October 10, 2013

“Co-existence” With GMOs Will Not Suffice, We Need To Abolish Them


“Test everything”, says Joseph Peila, the alfalfa farmer whose crop was contaminated by Roundup Ready GMOs. Indeed, but this won’t be sufficient, nor should it be our responsibility.
If we accept the notion that GMOs are permanently part of our agriculture and economy, that the best we can do is seek “co-existence” with them, and that all we can do is take purely defensive measures, at our own expense, this means several things.
1. We add to our own costs. (We pay to try to prove the integrity of our own crops.)
2. We place extra regulatory burdens upon ourselves. (We set up our own hoops and hurdles to conform to a world controlled by Monsanto.)
3. We allow corporations to foist yet another of their own costs upon the people. In other words, we allow corporations to place yet another tax upon us. We also allow corporations to place yet more regulations upon us.
4. We continue our surrender to GMOs. This surrender has gone more slowly than was hoped for by the Monsanto cadre who said, “The hope of the industry is that over time the market is so flooded that there’s nothing you can do about it.  You just sort of surrender”. But in the end it’ll be just as complete.
5. We continue accepting GM pollution of agriculture and the environment as predestined and unstoppable.
6. Since this contamination will, eventually, be complete, we seal our own extinction as organic farmers, non-GM conventional farmers, home gardeners, eaters of wholesome, natural food, and as anything else which would try to exist in a world free of this poison.
7. We also accept the total pollution and capture of politics and the economy by the GMO cartel, and our political and economic extinction, as citizens of a democracy and as a people not permanently debt-indentured. The fate of Monsanto’s sharecroppers around the world, which for over 300,000 Indian cotton farmers has been a fate worse than death, to the point they committed suicide, shall be the fate of us all under the joint domination of Monsanto and Wall Street.
Yes, at the moment it looks like we’ll need to take yet greater burdens upon ourselves, because these burdens, these taxes, regulations, and prohibitions, are being forced upon us by a gang of corporations.
The question is whether we accept this as the way of the world, cave in and surrender; or whether we take this state of affairs as proof that we CANNOT co-exist with the GMO cartel.
The truth is that there’s no other way: We must look at the inevitable, ever-spreading contamination caused by GMOs – totalitarian, in both the agricultural/environmental sense, and the economic/political sense – and conclude from this that nothing will suffice short of the total abolition of GMOs.
This is why the anti-GMO movement, however much it’s focused on labeling at the moment, must evolve to become an abolition movement.
In all our actions toward labeling, we must always be clear, and spread the word, that labeling is not sufficient, just as self-testing is not. There is no co-existence panacea. The end goal is abolition. We must use the labeling movement as the vehicle for building permanent grassroots abolitionist organizations.



  1. Loved this post, but what di the Monsanto cadre say? I couldn’t figure out what ” ” meant 🙂

    Comment by DualPersonality — October 10, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    • I forgot to fetch and insert the quote before posting, so subscribers got the empty quote marks. But I’ve since fixed it at the site. It goes: “The hope of the industry is that over time the market is so flooded that there’s nothing you can do about it. You just sort of surrender”.

      Comment by Russ — October 10, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  2. “DID” not “di” 🙂

    Comment by DualPersonality — October 10, 2013 @ 8:53 am

  3. Russ,

    Is there anybody out there collecting all the pleadings of all the Monsanto patent cases? Is there a leading firm or organization that defends against these cases? Back in the late 19th century, it was common to find joint defense organizations against the patent trolls (sharks) of that era. Such organizations are coming back into vogue today. While you have pointed us to sites like GMWatch, I am not sure whether their activities have them at the center of legal actions.

    Comment by Tao Jonesing — October 10, 2013 @ 10:41 am

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