‘Agent Orange.’ ‘Dioxin.’ The very words bring a shudder of horror – horror for the damage to our troops and their offspring that Monsanto’s (and Dow Chemical’s) chemical weapons inflicted on Americans, horror for the ecological devastation that the herbicide/defoliant inflicted on the ecosystem of South East Asia, from which recovery is far from certain over the next thousand years, horror for the devastation brought to the Vietnamese people, both friend and foe, whose lives – and deaths – have been so hideously distorted by US weaponry… and horror for the decades of denial and whitewash imposed by the US Government about its prior knowledge of the devastating effects of dioxin on the living and the unborn, on the biosphere and on life for untold generations to come. This ‘Prior knowledge’ is the very definition of a crime against humanity. The world looks with horror at the horror wrought by the US in Viet Nam because of its use of Agent Orange. And now, the very people who, along with Dow Chemical) brought us this horror half a world away are bringing it all back home.
Agent Orange is a mixture of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D, manufactured by Monsanto. Our Foundation President, General Bert, is a Viet Nam vet whose Agent Orange exposure there has given him cancer 3 separate times- 3 separate, unrelated cancers – while the US Government denied any connection to any ongoing or sustained damage from Agent Orange, while the Veteran’s Administration, the FDA and the US Congress denied what they knew and allowed untold suffering and death. Finally, decades later, after many of the Agent Orange-injured service men and women were dead, they were forced to acknowledge that there is a strong relationship between Agent Orange and cancer, birth defects and a host of other deadly and life-damaging disorders and conditions.
Of course, one of our strong supporters tells me that when her Viet Nam vet husband and she had a tragically deformed Agent Orange baby who died soon after birth, the US Government quietly offered them a few thousand dollars in “compensation” for the Agent Orange-related death of their child. So while denying the connection, the Government was paying off those who, unlike the service men themselves, could sue and bring this matter into an open court, thus establishing their prior knowledge.
This kind of behavior for Monsanto is nothing new. It appears that companies like Monsanto have been poisoning the planet for quite a long time. According to Monsanto Watch Factsheet, http://www.monsantowatch.org/index.php?page=none –
“The world’s center of PCB manufacturing was Monsanto’s plant on the outskirts of East St. Louis, Illinois, which has the highest rate of fetal death and immature births in the state. By 1982, nearby Times Beach, Missouri, was found to be so thoroughly contaminated with dioxin, a by-product of PCB manufacturing, that the government ordered it evacuated. Dioxins are endocrine and immune system disruptors, cause congenital birth defects, reproductive and developmental problems, and increase the incidence of cancer, heart disease and diabetes in laboratory animals.”
Stay With Me Here…
First, we need to talk about Nano Silver, the safest and most powerful anti-pathogen agent I have ever encountered. Nano Silver was approved by the EPA as a surface cleaner for hospitals, spas, restaurants, barber and beauty shops, daycare centers, etc., on the basis of its extraordinary effectiveness (killing every pathogen against which it was tired, whether bacterial, viral, mycoplasma, parasite or otherwise) and its total lack of toxic impact on the environment. Silver has a long and honorable history as a health aid since it is safe, effective, requires no storage and is really cheap compared to drugs, which are both dangerous and expensive. For that reason, the Natural Solutions Foundation recommends that you stock up on this “Swiss Army Knife for Your Medicine Chest”(TM) with the Nano silver product in which I place the most trust, Silver Biotics by American Biological Laboratories. This extraordinary product, which anyone can take, regardless of other health concerns or medications they are using – and which will NOT turn your skin blue!!! – is available at www.Nutronix.com/naturalsolutions.
Of course, BECAUSE it is safe, effective and puts no money into the coffers of its Big Pharma masters, the FDA has been on a silver rampage for decades, attempting over and over to ban this healthful substance when it was only available as ionic silver or colloidal silver which are good, but not as reliable or predictable as Nano silver because particle size varies widely and effectiveness depends on particle size.
Apparently, someone in FDA-land realized that Nano silver had been approved as safe and effective over in EPA-land and decided to do something about it. The FDA, which allows healthy infants to be experimented upon with known carcinogenic, nerve-damaging agents called “Pesticides” (as in the CHAMP “studies” in Duval County, FL) does not want anyone to have access to non-drug options for anything. In this they are the Drug Cartel’s enforcement thugs…
In fact, the health freedom headlines this week included the FDA’s recent action to seize and destroy, and/or bring criminal charges against any product/company which claimed to either prevent or treat Swine Flu, whether or not such claims were true! (See http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/h1n1flu/ – REL) The only options the FDA says we are permitted have in order to manage the so-called “Swine Flu Pandemic,” which causes a disease which is so trivial that according to what I must believe is a rather red-faced CDC and WHO, the disease rarely causes symptoms and when it does, virtually never requires medical attention or hospitalization are listed below. (By the way, the FDA has unwittingly given us a nice list of products we should support!)
In fact, there is no conclusive evidence to make it clear that anyone at all, anywhere in the world has ever died from Swine Flu. They might -or might not – have died WITH Swine Flu, but there is nothing to suggest than anyone has died FROM Swine Flu. This just goes, by the way, to show how very primitive our understanding of the human immune system is since several efforts, including SARS and the intentionally weaponized Avian Flu virus, have been made and failed abysmally to create a working Pandemic.
See our break-though White Paper on the Right to Self-Quarantine and Self-Shielding for a review of some of the attempts we believe have been made recently to weaponize both the flu and to weaponize the flu vaccine to trigger the pandemic that WHO and CDC tell us is “inevitable.” http://drrimatruthreports.com/?p=2752
This time, as with SARS and the Avian Flu (the useless vaccine for which was stockpiled around the world to the tune of many billions of dollars in the US alone while Tamiflu(R) was stockpiled too and is now expiring. In fact, in the UK the shelf life of their stock of this useless and dangerous drug was extended by 1 year by an Act of Parliament so, as my grandmother would have said, “It shouldn’t be a total loss”.
The Swine Flu Pandemic, anticipated and much-hyped, did not occur, but the Pandemic Response is proceeding just as surely as if the bioengineered Swine Flu had taken off successfully and was killing huge numbers of people.
CDC and WHO made no efforts to contain the disease, saying that travel restrictions were not needed, but sneezing into your sleeve was a life-saving measure. Say what?
So our Fraud and Death Agency‘s ONLY approved methods of dealing with the Swine Flu are:
1. Swine Flu vaccines which are untested, unsafe and unnecessary. They are being rushed into production and approval without testing. They contain mercury. They contain squalene, a deadly adjuvant (immune irritant) when injected. They contain other adjuvants whose identify is a “trade secret” and they contain other materials whose identify is also unknown. They are, literally, an uninsurable risk.
