Modified Food: A Threat To Our Way Of Life?
Food Security, Breached
Ben Franklin once said that farming was the only honest means to earn a living. But today, with world populations moving en masse to cities, less than two percent of the U.S. population remains on farms. For Franklin's paradigm, that's a lot of dishonest work.
But it's not just work. Small family gardens have also wilted and died out, and with them goes the knowledge of where our food comes from. When we do look into the sources of our food, how it's made and who controls it, what we see is an industry in bed with government practicing a scorched-earth policy that could seriously jeopardize humanity.
For starters, despite cries of food shortage, food production now outpaces population growth. Food abundance in contrast to a diminishing labor force is the fault of the industrialized farming machine, chemicals and international trade laws that have allowed food to be cheaply imported and exported, often to the detriment of local economies, including America's.
These factors are the seeds sowed by a new behemoth: the multi-national agricultural firm, a.k.a. agribusiness. Agribusiness has flourished as an arm of government's political policy and shady dealings in "food security," most recently the move to corner the African food market in the name of a "green" Africa. Chief conspirator in these shady dealings is the world's most notorious agribusiness and owner of an astonishing majority of the planet's seeds, Monsanto.
The Pangs of a Hungry Heart
As a leading manufacturer of DDT, Monsanto could have been financially devastated when the synthetic pesticide was banned in 1972. But just two years later, the company struck back with an alternative to its cancer-causing product.
Glyphosate, a blend of water and chemical agents that suffocates plant growth, is marketed as an effective killer of weeds. Soon, glyphosate, now marketed under the named Roundup, far from harmless to humans, was well on its way to become the top-selling herbicide in history.
We should have seen this coming, as Monsanto already had a rich history of too-cozy deals with the government and military that allowed it to slip through the cracks.
[ Jesse Ventura's Take ]
As far as protecting children from genetically-modified foods or other suspect foods, it's your job as a parent is to ensure what your children eat, not the government's. For me, it's an individual's responsibility for what they buy in food. I don't think that big government should come down heavy handedly and ban food, sugary food, from kids, for instance. Again, it's your job to ensure your children eat right.