The war on food sovereignty is only one facet of the thrust for world domination. There are literally so many things going on at the same time, that it is simply impossible for one person to keep up with them, and take action to alleviate a threat when it appears. This situation, is, of course, intentional. According to our “leaders”, we should be concentrating simply on our own survival, and not lift our heads up to look around and see how our future freedoms are being liquidated, in case we should decide to do something about it.
I call on you to lift up your heads, look around you, and see where the action is most intense. We may not be able to help directly, but there will be others who are in the thick of the battle for us, and who need our support. One such person is Dr Vandana Shiva, who is an activist and author, and the founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. A recent article from her – “The seed emergency: The threat to food and democracy”, can be seen at:-
It can be seen quite clearly that the US government is behind the push for the global control of food sovereignty, in conjunction with Monsanto, and the WTO.
“Under the US Global Food Security Act, Nepal signed an agreement with USAID and Monsanto. This led to massive protests across the country. India was forced to allow patents on seeds through the first dispute brought by the US against India in the WTO. Since 2004, India has also been trying to introduce a Seed Act which would require farmers to register their own seeds and take licenses. This in effect would force farmers from using their indigenous seed varieties. By creating a Seed Satyagraha – a non-cooperation movement in Gandhi’s footsteps, handing over hundreds of thousands of signatures to the prime minister, and working with parliament – we have so far prevented the Seed Law from being introduced.”
By virtue of its close integration with the US government, Monsanto targets direct arrangements with other governments too for maximum effect. The outcome can be devastating!
“India has signed a US-India Knowledge Initiative in Agriculture, with Monsanto on the Board. Individual states are also being pressured to sign agreements with Monsanto. One example is the Monsanto-Rajasthan Memorandum of Understanding, under which Monsanto would get intellectual property rights to all genetic resources, and to carry out research on indigenous seeds. It took a campaign by Navdanya and a “Monsanto Quit India” Bija Yatra [“seed pilgrimage”] to force the government of Rajasthan to cancel the MOU.”
I sincerely hope Dr Shiva will continue with the success she is having. You will note that she forces hidden manoeuvres out of the closet and holds them up for all the world to see, and then does something peacefully to counteract them. We can emulate her example. Speak about the problems with your friends. Take positive action wherever possible, even if it is by becoming more aware of what foods you are buying, and where they come from. Better yet, start growing your own food if possible.
If the US government is hell-bent on taking control of the world food supply, we don’t need to look to any government anywhere for friends. We do need to become as independent as we possibly can from any outside source of control. And while you are at it, put on your thinking caps – we need some good ideas for our main objective-
Take Monsanto Down!