Yet the Secretary of Health and Human Services, FDA’s parent agency, says that we will start vaccination programs with every child in the US (there will be no exemptions – none, under the current Federal and State laws, by the way) and then “Sit back and observe. We hope there are not too many adverse events.” Of course, Secretary Sebelius does not make clear what is the number that would constitute “too many adverse events.” We at Natural Solutions say, “None!” and we know that the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association agrees with us.
2. Tamiflu and other “FDA approved drugs. Tamiflu, whose ownership includes not only Donald Rumsfeld, as is well known, but apparently every other top player in the US political world, all the way, it is said, to the White House, is a dangerous drug which has been around for quite some time looking for a reason to exist since it is a poor anti-virals with a significant toxic profile. However, it was stock piled in the billions of dollars during the failed weaponized virus pandemic event called “Avian Flu” despite the fact that it was known early on that 98% of the Avian Flu strains known were, according to the CDC, “resistant to Tamiflu”. There is no reason to think that other antivirals are either safer or more effective.
Back to Nano Silver For a Moment
In order to get safe and effective Nano silver off the market in advance of the anticipated and otherwise to-have-been-unstoppable Swine Flu Pandemic (this is our conclusion, according to our analysis: Please note that we have no documentation that the events we are discussing did, in fact, occur because of inter-agency pre-planning within the US Government, but it looks mighty suspicious to us) the EPA suddenly decided that it wanted accept a Big-Pharma inspired “citizens petition” to declare Nano silver a pesticide! Not only that, all equipment used in connection with the production of Nano silver was to be declared to be a pesticide, too.
If the illogic of that last sentence stopped you in your tracks, it means that you were awake and paying close attention because it is manifestly insane.
There was, however, so much push back (thank you, Mouse Warriors!) against this absurd and dangerous idea (dangerous to health AND to health freedom), that the matter was put off for a few years.
FDA, however, apparently realizing that its plans had been foiled, decided that it would take action and threaten every product which could provide either information in its material about how to prevent, or deal with the symptoms of the Swine Flu with either seizure and destruction (remember, FDA has special FDA Marshals equipped with dogs, guns, axes and, it would appear, the mentality of Nazi Brown Shirts) of products and factories or, if they did not submit to the FDA’s demand that they cease selling or advertising their products, criminal action against them.
Back to Agent Orange…
Monsanto is a drug, chemical and biotech company with a long and terrible history of contamination, toxic products and a wildly arrogant disregard for anything like public health or safety. The Monsanto Watch Project of the Center for Food Safety says,
“Monsanto, best know today for its agricultural biotechnology products, has a long and dirty history of polluting this country and others with some of the most toxic compounds known to humankind. From PCBs to Agent Orange to Roundup, we have many reasons to question the motives of this company that claims to be working to reduce environmental destruction and feed the world with its genetically engineered food crops….
In the 1970s, Monsanto began manufacturing the herbicide Roundup, which has been marketed as a [sic] safe, general-purpose herbicide for widespread commercial and consumer use, even though its key ingredient, glyphosate, is a highly toxic poison for animals and humans. In 1997, The New York State Attorney General took Monsanto to court and Monsanto was subsequently forced to stop claiming that Roundup is “biodegradable” and “environmentally friendly.”
Monsanto has been repeatedly fined and ruled against for, among many things, mislabeling containers of Roundup, failing to report health data to EPA, and chemical spills and improper chemical deposition. In 1995, Monsanto ranked fifth among U.S. corporations in EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory, having discharged 37 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air, land, water and underground. “
Dioxin and DDT are similar compounds which are in the dangerous class of “chlorinated hydrocarbons”. These organic chemical consist of a pair of benzene rings, hydrogen and and four chlorine atoms. Dioxin also contains an oxygen atom. DDT and dioxin share several characteristics:
* Both DDT and dioxin are toxic in small quantities.
* Neither of them degrades in the environment — they both exist indefinitely once released.
* Both dissolve and accumulate in fat.
How toxic is Dioxin?
“The toxicity of dioxin is something that the scientific community does not seem to agree upon. Dioxin became notorious in the 1980s because of Agent Orange and several dioxin dumps (like Love Canal) discovered in the United States. You will see many, many pages on the Web (such as this one) that describe dioxin as the most toxic substance on the planet. Then you will see other references like this one from Encyclopedia Britannica:
“Toxicologists [sic] mistakenly concluded from studies on laboratory animals that TCDD (dioxin) was one of the most toxic of all man-made substances… Subsequent research, however, discounted most of these inferences, which were based on the effects of very high doses of TCDD on guinea pigs and other peculiarly susceptible animals. Among humans, the only disease definitely found related to TCDD is chloracne, which develops shortly after exposure to the chemical.”
To our analysis, dioxin is, in fact, a tremendously toxic compound which is found in significant concentrations in Roundup (c). In fact, Roundup’s principal ingredient, glyphosate, is often referred to as the second most toxic compound known in nature. If dioxin is the first, and glyphosate is the second, what are they doing on your food?
And, since dioxin is found in Roundup(c) and does not break down in nature, it certainly is in your food and your environment, your water and, sadly, your bodies. For example, dioxin contamination from 800 to 2000 times greater than permitted was recently found in Irish pork products and was traced to a feed from a feed plant there. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready (c) corn and soy are permitted in the EU for animal feed although GMO foods are banned for human consumption unless labeled clearly there.
Monsanto’s potential for damage is not limited to pesticides, of which they list 29 products approved for use in the US.
They make aspartame, having acquired the patent when they bought the Searle drug company. It is no surprise that aspartame, included in many vaccines, by the way, is viewed by Advanced Healthcare Researchers as a leading cause of MS, Lupus and other life threatening diseases, including cancer. Despite this evidence, which led the FDA to keep aspartame out of food and drink for 11 years, as soon as Donald Rumsfeld and Ronald Regan came into power, the old head of FDA was out in a flash and the first act of the next FDA head was to approve unlimited use of this toxic material.
Monsanto is the world’s leading owner of genetic patents and the world’s leading GMO seed producer. Most of their GMO seeds are modified to allow them to tolerate high doses – really, really high doses – of an herbicide called ‘Glyphosate’. According to toxicologists, exposure to Glyphosate is strongly associated with cancer, infertility, loss of pregnancies, birth defects, auto immune disorders (such as Lupus), neurological disorders and other serious adverse events up to, and including, death.
