The Corn Supremacy – A Trilogy
The following is a work of fiction. Though much of the information is documented fact certain elements have been fictionalized.
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Realizing that the manipulation of the federal government that had steam rolled their genetically modified corn into the nation’s food supply was over with the election of Ronald Reagan, Monsanto took their operations underground. They would spend the 1980’s cross pollinating their corn with corn free of their still untested genetic modifications.
Why you may ask would they do that? Because if they could show modified genes in the corn being grown on farms that did not purchase their seed from Monsanto they then could claim trademark infringement. If they could convince a judge that their trademark had been infringed upon they would offer the farmer a settlement – either purchase a licensing agreement for growing Monsanto corn or we’ll take your farm away.
The plan was simple really, just plant GM corn up wind from real corn; let Mother Nature do the rest. Of course to be on the safe side they would load trucks with plenty of pollen from their Frankencorn. The trucks had no destination, their job was simply to drive by field after field of real corn letting the pollen do its thing.
It was also during this underground period that Monsanto began developing other GM crops. They expanded to canola and soy bean with great success. Today if there is a plant that springs from a seed, Monsanto has a mutant version of it.
It was during the George H. W. Bush administration that Monsanto was able to infiltrate the US Government again. Michael Taylor, a lifelong Monsanto lobbyist, was appointed as the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Policy. Despite having no training or practical knowledge of food science or biology, Taylor was passed off as an expert on food safety. Years later the Huffington Post would describe Taylor as, “The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history. . . ”
It didn’t take long for Monsanto’s mole to begin manipulating policy in favor of Big Ag though at the peril of the American public. It was Taylor who championed the concept of substantial equivalence which states that genetically modified foods should be considered the same as natural foods and therefore require no testing.
Substantial equivalence remains the policy at the FDA to this day. In addition to opening the flood gates to untested mutant produce, Taylor was also instrumental in legalizing the genetically modified bovine growth hormone (BGH).
Taylor’s tenure with the FDA began what is now referred to as the Monsanto revolving door, a series of Big Ag cronies placed in positions of great influence within government departments that regulate Big Ag.
When the elder Bush’s tenure ended Taylor returned to the private sector where he was rewarded for his work at the FDA by being named vice-president of Monsanto. There he would instruct a whole generation of Monsanto moles that would weave in and out of the FDA and USDA during the Clinton and George W. Bush years.
The 16 years of Clinton/Bush would see Monsanto’s GM corn sneak its way into 80% of the US food supply. Cancer, Type II Diabetes and child obesity have sky rocketed, the result of which has put a colossal strain on the nation’s health care system driving prices up. Many politicians have begun heavily investing in pharmaceutical companies despite the clear conflict of interest.
Monsanto became the predominant recipient of the US farm subsidies that were intended for family-owned farms, not factory farms run by corporations. With those billions of dollars in farm subsidies, Monsanto was able to under cut the price of it’s product so that they all but eliminated the family farm. By throwing some of that cash at a handful of Federal judges Monsanto slowly began absorbing many of the remaining family farms after they were found guilty of unintentionally infringing on Monsanto’s trademarked seeds.
With the world on the brink of collapse only a savior can preserve the Union and slay the corporate dragon.