Hundreds of Farmers Block Roads in Protest of Monsanto’s GMO Crops | Natural Society
Posted on February 27, 2015
Poland’s largest farmer uprising ever has occurred as convoys of tractors took to the roads recently in protest of GMO infiltration and land grabs by biotech and Big Ag corporations.
More than 150 farmers blocked roadways and held numerous demonstrations in order to bring attention to the important issue of food sovereignty in Poland. Their focus is a ban on GMOs and a restoration of small farmer’s rights after decades of oppressive health and safety regulations which take rights away from small farms and give them to mono-cropping, poisoning Big Ag mega-companies.
The farmers have been stalwart – refusing to call off their demonstrations until their demands are met. Rallies and demonstrations have littered the country – in over 50 locations. Hundreds are picketing government offices in addition to the road blockades.
In the largest organized farmer’s protest the country has likely ever seen, the farmers are demanding that legislators protect the small farmer from exploitation by monopolizing companies and refuse the sell off of their country’s land to these behemoths. As the farmers point out, once the land is sold, the Big Ag model can’t be stopped, and the land is forever lost.
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Until government officials agree to talk with the farming unions, they have vowed to keep up their efforts. Edward Kosmal, chairman of the farmers protest committee for West-Pomeranian Region said:
“We are ready for dialogue. We look forward to meeting with you, Prime Minister, and beginning a comprehensive government commitment to solving the problems of Polish agriculture. If you do not enter into a dialogue with the Union, we will be forced to step up our protests.”
There are 4 simple key demands the farmers would like to be heard:
- Regulation of land grabs by primarily Western companies (translation – biotech and Big Ag) to prevent small farmers from losing their livelihoods.
- The legalization of direct sale of produce and other foods from farms to the people.This cuts out the middle man and allows the higher quality produce of many farms to reach its customers directly. Poland currently has some of the most extreme policies of all of Europe in this regard, making it nearly impossible for small farmers to compete with big food companies who are notorious for selling us fake and highly processed foods.
- Change inheritance laws so that families can rightly leave land under lease to their heirs.
- BAN THE CULTIVATION OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS!
One farmer stated:
“We demand the introduction of legislation that will protect Polish land from exploitation by foreign capital! Agricultural land cannot be sold to commercial companies. It’s part of Polish territory. Once sold it will be lost.
An Intense Escalation of Events
The farmer’s protests represent a dramatic increase in activist fervor that has been boiling to the surface for over a year, with marked unrest in the northern provinces.
These provinces are especially upset about not being able to sell their (mostly) organic produce, though uncertified. It is usually of higher quality than the food grown on modern industrial farms. Poland is one of the last places in Europe where ‘peasant’ farmers still use traditional agricultural methods, without the use of chemicals and very low mechanization, so the soil is healthier, and so are the plants grown there. The large majority of small farms are no larger than 5 hectares.
Industrial-bent foreign corporations are keen to expand their operations in Poland, and many small farmers see the increasingly ridiculous regulations as an attempt to force families off their land.
Furthermore, one of Poland’s biggest industrial producers, in the form of Smithfield(the world’s biggest pig producer which bought Poland’s Animex SA in 1999) is influencing the largely right-wing government. They own a string of 16 hog farms where conditions have been called“horrendous,”so you know they are not interested in protecting small farmer’sland rights or producing high-quality, no-GMO, organic food.
The triad of government and corporate interests in Poland along with EU pressure is causing the protests to reach a more fevered pitch.
“These protests are touching the raw nerve of what’s wrong with the inhuman, neo-liberal and profit obsessed practices of today. Practices which ignore the real needs of farmers and consumers alike.”
Read: Brazil’s Farmers Rise up in Protest Against Big Ag’s Policies
Polish farmers are joined with millions of others who have been protesting against Monsanto, Cargill, and other biotech and Big Ag interests who have little concern for the quality of our food supply. Over 50 countries have marched against Monsanto, so thethousands marching in Poland are not alone. Almost all states in the US have marched against Monsanto and Big Ag, and Vermont recently staged a protest at the US Canadian border which involved more than 79 Vermont towns.
“We are here at the border to demonstrate the global solidarity of farmers in the face of corporate globalization. The corporate takeover of agriculture has impoverished farmers, starved communities, and force-fed us hazardous genetically engineered crops, only to line the pockets of a handful of multinational corporations like Monsanto at the expense of farmers who are struggling for land and livelihood around the world!”
