By my reckoning, Monsanto is the logical outgrowth of a utopian pyramid scheme that demands endless growth, as economic and religious models. Monsanto “feeds the world,” with its overblown population, a whole lot of crap. But if they didn’t do it, someone else would.
Someone asked on FetLife whether Monsanto and genetically engineered food might be responsible for the modern obesity epidemic. Of course it is a factor as is all “food” that isn’t really “food” but merely a substitution for same. But does the starving or poor person really have a choice? Probably not. It turns out that life is not a bed of roses in defiance of mathematics. Should this swill be labeled? Probably, but, in the realm of unintended consequences, I believe that labeling GE food will result in poor self esteem in the poor sods forced to eat this stuff. Meanwhile, anyone with a wit of understanding (and means) buys organic in order to avoid GE. Do we really need labels in order to set apart the “Loaded with pesticides and synthetic fertilizers but at least it isn’t Frankenfood” vs. “Experimental swill. You be the guinea pig, economically!”
Many still believe that the Universal Law of Thermodynamics is the only serious explanation for obesity, that is, more calories in than calories burned equals fat. However, that logic is seriously flawed. If it were true that a calorie is a calorie regardless of accompanying nutrients then we would be filling our gas tanks with corn syrup.
We don’t, of course, preferring a high octane fuel source, that is, a degree of saturation or hydrogen geared toward the particular engine that is doing the burning.
Moreover, if a calorie is a calorie then merely administering insulin to a person–or various dopamine antagonist/anti-psychotics–with no change in caloric content–would not result in weight gain, but they do. Merely increasing the stress-level (cortisol production) will result in weight gain in some persons but not others depending on endocrine system functioning and health (thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, pituitary, sex organs).
Nutritional starvation–whether on a purely caloric basis or a nutrient deficiency basis–will result in endocrine adaptation of some sort. The nature of the endocrine adaptation is largely based on genetics. However, genetic expression is largely based on generational nutrition, that is what your great grandparents ate has a bearing on your own genetic expression as does your own nutrition, that is, the budding scientific field of epigenetics.
As top soils are depleted and “maximum yield” is produced using synthetic fertilizers and seeds bred for productivity and shelf life rather than nutritional basis, and now seeds bred in order to be resistant to increasing levels of poison–herbicide (a chemical cousin of Agent Orange known as “Round-up”), the sheer nutritional value of food is reduced, and thereby organ “adaptation” such as insulin sensitivity, cortisol over-production, estrogen (fat-producing) over-production and corresponding reduction of adrenalin, dopamine, testosterone, human growth hormone, immune system components, pituitary, thyroid, and of course ATP (with the actual ratio highly dependent on genetics), essentially results in an inferior human animal or what could even be called de-evolution or devolution.
So, keep right on over-reproducing and watch how human cranial size, pelvic size, and jaw size continue to reduce over time in comparison to relatively recent human ancestors of the Twentieth Century, never mind earlier centuries–adjusting for the genetic damage produced by poverty and its accompanying nutritional and environmental stressors.
Monsanto is therefore an evolutionary pressure–assists in the devolution of “obedient” reproductive machines who are “trusting” in an entity that exists solely for profit with no other consideration. Naturally, it wouldn’t do if all of those trusting consumers were to die off instantly, upon consuming their treat. Therefore, any harm done must be subtle and gradual–not instantaneous.
Monsanto requires a constant stream of obedient and trusting consumers/cheap labor and therefore benefits with each phase of human devolution. The movie, Idiocracy is all too prophetic. Fortunately, obesity lowers fertility, and so do nutritional deficiencies in general; however, not fast enough.
The average lifespan is already starting to dip and eventually there will be a virtual split in the human genome such that there will be a “slave class” who is plenty physically productive and utilitarian in youth and then has the good taste to die young, ruled by a “master class” with no such devolutionary pressures.
Do Monsanto employees eat their own swill? They say they do: http://www.monsanto.com/newsviews/pages/what-monsanto-serves-in-its-cafeterias.aspx
I have my doubts.