"We have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population. This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationship which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction."
US State Department senior planning official, 1948
This is the very first paragraph in the book, the Introduction, in fact. Just that one statement tells us
how much informative and infuriating material will be found with each page we turn. Taking a look at the chapter headings gives us a clue that this will not
be pleasant reading. The book is divided into five parts, with two or more chapters in each part. It is also a fairly long book. Because of that, this
will be an abnormally long review. I decided to do it in outline form, or maybe free-form would be a better term, which is very different than my usual
procedure. I have included my usual running personal commentary, however. The point is, I will try to squeeze as much information into as reasonable a review
as I can. But it will still be long. Just one other point, which is rather ironically humorous. Take a look at the book cover—the parched, cracked soil,
then compare it to the cover to
Nordenholt's Million . . . Hmm.
I also want to mention that there are ample footnotes and sources to accompany each chapter. This is a very well researched book!! And I also must say that even those of us who are most certainly not naïve, and consider ourselves quite informed and aware of the lies, deceit and fraud taking place right in our faces, and I consider myself one of those people—even we will be shocked and appalled while reading this book.
Part I: The Political Beginnings
Chapter 1 : Washington Launches the GMO Revolution
1970s; Reagan Administration, extreme partisanship in favor of biotech agribusiness industry.
Just that term alone should tell you it's not about healthy food—one of the worst things to ever happen to this planet.
Reagan Administration "moving quietly to open its doors to Monsanto" and other companies involved with gene manipulation.
Monsanto people long-time buddies with then Vice President and former head of CIA, George H.W. Bush. Monsanto also had long-term involvement with US Government; agent orange; long record of fraud and cover-up.
No regulation of GMO plants, livestock, and drugs, and agribusiness wanted to keep it so.
1988; Bush/Quayle Administration "moved swiftly to implement an agenda giving unregulated free-rein to Monsanto and other major GMO companies. (Are we beginning to understand why Roundup is still being sold?) Quayle: biotech products "not be hampered by unnecessary regulation."
The reforms we announce today will speed up and simplify the process of bringing better agricultural products, developed through biotech, to consumers, food processors and farmers.
Right . . .
After that, "not one single new regulatory law governing biotech or GMO products was passed then or later, despite repeated efforts by concerned Congressmen" [and women].
The framework that Bush put in place was simple. In line with the expressed wishes of the biotech industry, the US Government would regard genetic engineering of plants and foods or animals as merely a simple extension of traditional animal or plant breeding.
Oh, my . . .
And who would oversee and evaluate GMO products? US Department of Agriculture; EPA; FDA; and NIH. All pretty useless organizations, huh? Yet, as usual, people assumed these products were being tested. Yeah, Monsanto tested their own products and said they were fine.
And yet, senior government scientists warned of the potential dangers. Dr. Louis J. Pribyl of the FDA knew that "toxins could be unintentionally created when new genes were introduced into a plant's cells."
By 1992, President George H.W. Bush was ready to open the Pandora's Box of GMO. In an Executive Order, the President made the ruling that GMO plants and foods were "substantially equivalent" to ordinary plants of the same variety, such as ordinary corn, rice or cotton.
Which delighted Monsanto and other companies.
So that basically let all these companies off the hook.
And, incidentally, who was the real money behind all this fraud and evil? The Rockefeller Foundation.
Genetic engineering differs from regular breeding in that genes from different organisms could be combined. And the fact that there was no reproduction, these new combinations could be accelerated.
Genetic engineering introduced a foreign organism into a plant in a process that was imprecise and unpredictable.
Since Bush's 1992 ruling, upheld by all future administrations, the US Government has treated GMO or bio-engineered
foods as "natural food additives."
Note: This book was first published in 2007. A number of years ago a law was passed that required GMO labeling on foods. What happened to that? It was short lived. The "Verified Non-GMO" label, of course still appears, and I look for that when I buy.
Milk was the first mass-marketed GMO food, Bovine Growth Hormone, or rBGH. Monsanto tempted struggling dairy farmers with the claim that their cows would produce thirty percent more milk. What they did not tell them is that it interfered with the cows' metabolism, caused lameness and hoof and udder infections, plus was linked to human cancers.
When experts began to question this, the FDA used data to prove it was safe—data they obtained from Monsanto.
1991, an upstart scientist at the University of Vermont blew the whistle. When the US General Accounting Office was called in to investigate, neither the University or Monsanto would cooperate, so the case was dropped, although the truth came out later. Monsanto, by the way provided the University with half a million dollars to do the "research."
1991; FDA created new position of Deputy Commissioner for Policy to oversee agency policy for GMO food. Appointed was Michael R. Taylor, former lawyer for Monsanto and other biotech companies. He also made the decision not to label GMO foods. It was also considered "confidential business information" when risk-assessment data indicated birth defects in rBGH cattle and health symptoms in humans. "Were it to leak out that Monsanto, Dow or other biotech companies were creating grotesque deformities in animals fed GMO foods, it might be detrimental for the stock price of the company."