You can read more about land grabs by multinationals at Pesticide Action Network, as well other sites. The actions of these companies keeps the world hungry and sick, not well fed. As the Global Policy Forum explains, unfair distribution of land, and unfair access to ownership explain much of the poverty and hunger in the world – NOT – as biotech would have us believe, the inability to grow enough food. Its all about distribution.
It is the one- percent-ers, owning most of the multinational companies, not rural farmers who commandeer the land. Even when small farmers do own land, they still suffer from inequality due to government regulations that favor these enormous companies.
“The struggle for land reform, which would shift the balance of power in favor of marginalized landless farmers, has been going on for many decades. However the food and financial crises contribute to worsening the trend towards land concentration, in which governments, agro-industrial corporations and private investors buy up fertile land in poor countries, [largely to spread GMOs] depriving small farmers of their ability to grow their own food.”
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March 2, 2015 @ 1:19 pm Chad
I wonder who will win in the long run … a handful of poor farmers that can’t compete; or BigAgra, Free Trade Agreements, Bankers, Propaganda, and their associated supporters:
“… your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
They just need our Statue of Liberty, a better “no child left behind” indoctrination system, a 1st world closed-door and 3rd world open-door immigration policy, more vaccinations, greater fluoride concentrations, denser chemtrails … and free cable or satellite TV for every household with MMA, 24-7 sports, and free rap-video, movie and porn channels … and more WIC assistance for candy, snacks and chips … more amalgam fillings and environmental estrogens … and 2 jobs for every man, woman and child, greater taxations, video games under every Christmas tree, govt salaries 3x that of non-govt positions, euthanasia disguised at medical care, and a retirement age of 75 to pay for it all.
Problem solved :)
March 2, 2015 @ 6:22 pm Chad
“As the Global Policy Forum explains, unfair distribution of land, and unfair access to ownership explain much of the poverty and hunger in the world – NOT – as biotech would have us believe, the inability to grow enough food. Its all about distribution.” — I know nobody will agree with me, but if one of the “immoral minority” may speak, it is statements such as this that scream “NEW WORLD ORDER/SUBJUGATION!” Ever-increasing populations are required to maintain increasing GNPs to pay on ever-increasing national debts. That’s how you can know if you are being fed BS or not: just keep an eye out for the “endless breeder” agenda, just keep an eye out for the “we must change human nature and rid the earth of all big evils” argument. Any sign of these should scream “DANGER Will Robinson, DANGER! ENSLAVEMENT PROPAGANDA AHEAD!”
It is beyond me how people are so blind to this agenda. No, nobody is going to change human nature on a global scale, other than the guiding manipulations of those in control of the propaganda machinery, which DEFINITELY includes most all “alternative media”. Endless breeding is the source of ALL major problems in this world – and pointing fingers at the “evil ones” helps nothing. When nobody thinks they are part of the problem, somebody must be wrong.
The native Americans were over-populated with 10 million, fighting over resources in a state of 99% freedom. And every increase since then has only resulted in more and more enslavement. Doesn’t the Statue of Liberty scream “overpopulation”? And that was over 100 years ago! This “endless breeding” agenda is only pushing mankind further and futher into technological life-support, turning men into mere cogs in the machinery, for the sole purpose of supporting more breeding – NOT greater quality of life at all! Every islander population were cannibals from overpopulation. So far as I learned in my independent studies, native Americans were the only people in the world that didn’t practise cannibalism.
Europe was over-populated until the native Americans were killed off to make space for them. Every available piece of arable land was in use! And that resulted in the Black Plague. And Ronald Reagan ordered every available piece of arable land in the USA to be put into use, THERE IS NO MORE! Please! Spare me the “small farmers can provide more than GMO Monsanto!” nonsense, it’s put bunk! Small famers are not more efficient than industrial farming! How can anyone be so stupid?
The amount of arable land on the world is about 8 million square miles, about 8 states of Alaska, with another 4 million or so available if every rainforest on earth is cleared to completion. With 8 billion people, that’s 1000 people per square mile – so please! Spare me the “everyone can have 300 sqft in Texas argument; it’s for morons! Most of the land mass on earth can’t grow anything! And the water tables are sinking annually, even the Ogalala, the biggest on earth.
