The Corporate Corruption of Organics--A New Web Site

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I have to admit to not knowing much about the politics of the organic industry but my better judgement cautions me, the current paradigm is geared for private corporations to commoditise everything, extract its value while leaving the liabilities to the rest of us, organics is no different!

 

What We Need to Know About the Corporate Takeover of the "Organic" Food Market

by Paul Glover

Multinational Ownership Impacts on Organic Standards List of Boycotted Brands Health Impacts Packaging Miscellany The Good News GreenStar Education Committee Most goods sold at GreenStar Co-op (Ithaca, New York) are chosen with a high degree of concern for the environmental and labor impacts of manufacture, and the health effects on shoppers.

GreenStar's Mission Statement emphasizes "exercising ecological responsibility and leadership in our choice of product line..." and "being sensitive to the working and living conditions of those whose labor produces the goods we sell..." But exploring GreenStar's aisles, one finds that several of our favorite products are now owned by global corporations which damage the environment, oppress labor, and endanger world peace.

The rest is here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/organic/organic_corporate_overtake.cfm

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Panevino 2008 February 25
That's an interesting read.  Coincidently I just heard an interview on the CBC with the founder of Stoney Field Farms, mentioned in the article, and he made no mention of the new "partners".  He has just published a book called How to Change the World and Become Rich or something like that.  This corruption is in part what's behind the local food movements that are gaining momentum across the industrialized world.  "Local is the new organic" is the mantra where I live.
Joseph 2008 April 16
Oh my god, I just can’t help myself from making a small counter argument. I live in Davis California, where every well to do air head blindly worships anything that has an organic or natural label on it. I am a student at University California Davis, which is well known for its agricultural department. To start my argument I would like every one to look at the price of ketchup or tomato sauce. Tomatoes are a difficult vegetable to harvest and transport due to the fact that they are soft and squishy. Around 1950 UCD invented a new breed of tomato trough “genetic engineering”, called the square tomato. A square tomato is simply a very durable tomato; it is so durable that you can even spike one with a tennis racket and it will stay intact (learned trough experience)! If this man made tomato never got to the market then the price of ketchup would be ridiculously expensive. If it was not for genetic engineering, pesticides and fertilizers, there would be thousands of people around the world starving due to high food prices or the inability to grow crops some areas. This is why I get a bit torqued when society blindly shuns all genetically modified crops, and fertilizers.
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Graham 2008 April 16
[quote=Joseph]If it was not for genetic engineering, pesticides and fertilizers, there would be thousands of people around the world starving due to high food prices or the inability to grow crops some areas. This is why I get a bit torqued when society blindly shuns all genetically modified crops, and fertilizers.
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You might have a point in parts of the world that can not sustain local agriculture. But in coastal Australia, and I imagine large parts of the US (please tell me) the only benefit of non-organics is a greater range of foods to choose from. personally i think that is hugely over-rated benefit.

Panevino is spot on with "Local is the new Organic". We order a box or two of veggies once a week from a local organic farmer, and they simply put in the box whatever is seasonal on their farm and farms in their network. Opening the box is usually a bit of a surprise...and I find that quite inspiring in terms of  making a meal.

It is a shock now walking into a large supermarket and seeing the pathetic out-of- season / energy consuming produce. The prices of fresh local stuff is very similar to imported/freighted goods....but the key is "local" and I agree that we are privileged in our geographical location (SE Queensland, Australia).

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Danubian 2008 April 17
http://www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net/

Engdahl's website is an interesting read. If you see the parts of the agricultural and GMO story not for general consumption (pun) you may well conclude differently. It's a great book that's well researched.

Seeds of Destruction

The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation

by F. William Engdahl

Global Research, 2007 ISBN 978-0-937147-2-2

This skillfully researched book focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread. "Control the food and you control the people."

This is no ordinary book about the perils of GMO.  Engdahl takes the reader inside the corridors of power, into the backrooms of the science labs, behind closed doors in the corporate boardrooms.

The author cogently reveals a diabolical World of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain worldwide control over food production. If the book often reads as a crime story, that should come as no surprise. For that is what it is.

Engdahl's carefully argued critique goes far beyond the familiar controversies surrounding the practice of genetic modification as a scientific technique. The book is an eye-opener, a must-read for all those committed to the causes of social justice and World peace.

 
 F. William Engdahl is a leading analyst of the New World Order, author of the best-selling book on oil and geopolitics, A Century of War: Anglo-American Politics and the New World Order,’ His writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages. 

 

What is so frightening about Engdahl's vision of the world is that it is so real. Although our civilization has been built on humanistic ideals, in this new age of "free markets", everything-- science, commerce, agriculture and even seeds-- have become weapons in the hands of a few global corporation barons and their political fellow travelers. To achieve world domination, they no longer rely on bayonet-wielding soldiers. All they need is to control food production. (Dr. Arpad Pusztai, biochemist, formerly of the Rowett Research Institute Institute, Scotland)

If you want to learn about the socio-political agenda --why biotech corporations insist on spreading GMO seeds around the World-- you should read this carefully researched book. You will learn how these corporations want to achieve control over all mankind, and why we must resist... (Marijan Jost, Professor of Genetics, Krizevci, Croatia)

The book reads like a murder mystery of an incredible dimension, in which four giant Anglo-American agribusiness conglomerates have no hesitation to use GMO to gain control over our very means of subsistence... (Anton Moser, Professor of Biotechnology, Graz, Austria).



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