Monsanto and the hidden hunger

"lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.." - Genesis

With the successful world-wide March against Monsanto (May 25, 2013) and the US Supreme Court's ruling against the farmer who grew Monsanto's genetically modified soybean seeds instead of buying them, we need to look at the big picture. Especially in light of Monsanto's standard argument that it is dedicated to alleviating hunger. In fact what Monsanto is doing is playing God; abusing its power and harvesting profit under the pretense of planting progress.

Does the world really have too many people and not enough food?
From National Geographic: "Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, the entire world's population could fit within the 500 square miles (1,300 square kilometers) of Los Angeles."
Reference: Population Quiz

The world produces enough food
From National Geographic: "Why do so many people starve when the world produces enough food to feed everyone? One reason is that resources, such as farmland and money, are not evenly distributed among the world’s people.
     Many developed countries have millions of acres of fertile land. This huge agricultural economy allows nations like Canada, the United States, and Australia to have a strong food supply for consumption as well as export of billions of tons of grain, livestock, and produce.
    Most hunger is not the result of a lack of fertile land, however. Most hunger is the result of poverty. Many people in developing countries are too poor to grow or buy the food they need."

Reference: National Geographic Encyclopedia

A case in point - South Africa's 'hidden hunger'
"Since food insecurity drives malnutrition in South Africa, this must be a key concern; thus a multi-sectoral approach is needed. On a national level South Africa has enough food to feed its population, but the problem is distribution; resulting in many households being food insecure."
Reference: Heath24.com

Indeed South Africa, with its spectrum of modernity and indigence, could serve as a microcosmic representation of global food problems. Its population has more than doubled since 1960. It does have enough food to feed its people. Genetically modified Monsanto crops are grown there but do not appear to have alleviated hunger among the rural poor, who often buy inadequate food rather than grow sufficient nourishment. In addition to weak distribution, this is due to several factors including lack of education in farming and water use.

Closing Arguments
Monsanto's protestations of concern for the starving of Africa and other underdeveloped regions must be taken with a grain of salt. They are but rationalizations, and behind every rationalization lies a human weakness. In this case it is greed, for profit.

If further proof of Monsanto's concealed intentions is needed, look no further than the recent (March 2013) Farm Assurance Provision - US legislation inserted surreptitiously to give Monsanto license to obstruct justice.

With this evidence, in the court of world-wide public opinion Monsanto would surely not have a leg to stand on. The justices of the US Supreme Court should know that even their rulings are not carved in stone, and remember the "flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life - Genesis 3.24."

See also: Population statistics for South Africa
and
Reuters special report: The fight over the future of food
and
MMMM...Monsanto Makes Me Mad


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