Dollar Democracy excerpts:
|From Chapter 6 (p.142):The Dangers of Genetically Modified (GMO) Food
Most ominously the transformation to multinational factory production has resulted in the growing and promotion of genetically modified organisms (GM or GMOs), also known as genetically engineered (GE) food, both plant and animal. …
Influence of Agribusiness and Biotech Corporations Such as Monsanto, on Our Food and on the U.S. Government
No discussion of GMOs, genetically engineered foods, would be complete without an assessment of one of the most influential corporations in agribusiness, the Monsanto Corporation. Once, Monsanto was a saccharine and plastics manufacturer. Today Monsanto is a chemical company that produced Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. It also produced recombinant growth hormone, also known as rBGH. This hormone was injected in cattle to help them grow faster, larger and softer, and to produce more milk rapidly. Food and Water Watch calls Monsanto a bio-technology powerhouse, noting that it specializes in GMO seeds and herbicides such as Roundup.The Monsanto Corporation has become an octopus with 1000 tentacles reaching over the globe into our food supply. For example 80% of corn and 93% of soybeans in the U.S. are grown from Monsanto patented seeds. These two crops form the basis of most processed food on our grocery store shelves.
According to Food and Water Watch, GMO seeds have been altered “with inserted genetic material to exhibit traits that repel pests or withstand the application of herbicides.” FWW claims that Monsanto’s extensive patents on GMO seeds and traits will guarantee the company a legal right to sue farmers for any assumed patent violations. Also, farmers are not allowed to save any leftover seeds for commercial use and the Corporation “reserves the right to visit farmers’ land any time.” The latest GMO action on seeds is the development of Terminator seeds which are patented and owned by Monsanto. Because of the limited suppliers of these seeds, and farmers’ contracts with Monsanto, these seeds are purchased from Monsanto on a one-time basis by the farmers, and can be planted only once. When the crop is harvested, the farmers have to go back to Monsanto to buy a new set of Terminator seeds.
According to the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) the FDA has non-regulation of GMO foods, and the FDA covers up health risks posed by GMO foods. GMO foods are inherently unsafe and a GMO diet shows toxic reactions in the digestive tract. GMO diets cause liver damage, GMO fed animals had higher death rates and organ damage, higher reproductive failures and infant failures, and infant mortality. GMO fed livestock suffered sterility and deaths, according to farmers. GMO crops trigger immune reactions and may cause allergies. BT toxin produced GMO corn and cotton may cause allergies. Government evaluation misses most health problems. …
… Californians for GE labeling and the California State Grange are now leading an effort, which began in 2014, to get California legislators to become cosponsors of legislation to label GMO foods. The following food-safety organizations are leading this effort: Californians for GE Food Labeling is a coalition of organizations, businesses, and networks, including Biosafety Alliance, Californians for Pesticide Reform, California State Grange, CALPIRG, Center for Food Safety, Consumers Union, Environmental Working Group, Food Democracy Now!, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth -US, Good Earth Natural Foods, LabelGMOs.org, Moms Advocating Sustainability, Organic Consumers Association, Pesticide Action Network North America and Pesticide Watch, dedicated to giving California families informed choices about their food. This grassroots food safety movement wants a GMO food labeling bill passed by the California Legislature as Vermont just did, becoming the first state to do so. …
by Michael Douglas Carlin | American News Service | Book Review
Many questions torment America in the dark night of its soul, but its seems Corporate CEO pay emerges as one of this year’s hottest trending issues. At the midway point to the next election, this and other hotly contested issues are shackled and tackled in Professor Peter Mathews’ must-read new bookDollar Democracy: with Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All.
“Despite the country’s dire state of affairs, Mathews remains optimistic, and closes the opus with some viable plan for the people to reclaim the American Dream. The literary equivalent of a one-man million-man march for equality and justice for every U.S. citizen.” Review by Kam Williams, Syndicated columnist
Read this book about Corporations and their pampered and panderingpolitical offspring. Act Accordingly. Our country is in the midst of an uncivil war between the alarmingly powerful, determined to destroy the middle class and the intentionally left behind.
