GMO. Part 1.

June 3, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo

Consider how gloriously the Creator of life made Mother Earth with all of her many varieties of food. Think very deeply about all the different fruits and vegetables that have nourished and sustained people and all life on Earth since time began. Appreciate that these forms of nourishment are sacred gifts to us and all living things. How many of us take these sacred gifts for granted and are not truly thankful for them?

Percy Schmeiser at Forum3 in Stuttgart
Percy Schmeiser at Forum3 in Stuttgart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How many of us pray for our fellow-man so that all will be nourished with the gifts of our Creator and Mother Earth?

Mother Earth produces enough food for the entire human population. She produces three times as much food as the human race needs for proper nourishment. Entirely too much of her abundance gets wasted instead of being properly distributed to where it is desperately needed. Far too many lands on planet Earth have human beings suffering from hunger and starvation. Solutions to the problems associated with inadequate food are available but sadly not being used.

Unfortunately the root of the problem is the love of money.

The love of money which results in the hunger and starvation of our brothers and sisters every day on Earth is evidence of spiritual bankruptcy. When Jesus Christ said “what you do to the least among you, you do to me” he was referring to those who are suffering hunger and starvation now on this planet Earth. As the human race continues to ignore our hungry, starving brothers and sisters it ignores Jesus Christ and his message.

The spiritual message here is that we are the family of man and we are all one. When the suffering of our fellow family members is not given the spiritual importance that the highest spiritual wisdom calls for, we are then falling short of our potential for achieving unconditional love.

Unconditional love is the highest evolutionary state achievable in this life. All of the thought, effort and action taken in this physical realm should have as its basis nothing but unconditional love. When this highest love is known by the human race then the thought, effort and action of the men and women on Earth will not turn away from suffering but will end that suffering. The roadblocks standing in the way of eliminating suffering on Earth will be removed and a sacred way of living will become a reality.

At this time, of all the roadblocks in the way of creating a sacred way of living on Earth, the main roadblock is the genetically modified organism or GMO. Creation of GMO food and the events leading up to its approval for the market are unbelievably saddening to witness. For the human race to take such a giant step away from sacred life is of such a concern that the feelings of sadness for Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants is indescribable.

The genetic manipulations of sacred life, with recognition of the most extreme consequences coming from the manipulations, are shocking and disturbing at the highest level.

The awareness of this phenomenon called GMO food results in feelings of a nightmarish, hellish degree. The size of the human error resulting in these GMO foods being planted and consumed by humans and all life forms on Earth is historic. Unparalleled action to ban GMO food is being taken by millions now. Any delay in eliminating this stupendous error will only increase the damage that has already been done. The threat to life on Earth coming from GMO food is the highest threat that the people of this planet have ever faced.

Let us understand this life threatening error. Corporations create GMO food by genetically altering plants and then patenting the new plant. What public institution would allow the patenting of God-given life? We are talking about food; every living thing on this Earth needs food for survival. For human institutions to allow the patenting of life is nothing less than incredible.

Jesus Christ said, “Forgive them father. They know not what they do.”

It is difficult to come to grips with the size of the human error of GMO food. It is more difficult to follow Jesus’ teaching to forgive in this case. We do forgive those who have committed this monumental error. We pray that the error will be recognized fully and corrected now.

For the sake of sacred life in this generation and generations to come.

There are a number of corporations involved with genetically modified organisms. Many of you are aware of the largest corporation involved with selling GMOs, Monsanto. To you reading this who are not aware of the ecological crisis called GMO food go to your computer and Google “Monsanto/GMO food/dangers” and you will be angered, saddened and extremely concerned. The awareness of the severe consequences of continuing to plant and consume GMO foods will cause a concern in you for sacred life that you have never experienced before.

Perhaps many of you reading this have heard of Canadian canola farmer Percy Schmeiser. His dealings with Monsanto are well-known to all those concerned about GMO foods and will open the eyes of you who are not aware of the crisis.

Percy Schmeiser and his family are from Canada and have farmed for over 50 years, most recently canola. Percy is involved in Canadian provincial and federal government in the agriculture sector. Let us say to begin that Percy Schmeiser is an international hero and a great man. This man’s story, after you hear it, will strain to the limit your belief in the power and rightness of forgiveness. We hope that you will not become too livid after hearing his story but use spiritual knowledge and wisdom when determining your course of action.

