The Genesis and Geo-Politics of Genetically Modified Seeds


In the last three or four years, scores of books, articles and documentaries have been written and produced on the dangers of Genetically Modified (GM) seeds. The majority of them have focused on the adverse health and environmental impact. However, almost none have been written and produced on the geo-political issue of GM seeds, and particularly seeds as a weapon of mass destruction.
William Engdahl in his captivating new book entitled “Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation” has addressed this issue. William Engdahl carefully documents how the intellectual foundations of ‘eugenics,’ (the science of improving a population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics) mass culling of the sick, colored, and otherwise disposable races, were actually first established, and even legally approved, in the United States. According to him, eugenics research was financially supported by the Rockefeller and other elite families and first tested on Jews under Nazi Germany.
William Engdahl traces how the field of Eugenics was renamed “genetics” to make it more acceptable and also to hide the real purpose. In his book, he narrates the real story of the eugenics research and the geo-political nature of the research with well evidenced and vivid clarity.  The fear among European ruling families, increasingly, integrating with economic and military might of the United States, was that if the poor nations which are best endowed with natural resources became developed, the abundant natural resources, especially oil, gas, and strategic minerals and metals, may become scarcer for the white population. That situation was unacceptable to the “white ruling elite”.
The central question that dominated the minds of the ruling clique was population reduction in resource rich countries but the question was how to engineer mass culling all over the world without generating powerful backlash as it was bound to happen. When the US oil reserves peaked in 1972 and it became a net oil importer, the situation became alarming and the agenda took the centre stage.
Kissinger, one of the key strategists of Nixon, nurtured by the Rockefellers, prepared what is known as National Security Study Memo (NSSM #200), in which he elaborated his plan for population reduction. In this Memo he specifically targets thirteen countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand, and The Philippines.
According to William Engdahl, the weapon to be used was food. Even if there was a famine food would be used to leverage population reduction. Kissinger is on record for stating, “Control oil, you control nations; control food and you control the people.” Through incremental strategic adjustments within a handful of chemical, food and seed corporations, ably supported by the key persons in key departments of the US Government, behemoths were created that could re-write the regulatory framework in nearly every country. And these seeds of destruction of carefully constructed regulatory framework to protect the environment and human health were sown back in the 1920s.
William Engdahl noted that just five US based agri-biz corporations including Cargill, Bunge, and Archer Daniels, control global grain and seeds trade. Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont, and Dow Chemicals control genetically engineered seeds. While these powerful oligopolies were being knocked into place, anti-trust laws were diluted to exempt these firms. Engdahl writes, “It was not surprising that the Pentagon’s National Defense University, on the eve of the 2003 Iraq War, issued a paper declaring: ‘Agri-biz is to the United States what oil is to the Middle East.’ Agribusiness had become a strategic weapon in the arsenal of the world’s only superpower.”
William Engdahl stated that the “Green Revolution” was part of the Rockefeller agenda to destroy seed diversity and push oil and gas based agriculture inputs in which Rockefeller’s had main interest. Destruction of seed diversity and dependence on proprietary hybrids was the first step in food control. It is true that initially Green Revolution technologies led to spurt in farm productivity but at a huge cost of destruction of farmlands, bio-diversity, poisoned aquifers and progressively poor health of the people and was the true agenda of ‘the proponents of Green Revolution.’
The real impetus came with the technological possibility of gene splicing and insertion of specific traits into unrelated species. Life forms could be altered. But until 1979, the United States Government had steadfastly refused to grant patent on life form. Life forms could now be patented. To ensure that the world surrendered to the patent regime of the seeds corporations, the World Trade Organization was knocked into shape.
How it conducted business was nobody’s business, but it forced the world to accept intellectual property right of these corporations. There is opposition but these firms are too determined as Engdahl describes. Scientists carrying out honest studies were vilified. Reputed scientific establishments were silenced or made to toe the line that was supportive of the Rockefeller’s food control and mass culling agenda. The destruction of the credibility of scientific institution is yet another seed of destruction in Engdahl’s book.
Engdahl cites the example of a German farmer Gottfried Glockner’s experience with GM corn. Glockner planted Bt176 event of Syngenta essentially as feed for his cows. Being a scientist, he started with 10% GM feed and gradually increased the proportion, carefully noting milk yield and any side effects. Nothing much happened in the first three years but when he increased the feed to 100% GM feed, his animals “were having gluey-white feces and violent diarrhea” and “milk contained blood.” Eventually all his seventy cows died. Prof Angelika Hilbeck of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology found from Glockner’s Bt 176 corn samples Bt toxins were present “in active form and extremely stable.” The cows died of high dose of toxins. Not if, but when human food is 100% contaminated should be a sobering thought.
In the United States unlabelled GM foods were introduced in 1993 and that 70% of the supermarket foods contain GMOs in varying proportions in what should rightly be called world’s largest biological experiment on humans. While Engdahl has clearly stated that the thrust of United States Government and the agri-biz is control over food especially in the third world, he has left it to the readers to deduce that American and European citizens are also target of that grand agenda. And there are more lethal weapons in the arsenal: Terminator seeds, Traitor seeds, and the ability to destroy small independent farmers at will in any part of the world, and these are powerfully presented in the book. Engdahl provides hard evidences for these seeds of final destruction and utter decimation of world civilisations as we have known.