Monsanto and Monster start with ‘Mons’. Let’s break Monsanto in two sections. The Webster’s Dictionary for Monster, one word of many descriptions is ‘Monstrous’. This fits Monsanto perfectly. The Dictionary word ‘Santonin’ is poisonous and also fits ‘Santo’ perfectly. I am playing on words. Monsanto plays on the visible. I am going back 1600 years and here is a script from the Creed. God almighty is the ruler of Heaven and Earth and all things visible and invisible. I jump ahead to eighty years ago and Chemical Fertilizer was introduced. Before that all crops were done by the Organic method, but not recognized as such. It was the Natural way of growing the World’s food. Following, I am going to explain my facts and theories of what the visible has done to our soil and our health. I am not a Scientist, but an old Organic Farmer from the 1950’s where I learned from observation and logic. I am still learning and am very concerned as to what the Monster (Monsanto) is promoting and thus, taking humanity to the brink of disaster. My theme is the SOIL is the LIFE BLOOD of the EARTH and all FOOD comes from the SOIL—FOOD and HEALTH in this ORDER.
I remember as a youngster that Super Phosphate was first used on my Grandfather’s and my Dad’s farm. What a display of green grass and not a thought of why. There was not any mention from the chemical companies that the 20% super phosphate with Sulfuric acid made it 100% available from rock phosphate. A stimulant that the plants liked is not natural.
Next came the Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potash. All very visible when the plants are stimulated with the big three and very impressive. It was in 1949 I noticed killing of the Earthworms along the corn rows just planted. Hot acid fertilizer will do this. It also burns the plant’s small hair roots and they never recover. The roots are invisible, but not a concern as long as the dirt will anchor the plants and feed it stimulants. They can grow plants in dirt, which is dead with no life. Soil has living micro organisms by the billions not visible. The earthworms are visible, but ignored by the chemical advisers. NPK is overriding all other elements in the soil that makes plants healthy.
Next promotion was Herbicides to kill the weeds. The weeds were promoted by the Chemical Fertilizers. I used the Herbicides one year in 1949 and never again. We made our own sprayer and over-applied on the end of the rows. We had a rainbow on the ends where legumes would not grow the next year and after. I went to a Farmer’s meeting and the Agronomist was pushing Herbicides. I asked, “I know it kills the weeds, but what about the life in the soil that makes plant food we do not see (invisible)?” His answer was, “In six to seven weeks it will dissipate.” I said, “That is most of my growing season in Vermont and how do you know?” It is a hormone that grows the plants with a stimulant that busts them and they die. It does not all go on the plants and ends up after years in the water and food supply. Agent Orange is a good example of the danger to Humans. I understand that the Monster is bringing it back to the Farms, because the roundup is not working, as some weeds develop immunity to it. There is a killer pig weed that is costing Farming millions in revenue. The EPA and the FDA are going to allow this, but stop the Organic movement at every chance possible. –What sorry agencies we have in Washington.
Now the insecticides for insect control was caused by Chemically stimulated unhealthy plants. Insects will attack the sick plants. Survival of the fittest is Mother Nature’s way to control weakened plants. I have proof in my Garden that this is true. I packed the soil on the end of my potato patch with my tractor. The potato bugs riddled the two hills where the ground was packed down and unable to breathe. Not a potato bug on the other plants. I see pictures of monster tractors and equipment traveling the fields that pack the soil to hard dirt. They then shallow till or no till and feed the plants stimulants in Chemical Fertilizer, using Herbicides to control weeds and insecticides to control insects. They spray chemicals to control diseases like blithe. All caused by Chemicals from Monsanto. (Monster)
The previous cycle was not enough. What a cycle Monsanto (Monster and Poison) has put the Farmers and Gardeners in. In the mean time was Hybrid by cross-breeding the plants, which are sterile and against Mother Nature’s life cycle of reproduction. The cross breeding had to be done by detasseling one of the open pollinated varies by hand.
The labor was to costly, so Monsanto tried to do a procedure of killing the male sperm and had a failure. There was a blithe that went all the way from the North to Florida. Not any public knowledge of this ever.
The preceding took a long time for point of no return with the Chemical Fertilizer to end up polluting the water ways. The Chesapeake Bay is costing the Fishing Industry 30 million a year in lost revenue. The public is being told it is cow manure and other contaminants. Not one mention about the millions of water soluble NP that leaches with the water to the Bay. I have commented on this in other posts. Insects and weeds are getting immune to the sprays. This is also a long point of no return. All of this caused our soil to be unhealthy and our plants to be unhealthy. It is passed up the Food Chain to Humans and Animals.
Now we have Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) that is to combat all of the preceding failures. This is a short point of no return. I call the Scientists and Researchers test tube Farmers. They just as well have no soil. The Soil is the Life Blood of the Earth and all Food comes from the Soil – Food and Health in this Order. The test tube farmers have turned our soil to dirt. It is impossible to outdo what Mother Nature has blessed us with for Millions of years. The GMO food is causing more and more diseases in Humans and Animals than the preceding quotes. I know all the above can be done and is very impressive which is very good to know. I also know how to jump off a cliff, but logic tells me what the end results will be. Monsanto (Monster) is pushing all Humanity off the cliff and have to be stopped. The problem is the Monster has made billions swindling the public and our EPA, FDA, USDA and all the Government policy makers. There are thirty Five Monsanto Lobbyists in Washington DC. Most all environment committees related to Agriculture include Monsanto connections.