Glyphosate is marketed around the world as “Roundup” (R) and its seeds are marketed as “Roundup Ready” (R) soy, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, rice, strawberries, papaya, taro, coffee, etc. Roundup Ready(R) soy and corn are widely used as animal feed, which means that their deadly genetic materials and toxic load wind up in your cells and your baby’s if you are pregnant or feeding your children GMO foods.
Roundup (R) is an herbicide. It kills plants which have not been modified to accept it. The material which is sprayed on the plants kills agricultural workers, makes them infertile and creates a host of horrific diseases in them and their children, as well as people down wind or down river from them. In fact, as you look at your lush, bright, chemically contaminated GMO veggies and eat your 90% GMO modified diet (if you are eating prepared and conventional “food” that is) we rarely think of the fact that agricultural workers in what is sadly called “conventional agriculture” have astoundingly high cancer, infertility and birth defect rates.
Your Food, Your Weeds, Monsanto and Agent Orange.
Monsanto is facing super weeds and a marketing problem: Roundup (R) is no longer as “effective” as it used to be in killing off super weeds which have now acquired the genes from the pollen of the GMO seeds and are becoming Roundup (R) resistant. Not only that, but competitors are seeking to tear market share away from the originator of this particular poisoned plant system.
Monsanto probably pays some pretty good salaries, though, for some diabolically clever brain power. Their solution? Come up with new and improved versions of Roundup (R) which contains up to 70% Agent Orange. See: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/DMPGR.php
Of course, if that does not suit, Monsanto makes 29 herbicides licensed for use in the US. All of them appear to be toxic and all of them damage both the farmers and the consumers while doing serious, perhaps irreparable damage to the environment.
So while the FDA is busy banning and seizing those compounds which allow us to protect ourselves from the dangers of bio engineered or natural biological threats to our well being, they are simultaneously turning a blind eye to the contamination of our food, our world – and of us – by allowing the use of mixtures of compounds which are arguably the most dangerous non-radioactive toxic chemicals in the world. They turn a blind eye to the studies which show their dangers, but turn a very sharp and acute eye to the substances and information which give us choice and power to protect ourselves.
Working with EPA, EPA and USDA, they are clearly making their corporate friends, sponsors and benefactors very, very happy at the cost of what?
Still Born Babies
Life Threatening Skin Disorders
Immune System Suppression and Damage
OK. Back to the Swine Flu…
You can see from the partial list of the impact of damage caused by Agent Orange that the immune system is hit hard by exposure to it. So are the chromosomes (or you would not get birth defects and deformities. So allowing Roundup(C), which scientific studies show cause many of the same diseases and conditions, including infertility and birth defects AND causes significant damage to the environment (including massive damage to amphibians like frogs), we see that putting them together is a very, very good idea if your intention is to make sure that you have a very large, and very sick population. Couple that with the farm laws now being pushed through Congress which will institutionalize what has been informal before, the total degredation of the the US food supply and the criminalization, yes, criminalization of food production which does not conform to Codex requirements, even in your own back yard, and you see the link.
Now add a vaccine which has no real reason for existing except to make legally immune Big Pharma healthy, coffer-wise, and the rest of us sick, body-wise. Take away our natural remedies, which the FDA has been trying to do for years, leave us with only the dangerous Pig in a Poke, Swine Flu vaccine (by the way, click here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVGrudg6mQ8, to see my Rap video of the same name) and a dangerous drug option and you have a perfect recipe for disaster.
“Let the Culling Begin!”
There is, in short, no medical, logical reason for the Swine Flu vaccine, which will be made mandatory, if the WHO, CDC and White House are to be believed. There is no medical, logical reason for the Level 6 Swine Flu Pandemic Emergency which was declared by Dr. Chen of the WHO on July 11, 2009.
Unless, of course, you want to kill a whole lot of people with a weaponized vaccine. There is no medical, logical reason to begin the vaccination program on our most profound treasure, our children, and “HOPE there are not too many adverse reactions.” HOPE? Hope there are not too many adverse reactions, or hope that there are? What is the real meaning of that astonishing statement?
If there is no intention to let the culling begin, why else include provisions in BioShield, Patriot Acts I, II and III, and bull through the Emergency Medical Powers Acts in virtually every state giving both the Federal Government and the States the “right” to quarantine you indefinitely if you refuse the vaccine or drug offered to you in a Pandemic State? If that does not seem like a good idea to you, then click here, salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27275, to demand your right to self-quarantine if vaccinations or involuntary incarceration is orders, as it well may be as soon as the first commercially available flu vaccine is ready. You can also click here, http://drrimatruthreports.com/?p=2752, to read our informative White Paper on Self Quarantine and THEN take the action step and forward it to everyone you know to ask them to do the same.
If no culling is anticipated, why else expend billions of dollars ($7.65B approved by the House of Representatives for Swine Flu vaccines and drugs last week alone) on a wildly dangerous, untested, unnecessary vaccine for a disease which WHO Director Chan admits causes no symptoms and requires no treatment? And why rush through legislation which industrializes the food supply of an entire country to the lowest agricultural, anti-health denominator? Well, perhaps because the World Health Organization says that to maintain a sustainable planet, we need to reduce the population by 90%. And perhaps, in your mind, you’re it.
And perhaps because the doctrine that depopulation must be the first priority of the United States Government’s Foreign Policy articulated so chillingly in NSA Memorandum 200 by Henry Kissinger in 1974 was adopted by the US Government but has never been repudiated?
And perhaps because the UN’s plans for long-term sustainability call for the same thing? Could that be?
Well, if not, please write to me at email@example.com and tell me what else explains it.
It is time for us to take action to make sure that our food stays clean and stays in our control if we wish it to be there, that our health is not attacked by the cullers who see us as “Useless Eaters” who are consuming “their” non-renewable natural resources and that our freedom to chart our own health course is unimpeded by genocidal monsters or idiots.
Say… An Ongoing War Crime
Agent Orange Continues to Poison Vietnam
By MARJORIE COHN
“From 1961 to 1971, the U.S. military sprayed Vietnam with Agent Orange, which contained large quantities of Dioxin, in order to defoliate the trees for military objectives. Dioxin is one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a carcinogen (causes cancer) and by the American Academy of Medicine as a teratogen (causes birth defects).
“Between 2.5 and 4.8 million people were exposed to Agent Orange. 1.4 billion hectares of land and forest – approximately 12 percent of the land area of Vietnam – were sprayed.
