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November 18, 2014

GMOs = More Ebola and the Faster Spread of Ebola

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1. For centuries medical science has known that conditions of overcrowding combined with lack of good sanitation incubate epidemics. Densely crowded slums are often the source or proliferation point for epidemics of cholera, typhus, dengue, typhoid, Chagas disease, plague, yellow fever, influenza, and many others. This artificial socioeconomic circumstance provides the right terrain for potentially pathogenic germs to go kinetic. Today this is true of ebola, which is spreading most aggressively in the shantytowns of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria.
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2. The main goal and effect of the “Green Revolution” has been to dispossess huge numbers of indigenous tribes as well as small farmers and their families and drive them into vast slums ramifying from the fringes of the cities. These are the infamous shantytowns, corporate neoliberalism’s terminal waste dumps for the ever-growing legions of economically superfluous people. Over the last fifty years the green revolution and the “structural adjustment” assaults of the IMF caused the explosive growth of these immiseration camps.
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The IMF usury campaigns which have indentured whole countries (while those countries’ political leadership uses the money for urban luxuries for the homegrown 1%, or just directly embezzles it and puts it back in Western banks), and the onslaught of globalized commodity agriculture which indentures and destroys millions of farmers and tribesmen, have gone hand in hand. The globalization compacts of the former have always extorted ever greater license for the latter, as New Deal-style public agricultural investment programs have always been among the IMF’s primary targets. The IMF’s hostile takeover of Ukraine is a current example, while the G8’s “New Alliance” plan for Africa intends to expose Africa and its millions of farmers to the full fury of Western banks, agribusiness, and commodity dumping. Such onslaughts across Asia and Africa have been accompanied by the accelerating plague of land-grabbing. One of the conditions of IMF and New Alliance money is always that recipient governments privatize tribal and communal land, driving off the moral owners and replacing them with rich and corporate owners of duly legal “property”. This kind of robbery goes back at least as far as the Big Lie of how the natives allegedly “sold” Manhattan for a handful of beads (my Economics 101 textbook in college was still repeating this, good old Samuelson and Nordhaus), and today Rajiv Shad of USAID openly says it’s a primary goal of the New Alliance.
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The effect of all these crimes – land-grabbing, debt indenture of farmers, the violent transformation of agriculture from thousands of small farmers producing food mostly for their own communities to a handful of gargantuan monoculture plantations producing only export commodities and employing a relative handful of ex-farmers as laborers, the dumping of the West’s heavily subsidized agricultural commodities on the agriculture and food sectors of these same countries – has been to force millions of people off their land and into globalization’s sprawling concentration camps, shantytowns. All shantytowns are created by the enclosure of arable land. This is an intended goal of all such policy. The people are to be driven off their land and, as in the past, turned into low-wage urban workers, or as today, permanently incarcerated in economic misery and political helplessness. That’s what the US government and global corporate agriculture have planned for Africa.
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The main difference between Stalinist collectivization and the neoliberal “green revolution” is that the latter, fully mechanized and dependent upon the input, processing, and transportation infrastructure temporarily afforded by cheap oil, has been able to dispense with the people. Instead of forcing the ex-farmers and tribesmen into slavery, it just drives them off as terminally homeless vagrants. The green revolution and its subsequent land-grabbing epidemic comprise the extension of the enclosure onslaught of earlier centuries.
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3. These shantytowns are the incubators of hunger, misery, and despair. As has been empirically proven since the 1970s, corporate agriculture does not “feed the world”, but on the contrary generates mass hunger and malnutrition. The GMO onslaught shall only aggravate hunger, as it aggravates every other pathology of corporate industrial agriculture – medical, environmental, genetic, economic, political.
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As I wrote above, in addition to the socioeconomic and cultural misery they enforce, shantytowns are the incubators of disease. Today ebola is festering in these ghettos which are intentional byproducts of industrial agriculture. Ebola is festering, spreading, striving to mutate so that it can spread more readily. It’s doing this amid the most favorable terrain for its success. If Big Ag had set out intentionally to generate a lethal pandemic, it could hardly have designed a better scenario than the one it’s imposing today.
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(Since shantytowns are implicitly waste dumps for people who are, from the point of view of the corporate austerity system, surplus, worthless, and potentially dangerous, pandemics among them may indeed be the intended effect, just as corporate-enforced mass hunger certainly is intentional. As I’ve written before, shantytowns make no sense from any point of view – moral, rational, practical. The only way to make sense of them is to theorize that Western governments and corporations view them as putative death camps.)
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The calculus is crystal clear. Shantytowns = the greatly increased probability of lethal pandemics.
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Corporate agriculture and its GMO deployment = the accelerating sprawl of shantytowns and surge in the number of inmates.
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Therefore, advocacy of GMOs and poison-based agriculture = wanting to increase the probability and incidence of lethal pandemics. It’s willful mass murder and intent to commit further mass murder.
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4. The way corporate ag sets up terrain favorable for lethal pandemics is similar to how it strives to make itself vulnerable to terrorism. As Bush’s Agriculture Secretary Tommy Thompson said, “For the life of me, I can’t understand why terrorists haven’t attacked our food supply.” Indeed, terrorism is a major threat to centralized industrial agriculture, while it could only ever be a minor, local threat to decentralized polyculture agroecology. The same goes for pest threats, disease, floods or drought, temperature extremes, anything which can affect crops or food. (Of course in spite of Thompson’s bout of truth-telling, the Bush administration, continued acting to increase the vulnerability of our crops and food, like every other administration before or since.)
