A few days ago I wrote about how people who want GMO labels and bans ought to focus on pressuring supermarket chains. This is more direct and potentially fruitful than the same old song of trying to get Better Government, as with lobbying for labeling legislation*.
[*I know that many people are going to insist on trying to get Better Government, though I don’t think we have much time left for repeating this already-failed experiment. Meanwhile the system cadres among “political professionals”, NGOs, and Democrats, will never stop advocating this, precisely because they know it’s ineffectual and can help misdirect and neutralize dissent. If you’re going to insist on seeking government-imposed GMO labeling, at least do it as an indigenous grassroots movement. I can guarantee that if you put it in the hands of “professionals”, it will fail, by design. Just like in California.]
There’s such a campaign right now, being coordinated by Friends of the Earth (one of the few environmental groups which has mostly maintained the principle of fighting for the environment, rather than triangulating within the corporatist framework the way most “environmental” NGOs do), which is pressuring retailers to pledge not to carry genetically modified salmon. The campaign has already gotten commitments from dozens of retailers including Target and Whole Foods Market, and is now pressuring Kroger.
The FDA has been fast-tracking approval of this GM salmon. The product contains a drug which makes it grow more quickly, just as growth hormone and antibiotics are used in factory farming. Same as with cows, pigs, and chickens, there’s no need to “improve” upon natural salmon in this way, other than from the point of view of corporate profit. As with all other GMOs, GM salmon is a worthless product for which there is no consumer demand. It’s being forced on the market by the corporate/government system, as part of their supply-based planned economy. The goal here as with every other GMO is to drive natural, public domain products out of our commerce and replace them with proprietary versions which are lower quality, probably poisonous, and far more expensive. As GMOs attain a monopoly, we’ll have no recourse but to pay what the monopolists demand, and submit to their control and domination in every way. That’s Monsanto’s explicitly avowed goal, that’s the goal of all of food corporatism, and that’s the US government’s goal
Meanwhile, assurances that GM salmon cannot escape breeding facilities and contaminate the natural population have already been proven to be lies, as such escapes are common. Here too, contamination of ecosystems, natural breeding populations, conventional and organic crops, is part of the GMO strategy. The goal is to eradicate all alternatives to the monopoly and domination of the GMO cartel.
If in general we feel increasingly hemmed in by government and corporate regulation, taxes, and intimidation; if we feel under the thumb of an uncanny structure run by a combination of cold, clinical policies and machines, inhuman bureaucrats, and depraved gangsters (politicians and CEOs); we ought to feel this most acutely where it comes to our food. Here, in addition to the general corporatist attempt to totally enclose and dominate our economic and political life, the assault is aimed at the core of our physical health and spiritual vitality. We can be nothing without wholesome food, and the free, creative production of this food is a core human endeavor and right.
GMOs and food corporatism comprise the most vicious assault on the nature and basis of humanity. Those who tout these products openly express their contempt for humanity’s physical and spiritual existence. They look forward to the day we’ll be melded with machines, which really means replaced by machines. That’s the misanthropic ideology of scientism, a flunkey of corporate power.
It’s ironic, but typical, that such high-falutin ideology is accompanied by such a tawdry, shoddy product. But then the haters of humanity advocate exactly the kind of “food” you’d expect them to. GMOs cannot “Feed the World”, as the Big Lie has it. It’s already proven that they yield less than conventional industrial crops, while decentralized organic agriculture has yields comparable to industrial ag right now, and will vastly exceed them in the post-fossil fuel age. Meanwhile corporate agriculture as such is proven to be unable and unwilling to feed the world. It produces enough food for 10 billion right now, yet out of 6.5 billion people on earth over 1 billion go hungry.
That’s proof. You can NEVER improve distribution by increasing gross production. All of history proves “trickle-down” is a lie. (And that’s all the “Green Revolution” propaganda ever was, another form of the supply-side trickle-down Big Lie.) No matter how much gross production there ever is, it will be distributed no more fairly, widely, or efficiently than the way it’s produced. The premises and practices of production will always dictate the premises and practices of distribution. No one can any longer be innocent where it comes to this knowledge, and no one any longer has any right to be ignorant of this fact. You support food corporatism, you want humanity to starve. You want humanity to eat, you abolish corporatism. You want humanity to make its own food. It’s really that simple.