Monsanto claimed rBGH was thoroughly tested, but in fact, it was only a 90-day test on 30 rats. When the rats got leukemia and tumors, the US Pure Food and Drug Act was re-written to allow products that caused cancer in lab animals to be marketed to humans. Then the US Government tried to foist rBGH milk on Mexico and Canada. Canada was a problem. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and Royal College of Physicians "presented evidence of the adverse effects of rBGH milk."
A Monsanto official tried to bribe a Canadian health official sitting on the Government review committee with an offer of 1-2 million dollars, to secure rBGH approval in Canada without further studies. The Insulted official reportedly asked, 'Is that a bribe?' and the meeting ended.
Furthermore, it was found by a special European Commission that rBGH milk posed a major risk of breast and
prostate cancer in humans. Thus, the sale of rBGH milk was banned in the EU. And an FDA scientist, Veterinarian Dr. Richard Burroughs, refused to sit back
and be quiet. He wrote about the changes at the FDA and companies manipulating data of sick cows treated with rBGH. He was fired for incompetency.
The "revolving door government" developed between Monsanto, DuPont, and Dow AgriSciences and the US Government, where these companies hired senior government officials, or people in high positions in corporations got appointed to key government positions. We see that happening blatantly with this current administration.
Now here's an interesting tidbit: George W. Bush's Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was the former CEO of G.D. Searle, a subsidiary of Monsanto, which produced the GMO-based artificial sweetener and carcinogen, Aspartame. Here's more:
Mickey Kantor, Former US Trade Representative and lawyer to Bill Clinton left to take a seat on Monsanto's Board.
So did former head of EPA under Nixon and Reagan, William D. Ruckelshaus.
And the list goes on.
And one more point:
On October 4, 1999, Gordon Conway, the President of an influential private tax-exempt foundation based in New York, applauded the announcement by Monsanto that it agreed not to "commercialize" its controversial "terminator" seed genetics."
And who was funding it? The Rockefeller Foundation, who had spent over 100 million dollars for the advance
of the GMO revolution."
In 1999, Conway announced this at a press conference, adding, "We welcome this move as a first step toward ensuring that the fruits of plant biotechnology are made available to poor farmers in the developing world."
And I may add, that of course, once these poor farmers are contracted with Monsanto, they cannot escape, and since the seeds are terminator, neither can they save seeds from year to year. Thus we have seen hundreds and hundreds of farmers in India committing suicide because they have been ruined by Monsanto.
Chapter 2: The Fox Guards the Hen-House
This one deals with the US and the UK, or more specifically, with Bill Clinton and his buddy Tony Blair. I will make it short. It is about an extremely renowned researcher and his wife, Dr. Arpad Pusztai and Dr. Susan Bardocz at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland, who dared to say publicly that when testing GMO potatoes on rats, not only were their immune systems less responsive, but he would not eat them himself. What he did not mention was the smaller brain size of GMO-fed rats. Ah . . . . Long story short—all was fine until a few phone calls came. The two scientists were not only fired but forbidden to speak with colleagues. Pusztai's papers were seized and put under lock and key, and his phone calls and email diverted. Who was behind it? Tony Blair. Who was behind him? Bill Clinton. Who was behind all of it? Monsanto.
It gets more complicated, with other British government agencies, such as the Royal Society becoming involved, and also thirty leading scientists from thirteen countries signing an open letter of support for Pusztai. But the most important point here is that "A simple phone call by Monsanto could destroy the credibility of one of the world's leading independent scientists." Again, I mention, that is why Roundup is still on the store shelves. The chapter ends thus:
Henry Kissinger, a Rockefeller protégé, was to play a decisive role in that early period. He had introduced the idea of using "food as a weapon" into United States foreign policy. The "food weapon" was subsequently expanded into a far-reaching US policy regime.
Part II: The Rockefeller Plan
Chapter 3: "Tricky" Dick Nixon and Trickier Rockefellers
The years during and after Vietnam; war protesters; economy in shock; post-war profit rate of American corporations in decline; they went abroad and bought foreign companies to make higher profits; corporate multi-nationalism; beginnings of globalization; US jobs disappear; Rust Belt spreading across steel producing regions; old factories obsolescent; 1960-74—US debt grows at explosive rate.
Food or, as it was about to be renamed, US agribusiness, was to become a vital pillar of a new American economic domination by the 1960s, along with a far more expensive petroleum. It was a paradigm shift.
David and Nelson Rockefeller and other influential people "decided a drastic shift in US global policy was
in order." Family's power center: New York Council on Foreign Relations. 1960s; Rockefellers at power center of US establishment; recruited Henry
Kissinger from Harvard in late 1950s to work for a new project.
