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January 13, 2016

Action Note: Blueprint for an Agitation and Pressure Group

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For example, let’s say a few people looking for a worthwhile campaign decided to commit to the abolition of glyphosate. What might such a group be like for starters?
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1. For any activism to be worthwhile it has to fight for the necessary goal. The uncompromising goal: The total abolition of glyphosate. Strategy and tactics would then follow from this goal. Partial steps could be acceptable, but only on the vector toward total abolition, never counter to it.
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What this group might do.
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2. Completely master all existing knowledge on glyphosate and keep up with it in real time as new knowledge is found. Group members would divide the research and reporting labor. Learn it all inside and out – cancer, birth defects, neurodisease, organ toxicity, gastrointestinal damage, the microbiome, autoimmune disease, allergenic maladies, the environmental devastation, soil, water, bees, monarchs, its agronomic failure (superweeds and other problems), how all glyphosate-tolerant GMOs and the foods which follow from them are suffused with glyphosate and AMPA residue, its malign effect on farming consolidation and farming economics, the way it distorts politics and economies, corporate lies, fraud, and secrecy, regulator dereliction, cover-ups, and lies, everything. This research is done always with an eye to applying all knowledge to the abolition fight.
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If the expertise and means are at hand, create knowledge ourselves. Original study and reporting.
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3. Original writing on all these main glyphosate topics. The writing is abolitionist analysis and a call to action.
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4. Relentless, disciplined publicity, online and where applicable through fliers etc. Assert selves, get the writings published as far and wide as possible, all under a clearly recognizable abolition banner.
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5. Planned group commentary at mainstream media comment threads and at other important sites. Stop letting the organized liars face only disorganized, often less-knowledgeable ad hoc opposition. Counterattack them with the fully erudite, philosophically coherent, organized, disciplined truth. Reply in a strong, organized way to corporate media pro-glyphosate propaganda and hatchet jobs on campaigners, scientists, and scientific bodies like the IARC.
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6. In real life start public discussion groups with monthly meetings, hold public meetings, give lectures and presentations.
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7. In all these publicity endeavors the three goals are: To educate the people about glyphosate; to force the idea of the need for abolition and how easily doable it is into the public consciousness, getting people to be aware of this idea and to remember it, whether they initially agree with it or not; and to convince people to agree with and support the abolition goal.
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8. Pressure campaigns on municipalities which use glyphosate to stop using it, and retailers to stop carrying it. Friends of the Earth and other campaign groups have shown what can be done through their campaigns to get retailers to pledge not to sell GM salmon or not to use GM potatoes and apples, or to stop using neonics on their products. Recently such cities as Barcelona and Edinburgh have responded to campaigns with pledges to phase out glyphosate use. Same for some retailers in France and Germany. Germany banned the surfactant POEA from glyphosate formulations sold within the country. (It’s still included in Roundup everywhere else.) If they can be driven to ban POEA, they can be driven to ban glyphosate as such.
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Abolitionists support these campaign goals in themselves, and a dedicated abolition group would also always use every such campaign as an occasion to publicize the need for total abolition.
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9. In all these endeavors, the group seeks as much as possible to speak directly to the people. When it speaks to establishment media it does so in a way calculated to be channeled as clearly to the general public as possible. While it welcomes the adherence or sympathy of any kind of professional or establishment type, it does so only on an abolitionist basis, never in terms of modifying itself to be more “respectable” or “acceptable” to any element of the establishment. This doesn’t mean chaos, but it means an organized, disciplined adherence to ecological philosophy and science, the abolitionist philosophy, and the abolitionist goal.
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So there’s a brief sketch of the kind of small, grassroots action group which could launch itself with minimal resources except for the time, energy, and commitment of its members. If it did its job well then growth and greater resources would follow, but it must never drift from its grassroots nature rooted in ecology, democracy, positive freedom, and abolitionism.
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This template could be applied for other kinds of abolitionist campaigns. It’s also a sketch toward the broader movement need for a fully ramified GMO and pesticide abolition organization, which I’ll write more about soon.
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4 Comments

  1. […] could go down quickly if there were a domino effect of bans. If people wanted to get together to focus on getting glyphosate banned everywhere possible, it could become a permanently crippling blow. […]

    Pingback by Concentration in the Poison Sector (Dow/DuPont; Syngenta; Monsanto) | Volatility — January 19, 2016 @ 1:23 am

  2. […] as long as it thought it could preserve the rest of the poison regime. But this will require a full-scale social movement toward this goal. (The goal of abolishing glyphosate must be part of the broader goal of abolishing poison-based […]

    Pingback by GMO News Summary, January 29th, 2016 | Volatility — January 29, 2016 @ 9:06 am

  3. […] *Charles Benbrook has published a new study quantifying the skyrocketing use of glyphosate since the introduction of GM crops engineered to resist it. Use skyrockets because of the spread of Roundup Ready GMOs and the equally prodigious spread of Roundup Resistant weeds, requiring more frequent and heavier applications of glyphosate to have any effect at all. This of course only accelerates the development of resistance. From the Abstract: “Globally, glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since so-called “Roundup Ready,” genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops were introduced in 1996.” The report finds that GMOs account for 56% of global glyphosate use. . This was the result fully intended by Monsanto and the US government. A weed control regime based on Roundup was supposed to eradicate crop rotation, cover cropping and other elements of a sane, agronomically sound weed control system, and instead commit the entire system to ever-increasing, ever more brainless and stupid slathering of poison. This is because corporations and corporate governments have a pro-poison ideological bias and impose upon themselves a policy mandate to maximize the production and use of poison. They do this because they see it as increasing their control and power, including in the form of profit. GMOs were designed to greatly increase pesticide use. It was always self-evidently absurd from any point of view to believe the Big Lie that GMOs were ever designed to reduce this, or that they could do so even if anyone had ever wanted them to. It was never possible to be in doubt that weeds and pests would consistently develop resistance, and at an accelerating rate, since the phenomenon of the pesticide treadmill goes back many decades prior to the advent of GMOs. In the same way, all sane people know that the exact same result will overtake GMOs based on 2,4-D, dicamba, or any other herbicide, and the same for all Bt and RNAi insecticidal GMOs. There’s zero doubt about any of this. This was built into the plan from the start as standard planned obsolescence, both for conventional profiteering reasons and to continually aggrandize the poison-driven corporate system thereby increasing its agronomic control, and from there its control over the economy and politics in general. Again, it was always self-evident that corporations which sell poison would develop only products which would help them sell more poison. How hard is this? This may be the best of the many examples of how fundamentally stupid pro-GMO activists and sympathizers are. . “Glyphosate will likely remain the most widely applied pesticide worldwide for years to come, and interest will grow in quantifying ecological and human health impacts.” These impacts are already known to be devastating. As Monsanto and the EPA have known since the late 1970s and the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer confirmed in 2015, glyphosate causes cancer. It also causes severe birth defects and reproductive problems. This is in addition to its many other health assaults and its destructive effect on bees, soil, and the environment in general. If it’s not banned soon it will cause the extinction of the monarch butterfly. . Glyphosate must be abolished with all due speed. […]

    Pingback by GMOs Increase Pesticide Use and Have Made Cancer-Causing Glyphosate the World’s #1 Pesticide | Volatility — February 6, 2016 @ 3:16 am

  4. […] spraying in parks. . As I said in last week’s summary, the impetus is spreading gradually. Let’s get the glyphosate abolition campaign going and really intensify and accelerate the natural political momentum already gathering toward this […]

    Pingback by GMO News Summary February 19th, 2016 | Volatility — February 19, 2016 @ 9:26 am


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