A basic premise of the anti-GMO movement, confirmed by the historical record, is that GMOs and the corporations pushing them are totalitarian in two main ways. They’re physically totalitarian in that GMOs inevitably contaminate other crops and the general environment. And they’re economically totalitarian in that they seek total domination of humanity through total domination of the food supply. Monsanto has often publicly avowed this goal.
These confirm that humanity cannot co-exist with GMOs, and that we must totally abolish them.
There are many ways these two threads combine. I implied one of these in yesterday’s post. I’ll make the connection explicit now.
1. Environmental contamination is inevitable, including of wild progenitors.
2. The intellectual property regime is one of the cartel’s weapons toward its goal of total enclosure of agriculture and food. In cases like that of Percy Schmeiser the legal system has decreed: The GMO cartel has the right to commit trespass and tort with its proprietary material; it has the right to damage or destroy the property of other farmers (their crops and soil) through this contamination; the full cost of this trespass and property damage is to be borne by the farmer (and, if he can pass the cost on, by the consumer and society as a whole); no matter how the farmer’s crop was polluted, the corporate patent-holder and polluter can sue him, win damages, confiscate his crop, etc. We see how “intellectual property” is not the modest concept envisioned in the US constitution, but an aggressive weapon of organized crime.
When we combine (1) with (2) we can see how the cartel can use the contamination it causes, whether this is from intentional pollution or the inevitable inertia of contamination, to try to assert legal ownership, and therefore political domination and control, of vast swaths of organic and conventional (but contaminated) crops, and of wild plants as well.
The Schmeiser case was in Canada, but Canadian policy is typical of the bureaucratic, legislative, and judicial policy which is increasingly predominant at the nexus of agriculture and intellectual property. This is the most dangerous politico-economic combination greed and powerlust has ever come up with.
Once again we have the human imperative: Total abolition of GMOs. There can be no co-existence.