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5. The insane abuse of antibiotics in factory farms and with GMO antibiotic resistance markers continues to escalate. This is nothing less than a campaign to destroy the medical miracle of antibiotics once and for all. In a textbook equal and opposite reaction, this calls down upon humanity the corresponding antibiotic-resistant disease-causing germs. This too will bring lethal pandemics.
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6. We must always keep in mind how industrial ag causes society’s total dependence upon an ever more fragile, top-heavy Tower of Babel. Industrial agriculture is unsustainable and sooner or later will collapse from any of a number of possible death blows: The end of cheap fossil fuels, the failure of fossil water (effectively non-renewable aquifers) or industrially mined phosphorus, the collapse of the wrecked and poisoned soil, the failure of the crops which are physiologically weakened by genetic engineering, their endless bombardment by enervating herbicides (genetically engineered herbicide tolerance doesn’t let the crop get off unscathed, but merely enables it to survive in a weakened state and produce a nutritionally denuded harvest), and/or out of their extreme vulnerability to pests and disease on account of their insanely narrowed genetic base.
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The extreme narrowing of agricultural germplasm has been an intentional and necessary aspect of monoculture agriculture. The same is true of crop epidemics like the 1970 Southern corn leaf blight which decimated the US crop and was widely forecast among agronomists right before it happened (cf. Jack Kloppenburg’s First the Seed, 2nd edition p. 122). This was on account of the parlous state of US corn genetics, specifically how the cytoplasmic male sterility gene (to save the labor costs of detasseling during hybrid seed production), deployed in all US hybrid varieties at that time, also rendered the crop more vulnerable to that exact disease.
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This campaign of agricultural biodiversity destruction constitutes the destruction of the genetic basis for all future agriculture. If Big Ag intentionally set out to set up humanity for mass famine from systemic crop failure, it could hardly have done better than it has in setting up the system based on poisons, monoculture, hybridization, and GMOs.
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Speaking generally, globalization renders us all ever more vulnerable to an ever greater array of diseases and disasters.
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7. Then there’s the proven health and environmental devastation of such agricultural poisons as commercial glyphosate, DDT, 2,4-D, atrazine, neonicotinoids, chlorpyrifos, industrialized Bt (in GMO form), and many others. These are known to cause reproductive damage, sterility, miscarriages, stillbirths, birth defects, developmental difficulties, DNA damage, neurological disease, organ toxicity, and cancer. We must keep in mind how Mad Cow Disease, horrific as it was, was a relatively minor example of the diseases which CAFO diets can spread through our meat and dairy. Then there’s how the Showa Denko and X-SCID incidents prove that any genetically engineered product has the potential to cause a lethal outbreak. Meanwhile the exponential surge of chronic diseases such as cancer, gastrointestinal tract diseases, allergies, asthma, Crohn’s disease, and autism has gone in tandem with the radical escalation of pesticides and GMOs in our food.
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8. These are examples of what Black Swan author Nassim Taleb recently wrote about in his paper, “The Precautionary Principle: Fragility and Black Swans from Policy Actions”. Taleb and his co-authors concluded that globalized monocultural GMO deployment comprises a systemic risk of massive destruction, through health, environmental and/or agricultural destruction, and for that reason must be subject to the Precautionary Principle. I’ll add that GMOs comprise two shoddy, badly designed, badly performing, failed product lines (herbicide resistance and insecticide expression; i.e. two kinds of poison plants) and serve no purpose at all according to the Need Principle (do we need it). GMOs have zero benefits for farmers or eaters. Therefore, given the proven harms and the even greater risks, GMOs should never have been deployed and now must be abolished.
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9. GMOs and corporate industrial agriculture also fail the Alternatives Principle – is there a better alternative? The alternative to high-risk, doomed-to-fail, astronomically expensive, horrifically destructive industrial monoculture poison-based agriculture set up to produce export commodities is robust, resilient, inexpensive, healthy, environmentally and socially productive decentralized polyculture agroecological practice, set up to produce food for human communities. Scores of studies and trials have proven that acre for acre agroecology produces more calories and nutrition than industrial ag. This is true right now while we’re still in the time of cheap fossil fuels. Once cheap oil is a thing of the past, as it shall soon become, this difference will become infinite, as industrial ag will become physically impossible. Therefore decentralized polyculture agroecology is the most productive form of agriculture in an absolute sense, and it shall inevitably be the most productive in the future, as it shall be the only form possible.
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10. All such prospects are contingent on humanity making it that far. But the pro-GMO activists are doing their best to wipe out any possible future for humanity, as they’re implicitly working hard to generate the lethal pandemic that’ll wipe us out. If they can’t do it with ebola, they’ll try with something else, whether they can incubate it in the shantytown or in the CAFO. And if the pandemics fail there’s always the mass famines they implicitly have planned.
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Whatever comes, humanity must become conscious of this stark fact. The activists of corporate agriculture and food, and the political and economic elites who give them their marching orders are, out of conscious malice or willful disregard for human life, preparing mass murder. When these pandemics come, or any of the other likely disasters I’ve surveyed here, humanity must treat these as the world-historical crimes they are and deal with these malefactors according to the dictates of justice.
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Or better yet, let’s reattain sanity in time. We can take preemptive self-defense action before it’s too late. We can forestall the worst by abolishing GMOs, ending the reign of corporate agriculture, dissolving globalization. We can restore human economies based on producing goods, and above all food, for human beings. This is the only way forward, the only solution to our crises and problems, the only way we can regain freedom and prosperity, the only way we can save and redeem ourselves.
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15 Comments

