TAKE ACTION! Ask your Member of Congress and Senators to remove the Monsanto Promotion Act. Tell them you don’t want your taxes to be spent on corporate welfare or industry propaganda, especially not to promote Monsanto’s GMOs!
by Kim Niccolini
I don’t need to tell you that the multiplex is dead. I am a girl who will see just about anything at the movies. I have spent my lifetime going to movies. But even me, the girl who can almost find something remotely redeemable to see at the multiplex, has stopped going. It’s that bad.
So I’m lucky to live in a town that has an independent non-profit cinema –The Loft – which not only shows independent and foreign films but that also screens classic movies on actual film. Currently they are showing a film noir series focusing primarily on tales of cops and corruption. They opened the series with Fritz Lang’s The Big Heat (1953) which tells the story of tough cop Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) trying to take down the corrupt world of the mob and its marriage with law enforcement. Certainly the link between cops and crime is nothing new in the movies. It is as relevant today as it was when it was first explored in early gangster films such as Little Caesar (1931) and Scarface(1932) and when it was so brutally detailed in Frances Ford Coppola’s first two Godfather films (1972 and 1974). If you look to the movies as a model, in the past they have rarely pulled any punches in equating politics with crime and erasing the line between good and bad. Movies have been a great vehicle for showing the inherent corruption of the American capitalist system, whether legit or not. Criminals are cops, and cops are criminals, and in the end all systems – mafia or government – are out for the same things: money and power. Of course, that means money and power for the world of men, not women.
“I’m a registered Republican,” she said.
And none of this would have mattered to her in the slightest except it happened to her, to her son. There’s no problem with corporate control and deregulation until your family gets sick and dies. That’s how Republicans roll. They look the other way at corruption until that corruption affects their own family. It has to personally impact them before the horror of the situation becomes real. They lack fundamental empathy and reasoning skills. They are like programmed drones, programmed to think in ideological cliches until the results of their programming suddenly fail them, or someone they love. Not until.
It’s the same old God damned fucking story. And it is exactly what got us here.
Food Inc. is one of those blood curdling investigations of big business and its control of our food supply. It’s the story of corruption, monopoly, subsidies and disease.
Essentially the government has subsidized corn so that it is overproduced and shoved into everything. We need to end these subsidies. Stop paying for food we don’t need and that isn’t healthy. Stop subsidizing giant corporations so that they can control our food and squeeze out all the small competitors. Stop the corruption.
“The industrial food is not honest food.”
Sums up the situation.
The film moves onto Monsanto’s evil empire of Terminator Seeds (TM), the RoundUp assault, and the corporate war on independent farmers. These subjects are covered in other films, and this seems like a general audience intro to the subject of corporate food. It’s not novel, but it is thorough in covering its bases.
Of course, Americans are largely too stupid to demand the Right to Know what the hell they’re eating and feeding to their children. I remember the California ballot measure, and I was on my campus giving out information. The bullshit industry propaganda had already reached the sheeple. Some of them argued in favor of systemic ignorance, against their own interests and on behalf of GMO manufacturers.
How did our society become so propagandized that educated people go to absurd lengths to fight against their own right to know what’s in their food? Mis-educated, I suppose, would be more accurate.
The legal assault, the batteries of lawyers abusing the law, openly fascistic corporate/state power abuses, is the chilling final section of Food Inc. Farmers cannot stand up to any of these multinational monsters. Legal fees quickly mount, $25k, $400k, over a million dollars! They can sue just to send a message. This is the expression of fascism, which Mussolini defined as corporatism. Corporations using government to abuse the people, that’s fascism. That’s America.
The movie tries to strike an upbeat final note. Consumers got Walmart to introduce organic products. It is difficult however to swallow an upbeat ending to such a devastating and sickening main event.
Isn’t this conspiracy?
These were not the only relationships bridging leaders of the two nations. In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the philanthropic enterprise she has overseen with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Just two months before the deal was finalized, Boeing — the defense [sic. WAR] contractor that manufactures one of the fighter jets the Saudis were especially keen to acquire, the F-15 — contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to a company press release.
The Saudi deal was one of dozens of arms sales approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department that placed weapons in the hands of governments that had also donated money to the Clinton family philanthropic empire, an International Business Times investigation has found.
Heads should roll. Prosecutions for corruption, negligence and malfeasance should go forward.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation’s chief food safety regulator, plans to start testing certain foods for residues of the world’s most widely used weed killer after the World Health Organization’s cancer experts last year declared the chemical a probable human carcinogen.
The FDA’s move comes amid growing public concern about the safety of the herbicide known as glyphosate, and comes after the U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO)rebuked the agency for failing to do such assessments and for not disclosing that short-coming to the public.
Private companies, academics, and consumer groups have recently launched their own testing and claim to have detected glyphosate residues in breast milk, honey, cereal, wheat flour, soy sauce, infant formula, and other substances.