the Health Ranger
October 05, 2007
from NaturalNews Website
You have violated intellectual property laws by infringing on the copyrights of companies that have been granted patents on the human genome. You have replicated that gene sequence by having children without the permission of the owners of those gene sequences.
As bizarre as it sounds, it's absolutely
true: having children is a violation of patent law.
People are not an invention; they are
And yet, people and organizations have
been granted patents on seeds from nature.
But a few years ago, a U.S. company filed for a patent on basmati rice and the U.S. Patent Office said,
That company then proceeded to try to shut down the harvesting and farming of basmati rice in India.
They said, in effect,
Luckily, the Indian government
intervened and thwarted the patent by having the rice listed under
the European Commission's regulations that protect regional foods.
Take a look at every single decision the USDA, the FDA, and various government departments have made: they benefit big business.
It's all about not just protecting
business, but helping big business become more profitable.
This is the attitude of a majority of the human population today, and certainly it is the attitude of those who are in power, like those who run big corporations and governments.
This is reflected in the intellectual
property laws today, which say, in effect, that we own nature and
that anything we happen to stumble across is from that point forward
The Native Americans thought,
They didn't know the white man was serious.
White man said,
We are guests on this planet
We are guests here; we are lucky
to be here, to have a planet that has all of this water and air, all
of this wonderful green life all around us; wherever you turn, there
is life on this planet. In the oceans, on the mountains, across the
plains, in the jungles and even in places where you wouldn't think
you would find life, like in the frozen tundra of the north and at
the bottom of the oceans, where volcanic vents are spewing boiling
We cut down trees and use them as resources. We dig up coal and burn it. We take water out of the environment, pollute it, then dump it back into the environment. And yet we don't pay Mother Nature for any of this. If we take all these resources from the planet, we should give it something in return. We should replace and replenish these resources.
At the very least, we should offer
thanks for it.
Today our corporations say,
There is a big difference between asking permission from nature and saying,
But that is the attitude prevalent
But we're in for a big surprise here,
because Mother Nature has a way of reminding people they are not in
control, a way of correcting the imbalances. We've been exploiting
Mother Nature in a systematic, aggressive way for a couple of
hundred years. We've already had a huge, destructive, negative
impact on the planet in this short time.
It will likely be these types of things
that kill a lot of human beings. Not only is this is going to keep
happening, but I think it's going to accelerate. We as human beings
are creating the conditions that will cause these devastating
If you think the flu of 1918 was bad,
wait until you see the next pandemic that comes along. And when a
pandemic gets out of control, when a virus becomes a global
infectious agent, there's not much you can do about it. All the
intellectual property in the world can't save you from an infectious
I think it all comes back to intellectual property, because it and the laws surrounding it demonstrate a lack of humility and honor for Mother Nature and our natural world. They demonstrate the arrogance of mankind, our non-sustainable business community and our war mongering nations.
This arrogance is going to come back to
bite us in a big way.
A good example of this is Monsanto, which developed the terminator seed - one which will not produce viable seeds after the first generation, thus forcing farmers around the world to buy seed from Monsanto year after year. This sets up a situation where the farmers of the world have only a single season of seed. If something goes wrong in just one production sequence, we have global famine on your hands - all because they are willing to protect intellectual property for corporate profit.
They are willing to distort nature to
the point of causing plants to terminate their own seeds, just to
make a buck. That is in such gross violation of the very laws of
nature, it appalls me that any human being even thought of it. It is
an invitation for global disaster.
Could any sane person actually do that?
I think not: This idea could have only come from clinically
insane corporate leaders who have completely lost touch with the
planet they live on.
Corporate America wants
dependence - it wants centralized control, scarcity, a monopoly;
it creates this by forcing people to use things like terminator
seeds and by claiming intellectual property over things like the
gene sequence of a seed.
Their next question would likely be,
The answer is yes, we have gone mad.
We have let this thing go so far out of control, and we have distorted nature to such an extent that we are creating our own destruction at every level - physical, nutritional, emotional and definitely spiritual - and we're doing it all in the name of corporate profits.
Corporations need to keep money flowing
into politicians' pockets, which in turn keeps the dollars flowing
into the corporate coffers. Welcome to the modern world. It's
crazier than you think, and it's getting crazier still.
The question for us is: Do we want to be
We will starve ourselves to death
we won't have a food supply, or
even a predictable environment in which to grow food. We will poison
ourselves with the toxic chemicals we are putting into our
environment. We will destroy ourselves with the infectious agents we
have created by facilitating the conditions under which they will
It is well past time to wake up, and the
cost of staying ignorant is going to increase exponentially in the
decades ahead. Eventually, people will have no choice but to wake up
and do something about it. I hope that happens sooner rather than
later because when it's too late, it's too late for all of us.
There are a lot of things you can do, and collectively, if we all do smart things - if we all wake up and learn to respect nature rather than try to own it - we can make some positive changes.
It's not too late yet.
So, do your part: be a wise consumer. Don't support big businesses that are out to exploit nature.
I recommend that,
Another, huge step you can take is to have your own garden.
Grow heirloom plants, not hybrid plants, so you can save your seeds and use them generation after generation. The very act of saving and using seeds is, in its own way, a respectful ritual for nature. Who knows? Someday you may have to depend on those seeds, because all the other corporate seeds out there have terminated themselves and can't be counted on anymore.
So keep saving them, and keep them
alive. You will be doing your part to help sustain nature, and human
life as well. See the
Seed Savers Exchange.
Humanity is not currently on a
sustainable path, and if we don't change, Mother Nature will
eventually change things for us, causing a massive population drop
across the planet.
We are not in charge and, frankly, we don't own anything around here.
We are just guests.