by Doug Pineda
I will never forget the moment when my trust in the United States food supply was broken. I was sitting next to a woman on a plane, and as our flight progressed, I noticed that she appeared highly distressed and was on the verge of tears - I asked if there was something I could do to help. That question opened up conversation that would forever change how I saw the world. I learned that she was a biological engineer, specifically a 'food scientist', and she was traveling with a dozen other food scientists that were seated throughout the cabin of the plane. They were returning from an out-of-country training they were sent to by their employer; one of the largest and oldest multinational companies in the world and based in the United States.
She described how she and her colleagues were enthusiastic to attend that training as it would keep them on the cutting edge of food science and part of the vision of supplying the world better food. Instead, what they experienced was nearly two weeks of scientific reprogramming. She described how they were being taught and tested on talking scripts to speak with their friends and family about the virtues of genetically modified seeds, why seeds need to be regulated and controlled by professional companies and not by amateur farmers without scientific degrees, and how to [specifically] convince women that non-GMO foods could not be trusted and how GMO foods were completely safe and why labeling GMO foods would destroy the economy and skyrocket the price of food. She explained the thinly veiled threats that was peppered throughout the nearly two week training of how their current employment and their future careers in science were dependent upon their compliance with this 'training'. She said the training had nothing to do with actual science, but was an immersive indoctrination on how to use their scientific title and perceived consumer authority to promote GMO propaganda strategies.
This woman was on the edge of an emotional collapse on that flight. Not only was she the first person in her family to graduate high school, but practically a living legend in her little village for having achieved her childhood dream of becoming a scientist. However, on that plane ride, she came to realize she could no longer in good conscience work for an immoral corporation with no regard for human life, and whose sole purpose was to profit from controlling the food supply of the world. She lost the illusion that the corporation needed her for her scientific mind and skills, but they needed her ethnicity and her gender to make the case for GMO engineering. She likened it to the tobacco companies of the 1960's that used official-looking white male doctors with a stethoscope draped around their neck and wearing a white lab coat to promote the health benefits of smoking.
I don't know what happened to that food scientist I met on the plane that day, but the whole experience came rushing back as I was introduced to the work of the heroic food crusader, Robyn O'Brien. In less than 20 minutes, you can watch this TEDx Talk with Robyn and learn about the evils of the food supply chain management in the United States. Be prepared to hear the cold hard truth about the profit scheme that the United States politicians and their corporate sponsors have created at the expense of humanity. Once you see this presentation, you can't unlearn the information and there's no going back. Please watch and comment.
So, what can we do? We keep pushing this message out to the rest of the world and we keep educating each other. We can live more consciously, we can consume more mindfully, we can grow our own food and continually learn where food comes from and the impact it has on Mother Earth. Together, we can vote for a better world with every dollar we spend on food, and we can also boycott corporations that allegedly perpetrate crimes against the environment and humanity. We owe it to our seventh generation to turn the tide of the many years of disgusting decisions made by corrupt politicians and greedy corporations that have put us in this position. It's going to take time and it's going to take all of us to turn this around. So, let's make it a good one!
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