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How Africa Can Solve Malnutrition Without Any “Help” From Monsanto

For countless decades the powers of the world have looked at Africa with hungry eyes, seeking to tap into and exploit the continent’s vast resources.

In years past it was the conversion of staple food craps to cash crops (such as cocoa) but in the 21st century things have become a bit more coded.

The Monsanto Company and its GM seeds with restrictive contracts, as well as chemicals, have become a new form of imperialism disguised as providing help to indigenous populations around the world.

Lately, the powers-that-be have been focused on Africa as their new target, with hopes of introducing more and more GM seeds (through “charity” outfits like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and eventually foisting them on unwilling and unsuspecting farmers and peasants.

The constant refrain is that Africa needs GMOs to feed their starving population, but this new paradigm has been met with stiff opposition in countries across the continent.

The prevailing thought among those in the know is that Africa has more than enough resources and manpower to feed its population in time, provided that the right resources go to the right people, of course.

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Africa’s farming could benefit greatly from increased leafy green production to combat malnutrition.

Feeding Africa Without Monsanto’s Help

According to recent research, there are plenty of untapped superfoods growing across Africa that can help combat malnutrition in ways GMOs could never dream of touching.

For example the superfood moringa, from the moringa tree, has “more vitamin A than carrots, seven times more vitamin C than oranges, and twice the protein of cow’s milk, per 100 grams” according to Kenyan horticulturalistMary Abukutsa-Onyango.

Moringa is just one example of a bursting ecosystem of highly nutritious greens that are capable of growing well in Africa. 

According to Abukutsa-Onyango, Kenyan farmers planted 25% more of these types of foods to meet demand from 2011-2013, and awareness is increasing among Africans who seek these types of highly nutritious native “superfoods.”

For more info on feeding Africa without Monsanto’s help and what the real challenges are, check out this excellent article in Mother Jones from Tom Philpott by clicking here.

GMOs in Breast Milk – WHO Reporting Increases

stockvault-woman-breastfeeding-baby132389The World Health Organization (WHO) has been receiving a rash of notices from breastfeeding mothers the past two years. In prior years there were 3-4 requests for testing annually.

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Monsanto Chief Makes a Surprising Admission In New Interview

The backlash against genetically modified food, which was introduced without much fanfare and without the general public having much of a say, has reached a fever pitch in this new information age.

Sales of GMO-free and organic products are skyrocketing and more and more farms are being converted to organic as companies scramble to meet consumer demand.

Much of this change has happened as people have discovered how their food is really made; in the case of Americans that process often begins with genetically modified seeds in a laboratory.

Around 20 years ago Monsanto introduced genetically modified food, and how they responded to public concerns was the source of a question asked by the UK’s newspaper The Independent in a recent interview.

The company responded with “hubris” and “naivety” in those days, their CEO Hugh Grant said in the interview.

hugh collage

 

In other words, Monsanto used a “great or foolish amount of pride or confidence (the Webster’s definition of hubris)” when they introduced the seeds to the U.S. market, one whose food consumers essentially had no say in whether they wanted them or not due to a lack of labeling. 

Now it’s 2015 and consumers are still kept in the dark about GMOs, with no mandatory labels for the foods, a right afforded to citizens in over 60 countries.

And despite the growing suspicion of GMOs, the Biotech industry still relies on its own flawed science while ignoring independent studies showing their products cause harm.

Mr. Grant also reiterated another myth: that GMOs are needed to “feed the world,” which was debunked yet again by another new report released a few days ago.

While Grant’s honesty appears to be somewhat refreshing on the surface in admitting the “hubris” that led to the growth these foods that offer no benefits and plenty of risks to the consumer, it’s time we expand the conversation toward discussing the true “hubris” that’s still in play here: Monsanto’s continued insistence of forcing unlabeled GMOs on an unwilling populace.

That would be a true revelation.

Monsanto Chief Makes a Surprising Admission In New Interview

The backlash against genetically modified food, which was introduced without much fanfare and without the general public having much of a say, has reached a fever pitch in this new information age.

Sales of GMO-free and organic products are skyrocketing and more and more farms are being converted to organic as companies scramble to meet consumer demand.

Much of this change has happened as people have discovered how their food is really made; in the case of Americans that process often begins with genetically modified seeds in a laboratory.

Around 20 years ago Monsanto introduced genetically modified food, and how they responded to public concerns was the source of a question asked by the UK’s newspaper The Independent in a recent interview.

The company responded with “hubris” and “naivety” in those days, their CEO Hugh Grant said in the interview.

hugh collage

 

In other words, Monsanto used a “great or foolish amount of pride or confidence (the Webster’s definition of hubris)” when they introduced the seeds to the U.S. market, one whose food consumers essentially had no say in whether they wanted them or not due to a lack of labeling. 

Now it’s 2015 and consumers are still kept in the dark about GMOs, with no mandatory labels for the foods, a right afforded to citizens in over 60 countries.

And despite the growing suspicion of GMOs, the Biotech industry still relies on its own flawed science while ignoring independent studies showing their products cause harm.

Mr. Grant also reiterated another myth: that GMOs are needed to “feed the world,” which was debunked yet again by another new report released a few days ago.

While Grant’s honesty appears to be somewhat refreshing on the surface in admitting the “hubris” that led to the growth these foods that offer no benefits and plenty of risks to the consumer, it’s time we expand the conversation toward discussing the true “hubris” that’s still in play here: Monsanto’s continued insistence of forcing unlabeled GMOs on an unwilling populace.

That would be a true revelation.