There is a saying that what is not good for the goose cannot be good for the gander. In other words, why are all those promoting genetically modified foods for the rest of the world not eating GMOs but eating organic? There is a list of politicians that support and promote GE foods as being ‘safe’ and ‘natural’ but privately they and their families eat ONLY organic. If GE Foods are So Great, Why Won’t the Elite Eat Them?
- President Obama eats organic and the First Lady Michelle Obama makes sure all vegetables are grown inhouse or bought from suppliers who grow organic. President Obama overrode the USA Supreme Court to allow GM alfalfa and sugar beets.
- President George Bush and family eats ONLY organic
- President Bill Clinton insists on an organic diet with grass-fed beef (Walter Scheib, executive chef White House “personal honor of serving two unique and interesting first families, but the professional challenge of fulfilling Hillary Clinton’s mandate of bringing contemporary American cuisine and nutritionally responsible food to the White House.”)
- Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney eats only organic.
- The British Prime Minister David Cameron’s food his wife Samantha ensures comes from Daylesford Farm Shop, a resolutely organic store that proudly never stocks GM foods and sells organic vegetables, meat, baked goods and dairy products produced on the farm.
- China’s top brass is fed by an exclusive, gated organic garden while the rest of the population consumes GM food – The political elite in China enjoy the safest of food — organic produce, grass-fed beef from Inner Mongolia, rice free of pesticides, chemicals or genetically modified organisms.
- Genetically modified foods are banned from the British Parliament.
- Even Monsanto’s own employee’s command non-genetically modified food in their canteen
If world leaders are promoting genetic but eating organic it means they are aware of the health dangers of processed foods in general and genetically modified foods in particular. The question is why have their knowledge of these dangers not trickled to their conscious minds in agreeing to sign detrimental policies to the foods that ordinary people end up eating.
- President Obama promised GE foods will be labeled when he was campaigning – now he has totally forgotten about that and so Americans do not know what they are buying.
- President Obama promotes Bio Tech
- President Obama and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the first 3 years in office had approved 10 different genetically engineered crops, and even a genetically modified animal (source: Food and Water Watch) Is it a coincidence that all of Monsantos former employees are influential people in USDA or have personal ties?
o Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has old ties to Monsanto via the Rose Law firm.
o General Counsel for the USDA is Ramona Romero, who came straight from DuPont, another major biotech company with GE crop patents, where she held a number of key positions, including Corporate Counsel for complex commercial and antitrust litigation,
- The director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture is Roger Beachy, a former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.
o Secretary of Agriculture is Tom Vilsack, a strong Monsanto supporter selected by President-elect Obama in 2008. As governor of Iowa, Vilsack frequently traveled in Monsanto’s private jets, and was named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
- In 2009, President Obama ignored appeals from consumer groups and appointed former Monsanto VP for Public Policy, Michael Taylor, as a senior adviser for the FDA (The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Taylor serves as the deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA which includes ensuring food labels contain clear and accurate information and overseas strategy for food safety and food safety legislation.
- Presidential Candidate Mit Romney has been associated with Monsanto since 1970s. He even favored the ‘Monsanto rider’ provision in the 2012 Farm Bill, that would prevent a federal court from putting in place court-ordered restrictions on a GE crop, even if the approval were fraudulent or involved bribery, among other things.
- President Clinton strongarmed the EU to accept GM when he was President.
- Hillary Clinton still pushes GM worldwide.
- George Bush promoted GM and tried to weaken organic standards
- Tony Blair expressed ‘frustration’ with people who opposed GM and called opposition a ‘flash in the pan.’
Agent Orange is a creation of Monsanto and we know its impact on the Vietnamese
In 2012, food and seed corporations in the US had spent $46million to lobby and defeat Proposition 37 that would have required food companies to list genetically modified ingredients on the labels of its products sold in retail stores. What the labeling would have done was to ensure that GMOs would not be passed as ‘natural’ foods. Though the law would have only affected California that makes up 12% of the US population, food labels would have affected other states too. Food companies only list ingredients, calorie, nutritional value and peanut content. If Europe, Russia, China, Japan, Mexico, Australia etc are also labeling GMOs why doesn’t the US?
The most startling this is to know the companies that have lobbied NOT TO LABEL GMOs. The list is given with the amount they have spent for lobbying against labeling.
BASF, Bayer and Syngenta are subsidiaries of foreign pesticide companies.
