GMO Land Grab Argentina

Staggering land grab by big pharma!

'Seeds of Destruction -The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation'  ~   2007 F. William Engdahl

'Rockefeller's Argentina Land Revolution'

Start (P. 182)   By the mid-1990's, the Menem government moved to revolutionize Argentina's traditional productive agriculture into monoculture aimed for global export. The script was again written for him in New York and Washington by foreign interests, constituted above all by the associates of David Rockefeller.

Menem argued that the transformation of food production into industrial cultivation of GM soybean was necessary for the country to pay its ballooning foreign debt. It was a lie, but it succeeded in transforming Argentine agriculture into a pawn for North American investors like David Rockefeller, Monsanto and Cargill Inc.

Following almost two decades of economic battering through mounting foreign debts (P. 181 causes), forced privatization and the dismantling of national protective barriers, the highly-valued Argentine agricultural economy would now be the target of the most radical transformation of them all.

In 1991, several years before field trials were implemented in the United States, Argentina became a secret experimental laboratory for developing genetically engineered crops. The population was to become the human guinea pigs of the project. Menem's government created a pseudo-scientific Advisory Commission on Biotechnology to oversee the granting of licenses for more than 569 field trials for GM corn, sunflowers, cotton, wheat and especially soybeans. There was no public debate on the initiative of either the Menem government or the Commission on the controversial issue of whether or not GMO crops were safe.

(P. 183) 

The Commission met in secret, and never made its findings public. It merely acted as a publicity agent for foreign GMO seed multinationals. This was not surprising as the Commission members themselves came from Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and other GMO giants. In 1996, Monsanto Corporation of St. Louis Missouri was the world's largest producer of genetically-manipulated patented soybean seeds: Roundup Ready soybeans.

In 1995, Monsanto introduced Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans that had a copy of a gene from the bacterium, Agrobacterium sp. strain CP4, inserted, by means of a gene gun, into its genome. That allowed the transgenic or GMO plant to survive being sprayed by the non-selective herbicide, glyphosate. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, killed conventional soybeans. Any conventional soybean crops adjacent to Monsanto Roundup Ready crops would inevitably be affected due to wind-borne contamination.  Convenientlythat greatly aided the spread of Monsanto crops once introduced.

The genetic modification in Monsanto Roundup Ready soybeans involved incorporating a bacterial version of the enzyme into the soybean plant that gave the GMO soybean protection from Monsanto's herbicide Roundup. Roundup was the same herbicide used by the US Government to eradicate drug crops in Colombia.

Thereby protected, both the soybeans and any weeds could be sprayed with Roundup, killing the weeds and leaving the soybeans. Typically, rather than less herbicide chemicals, GMO soybeans required significantly more chemicals per hectare to control weed growth.

Since the 1970's, soybeans had been promoted by large agribusiness seed companies to become a major source of animal feed worldwide. Monsanto was granted an exclusive license in 1996 by President Menem to distribute its GMO soybean seeds throughout Argentina.  (P.184) Simultaneous to this wholesale introduction of Monsanto GMO soybean seeds and, necessarily, the required Monsanto Roundup herbicide to Argentine agriculture, now ultra-cheap (in dollar terms), Argentine farmland was bought up by large foreign companies such as Cargill-the world's largest grain and commodity trading company-by international investment funds such as George Soros's Quantum Fund, by foreign insurance companies, and corporate interests such as Seaboard Corporation. This was a hugely profitable operation for foreign investors, for which GMO Monsanto seeds were ultimately the basis for a giant new soy agribusiness industrial farming. Argentina's land was to be converted into a vast industrial seed production unit. For the foreign investors, the beauty of the scheme was that compared with traditional agriculture, GMO soybean needed little human labor.

In effect, as a consequence of the economic crisis, millions of acres of prime farmland were put up for auction by the banks. Typically, the only buyers with dollars to invest were foreign corporations or private persons. Small peasant farmers were offered pennies for their lands. Sometimes, when they refused to sell, they were forced off their properties by terrorist militia or by the state police. Tens of thousands more farmers had to give up their lands when they were driven to bankruptcy by market flooding of cheap food imports brought in under the free market reforms imposed by the IMF.

