We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Thursday, February 4, 2016
"Lies, Lies And More Lies" - Poisoned Agriculture, GMOs And Toxic Rants
Todhunter scores again with this piece about the conflict of science with capitalist interests.
Science has long been venerated because of the enormous benefits that it has bestowed on humans to rid societies of disease, famine, ignorance, etc, while raising the standard of living of most people. Of course, science has also made possible the most destructive weapons, weapons which now threaten the survival of humans. Science has also been used to develop products which have later been found harmful to humans. However what is less known is the struggle that scientists have had with capitalist ruling classes who have been much more interested in the accumulation of wealth and power than benefiting general populations. Capitalists have largely won out in this struggle by flat-out lying to, or withholding information from, their consumers, and smearing scientists.
In this article, and many others, Todhunter reveals the lies they have told about a very profitable industry--GMO food production, and their constant undermining and censorship of evidence furnished by scientists which show the harmful events of this industry.