Friday, February 3, 2012

We Can Change Things

In the category: stuff that regular people have managed to change. It seems that the effort to bioengineer and reap ridiculous profit from every bite of food that humanity puts in its mouths has met some setbacks.

Last year, a group of organic farmers filed a lawsuit against Monsanto, which has for years tried to sew up a monopoly on the world's food through its genetic modification programs and over 800 claims and lawsuits against farmers who had the audacity to allow their non-GMO crops to be contaminated by Monsanto's patented genomes--you know, by winds and bees pollinating their crops (don't believe it? Watch a movie called The Future of Food, available in a free online stream through Hulu). Monsanto has bankrupted small farmers in a calculated and corrupt effort to make sure no one plants anything that doesn't generate a profit for Monsanto.

Well, apparently, they are going to get a dose of their own medicine, as the farmers have apparently sued Monsanto for its GMO DNA 'trespassing' on organic and other non-GMO crops. Anyway, earlier this month, arguments began in New York on Monsanto's motion to dismiss that case, and so far, the lawsuit stands.

Also recently, China basically threw Monsanto and its 'Frankenfood' GMOs out of the country, determining that GMO rice would not be permitted in the commercial food chain in China. What a bummer for Monsanto--over a billion people will not be experimented upon and forced to rely upon the Monsanto conglomerate for their very lives.

And finally, just this week, the UK tossed Monsanto's food monopoly plans on the dung heap too. Monsanto has been forced to close its genetically modified wheat operation in Cambrige, England, "due to 'intense opposition' to genetically modified foods from activists."

We ought to be doing the same all over the US.

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