Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ceres Conjunct Pluto in Capricorn and Tightening Corporate Control of the Food Supply

Yesterday was the Scorpio Full Moon, and Ceres (Goddess of plants, grains and the fertility of the Earth) went retrograde less than a degree from Pluto in Capricorn (merger and rise of the corporate oligarchy).

In Calgary, we woke up to a gray, moody, chilly day that quickly turned into an all-day spring snowstorm. Today is more of the same.

I couldn't help thinking the weather was a fitting reflection of Ceres' mood, coming so close to Pluto in Cap and into full awareness of the horrors being committed with that energy.

As Pluto hell agendas are steamrolled forward, Earth Mama Ceres has the power to stop all living things from growing on this Earth. She withdraws in protest if things go too far, and things are most certainly being pushed to the brink on that front.

I was listening to Robert Phoenix's blog radio show last night, and he was talking about Bill S 510 (the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010), set to be introduced in the U.S. Senate this week.

Here we have the merger of government and corporate interests - legislating the corporate take-over of the U.S. food supply. By-the-book Pluto in Capricorn conjunct Ceres, disposited by Saturn in Virgo.

This Bill, if passed, would basically allow organic, independently grown and sold food to be made illegal in the United States. Farmer's markets could be made illegal. Natural supplements would also be heavily regulated and controlled to the point where possessing unregulated supplements would be considered a crime.

This Bill would lock the United States' food supply into compliance with the World Trade Organization and other shady and highly corrupt bodies of the unelected "global government," which attempt to supercede local, elected levels of government and decisions made by them...not to mention human rights.

If this Bill is passed, food would fall under the jurisdiction of Homeland Security, and anyone who grows food outside the top-down global government's homogenous and highly industrialized regulations would be a criminal threatening national security. Really, you couldn't make this stuff up.

From an article on the Food Freedom blog:

"It allows the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the WTO to take control of every food on earth and remove access to natural food supplements...

"It would remove the right to clean, store and thus own seed in the US, putting control of seeds in the hands of Monsanto and other multinationals, threatening US security...

"It would allow the government to mandate antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, pesticides and GMOs."

The Bill appears to have been designed by a Monsanto exec. Pretty transparent. Monsanto, of course, is the company that brings us genetically modified seeds designed to be resistant to the herbicide it manufactures - Roundup - and is one of the mega-transnationals salivating at the chance to control the seed supply.

And all this is being done "for your own good."

Bill S 510 and the related PR campaign promote the understanding that people do not have the right to choose their own food supply because what they choose, if it's outside the heavily regulated options, might be unsafe, contaminated, a health risk.

It's much better, we're told, to hand off all those decisions to Big Daddy Pluto in Capricorn organizations.

The food we eat has to come from approved seed strains (genetically modified, owned and developed by one of the mega-transnationals) and be dosed with pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and radiation, or it just won't be healthy for human consumption!

How back assward is that?

Slavery is freedom.
War is peace.
Poison is health.

Goodness. They really think people are going to swallow this? Literally and figuratively...

Monsanto, Bayer and the like are actually chemical companies that have decided to get into the business of food production. Monsanto has brought us such fabulous improvements on the human condition as saccharine (pulled from the market) and DDT (also pulled from the market). Y'all remember what DDT did to the food chain, right?

The corpo-governmental control of the food supply is tightening in Canada at the same time - the globally integrated agendas of Pluto in Capricorn, advancing in step.

In British Columbia, a Chilliwack raw milk co-op was ordered by the provincial Supreme Court to stop distributing milk to its members.

The sale of raw milk has already been outlawed in Canada, but members of the Home on the Range raw milk co-op bought shares in a herd of dairy cattle and paid a farmer, Alice Jongerden, to care for and milk the cattle. The co-op members own the cattle and drink milk from their own livestock.

But in March of this year, Jongerden was told by the B.C. Supreme Court to shut down the operation, as she was "willingly causing a health hazard" through her activities.

Again with the health hazard, despite the fact that people were drinking raw milk from livestock they owned, the same way people have done for thousands of years before pasteurization allowed for a much longer shelf life and the corporate distribution of milk.

Apparently, a similar legal battle took place in Wisconsin in March at a state legislature hearing. "About 450 raw milk advocates pushed for amending the law to allow consumers to decide for themselves if they could drink unpasteurized milk or not. The hearing was to help lawmakers decide on the fate of Assembly Bill 628 and Senate Bill 434, which sought to legalize sale of raw milk, butter, buttermilk and cream sales from farms directly to consumers."

