Pandora’s box is a disturbingly apt metaphor for the GMO industry. In the Greek myth, Pandora was tempted into opening a forbidden box which contained all the evils in the world. Once the box was opened and Pandora realized what she had done, she tried to close it, but it was too late — all the evil contained in it had escaped and spread around the planet.
When scientists first realized that they had the ability to genetically modify living organisms, they — of course — were tempted into doing so, despite the warnings and protests from those who foresaw the potentially destructive consequences. Biotech corporations, particularly Monsanto, pushed for the introduction of GM crops, promising benefits to farmers and consumers, but the scheme has backfired on many levels.
People are beginning to realize how greedy and shortsighted — if not downright evil — Monsanto and other GMO companies truly are, but it’s too late. GM crops are being planted and harvested, and even in areas where they have been banned, cross-pollination contamination by GMO-tainted seed has become a serious issue.
Many countries have had the courage to outlaw GM crops and imports — China is one of them. And China’s zero-tolerance policy toward GM imports is causing big problems for U.S. alfalfa farmers.
In a recent article published by The Western Producer, a Canadian agricultural publication, hay exporter Ed Shaw was quoted as warning Canadian farmers about the “catastrophic” consequences of the blacklisting of U.S. alfalfa exporters by China after Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GM alfalfa was detected among shipments from U.S. suppliers. …