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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Keep them Poor: Agri-Corp USA Extinguishing Peoples, Ways of life, Environment

Development’s creation of global crisis: India and beyond
From Colin Todhunter’s “…Development and the Globalization of Servitude”
Edited excerpt by Carolyn Bennett

Masses’ Complicity in Cruelty

“Consumerism’s conspicuous purchasing and consumption draws on and manipulates the preexisting tendency to buy favor…. Now icons of capitalism, whether renowned brand products, labels or product-endorsing celebrities, have also taken their place in the pantheon of Indian deities to be listened to, worshiped and acquiesced to. The corporations behind it all achieve hegemony by altering mindsets via advertising, clever PR or by sponsoring (hijacking) major events, by funding research in public institutes and thus slanting findings and the knowledge paradigm in their favor or by securing key positions in international trade negotiations in an attempt to structurally readjust retail, food production and agriculture.…

“If you are looking for extremism and dogma… look toward those whose unimaginable wealth feeds off and fuels a system of exploitation and conflict designed to benefit the few. That is the nature of the [current] model of development” being pushed on the world.

“If anyone perceives the type of ‘development’ being sold to the masses as actually possible, they should note that ‘developing’ nations account for more than 80 percent of world population but consume only about a third of the world’s energy.
Starve them
Rob them of independence
Throw them Charity

“Citizens of the United States constitute 5 percent of the world’s population but consume 24 percent of the world’s energy.

“On average, a single (one) American consumes as much energy as:

2 Japanese,
6 Mexicans,
13 Chinese,
31 Indians,
128 Bangladeshis,
307 Tanzanians and

370 Ethiopians

US Policy Complicity in Cruelty

US killer drones
“The bedrock of any society is its agriculture: Without food, there can be no life. Without food security, there can be no genuine independence …” and US foreign policy has usually been based on control of poorer countries’ agriculture. “US foreign policy is about power and control – the power to control food, states, and entire populations.

US killer drones

“In many respects, the subjugation of India by the US rests on the likes of Monsanto eventually controlling agriculture and hijacking food sovereignty and the nation’s food security. The sanctioning of open field trails of GM crops in the country is the thin end of a very broad wedge that would not only boost the profits of global seed and agritech companies but would also serve US geopolitical interests.…

“…. It is by agriculture and control of the food supply that American diplomacy has been able to control most of the Third World. …‘The World Bank’s geopolitical lending strategy has been to turn countries into food deficit areas by convincing them to grow cash crops – plantation export crops – not to feed themselves with their own food crops.’”

Focus India

Across the globe, “The highest levels of inequality are in 15 Sub-Saharan African countries and in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.”

“Powerful corporations are shaping the ‘development’ agenda in India and have signed secretive ‘Memorandums of Understanding’ with the government. The full military backing of the state is on hand to forcibly evict people from their land in order to hand over land to mineral-hungry extractive and processing industries to fuel a wholly unsustainable model of development.

“Around the world, this oil-dependent, urban-centric, high energy, high consumption model is stripping the environment bare and negatively affecting the climate and ecology.

“The links between the Monsanto/Syngenta/Walmart-backed Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture and the US sanctioning and backing of opening up India’s nuclear sector to foreign interests have already shown what the models of ‘development’ being pushed onto people really entail – not least being benefits to powerful corporate interests and losses to ordinary people.”

“Global agritech companies have been granted license to influence key aspects of agriculture by controlling seeds and chemical inputs and by funding and thus distorting the biotech research agenda and aspects of overall development policy. Monsanto already controls the cotton industry in India and is increasingly shaping agri-policy and the knowledge paradigm by funding agricultural research in public universities and institutes….”

“If unfair trade policies, the colonization of official bodies … and other practices do not result in displacing farmers, it is achieved by repression and violence …”
Forced Migration
Displaced People

Since 1997, nearly “300,000 Indian farmers have taken their lives… and many more are experiencing economic distress or have left farming as a result of debt, a shift to (GM) cash crops, and economic liberalization.”

Dire Global Consequences

“The corporate-controlled type of agriculture that is being imposed and/or envisaged only leads to bad food, bad soil and bad or no water, bad health, poor or falling yields and an impending agrarian crisis. …

Forced Migration
Displaced People 
“Seeds, mountains, water, forests and biodiversity are being sold off. Farmers and tribes are being sold out; the more that gets sold off, the more who get sold out, the greater the amount of cash that changes hands, the easier it is for the misinformed to swallow the lie of Wall Street’s bogus notion of ‘growth’ – GDP.”
Forced Migration
Displaced People 

The prevailing agricultural model has created a “global crisis.” Factoring into the dire image of global act and impact are “‘Repression and displacement,’” often violence, foreign or domestic, against remaining rural populations together with illness and falling local food production. “‘Indigenous communities have been displaced and reduced to living on the capital’s rubbish dumps’” – a set of crimes “‘rightly call(ed) genocide – the extinguishment of entire Peoples, their culture, their way of life and their environment.’”

Sources and notes

“Menace on the Menu: Development and the Globalization of Servitude,” Colin Todhunter, Global Research, November 27, 2014, http://www.globalresearch.ca/menace-on-the-menu-development-and-the-globalization-of-servitude/5416488

India and UK-based prolific writer Colin Todhunter originally of the UK has spent many years in India; and has done social policy research, his writing published in a wide range of newspapers, peer and non-peer reviewed journals and books as well as on numerous websites (source London Progressive Journal) http://londonprogressivejournal.com/user/view/860


A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent bookstores in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to post some of the salient points from the article and lay it out so well. In the internet age of diminishing attention spans, the fear is that few people would be inclined to read such a lengthy piece.