Australia, for example is 90% desert. As is most of North Africa, and most of Russia and Canada is frozen (which is why I believe they are spraying chemtrails – to create more arable land for MORE PEOPLE. And yes, there is free-energy technology that can likely begin massive ocean distillation, but for what purpose? To destroy all other animals and life on earth just to satisfy breeders? It is total insanity, a mental illness. A sickness, a disease that has been the cause of nearly all suffering on earth for millenia!
Why do you think they have Agenda21 plans? For fun? NO! It is because people need to be concentrated into high-rise cublicles to keep land available for food production, and to spare a few animals. Take a drive across the USA – it’s wall-to-wall people! You can’t get away from people! They are everywhere! You can’t get away from civilization anywhere! You’d have to go to the peak of some mountain, and even then, it is full of trails and people.
Life is suffering. And to have a child at all is a form of mental illness, as nobody can even provide for a child – instead, they demand others subjugate themselves into slave labor to support THEIR CHILDREN! And the bankers and propaganda machines are all on their side.
Guess why? Take a good guess. Being pro-endless-breeder doesn’t make you a good or honorable or caring or sensitive or humane person. It puts you in the camp of the greatest army of enlsavers and subjugators that ever occupied earth. It is ignoble, uncaring, unsensitive, and inhumane, and 1000% self-centered and selfish. An idolater of lust, greed and the material world. Any child born in this world today is nothing more than a sacrifice on the altar of the high priests of debt. Nobody has any freedom or prosperity or decent life to offer a child. Only debt-servitude, from birth to death. A low-form of life unworthy of human potential.
March 10, 2015 @ 4:51 pm James
I agree with Chad; but I believe there will be a balance of bigAgra and organic farmers for roughly the next 2 decades, no matter what. Then organic farming is going to fade into the past as people “wake up” to what we have really done to this planet. Maybe it will be sooner than 20 years; I don’t know the exact timeline, but I do know there’s going to be a ‘human hardship’ sequence-of-events happen before we truly wake up. No, I’m not suggesting a nuclear war with Russia; we already have enough radioactive isotopes here to destroy life, which is exactly what “they” want. This ‘hardship event’ is a multi-decade-long emergency in basic nutrition, unavoidable toxin ingestion, and radiation exposure. And it has already been happening for years. Although, it’s really starting to hit home now, as you can see from the autism rates, Alzheimer’s rates, general death rates, animal extinctions and/or severe reductions, bees, bats, butterflies, birds, seals/fish in the Pacific…I could just keep naming unfortunate species all day long like the 90% reduction in squirrel and birds by my house in the last 4 years. Numerous people are noticing this too, all over the place. There IS a mass extinction/reduction going on right NOW. By the time we wake up, the damage will already have been done, and will be a mutli-decade recovery. BigAgra is actually doing the human species a huge favor; they are providing mineral-reduced-heavy-metal-poisoned food to sicken and enslave the people that choose to eat it. This food directly causes sickness, and brings up personal spending on health”care”, followed by unavoidable early death…oh, by the way…the Affordable Health Care Act law dropped the asset test, which enabled millions MORE Americans to get free “insurance.” Little did they know that “they” plan to give most humans cancer, then inject them at $100,000+ each shot, then after their bodies cannot recover from the injection, seize their estate assets to pay for this health”care”. All laws, all lawmakers, all policies (both classified and public), are working in tandem right now to essentially impoverish the future generations to the unsuspecting people. To the kids that can still reproduce, living in your parent’s basement: do you REALLY think you are just going to inherit your parents stuff without working for it? Yeah right….read the laws. It’s all been set up far too perfectly for you to get any of it. Moving into the far future, there will be no organic farming; this planet will be far too poisoned to grow anything that isn’t genetically modified. What?!? Did a health nut just say this? Yep. In the meantime, organic farms are a great investment (just as Andy has said), and the time will eventually come to adopt food that is correctly genetically engineered. First, they must make a problem, then fix it using our money. It’s a repetitive cycle driven on greed. And the phrase “own nothing, control everything” is very wise at the current point in time. By saying all this does not mean I wish harm on any form of life, as I am only one observer putting everything together that’s going on.