Monsanto = $7,100,000.
DuPont = $5,200,000.
PepsiCo Inc. = $2,500,000.
BASF Plant Science = $2,000,000.
Bayer CropScience = $2,000,000.
Dow Agrosciences = $2,000,000.
Syngenta Corp = $2,000,000.
Kraft Foods = $2,000,000.
Coca-Cola = $1,700,000.
Nestle USA = $1,315,400.
ConAgra Foods = $1,200,000.
General Mills = $1,200,000.
Del Monte = $674,000.
Kellogg Co. = $790,700.
Smithfield = $671,000.
Council for Biotechnology Information = $625,000.
Heinz = $500,000.
Hershey Company = $493,900.
J.M. Smucker Co. = $555,000.
Grocery Manufacturers Association = $375,000.
Hormel Foods Corp. = $374,300.
Unilever = $ 460,000.
Mars Food North America = $370,280.
Bimbo Bakeries USA = $422,900.
Ocean Spray Cranberries = $326,500.
Campbell Soup Co. = $320,455.
Pinnacle Foods Group LLC = $266,100.
Dean Foods Co. = $253,950.
Biotech Industry Organization = $250,000.
McCormick & Co. Inc. = $248,200.
Abbott Nutrition (Infant Formulas / Similac) = $230,900.
Rich Products Corp. = $225,500.
Cargill Inc. = $226,800.
Welch’s = $167,000.
Knouse Foods Cooperative = $160,300.
W.M. Wrigley Jr. Co. = $116,900.
Sunny Delight Beverages Co. = $114,500.
Tree Top = $110,300.
Bumble Bee Foods = $98,000.
Sara Lee Corp. = $96,800.
Hillshire Brands (Ball Park, Jimmy Dean) = $86,000.
McCain Foods USA = $50,600.
Dole Packaged Foods Co. = $45,580.
Goya = $ 56,100.
Clorox = $33,000.
S & W = $21,100
In 2006, some seed farms in the US filed a case against Monsanto. Monsanto lost the case but it appealed and lost the case again. This case was known as the Monsanto v Geertson Seed Farms. Thereafter Monsanto took the appeal to the Supreme Court. The Justice for the case was Clarence Thomas. He had been a former attorney for Monsanto. He did not recuse himself from the case given the conflict of interest. And not surprisingly, Monsanto won the case and the lower court’s decision was overturned. The conflict of interest is further revealed in this table that provides an excellent example of conflict of interest in a nation that dictates how others should live.
The most important question is – is there really organic foods given the extent to which the environment and soil has been polluted? Are even organic foods GMO-free? Our worst fears have been proved true as pollen and seeds from GMO crops often make their way to organic farms leading to ‘cross contamination’ making no crop 100% GMO free.
‘Organic’ are foods that are grown using natural fertilizers such as manure and limited pesticide use. Even meat reared without growth hormones or antibiotics and given organic food are certified organic meat.
It is not difficult to understand that the food industry is powerful enough to influence politicians and pass legislations for their benefit and profit. They do not care or are bothered with the health of the masses for their partner the health industry is there to take over when we do fall sick. Is it a surprise then why there are so many hospitals and patients? Do we need hospitals unless there are efforts to make us sick because when we become sick so many others become rich?
We should realize that the politicians themselves are prescribing dangerous foods for us while they are taking pains to ensure they eat only healthy foods. The above examples are clear enough. Which next means it is left to people individually to start to learn about the foods they are eating and not get fooled by the attractive labels or the media blitz surrounding the advertising of their products. Processed foods are a major cause of all the health hazards people are suffering from.
The amount of literature made available in the public domain is sufficient for people to themselves read up and educate themselves. There are scores of alternative ways that people can follow. Home gardening organic food is one good way to start and share what one learns with one’s neighbors and family and start spreading some good news. We need to reharvest the world and we cannot expect greedy politicians or profit making companies to do that.
We must all chip in to protect our planet.
– by Shenali D Waduge
How to grow organic at home – http://www.homelife.com.au/gardening/features/how+to+grow+an+organic+home+garden,4691
Giving up processed foods –
GMOs are killing the bees, butterflies and birds –
If we pollute the AIR, WATER and SOIL that keeps us alive and well, and destroy the BIODIVERSITY that allows natural systems to function, NO amount of MONEY will SAVE US.