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Title: Monsanto: Food Conspiracy? -- India-Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths?
Post by: Sue on May 05, 2009, 10:55:13 PM
Food Conspiracy?

NOTE:  Note that the food genocide program you will find also in the objectives of
NSSM 200, Kissinger and Haig Depopulation plan.

Lets put the dots together I've received from different sources, I have just found
another one that was sent to me about Monsanto.
NOTE:  Now, I remembered this segment specifically.....and here we go....lets
connect the dots.
Title: Re: Monsanto: Food Conspiracy? -- India-Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths?
Post by: Sue on May 05, 2009, 11:11:23 PM
1,500 Indian Farmers Commit Mass Suicide: Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths

Posted on April 17, 2009
by AlterNet

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Crop failure may have pushed farmers over the edge, but American companies have been leading them to the cliff for years.

By Tara Lohan, AlterNet.

The headline has been hard to ignore. Across the world press, news media have announced that over 1,500 farmers in the Indian state of Chattisgarh committed suicide. The motive has been blamed on farmers being crippled by overwhelming debt in the face of crop failure.

The UK Independent reported:

    The agricultural state of Chattisgarh was hit by falling water levels.

    "The water level has gone down below 250 feet here. It used to be at 40 feet a few years ago," Shatrughan Sahu, a villager in one of the districts, told Down To Earth magazine.

    "Most of the farmers here are indebted and only God can save the ones who do not have a bore well."

While many may have been shocked by these deaths, farmer suicides in India, and increasingly across the world, are not new.

In the last ten years, the problem has been reaching epidemic proportions. In one region of India alone 1,300 cotton farmers took their own lives in 2006, but the culprit cannot rest solely on a falling water table.

As the Independent article continues:

    Bharatendu Prakash, from the Organic Farming Association of India, told the Press Association: "Farmers' suicides are increasing due to a vicious circle created by money lenders. They lure farmers to take money but when the crops fail, they are left with no option other than death."

But there's more to the story than that. Farmer suicides can be attributed to, "something far more modern and sinister: genetically modified crops," the UK's Daily Mail reports.

    Shankara, like millions of other Indian farmers, had been promised previously unheard of harvests and income if he switched from farming with traditional seeds to planting GM seeds instead.

    Beguiled by the promise of future riches, he borrowed money in order to buy the GM seeds. But when the harvests failed, he was left with spiraling debts -- and no income.

    So Shankara became one of an estimated 125,000 farmers to take their own life as a result of the ruthless drive to use India as a testing ground for genetically modified crops.

And no company has been as notorious in the business as the U.S. agra-giant Monsanto. As Nancy Scola explained in a piece for AlterNet:

    Here's the way it works in India. In the central region of Vidarbha, for example, Monsanto salesmen travel from village to village touting the tremendous, game-changing benefits of Bt cotton, Monsanto's genetically modified seed sold in India under the Bollgard® label. The salesmen tell farmers of the amazing yields other Vidarbha growers have enjoyed while using their products, plastering villages with posters detailing "True Stories of Farmers Who Have Sown Bt Cotton." Old-fashioned cotton seeds pale in comparison to Monsanto's patented wonder seeds, say the salesmen, as much as an average old steer is humbled by a fine Jersey cow.

    Part of the trick to Bt cotton's remarkable promise, say the salesmen, is that Bollgard® was genetically engineered in the lab to contain bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium that the company claims drastically reduces the need for pesticides. When pesticides are needed, Bt cotton plants are Roundup® Ready -- a Monsanto designation meaning that the plants can be drowned in the company's signature herbicide, none the worse for wear. (Roundup® mercilessly kills nonengineered plants.)

    Sounds great, right? The catch is that Bollgard® and Roundup® cost real money. And so Vidarbha's farmers, somewhat desperate to grow the anemic profit margin that comes with raising cotton in that dry and dusty region, have rushed to both banks and local moneylenders to secure the cash needed to get on board with Monsanto. Of a $3,000 bank loan a Vidarbha farmer might take out, as much as half might go to purchasing a growing season's worth of Bt seeds.

    And the same goes the next season, and the next season after that. In traditional agricultural, farmers can recycle seeds from one harvest to plant the next, or swap seeds with their neighbors at little or no cost. But when it comes to engineered seeds like Bt cotton, Monsanto owns the tiny speck of intellectual property inside each hull, and thus controls the patent. And a farmer wishing to reuse seeds from a Monsanto plant must pay to relicense them from the company each and every growing season.

The cycle of debt continues into a downward spiral. And to be sure, water problems are adding to the crisis. In this most recent instance dam construction nearby was a significant contributor. While changes in water availability may be the jumping point for some farmers in India, it has been the globalization model of agriculture hyped by companies like Monsanto and Cargill that have led farmers to the cliff in the first place.

As renown physicist and anti-globalization activist Vandana Shiva (who has also fought against big dam construction) said in an interview with Democracy Now! in 2006:

    A few weeks ago, I was in Punjab. 2,800 widows of farmer suicides who have lost their land, are having to bring up children as landless workers on others' land. And yet, the system does not respond to it, because there's only one response: get Monsanto out of the seed sector--they are part of this genocide -- and ensure WTO rules are not bringing down the prices of agricultural produce in the United States, in Canada, in India, and allow trade to be honest. I don't think we need to talk about free trade and fair trade. We need to talk about honest trade. Today's trade system, especially in agriculture, is dishonest, and dishonesty has become a war against farmers. It's become a genocide.

The recent mass suicide in India should be a wake up call to the rest of the world. The industrial agriculture model is literally killing our farmers. is a Premier Content Partner of SustainLane.`“ Discover a progressive perspective on Environment and Water issues from two-time Webby award-winning independent national news site.
Title: Re: Monsanto: Food Conspiracy? -- India-Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths?
Post by: dean_saor on May 06, 2009, 12:55:09 AM
Two of the benefits of the British Raj were that we stopped the suttee of Hindu wives, and virtually eliminated the parasitic bunniahs/chettiahs (usurious moneylenders). These were two of the things that the Hindu Fundamentalist governments reintroduced after Independence [interesting concept that, Independence. They spend all that effort to get the British to leave (who were leaving anyway) only to rush into the embrace of Israel/USA, and now they are less free than they were under the Raj. Curious].
Title: Re: Monsanto: Food Conspiracy? -- India-Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths?
Post by: Sue on May 06, 2009, 08:45:47 AM
Two of the benefits of the British Raj were that we stopped the suttee of Hindu wives, and virtually eliminated the parasitic bunniahs/chettiahs (usurious moneylenders). These were two of the things that the Hindu Fundamentalist governments reintroduced after Independence [interesting concept that, Independence. They spend all that effort to get the British to leave (who were leaving anyway) only to rush into the embrace of Israel/USA, and now they are less free than they were under the Raj. Curious].

Yes, I was learning about this in your 'Far Pavilions'. Great story (history) I am just so slow in reading it, I had bought the paperback, the print so small, that after 5 pages my eyes get tired. I faithfully read a bit every night.  :)
Title: Re: Monsanto: Food Conspiracy? -- India-Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths?
Post by: jewbacca on May 06, 2009, 08:52:22 AM
Title: Re: Monsanto: Food Conspiracy? -- India-Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths?
Post by: Sue on May 06, 2009, 09:23:29 AM

Monsanto: ''No Food shall be grown that we don't own.''
Title: Re: Monsanto: Food Conspiracy? -- India-Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths?
Post by: Sue on May 06, 2009, 07:37:01 PM
Monsanto GM-corn harvest fails massively in South Africa

South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any seeds.The plants look lush and healthy from the outside. Monsanto has offered compensation.
Monsanto blames the failure of the three varieties of corn planted on these farms, in three South African provinces,on alleged 'underfertilisation processes in the laboratory". Some 280 of the 1,000 farmers who planted the three varieties of Monsanto corn this year, have reported extensive seedless corn problems.

Urgent investigation demanded

However environmental activitist Marian Mayet, director of the Africa-centre for biosecurity in Johannesburg, demands an urgent government investigation and an immediate ban on all GM-foods, blaming the crop failure on Monsanto's genetically-manipulated technology.

Willem Pelser, journalist of the Afrikaans Sunday paper Rapport, writes from Nelspruit that Monsanto has immediately offered the farmers compensation in three provinces - North West, Free State and Mpumalanga. The damage-estimates are being undertaken right now by the local farmers' cooperative, Grain-SA. Monsanto claims that 'less than 25%' of three different corn varieties were 'insufficiently fertilised in the laboratory'.

80% crop failure

However Mayet says Monsanto was grossly understating the problem.According to her own information, some farms have suffered up to 80% crop failures. The centre is strongly opposed to GM-food and biologically-manipulated technology in general.

"Monsanto says they just made a mistake in the laboratory, however we say that biotechnology is a failure.You cannot make a 'mistake' with three different varieties of corn.'

Demands urgent government investigation:
"We have been warning against GM-technology for years, we have been warning Monsanto that there will be problems,' said Mayet. She calls for an urgent government investigation and an immediate ban on all GM-foods in South Africa.

Of the 1,000 South African farmers who planted Monsanto's GM-maize this year, 280 suffered extensive crop failure, writes Rapport.

Monsanto's local spokeswoman Magda du Toit said the 'company is engaged in establishing the exact extent of the damage on the farms'. She did not want to speculate on the extent of the financial losses suffered right now.

Managing director of Monsanto in Africa, Kobus Lindeque, said however that 'less than 25% of the Monsanto-seeded farms are involved in the loss'. He says there will be 'a review of the seed-production methods of the three varieties involved in the failure, and we will made the necessary adjustments.'

He denied that the problem was caused in any way by 'bio-technology'. Instead, there had been 'insufficient fertilisation during the seed-production process'.

And Grain-SA's Nico Hawkins says they 'are still support GM-technology; 'We will support any technology which will improve production.' see

He also they were 'satisfied with Monsanto's handling of the case,' and said Grain-SA was 'closely involved in the claims-adjustment methodology' between the farmers and Monsanto.

Farmers told Rapport that Monsanto was 'bending over backwards to try and accommodate them in solving the problem.

"It's a very good gesture to immediately offer to compensate the farmers for losses they suffered,' said Kobus van Coller, one of the Free State farmers who discovered that his maize cobs were practically seedless this week.

"One can't see from the outside whether a plant is unseeded. One must open up the cob leaves to establish the problem,' he said. The seedless cobs show no sign of disease or any kind of fungus. They just have very few seeds, often none at all.

The South African supermarket-chain Woolworths already banned GM-foods from its shelves in 2000. However South African farmers have been producing GM-corn for years: they were among the first countries other than the United States to start using the Monsanto products.

The South African government does not require any labelling of GM-foods. Corn is the main staple food for South Africa's 48-million people.

The three maize varieties which failed to produce seeds were designed with a built-in resistance to weed-killers, and manipulated to increase yields per hectare, Rapport writes.
Title: Re: Monsanto: Food Conspiracy? -- India-Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths?
Post by: jewbacca on May 07, 2009, 10:14:08 AM
seen this? no distributor in the u.s. would touch it with a ten foot pole
(big surprise). i'm amazed it's still here:
Title: Re: Monsanto: Food Conspiracy? - India - Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths?
Post by: Sue on May 08, 2009, 01:56:11 PM
Part 5 pertaining to India. (I will watch the rest later.)

Wow, what revealing series! Unbelievable what they have done in genetic engineering
with a complicit government. Warnings by the scientific community were deliberately
hushed up - You talk... you're out!!!

No wonder that many peoples genetic system has been so screwed up.   