David creates "new division of global economic spoils; invites Japan into the "rich-men's club;" Trilateral Commission: America, Europe, Japan. Founding members: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Paul Volker and Alan Greenspan; Brzezinski was first executive director for Trilateral Commission. Here's a quote from one of his books:
Society would be dominated by an elite . . . [which] would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control.
Well, we're certainly that, aren't we?
Trilateral Commission—makings of New World Order; policy draft by Samuel Huntington: "The Crisis of Democracy."
America, or at least its power elite, was threatened, Huntington declared by an "excess of democracy." The unruly "natives" were clearly getting too "restless" for the elite circles of the establishment around Huntington and David Rockefeller.
Henry Kissinger, complete control over foreign policy by 1973; "food was centerpiece of his diplomacy along
with oil geopolitics."
In fact, what they were in the process of doing was "transforming America from family-run small farms to global agribusiness concerns."
Central pillars of post war Washington policy: domination of food, world oil markets and non-communist world defense sales. Kissinger quote: "If you control oil, you control nations. If you control food, you control people."
(And let's not forget that Lyndon Johnson said, "He who controls the weather controls the world.")
1973: world food crisis, as Kissinger triggered OPEC 400% increase in world oil prices.
I have to comment here that this chapter really makes me believe that the best thing that could happen in the entire world would be a complete and total dismantling of the US Government and those who made us the most evil of all nations rounded up and arrested. Yeah, it began with Tricky Dicky and the Rockefellers, but every administration since has only contributed more to the absolute and total corruption of the system. Though I would like to mention something for nearly every paragraph, I will condense it so you get the most heinous facts.
Kissinger's goal was to control US agriculture policy. As Secretary of State, he negotiated with the Soviets to buy "an unprecedented 30 million tons of grain" from the US. Because it was so huge, the government turned to private grain traders to provide the grain for Russia which depleted world reserves, which was Kissinger's plan. "Agriculture policy is too important to be left in the hands of the Agriculture Department." Now trading companies could raise prices—wheat and rice rose 70% and soybean prices doubled. A drought in many of the Eastern and Pacific countries made them desperate for grain.
And the big winners were: Cargill Grain Company, Cook Industries, Inc., Dreyfus, Archer-Daniels Midland, Bunge Company, and Continental Grain, the "true agribusiness giants." This food crisis happened at the same time oil prices rose 400%, in 1974, which was also partially orchestrated by Kissinger. I remember it, too.
Providing food, however, was not to be the real weapon. The denial of food—famine—was.
There was actually plenty of grain, but all in the hands of the giant corporations now. George McGovern ran against Nixon in 1972 to stop this madness, and his defeat was disastrous. And the government didn't even know how much grain was available once it began to be controlled by these giants.
Jean Pierre Laviec of the International Union of Food Workers said in a statement released at the Rome Food Conference, referring to the Big Six, "They decide the quantities of vital inputs to be produced, the quantities of agricultural products to be bought, where plants will be built and investments made. The growth rate of agribusiness has risen during the last ten years and . . . has been directly proportional to the increase of hunger and scarcity."
"Free trade was the war cry of the Nixon Administration." "William Pearce became Nixon's Special
Deputy Representative for Trade Negotiations, with rank of Ambassador." He was also Vice President for Public Affairs at Cargill Grain. One goal was to
"pressure other countries to eliminate agriculture trade barriers." Furthermore the movement was to make farm income "less dependent on unit
prices and more dependent of production efficiencies, diversification of income sources, better marketing and greater volume." This was the beginning of
the plan to ruin family farms. Food production would now be primarily in the hand of these industries.
And, being a farmer myself, I cannot even express my rage over what has been done to what was once the epitome of rural America. These were people tied to the earth, farming because they could not imagine doing anything else. To be ousted by cold and inhuman creatures, parasites on our beloved land, with only money and power as their goal. And then we wonder why we cannot stop the atrocity going on in the skies.
But Pearce was not done with his destruction. In 1974, he was on the President's Committee for Economic Development to develop Us agriculture policy and remove US farming's "excess human resources," in other words, "to drive hundreds of thousands of family farmers into bankruptcy to make room for vast agribusiness farming." Then he left the government and went back to Cargill.
Of course when those like Pearce, who left a business to be appointed a government position, never had unbiased objectives here, Pearce helped Cargill and other "giant American agri-chemical corporations to take over the world market in seeds and pesticides with their GMO plants." Does any of this stuff sound healthy to you?
Not only did these few powerful corporations do damage to a way of life here in American, they went on to ruin other countries, namely developing ones.
