CSI Miami Episode "Bad Seed" Challenges Corporate Farming Practices
Genetically Engineered Food Industry Practices are Dangeours to Your Health
Monday October 20, 2009 CSI Miami aired an episode “Bad Seed” which mirrors what is happening in the real world of Corporate Farming. In the episode 2 people die as the direct result of ingesting food tainted by bacteria as the result of Corporate Framing practices. Two issues are brought to light that are actually occurring in the “Real World” outside of TV Land.
This episode of CSI Miami is based a lot on real world facts presented in the Movie Food Inc. Hungry for Change.
The issues are e. coli poisoning and genetic manipulation of plant genes. Both issues are serious and affecting the very food supplies we consume. But the larger issue is how our food supply is manipulated by science and the consequences of doing so. There are many arguments for and against corporate farming practices. The primary argument for the practices is the claim that we can not feed the world without these practices. But it’s a lie (You believe whatever you want). The real reason for these practices is plain and simple – more money for Corporate America.
No Patents on Life!
This is a real problem as companies like Monsanto Chemical are succeeding at “patenting life” at the expense of American Farmers, Freedom, and Liberty. They purchased a Soy Bean patent by acquiring another company and have been successful in the United States in driving famers out of business. The European Patent Office has realized the threat these types of “patents on life” impose to their communities, farmer, and lifestyle And unlike the United States they have revoked Monsanto’s patent on Soy Beans.
Enforcing No Patents on life according to European Patent Office
In America Corporations control the Government through lobbying efforts and backend deals. The United States has appointed many former Monsanto Employees to various important Government Positions. This was alluded to the in the CSI Episode as well. The bottom line in the United States is the Government is bought and sold and controlled by Corporations and Bankers.
Monsanto stood to gain enormously by controlling the World’s Soy Bean crop. Critics point out that Monsanto's defense of its patent is not surprising, but it is hugely hypocritical. Before Monsanto acquired the patent in 1996, the company vigorously opposed the patent - which was then owned by Agracetus. In 1994 Monsanto submitted an exhaustive, 292-page opposition statement to the EPO that shredded the technical merits of Agracetus's soybean patent. Monsanto's lawyers wrote that the soybean patent should be "revoked in its entirety," is "not...novel," "lacks an inventive step," and "sufficient disclosure [of scientific method] is woefully lacking." But after Monsanto acquired Agracetus in April 1996, Monsanto withdrew its challenge, reversed its position and announced that it would defend its newly acquired patent!
On 3 May 2007 ETC Group (a Canadian-based international civil society organization - formerly known as RAFI) together with "No Patents on Life!" and Greenpeace will continue a 13-year legal battle against one of biotech's most notorious patents. At an appeal hearing at the European Patent Office in Munich, civil society organizations will argue that Monsanto's patent (European Patent No. 301-749) on all genetically engineered soybeans - unprecedented in its broad scope - must be revoked. "No patent symbolizes the brokenness of the patent system better than Monsanto's species-wide patent on genetically engineered soybeans," said Hope Shand of ETC Group. "Monsanto's patent is both technically flawed and morally unacceptable," said Shand.
Critics refer to EP 301-749 as a "species-wide" patent because its claims extend to all biotech soybean seeds -- irrespective of the genes used or the genetic engineering technique employed. The patent, initially awarded to US-based biotech company Agracetus in 1994, was acquired by Monsanto when it purchased Agracetus in 1996.
"If EPO fails to revoke the patent after 13 years of bureaucratic delays it will simply confirm that corporations can use unjust patents to monopolize markets, destroy competition and jeopardize worldwide struggles for food sovereignty," said Hope Shand of ETC Group.
Soybean Patent Revoked in Appeal Proceedings Later that Day!
Munich, 3 May 2007 -- At a hearing today, a Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) revoked patent EP 301749 B1, owned by Monsanto, for the genetic modification of soybean plants. The Board accepted the view of the appellants - Syngenta and the environmental organisation ETC - that the invention lacked novelty. The patent had previously been maintained in amended form by an EPO Opposition Division in May 2003. The case then went to appeal.
The patent had been granted by the EPO in March 1994 to Agracetus, which was subsequently taken over by Monsanto. In its original form, it described a process for genetically engineering plants, especially soybean plants. The patent protection was valid for 13 of the current 32 member states of the European Patent Organisation.
Monsanto Tried to Steal Patent Technology from Iowa Sate University
(Monsanto is one of the most Evil Corporations on the Planet)
Leading biotechnology firm Monsanto has resolved a patent dispute with Iowa State University related to its commercialization of low linolenic soybeans.
The agreement, announced this week, follows a patent infringement lawsuit filed by the Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF) in May this year.
Filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, the lawsuit claimed that after the Research Foundation was awarded several patents relating to a low-linolenic acid content soybean, Monsanto started marketing the products.
The biotech company claimed that it came to an agreement with Iowa over the use of the patent back in February to stop the problem escalating, and denied that it ever used patented soybean technology from Iowa State University.
"Monsanto's scientists developed its patented soybean product containing low-linolenic acid, using publicly available germplasm. We did not use any patented material from ISU and did not infringe upon any of ISU's patent. Nevertheless, when we learned there was a dispute, to avoid litigation, we worked to resolve the issue…We did indeed reach an agreement on this issue," said Monsanto at the time.
