Jun 082008
 

This is definitely a misleading title: Biotech giants demand a high price for saving the planet

The only thing they’re saving is their own hide. More GM crops (for a price of course) will continue to worsen the natural genetic diversity of existing plant strains.

“Together we must meet the needs for increased food, fibre and energy, while preserving the environment,” said the company’s head, Hugh Grant. “These commitments represent the beginning of a journey that we will expand on and deepen in the years ahead.”

Let me tell you what they’re really saying:

Together (Do as we say) we (have orchestrated events so that we) must meet the needs for increased food, fibre and energy (which is very profitable for us), while preserving (continuing to wreck) the environment,” said the company’s head, Hugh Grant. “These commitments (instructions of ours) represent the beginning journey (decades long efforts to control the global food supply) that we will expand (for our profits) on (and force you to accept) and deepen (enslave all of humanity) in the years ahead.”

I am NOT exaggerating. Read the article for yourself:

The ETC Group calls this “an opportunistic public relations strategy”, adding: “Monsanto’s business is selling patented seeds for industrial agriculture – not addressing a humanitarian food crisis.”

The report of its investigation shows that Monsanto and BASF – which last year announced a $1.5bn “collaboration” to develop new GM crops, including “ones more tolerant to adverse environmental conditions such as drought” – have between them filed patents for 27 of the 55 genes. Others had been filed by companies such as Bayer, Syngenta and Dow.

The reports says some of the applications are sweeping. One would cover more than 30 crops from oats to oil palms, triticale to tea, and potatoes to perennial grass – “in other words, virtually all food crops“.

It says the “corporate grab on climate-tolerant genes” means that “a handful of transnational companies are now positioned to determine who gets access to key genetic traits and what price they must pay”.

Small farmers in developing countries will be particularly hard hit by such “climate-change profiteering”. Patenting will make the crops expensive and ensure that poor farmers have to buy them every year, by prohibiting them from saving seeds from one harvest to grow for the next.

 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Jun 082008
 

Fair warning:

“According to the May 1, 2008 CCC inventory report there are o­nly 24.1 million bushels of wheat in inventory, so after this sale there will be o­nly 2.7 million bushels of wheat left the entire CCC inventory,” warned Matlack. “Our concern is not that we are using the remainder of our strategic grain reserves for humanitarian relief. AAM fully supports the action and all humanitarian food relief. Our concern is that the U.S. has nothing else in our emergency food pantry. There is no cheese, no butter, no dry milk powder, no grains or anything else left in reserve. The o­nly thing left in the entire CCC inventory will be 2.7 million bushels of wheat which is about enough wheat to make ½ of a loaf of bread for each of the 300 million people in America.” The US Has NO Remaining Grain Reserves

I remember reading somebody’s comments somewhere that stated 24 million bushels of wheat was “plenty”. How about 2.7 bushels? Ready for your yearly loaf of bread? This is .pdf file shows what remains in the CCC inventories.

This is probably one of the reasons why I am completely sold out of all pastas (spaghetti, macaroni and noodles). Also, most other grains have disappeared, spelt, kamut, millet, quinoa and of course, white wheat, Golden 86 has been gone for some time. Other products have disappeared too, spinach, mushrooms and quite a few beans, especially organic varieties. Inventory levels have fluctuated up and down on some, but some have just totally disappeared.

The word is, “fall harvests”, but I can’t help but wonder just how this fall harvests will alleviate some of these shortages.

Related:

Food Production Must Rise By 50% (but much sooner then 2050)
Climate Change is Bad News For US Agriculture

And this, just found regarding Britian: Nine Meals From Anarchy

grocery stores empty

The phrase ‘nine meals from anarchy’ sounds more like the title of a bad Hollywood movie than any genuine threat.

But that was the expression coined by Lord Cameron of Dillington, a farmer who was the first head of the Countryside Agency  -  the quango set up by Tony Blair in the days when he pretended to care about the countryside  -  to describe just how perilous Britain’s food supply actually is.

 Posted by at 8:15 am
Jun 082008
 

Bush Pushes Biometrics – Like most things, this sounds like a good idea, until you stop and realize how much abuse this subjects everyone to, especially in the hands of the 9/11 masterminds.

It’s 100% doubtful that these criminals will be sharing their own biometric data however. Instead, they’ll get free travel passes.

Other esteemed leaders have been traveling to the Bilderberg meeting, with a complicit media’s total blackout. If there was ever any “proof” of the extremely controlled media in this country, this is “it”. You’d think in a democratic society we’d actually be told when our leaders were convening to divide up the spoils.

Attending the meeting briefly and in secret were Clinton and Obama. This is probably where Clinton was told to drop out of the race and officially endorse Obama. As I recall, candidates are allowed to keep the tens of millions in contributions they’ve received (this means we’re all in the wrong business). Now Obama gloats, but pisses off the false hopes of the entire Arab world:

Obama, hours after securing his party’s nomination on Wednesday, had gone on to say the US bond with Israel was “unbreakable today, unbreakable tomorrow, unbreakable for ever” and drew a standing ovation.

It incredibly easy to see how all of these events are highly orchestrated. The smoke and mirrors that passes for demonocracy in this country are clouded up by transparent manipulation. You can see right through it if you just look.

 Posted by at 7:35 am