Pearce further argued that Third World countries should give up trying to be food self-sufficient in wheat, rice and other grains or beef, and focus instead on small fruits, sugar or vegetables. They should import the more efficient US grains and other commodities, naturally shipped by Cargill at prices controlled by Cargill, paying for it by export of the fruit and vegetables. In the bargain they would lose food self sufficiency.
Once a country gave up self sufficiency, they were doomed because the huge agribusiness corporations could
produce food cheaper that even the poorest paid farmers. When the cheap food
was sold or given to these countries, their local farm economy was destroyed.
But that's not all the destruction these people caused. The Trade Reform Act of 1974, also negotiated by Pearce, "directed US negotiators to trade off concessions from the US in the industrial sector, in exchange for the concessions to the US agricultural sector." Thus, many industries, such as steel, created the "rust belt."Though there has been revival, the area where I live was one of the hearts of the rust belt, such as Youngstown, Ohio, and not too distant Pittsburgh.
There is one other point from this chapter that must be mentioned, and that is an example of food being used as a weapon. This one concerns Chile when the socialist government of Salvador Allende came into power and attempted economic reforms. Kissinger ordered aid to be cut off. But when the "Kissinger-orchestrated coup in 1973 succeeded in putting the US-backed military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet into power, the US aid was resumed.
And one last comment about Kissinger (and the Rockefellers): "Global depopulation and food control were to become US strategic policy.
Chapter 4: A Secret US National Security Memo
Chapter 5: The Brotherhood of Death
I am going to skip these two chapters for a couple reasons. First, I realize there were many agendas going on that contributed to the development of GMO products. After WWII is when so many of these truly evil practices absolutely exploded. Not only was food now being used as a weapon, but so was the weather. I am going to use the remainder of this long review, however, to focus on GMOs, since I have already provided a good deal of background information that set the stage. If I included everything that was interesting, this review would become a short book.
But the other thing is this: even though Engdahl has done immense research and has pages of footnotes and sources, I still get the feeling there is personal bias in his opinions, and that hunch certainly was present in these two chapters about population control. And I must say much of what he discussed here I did not find offensive or even remotely wrong. Is it wrong to educate developing nations on birth control, provide contraceptives, make abortion legally available to women who choose it? Absolutely not! In fact, I agree wholeheartedly that poor and uneducated people NEED to learn to not have children they are incapable of providing for. Do I believe it is a lie made up by the Rockefellers that the population explosion is a myth? It doesn't take a rocket scientist. Human beings are overpopulating all the other non-human life on this planet into extinction, and if we do NOT control the population, we will over-populate ourselves to OUR extinction. I do NOT believe, obviously, in eugenics, or "culling" the "less desirable" races from the planet, which was and probably still is their agenda, but people who are incapable of raising children should not have them. THAT is why we have babies beaten and abused to death. It's called responsibility and common sense. YES the population should be controlled, through education and even laws when necessary.
Chapter 6: Fateful War and Peace Studies
There are a few points to make in this one, because it provides information on the conditions which were to make GMO seeds and plants necessary in order to carry out the planned agenda. It seems that Engdahl is blaming just about everything on the Rockefellers, which may be true or may be biased. Of course there were lots of wealthy people and corporations, plus the US Government involved in all these hideous policies that were put into action, mostly after WWII, but according to him, the Rockefellers were at the root of all the agendas. I have to admit, I really knew little about them, but it seems they had a foot in every door where money and power were concerned. The two main companies with which they were associated were Standard Oil and Chase Bank. However, once one begins checking out Engdahl's facts, one finds discrepancies. He states that Standard Oil of New Jersey was the largest oil company in the world, but it was actually one of the "Seven Sisters" that resulted from the breakup of John D. Rockefeller's (and Henry Flagler's) original company in 1911 through a public outcry and the Sherman Antitrust Act, which broke up the "unreasonable monopoly." Engdahl doesn't mention that. So when he states that Standard Oil controlled 84% of the US petroleum market, that is not true. There were seven companies in the cartel. And as for Chase Bank, it was not founded by the Rockefellers, but John D. Jr. was the primary stockholder, and it was the largest bank in the world.
In any case, this chapter is about the Rockefellers and other elites infiltrating Mexico and other Latin and South American countries to establish agribusiness there, buying up fertile land and breeding new varieties for much higher yields—not GMOs—yet. This term "agribusiness" was coined in the 1950s. Engdahl points out that "oil was the core of the new agribusiness economics." The Rockefellers knew oil very well, and applied the same business strategies to food. Not only was it their goal to lock in these countries' dependence on the US for all business interests, but also for military security, and of course, the Rockefellers owned major stock in the largest military defense industries.
However, not everything was negative. IBEC and Cargill turned Brazil into the third-largest corn producer in the world, and developed a new procedure for growing soybeans in the period about every five years when sugar cane must be dug out and replanted. The soybeans also helped replace nitrogen in the soil. I thought that was a good idea.
