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?

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