“The Vietnamese who were exposed to the chemical have suffered from cancer, liver damage, pulmonary and heart diseases, defects to reproductive capacity, and skin and nervous disorders. Children and grandchildren of those exposed have severe physical deformities, mental and physical disabilities, diseases, and shortened life spans. The forests and jungles in large parts of southern Vietnam have been devastated and denuded. They may never grow back and if they do, it will take 50 to 200 years to regenerate. Animals that inhabited the forests and jungles have become extinct, disrupting the communities that depended on them. The rivers and underground water in some areas have also been contaminated. Erosion and desertification will change the environment, contributing to the warming of the planet and dislocation of crop and animal life.
“The U.S. government and the chemical companies knew that Agent Orange, when produced rapidly at high temperatures, would contain large quantities of Dioxin. Nevertheless, the chemical companies continued to produce it in this manner. The U.S. government and the chemical companies also knew that the Bionetics Study, commissioned by the government in 1963, showed that even low levels of Dioxin produced significant deformities in unborn offspring of laboratory animals. But they suppressed that study and continued to spray Vietnam with Agent Orange. It wasn’t until the study was leaked in 1969 that the spraying of Agent Orange was discontinued.
“U.S. soldiers who served in Vietnam have experienced similar illnesses. After they sued the chemical companies, including Dow and Monsanto, that manufactured and sold Agent Orange to the government, the case settled out of court for $180 million which gave few plaintiffs more than a few thousand dollars each. Later the U.S. veterans won a legislative victory for compensation for exposure to Agent Orange. They receive $1.52 billion per year in benefits.
“But when the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange sued the chemical companies in federal court, U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein dismissed the lawsuit, concluding that Agent Orange did not constitute a poison weapon prohibited by the Hague Convention of 1907. Weinstein had reportedly told the chemical companies when they settled the U.S. veterans’ suit that their liability was over and he was making good on his promise. His dismissal was affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The chemical companies admitted in their filing in the Supreme Court that the harm alleged by the victims was foreseeable although not intended. How can something that is foreseeable be unintended?
“On May 15 and 16 of this year, the International Peoples’ Tribunal of Conscience in Support of the Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange convened in Paris and heard testimony from 27 victims, witnesses and scientific experts. Seven people from three continents served as judges of the Tribunal, which was sponsored by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL).
“Testimony given by the witnesses showed the following:
“Mai Giang Vu, a member of the Army of South Vietnam, carried barrels of the chemicals on his back. His two sons could not walk or function normally, their limbs gradually “curled up” and they could only crawl. They died at the ages of 23 and 25.
“Pham The Minh, whose parents also served in the South Vietnamese Army, showed the Tribunal his severely deformed, crooked, skinny legs; he has great difficulty walking, as well as digestive and pulmonary diseases.
“To Nga Tran is a French Vietnamese who worked as a journalist during the spraying. Her daughter weighed 6.6 pounds at the age of three months. Her skin began shredding and she could not bear to have skin contact or simple demonstrations of love. She died at 17 months, weighing 6.6 pounds. Ms. To described a woman who gave birth to a “ball” with no human form. Many children are born without brains; others make inhuman sounds.
“Rosemarie Hohn Mizo is the widow of George Mizo, who served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1967. He slept on contaminated ground and consumed food and drink that were also contaminated. George refused to serve after he was wounded for the third time; he was court-martialed and sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge. George helped found the Friendship Village where Vietnamese victims live in a supportive environment. He died from conditions related to his exposure to Agent Orange.
“Georges Doussin, co-founder of the Friendship Village, visited a dormitory where he saw 50 highly deformed “monsters,” who produced inhuman sounds. One man whose parent had been exposed to Agent Orange had four toes on each foot. Doussin said Agent Orange creates “total anarchy in evolution.”
“Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, from Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), sees many children born without arms and/or legs, without heads or faces, and without a brain chamber. According to the World Health Organization, only 1 – 4 parts per trillion (PPT) of Dioxin in breast milk can cause severe deformities in fetuses and even death. But up to 1450 PPT are found in maternal milk in Vietnam.
“Dr. Jeanne Stellman, who wrote the seminal article about Agent Orange in the magazine Nature, testified that “this is the largest unstudied environmental disaster in the world (except for natural disasters).”
“Dr. Jean Grassman, from Brooklyn College at City University of New York, testified that Dioxin is a potent cellular disregulator which alters a variety of pathways to disrupt many systems. Children, she said, are very sensitive to Dioxin; the intrauterine or post natal exposure to Dioxin may result in altered immune, neurobehavioral, and hormonal functioning. Women pass their exposure to their children both in utero and through the excretion of Dioxin in breast milk.
“Many ecosystems have been destroyed and Dioxin continues to poison Vietnam, especially in the several “hot spots.”
“Chemist Dr. Pierre Vermeulin testified that it was estimated that $1 billion would be required to restore one hectare of land in Vietnam. The cost of caring for the victims, many of whom need 24-hour care, is enormous.
“In 1973, President Richard Nixon promised $3.25 billion in reconstruction aid to Vietnam “without any preconditions.” That aid was never granted.
“There are only 11 Friendship Villages in Vietnam; 1000 are needed to care for the child victims of Agent Orange.
“Last week, the Bureau of the IADL, meeting in Hanoi, presented President Nguyen Minh Triet of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam with the final decision of the Tribunal. The judges found the U.S. government and the chemical companies guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ecocide during the illegal U.S. war of aggression in Vietnam. We recommended that the Agent Orange Commission be established in Vietnam to assess the damages suffered by the people and destruction of the environment, and that the U.S. government and the chemical companies provide compensation for the damage and destruction.
“I told the President that it always struck me that even as U.S. bombs were dropping on the people of Vietnam, they always distinguished between the American government and the American people. The President responded, ‘We fought the forces of aggression but we always reserved our love for the people of America . . . because we knew they always supported us.’
“An estimated 3 million Vietnamese people were killed in the war, which also claimed 58,000 American lives. For many other Vietnamese and U.S. veterans and their families, the war continues to take its toll.
“Several treaties the United States has ratified require an effective remedy for violations of human rights. It is time to make good on Nixon’s promise and remedy the terrible wrong the U.S. government perpetrated on the people of Vietnam. Congress must pass legislation to compensate the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange as it did for the U.S. Vietnam veteran victims.
“Our government must know that it cannot continue to use weapons that target and harm civilians. Indeed, the U.S. military is using depleted uranium in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will poison those countries for incalculable decades.”
Marjorie Cohn, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and president of the National Lawyers Guild, served as a judge on the International Peoples’ Tribunal of Conscience in Support of the Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange. She is a member of the Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Her latest book is Rules of Disengagement.