We HAD our chance to be the supreme life force on this planet, and live in balance with nature. Past civilizations of humans couldn’t get it right either, nor have we. Like I said earlier, we have overstressed EVERY area of this planet with no exceptions. Just look around and you can find it all in plain view. I do not agree with Chad that the aerosol spraying is creating arable land; look at what it contains, study each element or chemical, and you’ll quickly realize it’s designed as an insidious poison to reduce lifespan, allow control of the weather patterns, and to reflect UV and infrared radiation. It is being used to fuel future growth in genetic engineering and detoxification of the planet, which will be a huge area of growth eventually. To the kids out there thinking about a future that aren’t drinking sodium fluoride: get a PhD in chemistry/physics and go to work detoxing this planet; there will be big money in this soon. The chemtrailing is also being used for spreading radioactive isotopes where “they” want, injecting heavy metals and nano-heavy metals into our food and air, and forcing a reduction of the quality of life for the masses. This goes hand in hand with depopulation/Agenda 21/New World Order….or whatever you want to call it. After studying many thousands of hours on this, praying, meditating, and trying to think about the endless scenarios/possibilities, I actually have come to believe the “true” leaders in charge are doing the right things for the future of life on this planet, because the current humans, obviously, could not balance our population with nature. Everything happens in cycles, just as mother nature naturally does with an un-tampered-with ecosystem. In the current case, “they” are managing it for “us,” with unfortunate by-product casualties. Could this be called “playing God?” Probably. It would have probably been easier to enlighten humans decades ago, but that wouldn’t allow for the leaders behind the scenes to essentially take over all technology and infrastructure that was developed, and it wouldn’t allow for a global awakening of intelligence that has to happen. NO, GMO foods are NOT safe right NOW, but in the future, WHY can’t they be made safe? Why can’t they be made to selectively uptake the proper nutrients to support an extremely highly nutritious food? THEY CAN. For example, Monsanto has an aluminum-free corn strain, which has been shown to selectively regulate it’s uptake of aluminum, found ALL OVER in the soils now, even in acidic soil. And in the absence of plentiful amounts of calcium, magnesium, or zinc, “organic” corn WILL uptake aluminum to try to support its own life and reproduce. Does Monsanto have closed-doors research ongoing for truly “good” food? You betcha. Cesium-137 is now all over the place, and “they” aren’t going to be able to grow good food without blocking the uptake. Now is not the time to release this technology though, because there are other plans first. Is the seed bank in the Northern Arctic real? yes. But it’s just a scare tactic; it will never be used. Speaking of worry and fear…stop both NOW. I have seen these two things, just as Edgar Cayce said, cause more disease than anything else. Fear of the unknown is a HUGE factor in disease. Stop fearing the unknown, focus on simple things and learn, then apply the “antidote” for the things we are facing. Get smarter NOW and put 95% of your energy into learning how to be healthy, not doing mindless Sodoku puzzles that “They” said are great. This is all a huge mis-direction distraction from the truth. Well, mind games are great, until you figure out the pattern. Then doing a mind-numbing repetitive pattern over and over to “solve” a similar puzzle is near worthless for neurological enhancement. It’s like a rat running in its cage. Recognize you are in a cage, and stop running. All the tools we have to fix the problems we created are right in front of us, or can be engineered/developed.
So back to fear and worry: Here’s a perfect fear-factor scenario: the vaccine issue. Patrick, this will explain why the main stream media has been on this so much. It’s ALL about spreading fear and worry (keep in mind this is disease factor NUMBER ONE!). In my local paper, they did a HUGE story on vaccines. Multiple people were interviewed, and all sorts end results were given, both bad and good. What did it do? It invoked FEAR and WORRY into ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF PARENTS. Again, 100% (for people that read/watch the news). They worried the anti-vax mothers about possibly forcing toxic vaccines into their kids, scared pro-vax mothers about the repercussions of ‘sending your kid to school with unvaccinated kids,’ and invoked fear into the undecided mothers by teaching them about the numerous downsides and negative reactions to vaccines. This obviously left them ALL in FEAR, and a feeling of: “what did I do to my kid?”
My point: not ONE SINGLE mainstream new article had TRUE SOLUTIONS to solving the toxicity issue of vaccines, nor using natures TRUE vaccines that don’t cause side effects (which detoxing the injections is surprisingly simple with a little research and a little bit of time). And one single point to parents: your kid is going to get sick no matter what: that is part of building the immune system. This is nature’s solution to further itself; and by allowing your kid to get sick, they form lifetime immunity (and if they are a woman, they will have a terrific immune system to pass to their kids WITHOUT injections). How do I know this? I am unvaccinated, my mother had all MMR diseases plus some, breast-fed me, and now 3 decades later I do not get sick, period. A coworker could cough a lung full of influenza down my throat and all I’ll get is a stuffy nose for 1 day. I am not boasting, for I am very lucky; I am just illustrating the amazing effects of letting nature do its work. What vaccines actually do is inject sickness INTO the population, not prevent sickness like “they” say. By not letting the body do the work it was designed to do, we sicken each and every future generation more and more. Of course, 99% of the people don’t believe that, and thus, like I said before, their bloodline is effectively being ended.
Think about some questions: why are US Air Force personnel responsible for publishing some “chemtrail” videos on youtube? The bigger question is: WHY are those videos allowed to still be on there? Think about that. The key word here, above, is capitalized (“why”). Why do certain things make the news, and not other things?? “They” already know, and hold, the largest weapon that even dwarfs HAARP: social psychology. It’s not about what actually happens, it’s about HOW it’s presented. Events are portrayed via the media, and even certain alternative media sites. Don’t think for 1 second that they are actively trying to suppress things. What actually is happening is that “They” are operating under the illusion that they are trying to suppress things, when the opposite is actually true. How on earth did stuff about Edward Snowden make the MSM news? The NSA has the ability to shut down any website they want. And why is Edward supposedly releasing certain things in a semi-predictable pattern? LOL…it’s about keeping fear and worry up, nothing else. Fear and worry also goes hand-in-hand with paranoia….and guess what? OK, I won’t say it and make you do some work: look up symptoms of aluminum toxicity and look what it does to the brain. Why are sites like Patrick’s NOT shut down for spreading the truth? Why are certain doctors harassed by the FDA and others aren’t, for claiming the same things? It’s all about future direction. They are actually allowing alternative medicine, but not publically. If you go public with alternative stuff, you are shut down. They are letting people wake up by themselves. The people who wake up (on their own), are the ones that will be allowed to continue. “They” are essentially actively selecting certain people to further the human race, and ending the bloodlines of people that cannot or will not adapt. To adapt, you must have a free and clear brain (no fluoride or aluminum), and have an open mind.
There’s a lot the average person doesn’t know, that’s OK. And the game plan now is to formulate a worldwide health calamity. This period will awaken intelligent life, and unfortunately will also end a lot of other life. NO, we are not becoming robots and nano-tech like Tony talks about, but that stuff being sprayed on every square foot of the planet is causing a sickness that manifests as thousands of different “names” given to it. It is a general sickness all caused by just a few different things, and solvable by just a few things. Like I said before, “they” are selecting the breeds to continue life on this planet. I generally see these people have an IQ over 140, but it could go as low as 120 with strong physical or mental/spiritual abilities. All other human species are effectively being bred out, having their bloodlines ended. Tony Pantalleresco said it best; “they ARE castrating the humans who cannot adapt,” have bad genetics and won’t focus on improving them, or those who are mentally finished. Need proof? Look at all the people that cannot read a simple scientific paper and can’t extrapolate the results to apply the intelligence they just learned to themselves. At some point in the toxic sequence, a human becomes essentially unrecoverable and ‘un-wakable.’
Healing and staying healthy is relatively easy, after realizing what we are begin subjected to. At first, every single thing I discovered pissed me off. Now, I believe I see the bigger picture. I hope I don’t piss off anyone who reads this, but I will say this: “adapt, or die.” Look into the simple things to heal, like energy medicine, sunlight, and anything to provide cells energy and negative charges. Remove heavy metals, both micron-sized and nano-sized. Hint: there are different products for both…”nano” removes “nano,” despite Tony’s fears of nanotech. Match the particle sizes up for chelation products. Modern hair mineral analysis DO NOT detect nano-sized particles via the “cheap” $300,000 mass spectrometers most mainstream labs use. Eat a Mediterranean diet full of cholesterol and sat. fats; supercharge your brain. And by all means stay far away from mainstream medicine. Cancel your “health” insurance and use that money to pay a wise ND to take care of you (exception to canceling insurance might be planning a birth). Modern medicine has its place, like major surgeries from physical defects, or for emergency medicine. Most of the challenges we face are not solved by modern medicine anyways.
March 10, 2015 @ 5:01 pm skg