‘Monsanto is the metaphor for genetic manipulation, food chain control’

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William Engdahl is an award-winning geopolitical analyst and strategic risk consultant whose internationally best-selling books have been translated into thirteen foreign languages.

Published time: May 25, 2013 22:26

People hold signs during a demonstration against agribusiness giant Monsanto and genetically modified organisms (GMO) in front of the White House in Washington on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Nicholas Kamm)



In order to take full control of the global food chain the world’s largest owner of patents on seeds Monsanto is lobbying, bribing, suing small farmers out of business and altering scientific research, geopolitical analyst F. William Engdahl told RT.

Hundreds of thousands around the world gathered on Saturday in a
global move dubbed ‘March Against Monsanto’.

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Activists are calling for labeling of food containing GMOs and
further scientific research of the effects of GMO crops that while
banned in several countries over alleged health threats still
remain legal in many others.

Protesters all across the US
the march calling for a boycott of Monsanto products,
following the Senate’s decision to turn down a bill which requires
the labeling of GM food.

RT: What’s wrong with GM food?

William Engdahl: The fundamental problem with GM food
that it’s genetically and biologically unstable. There’s no genetic
modification known to science and this I have from some of top
scientists in the world on this question that’s stable — it’s
always mutating. And No.2, all the GM products that are in the
human and animal food chain over the last 20 years are modified
primarily to do one thing — 80 per cent of all the GM is modified
to accept chemicals, the pesticides. Monsanto Roundup being the
most prominent of them, which are highly, highly toxic and they’re
modified to be resistant to that deadly chemical so that it kills
everything inside, except the Monsanto corn or the Monsanto soy
beans or what will you. All those chemicals are equally as
dangerous to the human food chain as the GMO seeds themselves.

Children hold signs during a demonstration against agribusiness giant Monsanto and genetically modified organisms (GMO) in front of the White House in Washington on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Nicholas Kamm)

RT: Why have so many people in different countries
taken to the streets to demonstrate against this US company

WE: I think for one very simple reason Monsanto is the
company. They are the world’s largest owner of seeds. They’ve
bought up all those small seed companies to control those seed
varieties of wheat, of rice, of corn and soy beans and so forth.
No.2 Monsanto bought up a company that gives Monsanto a patent on
what are called terminator seeds, which self-destruct, the seeds
commit suicide after one harvest season. So, farmers are unable to
take part of their seeds and replant them for the next harvest
season — something that never in history has been possible before
this Monsanto development. But Monsanto is the metaphor for genetic
manipulation of the food chain and they are by far the largest — of
course, you have other companies like Syngenta in Switzerland, you
have BASF, which is a partner of Monsanto in Germany. You have Dow
and DuPont Chemical. But Monsanto is really the giant of the four
horsemen of the GMO Apocalypse.

RT: Why is the US government so keen to protect the
interests of Monsanto?

WE: I think this is the strategic interest of the US
agribusiness lobby, the lobby of Bush senior as president in 1992.
Monsanto went to the White House and had a closed-door meeting with
Bush, and got him to agree to make sure there are no government
tests whatsoever on the health and safety of GMO products before
they were released to the commercial public. That was called the
doctrine of ‘substantial equivalence’— it’s a fraudulent doctrine
if you just analyze the name, it’s by no means scientifically
rigorous. So there have been up until recently no long-term tests
beyond what ninety day short-term studies Monsanto gave to the
government to say ‘everything is hunky-dory.’ It turns
out evidence has been uncovered by whistleblowers who say we were
forced to alter the scientific data for Monsanto so it showed that
the results were positive. You have the fox guarding the chicken
house here with Monsanto verifying the health and safety of
its own products. But it’s the idea of monopoly on seeds, a patent
on monopoly on seeds worldwide that makes the whole question of
Monsanto and GMO question so extremely important in so many
countries. They are trying everything to bribe and influence the
European commission in Brussels. A study came out in France at the
Caen university September last year, it was published in the PEW
review , a serious scientific journal of toxicology , by Dr
Seralini and his French colleagues, showing that rats fed with GMO
Monsanto rice , or corn rather, had huge incidents of cancer tumors
compared with non GMO rats. They had enormous organ damage and
death rates five times that of normal rats. The study was
suppressed by the EU food safety administration. It turns out that
most of the scientists on the panel had ties to Monsanto. So it’s
just the corruption that Monsanto tries to infiltrate its way, they
try to block labeling in California, because that would damage
their whole product situation in America. People are beginning to
wake up. I think there is change going on not only against the
Monsanto but biological engineering of our food chain.

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