The following article makes the point quite clearly that vaccinations are neither safe nor effective. When challenged to provide substantiation for your position on vaccines, you might find this short and effective piece useful.
The reason that the Natural Solutions Foundation entered a Citizens Petition (which is a legal challenge to the Government’s position) with the Federal Trade Commission calling for a ban on all material and advertising across State Lines which claims or implies that vaccines are safe, effective, or have been scientifically demonstrated to be so is because none of these conditions is true: they are NOT safe, NOT effective and NOT effective. Further, they have been shown to damage and degrade immune functions.
Infant vaccination is even more dangerous than vaccinations in older kids and multiple vaccinations are insanely dangerous. If you want to kill people or damage them permanently while making a fantastic profit, vaccination is the perfect vehicle. Now, just why does someone want to vaccinate that baby?
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Why Would Anybody Have Their New-Born Baby or Child Vaccinated?
By Dr. Aisha Hamdan
“Immunizations the best thing to protect your child from a variety of diseases.”
You hear this from your doctor from the media, from the brochures in the clinic, from your friends. But, did you ever stop to think twice about what it all means?
Did you ever look deeper into the issue and the other side of the story?
Well let’s read on…..
Your child is just born and one of the first things you do is call the clinic to schedule an appointment for your first “well-baby” visit. During the visit, after about 1 or 2 months, you can expect your baby to be weighed, measured, and put through excruciating pain from several shots in the leg. Your baby has just received his first immunization (or vaccination) shots and you allow it to happen without even questioning. It is just assumed that your pediatrician has your best interests in mind and that immunizations are the best thing to protect your child from a variety of diseases. You hear this from your doctor, from the media, from the brochures in the clinic, from your friends. You figure that the pain your baby has just gone through is worth the protection that he receives.
But, did you ever stop to think twice about what it all means? Did you ever look deeper into the issue and read the other side of the story? (The one that is not provided by your doctor). Did you know, for example, that immunizations may cause serious side effects in children, even as serious as death? Did you know that immunizations actually weaken the immune system and make it work less effectively and efficiently? Were you aware that immunizations contain harmful chemicals that are not indigenous to the body? Did you know that your child might still contract a disease even if he or she has been immunized against?
If you have a new baby, a young child or are considering having children in the future, these are concerns that you want to investigate and learn more about. Many parents have, and they have decided NOT to immunise their children. Let us look into this matter more closely and also consider it form an Islamic perspective. The health and well being of your child may be at stake.
Myths and Realities
Myth 1. “Vaccines are effective at protecting people from diseases”
Reality: Many studies in the medical literature have documented vaccine failure. Measles, mumps, small pox, polio and Hib outbreaks have all occurred in vaccinated populations. In 1989, for example measles outbreaks occurred in schools with vaccination levels greater than 98% (Centres for Disease Control). The World Health Organization has actually found that a person who is vaccinated for measles has a 15 times greater likelihood of contracting the disease than a person who is not. The effectiveness of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine has been reported to be around 50%. In an incident in Kansas in 1986, 90% of pertussis cases were found to have been vaccinated. In another study of rubella, 36% of adolescent females who had been vaccinated against the disease lacked evidence of immunity by blood tests. Following the introduction of the diphtheria vaccine in various countries, incidents of the disease actually increased phenomenally. In France, there was a 30% increase; in Hungary, a 55% increase; and in Geneva, Switzerland, there was a tripling of the disease. All of this occurring after the introduction of mass compulsory vaccinations in those countries. In Australia, where vaccinations are not mandatory and only about ½ of the population receives them, the rates of illness are the same for both the vaccinated and non-vaccinated groups.
What all of these facts point to (and there are many more related to this) is that vaccinations are not as effective as people are made to believe. A person who has been vaccinated has no guarantee that he will not contract the disease and chances are that if he does, it will be at a later age when the consequences are much more serious. The truth of the matter is that when immunity to disease is acquired naturally (such as through breastfeeding or through contact at a young age), the possibility of re-infection is only 3.2%. If the “immunity” comes from the artificial means of vaccinations, the chance of re-infection is 80%. In any epidemic, only a small percentage of the population actually contracts the disease, many of them being naturally immune. If a person who has been vaccinated does not contract the disease, this proves nothing. Chances are that even without the vaccination, he or she would not have gotten the disease any way.
Myth 2: “Vaccines are the main reason for declines in disease rates”
Reality: Most declines in diseases occurred before the introduction of mass immunizations. Infectious disease deaths in the United States and England declined an average of 80% prior to vaccinations. The British Association for the Advancement of Science found that childhood diseases decreased by 90% between 1850 and 1940, long before mandatory vaccination programs. European countries that refused immunizations for small pox and polio saw these epidemics end along with countries that had mandated them. Other infectious diseases continued to decline even in the absence of vaccines for them. This included declines in tuberculosis, chicken pox, scarlet fever, typhus, typhoid and plague.
So what, you may ask, were the reasons for the decrease in diseases at this point in time. Research has found that improved sanitation and hygienic practices; along with improvements in diet and other health factors were the main contributing factors in eradication many diseases. A recent report by the World Health Organization supported this fact. The report found that “disease and mortality rates in third world countries have no direct correlation with immunization procedures or medical treatment, but are closely related to the standard of diet and hygiene.” What this means is that it is not as important to be immunized as it is to eat healthily and maintain personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness.
Myth 3: “Vaccines are completely safe for children.”
Reality: Vaccines are much more dangerous than we are even aware of. This is information that you will probably not receive from your doctor and if you child does have a reaction, it is unlikely that your doctor will report it. In 1986, the United States Congress created The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which acknowledges the reality of vaccine-caused injuries and death. This law requires doctors to provide parents with information about the benefits and risks of childhood vaccines prior to vaccination and also requires doctors to report vaccine reactions to federal health officials. The Food and Drug Administration, which monitors this (along with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), acknowledged that 90% of doctors do not report vaccine reactions as required by law.
More than 12,000 adverse reactions to vaccines are reported each year. If the rate of under-reporting is considered, this number should be closer to 120,000. Vaccine-related deaths occurring each year may be over 1000. The compensation portion of the Vaccine Injury Act awards up to $250,000 if a child dies from a vaccination or millions in dollars to cover lifelong medical bills, pain and suffering in the case of a brain-damaged child. By 1997, more than $802 million had been awarded for hundreds of injuries and deaths (5000 cases, 700 of which were deaths). Thousands of cases are still pending and the estimated future liability for the government exceeds $1.7 billion. A portion of the money that parents pay for vaccinations goes to this congressional fund, which basically means that you are paying insurance each time your child is vaccinated.
