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Monsanto is the Dept. of Homeland Security for Food Tags: Activism Big Corp Conspiracy GMO food

By Jon Rappoport

“Whenever people encounter a crazy idea, a high-flying absurd notion, they reject it out of hand. That’s the first impulse. ‘No, no one would believe that. It’s ridiculous.’ But as time passes, and this crazy idea is repeated over and over again, people make adjustments to their own minds. ‘Well, maybe it’s true, a lot of important authorities accept it, so maybe I should accept it. I guess it does make sense.’ This is the process of buying a cover story, buying an egregious lie meant to obscure a hidden truth.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Being the US government means being on permanent wartime status.

Wherever it is possible to fantasize enemies, enemies are there. They must be conquered. They must be stopped.

It’s a vast cover story that, among other benefits, provides enormous profits to the military industrial complex.

Here’s an addition to the cover story: to accomplish this war on everything that moves, advanced technology must be deployed—and those who resist the omnipresence and domination of the technology are considered potential terrorists.

 

Even a small organic American farmer on an acre of land can qualify as a threat, because he appears to oppose the technology of genetic engineering, as it applies to food crops.

As bizarre as this might seem, it is an aspect of the corporate/government war on healthy organic food.

As my readers know, I have been piecing together the levels of corruption that are permeating the Monsanto vs. Maui lawsuit. (See also my #GMOwar archive.)

As I assemble the elements, it’s becoming clear that Monsanto is a key figure in “national security” concerns—protecting Monsanto at any cost equals protecting national security.

That’s why the people of Maui—who voted to ban Monsanto’s local GMO/pesticide experiments, pending a deep and independent investigation of everything Monsanto is doing in Maui County—have been encountering legal land-mines at every step.

The entire military-intelligence-agricultural complex has been arrayed against the people of Maui.

I’ll now quote a very important article Dr. Joseph Mercola wrote on September 17, 2012, “Organic Foods are safer and healthier than conventional…true or false?”

“…the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has taken the position that organic farming, such as free-ranging chickens and cows and non-GM seeds that you can’t ‘control’ are potential biosecurity threats. USDA has even begun putting, in writing, directives on how they want organic farming ‘contained’ – which resembles turning organic farms into nothing more than factory farms.”

Organic farms represent a bio-security threat to the United States? What kind of insanity is this?

Dr, Mercola continues:

“The ultimate goal for global biosecurity is to have seeds and plants that theoretically can’t be attacked because they’ve been bio-engineered to resist pathogens that would be used to destroy crops. This is discussed in a 2002 biosecurity whitepaper by the American Phytopathological Society [“Biosecurity Issues Affecting Agricultural Crops & Communities: Genomics, Biotechnology, & Infrastructure”]:

“‘Investments in basic research are needed to open new directions for applied research, including greater use of plant biotechnology and plant and microbial genomics for detection, forensics, prevention, or recovery from a bioterrrorist attack on a U.S. crop or food produced from crops.’”

In other words, according to the new catechism (cover story), any food plant that can’t withstand a bio-attack from an enemy is a potential weapon that can be used against America—and Monsanto is at the forefront, along with other biotech giants, in engineering food crops that will, in fact, repel bio-attacks launched with plant pathogens, fungi, viruses, etc.

“Monsanto will ensure the protection of America.”

This incredible fantasy takes on new Trojan-Horse meaning with the recent announcement, by the World Health Organization, that Monsanto’s number-one herbicide, Roundup, is a probable cause of cancer.

Protect Americans by killing them?

Of course, diminishing the perception of safety and value of organic food crops, in any way possible, expands Monsanto’s bottom line: money. Profit.

Profit, domination of the food supply, and bio-security are now joined at the hip. Add to that the obsession to make anything natural into something synthetic, and you’re looking directly at Monsanto.

Using the premise of “bio-attacks from anywhere and everywhere,” Monsanto and the federal government are collaborating to make GMO food the universal food, the food that protects America from bioterrorism.

Monsanto. The Pentagon. The war machine. Lunatic brothers in consciousness.

“That organic food (and unmodified food)) you thought was so good for you? It isn’t. It’s vulnerable food. It can be attacked from anywhere on the planet by our enemies. They can deploy microorganisms to attack this food and destroy it and force us to starve. But not to worry. We’ll genetically engineer all food so it’s protected from these attacks. We have advanced technology. We’re deploying it. Just get out of the way and let us do our jobs. All will be well. We’ll control the food supply, lock it down, and make it safe. This is a national security issue. It supersedes all laws. Stand down. Back away. Homeland Security is here.”

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALEDEXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

 

Please Eat the Dandelions: 9 Edible Garden Weeds Tags: Community Empowerment Food Gardening Preparedness

Derek Markham

Treehugger.com

All too often, homeowners and gardeners wage war in their lawns and gardens against the plants that grow incredibly well there, but that aren’t intentionally planted, and many times, the justification for these battles all comes down to the words we use to describe them.

When we buy and plant packets of common flower, vegetable, or herb seeds, we spend a lot of time, energy, and water in our efforts to get those seeds to germinate and grow, and take pride in our green thumb and homegrown food supply.

