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Washington Launches the GMO Revolution The roots of the story go back decades, but Engdahl explains the science of "biological and genetic-modification of plants and other life forms first" came out of US research labs in the s when no one noticed. They soon would because the Reagan administration was determined to make America dominant in this emerging field.
The biotech agribusiness industry was especially favored, and companies in the early s raced to develop GMO plants, livestock and GMO-based animal drugs. Washington made it easy for them with an unregulated, business-friendly climate that persisted ever since under Republicans and Democrats alike. So the entire population is being used as lab rats for these completely new, untested and potentially hazardous products.
And leading the effort to develop them is a company with a "long record of fraud, cover-up, bribery," deceit and disdain for the public interest - Monsanto. Its first product was saccharin that was later proved to be a carcinogen. It then got into chemicals, plastics and became notorious for Agent Orange that was used to defoliate Vietnam jungles in the s and s and exposed hundreds of thousands of civilians and US troops to deadly dioxin, one of the most toxic of all known compounds.
Along with others in the industry, Monsanto is also a shameless polluter. It has a history of secretly dumping some of the most lethal substances known in water and soil and getting away with it.
In spite of its past, Monsanto and other GMO giants got unregulated free rein in the s and especially after George HW Bush became president in Thereafter, "not one single new regulatory law governing biotech or GMO products was passed then or later despite all the unknown risks and possible health dangers. An elder Bush Executive Order assured it.
It ruled GMO plants and foods were "substantially equivalent" to ordinary ones of the same variety like corn, wheat or rice. This established the principle of "substantial equivalence" as the "lynchpin of the whole GMO revolution. In , the Clinton FDA declared it safe and approved it for sale before any consumer use information was available.
Problems, however, soon appeared. Other problems included the udder inflammation mastitis as well as deformed calves being born.
The EU thus banned the product, but not the US. Despite clear safety issues, the FDA failed to act and allows hazardous milk to be sold below the radar. It was just the beginning. The Fox Guards the Henhouse Engdahl reviewed the Pusztai affair, the toll it took on his health, and the modest vindication he finally got. Already out of a job, the year old British Royal Society attacked him in and claimed his research was "flawed in many aspects of design, execution and analysis and that no conclusions should be drawn from it.
As for Pusztai, after five years, several heart attacks, and a ruined career, he finally learned what happened after he announced his findings. Monsanto was the culprit. The company complained to Clinton who, in turn, alerted Tony Blair. He was nonetheless able to reply with the help of the highly respected British scientific journal, The Lancet.
After publication, the Society and biotech industry attacked The Lancet for its action. It was a further shameless act. As a footnote, Pusztai now lectures around the world on his GMO research and is a consultant to start-up groups researching the health effects of these foods. Along with him and his wife, his co-author, Professor Stanley Ewen, also suffered. He lost his position at the University of Aberdeen, and Engdahl notes that the practice of suppressing unwanted truths and punishing whistleblowers is the rule, not the exception.
Industry demands are powerful, especially when they affect the bottom line. The Blair government went even further. It commissioned the private firm, Grainseed, to conduct a three-year study to prove GMO food safety.
Nothing would be allowed to stop the agribusiness juggernaut from proceeding unimpeded. Along with the Vietnam morass, the economy was in trouble after the "golden age of capitalism" peaked in and corporate profits were declining. Food was one of them and was about to be renamed "agribusiness. Nelson and David were the most influential figures, and their power center was the exclusive New York Council on Foreign Relations.
Engdahl states: "In the s the Rockefellers were at the power center of the US establishment and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was their hand-picked protege. In it was at a meeting of influential, hand-picked Rockefeller friends from North America, Europe and Japan.
They founded a powerful new organization called the Trilateral Commission with easily recognizable member names. The new organization "laid the basis for a new global strategy for a network of interlinked international elites," many of whom were Rockefeller business partners. Combined, their financial, economic and political clout was unmatched.
So was their ambition that George HW Bush later called a "new world order. Trilateralist Jimmy Carter embraced the dogma enthusiastically as President. In , Nixon was in office with Kissinger his Svengali. One observer described him at the time as "like sludge out of a swamp without a spark of life Further, he "was to make food a centerpiece of his diplomacy along with oil geopolitics.
World agriculture domination was to be "one of the central pillars of post-war Washington policy, along with controlling world oil markets and non-communist world defense sales. The shortage of grain staples along with the first of two s oil shocks advanced a "significant new Washington policy turn.
It was an ideal time for a new alliance between US-based grain trading companies and the government. It "laid the groundwork for the later gene revolution. He decided US agriculture policy was "too important to be left in the hands of the Agriculture Department" so he took control of it himself. The world desperately needed grain, America had the greatest supply, and the scheme was to use this power to "radically change world food markets and food trade.
The global food market was being reorganized, corporate interests were favored, political advantage was exploited, and the s "gene revolution" groundwork was laid. Rockefeller interests and its Foundation were to play the decisive role as events unfolded over the next two decades. It began under Nixon as the cornerstone of his farm policy, free trade was the mantra, corporate grain traders were the beneficiaries, and family farms had to go so agribusiness giants could take over.
Bankrupting them was the plan to remove an "excess of human resources. Developing nations were targeted as well with the idea that they forget about being food-sufficient in grains and beef, rely on America for key commodities, and concentrate instead on small fruits, sugar and vegetables for export. It was on a secret project called National Security Study Memorandum NSSM that was shaped by Rockefeller interests and aimed to adopt a "world population plan of action" for drastic global population control - meaning to reduce it.
The US led the effort, and it worked like this - it made birth control in developing countries a prerequisite for US aid. Engdahl summed it up in blunt terms: "if these inferior races get in the way of our securing ample, cheap raw materials, then we must find ways to get rid of them.
The Nazis also aimed big and sought control. Population culling was part of it that for them was called "eugenics" and their scheme was to target "inferior" races to preserve the "superior" one.
NSSM was along the same idea and was tied to the agribusiness agenda that began with the s and s "Green Revolution" to control food production in targeted Latin American, Asian and African countries. Among them were India, Brazil, Nigeria, Mexico and Indonesia, and exploiting their resources depended on drastic population reductions to reduce homegrown demand. The scheme was ugly and pure Kissinger. It recommended forced population control and other measures to ensure strategic US aims.
Kissinger wanted global numbers reduced by million by the year and argued for doubling the 10 million annual death rate to 20 million going forward. Engdahl called it "genocide" according to the strict definition of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide statute that defines this crime legally. The strategy included fertility control called "family planning" that was linked to the availability of key resources.
The Rockefeller family backed it, Kissinger was their "hired hand," and he was well-rewarded for his efforts. Besides his better-known crimes, consider what he did to poor Brazilian women through a policy of mass sterilization under NSSM It has a long disturbing history backing US imperialism while claiming on its web site it extends "a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country.
Powerful figures backed the scheme but none more influential than the Rockefellers with John D. III having the most clout on population policy. The Brotherhood of Death Long before Kissinger and his assistant Brent Scowcroft made population reduction official US foreign policy, the Rockefellers were experimenting on humans. JD III led the effort. JD III expressed his views in a UN Food and Agriculture Organization lecture: "To my mind, population growth and its reduction is second only to control of atomic weapons as the paramount problem of the day.
He was also influenced by eugenicists, race theorists and Malthusians at the Rockefeller Foundation who believed they had the right to decide who lives or dies. Powerful figures were behind the effort as well as leading American business families. Consider his views.
He said "people pollute, so eliminate pollution by eliminating undesirable people. Solution - remove them with lots of ways to do it from birth control to sterilization to starvation to wars of extermination. These ideas were American, they took root years ago, noted names backed it like Rockefeller, Carnegie and Harriman, and they later influenced the Nazis.
Hitler praised the practice in his book, "Mein Kampf," then used it as Fuhrer to breed a "master race. Three generations of imbeciles are enough. It "opened the floodgates" for sterilizing many thousands of women considered "subhuman" detritus and in the way.
JD III was right in step with this thinking. He was nurtured on Malthusian pseudo-science and embraced the dogma.
He joined the family Foundation in where he was influenced by eugenicists like Raymond Fosdick and Frederick Osborn. Both were founding members of the American Eugenics Society. In , he used his own funds to found the New York-based Population Council in which he promoted studies on over-population dangers that were openly racist. But it avoided the term "eugenics" because of its Nazi association and instead used language like birth control, family planning and free choice.
It was all the same, and before the war Rockefeller associate and family Foundation board member, Frederick Osborn, enthusiastically supported Nazi eugenics experiments that led to mass exterminations now vilified. Back then, he believed this was the "most important experiment that has ever been tried" and later wrote a book. It was called "The Future of Human Heredity" with "eugenics" in the subtitle.
It stated women could be convinced to reduce their births voluntarily and began substituting the term "genetics" for the one now out of favor.
Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation