This Halloween in addition to witches, goblins and Ted Cruze, we can add tricks by Monsanto to our list of things to scare us to death. Under the guise of improving the quality of life and eliminating hunger, Monsanto obtained seed patents monopolizing a large portion of our farm crops. The American consumer unwittingly joined the ranks of lab rats.
Many Halloween’s ago the concept of a chemical manufacturer having a patent on seeds would have been material for a grade B science fiction movie plot. But wait; there was a 1973 movie about food sources “Soylent Green”. If I remember correctly the plot goes something like this:
The movie is set in the year 2022, unemployment and homelessness abound. Unemployed people are scraping to get by. Earth is overpopulated and polluted. Natural food like fruits, vegetables, and meat among others are now extinct. Natural resources have been exhausted and the nourishment of the population is provided by Soylent Industries. The Soylent Corporation produces food rations, which consist of a green wafer said to contain plankton from the ocean. Eventually, we discover the composition of the green wafer; it ain’t plankton.
Here we are in 2014: Monsanto Corporation holds over 11,000 patents on seeds, animals, human genetics and body parts. Not content to stop there, they are tinkering with fish.
If the GMO’s are harmless why are agribusinesses fighting to prohibit labeling? Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Coca-Cola and Kellogg Company have pushed combined fundraising to opponents of labeling genetically modified foods to over $22 million. That’s a lot of fruit loops to prevent consumers from knowing what they are eating. The science behind GMO’s is mind numbing and way beyond my comprehension, but does not escape my ability to feel victimized and frightened.
Genetically engineered Salmon don’t have to swim upstream to procreate.Top heavy chickens look like a sumo on steroids. Giant prawns have suspect ancestry. These species of fish and fowl are foul.
One wonders if Monsanto used the fictitious Soylent Green Corporation as a business model.This Halloween, perhaps Monsanto bigwigs should kick back and watch “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. The uprising by genetically altered apes should be an eyeopener. Being mauled by an oversized chicken and bitch slapped by a ginormous salmon deprived of doing what comes naturally to procreate might be something to consider.
Science is scary when it backfires.