The Monsanto Candidate

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This article posits a plan to seriously wound Big Agriculture.

It lays out a gameplan for preventing the deaths of millions of animals.
And it proposes a broad economic and political coalition that could make it a reality.

But it can never come to pass if Hillary Clinton is president. Hillary is a solid supporter of Monsanto. She feeds at their trough, she gets campaign money from their lobbyists, she would block any attempts to force truth in labeling legislation.

To be fair, every Republican would also likely side with Monsanto.

But Bernie Sanders? This is his issue!

Most animal protection campaigns are knee jerk responses to one horror or another. They are driven by immediacy of need or media publicity or emotional shock or public outrage.

We seldom have, or take, the opportunity to plot a course of action based solely on the number of animals that might be saved.

Impacting animal agriculture even modestly will affect the most animals, as the Animal Holocaust conducted by agriculture industries murders 60 BILLION animals every year.

The number is so huge we have difficulty comprehending it. But it works out to a MILLION animals being murdered every ten minutes, around the clock, 24/7!
Fifty thousand died while you read this much of this post!
One hundred thousand if you are a slow reader!

That is more than all the dogs and cats rescued in America in a year!

My personal preference in dealing with Big Ag and the slaughter industry would be to sabotage livestock trucks, burn down slaughterhouses and shoot the owners. No such action is either legal or effective, however, as others would merely fill the vacuum and I would be in prison.

To impact the number of animals being slaughtered requires driving down consumption and driving up the costs to consumers. As meat, dairy, and egg prices increase, consumption drops.

Most proposals that would raise the cost of consumers are politically impossible to institute. Taxing meat, for example, to offset the public healthcare costs of cardiovascular disease, is only logical and reasonable. However, it would be politically impossible to levy such a tax, as consumers and the industry are too much of a political impediment.

Like most animal activists and environmentalists, I have been active in the fight against GMOs. GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms. Chemical giant Monsanto has patented GMO corn, soybeans, and other grains. The purpose of GMOs is to increase the yield per acre of crops, to protect them from insects, to increase their sugar and oil contents, to prolong ripening time to allow for long distance transport and increased shelf life, etc. All of these mean more money to farmers, and Monsanto sells them the seed.
It’s all about money. It’s all about profits. It is capitalism in action.

Environmentalists are opposed to the introduction of GMOs into the wild because very little is known of their impact on either flora or fauna. Some GMOs designed to poison insects that feed upon them are now being consumed by insects that have developed an ability to withstand the GMO poisons.

Consumers are opposed to GMOs because there are no requirements that foods containing GMOs are labeled. Big Ag opposes labeling because most consumers are wary of genetically modified “Frankenfoods.” There is little doubt consumers would reject GMO foods if they were told which foods they are. If labeling were required, Monsanto would be hit hard by farmers rejecting their GMO seed.

Organic farmers and organic food producers are opposed to GMOs because they greatly undercut their ability to bring natural foods to market competitively.

The conventional wisdom has been that even if labeling were to be required, Monsanto would still have a huge market for GMO seed used to grow animal feed.

Escalating the campaign to require labeling of directly consumed GMOs to one that requires indirectly consumed GMOs be disclosed would turn the consumer campaign into one that could save millions of animal lives by derailing GMOs being used for animal feed. If animal growers and feed lots have to buy non-GMO grain, the cost of meat production will increase. Those increased costs will be seen in the marketplace in higher prices per pound of meat, and higher prices for eggs and dairy as well. Higher consumer prices mean less consumer demand, less consumption, and fewer animals slaughtered.

And Monsanto’s profits would plummet.

The most effective, and politically feasible, proposal is to require truth in labeling of ALL food. We would require it across the board so that we can put together the broadest possible coalition of consumers, consumer advocates, family farmers, environmentalists, children’s’ and seniors’ advocates, organic farmers and producers, health-conscious shoppers, etc.

Such a requirement would dictate that everything fed to cattle, pigs, chickens, etc, and everything injected or otherwise introduced into their bodies would have to be disclosed. That would mean GMOs, antibiotics, steroids, hormones, vaccines, chemicals, the corpses of other animals, etc.

