excerpted from the book
Seeds of Destruction
The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation
by F. William Engdahl
Global Research, 2007
By the end of the 1980's, backed by the new clout of the WTO and
the full support from the White House, the genetic seed giants
began to get visibly intoxicated by the possibilities of taking
over the world's food supply. They all were working feverishly
on a new technology which would allow them to sell seed that,
would not reproduce... The process was soon known as "Terminator"
... No matter that the vast majority of
the world's farmers were too poor to afford the Monsanto GMO license
and other seed fees, and had re-used seed for thousands of years
... If farmers tried to save the seeds
at harvest for future crops, the seeds produced by these plants
would not grow... As one critic put it, "In one broad, brazen
stroke of his hand, man will have irretrievably broken the plant-to-seed-to
plant-to-seed cycle, the cycle that supports most life on the
planet. No seed, no food ... unless you buy more seed."
Terminator corn, soybeans, or cotton seeds had been genetically
modified to "commit suicide" after one harvest season.
The inbuilt gene produced a toxin just before the seed ripened,
whereby in every seed the plant embryo would self-destruct. The
Terminator seeds would automatically prevent farmers from saving
and reusing the seed for the next harvest. The technology was
a beautiful means of enforcing Monsanto or other GMO patent rights
and fees, especially in developing economies where patent rights
were little respected.
... A second, closely related technology
which held priority R&D funding by the gene multinationals
in the late 1990's was T-GURT seeds, the second generation of
Terminator. T-Gurts, or Trait Genetic Use Restriction Technologies,
were nicknamed "Traitor' a reference to the plant trait features
of the genetic technology used.
... Traitor technologies relied on controlling
not only the plant's fertility, but also its genetic characteristics.
... Growth of the plant can be controlled
by the application or withholding of a chemical inducer.
... A GMO crop of rice or corn would only
be resistant to certain plagues or pests after use of a specific
chemical compound, which would only be available from Monsanto,
Syngenta, or other owners of patent rights to the specific Traitor
seeds. Farmers trying to buy seed from the "illegal"
seed market would not be able to get the special chemical compound
needed to "turn on" the plant's resistance gene.
Traitor technology offered a unique chance
to open an entire new captive market for Monsanto and the others
to sell their agrichemicals. Furthermore, Traitor was cheaper
to produce than, the complicated Terminator seeds. Not widely
publicized, the fact about Traitor technologies was that with
them it was also possible to develop GMO plants that needed to
be "turned on" in order to grow or become fertile.
One study noted that 11 new patents were
held by the newly-formed Syngenta. These patents allowed "genetic
modification of staple crops which will produce disease prone
plants (unless treated with chemicals); control the fertility
of crops; control when plants flower; control when crops sprout;
control how crops age."
The implications of Terminator and Traitor technology in the hands
of the GMO agribusiness giants were difficult to grasp. For the
first time in history, it would allow three or four private multinational
seed companies to dictate terms to world farmers for their seed.
The major gene seed companies, in concert with the US Government,
began employing increasingly coercive tactics to force GMO seeds
down the throats of the world population, especially in the developing
world. Among their techniques of persuasion, the genetic seed
companies employed bribery, coercion, and illegal smuggling of
their GMO seeds into country after country to "spread the
Gospel of GMO salvation."
In 2002, the State Department instructed
all its aid agencies to act as international policemen. They were
instructed by USAID, a Government agency, to immediately report
to them any opposition in a recipient country, to GMO food imports.
They were told to collect documentation to determine if the anti-GMO
attitude of the local government was "trade or politically
motivated' If they determined it was trade motivated, the US Government
had recourse to the WTO or to the threat of WTO sanctions against
the aid recipient country, usually a potent threat against poor
To help Monsanto, DuPont and the other
US seed giants spread GMO seeds. The US State Department and US
Department of Agriculture coordinated to give emergency famine
relief aid in the form of genetically modified US surplus commodities,
a practice condemned by international aid organizations, as it
destroyed a country's local agricultural economy in the process
of opening new markets for Monsanto and friends.