Professor Peter Mathews’ book serves as a counterpoint to those who luxuriate in denying the reality of America’s rapidly changing social landscape. We are dangerously close to cementing a permanent American catastrophe. Mathews boldly and unapologetically asks questions and gives solutions that the media/propaganda machine purposefully ignore. He closes the tome with a checklist of high crimes and misdemeanors and an urgent call to conscience and about what needs to be done next.
Determining our actions today can move us towards either a stronger, more positive future, or a future shrouded in fear, poverty, war. This book is written as a primer for people of all ages and all classes who want answers.
Professor Mathews speaks in a voice that resounds with clarity and conviction as he examines the direct and intentional outcome of separate policies that were advocated, starting with the Reagan administration, to intentionally deceive and destroy the middle class. In a full frontal attack by the corporate manipulators Mathews details how the middle class has become superfluous to the very rich and why various policies were deliberately created to eliminate them. Their defining characteristic is dirty, scorched-earth partisanship carried out regardless of cost. Conservatives are anxious again to finish first – with the big prize-monopoly control of the American government, and the power to turn their ideology into the law of the land. Quite a bargain at any price. People want answers, but our compromised leaders can’t provide them because bold actions carry too much political risk. Meanwhile the corporations are booming and running roughshod over us. They are operating in their own time and space continuum that is increasingly supranational – disconnected from local concerns and their home markets.
Mathews reveals that there are fat corporate balance sheets ready to create jobs and prosperity – just not in America. While corporations feign heartfelt pledges of allegiance to the U.S., they still must depend on the government to protect intellectual property and keep waterways safe so they can deliver their made-in-China supplies to us. This formidable book brings to light of day important new information regarding how the Corporate manipulators are destroying our country.
Dollar Democracy is a riveting read, the text, defiantly disturbing. Mathews’ writing style passionately grounded in integrity and reality. The conclusions of his detective work fit together like sword and scabbard. He gives his reader so much juicy information, a veritable tsunami of corporate skullduggery. He doesn’t mince words and he doesn’t hold back when identifying the cauldrons of chaos they have created. He exposes these and others among the secret corporate power elite as the coolly vicious orchestrators of wars and grand-scale theft. Mathews also details the mind-boggling sums of money their CEO’s reap from the proceeds of their crony capitalism. And what’s interesting is that the fortunes of corporations are totally delinked from the fortunes of the rest of the world. The 2008 financial crisis devastated hundreds of millions of people, but the following year Wall Street revenue hit US$60 billion, a historic high, thanks in large part to the massive injection of public money they received. Average wages in developed countries have dropped since the crisis, but the median pay for CEOs in the US now exceeds $10 million. A CEO now makes about 357 times more than the average worker’s salary in the U.S., up from 181 times in 2009 and 40 times in 1980. The divide between the have-nots and have-yachts is getting worse really, really fast. In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent capture about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent.
But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution.
Crony politicians have made decisions that led to outsourcing good middle class jobs, dismantling our public education system kindergarten through college and university; deteriorating health care that leaves Americans in danger, sick and broke; the destroying of our environment and lives; the polluting of our food through deregulation of big agribusiness, pesticide use and the proliferation of Genetically Modified (GMO) foods; the crash of Wall Street and the Great Recession from which the bottom 99% of Americans have not yet recovered; while the super wealthy are doing better than ever.
Mind-blowing from the beginning, Mathews’ book takes an even more astounding contemporary turn when he declares their efforts over the past thirty years have succeeded. The middle class democracy that made America great is in seemingly irreversible decline. Mathews clearly shows how the Corporations and their crony politicians have hoodwinked America by separating speech and thought.
But wait, Mathew is a political pugilist, ready to lob a whole arsenal of answers on how we can reverse these trends and return middle-class democracy. He proposes comprehensive, bold, visionary solutions to restore America’s formidable democracy and make this country great again.
Can the truth change the course of history? If the truth can heal, then this book is a prescription for accountability. It is a must-read for anyone who believes that following our constitution must be mandatory for the pursuit of good government and that our once vibrant and powerful democracy is not for sale to the highest bidder and the too-clever-for-word machinations of the Corporate Pollution Politics.
Dollar Democracy is really a blueprint for Americans that have had enough. And that means 99% of us.