Meet Monsanto’s number one lobbyist: The Leader of the Free world: “Barrack Obama”
We all remember these words… “Let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they’re buying.” These were Obama’s fine words during the 2008 Presidential election. Labeling GMOs wasn’t the only promise that President Obama made, he also promised food transparency and putting people’s need ahead of politics.
However, as Chris Hedges, the author of Empire of Illusion in his book says “President Obama does one thing and Brand Obama gets you to believe another. This is the essence of successful advertising." You buy or do what the advertiser wants because of how they can make you feel. So you are kept in “a perpetual state of childishness which is called “junk politics”.
So let’s take a look at Obama’s policies these last few years:
Soon after Obama made it to the White House he appointed Monsanto’s people in the key positions of the Federal agencies like FDA and USDA.
- Michael Taylor: Former attorney and VP of Monsanto who is now FDA deputy food commissioner
- Tom Vilsack: Former governor of Iowa that was regarded as the governor of the year by the biotech industry and was assigned as USDA secretary.
- Roger Beachy: Former director of Monsanto who is now director of USDA
- Elena Kagan: Took Monsanto’s side against organic farmers in Roundup Ready Alfalfa case and is now nominated to Supreme Court
- Rajiv Shah: Former director of pro-biotech Gates Foundation who served as USDA secretary
- Linda Strachan: Monsanto’s and DuPont’s representative who is assistant secretary for Department of Agriculture and EPA
- Islam Siddiqui: Former DuPont and Monsanto VP who is now the representative of agriculture negotiator for US trade
- Ramona Romero: Corporate console to DuPont who now is nominated as General Counsel for USDA. In 2002 based on the Institute of Political Economy Research, DuPont was marked the number one among 100 of contributors to air pollution in the US.
Also Obama’s former secretary of State Hillary Clinton used to work for Rose Law firm who was a counsel to Monsanto.
Beside appointing Monsanto’s people, the USDA under the Obama administration approved different GMO crops among them Roundup Ready alfalfa, different GMO Bt soybean, GMO sugar beets, variety of GMO corn to produce ethanol and Syngenta and Bayer GMO cotton.
Even Hawaii that was known for low contamination and growing the best food has turned into a GMO battle field for testing new row of GM crops. Now Monsanto has planted 8,000 acres of Hawaii with GE seeds that are contaminating and ruining the organic and non-GMO crops. Even a heaven-sent fruit like the Hawaiian papaya is now genetically modified to be resistant to ringspot virus by inserting the protein of the virus into the fruit—similar to the way that vaccines create immune system by creating an antibody.
Many environmentalists and activists got even angrier when Monsanto got their hands on the patent for the GE papaya that will allow them to use it against organic farmers if the organic crops are contaminated with GMOs even through cross-contamination.
Now cross-contamination of GM papaya with organic papaya is becoming a big problem in Hawaii. More than 50% of papayas are now genetically modified and even organic papayas have small traces of GE contamination in them.
Beside papaya, GE salmon and apples are next on the queue of USDA waiting to be approved and dominate the whole market even at the price of contaminating wild sea life.
These new row of GMO crops were all approved by USDA under the Obama administration, a man who by many is known as GMO President and Monsanto’s number one lobbyist.
Let’s briefly take a look at Obama’s policies before and after the White House:
During his time in Senate, Obama voted for patriotic Act and continuously supported both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also in favor of death penalty and refused to support a bill for single-payer health care.
The big businesses and banksters including Goldman Sachs supported Obama even more than McCain and total donation to Obama’s campaigns was 300 million dollars compared to John McCain which was 150 million dollars.
Obama also promised to close Guantanamo Bay as top priority and he was the first President of the United States that ordered the assassination of the US citizens without a court trial. He also recently betrayed the public by signing Monsanto Protection Act into law that will allow Monsanto to even more recklessly plant new row of GMO crops without any legal liability.
Even majority of liberals excuse Obama’s actions and instead they prefer to maintain a more ‘positive’ approach towards him and believe that he is a far better choice than conservatives like Mitt Romney or Bush. But tell that an Afghan child whose family has been blown away by Obama’s bombs or a Pakistani child whose family are among hundreds of civilians killed by Obama’s drones, or children of Iran with cancer who are sick and are dying because unfair sanctions imposed on them by the world superpowers.
But what’s amazing is that the whole country has accepted the neocon and neoconservative mentality as a norm, among them, even those who even demanded “change” and were hoping that Obama would make a difference. But as Woody Allen once said, “I felt a lot better when I gave up hope.”
“The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”- Milan Kundera
John Pilger an Australian journalist in one of his documentaries called “Obama and the Empire” explains how the government of propaganda is elevated by big businesses from its unpopular status as a kind of mafia to that of a patriotic driving force. He also mentions how we shouldn’t forget that the primary goal of great power is to limit and distract our true desire for justice, equality and real freedom.
“What the Obama and the bankers and the generals, and the IMF and the CIA and CNN fear is ordinary people coming together and acting together. It is a fear as old as democracy: a fear that suddenly people convert their anger to action and are guided by the truth. “At a time of universal deceit,” wrote George Orwell, “telling the truth a revolutionary act.”