The firm and ISURF have now come to another agreement, which this time looks to be more definitive, and which is designed to pave the way for future collaboration.
Under the terms of the agreement, Monsanto will receive a commercial license from ISURF for current and future low linolenic acid product lines developed by IowaStateUniversity. The University will receive a research license for the use of Roundup RReady2Yield soybeans.
You can research it more if you want. The bottom line is Monsanto is driving American Famers out of the Soy Bean Business. You may not think much of Soy Beans but next to Corn they are probably the most important crop. Monsanto uses strong arm tactics like claiming seeds that drift in the wind onto neighboring farms are “stolen” by those farmers. They tie everything up in court and bankrupt the small farmers into submission. A small farmer can not fight the teams of Corporate Laywers and Dollars. So no matter how weak Monsanto’s Case they always win. Except in Europe where they have more common sense in Government.
How the Production of Genetically Engineered Corn is Poisoning Americans
Back to the CSI Miami episode for a moment. The second victim in the “Bad Seed” episode is poisoned by botulism as the result of splicing genes into corn. This is not far fetched. Who knows what kind of danger lurk around the corner when science manipulates nature. Nature has a way of “Doing things right” whereas man has a way of screwing things up.
Now I am not against corn. It’s not a vegetable it’s a grain. Corn is easily modified to suit a number of purposes. But you have to stop and think if corn should be used for those purposes. Are we really benefiting from corn in the ways that are being pushed by Corporate America? Think about the damage corn derivatives cause in the human body. As the medical evidence begins to stack up against products containing corn such as High Fructose Corn Syrup one has to wonder if this “low cost” grain is really low cost.
What is the cost of a society that is Obese? What is the cost of a society where 1 in 2 minority children will develop Diabetes; one in three children in total? Diabetes is not just a Genetic Disease. Simply put food choices play an enormous role in getting Diabetes.
So there is the argument that we must genetically modify food in order to feed the world. Yet even today over 1 Billion – that’s 1 in 6 of the World’s population are hungry and malnourished. And it’s not due to lack of food, it’s due to Governments not taking care of the needs of their people. The World is already over producing automobiles at a rate of 20 million per year, but there are not enough resources to feed the population? That’s pure bullshit. It’s a matter of economics not being applied for the benefit of people. So what is the true cost of subsidizing corn?
Why is Corn Syrup so much Cheaper than Sugar?
Because the Federal Government wants it that way!!! The Federal Government accomplishes this in two major ways:
- Sugar Tariffs
- Corn and Sugar Subsidies
Add these two variables together, and the result is sweetener made from corn.
Let's start with subsidies. A subsidy was developed to help a farmer make up money lost between the cost to produce a product, and the higher market cost. The problem is the money is not going to “Farmers”… it’s going to Corporate America. It has nothing to do with farmers or helping families and everything to do with paybacks and money. There are so many implications to subsidies. For example in the United States there is a Huge Backlash against immigration. And the uneducated want to blame the immigrants. But the reality of the situation is the United States dumped so much low cost subsidized corn on Mexico under NAFTA (North America Free Trade Act) that it put the majority of Mexico’s corn farmers out of business. They couldn’t make a living farming corn. Then the same Corporate recipients of USA Corn Subsidies turned around and ran ads in Mexico offering jobs. The same practices happened in the cattle industry. The United States Government created the immigration “problem” in the name of profit. The government spent $41.9 billion on corn subsidies from 1995 to 2004.
The sugar tariffs, put in place by law and enforced by the USDA, are so complicated that many people give up worrying about it. After all, paying $2.25 for a five pound bag of sugar is no big deal. Unless you consider that we could be paying as low as a dollar for that five pound bag, and wholesale purchases of sugar by companies like Coca-Cola, Heinz, and Kraft would pay even less.
The bottom line is the load of crap the Government is feeding the American Public so they can keep Corporate America flush in cash is disheartening to say the least, and dangerous public policy. Americans are not getting high quality, healthy, nutritious food from Corporate Farms. People are suffering as the quality of food in the United States keeps deteriorating. The products you find on supermarket shelves are void of nutrition and full of toxic chemicals. The whole goal is “shelf life” at the expense of public health. I didn’t even bother to address the issue of E. Coliproliferating in the digestive systems of Cattle because they are fed corn. Beef is big business and it has little to do with health, it’s about money. Cattle do not eat corn in nature, they eat grass. Eating corn causes cattle to develop acidic digestive tracts which promote the growth of E. Coli (also addressed in the CSI episode). It’s just sick what they do to cattle. They stand in pens all day long ankle deep in their own feces. This allows bacteria like E. Coli to spread as it’s so difficult to clean the cattle prior to processing.
Sick cattle require antibiotics. Sick cattle are all in close quarters in pens so it’s so easy for one sick cow to infect the entire heard. It’s just to much to take to watch what his going on. I choose not to eat beef because of the way it’s processed. What you do is up to you.
But the bottom line and reason that I wrote this rather disjointed article is because everything they addressed on CSI Miami “Bad Seed” is actually going on in the “Real World”.
Please also educate yourself about Food Disparagement Laws that Corporations are pushing as hard as they can to protect their own financial interests at the detriment of the American Food Supply. You have a right to know what is in the food you eat and how it is processed.