In many cases, vaccinations are more serious than the diseases they are meant to protect a person from. The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is probably the most dangerous. The chances of suffering a serious adverse reaction to DPT vaccines are 1 in 1750, while the chances of dying from pertussis each year are 1 in several million. A study at UCLA found that 1 in 13 children had persistent high pitched crying after the DPT shot. One in 700 had convulsions or shock, which may cause learning disabilities or brain damage. Vaccinations, in general, have been linked to disorders of the blood, brain, skin, and nervous system. This includes encephalitis (central nervous system disorder, brain damage), paralysis, nerve inflammation, diseases of the lymph glands, skin disorders, allergies, arthritis, cancer.
National and International studies have shown a link between vaccinations and SIDS (sudden Infant Death Syndrome). One study found that the peak incidence of SIDS occurred at the ages of 2 and 4 months, the time when the first routine vaccinations are given. Another study concluded that ½ of SIDS cases (2500 of 5000) are related to vaccinations. In the mid-70’s, when Japan raised their vaccinations age from 2 months to 2 years, the incidence of SIDS dropped dramatically. The disturbing fact in the United State is that coroners refuse to check the vaccination state of SIDS victims, which makes it difficult to prove many cases.
Other important truths to consider include the fact that vaccinations actually weaken the immune system rather than strengthen it. They only focus on one aspect of the immune system, which interferes with the body’s ability to initiate a “generalized response”. Only that one particular aspect of the system will function. What this means is that the vaccinations produce immune suppression which contributes to an increased susceptibility to other diseases and infections. This may explain why the rate of childhood illness has actually increased rather than decreased in this society. Vaccinations also contain additional chemicals such as formaldehyde, mercury (thimerosal), and aluminum phosphate, which are extremely toxic substances that can lead to hazardous effects. Microscopic doses may lead to cancer, neurological damage, and even death. Several of these may accumulate in the body such that the lethality increases as the number of vaccine increase.
And the story continues. This is only the tip of the iceberg and there is a larger amount of information available for those who wish to learn more (see websites listed below). It is important that parents become educated and knowledgeable about immunizations so that they can make an informed choice rather than be manipulated by the medical establishment.
It is important that parents become educated and knowledgeable about immunizations so that they can make an informed choice rather than be manipulated by the medical establishment
P.S. Obviously none of the 3 first people who answered this question are too ignorant to even read past the first sentence- It would be impossible to have answered this question in 30 seconds if you had read the info- HEY PEOPLE THOUGHT ASBESTOS WAS SAFE FOR YEARS TOO AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is what GMO technology brings: crops (and animals) controlled by corporations like Monsanto whose superficial commitment is to generate as much money as possible but whose deeper commitment is to accomplish a level of control never before seen: total control of the world’s food supply. Who lives and who dies clearly is of no importance to these corporations. Who controls the lives and deaths of farmers and consumers is literally at stake here.
We are well on the way to seeing the “Suicide Belt” of Maharashtra, India, in our own farmlands. If you think that this tragic and horrifying scenario cannot occur in your community, think again.
Monsanto takes over 500 family farms per year away from their owners because their GMO seed “volunteers”., that is, trespasses and invades, the fields of the family farmers. Claiming that their patented intellectual rights have been invaded, Monsanto seeks damages against the farmer which are so steep that the farmer looses his home and his farm – another win for Monsanto. And, of course, Codex, driven by the US FDA, allows all GMO FrankenFoods as if they were safe and wholesome.
What you are about to read is real and is coming to a farming community near you. But the final word is not yet in. Although more (much more, we believe) of the US food supply contains, or comes from, genetically modified “foods” (aptly called “Frankenfoods”), consumer outrage can, if properly harnessed, literally save the day.
Here are the steps you can take to prevent this disaster:
1. Band together with others of like mind. No one of us can do this alone, but as an electronic community, we have immense power.
a. Click here (http://drrimatruthreports.com/index.php?page_id=187) to become part of the rapidly growing Natural Solutions Foundation Health Freedom eAlert Community. It’s free, it’s secure and it’s powerful!
b. Take the Action Steps in each free issue.
c. Pass the eAlerts along to your entire email list, urging them to join and take the Action Steps, too.
3. Commit yourself, without exception, to buy ONLY products which are labeled “Organic”, or “GMO-Free.
a. Many nutrients and supplements are made with, or sourced from, Genetically Modified Organisms like yeast, corn, soy, bacteria modified to produce vitamins, etc even if those products do not appear on the label. GMO ingredients are literally torn apart in vats and new “foods” assembled from them. If the word “organic” is not on the label, it isn’t organic. If the words “GMO-Free” or “Free of GMOs” are not on the label, then the product IS a GMO product.
b. The Natural Solutions Foundation has created an online store, www.Organics4U.org, where you can find GMO, organic health products. All profits from www.Organics4U.org sales go to this battle.
4. Purchase only fruits and produce whose code number on the small, oval tag (UPC code) begins with the number “9”. This signifies that the item is organic. If the UPC code begins with “4” it has been raised with conventional farming techniques (including fluoride sprays, herbicides, pesticides, soil de-mineralizing synthetic fertilizers, possibly mercury sprays and other toxic substances and procedures).
5. Write to the companies whose products you buy and ask if they use GMO ingredients in their foods. If they tell you that they “meet or exceed FDA standards” that means that the products are made with GMOs.
a. Write back to them and tell them you will not patronize them any longer and that you will share this information.
b. Send a copy of their letter to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add the company and the specific product to either the Natural Solutions Foundation “GMO Hit List” or our “GMO Kiss List”. We’ll publicize these lists to help others make GMO free food choices as well.
6. Talk to your friends and neighbors, parents of other kids your kids play with, folks in your Seniro Center, people in your church or community organizations. Spread the word. Most people have no idea that they are eating foods which are killing them, making them infertile and damaging their loved ones as well as themselves.
a. Become a Natural Solutions Foundation Community Organizer. Hold meetings, get on the radio, start letter writing campaigns. We’ll show you how. If you write to Kathy Greene at email@example.com and put “Organizer” in the subject line, Kathy will send you a Natural Solutions Foundation Community Organizer’s Handbook and help you get started.
b. Use your creativity to organize your community awareness. Tell us what you are doing and we will assist you in any way we can.