But when a plant that we identify as being a weed is found growing in our lawn or garden, out comes the trowel and hoe (or for the ruthless and impatient gardeners, weedkillers such as RoundUp), and we may spend the entire growing season keeping these opportunistic and resilient plants at bay, in order to have neat and tidy garden beds and uniform lawns. And it’s too bad, really, as many of the common garden weeds are not only edible and nutritious, but can be a great homegrown (and free) addition to our meals.

Part of the resistance to eating plants that we believe to be weeds, in my opinion, is that we are conditioned to only consider the items we find in the grocery store as food, and not things that the rest of the neighborhood sees as unwelcome invaders in lawns and gardens. And unless we’ve been exposed to eating plants that are seen as common garden weeds, and had them prepared for us, we’re probably not likely to try to eat them on our own. Once in a while, we might come across dandelion greens or purslane for sale in the produce section of the grocery store, or the farmers market, but for the most part, many common edible garden weeds aren’t available anywhere else except for our lawns or garden beds. And that’s a shame.

 

Although the edible weeds that you can find in your yard might be different ones than the ones I find in my yard, due to weather, soil conditions, and geography, here are some of the most common garden weeds that can be used for both meals and medicine:

1. Dandelion:

The quintessential garden and lawn weed, dandelions have a bad reputation among those who want grass that looks as uniform as a golf course, but every part of this common edible weed is tasty both raw and cooked, from the roots to the blossoms. Dandelion leaves can be harvested at any point in the growing season, and while the smaller leaves are considered to be less bitter and more palatable raw, the bigger leaves can be eaten as well, especially as an addition to a green salad. If raw dandelion leaves don’t appeal to you, they can also be steamed or added to a stir-fry or soup, which can make them taste less bitter. The flowers are sweet and crunchy, and can be eaten raw, or breaded and fried, or even used to make dandelion wine. The root of the dandelion can be dried and roasted and used as a coffee substitute, or added to any recipe that calls for root vegetables.

2. Purslane

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Purslane can often be found in moist garden beds, lawns, and shady areas, where it lies close to the ground and often goes unnoticed. This humble garden weed, however, is a nutritional powerhouse, as it is said to contain more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable, and can be a great addition to a salad or stir-fry, or used to thicken soups or stews. Purslane is a succulent, with a crispy texture, and the leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked to add a peppery flavor to any dish.

3. Clover

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Other than the occasional four-leafed clover hunt, this common lawn weed goes mostly unnoticed, but is an important food for honeybees and bumblebees, and clover leaves and flowers can be used to add variety to meals. Small amounts of raw clover leaves can be chopped into salads, or can be sauteed and added to dishes for a green accent, and the flowers of both red and white clover can be eaten raw or cooked, or dried for tea.

4. Lamb’s Quarters

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The young shoots and leaves of Lamb’s Quarters (also known as goosefoot) can be eaten raw in any vegetable dish, or sauteed or steamed and used anywhere spinach is called for. The seeds of the Lamb’s Quarters, which resemble quinoa, can also be harvested and eaten, although it takes a lot of patience to gather enough to make it worthwhile.

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About the Author

Derek Markham

Writer / New Mexico

Derek is a digital dad with an analog streak, as comfortable with a smartphone as he is with pencil and paper. He’s got a soft spot for babies, bicycles and bouldering, and is the Head Shoveler at his mini-farm startup in New Mexico. You can also find him letting it all hang out on TwitterFacebook, and NaturalPapa.

El Salvador Farmers Kick Monsanto Out
Category: ACTIVITISM
Tags: Activism Big Agra Community Empowerment GMO food

Natural Society

 

Farmers from El Salvador make many US biotech farming practices look like the work of a bunch of crazed lunatics. At least in El Salvador they realize the importance of non-GM food and heritage seed saving. After outperforming Monsanto’s biotech seed with record crop yields, they have also now managed a giant defeat of Monsanto by preventing the company from supplying El Salvador with its poison seeds.

Monsanto’s biotech crops have been linked with kidney disease, liver failure, reproductive problems, and more. Most recently, the WHO called glyphosate, the main chemical ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Round Up, ‘probably carcinogenic.’

The El Salvador farmer resistance is great news considering the monopoly that Monsanto and other biotech companies have managed to hold over much of the rest of the world. Monsanto will deny having sway over the government, including federal judges in the US – but they actually do. Though they don’t have control everywhere. El Salvador farmers are working with the Minister of Agriculture there to lessen local farmers’ dependency on biotech seeds.

Juan Luna Vides, the director of diversified production for the Mangrove Association, a nongovernmental organization that was created to support a grassroots social movement for environmental conservation in El Salvador, says:

 

“Remember that Monsanto is together with DuPont, Pioneer, all the large businesses that control the world’s seed market. Unfortunately, many of the governments in Latin America, or perhaps the world, have beneficiary relationships with these companies.”

The Ministry of Agriculture just released a new round of contracts to provide seed to subsistence farmers across the country.

Monsanto attempts to do business in other markets with other company names, or brands, but the transnational hold is the same. And make no mistake, it is run by Monsanto and the other Big Six.

For example, companies like Pioneer generate commercials for various media outlets in El Salvador marketing their agrochemical products, and exerting great influence over the local farmers of the country.

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