I will not stop here without giving my concerned opinion on what we can do to bring our soil back to life. It is all related to recovering the Organic Matter. This is where the Life and Health of the soil is possible. Of course it cannot all be Organic either, but this is what has been lost by poisoning our soil. There has been billions of dollars spent on Global Warming and now Global Change. How come the history of the report only went back sixty years? Heck, I am older than that and I can remember bad storms and extra hot weather and extra cold weather in Vermont. Not any money spent on the soil of how to best use it for healthy humanity. Yes, alot spent on erosion that has been caused by chemicals that poison.
It will take years to get back to normal soil usage as our ancestors did without Chemicals. It can be done by piece meal. But, it will be difficult to mix the two as we may have gone too far. My question is what will happen if the GMO fails and we run out of Phosphorous in thirty years, as predicted? It is time start working toward the Organic method. I can get all elements in my gardens without chemicals. I have soil test taken in September 2011 to prove it. My conclusion is now we can do without Phosphate, as there is enough in the soil already. In the 1940’s and many years after the cow manure needed super phosphate to make it worth spreading. The Dairy Farmers would sign up for it through the Government Extension Services at reduced cost. The times change as I have read by an expert that we do not need phosphorous as there is enough in the soil. The cows have so much NP in their manure it is polluting the water ways. They have changed to0, and as I mention previously, the manure was low in NP. The Obama Administration is monitoring the Chesapeake Bay pollution with two Monsanto reps on the committee. The committee contradicted themselves in a report in July. Honesty and logic has been lost and replaced with greed. We are still burning our corn as ethanol, which is another big swindle that is not renewable. The GMO corn and the Ethanol is costing the Dairy Farmers and all corn feed animals millions to feed. The GMO is causing a big health problem in the animals and humans. Also the farmers are paying over two hundred dollars an acre for seed. Is this progress and logic? It is a swindle and a big failure. I have proof that all the elements for good plant growth are available to us naturally. The soil tests I took last September 2011 have all the elements for good plant growth with 9.6% Organic Matter. The Nitrogen is free from the 78% in the atmosphere.
I have many more reason why Organic is superior over chemical Agriculture and Gardening. I have tried for some time now to get Agriculture Colleges to do Organic research with 15M USDA grants interested in my book starting 60 years ago. I have been reprimanded from a Professor that was just the grants writer. The other Colleges never corresponded. They used the money to get farmers to do Organic and one college reported 88 farmers started the program and only 1 completed. The FFA gets thousands of dollars to do essays on chemical farmers programs for prize money sponsored by Monsanto. (Monster). Some FFA chapters have wanted to start experimenting with Organic and the higher officials say a flat NO. The love of money is the root of all evil; I have heard and this is a great example. Most all the Organic movement is infiltrated with Monsanto connections. I will include evil with Monster to describe Monsanto. We are swindled to believe we cannot feed the world with Organic method. Logic tells use it is not true. Yes, it takes more work, but saves our soil. Where did all our healthy Forests continue to grow? There the tree leafs is the organic matter. Agriculture travels so far with the big Dairy factory farms the Organic matter never returns to the soil (The Cow Manure). The plants only take 10% of growth from the soil and produce a fraction of this. Cover crops can replace some of this if plowed in, but with no till and shallow till, I wonder. Chemical Fertilizer has been over loaded onto the Farmers for years and the billionaire Chemical Companies have billionaire salesman from selling Farm Chemical.
I am ending with a passage from the Lord’s Prayer, over 2000 thousand year ago. It is the most said prayer in the world. “It is Thine Kingdom (GOD) and the Power (JESUS) and the Glory forever and ever (Humanity)”. This is my interpretation and it fits Organics perfectly.
Donald Lewis is author of the Book, Learned by the Fencepost, Lessons in Organic Farming & Gardening. He started dairy Farming in Vermont after graduating from High School in 1946 and was the FFA Chapter President for four years, State President in 1946. Donald eceived the American Farmers Degree in 1947 and went into partnership with his father and brother, purchasing the farm in 1956. It was a run down farm when his father bought it in 1921. He brought it into good production with cow and chicken manure. It was Organic then, but not recognized as such. In 1950 Donald did all the farm work and his partners ran the saw mill, using Organics and Chemicals together for three years. In 1953 he went totally Organic after doing two simple experiments. His dairy herd responded to the Organic roughage. In 1958 Donald won the New England in Winter Green Pastures Contest over several hundred chemical farmers, because of the best roughage and the healthiest dairy herd they saw on their 2000 mile trip through New England. Donald also won many hay awards at the Vermont farm show, receiving 99.7 and 99.5 points out of 100 for three years. The hay was not Judged the fourth year as he was accused of cheating -sure did he was Organic. Not one Farmer nor agriculture adviser came to the farm to see how he did it without chemicals. He left the Farm in 1963 because of uncontrollable circumstances and worked on a Florida farm in 1963 to 1966. Donald went to Computer night school starting in 1964 and finished in 1966, working as a computer operator in computer technology and retired in 1993. He now has a four acre organic farm and gardens in Goode, Virginia and out-grows all chemical gardeners. Soil test are proof you don’t need anything but organic matter.