Monday, February 7, 2011

A Peaceful Revolution is Possible in This Food Fight

We already grow enough food to nourish the nine billion people estimated to be here in a few years, for we eat only about one third of those crops. The rest goes to feeding animals for food, most of that to beef. Monsanto’s lie about not being able to produce enough food to feed the world without biotech is one of the flimsiest of all lies yet that lie is being received as the truth by a gullible press, politicians and populace alike.

Please stop eating Grain-Fed Beef – that will hit the subsidized corn producers where it hurts, and at the same time take away revenue from Monsanto. Genetically Modified Grain-fed beef is produced in Confined Animal Feeding Operations and is laden with Antibiotics and Hormones. Find Grass-Fed beef in your home area, and cut down your beef consumption for greater health, a four to six ounce portion of beef along with vegetables and whole grains will lead to a healthier you.

Ethanol from corn is another huge waste of a food crop. The poor in developing countries can live for a year on what it takes to fill one American SUV with ethanol fuel. Ethanol from Corn is not energy policy, it is Money Policy, one that benefits a select few to the detriment of all Americans.

Yours and my tax dollars are being passed along gratuitously to Corn and Soybean farmers and thus to Monsanto by the billions of dollars each year. Monsanto cycles a large part of that money back to politicians who serve as their marketing arm here and abroad. Demand a stop to this senseless subsidy of crops that we have too much of already, that has led to rampant corruption of our government and lack of choice for Americans at the grocery stores.

And, demand a stop to placing Monsanto’s and other Corporation’s executives in government positions of making rules and regulations that benefit their corporate masters.

How long shall we tolerate these crimes against the American populace? A peaceful revolution is in order. If not now, When?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Open Letter to America

An Open Letter to America:

I am very angry at President Obama and his deputies for bowing down and paying fealty to Monsanto. Please indulge me just a bit and allow me to tell you a little of why I say this.

We do not need genetically modified alfalfa, 93% of it is grown without herbicides anyway, so we really don’t need to buy millions of pounds of glyphosate to spray onto our soils in order to produce GM-alfalfa. Glyphosate kills the micro-biology in the soil. And without living soil we cannot produce living food. This same glyphosate doesn’t kill 100% of the weeds, a few survive, and their seeds select for resistance to or immunity to glyphosate and so we then have what is known as Super-Weeds, which in turn needs a stronger dose of chemicals. Thus the fight is enjoined, and so please remember this truth, “Mother Nature always bats last.”

What you have here is not farm policy, it is money policy. Monsanto has a patent on life itself, something that I find egregiously wrong politically, ethically and morally in itself.

It is now entirely possible that Monsanto could own all of the seeds needed to produce all of the major food crops all over the world in just a generation or two, since we now have an aspiring global economy and a quasi global governance that tries to control global trade. It is also conceivable under the document, long proposed by that International Body, known as Codex Alimentarius, that I as an American citizen-farmer would have to respond to an international body of arbiters over a dispute with my American farm products, completely bypassing my constitutional right to due process. And a common farmer in India or China or Mexico will have to borrow money to pay Monsanto for his seeds, or he or she will die and his family with him or her.

Our very own elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives are “…worried that our products will be rejected by the EU and Asia if we brand them as Genetically Modified.” - paraphrased from numerous public accounts. The name of the game is unfettered greed for both money and power, international.

Now imagine thirty years down the road, all of you who may have drinked of Monsanto’s cool-aid pseudo-science publications which absolutely assure you that if we, all of America, do not buy their Genetically Modified seeds, and then the Chemicals needed to allow them to grow, then we could positively not produce enough food to feed nine or ten billion people. I am surprised that more intelligent people have not questioned that assumption more closely. I am ready to challenge this as propaganda at best and a blatant lie at worst.

