GMOs, Hunger And Predatory Practices

It's a vicious cycle, Vandana Shiva explains, how indebtedness to large seed supplying corporations puts third world  farmers into precarious positions, sometimes ending with suicide seeming like the only answer to a continual problem.

Monsanto agrees, but holds no responsibility for it; in fact, they say, "The reality is that that the tragic phenomena of farmer suicides in India began long before the introduction of Bollgard in 2002. Farmer suicide has numerous causes with most experts agreeing that indebtedness is one of the main factors. Farmers unable to repay loans and facing spiraling interest often see suicide as the only solution."

If farmer indebtedness is the root cause of the problem, then why compound the problem with products that promise one thing, but yield another. It is possible that on a very large scale, the company statistics of their GMO seeds have enough space and the right conditions to manufacture the numbers. They look great on paper. But in small operations, these numbers don't appear to hold up.

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Most important in this video, Shiva explains that "To turn the world to a dependency on staples has nothing to do with feeding the world; it has a lot to do with controlling the food supply ... The use of food as the ultimate weapon of control."

We can use cotton as an example to back up what Vandana Shiva is saying. In an article titled, India's Bt Cotton Fraud, author Rhea Gala states, " report entitled, The story of Bt cotton in Andhra Pradesh: Erratic processes and results, published by the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), documents the dubious events of three years of commercial Bt cotton cultivation in AP.

It researched the economics as well as the incidence of pests and diseases, and beneficial organisms in Bt cotton and non-pesticidal management (NPM) cotton fields. It established that the cost of pest management of Bt cotton was 690% higher than in NPM farming systems. Moreover seed cost of Bt cotton was 355% higher than conventional varieties"

“Our goal is to take and capture value and develop a sustainable business. Hopefully, in making sure that they pay for the technology, we're keeping the American grower competitive worldwide," says Randy Deaton, Monsanto's global business lead for cotton.

These kinds of statements are is representative of the greedy, hyperbolic mentality that goes hand-in-hand with profiteering off of already impoverished nations that are wrapped up in a cycle of monopolist marketing. In many parts of the world, this would be considered predatory. And why would any other genetically modified crop be different?  Well-over 90% of the GMO market is controlled by one company: Monsanto. Whether it be corn, canola, cotton, soy, alfalfa, sugar beets and even wheat, they are scooping up staple crops and patenting them so they no longer belong to us, they belong to Monsanto.

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