GMO food and crops were first farmed in the United States of America and Canada in 1996. Supporters of the introduction came from the corporations who planned to profit. They said that GMO food/crops would result in better yields, less chemical use and reduced hunger and starvation. The process of genetic change involves taking genes from a separate entity and shooting them into plant cells resulting in a patentable new life form. This could include the crossing of genetic traits from other plants, bacteria or animals. The process begs many questions about the ownership of life such as:

  • Who is the original owner?
  • The plant?
  • The indigenous people who have used the plant for generations?

If you own the patent do you claim responsibility when something goes wrong? The laws on GMO patents is very muddled. Who is responsible when GMO food contaminates a neighboring farm through gene drift? The first major crops that were genetically modified, government approved and grown were canola, soy, corn and cotton. The approval process utterly failed to decide whether the crops would be safe for human or animal consumption.

The government agencies basically used the corporation studies to arrive at their decisions to approve. Improper science included in corporate studies was not given the intense scrutiny required for such a massive action. Government regulatory agency shortcomings in the approval process with regard to scientific studies were very, very unfortunate.

In 1998 Mr. and Mrs. Schmeiser were taken to court by Monsanto for growing Monsanto canola without a license from Monsanto. The Schmeisers’ reaction was that Monsanto had contaminated their farm. The Schmeisers had done absolutely nothing. The wind had blown Monsanto canola seed from the neighboring farm on to their farm. During the court case Monsanto admitted that the Schmeisers had never bought or used Monsanto GM canola. The Schmeisers lost the case with the judge saying that, “It did not matter how your farm became contaminted, you cannot use their (Monsanto) seed. You (Schmeisers) do not own the Monsanto seeds/plants on your farm.”

The Schmeisers appealed their case to the Federal Court of Canada and after spending $300,000, lost again. Imagine what these honorable farming people were going through. Their only chance at that point was to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada which they did. After five years the Supreme Court of Canada heard the case of Monsanto vs. The Schmeiser farm. In the meantime Monsanto lawyers had sued the Schmeisers for $1,000,000, their farm and land. Monsanto attempted to take from the Schmeisers their farm so that the Schmeisers could not mortgage their farm to have funds to fight Monsanto legally.

The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Schmeisers. They had to spend $400,000 to pay for the legal costs. There was no payment made by Monsanto to the Schmeisers for those legal costs. You can imagine what pain and suffering farmers will be subjected to go through until this GMO food is banished from the Earth. The question is who owns life?

Life is sacred. No one should have the right to own life. It is incredible that we as humans have come to this point. Where does the patenting go from here? Will corporations eventually be able to patent human life?


War. Part 3.

Cover of "War and Peace"June 4, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo

American poet Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) could be seen as a prophet with his short, famous quote:

“Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.”

That sometime is rapidly approaching. Can you imagine how good you are going to feel on that day? The feeling will be the same one those who have had the near death experience returned to describe for us. What these men and women experienced was the love of the Creator.

This experience has led these men and women to write books, appear on television and radio talk shows and other avenues to share what happened to them.

The experiences were so profound that these men and women had no choice but to share them with us. Find their stories in print and on the internet. You will be astonished by these stories. You will be divinely inspired. Their stories are life changing in a good and positive way, for both the people who had the experiences and those who learn from them.

English poet Percy Shelley (1792-1822) was seen by fellow poet Mathew Arnold as “a beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.” Shelley with the following, shares Sandburg’s vision:

“A brighter morn awaits the human day, when poverty and wealth, the thirst of fame, the fear of infamy, disease and woe, war with its million horrors, and fierce hell, shall live but in the memory of time.”

Shelley wrote these words in 1810 when he was only 18 years old. He did not receive acclaim until after he transitioned to spirit. He is now considered one the great lyric poets. Just as we considered Sandburg prophetic we consider Shelley prophetic. These words describe this time we are living in now. Once again, rejoice that you are witnessing and experiencing the greatest spiritual transformation this Earth has ever seen.

American General in the union army William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) honestly shares his thoughts on the experiencing of war:

“You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people could pour out.”

Also, “I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded, who cry aloud for blood. War is hell.  …There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell. You can bear this warning voice to generations yet to come. I look upon war with horror.”

How often do we hear our leaders in Washington speak the words like those quoted here? These historical figures were giving us evidence and warning of the consequences of choosing war over peace. One day soon the entire human race will understand. Thank God that day will be dawning soon.

The man credited with discovering vitamin C, American biochemist and Nobel Prize winner in 1937 Albert Szent-Gyorgyi was born in Budapest, Hungary. One more man giving us wisdom and warning:

“You have only to wish it and you can have a world without hunger, disease, cancer and toil–anything you wish, wish anything and it can be done. Or else we can exterminate ourselves… At present we are on the road to extermination.”

“Man is a very strange animal. In much of the world half the children go to bed hungry and we spend a trillion on rubbish–steel, iron, tanks. We are all criminals. There is an old Hungarian poem, ‘If you are among brigands (n. One who lives by plunder usually as a member of a band) and you are silent, you are a brigand yourself.’”

“It is sad that man is not intelligent enough to solve problems without killing. The present world crisis can be solved only by a general human revolution against outdated concepts. Man is not a blood-thirsty animal, and war is only due to the greed and lust for power of relatively small groups, the conspiracy of the few against the many.”

Have you heard any words like these from the politicians? These are the words of a visionary.

The next time you watch an interview of your favorite Hollywood actor/actress, a famous musician, a politician or sports star think about and compare their words to the words contained here.

Then take any of these words/thoughts and write a letter to the editor which includes them. Strike a balance for truth. Call a radio talk show and read them. Share them through emails and social media.

Send emails to your representative in Congress, your senator, any senator, the president. If you have thoughts about an issue and you feel that you can give ideas for real, positive results then do it. What is there to lose? When you communicate your ideas and they are received they very possibly will be part of the solutions.

Stop underestimating your ability to bring change in this world. Those who have effected change throughout history were human the same as you or any man or woman. God gave you free will so you can use it for the helping of others. As we help others we help ourselves. As we heal others we heal ourselves.

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910).  From his classic novel War and Peace:

“But what is war? What is needed for success in warfare? What are the habits of the military? The aim of war is murder; the methods of war are spying, treachery, and their encouragement, the ruin of a country’s inhabitants, robbing them or stealing to provision the army, and fraud and falsehood termed military craft. The habits of the military class are the absence of freedom, discipline, idleness, ignorance, cruelty, debauchery, and drunkenness. And in spite of all this, it is the highest class, respected by everyone. And he who kills most people receives the highest awards.”

Fellow Russian writer Maksim Gorki (1868-1936) on Tolstoy:

“No man deserves more to be called a genius, no man is more complex, more contradictory, more admirable than he in all things, yes, in all things. He is a man who envelops all men, a man-mankind.”

Gandhi considered Tolstoy’s non-fiction work What is Art? as Tolstoy’s masterpiece. In it Tolstoy states criterion for true art. Amongst other criterion the work must convey the highest spiritual thought/feeling on the planet. Another is the work must result in a literal improvement in the human condition. We have read What is Art? and would recommend it highly. God knows we can use some literal improvement in the human condition.

Finally on war we listen once more to American social scientist Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) from his book The Theory of the Leisure Class:

“The enthusiasm for war, and the predatory temper of which it is the index, prevail in the largest measure among the upper classes, especially among the hereditary leisure class.”

The events of September 11, 2001 need a new, real, thorough and complete investigation without any omission. Truth must prevail.

The time has come for war to end. War is the greatest failing of civilization. Very soon the earlier statement will be “War was the greatest failing of civilization.” Keep faith that a world without war is going to be a reality. In all of your prayers thank God that this reality is one which you will witness in your lifetime. The spiritual evolution of the human race is happening and will continue to increase in intensity until every man and woman will understand that we are all brothers and sisters on this our Mother Earth.

These evolutionary movements will be of such a size that time will literally end. Spiritual enlightenment will be of such a high level that a literal heaven on Earth will be the reality we see before our eyes. Can you sense the anticipation of these coming events increasing day by day? It is coming. There is nothing anyone, anywhere, in any positions of power or authority, can do to stop this movement to the new paradigm of love.

It is the destiny of the human race.