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Battle Over GMO Food Rages in Flanders FieldOpinion by Tim King Salem-News.com
Belgium: Brave activists challenge mad scientist food on an historic battlefield for a decisive victory.
(SALEM / FLANDERS FIELD) - What does 'Flanders Field' mean to you?
Granted, I am a student of the First World War, where the bloodiest fighting in history took place, soaking places like Flanders Field for more than four straight years. To me 'Flanders Field' means sacrifice, perhaps today more than ever.
Armistice Day represents the end of WWI, but today the trench fighting has returned, with a new enemy; genetically modified food (GMO), the new mad scientist seeds created in laboratories by injecting human components from mothers who can't conceive, into the creation of seeds that in essence make GMO food an act of cannibalism.
Our brothers and sisters in Belgium aren't having it.
As we reported yesterday in Protesters Destroy GM Belgium Field Trial, demonstrators with the Belgian Field Liberation Movement (FLM) held a peaceful protest to publicly remove GM potatoes and replant non-GM blight resistant potatoes. They were successful.
Although police were tipped off and waiting for the FLM teams to arrive, they were unable to stop them. Several hundred people highly intent on exiting GMO crops from their nation climbed the fence, and began uprooting the plants. Around 40 people were arrested, or should we say 'captured' by police?
There are few ways to get attention and results that top direct action. People power it has been called, and it is a very real thing as revolutionaries in Egypt and several other nations know well.
Will such moves motivate American activists to conduct similar actions? After all, the United States is behind all of this, regardless of what is taking place in Europe.
The company Monsanto which was responsible for Agent Orange; a toxic chemical sprayed on the jungles of Vietnam, is the same group pushing GMO food. Their goal is control, and by mutating food crops, they actually learned that they can essentially 'blueprint' their designs and if GMO seeds end up taking root an an organic farm, and Monsanto finds out, they will charge the farmer with the GMO invaders for a copyright violation. I'm not making this up.
I found the video below very empowering, in this world where problems greatly outweigh answers. I am a great admirer of the people of FLM and I hope their actions will lead to a better day at the dinner table.
Hundreds of farmers, environmental activists, scientists and other concerned citizens stood up to liberate a Belgian field trial with genetically modified potatoes. This is a motivating thing to know.
FLM tells Salem-News.com: "The action succeeded and opened a debate on gmo's and the (in)dependence of research from industry interests. But also the non-violent direct action of the Field Liberation Movement was heavily criminalized by gentech scientists, politicians and mainstream media. Damaging property seems to be a difficult issue in Belgian society".
And for the record, the 'O' in GMO stands for 'organism'.
Here is Wikipedia's description of GMO food:
"A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Transgenic organisms, a subset of GMOs, are organisms which have inserted DNA that originated in a different species."
I believe there are lessons to be learned.
As a closing thought, I leave you with Sting's 'Children's Crusade' in honor of all who fought and died in the First World War, and the soldiers of the new movement to save the human race from the greedy desire of selfish corporate industries that have no consideration for your future or mine.
Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Silver Spoke Award by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (2011), Excellence in Journalism Award by the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (2010), Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), First-place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Tim was a member of the National Press Photographer's Association for several years and is a current member of the Orange County Press Club.
Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 88 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can write to Tim at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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