Never underestimate the apathy of the American public.
I have to admit it. I allowed myself to be optimistic about Prop. 37, the GMO Right to Know direct democracy initiative in California. I forgot one crucial thing. Most people simply do not care to know what they eat just as long as it tastes good. They also do not care that their choices affect everyone else’s right to choose as well.
Who cares, right? Says the smoker who lights up in his child’s room, never once thinking about the harm being caused to those developing lungs, or the future habits being imprinted on such a young psyche. Shame on you! Shame on all of you who put ignorance ahead of truth and made the conscious decision to forfeit everyone’s right to know what the hell they are putting in their mouths when they trustingly go to the corner store and purchase that toxic box of GMO corn flakes, or that factory farmed genetically engineered salmon, or eat any number of GMO processed foods, which comprise 85% percent of what is on our grocery store shelves. And that’s only the products we know about. Who the hell cares? Obviously not 53% of California voters.
And so goes the nation. We the people choose to be ignorant. We the people choose to eat whatever poison they the corporations put in front of us and are happy to grovel at their feet. After all, just as long as they are happy we are happy, right?
So, chomp away on those GMOs, because that’s all that will be left after total genetic contamination of the food supply is accomplished. And what then? Well, some say that terminator technology is the answer to the problem. It is not. This is technology that produces plants that are sterile and cannot reproduce. There is a moratorium on the technology at this point. Why? Because the tipping point of planetary genetic contamination has not been accomplished yet, and that is necessary before implementation of the terminator.
First, contaminate every food source, THEN unleash the terminator as the solution to the contamination problem after it is already too late, and at a crucial point in time to insure farmers’ complete dependency on Monsanto, et. al., introduce seeds that produce plants that you cannot even save seeds from if you wanted to because they are completely sterile. Or, almost, that is. Defective terminator seeds will merely reproduce with the sterility gene in place, causing widespread sterility. But that’s okay. For Monsanto, that is. After all, what harm can one company, having a monopoly on all seeds in the world do? Just ask the farmers in India who had no other seeds to buy after their first biotech crops failed. The only seeds available to buy in the stores were GMOs. And the farmers went into debt, lost everything, and the only winner was Monsanto.
Welcome to Monsanto world, America. California has just voted them in and you out.
©2012 Barbara H. Peterson