F. William Engdahl's
"Seeds of Destruction"
Engdahl is a leading researcher, economist and analyst of the New World
Order who's written on issues of energy, politics and economics for
over 30 years. He contributes regularly to publications like Japan's
Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Foresight magazine, Grant's Investor.com, European
Banker and Business Banker International. He's also a frequent speaker
at geopolitical, economic and energy related international conferences
and is a distinguished Research Associate of the Centre for Research
on Globalization where he's a regular contributor.
wrote two important books - "A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil
Politics and the New World Order" in 2004. It's an essential history
of geopolitics and the importance of oil. Engdahl explains that America's
post-WW II dominance rests on two pillars and one commodity - unchallengeable
military power and the dollar as the world's reserve currency combined
with the quest to control global oil and other energy resources.
newest book is just out from the Centre for Research on Globalization.
It's a sequel to his first one called "Seeds of Destruction: The
Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation" and subject of this review.
It's the diabolical story of how Washington and four Anglo-American
agribusiness giants plan world domination by patenting life forms to
gain worldwide control of our food supply and why that prospect is chilling.
The book's compelling contents are reviewed below in-depth so readers
will know the type future Henry Kissinger had in mind in 1970 when he
said: "Control oil and you control nations; control food and you
control the people."
also, this cabal is one of many interconnected ones with fearsome power
and ruthless intent to use it - Big Banks controlling the Federal Reserve
and our money, Big Oil our world energy resources, Big Media our information,
Big Pharma our health, Big Technology our state-of-the-art everything
and watching us, Big Defense our wars, Big Pentagon waging them, and
other corporate predators exploiting our lives for profit. Engdahl's
book focuses brilliantly on one of them. To fully cover its vital contents,
this review will be in three parts for more detail and to make it easily
I of "Seeds of Destruction"
Jeffrey Smith's "Seeds of Deception" was published. It exposed
the dangers of untested and unregulated genetically engineered foods
most people eat every day with no knowledge of the potential health
risks. Efforts to inform the public have been quashed, reliable science
has been buried, and consider what happened to two distinguished scientists.
One was Ignatio
Chapela, a microbial ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley.
In September, 2001, he was invited to a carefully staged meeting with
Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, Mexico's Director of the Commission of Biosafety
in Mexico City. The experience left Chapela shaken and angry as he explained.
Monasterio attacked him for over an hour. "First he trashed me.
He let me know how damaging to the country and how problematic my information
was to be."
to what he and a UC Berkeley graduate student, David Quist, discovered
in 2000 about genetically engineered contamination of Mexican corn in
violation of a government ban on these crops in 1998. Corn is sacred
in Mexico, the country is home to hundreds of indigenous varieties that
crossbreed naturally, and GM contamination is permanent and unthinkable
- but it happened by design.
Quist tested corn varieties in more than a dozen state of Oaxaca communities
and discovered 6% of the plants contaminated with GM corn. Oaxaca is
in the country's far South so Chapela knew if contamination spread there,
it was widespread throughout Mexico. It's unavoidable because NAFTA
allows imported US corn with 30% of it at the time genetically modified.
Now it's heading for nearly double that amount, and if not contained,
it soon could be all of it.
journal Nature agreed to publish Chapela's findings, Monasterio wanted
them quashed, but Chapela refused to comply. As a result, he was intimidated
not to do it and threatened with being held responsible for all damages
to Mexican agriculture and its economy.
He went ahead,
nonetheless, and when his article appeared in the publication on November
29, 2001 the smear campaign against him began and intensified. It was
later learned that Monsanto was behind it, and the Washington-based
Bivings Group PR firm was hired to discredit his findings and get them
because the campaign didn't focus on Chapela's contamination discovery,
but on a second research conclusion even more serious. He learned the
contaminated GM corn had as many as eight fragments of the CaMV promoter
that creates an unstable "hotspot." It can cause plant genes
to fragment, scatter throughout the plant's genome, and, if proved conclusively,
would wreck efforts to introduce GM crops in the country. Without further
evidence, there was still room for doubt if the second finding was valid,
however, and the anti-Chapela campaign hammered him on it.
the pressure, Nature took an unprecedented action in its 133 year history.
It upheld Chapela's central finding but retracted the other one. That
was all it took, and the major media pounced on it. They denounced Chapela's
incompetence and tried to discredit everything he learned including
his verified findings. They weren't reported, his vilification was highlighted,
and Monsanto and the Mexican government scored a big victory.
on April 18, 2002, two weeks after Nature's partial retraction, the
Mexican government announced there was massive genetic contamination
of traditional corn varieties in Oaxaca and the neighboring state of
Puebla. It was horrifying as up to 95% of tested crops were genetically
polluted and "at a speed never before predicted." The news
made headlines in Europe and Mexico. It was ignored in the US and Canada.
for Chapela was UC Berkeley denied him tenure in 2003 because of his
article and for criticizing university ties to the biotech industry.
He then filed suit in April, 2004 asking remuneration for lost wages,
earnings and benefits, compensatory damages for humiliation, mental
anguish, emotional distress and coverage of attorney fees and costs
for his action. He won in May, 2005 but not in court when the university
reversed its decision, granted him tenure and agreed to include retroactive
pay back to 2003. The damage, however, was done and is an example of
what's at stake when anyone dares challenge a powerful company like
man attacked was the world's leading lectins and plant genetic modification
expert, UK-based Arpad Pusztai. He was vilified and fired from his research
position at Scotland's Rowett Research Institute for publishing industry-unfriendly
data he was commissioned to produce on the safety of GMO foods.
