Disinformation is used constantly to manipulate the public.
An example is the move to create a "Food Monopoly"
If you want an abundant cheap and safe food supply I suggest you pay attention because it is about to be taken away from us. The Ag cartel and
Congress has intentionally allowed food poisoning, the media has hyped it and Congress is using the public outrage to push laws designed to remove
independent farmers from their land.
Farmers have been called "misinformed, their e-mails read, media sources are told they are kooks/dangerous. One lady found her state Ag department
told a farm show lies to get her kicked out. Others have had the homes broken into and computers trashed. Others who are opposed find the can not
post articles to the internet. Worse farmers have had swatt team raids and been held under armed guard in their homes for up to a couple of weeks! A
must read on the history of what has been done to the US food supply and farmers is
I have been reading up on the subject
for a couple of years yet this article still shocked me as it laid out the cold blooded 50 year attack on our food supply. I never realized the
Council on Foreign Relations had a a sister organization, called the Committee for Economic Development, formed to influence domestic policies in
the same way that the CFR has influenced US foreign policies.
Here are the last couple of moves. The Ag cartel pushed the WTO Agreement on Ag in 1995
To consolidate their death grip on the food supply, agribusiness insisted that agriculture be put on the international trading table for the first
time at the GATT talks in Uruguay. Key players in this little drama are VP of Cargill, Dan Amstutz who wrote the draft Agreement on Agriculture for
the World Trade Organization(WTO AoA), Monsanto (Calgene) employee Ann Veneman who lead the GATT trade delegation for much of the time, and Mickey
Kantor, another US trade representative for much of the Uruguay Round, who subsequently became a Monsanto board member. Back at home Clinton's
Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations was lead by Robert Shapiro, chairman of Monsanto at the time WTO was ratified in 1995. Marcia
Hale, a former assistant to President Clinton and director for intergovernmental affairs, was director of international government affairs for
The food borne illnesses making headlines in recent years, did not happen by chance.
The food safety bills are not about protecting consumer health. The full horror of these bogus Food Safety bills can not be appreciated until it is
understood that greedy corporations and corrupt government officials have colluded so that a select few can profit from the pain, and suffering caused
by illness and by the starvation of children around the world! Worse our main safeguard against unethical corporate behavior and government
corruption, the mass media, sold us out for the price of their advertising dollars.
Despite clear evidence that Con-Agra was shipping
E. coli-tainted burger, the USDA and Congress ignored John Munsell's pleas for an investigation until several months later when a woman died and
they had to investigate. John said a top newspaper's reporter interviewed him for several days, the article was written and ready to print when
the owners of the “press” stepped in and suppressed the article in fear of corporate retaliation. Monsanto had two reporters in Florida fired and
has broadcaster Derry Brownfield kicked off the air.
What were the key issues place on the table at GATT?
First open borders and no tariffs so cheap tax subsidized grain from the EU and USA would bankrupt third world farmers. Second worldwide patents on
plants and animals allowing corporations to control all food production. Third unlike other trade agreements, WTO was given teeth by way of trade
sanctions for enforcement and a complete blackout on any information leading to the sanctions placed by the three WTO judges. Fourth and the worst
for the US consumer, was the replacement of the “precautionary principle” (do no harm) with “scientific risk based assessment” or the “if
it doesn't look like it will kill anyone go for it” principle. The last issue was “harmonization” of food safety regs. That means the US,
Europe and third world countries must bring their food safety regs in line so they are essentially the same.
In other words the EU and USA are
expected to lower their food standards so they can be met by third world members of WTO!
During the debate on approving the WTO Agreement, Congress was justifiably worried that the multinational pact was in conflict with U.S. Sovereignty.
Arguments for ratification were vehemently endorsed by Clinton Administration officials who were eager to get the agreement passed Congress.
Congressional fears were lulled by pointing out Congress is ultimately responsible for changing the laws of the United States; and second, the U.S. is
entitled to withdraw from the WTO. Also a feature of the Uruguay Round agreements are described as follows:
Now we have this statement by the FDA showing how they out right LIE
The URAA puts U.S. sovereignty and U.S. law under perfect protection. According to the Act, if there is a conflict between U.S. and any of the Uruguay
Round agreements, U.S. law will take precedence regardless when U.S. law is enacted. § 3512 (a) states: "No provision of any of the Uruguay Round
Agreements, nor the application of any such provision to any person or circumstance, that is inconsistent with any law of the United States shall have
effect." Specifically, implementing the WTO agreements shall not be construed to "amend or modify any law of the United States, including any law
relating to (i) the protection of human, animal, or plant life or health, (ii) the protection of the environment, or (iii) worker safety", or to
"limit any authority conferred under any law of the United States, including section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974."
The second action taken in 1996 was the adoption of the international HACCP rules. HACCP replaces the old US government's hands on in your face
type inspection. Now the corporation are doing the testing and government inspects corporate paperwork instead of product.
The harmonization of laws, regulations and standards between and among trading partners requires intense, complex, time-consuming negotiations by
CFSAN officials. Harmonization must simultaneously facilitate international trade and promote mutual understanding, while protecting national
interests and establish a basis to resolve food issues on sound scientific evidence in an objective atmosphere. Failure to reach a consistent,
harmonized set of laws, regulations and standards within the freetrade agreements and the World Trade Organization Agreements can result in
considerable economic repercussions.
Since corporations are
now the inspectors,is it any wonder that in July 2003, after the Con-agri E. coli recall, GAP released a major report titled "Shielding the
Giant: USDA's 'Don't Look, Don't Know' Policy for Beef Inspection.
Or that Mr. Stan Painter, Chairman, National Joint Council of Food
Inspection Locals testified during the Congressional investigation into the Hallmark/Westland downer cow scandal
It (the recall of Hallmark/Westland Meat) highlights one of the problems that we have attempted to raise with the agency ever since 1996 when the
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) inspection system was put in place. There seems to be too much reliance on an honor system for the
industry to police itself. While the USDA investigation is still on going at Hallmark/Westland, a couple of facts have emerged that point to a system
that can be gamed by those who want to break the law. It (HACCP) shifted the responsibility for food safety over to the companies .
Yet despite government investigations, and “Over 1000 non-compliance reports – weighing some 16 pounds” no one—least of all Sec of Ag Ed
Schafer—is sitting in jail!!! Instead, we are getting “new food safety laws” that just happen to conform with the World trade Organization
wishes. The USDA insists the USA conform with WTO “traceability” by making small US farmers ( but not the corporations) individually tag and
track their livestock and by allowing plants and animals across the border from countries known to have disease. The FDA whines we must
“harmonize” our laws with the international laws or face terrible consequences, ALL conveniently forgetting
URAA § 3512 (a) states: "No provision of any of the Uruguay Round Agreements, nor the application of any such provision to any person or
circumstance, that is inconsistent with any law of the United States shall have effect."
Did Cargill and Monsanto profit? “Cargill’s net worth over the last five years has gone from U.S. $5,942 million in 1996 to U.S. $7,888 in 2000,
at a time when commodity prices have reached their lowest level in well over 100 years (source: www.cargill.com...
“Monsanto announced record profits today, citing $2 billion for the 2008 fiscal year compared to $993 million in 2007.” while food riots breakout
all over the world. www.competitivemarkets.com...