We would join forces with those fighting against GMOs and those advocating for GMOs to be labeled.

But we go further, in that we want GMOs that are indirectly consumed by humans to be labeled as well as those that are directly consumed.

Most corn, for example, is not consumed directly by people, but by farm animals. Humans only eat about 6% of the corn produced, animals eat over 60%. The rest is consumed indirectly by people in corn syrup, corn starch, etc., or is made into ethanol or used in other industrial applications.

Unlikely allies in this fight should be family farmers. Big Agriculture, through factory farming, has threatened the very existence of the family farm. Small Mom-and-Pop operations are unable to effectively compete with Big Ag in raising livestock. Big Ag feeds their cattle 17% of the cattle they raise! Slaughterhouse by-products are turned into cattle feed. Big Ag ingests their cattle with growth steroids, hormones, super antibiotics, and cheap GMO feed. The result is a bigger, cheaper, unhealthier animal that is produced by Big Ag than the one raised on a family farm. By depriving Big Ag of the ability to sell their meat to consumers without disclosing what is in it will help level the playing field for America’s family farmers

The state of Vermont recently passed a law requiring that foods containing GMOs be labeled. Vermont is perhaps the most politically courageous and enlightened state in the Union.

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Vermont is the only state to have withstood the bribery by Monsanto and Big Agriculture. In every other state where liberals have tried to require labeling, a flood of bribes from lobbyists fronting for Monsanto and Big Ag have managed to kill all such proposals.

That Vermont has done so is a major victory. Now, Monsanto is leading a legal assault on the law, and has filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont. Joining Monsanto is a list of corporate plaintiffs who do not want the people of Vermont to know what is in the food they buy, eat, and feed to their children.

By proposing an even broader attack on Monsanto and Big Agriculture we can forge an even broader coalition, relying heavily on the zeal, tenacity, and dedication of animal activists.

This is a battle we can win.

Liberals control the Democratic party at the local level, which is where this fight will be waged. It will be conducted state-by-state, at the most local level of political trench warfare: in the Democratic county central committees, in local Democratic volunteer organizations, in precinct meetings, union halls, church basements, and on college campuses.

At this level of political involvement, the bribes of Monsanto and Big Business are not an issue. The bribe money doesn’t trickle this far down to influence local Democrats.

This could be the defining issue in liberals re-taking control of the Democratic party from the Wall Street crowd, which currently owns most of the Democratic leadership from the president on down.

And if liberals see this as providing them with such an opportunity, the animals will benefit, the environment will benefit, consumers will control the marketplace, and the corporate state will have been weakened.

Requiring Truth In Labeling will almost certainly force farmers to stop most GMO production of corn, with a resulting increase in animal feed costs, translating into increased meat, dairy, and egg costs to consumers.

Even a few percentage point decline in consumer demand would mean a reduction of millions of slaughtered animals.

A caveat here. Reducing the number of animals slaughtered doesn’t mean they will be set free. It just means their deaths will be delayed.

If enough are delayed, fewer are bred to die.

Every animal in the food system is going to die a violent death.
None can be saved.
None will be set free.

If the whole world became vegan tomorrow, every animal controlled by Big Ag would still be murdered for whatever money they can get, even if it meant turning the animals into fertilizer or rendering them for soap and cosmetics.

The only animals we can save are the ones that won’t be born.

If there are more animals than there is demand for their corpses, breeding is curtailed. The ones born are murdered, the ones not born are the ones we save.

And we must save billions from the horrors of The Animal Holocaust.

Willingly or not, we can make Sanders part of the plan to take down those who exploit, torture, and murder animals.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “The Monsanto Candidate

  1. Hillary is nothing more than a corrupt fraud and a Monsanto Sock Puppet, just like Barry but worse.
    Amazing that people are actually enthusiastic to vote for this ass

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  3. Dear Pam and all others thinking that way,

    Labeling is not just good in theory. It’s good in practice. More consciousness is better. Always. Consciousness in theory is useless. So pandering to awareness of the negativity in the human social condition, making any allowances for it, is not life-affirming. Never do that. Do not compromise and don’t wallow in repeating the negative.