USAID mandated that US-based food aid organizations ship only
grain provided by USAID which meant genetically modified US grain.
The clear strategy of Monsanto, Dow, DuPont and the Washington
Government backing them was to introduce the GMO seeds in every
corner of the globe, with priority on defenceless, highly indebted
African and other developing countries, or countries like Poland
and Ukraine where government controls were minimal and official
Once planted, the seeds would spread rapidly
across the land. At a later date, the GMO seed multinationals,
using threats of WTO sanctions, would be in a position to dominate
the seed supply of the major growing areas of the planet, to give
or deny the means of life sustenance as they saw fit. In intelligence
parlance, such a capacity was called the power of "strategic
denial." A potential enemy or rival would be denied a strategic
resource--energy or, in this case, food--or be threatened with
denial, unless they agreed to certain policy demands by those
controlling the resource.
In San Diego, a small, privately-owned biotech company, Epicyte,
held a press conference in September 2001 to make an announcement
about its work. Epicyte reported that they had successfully created
the ultimate GMO crop-contraceptive corn. They had taken antibodies
from women with a rare condition known as immune infertility,
isolated the genes that regulated the manufacture of those infertility
antibodies, and, using genetic engineering techniques, had inserted
the genes into ordinary corn seeds used to produce corn plants.
Powerful elite circles of the United States ... backed the introduction
of genetically modified seeds into the world food chain as a strategic
priority. That elite included not only the Rockefeller and Ford
foundations and most other foundations tied to the large private
family fortunes of the wealthiest American families. It also included
the US State Department, the National Security Council, the US
Department of Agriculture, as well as the leading policy circles
of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, along with
agencies of the United Nations including WHO and FAO.
... The folks at the Rockefeller Foundation
were deadly serious about wanting to solve the world hunger problem
through the worldwide proliferation of GMO seeds and crops. only
their presumed method to do so aimed at a "supply side"
solution rather than the "demand side.')They were out to
limit population by going after the human reproductive process
For any skeptics who doubted their intent,
they needed only to look at the foundation's work with the United
Nations' World Health Organization in Mexico, Nicaragua, the Philippines
and other poorer developing countries. The foundation had quietly
funded a WHO program in "reproductive health' which had developed
an innovative tetanus vaccine. It was no spur of the moment decision
by the people at Rockefeller. Nor could they claim to be unaware
of the true nature of their research funding. They had worked
with WHO researchers since 1972 to develop a new double-whammy
vaccine, at the same time during which the foundation had been
funding research in other bio-technology areas including genetically
In the early 1990's, according to a report
from the Global Vaccine Institute, the WHO oversaw massive vaccination
campaigns against tetanus in Nicaragua, Mexico and the Philippines.
Comite Pro Vida de Mexico, a Roman Catholic lay organization,
became suspicious of the motives behind the WHO program and decided
to test numerous vials of the vaccine and found them to contain
human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, or hCG. That was a curious component
for a vaccine designed to protect people against lock-jaw arising
from infection with rusty nail wounds or other contact with certain
bacteria found in soil. The tetanus disease was indeed, also rather
It was also curious because hCG was a
natural hormone needed to maintain a pregnancy. However, when
combined with a tetanus toxoid carrier, it stimulated the formation
of antibodies against hCG, rendering a woman incapable of maintaining
a pregnancy, a form of concealed abortion. Similar reports of
vaccines laced with hCG hormones came from the Philippines and
The Comite Pro Vida organization confirmed
several other curious facts about the WHO vaccination program.
The tetanus vaccine had been given only to women in the child-bearing
ages between 1545. It was not given to men or children. Furthermore,
it was usually given in a series of three vaccinations only months
apart to insure that women had a high enough dosage of hCG, even
though one tetanus injection held for at least ten years. The
presence of hCG was a clear contamination of the vaccine. None
of the women receiving the Tetanus hCG vaccine were told it contained
an abortion agent. The WHO clearly intended it that way.
Pro Vida dug further and learned that
the Rockefeller Foundation, working with John D. Rockefeller Ill's
Population Council, the World Bank, the UN Development Program
and the Ford Foundation, and others had been working with the
WHO for 20 years to develop an anti-fertility vaccine using hCG
with tetanus as well as with other vaccines.
... The respected British medical journal,
The Lancet, in a June 11, 1988 article entitled "Clinical
Trials of a WHO Birth Control Vaccine' confirmed the findings
of the Comite Pro Vida de Mexico. Why a Tetanus Toxoid "Carrier"?
Because the human body does not attack its own naturally occurring
hormone hCG, the body has to be fooled into treating hCG as an
invading enemy in order to develop a successful anti-fertility
vaccine utilizing hCG antibodies.
Population reduction and genetically engineered crops were clearly
part of the same broad strategy: the drastic reduction of the
world's population. It was in fact a sophisticated form of what
the Pentagon termed biological warfare, promulgated under the
name of "solving the world hunger problem."
The US and UK governments' relentless backing for the global spread
of genetically modified seeds was in fact the implementation of
a decades long policy of the Rockefeller Foundation since the
1930's, when it funded Nazi eugenics research--i.e. mass-scale
population reduction, and control of darker-skinned races by an
Anglo-Saxon white elite. As some of these circles saw it, war
as a means of population reduction was costly and not that efficient.
... Reflecting the discussion in US senior
military circles, Lt. Col. Robert P. Kadlec, USAF, of the College
of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education, discussed in a
book written in the 1990's, Battlefield of the Future, the biowarfare
potential of genetically engineered crops. He referred to GMO-based
biological weapons as cost-effective" weapons of mass destruction.
... Kadlec then went on to state that,
"Using biological weapons under the cover of an endemic or
natural disease occurrence provides an attacker the potential
for plausible denial. In this context, biological weapons offer
greater possibilities for use than do nuclear weapons."
A 2004 study by the British Medical Association concluded that
the world was perhaps only a few years away from "terrifying
biological weapons capable of killing only people of specific
ethnic groups' citing advances in "genetic weapons technology."
"We're tempted to say that nobody
in their right mind would ever use these things' remarked Stanford
University biophysicist, Professor Steven Block, a man with years
of personal experience . with classified Pentagon and Government
biological research. "But", Block added, "not everybody
is in their right mind."
According to a growing number of animal health experts, factory
farming, rather than the small C free-roaming chicken operations
of Asia, was the real source of horrendous new diseases and viruses
such as H5N1.
report 'Beyond Factory Farming', described likely transmission
pathways [of the H1N1 virus]
In Thailand, China and Vietnam there is
a highly developed industrial poultry industry... The large poultry
companies raise millions of birds ... export live birds and eggs
... and produce and export feed which often includes "litter"
(i.e., manure) in the ingredients.
Manure that may contain live virus is
spread on surrounding farmland, or exported as fertilizer, and
through run-off may end up in surface waters where wild birds
feed and rest. Chicken manure is even found in fish farm feed
formulations where it is introduced directly into the aquatic
environment. Wild birds and poultry that have fallen victim to
HPA1 in Asia, Turkey and Nigeria appear to have been directly
exposed to HPA1 virus originating in the factory farm industry.
By early 2006, it seemed clear that the five or six giant poultry
agribusiness multinationals, five US-based and one Thai-based
and White House-connected, were moving to industrialize the majority
of world chicken production, the main meat protein source for
much of the planet, especially in Asia.
Within the space of little more than two decades, GMO science
had enabled a small handful of private global agribusiness companies--three
of them American-based--to secure a major foothold and patent
rights to world production of such essential feed grains as rice,
corn, soybeans and soon wheat. By 2006, riding the fear of an
Avian Flu human pandemic, the GMO or Gene Revolution players were
clearly aiming to conquer the world's most important source of
meat protein, poultry.
In 1980, the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision, Diamond
vs. Chakrabarty, declared the "anything under the sun that
is made "by man" is patentable.
Population reduction and genetically engineered crops were part
of the same broad strategy: drastic targeted reduction of the
world's population--genocide--the systematic elimination of entire
population groups was the result of a willful policy, promulgated
under the name of "solving the world hunger problem."