  1. Hopefully insiders will blow the whistle on whatever the government has concocted with this “ebola” stunt before too many more people get hurt.

    Most people still haven’t grasped the “HIV” stunt. The original “AIDS” victims in the US were heavy users of a new type of nitrate drug used almost exclusively by homosexuals (poppers). These were the logical cause of the original disease cases. But the government ignored this and claimed it was from sex, then used fraudulent information to claim they had found the cause, the mysterious “HIV” retrovirus. They began large scale “testing” and “treating” with AZT, a dna chain terminator ie a drug that stops your body from producing new cells, turning you into a skeleton. Famous people like Arthur Ashe were “treated” with AZT and paraded in the media. Predictably they turned into skeletons and died.

    The government created a paper “epidemic” by renaming diseases as “AIDS” if they can find any HIV in a person. (HIV is actually harmless). So in Africa for example, “AIDS” cases show no similarity to the original “AIDS” cases that young homosexuals in the US exhibited. “AIDS” in Africa is simply older diseases renamed. So, for example, if you go back in time, to say 1950, you would find much sickness in Africa, due to the effects of “colonialism”, ie stealing people’s lands and wrecking their cultures and forcing them into slums and onto plantations, eating slop food and then suffering from malnutrition, etc. So today someone with what used to be called “malnutrition” will be diagnosed as having “AIDS” if they can find any HIV in their body. His twin brother could have the identical symptoms and if no HIV is found, he will be said to have the older disease, malnutrition.

    Most people today can’t grasp how these stunts are pulled off because they don’t understand how the global government works behind the scenes. But for anyone that is interested, I would recommend the book, Inventing the AIDS Virus, by world renowned retrovirologist Peter Duesberg, Phd. The Foreward is written by Nobel Prize winner Kary Mullis, inventor of PCR (polymerase chain reaction). He agrees with Duesberg that it is impossible for HIV to be the cause of AIDS. Interestingly, the government is using Mullis’ PCR virus test (this is what he won the Nobel Prize for ) to support their claims about “ebola” victims.

    On amazon, if you look at the book reviews for Inventing the Aids Virus, there’s one that is rated one of the most helpful, called something like “Does Science Err? Yes and Sometimes with Tragic Consequences”. This review would be a good intro into what I have written here. It’s written by an academia type who checked out Duesberg’s medical references, and saw that the whole AIDS-is-caused-by-HIV claim was based on zero real scientific evidence. He’s a bookworm type, doesn’t understand the bigger picture of how the global government really operates behind the scenes, but he does provide a nice service of having spent weeks plowing thru all those medical references

    Hopefully this ebola stunt will unravel before too many more get hurt. Maybe they are using some kind of biological warfare against Africans that are living on oil rich land, that they need to displace, … and at this end planning to launch another huge vaccination program?

