The Creator created the People of the Earth into the Land at the beginning of Creation and gave us a way of life. This way of life has been passed down generation-to-generation since the beginning. We have not honored this way of life through our own actions and we must live these original instructions in order to restore universal balance and harmony. We are a part of Creation; thus, if we break the Laws of Creation, we destroy ourselves.
ver the weekend millions in over 400 cities around the Earth took part in the annual “March Against Monsanto”. Philosopher and attorney Steven Druker has written a new book: “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public”. The book was published in May 2015 and has already to date received 113 reviews at Amazon.com. The book has been very well received, as 94 of those reviews were 5-stars. Professors, attorneys, scientists and GMO activists have praised the book as the next “Silent Spring” written by Rachel Carson, Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe At Any Speed” or similar society-changing writings.
From the Foreward to “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth”:
“Without doubt, one of the most important books of the last 50 years. I shall urge everyone I know who cares about life on Earth, and the future of their children, and children’s children, to read it… Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”
– Jane Goodall, Ph.D.
Please visit Steven Druker’s website biointegrity.org and make a copy of his letter: “Challenge to Monsanto” (PDF – download available), where he directly challenges the Monsanto Company to scientifically disprove any facts presented in “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth”.
In Steven Druker’s legal opinion, the United States Food and Drug Administration failed to carry out legally required safety testing before approving genetically engineered (GE) foods in 1992, and have lied to the American people in the over 20 years since. In other words, unless Monsanto Company responds to his challenge with real scientific evidence to disprove assertions in Mr. Druker’s book, GE foods must by law be removed – taken off the market, because they were illegally approved.
For the anti-GMO global movement, Mr. Druker’s book and “Challenge to Monsanto” are a real game changer. The millions of men, women and children who marched against Monsanto may have done so for the last time. Thanks to Steven Druker and his fellow associates, concerned scientists and supporters, there is a possibility that GMOs will be off the market by this time next year.
Please visit http://www.amazon.com/Altered-Genes-Twisted-Truth to read reviews of Mr. Druker’s explosive new book and consider purchasing a copy. For those who are financially blessed, please consider buying multiple copies and giving them to friends, family, political officials, professors, members of the media/reporters, and/or any persons who have sufficient influence and the ability to determine the outcome of this decades-old, controversial, and extremely consequential debate.
Genetically engineered foods and crops have become one of the most debated, important and controversial issues of this generation. For the sake of this generation and future generations’ health and well-being – for the sake of all living things – share Steven Druker’s book, letter to Monsanto, and information as widely as possible.
What happens if one of the nations considering signing on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) comes to a point where the people of that nation votes to ban GMOs? If my understanding is correct, corporations which are heavily involved in GMO products like Monsanto can take a case to a private, special, secret tribunal and sue that nation’s government for loss of “future, expected profits” from GMO sales, and in the process punishing financially the people who have democratically arrived at a decision to protect their citizens and environment.
This seems like a possible scenario with the legalese written into trade agreements such as the TPP and another proposed between the European Union (EU) and the United States.
Could one congressman or senator in the USA please demand that the full text of the TPP be published so that the American people, as well as the people of every potential signatory nation, can examine the legalese that they will be living under if the deal is consumated? The same request goes for the proposed EU – USA trade agreement. Surely this is a reasonable request. Political leaders of the governments involved stand and speak about all aspects of democracy and “we the people”, while at the same time keeping life-changing information away from citizens and even the people’s representatives in government – obviously an undemocratic way of doing the “people’s business”.
With respect to the TPP, evidently there has been an army of hundreds of corporate lawyers working on the language of the agreement for years, in secret without government oversight. The people have no idea what is in the language save for “leaks” provided by Wikileaks, a situation that on its face shouts volumes about the motivations and agendas of those pushing for its passage. If the agreement is so beneficial, then why aren’t citizens and their representatives able to read it?
Do the people whose agenda is being served by these agreements believe that men and women of the world will just allow these legal documents to become crammed down their throats without pushback?
My guess is that the secrecy surrounding the language of these trade agreements has to do with the knowledge of those behind them that, if the deals became exposed to the light of day and available for study by the people, they would be seen for what they are – ultimate power grabs. Through the use of lawyers’ injections of legalistic language, the “fix is in” and once the nations sign on, they are bound to abide by the legalese at risk of harsh financial judgments in private tribunals, without any option of appeal.
If this becomes read by citizens in any of the potential TPP nations, you are probably aware of the proposal and concerned about the consequences of passage. Many people around the world are working to defeat the TPP and it looks like there are developments which point toward significant problems in passing it. Not all men and women trained in law are corporate lawyers, and those who wish to read the entire text of TPP should have that opportunity. Once again, this is a reasonable, rational request which has so far been ignored, calling into question the beneficial aspects that those who are advocating for its passage – along with EU/USA agreement – claim.
The overwhelming level of consequence for many millions of people from many regions emanating from the TPP and EU/USA trade agreements, makes it necessary that intense study, discussion, and debate occur before any kind of “fast track” passage is even considered. Trade agreements of this magnitude have to be placed on a “slow track”, with the widest dissemination of the total, actual legal language in them through published, accessible to the people, means.
One could see how TPP and EU/USA major trade agreements have been engineered to maintain a world status-quo which an increasingly larger percentage of the human race has grown disillusioned with. Although virtually unreported in mainstream media corporation news broadcasts, the world’s people are becoming aware of the negative realities of unjust military actions, corruption in the international banking industry, possible restriction of free communication over the internet, deleterious health effects of genetically modified organisms, continuance of private ownership of national central banks, as well as a number of other problematic issues discovered through the free flow of communication with computers.