On the (b)right side, as I mentioned in a previous post, two United States farmers have won $2 million in compensation from Bayer CropScience due to contamination of their rice crops with genetically modified LibertyLink rice, which is not accepted for import by countries in the European Union.

"The verdict of the federal court in St. Louis is seen as a test run for up to 3,000 cases of rice farmers having suffered damages in the US states of Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi."

This is a turning of the legal tables for these GMO-pushing corporations, as Monsanto is prone to suing the farmers when their crops become contaminated - for having possession of their seeds without license. Again, you couldn't make this stuff up.

Monsanto sued then-68-year-old Saskatchewan canola farmer, Percy Schmeiser, in 1998 after his canola crop was contaminated with their genetically modified Roundup Ready canola.

Farmers who use Monsanto seeds must sign a user agreement, which states that they will not re-use seed from year-to-year. They also submit to Monsanto inspecting their crops to enforce this. Monsanto inspected Schmeiser's crops without permission, despite him never having bought their seed or entered into their user agreement, and found their patented DNA.

These Monsanto-designed regulations being enforced through the courts do a few things: it makes illegal the traditional farming practise of saving seeds from year-to-year - which Schmeiser did with his own seed varieties that he had been developing for over 40 years. Making seed-saving illegal has also gone on in Iraq and is a major part of Bill S 510.

It makes farmers dependent on Monsanto and similar corporations for their seeds every year and imposes the monitoring of their crops.

And it sets the precedent that a corporation can own the patent rights to seeds, can own DNA, can own life itself.

The rampant cross-pollination and spread of these seeds by wind and other means threatens biodiversity in a big way. It also makes it very difficult for organic and non-GMO farmers, as their crops are easily cross-contaminated.

The Canadian organic honey scene has taken a big hit from these Monsanto GMOs, as their honeybees pollinate GMO plants and then carry genetically modified material back to the hives. These farmers have also lost European markets due to this contamination.

Monsanto won its 1998 patent infringement case against Schmeiser, but after appealing to the Supreme Court, it was ruled that Schmeiser did not have to pay Monsanto damages since he did not profit from their Roundup Ready canola.

In another (b)right spot, in March of 2008, Schmeiser settled out of court with Monsanto for clean-up costs related to the contamination of his canola crop.

"Also part of the agreement was that there was no gag-order on the settlement and that Monsanto could be sued again if further contamination occurred. Schmeiser believes this precedent setting agreement ensures that farmers will be entitled to reimbursement when their fields become contaminated with unwanted Roundup Ready canola or any other unwanted GMO plants."

You always have to go back to a little something called natural law on this planet. Right, Ceres?

No matter how arrogant humans get, this always rules in the end. And I thank Mr. Schmeiser for spending his golden years battling Monsanto. His effort on this front has been really important.


Cloudy said...

Hiya Willow

I am based in Australia where the corporate take over of the food industry isn't quite that bad yet. I recently watched the documentary Food, Inc and was flabbergasted by the depth of control the corporates, particularly Monsanto, have over the food supply in the US. How did they let it get this bad?

Recently saw another story about bovine growth hormone being given to cows in the US, and how it ends up in the milk. Apparently they're debating whether to make it illegal to label milk bottles 'growth hormone free' so the consumer in the end will not know.... There has shown to be a link between the growth hormone and increased rates of some cancer. And the growth hormone is illegal in Canada and Europe and they STILL allow it in the US!!

Corporate control in general scares me, but corporate control of the food supply just has disaster written all over it and scares me even more. I'm now considering what I'd eat if I visit the US. The milk is worrisome, the grains and grain products may be GM, the beef will with from cows pumped full of antibiotics and god knows what else, the chicken.. wont even go there! How far will it go before something gives?

Willow said...

It's not quite so bad yet in Canada, either, but the U.S.-based transnationals are definitely trying their best to take over. Their reach is truly is the reach of Big Pharma.

It really has gone past the point of insanity. People are going to have to take control back and strongly develop the local organic (or at least non-GMO) industries, I think. That's where I'm focussing my energy, anyway.

Anonym said...

In Italy this problem is very much felt especially in some places, like Campania, where a rich agriculture has been quite completely destroyed by the massive intervention of Corporate world, intervention which has only followed the big devastation of territory due both to speculation and mafia...

Anyway Italy remains one of the most sensible nations, pardoxically, on these topics...

You can find small cities in which there is a sort of Advertisement: Free from Ogm, Genetically modified organisms...

I think this can become a big question in next years...

Perhaps many would know the Terra Madre movement...