    Comment by Tom M Culhane — November 19, 2014 @ 11:59 am

  2. “For the life of me, I can’t understand why terrorists haven’t attacked our food supply.” Hey Tommy, the terrorists are already in charge of the food supply. It’s called the biotech industry. Not all “terrorists” live in caves or heard goats. Why would any conscientious terror specialist disrupt an already perfectly planned poison assault on the food supply by techno-militants? Maybe we just need to get people to start using the special language of the central planners by calling Monsanto & Friends what they truly are, terrorist organizations.

    Comment by Pete — November 19, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

    • It’s clear that corporations and government are directly waging chemical weapons attacks on the people and environment, as well as exposing the production and distribution systems to anyone who wants to add extra attacks. So we have the systemic homegrown elite terrorists, as well as the ones from overseas the Western elites created with their imperial aggression. Of course the latter are of immense propaganda value to the former, which is why the US government doesn’t really want to “win” the so-called “War on Terror”, but merely manage it in an economically and politically profitable way, exactly as with the “Drug War”. As I’ve written many times before, “food safety” as a slogan and ideological concept does exactly the same work as “war on terror”. It’s a pretext for corporatism and the police state.

      Comment by Russ — November 20, 2014 @ 1:22 am

      • A (gmo) contaminated food supply, fluoridated water via industrial phosphate run off, aerosols loaded with heavy metal particulates sprayed in the sky for “geoengineering” purposes, synthetic pharmaceuticals passed off as “medicine”, fracking chemicals poisoning the ground water…. just to name a few….it’s a toxic world, both figuratively and literally. And the toxic corporate media would have everyone believe ISIS is the bogeyman hiding under the bed. How many different variations of direct assault do the people of this country need before they snap out of it?

        Comment by Pete — November 21, 2014 @ 6:16 am

      • I just indulged in a bit of optimism in my news summary, that maybe the devastation 2,4-D drift is going to wreak will finally be the wake-up call.

        How’d things go at the farm this year? I did especially well with sweet corn, squash, and tomatoes.

        Comment by Russ — November 21, 2014 @ 10:38 am

      • Good to have you back posting again, Russ. I know I speak for others when I say you were greatly missed.

        We had a good year of growing for what is essentially a 3 person operation in our 2nd year. We are still tinkering and experimenting and learning…. lots of trial and error. We’ve been growing just about everything one can grow but moving forward- plan to focus in on about 15 veggies that we’ve had some success with down here. Our heritage Tamworth pigs have been providing the most delicious pork so we may begin to scale up the pig operation. This year we are also adding lots of fruit trees, putting some hugelkultur beds together, and starting the “edible forest”. Our long-term vision may also now include an small on-site ‘pasture to plate’ restaurant and brew pub where we provide all the food for a simple, seasonal menu.

        Things that have gone well:
        Cukes
        Kale
        Cabbage
        Lettuces
        Broccoli
        Arugula
        Okra
        Collards
        Carrots
        Potatoes
        Garlic
        Strawberries
        Eggs/Layers
        Others that are escaping me at the moment

        Hit & Miss:
        Squashes (pests)
        Corn (pests)
        Tomatoes (pests, rot, splitting)
        Spinach
        Peppers
        Snap Peas

        We have not been able to get enough money for our whole chickens to justify the broiler operation (we were doing batches of 300, “Salatin style”- moving them daily), but will still do a small batch once a year mostly for our own eating.

        Comment by Pete — November 22, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      • Thanks for the welcome back, Pete. Everything at Honeywood sounds great. I forget whether you sell those vegetables and how, or is the garden for personal use. I learned about hegelkultur this year but haven’t tried it yet. We may have a spot at the farm where my plot is. I love the “pasture to plate” vision. Are you planning to get into brewing as well?

        You move the broilers as well as the layers, and the same way? I figure Salatin can’t do that with 20,000 broilers, and wonder just what’s up with those.

        I’m thinking hard now about what to do next year, as far as starting a real plant breeding project. Something that can be a real workhorse of relocalized agroecology, robust, resilient, easy to grow, highly nutritious, good storage, tasty enough to have a cuisine elaborated from it, maybe some kind of neglected root crop. I’m also going to continue focusing on squash.

        Comment by Russ — November 22, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

      • We currently service 3 local farmers markets and sell produce and meats directly off of the farm. One is a unique on line market where a third party website hosts various farmer’s weekly inventory where people can log in and order right from your posted stash. It is very convenient with a regular local drop off of the bulk order every Wednesday.

