The Dangers of our Food Supply: We are no Longer in Control

Most people don’t realize that the American Farmer is gone; they have been replaced by a handful of multinational corporations that now import a growing portion of our country’s food supply from foreign factory farms.

Grant Wood Farmer Painting

With cooperation from the U.S government, these multinational agribusinesses have destroyed the traditional American farm. From companies like Monsanto suing farmers out of business, to the U.S. government’s attempts to regulate small farmers out of existence, we have allowed our food production capabilities to be taken from us.

A handful of Companies now control what you eat

Since the mid-1990s five biotech corporations – Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont – have bought up more than 200 small independent seed companies, limiting our access to seeds and dictating what we can and can’t grow.

Monsanto Corn Crops

To consolidate power, and make sure the average American cannot grow their own foods; Monsanto has gone as far as developing what’s known as Suicide seeds that produce fruits and vegetables with sterile seeds. This prevents small farmers, and home gardeners from planting the seeds they harvest, requiring them to repurchase new seeds for every planting.

Since the introduction of factory farming techniques, four major companies now process half the chickens, 80% of the cows and 60% of the pigs consumed in the U.S. Even our Organic food companies have been swallowed up by these giant food corporations.  Companies like Coca-Cola, ConAgra, General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft and M&M Mars now own most of the U.S. organic food industry.

The Chinese Food Connection: The Threat from China

As a country, we have allowed ourselves to be put in a position where an increasing amount of our food supply is actually shipped in directly from China. Did you know that just about all the apples in U.S. sold apple juice come from China?

Ship Imporiting Chinese Goods

Over 80 percent of the world’s garlic, 90 percent of America’s vitamin C supplements, 70% of U.S apple juice, and 78% of the tilapia consumed in this country comes directly from China. In fact, a majority of the food you find at your local grocery store now has ingredients that were imported directly from China.

Besides the obvious danger of being dependent on another country to supply our people with food, the food imports from China are just downright dangerous and extremely contaminated.

Because of corruption, and the corporate takeover of our food supply, only 1% – 2% of all the food imported from China is ever inspected by the FDA. This is a huge problem; especially when you consider the fact that most of these Chinese imports are filled with disturbingly high levels of chemicals, pesticides, toxic substances, and heavy metals.

Fake and counterfeit food from China

Because of our growing dependence on Chinese food imports, we now face another disturbing consequence of corporate greed; fake and counterfeit foods. I’m sure most of you have heard of counterfeit products coming from China, but are you aware that the food you’re eating might not actually be what you think it is?

As a way to squeeze every extra penny out of the American public, our corporations have looked the other way as Chinese food producers add all sorts of dangerous chemical fillers to the foods they export into America. In 2008, an estimated 300,000 infants and children were sickened by melamine contaminated formula that was exported from China.

Melamine, an industrial chemical derived as a byproduct of coal processing, has been showing up in everything from dog food to infant formula, dairy, wheat and rice imports. To trick Americans into thinking the food their eating is healthy, Chinese companies have added toxic substances like Melamine to their foods, in order to artificially raise protein counts in their products.

In 2007, sixty million packages of dog food were recalled in the United States after the FDA was forced to act when over 4,000 dogs and cats died as a result of melamine contaminated pet food. Unfortunately, the FDA hasn’t been so careful with products meant for human consumption, as they continue to turn a blind eye to contaminated foods that stream into this country.

We are no longer in Control of our Food

If they control the food, they control us! By consolidating so much power into the hands of just a few multinational companies, we have relinquished our God-given ability to feed ourselves. While most Americans have fallen for the Walmart illusion – the false appearance of actually having a choice in what you eat – the truth is, what you eat is controlled by a handful of companies.

That means if one of these companies fails, chooses to raise prices, or is unable to import foods because a country like China stops exports, we are in for some serious trouble.

What can you do?

  • Find and buy from local farmers markets.
  • Buy local organic foods that are not owned by multinational agribusiness corporations.
  • Learn how to grow your own food, and learn how to save seeds.
  • Learn how to hunt, fish, and find local wild edibles.
  • Learn how to can and preserve your own foods.

We need to get back to our traditional ways of growing and procuring food. From learning how to hunt and fish, to learning how to grow your own food and raise your own livestock, there are a number of things that you can do to take back control. At the very least, supporting small local farmers can do a lot to help ensure our ability to feed ourselves in the future.

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  1. I always thought depending on other countries for food was one of the dumbest things our government ever allowed to happen.

  2. We have to stop Monstersatan! We need numbers to do it. The best attack is to not buy any gmo products, hit them in the pocketbook!

  3. The problem with this whole scenario is that our government is trying to take away our rights to grow, buy and sell locally produced produce as well.

  4. Buying from local farmers markets of course doesn’t guarantee your food is organic, or non-GMO, or the seeds from the food are non-hybrid which prevent you from using the seeds for your own harvest.

  5. With Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont forcing the killer seeds and purchases from ‘them’… is this the initial stages of developing some method of terraforming?

  6. If i am not mistaken this would be called a monopoly, in the past the feds would step in and say you are to big you must sell of some of your company,,Bell Telepnone for one.
    It would appear that damn near every sitting official no longer cares what the people think, as long as they get thiers.

  7. “Since the mid-1990s five biotech corporations – Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont – have bought up more than 200 small independent seed companies, limiting our access to seeds and dictating what we can grow.”

    Not to say that this won’t happen but where is it currently happening? I’ve had no problems at all in buying heirloom seeds.

  8. I also worry about our food supply,but from a different angle. My family and I own and operate a small diversified farm. We sell as much as possible locally direct to the consumer. It is refreshing to see the current trend to buy local. This has Had a very positive impact on the small and mid size farmer. However, we still deal with the fact that expenses are higher when not dealing in larger volumes as the big boys. That being said I also need a full time job to make ends meet. I work for a mid sized poultry producer who specializes in Antibiotic free and organic products. For the most part my employer tries to do it the proper way. Most of the poultry is raised on family owned and operated farms how we pay to raise for us. For the most part this work well for both parties. I personally am not a strong supporter of organic production. Much organic grain is imported from countries I consider less than credible. I see inequalities in organic production. To do organic properly would be extremely expensive and in no way can we feed the world this way. I believe sustainable is more important than organic. Although not a big fan of the Monsanto’s,they do much for improvement of crop production by breeding for drought tolerance,pest resistance,and bigger yields which also helps feed the world while using less pesticides and chemicals. Heirlooms are ok but more susceptible to disease and more difficult to grow. If you like seedless grapes and watermelon you are eating GMO. Getting back to the food chain, my biggest concern is that we operate on a three day supply with next weeks food traveling on trucks on our nations highways. Any disruption will cause shortages! A major drought as in California today will cause shortages and high prices. Government prevents farmers from water for irrigation to divert it to cities built in a desert. I hope those cities don’t waste it! More and more farmland is lost every year to development,and conservation. Landowners take land out of production for hunting and recreation. Farmers are getting older and retiring. Their children seen them work hard for little reward and leave the farm for an easier life.I am very concerned about food production in the years to come.

  9. I just read your article and I agree with everything you wrote
    here it is two years later and nothing has changed. Do you have any recent statistics of the information you spoke about?
    Has the toxins in food exported from China into the U.S. gotten worse, stayed the same,is now better?

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