GPOWS Green Power Offering Workable Solutions
Green is the game, and it’s a high stakes game. The number of people and the expanse of industry that is affected by how our food is raised and processed is phenomenal. I don’t want to take every article and rant against Monsanto, but it’s tempting. The control that they exercise over the food industry is blatant, no longer just insidious. Their toxic contamination started decades ago with pestiides like the well know Roundup graduating to genetically modified seeds that the small farmer was forced to use.
Regarding the control of seeds to the farmer, if Monsanto suspects a farmer is not using their seeds according to their specific guidelines, then threats to sue the farmer and take away his livelihood are made. There are dozens of cases witnessed and on record of Monsanto representatives using intimidation to force their protocols on farmers. One would argue that if the farmer agreed to Monsanto’s rules in the first place then they must abide by the contract. Many farmers are wising up, but some are still caught in the Monsanto snare.
Monsanto and other large agricultural concerns have big bucks and expert lobbyists in tow to trample the smaller corporations that don’t have their kind of financial assets. Threats like “Monsanto is big. You can’t win. We will get you”, are words the small farmer has heard from who they call the “seed police”. Monsanto simply says they are protecting their patents on the technology they spend $2M developing daily.
Remember Dupont’s slogan, Better Things for Better Living Through Chemistry? It was televised into living-rooms for years laying the groundwork message that chemicals would save the future. While Dupont takes a backseat to Monsanto it’s still a sizable player. They played a big part inundateding the public with propaganda selling us the idea that natural wasn’t as good as chemically enhanced.
In 1980 the US Supreme Court declared in a five to four decision that seeds are a patentable commodity. This allowed companies like Monsanto to reign supreme over the use of their seeds. For example, a farmer is not permitted to use seeds year to year, but by law must buy new seeds from Monsanto every new planting season. The seeds are genetically modified and produce foods that are GM. If Monsanto would have its way, it would control everything we put on our tables. It seemed to be heading down that very road and then . . .
Big Food didn’t count on the stubborn righteousness of the American farmer and their ability to fight for what they know is their right. More crops are transitioning to organic, non GMO and corporations like Monsanto are finally being threatened by a louder voice. In general people are waking up and casting their vote through their buying habits. Consumers are making organics the fastest growing segment at the grocery stores.
The scales are tipping as more of us weigh in on the desire to keep our bodies, minds and farms cleaner and free of chemical manipulation. We want to pass down vibrant health to our next generation of family as well as our next generation of farmers.
We at GPOWS ask you to support organic, non genetically modified foods through your consumer habits. We all have the right to grow, and buy chemical free food.
Leave your comments below. What are some of the stories you’ve heard about Big Agriculture? Do you think there is justification for a single company to hold the rights to seed distribution in the US? Share your thoughts.