I ask that you keep in mind a statement from Don Westfall, an international consultant to the GMO industry:
“The hope of the industry is that over time, the market is so flooded (with GM) that there’s nothing you can do about it. You just sort of surrender.”
As a child, I was warned to be very careful about who I hang out with. This quote is a brutal reminder about the less than noble motives of many in the GMO biotech industry. This industry, which is rapidly taking over world agriculture, was built on corruption, bribery, intimidation, government complicity, and falsehood. The Monsantos, Syngentas, etc. are not to be trusted.
Do our County Commissioners know that the politics that gave the biotech industry its start, that has put it into a position to do massive damage to our health, to our environment, and to world-wide farming, is totally corrupt? That one of our Supreme Court justices, Clarence Thomas, who renders decisions supporting genetic engineering, was an attorney for Monsanto? Do they know that Michael Taylor, the U.S. food czar, was a VP for Monsanto? Do they know that the intel arm of Monsanto that keeps track of anti-GMO activists is BLACKWATER?
Do they know that five biotech companies threaten the seed supply of the world as they have recently bought 200 independent seed companies and that farmers are now hearing that non-GMO seeds are often not available?
This is a monstrous gamble for the world, the US, and Colorado. And it is being carried out, not to feed a hungry world as they claim, but for executive and shareholder profits by an amoral industry which has given us such products as Agent Orange, DDT, and PCBs.
What about integrity? Monsanto has to purchase what little integrity it has through lobbying, gaining top positions of influence in government, and legal challenges. In addition, why do they overwhelm and thereby kill ballot efforts to require labeling of GMO foods, a right-to-know issue that is favored by 93% of the American public. Why can’t we know if there are GMOs in our food?
I ask that our County officials ban GMOs from our county open space and thereby offer a rare challenge to this hegemonic bully.