Control the Food and You Control the Populace…
Conquering armies throughout history have effectively used this maxim to their advantage. Either by commandeering food for themselves or burning crops to cripple opposition. The control and regulation of food has either a debilitating or a beneficial effect on the people. Most modern governments today have some bureaucratic authority ostensibly to safeguard the food systems and agriculture of their nations. These may have initially been to the benefit of the people but as the years progress and as politicians entrenched in their offices need to show that they are earning their keep, generally these government departments become more incapacitating even to the point of hardship. In our own country we have seen many recent examples of this, one in particular being in the State of Michigan where laws allow for the arbitrary classification of various species of animals as being non-native, even those that have been ongoing for several generations, (see http://healthimpactnews.com/tag/bakers-green-acres/ ).
Meantime, seemingly spontaneous implementation of control of seed stores and sharing are arising simultaneously in many countries globally. While some of this is based on corporate greed, such as the Monsanto genetically modified organisms, many are the result of the implementation of the UN’s Agenda 21 mandates on regional, state, and local levels. A prime example of the corporate GMO greed is the distributing of so-called terminator gene produce in third world countries and elsewhere. These organisms are genetically modified to produce for only one season by the inclusion of a gene that will effectively kill or render impotent any viable seed produced within the season, technically known as Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURT). This necessitates that farmers must return every year to the seed supplier for seeds for the subsequent season instead of the age-old agricultural practice of saving a portion of seed production for planting in the years following. This not only tends to keep the farmers beholding to the Big-Ag and Big-Pharma but also condemns them to a death spiral of poverty. Indeed, the rash of farmer suicides in Third World countries like India have direct correspondence to this parasitic relationship of the seed companies on the backs of farmers.
Now we see even for small-holding and backyard farmers onerous regulations that hamper grassroots peer-to-peer growers being increasingly restricted.
Here is the web citation:
Department of Agriculture cracks down on seed libraries
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.