7. Donate here (http://drrimatruthreports.com/index.php?page_id=189) to the Natural Solutions Foundation so that we can keep on keeping on to make sure that our health freedoms stay free. Right now, it is illegal to label GMO containing foods to say that they are toxic industrial force feeding products. We need to change that and we need to eliminate Bio Tech altogether for our sake, the planet’s sake and, perhaps most of all, our children’s sakes.
8. Become involved in, visit, participate in, and/or lend your support to, the Natural Solutions Foundation Valley of the Moon Eco Demonstration Community (http://naturalsolutionsfoundation.org/) in the beautiful, fertile and temperate Chiriqui Highlands of Panama where we will
a. Create a demonstration BeyondOrganic Bio Dynamic Zero Emissions(TM) Farm and Farm School to help farmers from around the world re-learn how to grow food without chemicals and teach pollution-free Zero Emissions farming
b. Share the techniques of intensive “foot square gardening” to eliminate under nutrition in people who do not live on farms so that people everywhere can grow fresh, organic vegetables and fruits in very little space and at virtually no cost
c. Create a natural healing and wellness center
d. Offer seminars to guests from the area and beyond on a large number of topics (If you want to run a seminar at our new facility in Volcan, Panama, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!) with an all organic restaurant providing outstanding food in the near future
e. Raise pure, unadulterated food for ourselves and others. For example, we are already harvesting the chemical free, delicious Valley of the Moon Coffee. Every bag supports your health and your health freedom at the same time. Click here (http://drrimatruthreports.com/?page_id=1130) to make sure that you put A Little Taste of Heaven in a Cup(TM) and give everyone on your gift list the same delight in their cups, too!
f. Create a small boutique hotel where guests at the medical center and the seminars can stay.
How can you support this innovative effort to help farmers around the world reclaim the production of clean, safe food? By one of more of the following options:
1. Become personally involved by bringing your skills and abilities to the Valley of the Moon
2. Provide tax deductible donation or “friendly financing” support which has significant financial return
3. Connecting us with Foundations or potential donors who will find what we are doing interesting and worth considering for support. Visit www.NaturalSolutionsFoundation.org to find out more and then contact me at email@example.com with questions, suggestions or thoughts.
It’s really up to us. Reclaiming the production of food worldwide is essential to solving the problem. But so is making sure that we are buying clean, unadulterated food. Every time you make a food purchase, you are either helping the Bio Tech companies to destroy your health and the planet while they take over our food supply or helping to keep them from doing it.
If we buy the food that the Bio Tech companies have poisoned we are giving them a profit from harming us. Let’s not do that, shall we?
The FDA and the USDA are worse than useless – the are literally paralyzed by a 1992 Executive Order by then-President George H. W. Bush which says that GMO foods are “substantially equivalent” to unmodified ones and forbids them to require or examine safety testing except for the most basic evaluation early in the development process which has been done by the Bio Tech company itself. There is no safety testing, there is no clinical testing, there is only a Bio Tech Fox in the consumer health hen house.
Think about it: the employees in Monsanto’s UK Headquarters in London refused to eat food in the cafeteria made with, or containing ANY GMO food. What do they know that you need to know? That all GMO food is dangerous, can have astonishingly high levels of pesticide, that this technology can cause hidden and as-yet unsuspected diseases, horrifying environmental damage, antibiotic resistance, birth defects, sterility, kidney, gut and immune system damage, infant deaths, cancer and on and on and on.
Read the article below, take it very, very seriously and then let’s get started putting an end to this collective nightmare which has been foisted upon us by a government to weak to stand up for any of our rights or for our health, too corrupt to care about either and too industry-friendly to even ask questions. It’s really up to us.
The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops
By Andrew Malone
When Prince Charles claimed thousands of Indian farmers were killing themselves after using GM crops, he was branded a scaremonger. In fact, as this chilling dispatch reveals, it’s even WORSE than he feared.
The children were inconsolable. Mute with shock and fighting back tears, they huddled beside their mother as friends and neighbours prepared their father’s body for cremation on a blazing bonfire built on the cracked, barren fields near their home.
As flames consumed the corpse, Ganjanan, 12, and Kalpana, 14, faced a
grim future. While Shankara Mandaukar had hoped his son and daughter would have a better life under India’s economic boom, they now face working as slave labour for a few pence a day. Landless and homeless, they will be the lowest of the low.
Shankara, respected farmer, loving husband and father, had taken his own
life. Less than 24 hours earlier, facing the loss of his land due to debt, he drank a cupful of chemical insecticide.
Unable to pay back the equivalent of two years’ earnings, he was in despair. He could see no way out.
There were still marks in the dust where he had writhed in agony. Other villagers looked on – they knew from experience that any intervention was pointless – as he lay doubled up on the ground, crying out in pain and vomiting.
Moaning, he crawled on to a bench outside his simple home 100 miles from Nagpur in central India. An hour later, he stopped making any noise. Then he stopped breathing. At 5pm on Sunday, the life of Shankara Mandaukar came to an end.
As neighbours gathered to pray outside the family home, Nirmala Mandaukar, 50, told how she rushed back from the fields to find her husband dead. ‘He was a loving and caring man,’ she said, weeping quietly.
‘But he couldn’t take any more. The mental anguish was too much. We have lost everything.’
Shankara’s crop had failed – twice. Of course, famine and pestilence are part of India’s ancient story.
But the death of this respected farmer has been blamed on something far more modern and sinister: genetically modified crops.
Shankara, like millions of other Indian farmers, had been promised previously unheard of harvests and income if he switched from farming with traditional seeds to planting GM seeds instead.
Beguiled by the promise of future riches, he borrowed money in order to buy the GM seeds. But when the harvests failed, he was left with spiralling debts – and no income.
So Shankara became one of an estimated 125,000 farmers to take their own life as a result of the ruthless drive to use India as a testing ground for genetically modified crops.
The crisis, branded the ‘GM Genocide’ by campaigners, was highlighted recently when Prince Charles claimed that the issue of GM had become a ‘global moral question’ – and the time had come to end its unstoppable march.
Speaking by video link to a conference in the Indian capital, Delhi, he infuriated bio-tech leaders and some politicians by condemning ‘the truly appalling and tragic rate of small farmer suicides in India,
stemming… from the failure of many GM crop varieties’.
Ranged against the Prince are powerful GM lobbyists and prominent politicians, who claim that genetically modified crops have transformed Indian agriculture, providing greater yields than ever before.
The rest of the world, they insist, should embrace ‘the future’ and follow suit.
So who is telling the truth? To find out, I travelled to the ‘suicide belt’ in Maharashtra state.
What I found was deeply disturbing – and has profound implications for countries, including Britain, debating whether to allow the planting of seeds manipulated by scientists to circumvent the laws of nature.
For official figures from the Indian Ministry of Agriculture do indeed confirm that in a huge humanitarian crisis, more than 1,000 farmers kill themselves here each month.
Simple, rural people, they are dying slow, agonising deaths. Most swallow insecticide – a pricey substance they were promised they would not need when they were coerced into growing expensive GM crops.
It seems that many are massively in debt to local money-lenders, having over-borrowed to purchase GM seed.
Pro-GM experts claim that it is rural poverty, alcoholism, drought and ‘agrarian distress’ that is the real reason for the horrific toll.
But, as I discovered during a four-day journey through the epicentre of the disaster, that is not the full story.
In one small village I visited, 18 farmers had committed suicide after being sucked into GM debts. In some cases, women have taken over farms from their dead husbands – only to kill themselves as well.
Latta Ramesh, 38, drank insecticide after her crops failed – two years after her husband disappeared when the GM debts became too much.
She left her ten-year-old son, Rashan, in the care of relatives. ‘He
cries when he thinks of his mother,’ said the dead woman’s aunt, sitting listlessly in shade near the fields.
Village after village, families told how they had fallen into debt after being persuaded to buy GM seeds instead of traditional cotton seeds.
The price difference is staggering: Â£10 for 100 grams of GM seed, compared with less than Â£10 for 1,000 times more traditional seeds.
But GM salesmen and government officials had promised farmers that these were ‘magic seeds’ – with better crops that would be free from parasites and insects.
Indeed, in a bid to promote the uptake of GM seeds, traditional varieties were banned from many government seed banks.
The authorities had a vested interest in promoting this new biotechnology. Desperate to escape the grinding poverty of the post-independence years, the Indian government had agreed to allow new
bio-tech giants, such as the U.S. market-leader Monsanto, to sell their new seed creations.
In return for allowing western companies access to the second most populated country in the world, with more than one billion people, India was granted International Monetary Fund loans in the Eighties and Nineties, helping to launch an economic revolution.
But while cities such as Mumbai and Delhi have boomed, the farmers’ lives have slid back into the dark ages.
Though areas of India planted with GM seeds have doubled in two years – up to 17 million acres – many famers have found there is a terrible price to be paid.
Far from being ‘magic seeds’, GM pest-proof ‘breeds’ of cotton have been devastated by bollworms, a voracious parasite.
Nor were the farmers told that these seeds require double the amount of water. This has proved a matter of life and death.
With rains failing for the past two years, many GM crops have simply withered and died, leaving the farmers with crippling debts and no means of paying them off.
Having taken loans from traditional money lenders at extortionate rates, hundreds of thousands of small farmers have faced losing their land as the expensive seeds fail, while those who could struggle on faced a fresh crisis.
When crops failed in the past, farmers could still save seeds and replant them the following year.
But with GM seeds they cannot do this. That’s because GM seeds contain so- called ‘terminator technology’, meaning that they have been genetically modified so that the resulting crops do not produce viable seeds of their own.
As a result, farmers have to buy new seeds each year at the same punitive prices. For some, that means the difference between life and death.
Take the case of Suresh Bhalasa, another farmer who was cremated this week, leaving a wife and two children.
As night fell after the ceremony, and neighbours squatted outside while sacred cows were brought in from the fields, his family had no doubt that their troubles stemmed from the moment they were encouraged to buy BT Cotton, a geneticallymodified plant created by Monsanto.
‘We are ruined now,’ said the dead man’s 38-year-old wife. ‘We bought 100 grams of BT Cotton. Our crop failed twice. My husband had become depressed. He went out to his field, lay down in the cotton and swallowed insecticide.’
Villagers bundled him into a rickshaw and headed to hospital along rutted farm roads. ‘He cried out that he had taken the insecticide and he was sorry,’ she said, as her family and neighbours crowded into her
home to pay their respects. ‘He was dead by the time they got to hospital.’
Asked if the dead man was a ‘drunkard’ or suffered from other ‘social problems’, as alleged by pro-GM officials, the quiet, dignified gathering erupted in anger. ‘No! No!’ one of the dead man’s brothers
exclaimed. ‘Suresh was a good man. He sent his children to school and paid his taxes.
‘He was strangled by these magic seeds. They sell us the seeds, saying they will not need expensive pesticides but they do. We have to buy the same seeds from the same company every year. It is killing us. Please tell the world what is happening here.’
Monsanto has admitted that soaring debt was a ‘factor in this tragedy’. But pointing out that cotton production had doubled in the past seven years, a spokesman added that there are other reasons for the recent crisis, such as ‘untimely rain’ or drought, and pointed out that suicides have always been part of rural Indian life.
Officials also point to surveys saying the majority of Indian farmers want GM seeds – no doubt encouraged to do so by aggressive marketing tactics.
During the course of my inquiries in Maharastra, I encountered three ‘independent’ surveyors scouring villages for information about suicides. They insisted that GM seeds were only 50 per cent more
expensive – and then later admitted the difference was 1,000 per cent.
(A Monsanto spokesman later insisted their seed is ‘only double’ the price of ‘official’ non-GM seed – but admitted that the difference can be vast if cheaper traditional seeds are sold by ‘unscrupulous’ merchants, who often also sell ‘fake’ GM seeds which are prone to disease.)
With rumours of imminent government compensation to stem the wave of deaths, many farmers said they were desperate for any form of assistance. ‘We just want to escape from our problems,’ one said. ‘We just want help to stop any more of us dying.’
Prince Charles is so distressed by the plight of the suicide farmers that he is setting up a charity, the Bhumi Vardaan Foundation, to help those affected and promote organic Indian crops instead of GM.
India’s farmers are also starting to fight back. As well as taking GM seed distributors hostage and staging mass protests, one state government is taking legal action against Monsanto for the exorbitant
costs of GM seeds.
This came too late for Shankara Mandauker, who was 80,000 rupees (about Â£1,000) in debt when he took his own life. ‘I told him that we can survive,’ his widow said, her children still by her side as darkness fell. ‘I told him we could find a way out. He just said it was better to die.’
But the debt does not die with her husband: unless she can find a way of
paying it off, she will not be able to afford the children’s schooling. They will lose their land, joining the hordes seen begging in their thousands by the roadside throughout this vast, chaotic country.
Cruelly, it’s the young who are suffering most from the ‘GM Genocide’ – the very generation supposed to be lifted out of a life of hardship and misery by these ‘magic seeds’.
Here in the suicide belt of India, the cost of the genetically modified future is murderously high.