The Doomsday Vault: (

Sterile Seeds: (

The Great Land Giveaway: Neo-Colonialism by Invitation (

Title: - Monsanto: Food Conspiracy? -- Recipe for disaster
Post by: Sue on August 24, 2011, 03:05:28 PM
New GMO threat emerges

2011 February 22 ~ Source (

G. Edward Griffin, author of ‘The Creature From Jekyll Island’, and numerous other books and documentary
films  Anthony Patchett, retired assistant Head Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County Environmental
Crimes/OSHA Division explain the consequences of the Monsanto contract in the video below.

The agreement simply places all responsibility for any harm wrought by the seed squarely on the back of the
growers, a shocking abdication of what should by the company’s responsibility for the harms caused by the
product. But that’s the way corporations operate, isn’t it? Privatizing profits by shifting all the consequences
onto the back of customers and the public.

This time, it’s the omnipresent Monsanto herbicide Roundup, their trade name for a chemical formally known as glyphosphate.

The world has become dependent on genetically modified crops, and Monsanto engineers theirs to be resistant to the broad-spectrum plant killing chemical, the theory being that the secret to profitable agriculture is to design plants to survive a chemical that kills every leafy competitor [aka “weeds”].

But what if the very technology that’s been hailed as an agricultural panacea may turn out to be our biggest nightmare, creating a breeding ground for a virulent pathogen that threatens not only the GMO crops but other plants?

And what if the same pathogen is also suspected of creating deformities and spontaneous abortions in animals, and possibly even that one we value more than all others, Homo sapiens?

But that’s just the specter that’s being raised by a government plant disease specialist with very impressive credentials.

What strikes us as especially ominous is that the newly discovered pathogen poses a unique threat precisely because of the shape modern industrial agriculture has taken.

From the earliest days of agriculture, farmers typically planted a wide variety of crops, with a great range of cultivars of the same basic food type which were adapted to a wide variety of environments.

But industrial agriculture relies on consistency, a condition rarely found in nature. To create that consistency, farmers now plant a very limited range of crops — increasingly those cooked up in genetic labs — then followup with an endless barrage of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, consuming increasingly scarce chemicals — phosphorous being one of the major necessities.

Modern farming consumes vast amounts of fossil fuels, both in fuels needed to make and power the machinery needed to plant, treat, harvest, and haul food crops and in the ammonia-based fertilizers, which are derived from natural gas.

But the vast scale of modern monoculture renders the world’s food supply exceptionally vulnerable should a disease arise that thrives in precisely those conditions on which the precarious farming disease has come to depend.

And it’s just that possibility that led Don M. Huber to write an urgent letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

A widely published specialist in plant nutrition and pathology and an emeritus professor from Purdue University, Huber is the coordinator of the American Phytopathological Society’s Committee on Emergent Diseases and Pathogens under the Department of Agriculture’s National Plant Disease Recovery System.

The text of the letter is available here [PDF warning].

It speaks for itself:

    Dear Secretary Vilsack:

A team of senior plant and animal scientists have recently brought to my attention the discovery of an electron microscopic pathogen that appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings. Based on a review of the data, it is widespread, very serious, and is in much higher concentrations in Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans and corn—suggesting a link with the RR gene or more likely the presence of Roundup.  This organism appears NEW to science!

This is highly sensitive information that could result in a collapse of US soy and corn export markets and significant disruption of domestic food and feed supplies. On the other hand, this new organism may already be responsible for significant harm (see below). My colleagues and I are therefore moving our investigation forward with speed and discretion, and seek assistance from the USDA and other entities to identify the pathogen’s source, prevalence, implications, and remedies.

We are informing the USDA of our findings at this early stage, specifically due to your pending decision regarding approval of RR alfalfa. Naturally, if either the RR gene or Roundup itself is a promoter or co-factor of this pathogen, then such approval could be a calamity. Based on the current evidence, the only reasonable action at this time would be to delay deregulation at least until sufficient data has exonerated the RR system, if it does.

For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks. Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency.

A diverse set of researchers working on this problem have contributed various pieces of the puzzle, which together presents the following disturbing scenario:

    Unique Physical Properties

This previously unknown organism is only visible under an electron microscope (36,000X), with an approximate size range equal to a medium size virus. It is able to reproduce and appears to be a micro-fungal-like organism. If so, it would be the first such micro-fungus ever identified. There is strong evidence that this infectious agent promotes diseases of both plants and mammals, which is very rare.

    Pathogen Location and Concentration

It is found in high concentrations in Roundup Ready soybean meal and corn, distillers meal, fermentation feed products, pig stomach contents, and pig and cattle placentas.

    Linked with Outbreaks of Plant Disease

The organism is prolific in plants infected with two pervasive diseases that are driving down yields and farmer income—sudden death syndrome (SDS) in soy, and Goss’ wilt in corn. The pathogen is also found in the fungal causative agent of SDS (Fusarium solani fsp glycines).

    Implicated in Animal Reproductive Failure

Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of this organism in a wide variety of livestock that have experienced spontaneous abortions and infertility. Preliminary results from ongoing research have also been able to reproduce abortions in a clinical setting.

The pathogen may explain the escalating frequency of infertility and spontaneous abortions over the past few years in US cattle, dairy, swine, and horse operations. These include recent reports of infertility rates in dairy heifers of over 20%, and spontaneous abortions in cattle as high as 45%.

For example, 450 of 1,000 pregnant heifers fed wheatlage experienced spontaneous abortions. Over the same period, another 1,000 heifers from the same herd that were raised on hay had no abortions. High concentrations of the pathogen were confirmed on the wheatlage, which likely had been under weed management using glyphosate.


In summary, because of the high titer of this new animal pathogen in Round Ready crops,[sic] and its association with plant and animal diseases that are reaching epidemic proportions, we request USDA’s participation in a multi-agency investigation, and an immediate moratorium on the deregulation of RR crops until the causal/predisposing relationship with glyphosate and/or RR plants can be ruled out as a threat to crop and animal production and human health.

It is urgent to examine whether the side-effects of glyphosate use may have facilitated the growth of this pathogen, or allowed it to cause greater harm to weakened plant and animal hosts. It is well-documented that glyphosate promotes soil pathogens and is already implicated with the increase of more than 40 plant diseases; it dismantles plant defenses by chelating vital nutrients; and it reduces the bioavailability of nutrients in feed, which in turn can cause animal disorders. To properly evaluate these factors, we request access to the relevant USDA data.

I have studied plant pathogens for more than 50 years. We are now seeing an unprecedented trend of increasing plant and animal diseases and disorders. This pathogen may be instrumental to understanding and solving this problem. It deserves immediate attention with significant resources to avoid a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure.


    COL (Ret.) Don M. Huber
    Emeritus Professor, Purdue University
    APS Coordinator, USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS)

The threat appears to be real, and the potential consequences could be catastrophic.

For more, see this well-illustrated post by Jeffrey M. Smith at Natural News, “Monsanto’s Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health.”

Rady Ananda at Food Freedom has written a parallel piece, “Scientists warn of link between dangerous new pathogen and Monsanto’s Roundup.”

From the Organic and Non-GMO report, see this interview with microbiologist Robert Kremer who serves with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and teaches in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri: “Scientist finding many negative impacts of Roundup Ready GM crops, USDA doesn’t want to publicize studies showing negative impacts.”

Shocking legal twist burdens farmers with cost of damages

Finally, and perhaps most ominously, consider this post and accompanying video from Cassandra Anderson at MORPHcity:

Farmers like genetically modified (GM) crops because they can plant them, spray them with herbicide and then there is very little maintenance until harvest.  Farmers who plant Monsanto’s GM crops probably don’t realize what they bargain for when they sign the Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement contract.  One farmer reportedly ‘went crazy’ when he discovered the scope of the contract because it transfers ALL liability to the farmer or grower.

    Here is the paragraph that defines Monsanto’s limit of liability that shifts it to the farmer: