A Reblog: Facts on Coltan

So why is this important for black-melanated people? If WE are the most natural beings to the planet, then we are connected the most to the planet. But why are we killing the planet for COMMODITY? FOR PLEASURE? FOR OUR SURVIVAL?

The Creator gave us everything that we needed to sustain ourselves. We are still UNCONCIOUS.

Coltan: What You Should Know

What is Coltan?
Coltan is short for Columbite-tantalite – a black tar-like mineral found in major quantities in the Congo.. The Congo possesses 80 percent of the world’s coltan. When coltan is refined it becomes a heat resistant powder that can hold a high electric charge. The properties of refined coltan is a vital element in creating devices that store energy or capacitors, which are used in a vast array of small electronic devices, especially in mobile phones, laptop computers, pagers, and other electronic devices.

Who are the primary exploiters of Coltan in the Congo?
Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and their proxy militias are the primary exploiters of coltan in the Congo. In an 18 month period Rwanda made $250 million as a result of exploitation of coltan in the Congo. Although Rwanda and Uganda possess little or no coltan, during the period of the war in the Congo, their exports escalated exponentially. For example, Rwanda’s coltan export went from less than 50 tons in 1995 to almost 250 tons in 1998. Zero cassiterite was transported from the Congo to Uganda in 1998, however by 2000 151 drums were transported.

The United Nations notes in its 2001 report on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the congo that “The consequences of illegal exploitation has been twofold: (a)massive availability of financial resources for the Rwandan Patriotic Army, and the individual enrichment of top Ugandan military commanders and civilians; (b) the emergence of of illegal networks headed by either top military officers or businessmen.”

Foreign Corporate exploitation
Although the countries mentioned above directly exploit coltan, foreign multi-national corporations have been deeply involved in the exploitation of coltan in the Congo. The coltan mined by rebels and foreign forces is sold to foreign corporations. Although, the United Nations in its reports on the Congo do not directly blame the multi-national corporations for the conflict in the Congo, the United Nations does say that these companies serve as “the engine of the conflict in the DRC.

Major United States players include:
Cabot Corporation, Boston, MA
OM Group, Cleveland, Ohio
AVX, Myrtle Beach, SC
Eagle Wings Resources International, Ohio
Trinitech International, Ohio
Kemet Electronics Corporation, Greenville, SC
Vishay Sprague. Malvern, PA

Corporations from other countries have been a part of the coltan exploitation chain. These companies include but are not limited to Germany’s HC Starc and EPCOS, China’s Nigncxia, and Belgium’s George Forrest International.

Once the coltan is processed and converted to capacitors, it is then sold to companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Compaq, Alcatel, Dell, Hewlett-Packard , IBM, Lucent, Ericsson and Sony for use in a wide assortment of everyday products ranging from cell phones to computer chips and game consoles.

What are some of the uses of coltan in modern society?
• Laptop computers
• Cellular phones
• Jet engines
• Rockets
• Cutting tools
• Camera lenses
• X-ray film
• Ink jet printers
• Hearing aids
• Pacemakers
• Airbag protection systems
• Ignition and motor control modules, GPS, ABS systems in automobiles
• Game consoles such as playstation, xbox and nintendo
• Video cameras
• Digital still cameras
• Sputtering targets
• Chemical process equipment
• Cathodic protection systems for steel structures such as bridges, water tanks
• Prosthetic devices for humans – hips, plates in the skull, also mesh to repair bone removed after damage by cancer
• Suture clips
• Corrosion resistant fasteners, screws, nuts, bolts
• High temperature furnace parts.
• High temperature alloys for air and land based turbines

Reference: http://www.congoweek.org/en/coltan-facts.html


Maintain Our Natural Producer/Consumer Balance






From the Melanated Man:


I am at a stage in my re-education that I realize that there is healthy balance that you must maintain to have an inner peace and prosperity. We have to be aware of the things we produce and consume. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are producers and consumers, all in one. As a producer, we create our own reality the way we see fit or that is best for our livelihood. As a consumer, we consume the things that maintains that reality/livelihood.


“A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit.”

Matthew 7:17


As a producer, one must be born of some natural knowledge/talent/skill/intuition. As mentioned before, everything that is created comes from WITHIN you. As a consumer, one must take part in things that helps *enhance and mature what is natural within yourself. There must be a healthy *synergy amongst black-melanated people to achieve this. There must be a  conducive *mental and spiritual environment available for black-melanated people that can nurture this type of reality. Unfortunately it does not exist.


So what is our mind fixed upon as whole?


Currently we are stuck in the material -realm. Things which have no LIFE (LIGHT) in them. If they do have LIGHT in them, it is *ARTIFICIAL LIGHT.


If we are the most natural beings on the planet, then why are we in need of ANYTHING outside of ourselves that has NO LIFE/LIGHT?


We struggle to fit into an existence (*or illusion) that is THE DETREMENT to US:

-*The folly of the European concept of WORK

-*The folly of paying bills and for our  PLEASURES/ENJOYMENT

-*The folly of seeking ANY help from a system catered to Caucasians


And much, much, MUCH more!


*Even though there is an importance in having our OWN businesses and industries when it comes to our economic vitality, how is it really benefitting us? We as a people DO NOT understand who we are.  The things we THINK that we need we don’t need, such as the *unnatural food we eat, *the entertainment that distracts us, * the medications that kills us ever so peacefully, etc. These things only perpetuate the madness.

If we truly understood how very little we (black-melanated people) needed to survive, our entire thought process would TRANSFORM over night:


“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12:2


The Creator gave us everything we needed BEFORE Caucasians decided to tamper with it.  We have the capacity to produce/build/create our own world that benefits US in everyway imaginable: physically and *metaphysically. We have placed our trust in a people that has no LIFE/LIGHT.




And they make a buck off the perversion of that knowledge! I can understand how we spend over a $1 trillion dollars in their economy.


We have to be mindful of the things we create, and what we partake in that continues the cycle. We have to examine the current cycle that is keeping us in our comatose state. We MUST exit the material-realm and evolve as a people. Our potential is far greater than what we have been shown by the powers-that-be.



Peace and love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man



*Future post


Melanin Production


From the Melanated Man:


Refer to previous post: An Introduction to Melanin

So what exactly is melanin? If you had to put a scientific term on melanin, it would be classified as a dark carbon compound, secreted by the pineal gland. The Pineal gland is a small endocrine (hormone system) gland located behind the third ventricle of the brain. The gland is slightly smaller than a green pea and weighs less than two grams. The stimulation of the pineal gland is crucial to the growth of the nervous system’s cerebrum (thinking part of the brain called gray matter) as well as the ability to produce melanin as mentioned before.

What gives the pineal gland the ability to secrete melanin? SUNLIGHT! NOT ARTIFICIAL LIGHT, which at some point, its harmful effects will be discussed at greater depth. The sun radiates the full of spectrum of light to the retina of the eyes, which is connected to the brain, which activates the pineal gland to produce melanin (*Sungazing anyone?) Melanin is then turned into serotonin and melatonin.


*Serotonin– hormone thought to be active in constricting smooth muscles, transmitting impulses between nerve cells, regulating cyclic body processes and CONTRIBUTING TO WELLBEING AND HAPPINESS.

*Melatonin- hormone that is known to regulating your body’s circadian rhythm, along with many other wonderful benefits.


If sunlight is important to melanin production, and black people have the highest concentration of melanin among all types of people on the planet, then what does that say about us?



The amount of sunlight we receive not only as children but as adults is CRUCIAL. You are like a flower or any other green plant, in need of chlorophyll (melanin) to survive. Plants need SUNLIGHT and that’s it. *Same thing with black-melanated people.


We don’t get that much sunlight, especially in this day age and age. We are afraid to get out in the sun, not realizing it is to our benefit. We are too CIVILIZED and MODERN to take advantage of what the Creator has given us. I prefer the term colonization. If you are not familiar with that term, I suggest you do a quick Google search. That word should be in your mental vocabulary. But anyway…

This artificial life is killing us. And when I mean artificial I mean:


-*Cell phones

-*Computers (which is killing as I type!)

-*DEAD food (that is processed, refined, DENATURED!)



-*Video games

-*Noise pollution

-*Fluorescent lights

…*And so much more!! (All of your artificial light cause *radiation, which we all know kills you.)

All these things affect your melanin production. We are hit with these devices EVERYDAY. But we are civilized. We have been brought from out of the darkness (dark matter=melanin) into the light (artificial light that is!)

Think about it like this: The gorilla can live more than 200 years in the wild without interruption. Take that same gorilla and place him in a zoo or circus, it maybe lives to 60, but that is a stretch. * Is it possible we can live as long as Methuselah, who lived until the ripe age of 969, in the proper environment?  

Damn it, we are trapped in a cage. We are VOLUNTARILY killing ourselves to remain civilized. Only difference in being in actual prison is that prisoners are placed there AGAINST their will.  But there’s no difference because I guarantee they get as much sunlight as non-prisoners do, if not more.*

(Hence, besides the fact that of *New Jim Crow prison industrial complex, it makes me wonder that may be the underlying reason why over half of the prison population is black –melanated, and brown skinned. Hmmmm.)


I can go on and on about this. And I will, in future posts. The most important advice you should receive from this post is to get as much sunlight as possible and limit your exposure to the artificial mess to a bare minimum (not at all is asking too much…for now.) And as I end this, I will enjoy myself with my kids outside while we bask in the sunlight, blessed upon us by our Creator. I feel joy just knowing that!


Peace, Love, and Blessings to my Melanated family,

The Melanated Man



*Will receive future post


References: Afrika, Llaila. Melanin: What Makes Black People Black. Copyright 2009.





Adhering your daily diet to the principles of Ma’at


From the Melanated Man:


There are some guidelines that we can adhere to when partaking in eating food. It should help those who wish to curb the habit of unhealthy eating. It works for me and hopefully it may benefit you.


Ma’at is the Ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice who is sometimes personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the gods that set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation. The concept can be applied to our daily diets so we can regulate and balance our consumption. You should question your emotions and reasons based on the principles of Ma’at:


Truth- Am I really hungry? Am I medicating emotions with junk foods/alcohol? Does my body need nourishment? Am I being a slave to my taste buds? Am I treating food as if it is a “slave” and my eating it as “the slave master?”


Justice- Does my choice of food give nutritional justice to my body or does it nutritionally starve my body?


Righteousness- Is the food good for God’s Temple (my body?) Is there a healthy snack I can eat instead of junk?


Harmony- How does eating junk food serve my body and benefit my wellness?


Balance- Does eating this food maintain my biochemical balance or does it cause a negative drain of energy?


Order- Does the food follow the correct order (amount) of nutrients? (6 grains, 5 fruits or vegetables, 2 proteins-vegetable/meat, 8-10 glasses of water?)


Propriety- Is the food adding to my wellness and helping me to eliminate or decrease my intake of packaged, processed, synthetic foods; dead animal flesh that are cloned, hybridized, with chemical-laced preservatives?


Compassion- Do I accept that my wellness adds to the health of my race and serves Ma’at or do I feel deprived when I do not eat junk foods?


Reciprocity- Am I using food to commit suicide, to punish myself, or to maintain low self-esteem or am I using it to reward myself? Does this food ultimately cause dis-ease or wellness?



Peace and love to my melanated family,


The Melanated Man


References: Afrika, Llaila. African Holistic Health; Copyright 2009.


Words that start with EN: Enjoy

Previous post of words that start with EN: Enlighten


From the Melanated Man:

Enjoy or Enjoyment:


1. take delight or pleasure in (an activity or occasion).
2. possess and benefit from.
1. the state or process of taking pleasure in something.
2. the action of possessing and benefiting from something.
As stated previously, the etymology of the letters en means “inner ” or “within.” Joy is defined as ” a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” So in my mind, enjoyment SHOULD mean that pleasure and happiness comes from within. Nothing external is giving us pleasure or happiness if we are enjoying something. Am I correct?
Why is it that when we talk about enjoyment we refer to something outside of ourselves? Damn English language!
We have to go to an amusement park to find our enjoyment…
We have to eat a slice a pizza or fried chicken or ice cream to find our enjoyment…
We have to watch the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, etc. to find our enjoyment…
We have to go to the movies, go out to dinner, play video games, or even reading a book to FIND our enjoyment. (If you’re reading for knowledge/information that’s different.)
And the list goes on and on…
The common denominator is that these are EXTERNAL influences. We are only consuming. Gross overconsumption. Throwing our precious money away to ENJOY ourselves.
What does that say about us black, melanated folks (or people in general?) Are we really that empty inside?
Our joy should come from within; the fact that we have life and breathe and a fluid state of mind should give us all the enjoyment we need. Why is it that we need more than that to sustain our happiness? We should bring that joy from within ourselves into the world, not vice versa.
We shouldn’t just be witnesses to other peoples’ (Caucasians) idea of enjoyment. We shouldn’t take what is given to us because we are greater than that. We have to be the creators of our own universe, our enjoyment. This “MATRIX” is set up to feed off the unhealthy appetites (not just food) of the common man and woman.  Once we realize that we are not in need of any pleasure or happiness from the establishment, then the system will cease to exist.
If we keep perpetuating this current idea of seeking our joy outside of ourselves, we will continue to perish.
Peace and love to the melanated family,
The Melanated Man


Food for Thought: Oprah is promoting the food that’s killing us!!!

By the Melanated Man from the cell phone…

As I type this post, I’m watching this show on OWN called “Welcome to Sweetie Pies” and it caused me to have a thought. I detest the TV these days, but I’m watching it with family who are still unconscious (hate to say that.) But anyway, you may have heard of the show. The show is broadcasted by the Oprah Winfrey Network. Here is a brief synopsis from OWN.com:

Robbie Montgomery was one of the original backup singers for Ike and Tina Turner in the 1960s. After her professional singing career ended, Montgomery — who is known as Miss Robbie — took her mother’s soul-food recipes, which had been passed down through generations, and created Sweetie Pie’s, an iconic St. Louis soul-food restaurant that now has two locations. This docu-series follows Miss Robbie as she prepares to open a third restaurant with the help of her son and business partner, Tim. With all of the business dealings going on, Tim and his girlfriend are busy preparing for their wedding and the birth of their first child. Miss Robbie, who is in her 70s and has never been married, also looks for love.

If I’ve learned anything from the tel-lies-vision (stole that one!) is that it only leads to destroying black-melanated people, aside from the fact the damn thing puts out radiation and artificial light that’s physically killing us.

This show epitomes our struggle with the STANDARD soul food dish, or death food. And our very OWN (no pun intended) capitalizes off it. The *vegetables are overcooked with no life whatsoever. The legalized drug sugar is dumped in the desserts like peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, THE SWEET TEA, etc. And the *meat…well hey! The powers that be are promoting our demise (surprise, surprise!)

You and I have eaten this food most of our life. We know the shit (because that’s what it is) is addicting.

Isn’t Oprah all for her peeps? If you’re reading this blog, you should know the answer to that question.

Happy thoughts to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man

*I haven’t been thorough on why meat (ALL MEAT) and overcooked veggies is so destructive to our bodies but a future post is coming it. Promise!

ED vs. EL, Reblog: Eating Aborted Babies?

Sickening: Major food corporations use tissue from aborted babies to manufacture flavor additives in processed foods

Aborted babies


Every time you purchase mass-produced processed “food” from the likes of Kraft, PepsiCo, or Nestle, you’re choosing, whether you realize it or not, to feed your family not only genetically engineered poisons and chemical additives, but also various flavoring agents manufactured using the tissue of aborted human babies.

It’s true: A company based out of California, known as Senomyx, is in the business of using aborted embryonic cells to test fake flavoring chemicals, both savory and sweet, which are then added to things like soft drinks, candy and cookies. And Senomyx has admittedly partnered with a number of major food manufacturers to lace its cannibalistic additives into all sorts of factory foods scarfed down by millions of American consumers every single day.

Known as “HEK-293,” the aborted human fetal cell line used by Senomyx is manipulated to evaluate how the human palate will react to synthetic flavors used in the production of processed foods. Since most processed foods on the market today are hardly food to begin with, and typically lack any real flavor or appeal on their own, chemical companies like Senomyx are hired to develop artificial ones (which are often deceptively labeled as “natural flavors”) in order to make them taste like real food.

But because these ingredients can be legally disguised with vague descriptors like “artificial flavors” and even “natural flavors,” most consumers have no idea that these additives, in some cases, are actually made using the cell tissue of unborn babies that were murdered through abortion. It’s sickening but true, and people must learn the truth in order to avoid partaking in what EndAllDisease.com says amounts to a satanic ritual.

“What they don’t tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 — human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors,” Debi Vinnedge of the pro-life group Children of God for Life said about the ugly truth of the flavoring chemical industry. “They could have easily chosen animal, insect, or other morally obtained human cells expressing the G protein for taste receptors.”

Vaccines, “beauty products” loaded with chemicals made from unborn babies murdered via legalized genocide

Processed food isn’t the only hidden source of additives made using aborted human fetal tissue — many so-called “beauty products” and vaccines are also loaded with aborted baby tissue-derived additives. According to EndAllDisease.com, Neocutis “beauty” products and anti-wrinkle creams are made from aborted male baby cells collected after a 14-week gestation period.

Many vaccines, including Merck & Co.’s MMR II vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, as well as ProQuad (Merck), Varivax (Merck), Pentacel (Sanofi Pasteur) and Havrix (GlaxoSmithKline), also contain derivatives of aborted human babies.

The following list outlines processed “food” products, vaccines and “beauty products” known to contain ingredients derived from aborted human babies (and there are likely many more; your best bet is to avoid all processed foods in general):

• All Pepsi soft drinks
• Sierra Mist soft drinks
• Mountain Dew soft drinks
• Mug root beer and other soft drinks
• No Fear beverages
• Ocean Spray beverages
• Seattle’s Best Coffee
• Tazo beverages
• AMP Energy beverages
• Aquafina water
• Aquafina flavored beverages
• DoubleShot energy beverages
• Frappuccino beverages
• Lipton tea and other beverages
• Propel beverages
• SoBe beverages
• Gatorade beverages
• Fiesta Miranda beverages
• Tropicana juices and beverages

• All coffee creamers
• Maggi Brand instant soups, bouillon cubes, ketchups, sauces, seasoning, instant noodles

• Black Jack chewing gum
• Bubbaloo bubble gum
• Bubblicious bubble gum
• Chiclets
• Clorets
• Dentyne
• Freshen Up Gum
• Sour Cherry Gum (Limited)
• Sour Apple Gum (Limited)
• Stride
• Trident

• Sour Cherry Blasters
• Fruit Mania
• Bassett’s Liquorice All sorts
• Maynards Wine Gum
• Swedish Fish
• Swedish Berries
• Juicy Squirts
• Original Gummies
• Fuzzy Peach
• Sour Chillers
• Sour Patch Kids
• Mini Fruit Gums
• Certs breath mints
• Halls Cough Drops


Neocutis uses aborted male baby cells after a 14-week gestation period in their anti-wrinkle creams. The following creams they sell contain aborted fetal cells, but we need to boycott all their products.
• Bio-Gel Prevedem Journee
• Bio-Serum Lumiere
• Bio Restorative Skin Cream

• MMR II (Merck)
• ProQuad (MMR + Chickenpox — Merck)
• Varivax (Chickenpox — Merck)
• Pentacel (Polio + DTaP + HiB — Sanofi Pasteur)
• Vaqta (Hepatitis-A — Merck)
• Havrix (Hepatitis-A — Glaxo SmithKline)
• Twinrix (Hepatitis-A and B combo — Glaxo)
• Zostavax (Shingles — Merck)
• Imovax (Rabies — Sanofi Pasteur)

• Pulmozyme (Cystic Fibrosis — Genetech)
• Enbrel (Rheumatoid Arthritis — Amgen)

Sources for this article include:




Reference: http://www.naturalnews.com/049367_aborted_babies_flavor_chemicals_food_corporations.html#ixzz41wuBcnyW


E.D. vs. E.L.- Reblog: Corporate Biopiracy and the Terminator Seed

(To drive the point home, WE DON’T HAVE CONTROL OVER NOTHING!)


Article by Bruce Dixon on Wed, 04/27/2005

Originally published in Black Commentator on April 28, 2005 

It is arguably the most fiendish product yet devised by corporate genetic engineers

Ever since humans started farming about ten thousand years ago, farmers have saved the seed from one year’s crop to produce the next, and freely exchanged seed with neighbors and friends.  If the Bush administration and its friends at Monsanto and other “life-sciences” corporations get their way it will soon be illegal in much of the world.

“The problem with farmers exchanging seeds, and saving seeds and planting seeds,” says Michael Dorsey, a professor of International Environmental Policy at Dartmouth University, “is that corporations don’t make any money off it.”

The latest move in the decades-long campaign by the corporate “life-science industry” to horn in on this ancient and unprofitable practice is the patenting and introduction of the so-called “terminator seed.” Arguably the most fiendish product yet devised by corporate genetic engineers, and in the United States, the least known, terminator gene technology prevents this year’s crop from producing next year’s seed, thus obliging otherwise ungrateful farmers to return to distributors for each year’s seed.  As patent holder, the US Department of Agriculture intends to license and implement this obscene technology worldwide, applying it to food crops including maize, wheat and rice, which are the staples of much of the developing world.  The aim of US corporate biopirates is eventually to make impossible the saving and preserving of next year’s seed from this year’s crop anyplace on earth, while guaranteeing themselves a no-risk profit any time a farmer plants anywhere in the world.

“They are putting the entire planet’s food supply at risk for what could potentially be a vast profit.”

“With genetic use restriction technology, the corporate name for the ‘terminator seed’ Monsanto and the other life science companies,” according to Dorsey, “are engaged in a set of ethically and scientifically questionable maneuvers that aim to capture and control agriculture on a global scale.  They are putting the entire planet’s food supply at risk for what could be a potentially vast profit.”

How has such a thing become possible?

Corporate power has long influenced the direction of basic biological research.  Rather than seeking better understandings of the relations of parts to each other in the earth’s incredibly complex and interdependent ecosystems, scientists for more than 50 years have focused on dividing, defining and parsing the genetic code of organisms as a prelude to claiming property rights to what they might some day invent, or merely describe.

More than 20 years ago, agribusiness, pharmaceutical and “life science” companies, Monsanto first among them, set their sights on what they called “commercialization and value capture” of global agriculture.

“In many cases it has become illegal for American farmers to save and plant their own seeds.” 

Through campaign and other donations corporate lobbyists purchased regulations, laws and court decisions which mandated the registration of each and every crop variety, prescribed heavy fines for the planting and distribution of unlicensed seed, and required licensing and extensive record keeping on the part of anybody selling or giving seeds away.  In many cases, it has become illegal for American farmers to save and plant their own seeds.  At the same time, US patent laws were expanded to allow corporations to claim genetic material as their private “intellectual property.”

“The granting of life patents,” environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva says, “was seen as an imperative both by the industry as well as the government.  The U.S. government actually encouraged life patenting. The decision-making was set by the courts, rather than by Congress, never with a public debate, never with a public policy decision on the ethical implications, ecological implications, economic implications of what life patents mean.”

International “free trade” agreements like GATT, NAFTA and the WTO served to make US patent law the global rule.  Hence, American corporations beginning in the 1990s were able file a blizzard of patents claiming varieties of rice and wheat grown for centuries in India, beans cultivated before Columbus in Mexico, a staggering array of medicinal plants known and used by local inhabitants of Africa, of South and Southeast Asia, of Amazonia and elsewhere, along with the foods and medicines derived from them, and their methods of preparation as the private “intellectual property” of those corporations.

The job of corporate researchers was to come up with new and patentable life forms to which their sponsors could claim property rights.  Corporate geneticists learned to insert genetic material from one kind of organism into another, creating the first transgenic organisms.  Human genes were spliced into animals, animal and bacterial DNA into plants, often using infectious viruses as insertion tools and markers, all in the service of maximizing corporate profit.  A typical example involves the placement of genes into seeds that make plants resist or require the application of herbicide manufactured by that same corporation, or genes that produce “proto-toxin” insecticides, that supposedly do not turn toxic until ingested by a pest insect or the predator of a helpful insect.

“Citizens in Europe, Africa and Asia have, with varying degrees of success mobilized to force their governments to resist the importation of American “FrankenFood” 

Attendant risks, such as the uncontrolled pollination of transgenic plants contaminating the genome of existing ones, or horizontal gene transfer, in which genetic material from inserted viruses can end up in the genes of those who eat genetically modified food, are given scant attention, except by the public relations flacks who assure us there is nothing, absolutely nothing to worry about.  But according to scientists, farmers and consumers around the world there is plenty to worry about.

Most of the world’s genetically modified crops are planted in the US, Canada, Brazil and Argentina.  But citizens in Europe, Africa and Asia have with varying degrees of success mobilized to force their governments to resist the importation of  American “Frankenfood” or the planting of genetically modified crops.  Transgenic pollution has already occurred in Mexico, where ancestral varieties of corn already been contaminated by the pollen of corporate genetically modified corn grown in open fields hundreds of miles north in the US.  When Zambia and Zimbabwe refused food “aid” shipments of American corn in 2002, it was because authorities knew thrifty farmers would save and plant some of the genetically modified corn, and its pollen would inevitably be carried by wind and insects to pollute crops in the entire region, with unpredictable results.

“The State Department, the Department of Agriculture, and USAID” claims Dorsey,  “have caused or allowed genetically modified foodstuffs to comprise a very large proportion of US food aid…  The US also uses bilateral trade negotiations to bully weaker countries into accepting this Trojan Horse food aid along with a smorgasboard of other deleterious stuff.  Private US charities and corporations like Monsanto have gotten themselves into the act too, giving away US genetically modified food to depress local prices in foreign markets and insert themselves….”

The greed and hubris of the “life science” corporations knows no bounds.  Monsanto recently sued a Canadian farmer all the way up to Canada’s Supreme Court for non-payment of royalties after his crop was polluted by transgenic Monsanto pollen, and international agribusiness concerns are doing the same in Argentina.

Biopiracy and World Food Security

“There is a growning worldwide movement in Europe, Asia and Africa to ban terminator seed.”

The term applied by most of the world to corporate “value capture” in agriculture is biopiracy.  Civilized humanity views it as a mostly American attempt to hijack the biodiversity of the Earth itself and privatize the labor of countless generations of farmers.  In India and elsewhere resistance to the depredations of transnational biopirates who are squeezing local agriculture have grown to the dimensions of mass movements, able to put hundreds of thousands of people in the streets on short notice in postures of active resistance.  There is a growing worldwide movement in Europe, Asia and Africa to ban terminator seed and other corporate transgenic crop technologies.

National governments throughout the developing world view genetically modified crops and the terminator seed as dire threats to their food security.  Many frame this situation as nothing less than the latest incarnation of colonialism.  As India’s Dr. Vandana Shiva, the author of Stolen Harvest and Biopiracy: The Theft of Nature and Knowledge put it, medieval pirates like Columbus had letters of patent entitling all the lands, goods and people they encountered who were not already ruled by white Christian princes.  Modern patents which turn the genetic heritage of the planet into corporate private so-called “intellectual property” are equally illegitimate.

But these are news and views the corporate American media diligently protect us from.  Thanks to the American media bubble, the nation whose people consume the most genetically modified food know less about genetic engineering of the food chain than anybody else on Earth.  When Oprah Winfrey swore off hamburger on a TV show she was promptly hauled into court for “libeling” Texas beef.  One can only imagine what the fate might be of public figures in this country rash enough to call attention to and support a worldwide ban on genetically modified foods and terminator technology.

The terminator seed briefly made headlines in 1998 when the ETC Group revealed that the US Department of Agriculture had patented this abhorrent technology.

“We estimate that the US Department of Agriculture received over 10,000 emails and letters protesting its support of genetic seed sterilization, and calling on the Dept. to abandon the technology,” said ETC Group director Hope Shand, who coined the name “terminator seed” for these genetic devices.

“The public outcry forced Monsanto, the biggest player in genetically modified crops and one of the world’s largest pesticide firms to publicly pledge that it would not develop the technology… The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity supported a de facto moratorium on Terminator technology in 2000.”

But quietly, according to Hope Shand, and under a near whiteout in the US media, the corporate biopirates are making moves to impose terminator seed technology on the rest of the world.

“At a February meeting of scientific advisors to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada did the dirty work for the US government and the biotech industry by drafting a recommendation to allow for the field testing and commercial use of Terminator seeds – essentially undoing the precautionary language now in place at the United Nations.  Fortunately, the Canadian position was not accepted at the February meeting, but we expect to see strong pressure by industry in the coming months to win acceptance of Terminator seeds.”

“Famines happen when we play games with the food supply”

attempted to contact the offices of Senate Agriculture chairman Saxby Chamblis (R. GA), and Rep. David Scott, (D. GA) who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, but could find nobody at either office who would talk, or even admit they knew anything about “terminator seed” technology.  This is not a bad time to make your own representative in Congress aware of the danger of US support for deploying terminator seed technology.

“Famines don’t occur in today’s world…because of natural disasters” concludes brother Michael Dorsey at Dartmouth.  “They don’t happen because there are too many people.  They happen because of political and economic decisions [when] people with power decide that those without it don’t eat.  They happen when we play games with the food supply….  It doesn’t take much imagination to come up with a scenario where corporate transgenic crops and terminator technology lead to disastrous food shortages for tens or hundreds of millions of people… This is very dangerous stuff.”

In his last week at the Department of Homeland Security, former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge talked about how easy it would be for “terrorists” to tamper with the nation’s food supply.  We at think he was kidding.  It seems safe to assume that like the rest of the Minister of Fear’s terror alerts, this was intended to direct our attention away from something a lot more substantial, like the very real risks and consequences of corporate genetic tampering with the planet’s food security.  Should we hear the words “terrorism” and “food supply” in the same paragraph any time in the near future we will be reminded of the little man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz.  He would tell us to pay no attention to the patent lawyers, genetic engineers and corporate biopirates behind the curtain, busy hijacking the planet’s food supply.

Additional resources on biopiracy and the commodification of nature:

Interview with Vandana Shiva The Role of Patents in the Rise of Globalization

There are about a dozen speeches by Vandana Shiva, freely downloadable online.

Go to Radio4All. On the right choose “Advanced search”, and in the “Full text search” box type Vandana Shiva

SciDev.Net’s dossier on “intellectual property”

The Institute of Science in Society has a wealth of information on the subject.

A good place to start is its FAQ on Genetic Engineering

The ETC Group

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