Part III: Creating Agribusiness
Chapter 7: Rockefeller and Harvard Invent USA "Agribusiness"
"Green Revolution" Mexico, then other Latin American Countries; later India and other parts of Asia.
After the war there was a glut of nitrogen production capacity which companies had built to produce bombs, mostly DuPont, Dow Chemical, Monsanto, Hercules Powder and others.
How is it that companies that produce bombs and poisons suddenly become key players in the food industry??
Agri-chemicals; petrochemicals; does that sound healthy to anyone?
Nitrogen makes good bombs and fertilizers.
LBJ announces drastic changes in US food aid to developing countries, which included an agreement to allow the "Rockefeller agenda for agricultural development, stepping up their population control programs and opening their doors to interested American investors," if they expected food aid from the US.
Everything from fertilizers to machinery required petroleum—more profit to the Rockefellers. "Oil and agriculture joined forces under the Rockefeller aegis."
Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research—brought in scientists and agronomists from developing countries to US to be "trained" in "the business of farming;" teaching peasants to "want more for themselves;" to abandon "collective habits;" create more demand for store-bought goods.
Which successfully drove away the poor farmers from the countryside to city slums, which created "cheap labor pools for forthcoming US multinational manufacturers."
The "Green Revolution" wasn't so green after all. People began to sicken from the pesticides. The "business of farming" is one of monoculture, unlike family farms that raise a variety of crops, so the soils became depleted. Large quantities of herbicides and pesticides were required. More bucks for the petrochemical giants. Smaller farmers were forced to take out loans, and often ended up losing their land.
It is still happening in countries such as India, where there are hundreds of suicides because
detrimental weather, also not by accident, has caused total crop losses and farmers cannot pay back Monsanto. But India is fighting back and winning.
In Blow to Monsanto, India's Top Court Upholds Decision That Seeds Cannot Be Patented
Here's an even better one.
Indian Cotton Farmers Defy Monsanto With Native Seeds
Keep in mind this book was written in 2007, and a lot has changed since then. People are becoming more aware of the horrors of GMOs and particularly about the evils of Monsanto. These are from this year, 2020.
Monsanto Roundup & Dicamba Trial Tracker
In addition, there is now the "Verified Non-GMO" label on many foods, and some foods just state on their packaging that they are so.
Carter Administration in the late 1970s began "the rollback of decades of carefully constructed US
Government regulation of health, food safety, and consumer protection laws." Now it is about "economic efficiency."
This and the chapters that follow are much more familiar territory for me, at least. Small farms and even large family farms were no longer able to compete with "agribusiness." That has certainly not improved much, though some still survive. Of course now, we have worsening weather terrorism, and those who still have kept their farms are suffering from crop loss from floods, drought, heat, fires, and completely anomalous storms with hurricane force winds in such places as the upper Midwest. After reading this book, I can see even more clearly how people are being targeted.
Engdahl goes on to talk about the meat industry and the unspeakable cruelty to animals that I cannot even bear to think about. These huge factory farms were also exempt from animal cruelty laws.
In many cases where the farmer still owned the farm, he became simply a contract employee and received a diminished share of the profits from sales.
Under the George W. Bush Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, at the request of agribusiness, repealed a rule that held corporate livestock owners liable for damage caused by animal waste pollution. They noted that the factory farm owners often evaded responsibility by hiring contractors to raise their animals. The EPA also dropped a requirement that would have forced facilities to monitor groundwater for potential contamination by animal waste, which often seeped into the earth leaving communities vulnerable to potentially dangerous drinking water supplies.
More than forty diseases can be transferred to humans from manure. By the end of the 1990s, factory farming was
the largest general source of water pollution. And even worse, by the end of the 1990s, 70% of all pharmaceutical antibiotics were used on animals.
How people can eat meat is beyond my comprehension. This was the cause of new, more virulent strains of bacteria in humans that are also resistant to
antibiotics. Engdahl also notes the "epidemic-scale incidence of obesity, allergies, diseases once rare in the general population such as salmonella
poisoning, e-coli, all were becoming every day events." They still are, and much worse.
Between 1995 and 2003 USDA crop subsidies cost tax payers 100 billion dollars. Ten percent of the largest farm groups received 72% of that.
It is bad enough that petrochemicals have merged with agriculture, but so has the pharmaceutical industry. GMO drugs are now created from GMO plants—called the "agri-ceutical system," "without government regulation or scientific supervision by neutral scientific research organizations." I don't think they exist any more.
Chapter 8: Food is Power . . .
1985: Rockefeller Foundation pours millions of dollars into research in molecular biology and genetic engineering of plants, headed by Foundation President Warren Weaver, a physicist, and Max Mason.