Additionally, fields planted with the GMO "Roundup Ready" soybean seeds and their special Roundup herbicide required no ordinary turning over of the soil through plowing. In order to maximize profitability, the sponsors of the GMO soybean revolution created huge Kansas-style expanses of land where large mechanized equipment could operate around the clock, often remote-controlled by GPS satellite navigation, without even a farmer needed for driving the tractor.

Monsanto's GMO soybean was sold to Argentine farmers as an ecological plus, utilizing "no-till" farming. In reality they were anything but environmentally friendly. The GMO soybean and Roundup herbicide were planted with a technique called "direct drilling," pioneered in the USA and with the purpose of saving time and money.

2021 - We see Bill Gates bought up large swathes of land, making him the largest landowner in America.  WHAT are his plans, since he states we must move away from pastural farming to printed syntheti cmeat?

Genetic Engineering

Big Pharma Takeover of Fruit, Veg and your Health

Monsanto GMO Maize with Georgia Guide Stones graphic

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.

— Henry Kissinger

When all the seeds are owned by one corporation, they have almost total control of the global food.  This is the Codex Alimentarius - Agenda30.  We are starting to see food manufacturing plants being closed due to Covid testing, even when the curve is flat (Sept. 2020)

Genetic modification of plants (and animals) is very unnatural.  By consuming GMO plants and animals (who have been fed GMO crops), humans are changing their own biological construction. 

Big-pharma  provides the seeds and pesticides to kill weeds. Glyphosate originated as a gene taken from a lone surviving plant on a chemical weapons dump after WWII. It was subsequently utilised by Monsanto to develop into 'Roundup' weedkiller, which kill all surrounding plants (weeds) except plants 'edited' with the 'weapon surviving gene'! Of course, anything killing weeds cannot be too good for the vegetables either!  In countries like India farmers are forced to buy GMO seeds every year as they don't replicate. Please watch 'Seeds of Death' film below which covers all aspects, and will surely persuade you to go organic.

The food industry does not have to comply in all countries with labelling of GMO products.  

Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMOs

'The global launch of a second Green Revolution, spearheaded by genetic engineering and corrupt corporations such as Monsanto and DuPont, shows every sign of being as catastrophic as the first revolution. As the big agro-chemical complex morphs into one of the world's most powerful lobbies, educating people about the dangers of genetically modified crops, or GMOs, and the growing threats of toxic intensive agriculture can hinder GMO's domination of our food supply.'

'Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs, by award-winning documentary film director Gary Null, takes on the seed cartel's propaganda and political influence to expose a fabric of lies and deceit now threatening the safety and life of every species. Predictably, GMOs will reduce sustainable agriculture and humanity's ability to meet global food demands. GMOs are founded on a baseless science, originally approved through political manoeuvring and disregard for human safety. Hundreds of scientific studies reveal GMOs' serious health risks to animals and these same adverse conditions are rapidly observed in the epidemic rise of human diseases.'

'...It depends upon massive amounts of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and greater water resources. The result is soil devastation and lower crop yields.'

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Gene graphic: Courtesy film screenshot 'Seeds of Death' - kills sperm, causing infertility: Patent bought by Monsanto from Epicyte Biotech company in 2001.

"The whole concept of genetically modified organisms is throwing a monkey wrench in the life on this planet and until we change that we are heading downhill at a rapid rate of speed toward our own extinction"

~ Bruce Lipton PhD, Developmental Biologist

[add Bruce Lipton video on genes responding to environment]

Mass food production and mass monitoring is all about big pharma corporate profiteering at any cost to health; whereas what we need is more farmers learning and redeveloping sustainable farming practices, which can in fact increase yields.

Monsanto-Bayer has a long history of being sued by farmers.  Many previous articles to be put here!