A supermarket shopper buying hamburger, eggs or milk has every reason,
and every right, to wonder how they were produced. The answer, in
industrial agriculture, is “behind closed doors,” and that’s how
the industry wants to keep it. In at least three states — Iowa, Florida,
and Minnesota — legislation is moving ahead that would make undercover
investigations in factory farms, especially filming and photography,
a crime. The legislation has only one purpose: to hide factory-farming
conditions from a public that is beginning to think seriously about
animal rights and the way food is produced.
Would people really want to eat CAFO chicken, beef, or pork if they
knew it came from animals that are kept in pens so small they can’t
move and fed antibiotics constantly to keep them from dying of diseases
they give each other from standing in their own feces?
Also, I’m a Farm Bureau members, but this makes me ill:
And they are supported by the big guns of industrial agriculture:
Monsanto, the Farm Bureau, the associations that represent pork
producers, dairy farmers and cattlemen, as well as poultry, soybean,
and corn growers.
Farming used to be something to be proud of, not something to hide.
Monsanto’s Roundup, the agro-toxic companion herbicide for millions of
acres of GM soybeans, corn, cotton, alfalfa, canola, and sugar beets,
is losing market share. Its overuse has spawned a new generation of
superweeds that can only be killed with super-toxic herbicides such as
2,4, D and paraquat. Moreover, patented “Roundup Ready” crops require
massive amounts of climate destabilizing nitrate fertilizer. Compounding
Monsanto’s damage to the environment and climate, rampant Roundup use
is literally killing the soil, destroying essential soil microorganisms,
degrading the living soil’s ability to capture and sequester CO2,
and spreading deadly plant diseases.
In just one year, Monsanto has moved from being Forbes’ “Company
of the Year” to the
Worst Stock of the Year. The Biotech Bully of
St. Louis has become one of the most hated corporations on Earth.
The article mentions scientific studies about bad health effects
of genetically modified foods,
and goes on to warn of Monsanto maneuverings through the EPA
and the Gates Foundation.
Then he points to the European Union as leading the way:
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