Darwinism; reductionism; "living creatures were machines whose only goal was genetic replication—a matter of chemistry and statistics;" Rockefeller's people saw it as a means of eugenics, social control and social engineering; genetic programming similar to computer programming; the plan was to use it "to correct social and moral problems including crime, poverty, hunger and political instability;" "a trouble-free society." Also note that the Rockefellers and their people had ties to Nazi Germany, and their ideas of eugenics carried over.
Well, anyways, none of this worked out as planned, did it, eh? I guess chip implantation is their next goal. If Bill Gates gets his way. He, by the way, owns 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock. I guess Bayer is settling their billions of dollars in lawsuits . . . .
One of the great risks of molecular biology is accidentally creating antibiotic-resistant genes.
But the gene jockeys claim they can, Godlike, foresee the evolutionary results of their artificial transposings of human genes into sheep, bovine genes into tomatoes, etc..
"In order to implant a foreign gene into a plant cell, in addition to a genetically engineered
bacteria . . . a "Taxi" or "Gene cannon," a method also known as biolistics, short for bio-ballistics," was used.
To me, as an organic farmer (ha!, what a joke any more) the most heartbreaking was the story on how these deranged creatures from the Rockefeller Foundation went overseas and corrupted the 12,000 year old tradition of rice growing. The rice farmers, over the centuries, had developed a whopping 140,000 varieties of rice which could withstand pests, drought and "grow in every climate imaginable." Rice is the main food staple in many countries making up 80% of the diet in India and China. In order to infiltrate this system that was working just fine, citing Vitamin A deficiencies in many of these countries, the Rockefeller Foundation pressed forward in their agenda to take over the rice-growing culture in a number of countries. Fortunately, the seeds for the precious rice varieties developed over the centuries had been stored in rice seed bank for the native peoples. However, The IRRI, International Rice Research Institute, a Rockefeller Foundation creation, was allowed to illegally take seeds from these rice banks, which affected 40% of the world's unique rice varieties. In effect, this so-called "Green Revolution" was systematically destroying farm methods and crops that had existed for thousands of years.
And they still are. So many varieties of food that I always grew are long gone. Fortunately there are seeds companies who specialize in organic heirloom varieties, totally disconnected from any of the big suppliers. Here is my list of Favorite Seed Companies, all Non-GMO.
Here is a quote from footnote by Dr. Robert Mann, "The Selfish Commercial Gene"
The hazards of GE rival even nuclear war. Biology is so much more complex than technology that we should not pretend we can imagine all the horror scenarios, but it is suspected that some artificial genetic manipulation creates the potential to derange the biosphere for longer than any civilization could survive.
Now add to that deranged and manipulated weather, and we have an apocalypse looming . . . .
Part IV: Unleashing GMO Seeds
Chapter 9: A Revolution in World Food Production Begins
Argentina, once a thriving country, ruined by American bank meddling, found themselves in dire straits. Peron's formerly effective rule was overthrown in a military coup, backed by the US. This provided the perfect situation for the Rockefeller people to move in and take over food production. Particularly Monsanto, with their Roundup Ready soybeans. If you are not aware of what that means, they are varieties genetically engineered to withstand Monsanto's extremely toxic herbicide, the one that has cost them billions of dollar in cancer lawsuits, and yes, it is STILL on the market. Imagine that.
And not only that but the Roundup killed everyone else's crops where it drifted after spraying. Here in 2020, we see their dicamba doing even more damage with "dicamba drift." I can count on it killing what I have planted every year, late summer, when Ohio harvests should be at their peak. And yes, they are being sued for that, and yes, it is still on the market.
The thing is, with Roundup and all these other pesticides and herbicides, it is the element they are aimed to control that develops resistance. For the past twenty years or so, the weeds here at my farm have taken over, growing much faster and bigger than was ever normal, and species I have never seen before. Just lately I've found that organic peat moss aids in their control. And even back when these programs were beginning, using the unwitting people of Argentina as their guinea pigs, crops required way more spraying than when open pollinated varieties were planted. Plus, Argentina was never a soybean-growing country, but after Monsanto took over, their ability to grow crops to feed their own country ended. Therefore, not only were they now trapped in a situation that required great sums of money to buy Monsanto's products, but they had to rely on foreign countries to supply their food needs. In addition people, animals and plants began to be sickened. And that was just the beginning. One other point: these soybeans were really meant for animal feed, but ended up in the human food chain, such as in fast-food restaurant burgers.
One of Engdahl's points I really disagree with is his assessment of the dangers of humans eating soybeans. As a vegetarian, soy has been a staple in my diet for thirty years, and I am one of the healthiest people I know. Of course, the majority of soybeans found in most food is GMO, but since products FREE of GMOs gladly make that fact known on their label, consumers now have that choice. Walmart carries a Non-GMO tofu, and ALDI carries vegan burgers. If the product is labeled "vegan," it must be Non-GMO, at least that's supposedly the rule, because GMOs mix plant and animal genes. Vegetable oils are made with soy, so I buy Walmart's Verified Non-GMO sunflower oil, which is inexpensive. Be aware and look around. Always read labels and shop consciously.
