by Ethan A. Huff
May 14, 2012
Biotechnology has made its way to "the happiest place on earth,"
with an exhibit at Walt Disney World's
EPCOT (Experimental Prototype
Community of Tomorrow) theme park now featuring
(GM) fruits and vegetables, some of which are shaped like Mickey
According to several different reports,
the agricultural exhibit, called Living with the Land, takes parents
and their children on a tour through "living laboratories" that
"the wondrous ways scientists are helping farmers prepare
for the food needs of our world's nations."
With over 2.5 million square feet of greenhouse space,
the Land is a behemoth display of agricultural technology, including
a giant gravity-defying tomato "tree" with thousands of tomato
fruits, and various displays of unique growing techniques like
But according to Jill Fehrenbacher from
Inhabitat, a tour guide explained to her that most of the food grown
in these greenhouses, which is also fed to park guests in
restaurants and cafeterias throughout the parks, has been
genetically-altered in some way.
This makes sense, since part of the tour includes a visit to the
exhibit's "Biotechnology Lab," a "sterile research environment"
sponsored by pro-GMO food giant Nestle USA, where scientists from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture can be seen working on various
"crop improvement" techniques.
After the tour, park guests can even
purchase "Mickey's Mini Gardens," which are small glass bottles of
plant starters made from cloned plant cells rather than from natural
seeds, that were produced in Biotechnology Lab.
You can view some of Fehrenbacher's photos taken at the exhibit
been pushing GMOs on children since at least 1996
Genetic manipulation of plants and crops has apparently been taking
place at Disney's Living with the Land exhibit for almost two
Back in 1996, the USDA published an
article in one of its publications explaining that the main purpose
of the Biotechnology Lab at EPCOT has always been about "showcasing
various tools - such as biotechnology" as part of its "sustainable
Even back then, John Cordts from the USDA's Agricultural Research
Service (ARS) admitted that he and others were working on various
GMO projects in the lab, which at the time included exploring new
ways to genetically-alter peaches to ripen longer on trees, yet stay
firm enough to be shipped.
And before that, then-manager of the
Biotechnology Lab Lexie McKently
had been working on developing GM
And yet the millions of young children that have passed through this
exhibit over the years have no idea that what those scientists are
working on behind the glass has been shown to cause human
sterilization, organ damage, and death. Because the entire
presentation is dressed up with cute Disney characters and fun
animations, it all just looks like some type of agricultural utopia.
Interestingly, the veneer of Disney's supposed sustainable and
pollution-less approach to agricultural runs thin in others areas as
well, as Fehrenbacher's tour revealed the use of materials like
non-biodegradable styrofoam to house plants, for instance.
asked by several guests why the exhibit featured styrofoam and other
environmentally-unfriendly materials, the tour guide allegedly
explained that these materials are inexpensive and easily
So as is the case with most things Disney, the Living with the Land
exhibit appears to be nothing more than a thinly-veiled veneer of
propaganda aimed directly at young children.
And in this case, the Disney empire has
"greenwashed" biotechnology as an environmentally-friendly and
sustainable agricultural system of the future in order to convince
the next generation that it provides great benefits to humanity.
...to indoctrinate children into supporting toxic
GMOs is the epitome of evil
It is no secret that millions of families from around the world make
the trek to Orlando, Fla., every year to visit Walt Disney World
theme parks specifically because they believe it is a safe and fun
environment for children.
Little do many of them know, however,
that part of
Disney's apparent agenda is to indoctrinate society's
youngest and most innocent members into the phony dogma of
Deliberately shaping a genetically-modified pumpkin into the shape
of Mickey Mouse ears, for example, would probably not sway most
readers into thinking that the technology is safe. But
to a child, this explicit form of manipulation appears fun and
exciting, which subconsciously instills in him or her the idea that
genetically-tampering with nature in this way is a good thing.
Because they cannot present a legitimate and scientific argument for
why GMOs are safe or necessary in the first place, purveyors of
biotechnology are now resorting to such blatant brainwashing
campaigns aimed directly at young children.
This is why parents everywhere need to
take the time to explain to their children the truth about GMOs, and
teach them how to deflect all the crafty propaganda that is
increasingly being embedded in popular cultural icons like Disney.