The Wall Street Journal reported with glee how Dow Chemical, Dupont, Bayer, BASF and Syngenta are about to cash in on the failure of rival (more like cartel member) Monsanto’s Round-Up glycophosphate herbicide to kill the weeds it promised to.
Seems a new generation of “super weeds” is now immune to Roundup, so the company’s Big Chemical bedfellows, smelling the proverbial green, are scrambling to produce corn and soybean seeds which can be dowsed with 2-4-D, dicamba, isoxaflutole and all manner of even more toxic oil-based chemicals than glycophosphate.
Back in 1985 when I was going to college in South Dakota I saw a document published by the David Rockefeller-founded Trilateral Commission. In a piece on agriculture, there appeared a map of the Midwest with a circle drawn around my home state, as well as Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and part of North Dakota. The header read, “National Sacrifice Area”.
The inference was that in order to “feed the world”, this particular area would intensively farmed beyond natural limits, using poisonous herbicides, pesticides, natural gas-based fertilizers, genetically-engineered seed (GMO), hog confinements and other factory farming methods. It was during this same time that hundreds of small farmers were forced out of business, while the biggest farmers got a whole lot bigger.
Whereas our grandparents’ farms were highly diversified, these new mega-farms, so indebted to the local banker, increasingly mono-cropped corn and soybeans, both mostly GMO now and both mainly fed to livestock. Meanwhile the meat-packing industry came under the control of a few giant companies led by Cargill and Tyson. Massive feedlots sprang up in western Kansas and eastern Colorado. The same meatpacking cartel owns them.
The “culture” in agriculture has been replaced by “business”. The knowledge of many older generations of farmers, who knew that to succeed they had to take care of the earth, has been replaced by a “high yield pays down the loan” mentality. Of course Cargill counts on the same high yield to suppress the price they have to pay to the farmer for his corn and beans. Meanwhile the soil turns alkaline and the groundwater is poisoned. Clay County, South Dakota, where I got my Bachelor’s degree in the town of Vermillion, has the highest rate of children with leukemia in the United States.
We have to revamp our agriculture and steer it away from its dependence on toxic fossil fuel derivatives. The USDA should encourage organic methods, cooperative meatpacking plants, crop diversity and local production for local markets. Crop subsidies should be phased out (right now the biggest farmer gets the biggest check and that’s not fair) and replaced by a United Stated Grain Company, which could guarantee the farmer a fair price, then auction the commodity off to the Cargills of the world. The government of Thailand does this for its rice farmers and it works well.
Land reform is also necessary as landholdings in productive areas have become increasingly concentrated. The federal government could buy up large landholdings from willing sellers, divide the land and offer smaller parcels for sale to families at break even prices. We must get people back living on the land. The urban metropolis consumes resources. We need more people to produce food.
We have become dependent on oil in many areas of our lives. Maybe the most important of these areas is agriculture. Make that agribusiness.
It’s not our fault. It was designed that way. Big Oil has interlocking directorates with Big Chemical and Big Auto and they’re all owned by the trillionaire families who own Big Bank. Our job is to destroy their hegemony over us, to reclaim our land and our freedom. Drastically reducing our dependence on their oil takes us a long ways down that road.
Dean Henderson is the author of four books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve & Stickin’ it to the Matrix. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com