"How Monsanto destroyed civilisation" fiction (sort of )

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  1. frosty

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    How Monsanto Destroyed Civilization

    A Fiction story (Sort of)
    The names, quotes and places are real - the time is fiction, but just
    barely so.

    By Captain Paul Watson

    Report from 2030

    We refused to listen to the environmentalists. They were all just doom
    and gloom Cassandras, always talking down against the corporations,
    against the government, against science and technology as our means of
    solving global problems like world hunger and global warming.

    We forgot that for all her hysterics, her pessimism and her dire
    predictions that the Princess prophetess Cassandra of Troy was right
    in all her predictions. Her father King Priam refused to listen to her
    and he, his city state, his people and his entire family were destroyed.

    The first signs occurred in 2002.

    We did not pay attention. We were busy having a good time, preoccupied
    with music, films, video games, television and sports.

    Meanwhile at the University of Jena in Germany , Professor
    Hans-Heinrich Kaatz had begun his research into finding an answer to
    what was causing bee populations to dramatically decline.

    By 2007 he had his answer. Professor Kaatz had discovered that the
    gene used to modify oil-rape seed had transferred to bacteria living
    inside honey bees.

    Despite all of the claims by Monsanto, the biotech industry and
    supporters of genetically modified food, the sober fact was emerging
    that humans had tampered with something that they could no longer control.

    In the spring of 2007, British Agriculture Minister Nick Brown urged
    British farmers to destroy all crops contaminated with genetically
    modified seeds. Some 600 farms had mistakenly planted more than 30,000
    acres of GM rapeseed supplied by the Anglo-Dutch company Advanta.
    These seeds were also planted that spring in France , Germany and
    Sweden . The French and Swedish governments ordered the uprooting of
    the crops. Brown said at the time that if Kaatz's research was correct
    that it represented an extremely serious situation.

    Meanwhile Monsanto's genetically modified rape seed was going into the
    ground in Canadian fields and the company had achieved a corporate
    coup d'etat in Brazil with their soybean monopoly. The company's
    profits were astronomical. The shareholders were ecstatic.

    Monsanto and Advanta and other genetically modified seed companies
    threw a small army of lawyers into the fray to counter the scientific
    research with legalistic obstacles. Pseudo scientists like former
    Greenpeace President Dr. Patrick Moore were paid to praise the
    benefits of GM foods. Opponents of GM foods were branded as racists
    for opposing a product that could save millions of starving children
    in Africa . The public relations firms followed in the footsteps of
    the lawyers in a campaign to discredit anyone and everyone who spoke
    out against the Frankenseed.

    Professor Kaatz worked at the respected Institute for Bee Research at
    the University of Jena in Germany . He built nets in a field planted
    with genetically modified rapeseed produced by AgrEvo. He let the bees
    fly freely within the net. At the beehives, he installed pollen traps
    in order to sample the pollen from the bees' hind
    legs when entering the hive. This pollen was fed to young honey bees
    in the laboratory. Pollen is the natural diet of young bees, which
    need a high protein diet. Kaatz then extracted the intestine of the
    young bees and discovered that the gene from the GM rape-seed had been
    transferred in the bee gut to the microbes.

    It was noteworthy that honeybees raised on organic plants did not
    demonstrate any sign of diminishment that the commercial honey bee
    breeders were experiencing.

    In a May 2007 interview with the British newspaper The Observer, Kaatz
    said, "It is true, I have found the herbicide-resistant genes in the
    rapeseed transferred across to the bacteria and yeast inside the
    intestines of young bees. This happened rarely, but it did happen."

    Although Kaatz realised the potential 'significance' of his findings,
    he said he "was not surprised" at the results. Asked if this had
    implications for the bacteria inside the human gut, he said: "Maybe,
    but I am not an expert on this."

    Dr Mae-Wan Ho, a geneticist who worked at Open University and a critic
    of GM technology, stated that she had no doubts about the dangers. She
    said: "These findings are very worrying and provide the first real
    evidence of what many have feared. Everybody is keen to exploit GM
    technology, but nobody is looking at the risk of horizontal gene
    transfer. We are playing about with genetic structures that existed
    for millions of years and the experiment is running out of control."

    Ho warned that one of the gravest concerns was that anti-biotic
    resistant genes used in some GM crops crossed over to bacteria. "If
    this happened it would leave us unable to treat major illnesses like
    meningitis and E coli ."

    By August 2007, some scientists became very worried that the same
    affect that GM seeds were having on bees, as serious as that was,
    could also affect the bacteria living inside the human digestive
    system. They warned that if this happened, the potential was there for
    the human immune system to be seriously damaged, that it could affect
    digestion and even the ability of blood to clot.

    Monsanto descended on Professor Kaatz with a vengeance in a campaign
    to discredit his scientific credentials and his research methods.

    Professor Kaatz was no match for the lawyers, the lobbyists and the
    politicians. He was discredited and retreated to the halls of
    academia, another scholar punished for daring to reveal scientific
    truth in the face of corporate power.

    That was twenty three years ago.

    Today, I sit here one of the few survivors. A strict organic vegan
    diet allowed me and a few hundred thousand others to bear witness to
    the death of human civilization. I wish I could get some satisfaction
    from saying, "I told them so."

    But I can't. It is a sad thing indeed, an experience unthinkable that
    I would have lived to witness the death of human civilization. The
    death of billions was horrific. They starved to death when their
    bodies could no longer digest food, what food was left after the
    demise of the bees and the extinction of thousands of flowering plants.

    Already the cities have begun to rust and crumble. We have to research
    and analyze every morsel of food we eat just to survive.

    Sad to think that we face a world without music and art, without the
    sweet laughter of children, without hope.

    And in the head offices of Monsanto, the stagnant computers rot and
    files blow across the streets by the heated wind – all their dreams of
    profit dashed upon the ignorant arrogance of their blind quest for
    profits.
     
  2. gardenlen

    gardenlen Group for banned users

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    hear hear frosty,

    'tis not that far away and prob' not that far from the truth.

    but ah "the truth is oft' spoke in jest" hey?

    might be getting time to say to all the propundants "read it and weep"?

    len
     
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    :axe: :butthead: :Hangman: :toimonster: :evil: :evil: :(


    Thats what I like ..... a good news story

    Tezza
     

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