It’s been a good week or so for those concerned about GMO seeds, GMO foods, and the push by industry giants like Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences towards putting their creations on your table and in your body whether you like it or not. First came the successful “March Against Monsanto”, which saw people protest in over 400 cities in 52 different countries against the company’s policies, its undue influence over their governments, and its GMO seeds and foods in general. The focus of the protest, however, was simple labeling. People want to know what’s in the food they eat; Monsanto doesn’t like that. They want to control your food supply and they don’t want to have to tell you what they’re doing to it, or what they’re putting into it. They keep telling us there is nothing harmful about their GMO foods and seeds, and yet they fight like the devil against any regulation that would require them to let us know when we’re consuming them. Doesn’t that raise a red flag for you? It sure does for me.
The next “good” thing that happened this last week was the fact that the USDA officially announced that GMO wheat had somehow “escaped” and was growing in Oregon wheat fields. How can this be “good”? Well, it wasn’t the escape itself that was good, of course. It was the reaction that brought about a good result, and we’ll get to that presently.
This “escape” of Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds was, of course, just one more in a long line of things that Monsanto had assured the world “could not happen”. They said it was an impossibility and we shouldn’t worry about it. Well, just like DDT, PCBs, and Agent Orange … all of them brought to us by the Frankenstein mentality of Monsanto … they were wrong about this too. Now the wheat crop in Oregon is contaminated, and no one can tell how far this will spread. Also, no one really knows what to do about it or even if anything can actually still be done now. The wheat futures markets are technically in a short term down trend, but are poised for a long term turn around to move up. If containment efforts turn out to be questionable or more new outbreaks of escaped GMO seeds are reported, the fundamentals of this market could send wheat prices upwards to levels not seen since the spike of 2008.
The “good” part of all this was the reaction: Japan immediately announced it would cease buying all Western wheat and feed, while Korea also announced they were suspending all purchases of U.S wheat until further notice. Now, I’m not saying that countries refusing to buy crops and seeds from the US is a good thing. However, the reaction of these countries has proved to be the “final straw” … at least for now … in the Monsanto push to occupy Europe with their GMO seeds. The company has announced it is suspending all lobbying in most of Europe for the foreseeable future. The genetic agri-business giant is tucking its tail between its legs and going home.
Here’s an article from Wolf Richter at TruthOut that goes into detail:
But now it (Monsanto) threw in the towel in Europe – where its genetically modified seeds have faced stiff resistance at every twist and turn. Even its deep corporate pockets and mastery of lobbying have failed: “It’s counterproductive to fight against windmills,” its spokesman told the Tageszeitung.