(Health Secrets) Who can you come to when your government turns a deaf ear? Independent scientists and farmers from the mostly Catholic country of Brazil who oppose GMOs have decided the best answer is the Pope! They intend to enlist Pope Francis to help in the banning of GMOs and all the affiliated toxins that must be used to produce GMO crops.
Brazil has recently been mounting a counterattack on the biotech invasion endorsed by US elites wealthy enough to never have to eat GMO food. The powers that be are looking to swing some of the wealth to Brazilian elites, so they too can revel in quick high profits and enhanced biotech industry control over the food supply.
Brazilian farmers waking up to GMO lies
Earlier, Brazil rolled over for the biotech industry, particularly because of their insect-resistant corn seeds. Now, farmers are realizing the folly of their fateful decisions, but they’re locked into a scarcity of non-GMO seeds that have been overwhelmed by the influx of GMO seed.
Brazilian government agricultural agencies were originally sold on the biotech lies that Bt corn, purportedly able to prevent insect infestations of corn with its own genetically inserted pesticide, would result in less expensive pesticide usage and less damage to the environment. Now the farmers are lamenting their agricultural caving to US and multinational agrochemical corporate hegemony.
Now Brazilian farmers’ crops are failing, and the GMO companies who have monopolized the corn seed supply are telling them to swill more pesticide than ever to compensate for the worms and other insects that have become resistant to Bt corn’s GE pesticides, and more herbicide for the superweeds they have spawned.
This puts farmers in the position of having to pay more than usual for pesticides after paying premium prices for Bt corn seeds. Lower yields with higher costs is a recipe for uproar among Brazilian farmers and farm groups.
Environmentalists and independent scientists have joined the opposition. They recognize that increased pesticide applications will lead to chemical runoffs that endanger water supplies, with no guarantees that the crop yields will improve while the farmers go broke.
But even this coalition feels that they’re outgunned by GMO advocates and their country’s politicians who stand to gain by going along with the GMO push to control all of agriculture.
It’s time to call in the Pope
In 2013, Cardinal Peter Turkson addressed an audience of GMO advocates in Des Moines, Iowa, about the Vatican’s concerns regarding the rise of GMO agriculture. He had the audience squirming in their seats and looking at the floor as he presented the Vatican’s moderate GMO concerns.
Prior to Pope Francis’s recent arrival to the Vatican, the outgoing Pope Benedict appeared to be pro-GMO after considerable waffling. It appears as though the current Vatican office is resisting GMO lobbying and beginning to focus on the actual issues.
Perhaps due to an awareness of that apparent shift, international scientists, social activist groups and farmers are collectively appealing to Pope Francis to join forces in an attempt to persuade the Brazilian government to ban growing and using genetically modified foods and all those worse-than-ever pesticides and herbicides in Brazil.
In April of 2014, the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) sent the Vatican and Pope Francis documentation provided by eight researchers from six countries with several studies that credibly show how harmful GMO foods can be to biodiversity, the larger environment, and the health of humans and animals.
The letter also addressed the folly of patenting manipulated forms of life, a subject normally of concern for Catholic orthodoxy. This outrageous, unethical yet legal process threatens seed options and the core values of family farming. It is legalized biopiracy and agricultural plundering.
After the 1964 military coupe ousting of Brazil’s popularly elected Jaoa Goulart, a.k.a. Jango, Brazil endured 20 brutal years in which hundreds went “missing” and tens of thousands were jailed and/or tortured.
Why? According to an article by Michael Uhl, an American attending a Catholic university in Brazil around the time of the coupe, the communist threat from Jango was a hoax.
Uhl stated, “[T]he contest was never between the Marxist Left and the Right. It was between a centrist reformer [Jango] who had a vision of gradually developing a Brazilian capitalist economy… and the internationalists who would happily sell their country’s labor and resource[s] to the highest bidder, so long as their own profits were high and nothing was done to endanger their spectacular privileges.”
Though some things never change, hopefully Brazil will be part of a successful growing international opposition to GMOs.
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