    Do the right thing, and stop right there. No buts or butts. Just do it. Do it now. Don’t whine and moan about others. That’s drowning in social consciousness, and the same attitude that got us in this mess in the first place. And you know how smart that is.

    We need to have some spine. Be a stand-up person, hang out with stand-up people and support them. Ever see Rhonda Byrne’s 2006 Secret Movie? Move forward in positivity. Stop appreciating the negative.

    Justice is not hard to come by, just hard to see in one lifetime. That is where the problem comes. People think they can get away with things. They seem to in the short term of time.

    Illustration: If you feed your children soda pop, will that affect you in the course of your life? Yes, some, with increased metabolic disorders. What will happen to your children’s children? In a few generations they will stop being able to reproduce. There is justice in the world. There is always Cause and Effect, Science. That cannot be changed. There’s plenty of justice, you just aren’t seeing it. Is that because you don’t want to? Do you like being negative

    Action = Cause and Effect. When it’s all over, in the course of time, then yes, you will see it.

    What happens if all the conscious people stop having children? What will be left? A world of more unconscious people? And you think that is a solution? King Ashok thot it was. Big mistake. Changed the course of history for a very long time. Still suffering from that. All the smart people died out following orders! Now we have the world as we know it.

    Get straight. Get positive. See the change you wish to be. Make it so. Stop whining.

    I am working on building schools thruout the world to educate people “how to do the right thing.” If you want education and you are a leader of leaders, please contact me.

    I repeat: If you know of other blogs dedicated to animal rights and the defeat of capitalism, please comment with a link.

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  4. Animals are the best! People are cruel to the wonderful LOVING ANIMALS, they make me sick! LOVE THEM THEY DESERVE OUR LOVE AND PROTECTION!

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  5. Good in theory, the problem is there are vast numbers of people who don’t care what is done to or fed to animals, as long as they can get their cheap meat. Any atrocities are justified to them, and when it catches up to them, big pharma will torture millions of animals in labs to produce some drug to relieve the symptoms of their self-induced diseases, though the side-effects may be even worse. Just look in any Walmart or fast food place, and you’ll see these people are the ones reproducing the fastest, and most of their kids will continue with this lifestyle. They sure won’t be taught the truth about big ag (or much else) in school, so the cycle continues with progressively more animal abuse, due to the constant increase in our population. I really believe the only hope for any other life forms is a massive die off of homo sapiens, whether through disease, war, or whatever. In a perfect world, consumers and abusers of animals would be the victims, via an big ag related pandemic, but justice is hard to come by in this world. Even a decades long infertility wave in humans would be enough to curtail reproduction. If it could be traced back to the hormones and other shit given to “food” animals, all the better, at least it would give other species a chance. I know I’m probably dreaming, but I can’t see any other way to improve the world for all life than a massive reduction in people, preferably by means that leaves the most evolved alive. That would mean no more mass breeding of animals or people, and maybe greater value placed on life of all kinds.

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    • Carol,

      Most people fall back on their ethnic identity as who they are fundamentally. “Liberals” complain about ethnic profiling, yet the liberal media is always talking about the “Hispanic” vote or the “Black” vote. All across this country are superficial association groups for different people who seem to think they need to be a part of a group where an accidental or arbitrary characteristic they share with others is robustly re-enforced. Years ago a friend asked me to join a Hispanic group. I said, “Why?” He said, “To advocate for our people.” I said, “Who are our people?” He said, You’re Mexican, aren’t you?”

      People tell me I am Mexican, but I tell myself “What does Mexico have to do with me!” No, I don’t deny the interconnectedness of countries and the effects this has on all living things, but I don’t take up the banner of Mexicanism. My daughter is considered half-Mexican by the establishment, but I tell my daughter she isn’t Mexican, she is an earthling, and as an earthling, she shares this planet with other earthlings, whether flora or fauna. This is our core identity. We try to do the least amount of harm and borrow from the earth only what we truly need.

      Until people start viewing themselves as something more fundamental than Hispanic or Black, the moral relevance of our earthling identity will be lost to the continued systematic death of those viewed as inferior.

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