        We divided the 300 broilers into 3 ‘chicken tractors’ 10 x 15 in size. We stick a dolly under the frame and pull them with a rope to move them (every day). The chickens learn to move with the tractor (eventually). The layers are not moved daily. They do have a large ‘egg mobile’ built on a trailer, but because we have them penned in with a healthy amount of electric/portable fence it takes them at least a couple of weeks to wear out a patch of pasture. We have 2 great pyrenees dogs that hang with the layers and protect the flock. Organic feed is pricey so it is tough to even make your money back on eggs. I’ve been experimenting with cutting back on the feed and dedicating plenty of the excess greens we have growing on the farm. Within days you could notice difference in yolk color as they turned a nice dark orange. Funny how nutrition works, eh?

        Yes, my cousin and I are interested in brewing but we want to be careful not to get to spread out with everything we have in the hopper. We will likely create a partnership with a local brewer in the earlier stages of the restaurant project. I’m not sure how well hops would do in GA…. but beer and wine are definitely on the radar, if nothing else for personal use.

        Comment by Pete — November 23, 2014 @ 11:00 am

      • Yeah, I don’t think any of the people I know who sell eggs around here are able to use organic or non-GM feed, it’s so expensive. So you need to supplement the pasture. That’s because you don’t have a herd of cattle or anything else whose manure they can pick at, right?

        The website sounds like several I’ve seen. A few years ago some people and I talked about trying to set up such a site, and/or doing the farm-to-consumer deliveries ourselves. But that idea fell through. So you take orders all week and then deliver everything to a drop-off point, and people pick up their packages there?

        I got some sunchokes at the winter market yesterday. That’s one of the crops on my list as a possible thing to work with.

        Comment by Russ — November 23, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

      • Sorry for the silence. We got hit by tornadoes from that storm system that came through the south and it’s been clean up time and damage control for the last couple of days. We actually got off relatively easy compared to what could have happened but it’s definitely humpty dumpty time here. No casualties to the livestock or the major infrastructure but our hoop house and a couple of our chicken pens were tossed and/or leveled.

        Russ, here is the website of our online market…. might give you some ideas if your community wants to experiment. http://wednesdaymarket.locallygrown.net

        Comment by Pete — November 25, 2014 @ 5:56 pm

      • Pete, sorry to hear about the storm damage, but very glad it wasn’t worse. Here’s hoping you get things back together again soon. Thanks for the link. It looks like a good model. One of our farmers’ market vendors used to have pre-ordered customer pick-ups, but they just did it unilaterally, not through a general website dedicated to organizing that.

        Comment by Russ — November 26, 2014 @ 3:11 am

  3. Wow Pete, that sounds amazing. I probably should have tried to visit you guys on my drive up here to Illinois from Gainesville, up I-75. (Georgia makes me a bit nervous though, last trip up I hit a deer on the interstate, it bounded into the third lane, I was going 75, the poor beast swerved at the last second and took out my right mirror and wrecked the door.)

    If you know anything about using rock dust to remineralize soil, let me know. I found this limestone, tailings I think they’re called, from the local cement supply place, 42 bucks a ton, not sure how that would work. I sent remineralize.org an email but they never answered. I’m still not sure if limestone like this would amount to the same thing as “lime” used to make soil more alkaline. I’m just trying to figure out how to get the minerals back in the soil. The topsoil on my land is like six inches deep, then it turns bright yellow, very acidic I assume, pine trees grow like crazy on their own…

    Comment by Tom M Culhane — November 22, 2014 @ 11:49 am

    • Hey Tom, sorry about the deer rodeo there. Just had one knocked off the side of the highway at the base of our driveway the other day and some redneck had already sawed the antlers off of it in the middle of the night. Perplexing tradition to say the least. But I’m still confused as to why women adore expensive shiny rocks so what do I know about human motivations, right?

      You can stop through any time. We are an open operation. http://www.honeywoodfarms.com

      Hmmm, let me check with my cousin regarding the remineralizing. He’s the soil master (I’m pretty much following orders at this point and have very little experience). I know we have used some lime products as well as some sulfur depending one what we intended to plant. We have also been doing lots of intensive cover cropping… winter rye, cow pea, winter pea, wheat grass, clover, vetch, sunflowers…running the chickens over our fields hasn’t hurt either.

      Comment by Pete — November 22, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

    • I guess you’d need to know the composition of it to have a good idea of what it’ll do to the mineral balance or how it’ll affect the alkalinity. Not knowing that I’d be careful about using much at first.

      Comment by Russ — November 22, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

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