First the Svalgaard Seedbank, then the Nordic Gene Bank for Farm Animals. The Nordic region seems to be a popular place for storing natural seeds and untainted animal genetic resources. The reasons for the Svalgaard Seedbank are clear enough. When the world is overcome by GM technology, and we the little people are forced to eat whatever genetic trait and/or trigger mechanism Monsanto et al have implanted in our Cheerios, the world’s ruling elite will need a clean seed bank for their own food. Now we are seeing the beginnings of the same type of manipulation with our meat.
There are major changes influencing the animal production sector: ‘livestock revolution’ seen as increased global consumption of animal products, intensive and industrialized production systems, major environmental impacts, global warming, increased risks for pandemic diseases (even zoonoses), international trade of high-output breeds, narrow selection goals and loss of variation in breeding programmes, niche production with local breeds and growing interest in patenting. (NordGen Farm Animals, 2009)
Note the last phrase: “growing interest in patenting.” Ah, yes. Isn’t that interesting.
In February 2005, Monsanto published multiple patent applications at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. These proposed patents encompass nearly the entire lifespan of a pig destined for slaughter, from conception to selection. (Natural News, 2005)
When you patent something, you have control over it. Just ask the grain and veggie farmers who are being put out of business by Monsanto thugs if patenting our food supply is a good idea.
Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples and if they find any GMO plants growing there (or say they have), they then sue, saying they own the crop. It’s a way to make money since farmers can’t fight back in court and they settle because they have no choice. (SMCC, 2009)
Now the Federal government wants to inflict NAIS on us in an attempt to force people who own any type of ranch or farm animal to allow tracking of their animals from birth to death, with stiff penalties imposed for not filling out the appropriate paperwork when your chicken crosses the road.
Now add it up. First Monsanto gets the okay by the Feds to inflict on the public, without their knowledge or consent, patented GMO seed technology. Our grocery shelves are loaded with genetically modified frankenfood, Monsanto is bankrupting farmers, and normal seeds are being put out of reach. Now Monsanto and company are attempting the same thing with our livestock. If NAIS goes through, our groceries will be filled with genetically modified meat, and of course, like the GMO grains and veggies, will require no labeling. The only ones who will be raising livestock are the big corporations, and any little guy who gets in their way will be effectively squashed by NAIS if his chicken happens to cross the road.
Here is an excellent article by Marti Oakley that outlines the way NAIS is another attempt to control global food supplies. Read it and weep.
Barbara H. Peterson
NAIS: Another link in the attempts to control food supplies worldwide
By Marti Oakley
Anyone who has researched the history of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) realizes very quickly that this global strategy being pushed by the toxic Monsanto Corporation, Genus, PIC and the United Nations is nothing less than a plan to seize control of the world’s food production on every level. Like the efforts to convert water from a human right to one of a commodity to be sold only to those who can afford it, food of all kinds, from all sources, will no longer be a human right if these Frankenfood corporations and the UN are successful. Click here.
Genus, and other corporations that are jumping on the bandwagon in the hopes of patenting animal genetic resources, is the primary force behind NAIS. The USDA is a willing and compliant partner, acting as lawmaker, spy, judge and executioner. The USDA, having been reported repeatedly for illegal search and seizure, acts as a mercenary agency on behalf of corporate interests without reprimand from Congress. In fact, you would never know we even have a Congress when it comes to NAIS and the actions of the USDA.
The intent of biotech companies is to monopolize existing breeds of farm animals just as they have done with genetically altered seeds. Seventy-three percent of all grain now grown in the US is genetically altered and patented. The intent is to pirate all grain crops using seed, which, in the case of Monsanto, is only “leased” to the farmer – not sold. This, according to a rule Monsanto developed itself, after the seeds had been sold. Using this rule, Monsanto sues farmers, after sending their own mercenary agents storming onto private land collecting samples and seizing crops.
According to No Patents on Seeds on the ‘inventors’ of animal breeds:
“Corporations like PIC and Genus, who are among the biggest international players in the animal breeding sector, are especially active in buying up other firms and patent applications filed. Monsanto is on the other hand entering this business as a relative outsider, having been basically active in a different area. This company has not only bought its way into pig breeding and filed patents having a broad coverage, it has also concluded extensive licensing agreements with the genome company, MetaMorphix, which has for its part filed numerous patent applications in this sphere.”
Rather than advancing biodiversity, which is the claim of not only biotech, but also the United Nations, genetic alteration of existing breeds of livestock and the resulting patents would seriously reduce diversity. Hybrids resulting from genetic tampering would be highly susceptible to disease if such tampering did not actually create new and unknown diseases.
Regarding “Main Genetics Companies in Global Livestock Breeding,” No Patents on Seeds reports:
“The US company Monsanto, net sales 7 billion USD, is better known for its leadership in genetically modified seed than in livestock genes. But with Monsanto’s acquisition, cooperation and patent policy regarding cattle and pig, it in a few years may well dominate gene markets not only with regard to plants but also to livestock. In 2004 it entered a strategic and exclusive collaboration with the genetic research company MetaMorphix, giving Monsanto access to the completest available swine genome data available.” Click here.
Genetic alteration is not the same as selective breeding where livestock is carefully bred to produce the best qualities of the breed. Genetic alteration generally is done to accelerate growth or production at the expense of the animal.
The wildly false claims Monsanto made about recombinant bovine growth hormone [rBGH] is a prime example of the harsh affects of forcing accelerated growth or production. Monsanto claimed rBGH increased production by at least 20%. They just failed to tell the farmer or consumer the 20% was the result of mastitis and the increase was the amount of pus in the milk that resulted from using the growth hormone. Click here.
In order for genetic patenting to overtake independent livestock producers, it is necessary to know who is breeding what and where is it located. That’s where NAIS comes in. This system, if it isn’t stopped, will catalogue all farm and ranch animals and domestic pets. Once catalogued, this data will be held in corporate databanks that tell the biotech company just exactly where to establish their altered breeds. As with the contamination of natural crops by uncontrolled genetically altered seeds, companies such as Monsanto will develop herds in close proximity to natural herds and wait for the opportunity to present itself for cross-breeding. Once they are assured this has happened, the livestock owner will be sued, just like the seed farmer, and a valuable natural herd will be stolen and the USDA will likely be doing the herding.
Behind all of the USDA grandstanding about needing to be able to track disease outbreaks lays the true intent. The USDA is not concerned with food safety or animal disease outbreaks. The USDA is facilitating the data collection necessary to locate, identify and seize natural herds and to establish industrialized factory farms to replace independent farms and ranches in the US.
Every effort must be expended to not only halt any further activity in implementing NAIS, but also to abolish the USDA which has become nothing more than a mercenary enforcement arm of biotech pirates.
- Farm Animals and Corporate Patent Strategies
- Main Genetics Companies in Global Livestock Breeding
- Say No to rBGH: What is rBGH?
- International Agreements Relevant to the Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources