A high-ranking insider has exposed some of the tricks Monsanto uses to keep its control of the government. We’ve known about the intimidation of farmers to create a virtual monopoly on agriculture and make the company legally immune from legislation, but now we have someone who understands all the details explaining very clearly just what has gone wrong — and what might change.
Why is Monsanto So Powerful? They’ve Paid Off Powerful Government Lobbyists!
Through their extensive and successful lobbying efforts, Monsanto has become a policymaker. They have people loyal to the company placed in high-ranking government positions. One of these is Michael Tyler, a former Monsanto executive and the current Food Czar of United States.
Is it any wonder that with someone like Tyler in high office that GMO’s are considered regular food just like non-genetically modified crops? If GMO’s are classified in the same way as normal food, there’s no legal reason to examine it closely, keeping Monsanto’s products away from scrutiny.
Just check out this list (current as of May 2013) to see which politicians have been paid off by Monsanto — and how much each name cost the agriculture giant.
Absolutely Terrible for Farmers
Lots of corporations have friends in high ranking government positions, so why is this particular access by Monsanto to the top U.S. government so dangerous? What makes a big deal? Plenty of reasons….
The seed situation has completely changed – for the worse
Farmers used to save a portion of their crops so they could harvest seed for next year’s crops. Under Monsanto’s regime, this is no longer allowed.
Monsanto strictly regulates what farmers are and are not allowed to do (by contract) with their seeds. That’s right – farmers don’t really buy seeds from Monsanto, they lease them. If a farmer does save some seeds for next season or some other later use, Monsanto is quick to send its “enforcers” to stop this. Farmers can’t even save seeds THEY paid to use! All unused seeds must be returned to Monsanto, making the farmers start completely anew the next season.
Some have described Monsanto’s tactics in keeping farmers under their thumbs “gestapo like”, infiltrating circles of farmers to find out if they’re really following Monsanto’s rules or not and then suing them into submission until farmers comply. Their nearly-infinite legal power doesn’t go unused.
If Monsanto seed is found on a farmer’s field, and the farmer has not signed a contract with Monsanto, the farmer is then prosecuted by Monsanto lawyers. Farmers are already having a hard time in some parts of the country, and litigation from the biggest agriculture controller in the world doesn’t help.
It is through this heavy investigation work and intimidation that Monsanto makes sure they have absolute control over crops in the U.S.
When you combine that fact with Tyler and his ilk in their high political positions, nothing is going to be done about it to change – at least not by the government.
Do People Have to Use Monsanto Seed?
With so many different problems associated with using Monsanto, one might wonder why farmers sign their contracts with them first place. Why don’t they just buy seeds from a different source?
Unfortunately, due to extreme demand for certain crops, Monsanto seed has become almost a necessity for many farmers. Farmers are forced to use the high-yielding but genetically modified seed provided by Monsanto just to break even year after year. Many farmers take out annual loans to pay for seeds. and Monsanto has taken advantage of this. Monsanto seed prices have increased 4 or 5 times from what they were 10 years ago.
It’s the high fructose corn syrup-rich diet Americans (and the rest of the world’s countries) eat that keeps corn and other GMO demand so high. Our addiction to cheap, inexpensive food feeds Monsanto and makes their high-yield seeds the only real choice for many farmers enslaved by debt to banks and Monsanto.
With its powerful lobby, these problems will never be brought to light to the general public. Government sponsored studies to find out the TRUTH about GMO foods aren’t going to happen. Monsanto executives are laughing because most American’s don’t know what’s really going on.
BUT WE KNOW.
The Underground Health team has kept a close eye on Monsanto’s wrongdoings over the years. Here’s just a list of the exposes we’ve written to keep you informed about this great injustice:
There’s plenty more in the Monsanto archive.
Keep checking here at Underground Health to stay on top of Monsanto news. If we fight ignorance through bringing these things to light, we can fight Monsanto oppression!