Posted: August 26th, 2009 by Militant Libertarian
With genetically modified (GM) foods dominating the United States’ corn and soybean crop today, Monsanto – the company most responsible for GM foods – has also dominated most of South Africa`s seed crops as well. As reported by Barbara Minton here at Natural News in April, a huge crop failure there is directly attributed to this lack of seed diversity. So how do Americans, and people world wide, fight back against this takeover of food sources by GM foods? To answer that, the GMOs themselves as well as the way the company who makes them operates should be understood. That will show how real, grassroots, actions that everyone can participate in will work to stop this monopolization of the world’s food.
How GM Foods and GMO Works
The most common modification that Monsanto makes to seeds is to create HT-ready crops (“herbicide tolerant” crops). These are crops that are able to withstand Monsanto`s other product, RoundUp, to a strong degree. This increases crop yield by allowing the farmer to spray liberally with the RoundUp herbicide to kill weeds and some parasites.
The problem? Well, obviously, all that spraying can`t be good for anybody. It also is severely destroying seed diversity in the agricultural markets – over 90% of American soybean crops are now genetically modified organisms (GMO). About 70% of our corn crops are also GMOs.1
Now that Monsanto has a virtual monopoly on those seeds, they`ve announced that they`re raising seed prices by up to 42%, as reported in Bloomberg on August 13.2
Further, as Ethan Huff pointed out in his article here at Natural News, there is plenty of reason to question the health problems associated with GM crops.
Currently, Monsanto is working to corner the market on GMO wheat crops in the U.S. If their progress there is anything like it`s been with corn and soy, they could hold 70% or more of the seed market within fifteen years.
Most of the reasons for not liking GMO crops have been outlined already, but for more information, you can check the Natural News archives on GMOs here.
Monsanto`s gangster tactics can be seen in the documentary movie The World According to Monsanto by Twilight Earth.3 This is how they`ve gained their monopoly.
Fighting Back Against Monsanto and GM Crops
First and foremost, stop financially supporting Monsanto as much as possible. This means scouting out and avoiding GMO foods on the grocery store shelf, not buying Monsanto`s products, and more. As Shelly Roche of Bytestyle.tv says, “Vote With Your Fork!”
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