“I say there is a need for alarm, Monsanto monopolizing the whole seed industry, working to globalize herbicide seamlessly, breaking anti-trust rules, falling under scrutiny, GMOs, we just say NO, it’s time to start a mutiny!” Those lines from EVeryman’s rap with D-Rock called F Monsanto! are still fresh in my head, and are so true. I’ve already had written in Dissident Voice that America had a “Monsanto Government” and the revolving door that existed. But what about the 1980s case, where in Michael Pollan’s words, “the Supreme Court said you could patent life” or the case where a ban on a Roundup-Ready Alfalfa was blocked by the same court I thought. I looked into these cases first, in order for myself to get a footing.
But Monsanto is not the only player in this game. There are five other corporations involved in the game, like Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont that compose the chemical cartel, along with the Gatsby, Rockefeller, and Gates Foundations, USAID and the World Bank funding the effort. Additionally, there are front organizations like CropLife America, the Association for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the CGIAR Consortium (including the International Rice Institute, Biodiversity International, etc…), the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the C4 Rice Project and the Africa Rice Center, among others.
How does this play out in the overall political system? In order to show this in an easy-to-understand format, I made a charts of this “chemical-industrial complex,” broken into its effects on the legislative, executive and judicial aspects of the American political system:
This is just a short little article to tell people about the corruption of their government. The important aspect here is action that you can take. If you really want to make change in this world, the first step is to change your mind (as Gil-Scott Heron said, “the first revolution is in your mind.”), then work to talk to others about the issue and spread awareness. Work with local environmental groups to tell your local officials about the danger of genetically-modified foods and offer alternatives. Create a “Genetic Crimes Unit” and tell about the corruption of Monsanto on the local, state and national levels (you may have to do some research for this one). These are just suggestions, I’m not saying everyone can do them, but if a grassroots campaign can be started by so few and become huge, just like Occupy. There is hope one should have in the nation and the people, because “you should be the change you want to be in the world” since another world is possible.