In effect, our government subsidizes Monsanto’s agenda.
These concerns include the fact that despite a billion dollar budget, the USDA only inspects about 1% of food imported from other countries.
More than 22,000 factory farms (CAFOs) dominate the countryside approved by state and federal governments and subsidized by the USDA who fails and refuses to regulate and inspect them. CAFOs drive people from their ancestral family farms by generating pollution, releasing smells and toxic fumes, detectible for miles and leaving dead diseased animals on the roadside.
Monsanto is suing DuPont. Sustainable farmers and the organic food movement are suing Monsanto over the destruction of heirloom seeds by Monsanto’s GMO seeds and plants. Groups are challenging the efficacy of genetically modified alfalfa and sugar beets in the courts. Superweeds, caused by the use of excessive pesticides such as Monsanto’s Roundup, are taking over farming areas in states like Arkansas.
Then there are the “seed police”, a group of Monsanto private investigators patrolling America’s heartland looking for unsuspecting farmers who may have accidentally impinged on a Monsanto patent. Monsanto has even hired the notorious Blackwater to spy on bloggers and other opponents.
Since the mid-1990s when GMO seeds were first introduced into the market, Monsanto has sued 145 U.S. farmers for patent infringement, putting many family farms out of business. Farmers who formerly separated and stored heirloom seeds for future crops have been put out of business also. Monsanto Canada has also sued many farmers there. Since our government is a partner with Monsanto on many projects, is our government in effect suing family farmers by proxy?
America’s heartland has become a Civil War battlefield of farmers, environmentalists and organic food groups against the corporate interests of farming led by Monsanto and Big Agra. Ancestral family farms are being gobbled up by big businesses in the name of factory farming where animals are confined in an animal version of a concentration camp and sold as pseudo-food in markets across the land.
Worse, the goals of Big Agra are supported by the politically corrupt USDA which is now run by a Monsanto biotech insider, former Iowa governor Tom Vilsak.
What can Americans do to stop this? One way is to support the farmers and organic groups who have had the courage to challenge genetically modified foods in the court system. Another is to write your state and U.S. senators as well as your representatives and your governor. Postcards to the White House and Congress pile up on their desks and cause elected officials to rethink policies that may lose them votes.