Research study was the first ever independent one conducted on them
anywhere. He undertook it believing in their promise but became alarmed
by his findings. The Clinton and Blair governments were determined to
suppress them because Washington was spending billions promoting GMO
crops and a future biotech revolution. It wasn't about to let even the
world's foremost expert in the field derail the effort. His results
were startling and consider the implications for humans eating genetically
GMO potatoes had smaller livers, hearts, testicles and brains, damaged
immune systems, and showed structural changes in their white blood cells
making them more vulnerable to infection and disease compared to other
rats fed non-GMO potatoes. It got worse. Thymus and spleen damage showed
up; enlarged tissues, including the pancreas and intestines; and there
were cases of liver atrophy as well as significant proliferation of
stomach and intestines cells that could be a sign of greater future
risk of cancer. Equally alarming - this all happened after 10 days of
testing, and the changes persisted after 110 days that's the human equivalent
of 10 years.
today saturate our diet. Over 80% of all supermarket processed foods
contain them. Others include grains like rice, corn and wheat; legumes
like soybeans and soy products; vegetable oils; soft drinks; salad dressings;
vegetables and fruits; dairy products including eggs; meat and other
animal products; and even infant formula plus a vast array of hidden
additives and ingredients in processed foods (like in tomato sauce,
ice cream and peanut butter). They're unrevealed to consumers because
labeling is prohibited yet the more of them we eat, the greater the
potential threat to our health.
all lab rats in an uncontrolled, unregulated mass human experiment the
results of which are unknown. The risks from it are beyond measure,
it will take many years to learn them, and when they're finally revealed
it will be too late to reverse the damage if it's proved GM products
harm human health as independent experts strongly believe. Once GM seeds
are introduced to an area, the genie is out of the bottle for keeps.
enormous risks, however, Washington and growing numbers of governments
around the world in parts of Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa
now allow these products to be grown in their soil or imported. They're
produced and sold to consumers because agribusiness giants like Monsanto,
DuPont, Dow AgriSciences and Cargill have enormous clout to demand it
and a potent partner supporting them - the US government and its agencies,
including the Departments of Agriculture and State, FDA, EPA and even
the defense establishment. World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related
Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) patent rules also back
them along with industry-friendly WTO rulings like the February 7, 2006
a US challenge against European GMO regulatory policies in spite of
strong consumer sentiment against these foods and ingredients on the
continent. It also violated the Biosafety Protocol that should let nations
regulate these products in the public interest, but it doesn't because
WTO trade rules sabotaged it. Nonetheless, anti-GMO activism persists,
consumers still have a say, and there are hundreds of GMO-free zones
around the world, including in the US. That and more is needed to take
on the agribusiness giants that so far have everything going their way.
of Deception," Jeffrey Smith did a masterful job explaining the
dangers of GM foods and ingredients. Engdahl explains them as well but
goes much further brilliantly in his blockbuster book on this topic.
It's the story of a powerful family and a "small socio-political
American elite (that) seeks to establish control over the very basis
of human survival" - future life through the food we eat. The book's
introduction says it "reads (like) a crime story." It's also
a nightmare but one that's very real and threatening.
covers the book in-depth because of its importance. It's an extraordinary
work that "reveals a diabolical World of profit-driven political
intrigue (and) government corruption and coercion" that's part
of a decades-long global scheme for total world dominance. The book
deserves vast exposure and must be read in full for the whole disturbing
story. It's hoped the material below will encourage readers to do it
in their own self-interest and to marshal mass consumer actions to place
food safety above corporate profits.
book supplies the ammunition to do it and is also a sequel to his earlier
one on war, oil politics and The New World Order and follows naturally
from it. It covers the roots of the strategy to control "global
food security" that goes back to the 1930s and the plans of a handful
of American families to preserve their wealth and power. But it centers
on one in particular that above the others "came to symbolize the
hubris and arrogance of the emerging American century" that blossomed
post-WW II. Its patriarch began in oil and then dominated it in his
powerful Oil Trust. It was only the beginning as the family expanded
into "education of youth, medicine and psychology," US foreign
policy, and "the very science of life itself, biology, and its
applications" in plants and agriculture.
name is Rockefeller. The patriarch was John D., and four powerful later-generation
brothers followed him - David, Nelson, Laurance, and John D. III. Engdahl
says the GMO story covers "the evolution of power in the hands
of an elite (led by this family), determined (above all) to bring the
entire world under their sway." They and other elites already control
most of it, including the nation's energy, the US Federal Reserve, and
other key world central banks. Today, three brothers are gone, David
alone remains, and he's still a force at age 92 although he no longer
runs the family bank, JP Morgan Chase. He's active in family enterprises,
however, including the Rockefeller Foundation to be discussed in Part
II of this review.
Engdahl is the author of Seeds of Destruction, the Hidden Agenda of
Genetic Manipulation just released by Global Research. He is also the
author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New
World Order, Pluto Press Ltd.. To contact him by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at email@example.com.
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