Chapter 10: Iraq Gets American Seeds of Democracy
The first paragraph begins "When George W. Bush spoke of planting the "seeds of democracy" few realized that he had Monsanto genetically engineered seeds in mind." And so we have yet one more country whose practice of agriculture was ruined by US meddling.
There is so much repetition in this book that I will not go into much detail for the remaining chapters, except for a few interesting points.
Like the rice growing countries who had developed thousands of varieties over thousands of years, so did Iraq, with its rich and fertile valley between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which had been farmed since 8,000 BC. And they also had seed reserves stored in seed banks. When Monsanto and other agribusinesses moved in, laws were set by the US that farmers were not allowed to save GMO seeds but were required to purchase them every year, plus pay a royalty fee. As these corporations took over more of the world, they found more ways to gain power and destroy the victim country's ability to feed their own population through their own agricultural practice. The agenda was that a few corporations with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation and the US Government would take control of the entire food production and distribution of the whole world. Yes, that was the goal, and it is beyond heinous. In many cases, such as Iraq, war had reduced them to a situation where they had no choice but to succumb to the rules of the US. And in addition, Iraq had "suffered from three years of severe drought prior to the war, a climatic misfortune which caused Iraqi wheat crops to decline severely." Gosh, I can't imagine what would have caused that drought . . . .
Chapter 11: Planting the "Garden of Earthly Delights"
After three decades of systematic destruction of barriers to monopoly and vertical integration, of eradication of health regulations and safety standards within the United States agricultural sector, the emerging corporate colossus of agribusiness next moved to flex its muscles by demanding the creation of a new supranational, non-elected body to enforce its private agenda of concentration on a global scale.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) was formed in 1995, and became "a new weapon to force open various
national barriers" to the proliferation of GMO seeds. Former Cargill executive Daniel Amstutz drew up a plan, through GATT (General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade), one point being that countries couldn't impose import controls to protect their own agricultural programs and an even worse point was
that they could no longer enforce strict food safety laws! OMG!!! Meanwhile, Cargill poured millions of dollars into the support of key members of
Congress to make sure all these new rules were approved.
WTO rules were dominated by four countries: the USA, Canada, Japan, and the EU. "The WTO Agreement on Agriculture, which was written by Cargill, ADM, DuPont, Nestlé, Unilever, Monsanto and other agribusiness corporations, was explicitly designed to allow the destruction of national laws and safeguards against the powerful pricing power of the agribusiness giants."
It's not that countries agreed, and many questioned the safety of GMOs. 138 nations of the UN drafted a Biosafety Protocol, but their opposition was stymied by pro-GMO countries. And even though President Bush had declared GMO foods "substantially equivalent" to regular food, the corporate giants were now taking out patents on everything, and making farmers pay high royalty fees on the already expensive seeds, which, in Monsanto's case, often required Roundup, and which had to be purchased from them. Monsanto began buying up other seed companies.
And I personally remember when favorite varieties I always grew began to disappear, and I'm sure that was why.
Now, keep in mind that these giant biotech companies were/are also chemical companies. Engdahl spends quite a bit of time on all the damage done by these companies and illegal dumping. Agent orange, was a product of both Monsanto and Dow Chemical, but Monsanto's was much more toxic. Even more deadly was their dioxin, which even accidentally showed up in Lysol. Then there was Dow's napalm, which was used to burn civilians—children, in Vietnam. I am certainly not naïve to any of this activity, nor am I ignorant of the unspeakable level of evil which now occupies this planet, but, honestly, some of this stuff made me gasp.
Here's one more quote from this chapter, and I personally suffer the effects of it on my farm. It is my opinion that the severely declining germination rates of just about all new seeds is from GMO cross-pollination. Yet, I have packs of very old Willhite seeds that germinate near 100%.
The spread of large fields dedicated to planting GMO crops led to contamination of adjacent organic crops to the point that after just six years, an estimated 67% of all US farm acreage had been contaminated by genetically engineered seeds.
Part V: Population Control
Chapter 12: Terminators, Traitors, Spermicidal Corn
This chapter tells about the development of "Terminator" seeds, whose plants are engineered to kill their own embryos, therefore making the seeds sterile. Though it is associated with Monsanto, they didn't actually develop it. It was Delta & Pine Land Seed Company, and Monsanto was determined to own it and the patent. That would do away with the cost of spying on farmers to make sure they didn't save seeds. And it would ensure that the farmers would have to purchase new seeds every year.
