See No Evil, Eat No Evil
dirtcakes is a literal title. It takes its name from “pastries” of mud and earth, mixed with oil, baked in the sun then fed to starving children by their starving mothers. It is a level of depravation and poverty many might find hard to imagine. We took the term from Haiti, following the monstrous earthquake of 2010.
Monsanto is a behemoth bio-engineering company. It creates genetically-modified (GM) crops and seeds, manufactures a pesticide that kills everything except its genetically-modified crops and seeds, and owns the rights to re-use those super-resistant seeds.
A few months after that devastating earthquake, Monsanto donated—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) —“60 tons of corn and vegetable hybrid seed” to the Haitian relief effort, as reported on Project Censored.
And 10,000 people from that starving nation took to the streets to protest the donation for what it was: a brazen attempt to exploit circumstances of extreme need for continuous financial gain.
The ever-so-altruistic act would have made those farmers dependent on Monsanto year after year, as the replanting of those seeds—a natural process in line with the forces of nature—is made illegal by Monsanto’s patents.
Monsanto’s super-resistant seeds spread—through erosion, wind, and irrigation—to other farms. Also a completely natural process in line with the forces of nature—made illegal by the company’s ownership powers.
Monstanto’s cutthroat practices are legendary. In the United States, they routinely force into bankruptcy any red-blooded farmers who are caught using, re-using, or preserving their seeds—even inadvertently. Like it’s own Ready Round-Up, Monsanto destroys smaller existing agricultural entities, homogenizing the market and monopolizing interests. They have conducted similar campaigns in India.
The will to collar a bull gets smaller and smaller the larger the bull. Monsanto has few adversaries—at least powerful political adversaries who are adamant about setting the course right in regards to the very food we eat and how we raise it. The good buddy relationship is on-stage again in the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill set for a vote this week. One inserted clause, what has been dubbed “The Monsanto Rider,” makes it mandatory to keep GM foods on the market despite government concerns of safety or legal action that cautions the same.
Monsanto and companies like it work tirelessly to cloak their manipulations from the public. Bio-engineering, lobbying, seizing small farms, waste run-off—typical residual activities of such giants. The See No Evil, Taste No Evil mentality keeps these bloated companies fat while for the general populace the risks of food, water, and quality-of-life poisoning increase every day.
The “Monsanto Rider” will not disappear just because the forces of good always win in the end. A petition is currently in circulation to call attention to the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill and strike the rider from it. But even if this is successful, Monsanto will return.
In 2014, in 2015, in 2016. They will try to make their products mandatory and ungoverned again and again. They will try to force-feed us their too-good-to-be-true lettuce, beef, and mustard gas. They keep coming to our door, disguising their power, and delivering their perfected produce, which is pitted with poison