Rising to new heights of denial, in 2006, Bayer Crop Science claimed that the contamination of conventional rice by its experimental, unapproved GMO variety was an “act of God.”
Bayer conducted field tests of LL601 from 1999 to 2001 in Louisiana, then dropped the project without seeking government approval to market it. This year, LL601 was found to be widespread in U.S. long-grain rice, prompting Europe to cut off imports and throwing the rice futures market into turmoil.
Denying any culpability, the Bayer response variously blames the escape of its gene-altered variety of long-grain race, LL601, on “unavoidable circumstances which could not have been prevented by anyone”; “an act of God”; and farmers’ “own negligence, carelessness, and/or comparative fault.”
Farmers bought supposedly non-GMO seeds, and planted them. The resultant crop was found to be contaminated with the experimental variety. The contamination appears to have originated in the purchased seed. This means that the contamination issue is so widespread that no company dealing in conventional seed can claim that its seed stocks are GMO free. In fact, in the midst of the GMO Alfalfa contamination issue, Forage Genetics, supplier of the seed, and the USDA stated that up to 2% contamination should be expected and dismissed complaints out of hand. An “act of God,” evidently.
Contrary to what the biotech giants say, GMO contamination is not an “act of God.” GMO contamination is an act of terrorism by the corporate government, which appears to be owned and operated by the likes of Monsanto, Bayer, DuPont, Syngenta, and all other players in the seed manipulation game. This tragedy is perpetrated on the people through deception, disinformation, and force. We developed it, we planted it, we experimented with it, our experiments contaminated the rice supply, but it’s not our fault. It must have been an “act of God.”
The hubris. The outright arrogance. Yet, this is the playbook. This is the attitude of the biotech terrorists. If your crop is contaminated with our GMOs it’s not our fault, it’s an “act of God” or you were careless. End of story. We had nothing to do with it. Yeah? We sold you the contaminated seeds, but it’s not our fault. It was an “act of God.”
I wonder just how far that defense would get me if I allowed rat feces to contaminate my milk, sold it to you and you got sick. I would be hogtied, dragged to court kicking and screaming while government thugs destroyed my small enterprise, claiming that my dairy practices were substandard and dangerous to the public. Or what if Monsanto pirates entered my property and found that my crop had been contaminated with their patented seed? I would be dragged to court and sued for patent infringement.
What’s the difference between government/corporate thugs declaring that their contamination is an “act of God” and me? There is none. Except that the government and its biotech owners are above the law and we the people are under it. Way under it. We are under it so far that these terrorists can just make up the rules as they go, granting themselves immunity in the process. And remain immune they will.
Remember Anniston Alabama?
In 2002, the Washington Post carried a front page report on Monsanto’s legacy of environmental damage in Anniston, Alabama, related to its legal production of PCBs. Plaintiffs in a lawsuit pending at that time provided documentation showing that the local Monsanto factory knowingly discharged both mercury and PCB-laden waste into local creeks for over 40 years. In another story published in 2002, the New York Times reported that during 1969 alone Monsanto had dumped 45 tons of PCBs into Snow Creek, a feeder for Choccolocco Creek which supplies much of the area’s drinking water, and that the company buried millions of pounds of PCB in open-pit landfills located on hillsides above the plant and surrounding neighborhoods. In August 2003, Solutia and Monsanto agreed to pay plaintiffs $700 million to settle claims by over 20,000 Anniston residents related to PCB contamination.
It is now 2013, and Monsanto steadfastly denies any wrongdoing. The court system is a joke, and allows Monsanto et al to basically do as they please, with relatively no repercussions.
In 2009 three California residents filed a lawsuit alleging a link between PCBs and their non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Last year, a St. Louis County Circuit judge ruled that the case be tossed out because a jury would have to rely on “guesswork” in determining the link.
The plaintiffs appealed, and on Tuesday a panel in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District reversed the lower court’s decision, saying that a jury should make the determination.
Tom Helscher, a Monsanto spokesman, said Wednesday that the company disagrees with the decision and will take the case to the Missouri Supreme Court to be reheard.
“Not our fault,” states Monsanto. We did nothing wrong. Oh, that fish that we placed in the river that shed its skin in 30 seconds? We bear no responsibility at all for sweeping that under the rug and doing business as usual. The people who got sick and died? What people? We didn’t see anything. By the way, profits are up!
As of 2012, Monsanto is associated with 11 “active” Superfund sites and 20 “archived” sites in the US, in the EPA’s Superfund database. Monsanto has been sued, and has settled, multiple times for damaging the health of its employees or residents near its Superfund sites through pollution and poisoning.
PCB poisoning is still going on today, courtesy of Monsanto and the U.S. government, enabled by the court system, and perpetuated by what, an “act of God?” Not our fault. GMO contamination? An “act of God.” Your water polluted with Glyphosate? An “act of God.” Yeah, that’s the ticket. Just blame God. It’s all his fault that we poisoned your land, the people, animals, insects, and made sure that you and your descendents will never, ever be healthy again. Ever.
And how about Vietnam? Monsanto supplied the U.S. government with Agent Orange.
Le and her daughter are second- and third-generation victims of dioxin exposure, the result of the U.S. military’s use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, when the U.S. Air Force sprayed more than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides over parts of southern Vietnam and along the borders of neighboring Laos and Cambodia. The herbicides were contaminated with dioxin, a deadly compound that remains toxic for decades and causes birth defects, cancer and other illnesses.
To this day, dioxin continues to poison the land and the people. The United States has never accepted responsibility for these victims — it denies that Agent Orange is responsible for diseases among Vietnamese that are accepted as Agent Orange-caused among American veterans — and it’s unclear when this chain of misery will end.
Must have been another “act of God.”
And don’t forget, we are in charge of your food supply and 85% of the processed food you eat contains our GMOs and their patented spray-on poison, Glyphosate. But remember, if you eat the stuff and get sick or die, it’s not our fault. It’s an “act of God.” We had nothing to do with it.
©2013 Barbara H. Peterson