I have to say that this has been a nightmare thought for me for many years. As I mentioned above, the declining germination rates of non-GMO seeds that I plant worsens each year, and I cannot help but think that they are accidentally crossing, through pollination, wind, etc. with these "Terminator" seeds. The implications here are terrifying, because if that is true, we could unwittingly be destroying our ability to grow food on this planet, period. As Engdahl states, these seeds are tools of biological warfare. But the methane leaking into the ocean will probably kill us first, so none of this may matter . . . .
I had not heard of "Traitor" seeds, but they require a chemical just to grow!
One study noted that 11 new patents were held by the newly-formed Syngenta. These patents allowed "genetic modification of staple crops which will produce disease prone plants (unless treated with chemicals); control the fertility of crops; control when plants flowered; control when crops sprout; control how crops age."
OK, how sick is that? Anyways, when Monsanto announced their intent to purchase Delta & Pine Land Seed, by
this time the public was becoming aware of what a slimy company it was, and the idea of "Terminator" seeds outraged the public to such an extent that
the deal was called off. Temporarily. The Department of Agriculture, who was also benefitting from this venture wouldn't let it die. Eventually Monsanto did
purchase Delta & Pine Land Seed, quietly after the ruckus died down. And began marketing Terminator seeds.
But this one is even worse. Remember, from the beginning here, one of the main goals of the Rockefellers was population control. Well, a small company in San Diego developed GMO corn seeds mixed with genes from a rare condition in some women that manufacture antibodies that kill sperm. The gene was inserted in the corn. Oh, my!
There is one more point from this chapter I will mention, and it has to do with creating vaccines for purposes other than what people think are intended. This one was a vaccine created through the WHO and other institutions, including Ohio State University!!! It was supposedly a tetanus vaccine, but given only to women, ages 15 to 45 in Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. Until a Catholic organization stepped in and investigated . . . .
Chapter 13: Avian Flu Panic and GMO Chickens
Chapter 14: Genetic Armageddon: Terminator and Patents on Pigs
I will end here with just a bit on these last two chapters. Chapter 13 is about creating pandemics and biological warfare. It begins as George W. Bush holds a press conference warning people about the possibility of a pandemic and the spread of avian flu. This was November 1, 2005.
Prominent among the President's list of emergency measures was a call for Congress to appropriate another one billion dollars explicitly for a drug developed in California called Tamiflu. The drug was being heavily promoted by Washington and the WHO as the only available medicine to reduce symptoms of general or seasonal influenza, which also "possibly" might reduce symptoms of avian flu.
But in fact the drug had been developed and patented by Gilead Science, whose former Chairman of the Board
was Donald H. Rumsfeld, Bush's Secretary of Defense, who also owned stock in the company worth 18 million dollars. Imagine that.
The last chapter mentions that in August, 2005, two greenhouses at Delta & Pine Land Seed were destroyed by a tornado, and eleven damaged. The company declined to say whether the "Terminator" tests were being done in these greenhouses. But, one more time, with technology like that, it only adds to our ticking time bomb of self destruction.
I have to say, this was a very stressful book to read, even though it was not difficult reading. But the subject matter even goes beyond my perception of evil, which is pretty expansive. This is a book that everyone should be required to read. Maybe then we wouldn't have so much trouble getting people to understand that our government and military are spraying the shit out of us every day and are the primary cause of the worsening climate disasters, including wildfires, drought, hurricanes, floods, anomalous cool-downs and absolutely bizarre and unexplainable weather patterns.
On the negative side, Engdahl repeats himself too much, because the book should have been written chronologically. It is the history of the development of GMOs, along with the agenda behind it. Histories should start at the beginning and move forwards. But in each chapter, whatever new point he was making, went back to the beginning and moved forward, skipping around too much to be logical. Still, I easily "got" what he said and took pages and pages of notes.
Another problem is that it really needed to be edited better. There were too many typos and he consistently wrote dates like 1960's, rather than 1960s, without the apostrophe, because that is used only for missing letters and to show possession. The book is also outdated. So much has happened in thirteen years. And I tried a number of the links provided in the footnotes, but none of them worked. Finally, he is obviously biased and hates the Rockefellers. We all hate Monsanto. But some points wer just plain wrong, and it seems, based only on his perception. But don't let these remarks prevent you from reading this book!
Here is the link to Goodreads. They gave it good ratings. Wikipedia, however, is SO prejudiced! Always. Their page on this book consists of three paragraphs. Here's the first.
Seeds of Destruction: Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation is a book by F. William Engdahl, an American writer and journalist living in Germany. The book claims that the wealthy Rockefeller family is planning to take control of the world's agriculture and food supply through the Green Revolution and the promotion of genetically modified organisms which would lead to the elimination of independent farms.
HAHA! What dumb-asses. Planning?? It's happened already. They call it a conspiracy theory!
You can buy this book from Global Research in Canada. Amazon also has it but I try to avoid them.
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