Alexis de Touqville deduced that democracy carries the seed of its own destruction. An example of this at work is; Politicians meet the ‘Citizens United’ decision of our tarnished U.S. Supreme Court, won against a very weak foe, in the Federal Election Commission. Thanks to this court decision, Monsanto, who now has first amendment rights as an “individual” of ‘free speech’, and they are doing the speaking with their new Money – which this court has equated with talking or writing in the public square. Instead, Monsanto gives our Senators and Representatives and President and many others the monies that they have taken from you and me, to speak for them. The politicians who are speaking now understand Monsanto’s goals and approve of their practices. Now the “freedom of speech” – written by corporate lobbyists and delivered by your elected official - is in making of laws and rules and regulations that promote Monsanto’s best interests. The rest of the populace has to live with the results – farmers, producers, consumers, all of us – with whatever foods are left, grown in dead soils that are mere placeholders for the chemically grown plants. Our United States government has been corrupted by this blatant in-our-face corporatocracy.

Living soil has an energy that is an integral and essential part of the cycle producing grasses that grow with energy from the Sun and rains. All life is grass. Grass in living soil reaches down deep into the Earth and draws to itself micro-nutrients that we try desperately to mimic with pills and chemicals – can’t be done – Mother Nature is at bat.

Some of the people’s most trusted warriors at the forefront of this battle, Whole Foods Market, Stonyfield Dairies and Organic Valley, fought until they were battered and then with last breath wrested a compromise from the USDA and Secretary Vilsak, to “Co-Exist.” That is to grant Monsanto their right to plant Genetically Modified Alfalfa, but with some restrictions that would allow the rest of us some assurance that we could grow the kind of food crops that didn’t include Monsanto’s seeds or chemicals. Hubris, meet greed; that was not enough for an emboldened Monsanto.

They not only wanted their rights, they demanded and got mine too. I am calling on every man, woman and child in America to rise up and demand a stop to this injustice foisted upon us by an ever increasingly corrupt federal government – tainted beyond democracy by corporatocracy.

My deepest desire is that this letter go ‘viral’ and that it is read by millions of people, who like the brave peoples in other countries who are in revolt against unfair governance, that we too revolt against this Corporate-Political hegemon, and demand, by whatever peaceful means necessary our Constitutional right to grow our own food with our own seeds in healthy soil.

Will Rogers said that, “God must have loved the common man, he made so many of them.”

God bless the American commonweal, your family and mine,
Jerry Cunningham

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Open Letter to President Obama - Stop Genetically Modified Alfalfa

President Obama and First Lady Michelle -
I am a small family farmer who wholeheartedly supported your election as my president.
I would like to continue my support, but, I cannot do so in light of your capitulation to Monsanto in allowing Genetically Modified Alfalfa to be grown in America.
First of all this is a totally unnecessary crop, since according to Michael Pollan 93% of all Alfalfa is grown without herbicides anyway, so this only benefits Monsanto while putting at dire risk an entire segment of our national farming and food economy.
By your caving in to Monsanto's demands you are putting at great and unneeded risk the organic dairy business, also the total extinction of Alfalfa other than Monsanto's patented GM-Alfalfa. And who exactly benefits from all of this, sir?
You have appointed far too many Monsanto executives in your administration and they are making rules that affect millions of us who are feeling increasingly distraught, helpless and angry at being controlled by one huge corporation with enough clout to determine the farm and environmental policy of your administration.
Mr. Vilsak, a biotech governor and supporter seemingly tried to meet all of us small farmers half way in placing planting restrictions of Monsanto's GE-Alfalfa, but your administration embarrassed him and make him back down from his earlier decision - that sir, is totally unacceptable to millions of us - not just GMO opponents, but any sensible, freedom loving middle class American who detests being unfairly controlled by those with the levers of power at the federal level.
I am personally calling on you to show us your mettle and your common sense to help the common men and women who elected you as our president and stop the USDA approval of Monsanto's Genetically Modified Alfalfa at once!

By doing this you not only restore the loyalty of millions of us to your ideals, hopes and dreams – you also assure the success of Michelle’s garden in your backyard, and you assure your children’s right to choose the kind of food they choose to eat for generations to come.

This is an historical decision Mr. President, please do the right thing – Stop Genetically Modified Alfalfa.

Respectfully submitted,
Jerry Cunningham
Elgin, Texas USA