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Deja Vu For 2-4-D GMO Corn?

Deja Vu on GMO corn? Photo: Catholic Chalplaincy

I am one of the millions of little people here in the United States.  Of late, we have come to be known as the 99%.  My voice is unheard in the halls of our government as are most of the millions of other voices of my fellow 99%-ers.

Like a dog, which has a hearing range much different than humans, our government has become attuned to only one frequency:  the voice of corporate America.  This voice does not speak for the American people but for its own advancement, power and profits. 

This voice is full of lies, too.  It produces so-called evidence of its good intentions, what it pretends it wants to do for the people of the United States.  It proffers one-sided studies, carefully edited as to avoid discrediting itself.  Naysayers are held at bay by an unseen hand: holding them by the throat, strangling discordant voices into silence. Their heads are held under water to stifle them; weighting bodies of damnable evidence, hoping that it will sink to the bottom of the lagoon never to rise again.

Somehow this voice always seems to drown out millions of Americans: WE THE PEOPLE. Citizens are screaming at the top of their lungs against corporate agendas. They know these corporate plans are wrong, will not serve the people of this country, and continue to scream even louder.    Public venues, online petitions, faxes and phone calls to their lawmakers fall yet again, on deaf ears. The government dog can only hear that frequency above the mass human cry:  money, influence and market share.

Supposed consumer watchdog agencies:  the FDA, the USDA and others pay no attention to the public cry.  They continue to be infiltrated with cronies of the very corporations seeking approval of their agendas.  Again this whispered voice triumphs.  Again the slanted data is presented with earnest and humble countenance in outstretched hands by corporations saying, “See how much GOOD we want to do for the American people and this planet? Our product will alleviate hunger, protect the ecosystem, forever banish disease and send bad bugs into oblivion!”

The American people keep yelling, protesting, writing, calling, faxing, e-mailing – to no avail.  The USDA just goes ahead and approves things like more GMO corn, citing the need for more ethanol production and a growing world population which needs feeding. 

The government discounts the public, opting to believe the “scientific evidence,” and approves this new GMO corn.  Another round of poisoning begins.  At first it works.  The corporation is vindicated as a savior to modern agriculture and food.  Billionaires pile on the bandwagon to boost their humanitarian ratings. 

Again the government of the United States has failed WE THE PEOPLE. Our elected officials, sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and act in the best interest of WE THE PEOPLE, have yet again acted only in the best interest of their own wallets.  They have acted in the best interest OF the corporations who are NOT people!

Years go by.  This wonder-product begins to fail.  In the meantime, millions of humans the world over have died from direct or indirect poisoning. Cancer, fetal abnormalities, circulatory, cell damage and many other insidious diseases from eating this GMO food sprayed with poison.  It’s in the soil, water and air. Medical science struggles to know WHY people are dying of cancer. Our bee population has all but been eradicated.  Waters have been polluted the world over.  Small farmers in poor countries were hoodwinked into believing they could feed their starving families with this new plant. The cycle goes on and on, just like last time.

This new product was not the be-all, end-all of the world’s food crisis.  It did not save farmers time or money.  It was not good for the environment. Least of all, it was not “perfectly safe” for humans to eat. 

The voices raised by millions of WE THE PEOPLE who spoke against this at the outset were ignored. We were right but you would not listen…, again.


Why I’m Still An Activist – FREE SPEECH

Last week I freaked out. The bad part was that I did it in public.  On my Facebook page I sent a message to all of my then 50-something friends.  It was half rant, tirade, fingerpointing and pity party.  Then I deactivated my account and was silent.  I destroyed my former website here at WordPress, “Good Food 4 All.’  The e-mail list I had for GF4A also was shut down. 

I got mad, I got hurt and part of me was afraid. 

I had blogged about the pending approval of what is being called “Agent Orange” corn.  I guess that the key words I used over time accumulated and drew the attention of the manufacturer of this product.  They set their spybots on me at my site.  I backtracked through the links to those who had accessed my site and found out a lot about corporate America.

Under the guise of marketing and PR many of the world’s best known product manufacturers routinely spy on us.  The software from these PR firms allows these companies to view what is being said about them, good, bad or indifferent.  It sounds innocent enough but in the true essence of corporate espionage, it isn’t.

They track everything:  blogs, Facebook, Twitter and all social media.  This is legal.  The intent, they profess, is to gather marketing information and how to best put a spin on their PR to increase sales. 

There was a darker side to this.  Words used on these PR sites to attract new customers like, “track activists,” or “engage activists,” bothered me because of many things that are happening on small farms, at buying clubs, CSAs and to those who are for our food freedoms. There were other indications of what could possibly be covert actions against naysayers of their products.  I’d heard of visits by chemical corporations to people who’d shown the movie, “Food, Inc,” “Fresh, the Movie,” and  “Farmageddon,” along with threats and intimidation.

This is what happens when we use our free speech: companies are allowed to do this to the citizens of the United States,

Raw milk is  under attack with a vengeance by the FDA. Spies are being planted in buying clubs by state and federal officials.    Several activists, both here and in Canada, have been arrested, tried and convicted for sales of raw milk – with one thing lacking…. NOBODY HAS GOTTEN ILL from their milk. In court testimony the informants have been identified and given their account of how they were recruited – or in some cases, commanded to do this by their superiors – and their subsequent infiltration of the subject farm.

 At the November 1, 2011 protest at the FDA, which I attended, Homeland Security’s presence was unmistakable.  HOMELAND SECURITY…. to monitor a peaceful  raw milk  demonstration?  Yes, we were outside the FDA in Silver Spring, Maryland.  There was absolutely no threat to the building or occupants of the FDA itself.  In fact, we even invited John Sheehan, the director, who, of course, didn’t show.

Something just won’t let me quit advocating for food freedom -and now for freedom of speech.  I may do it in a different way, subtly, though, as to delay the scrutiny of the spybots from big chemical.  I’ve been doing this far too long to quit now.  Since 2004, after reading Eric Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation” and Morton Spurlock’s, “Supersize Me” I became enraged at the way the food industry controls everything we eat.  I’ve been on the radio, both here and in Canada, I’ve blogged and tried to spread the word that our food isn’t what the general public thinks it is.  I’ve begged and badgered people to STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS.  Sometimes I wonder IF anybody is listening!

So, if the spybots do come and snitch to big ag, big chemical and big food, well, I hope they enjoy what they’re reading. It is my FREEDOM of SPEECH that I am exercising here in the United States of America.  It is My FREEDOM OF SPEECH to disagree with the chemical giants and the food industry and our own government,  who are putting  greed before the health of this planet and humanity.

That’s why I can’t quit!