Frankenseeds: The Death of Food?
“One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race…” –Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
What is a GMO? A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. In an ideal world, the cycle of food consumption would be straightforward and in a state of abundance. Moreover, food costs would be at a healthy balance in conjunction to supply and demand, heirloom plant varieties would thrive, and no one would go hungry. For over 10 years big companies, such as Monsanto, have been plotting world dominance, behind the guise of curing the world through “increased productivity.” Yet, their discreet maneuverings over control of the agricultural market has corrupted our environment and spread its black cloud of GMO seeds beyond the United States and into the Caribbean. Why would St Lucia need engineered seeds?
We all know the story of Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s doomed protagonist Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of life and creates an intelligent, but grotesque monster from whom even he recoils in horror. Although a remarkable creation, the main idea of the story recounts how the monster ruined his life and the lives of others. Monsanto’s GMOs are monsters that cannot be contained.
Monopolist industries infiltrating nature’s bounty want us to believe GM seeds have the following benefits: 1. Crops can be designed to resist pests! 2. Get “better tasting” fruits and vegetables, infused with added nutriment, that stay fresher longer! 3. Grow seeds in any unsuitable soil! 4. End world hunger! 5. Save money!
“Ahh,” I’m imagining this Monsanto world now, plants that repel insects . . . and dinosaurs, an even sweeter mango that can shelf life itself for months, crop more nutrient dense than their already nutritious selves, papayas grown in Iceland, rice in the desert, full bellies in Africa, money in my pocket . . . Although many studies conducted testing the effects of GMO “foods” fed to animals or tested with humans have been swept into the mist of forgotten data, some trusted scientists and doctors have indeed gotten their results “public.” They’ve linked GMO production to diseases such as: children born with disabilities, kidneys and liver damage, autoimmune disorders, reproductive disorders, digestive disorders, and you got it - Cancer!
2. GMOs Contaminate Forever.
Imagine - GMOs planted in our fields, mingling and cross pollinating, adventuring, and polluting “the balance” so much that their presence will outlast the effects of global warming AND nuclear waste? Watch out cockroaches - you will not be the only species left after the big blowout! It should be obvious that these GMOs are harmful to our environment, short and long term. According to research from the Institute for Responsible Technology, birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms are all affected. “GMOs reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable.” Monarch butterfly populations are down 50% in the US due to GM crops eliminating habitat.
3. GMOs Increase Herbicide Use.
GMO advocators push that one main advantage of these modified seeds is their wonderful ability to resist pests by producing a toxin that kills major insects, in turn, decreasing the use of insecticides, therefore decreasing farming costs. Even weeds would no longer be a problem, because these mad scientist engineers were so talented they were able to make GMOs resistant to one particular weed killer, Roundup. So suit up and start spraying everywhere! Hey, then Roundup would be the only herbicide needed! Funny, this same corporation that provides these “wonder seeds” is the same company that owns and collects millions in annual profits from Roundup. Coincidence? Even funnier, new super weeds have manifested, and now more pesticides are required.
4. Genetic Engineering Creates Dangerous Side Effects.
Lets take an imaginary trip to Monsanto’s science lab. Glow in the dark cats, human-animal hybrids, cows with human breast milk . . . Finally World War Z gets its back story.
5. The Truth of Scientific Testing
Biotech companies like Monsanto pay their scientists to produce testing making us believe GMOs are safe! According to the Global Research Center: “Independent scientists have caught the spin-masters red-handed, demonstrating undoubtedly how industry-funded research is designed to avoid finding problems, and how adverse findings are distorted or denied.” Furthermore, “Scientists who discover problems with GMOs have been attacked, gagged, fired, threatened, and denied funding.”
So when deciding over mega companies’ involvement in changing the world “for the better” one seed at a time, just remember Frankenstein’s monster, or picture that glowin-the-dark cat. For over three years the global multinational corporation, Monsanto, has been using Puerto Rico’s soil as a playground for genetically engineered seeds. They call this “economic expansion” project Monsanto’s Caribbean Experiment, yet why not just call this Experimental Soil Genocide? Let’s not let this experimental monster spread anymore to “Simply Beautiful” St. Lucia.
Detriments of Genetically Engineered Seeds