the sorts of conditions that critics have found buried in the fine print of the latest initiatives for cannabis legalization.
So what's the game plan? Well, herewith my hjigh octane speculation of the day: in the move toward legaization, expect to hear from IG Farbensanto that its "scientific studies" show their GMO weed is "safer and healthier" than plain-old grow it in your hydroponics room marijuana. Hence,what will be "legalized" is the GMO crop, and the current federal bureaucracy will continue to wage war on the natural plant itself. This is a nifty way of keeping the price of the GMO "product" artificially high, while benefititng from the markets legalization would gain.
This, it strikes me, is a game plan that certain people - Mafia dons and Latin American drug lords - can be none-too-happy about; after all, their profits are contingent upon keeping drugs illegal. But if this game plan is applied across the board, one can envision "legalized" drugs, liegalized, that is to say, only in the GMO version, which might be cheaper than the illegal "natural" versions. To put all this as bluntly and "country simple" as possible, one might be looking at a new game plan of Mr. Global - one truly only the likes of Bayer, Mon(ster)santo, and Soros and their ilk could dream up - a plan to cut out an old member of the "deep state" in the international criminal underground or Mafia, and corner the new market for "respectable" people. If this reading is correct, then one can expect that those dons and drug lords aren't about to take it lying down. Think here of thefts of GMO poppy seeds and marijuana seeds, "illegal" fields, and, of course, good old fashioned "wet work" against their enemies.
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