One can see how those who have worries about people demanding actions to change the status-quo are using the massive trade agreements to cement the status-quo in place, in the process eliminating the power of people to demand significant positive change in the world. It is not a stretch to see that there are perhaps a few thousand very wealthy and powerful people on this Earth trying to maintain a privileged position, working to tamp down the billions of people who have become concerned about the actions and consequences coming from the few thousands.
A good example which illustrates the tension between the few and the rest of humanity is genetically modified organisms (GMO). GMOs are essentially products which epitomize an onslaught against human freedom. The major weapon in this onslaught is what are called “terminator” seeds, which commit suicide after one season, eliminating any ability of farmers to practice the ages-old tradition of seed-saving for the following season’s planting. Although there are other valid reasons to ban GMOs from the Earth, this one reason – this product alone – is enough.
One need not be a genetic scientist to see that terminator seed technology should never have been approved, sold, and planted to begin with. Simply looking at the plants in the environment and proliferation through being carried by the wind, birds, etc. should have raised red flags of enormous size, with the risks of cross-species contamination more than enough to know that the technology should never be allowed into the natural world.
Millions of men and women have protested against GMOs in recent years, without any response from political leaders, or any analysis coming from mainstream media. A ballot issue in California calling for labeling of GMO foods was narrowly defeated following a multi-million dollar expenditure from corporations against labeling laws. In the past few weeks Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has called for GMO labeling, which will become law as soon as his state becomes joined in agreement by a number of bordering states.
The major trade agreements are a tool to cement status-quo laws in nations which have not yet passed laws for either labeling or outright banishment. If these nations then pass laws for labeling or banning, the corporations like Monsanto and others can sue in the private, non-governmental tribunals for the loss of “expected profits”. Other similar measures, in many arenas such as banking, the internet, pharmaceuticals, etc. are probably written into these agreements, however non-corporate lawyers and average citizens have no way to know because the agreements have not been published in their entirety.
There are some researchers of interest who I try to stay current with. After looking to find recent interviews of William Engdahl, I found the following one with a fellow from Australia, Leon Pittard, from Mr. Pittard’s YouTube channel made in the last few days. Mr. Engdahl is an independent researcher, writer, and lecturer who has studied geopolitics and issues of importance for 30 years. In this talk he speaks about the origins of today’s GMOs while connecting the issue with currently debated trade agreements. He has written a book on GMOs titled “Seeds of Destruction”.
An informative interview with 40 minutes of solid communication about the history and continuing health-related risks of genetically modified organisms for humanity.
October 12, 2013 ‘March Against Monsanto’ planned for over 50 countries
SEATTLE, WA. (October 12, 2013) – On Oct. 12, millions of activists from around the world will once again March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Currently, marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries,with events in over 400 cities. In the US, solidarity marches are slated to occur in 47 states. A comprehensive list of marches can be accessed at http://www.march-against-monsanto.com.
Tami Monroe Canal, founder of March Against Monsanto (MAM), was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “Monsanto’s predatory business and corporate agricultural practices threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. MAM supports a sustainable food production system. We must act now to stop GMOs and harmful pesticides.”
GMOs are not adequately monitored to ensure public safety. Long term, independent, peer reviewed studies were not conducted before GMOs were introduced for human or animal consumption. In the USA, the revolving door between Monsanto employees, government positions, and regulatory authorities has led to key Monsanto figures occupying positions of power at the FDA and EPA. Monsanto has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to obstruct all labeling attempts; they also suppress any research containing results not in their favor. The scientifically established health risks include, but are not limited to: organ damage, sterility, infant mortality, birth defects, auto-immune conditions, allergies and increased cancer risks. GMOs have been partially banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South America, Russia, France, Switzerland and Costa Rico, and are currently labelled in 62 countries. Despite this, factory farm animals throughout the world are still fed GMOs.
Roberta Gogos, organizer for Athens, Greece, addressed the importance of the marches in austerity-impacted Europe. “Monsanto is working very hard to overturn EU regulation on obligatory labeling where enforcement is already lax. Greece is in a precarious position right now, and Greece’s farmers are positioned to follow the same perilous fate as farmers in countries such as Colombia and Mexico.”
Josh Castro, organizer for Quito, Ecuador’s march observes, “Ecuador is such a beautiful place, with the richest biodiversity in the world. We will not allow this Garden of Eden to be compromised by the destructive practices of multinational corporations like Monsanto. Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger. Agroecology is. Monsanto’s harmful practices are causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity, habitat destruction, and contributing to beehive collapse. GMO crops cross pollenate with traditional crops, risking peasant farmers’ livelihood.”
In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide after Monsanto’s Bt cotton seeds did not perform as promised. Farmers, left in desperate poverty, are opting to free their families of debt by drinking Monsanto pesticide, thereby ending their lives. Many farmers in other countries are also stripped of their livelihood as a result of false promises, seed patenting and meticulous legal action on the part of Monsanto and other big-ag interests. In many parts of Africa, farmers and their communities are left to choose between starving or eating GMOs.
An “Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs),” http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php, signed by 828 scientists from 84 countries, detailed concern regarding GMOs coupled with a call for immediate 5 year suspension of GMO crops in order to conduct “a comprehensive public enquiry of agriculture and food security for all.”
Vandana Shiva gives a powerful lecture “Justice Begins With Seeds” where she lays out the entire issue of GMOs. How genetically modified organisms are still in existence on this Earth, with voices as powerful as Vandana Shiva, is beyond comprehension.
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