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How Big Ag's Chemicals Ruined Indigenous Plants and Eradicated the World's Food Supply

For Related Articles and More Information, Please Visit OCA's Genetic Engineering Page, Millions Against Monsanto Page and our Environment and Climate Resource Center Page.

What really happened when chemical-eating plants displaced indigenous plants in different parts of the world? Aside from Monsanto, and Dow, et al. making billions, they began starving the world, not feeding it. Here's why:

First, 'high-yield' varieties of plants were planted in place of local or indigenous types that were already well versed in protecting themselves from weeds and insects due to ages of adaptation and evolution. At first the high-yield plants did create more plants, and made farmers more money. But these plants also did something very insidious to the natural growing environment.

Soon the crops began to produce lower yields, and pests and weeds became impervious to chemical treatments, requiring more and more pesticides and herbicides to grow anything at all - Monsanto and their kin were likely doing cartwheels in the streets at this point, because their plan worked. Farmers began to lose money on these 'high-yield' plants and they sought any solution possible - that's where the biotech and chemical companies came in as straw saviours, promising to help return earlier yields if only farmers would plant genetically modified seeds, otherwise known as suicide seeds, that were patented by the companies, the same way a song on the radio is patented or an original invention is patented, even though their creations were not tested to make sure they wouldn't interfere with ecosystems or harm human health, they were planted across countries with little government oversight or common sense.    

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