Barack Obama will certainly be remembered as the first African American president of the United States, a laudable achievement. It will be the first sentence school children can recite about him in history lessons, but yesterday he signed into law the policy that will become his presidential legacy: the Monsanto Protection Act.
For the past few days, facebook and news media have been rapt with rainbow signs and images of red equality symbols in support of a tide that has already changed as the Supreme Court is poised to grant gay people full civil rights. Wonderful! But under all that hoopla, President Obama, quietly signed into law a bill that undercuts the health and well-being of every citizen in America. He completely undermined the first ladys’s entire platform and secured his policy legacy for all of history:
He sold our food supply to a chemical company.
One company owns the rights to genetic codes of the plants that are the foundation of our food supply. It’s not a church or any organization even remotely related to God or creation. It is Monsanto, the company responsible of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Monsanto’s legacy only goes down from there. It is such an insidiously evil company, it is hard to know where to start.
The most important thing to understand about them is that they quietly secured the rights of genetic codes to create patented seeds which cannot be saved from year to year as is agricultural tradition. These seeds must be purchased every single year, securing a continual profit supply. Ever single farmer who doesn’t want to purchase seeds from Monsanto is sued and loses his or her farm because wind blows some Monsanto seeds onto their land which makes them unwitting thieves.
Despite Monsanto’s deep coffers of profit, reels of bank-rolled verdicts, our government decided to offer them even more protection. Congress passed it. Obama signed it.
People like me are screaming at the top of lungs to the deaf ears of the rest of our nation.
This bill seems detached, minor and irrelevant to the lives we are living. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Why It Matters to You
Monsanto’s endless financial resources and nonexistent ethics thwart all the efforts of ordinary citizens to demand labeling of GMOs. How can 93% of Americans support the labeling of GMOs with no result? Something is amiss. Monsanto steamrolls small farmers, concerned parents, and smart public servants. Our country sleeps through it all.
The results are already devastating and will only continue to worsen, especially with yesterday’s legislation. The corruption of our food supply is why you have an autoimmune disease, your kid has ADHD and all your neighbors are obese. It’s why your parents have dementia. It’s why your children will die of cancer. It’s why your blood line will end in a generation due to infertility.
I know how crazy those statements sound. I know my voice sounds like a wacko and will be dismissed as such.
But I also know that I am speaking the truth. The modern rise of disease absolutely is linked to our denatured food and the chemicals that coat it. We cannot wait to address this. Every bite we eat, every seed that is planted has a direct causational relationship to our life.
I am confident that history will prove me right. Generations will look back at this time and scratch their bewildered heads at our inaction. Why didn’t we care? Why didn’t we fight this? Why weren’t we at all concerned for basic human safety and health?
We wrote our chapter in history yesterday, and the book doesn’t end well.
Let’s change the ending before it’s too late.