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THE NECRO-CORPORATIZATION OF FOOD: THE NEW GMO FASCISM IN A NOT-SO-BRAVE-NEW-WORLD

THE NECRO-CORPORATIZATION OF FOOD: THE NEW GMO FASCISM IN A NOT-SO-BRAVE-NEW-WORLD
By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Hons I Social Ecology 1999, University of Western Sydney)

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The corporatization of food is manifesting through the global monopolization of the seed industry (Wilson 2005). The basic strategy of small farms saving seed annually is under threat by new genetic technologies that prevent seed-saving by sterilizing both transgenic and conventional seeds (Shand & Mooney 1998).

This is called “Terminator” seed technology, and the USDA sees this patented seed technology as being demanded by their mission to protect US agriculture. The problem is that this approach, while favoring the corporate ideal of creating corporate wealth via new transgenic seed markets, stands as a massive threat to food security and biodiversity, especially in poor areas where seed exchange is a primary dynamic. Preventing farmers from saving and germinating a second generation of seed gives companies across the board bio-control in non-hybrid crops. Millions of farmers use and depend on seed produced and saved locally (Shand & Mooney 1998).

Monsanto is the manufacturer of Aspartame, or NutraSweet (Aspartame synonyms: Equal; NutraSweet; L-Phenylalanine, N-L-alpha-aspartyl-, 1-methyl ester; L-Aspartyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester; L-alpha-aspartyl-L-phenylalanine-methylester – C14H18N2O5 ; 294.31 [chemfinder.com 1999]). This diverse company also genetically engineers food crops or “GMOs” (usually referred to as “genetically modified organisms”, shortened to “GM”, or also called “GE” for “genetically engineered”).

When a farmer acquires seed from Monsanto, there is no sale or exchange of property. The Monsanto contract says the farmer is accessing the genetic material in the seed for one growing season, not buying the seed. Also, the new seed from the harvest does not become the property of the farmer. The outcome of this contract scenario is that new seed must be purchased from three of four giant transnational corporations who have a literal lock on the seeds and on the intellectual information contained in those seeds. This indicates a basic change in agriculture and a change in farmers’ sovereignty. This is why farmers are now waking up and starting to reject this corporate setup (Rifkin 1999).

As well, “Monsanto puts pressure on farmers, farmers’ co-ops, seed dealers, and anyone else it suspects may have infringed its patents of genetically modified seeds. To do this, Monsanto relies on a shadowy army of private investigators and agents. They secretly videotape and photograph farmers, store owners, and co-ops. They infiltrate community meetings. They gather information from informants about farming activities. Some Monsanto agents pretend to be surveyors. Others confront farmers on their land and try to pressure them to sign papers giving Monsanto access to their private records. Farmers call them the “seed police” and use words such as “Gestapo” and “Mafia” to describe their tactics” (Mercola 2008, citing Barlett & Steele 2008).

This is yet another example where corporatism is engineering a fascist Extinction Level Event of agricultural biodiversity and simple human freedoms and independence. Corporate Fascism is once again stalking an entire planet’s freedom. Our food resources are under grave threat through the setting up of restrictions that will compound, in the very near future, into monumental deficits, even worldwide famine. The loss of farmers’ sovereignty is yet another example of how corporations are steadily and inexorably destroying the cultural and employment diversity of the global population. This loss of diversity will have impacts similar to that seen in nature where plant and animal diversity is dissolving into infertility and extinctions by the minute. Social diseases and suicides follow the disjunction of people from the land, while the pathology of real disease raises its profile throughout a tormented nature and our intersection with it (see Essays at: https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/).

Flyvbjerg (1993) says: “We live in an unprecedented historical period. Within the past few decades the actions of mankind have become, for the first time ever, a threat to life as we know it, not only through nuclear disasters that may or may not happen but through changes in the global ecology that are happening. Earlier the continuance of life on the planet was taken as given rather than subject to a question mark. No wonder, then, it has been said we live in a post-era: post-rational, post-enlightenment, post-modern, post-foundationalist, post-structuralist. If any one phenomenon distinguishes the start of a new era and a post-condition, it is this: humanity’s newly achieved ability to effectively destroy its own sustenance. The world has become post-immortal… there is no longer any assurance of its immortality. We live in a world-at-risk, where life has become contingent upon our own actions2 (Flyvbjerg 1993:12; 2 reference is: Richman, N. pers. comm.).

REFERENCES

Barlett, D.L (Donald) and Steele, J.B. (James) 2008 [Online], ‘Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear’, in Vanity Fair, http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/05/monsanto200805, accessed: 2 May 2008.

chemfinder.com 1999 [Online], Aspartame, http://www.chemfinder.com/cgi-win/cfserver.exe/.

Flyvbjerg, B. 1993, ‘Aristotle, Foucault and Progressive Phronesis: Outline of an Applied Ethics for Sustainable Development’, in Applied Ethics – A Reader, Blackwell Publishers, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Mercola, J. (Joseph; Dr.) 2008 [Online], ‘This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health’, in Mercola.com, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/05/01/this-company-may-be-the-biggest-threat-to-your-future-health.aspx?source=nl, accessed: 2 May 2008.

Rifkin, J. 1999 [TV program], comment in Foreign Correspondent, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 3rd August.

Shand, H. (Hope) & Mooney, P. (Pat) 1998 [Online], ‘Terminator Seeds Threaten an End to Farming’ (Earth Island Journal, Fall, 1998), in Third World Traveller, http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Transnational_corps/TerminatorSeeds_Monsanto.html, accessed: 25 Jan. 2008.

Wilson, T. (Tasha) 2005 [Online], Seeds of Life, http://csanr.wsu.edu/DemoFarms/seedslife.pdf, accessed:25 Jan. 2008.

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