Is Monsanto a Monster??? Article by Guest Writer Donald E. Lewis

As I get more and more into the organic farming and wanting to know more about the food I consume, this company Monsanto continues to come up. They have been around since 1901, founder, John Francis Queeny, did one of those touchy feely things and named his company after his wife’s maiden name…sorta gets you all choked up huh???? But the more we hear of the actions of this company the more terrifying the company becomes. The following article is by a gentleman and fellow organic farmer in Goode, Virgina. Donald has been around a touch more than I and he has seen first hand the progression this company has made into what many view, as their quest to dominate the worlds food supply…In fairness here have been a few good things that Monsanto has done…but the more we see the skin of the onion peeled away the uglier things becomes….

Is Monsanto a Monster…well that’s for you to decide…

11/22/2012           Monsanto is the Monster of our Unhealthy Food Production

 ** 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 all so 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. I believe in one God Father almighty maker 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 Worlds 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 taking humanity to the brink of disaster. My theme is the SOIL is the LIFE BLOOD of the EARTH and all FOOD come from the SOIL—FOOD and HEALTH in this ORDER.

** I remember as a youngster that Super Phosphate was first used on my Grandfathers and my Dads 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 plants 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 over riding all other element 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 Farmers meeting and the Agronomist was pushing Herbicide. 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 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 back to the Farms because the roundup it not working as some weeds develop immunity to it. There is a killer pig weed that is costing Farming millions in revenue. EPA and the FDA is going to allow this but stop the Organic movement at every chance possible. –What sorry agencies we have in Washington. I read in this Months (January 2013) Progressive Farmer Article. The Farmers are in school to learn how to use the new Herbicide. The sprayers have to be set just right as over application can be a problem. This is a real safe and progressive movement. Here comes Agent Orange.

 ** Now the insecticides for insect control that 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. Use Herbicide to control weeds and insecticides to control insects. Spray chemicals to control diseases like blight. 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 detaseling one of the open pollinated verities 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 blight that went all the way from the North to Florida. Not any public knowledge of

 ** 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 contamination. Not one mention about the millions of tons 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

 ** 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 can-not 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 allot 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 to 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 confusion 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 Serves 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 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 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. 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. Just recently I came across an Article about synthetic nitrogen. It was published three years ago and never public. Three Illinois Scientists found that synthetic nitrogen burns up the carbon in the soil and releases it as CO2. This is the carbon dioxide that is suppose to cause Global Warming (Climate Change). The Farmers and Public is being swindled by our Government and the big Agriculture Chemical Companies for Greed over Humanity.

 ** Monsanto has not stopped yet. I just read the article Food Democracy, Now about Ascpartame is a  sweetener that is added to milk. They have ruined the soil which is not enough so I guess that was not a powerful enough killer. They are getting more and more evil every day.

 ** Summary— 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 doing 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 Research. There were 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. Money is the route 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 can-not feed the world with Organic methods.Logic tells us 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 the produce a fraction of this. Cover crops can replace some of this if plowed in but with no till and swallow 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.

 I have read in the June National Geographic an Article by Dan Charles that is very disturbing and more reason to go Organic. The title is Our Fertilized World. Monsanto is more of a Monster all the time Mr. Charles has traveled the World and found that there is 1OO million tons of synthetic nitrogen spread on the planet every year. It is suppose to improve the soil fertility which is not true. The nitrogen burns up the carbon in the soil (Organic Matter) and releases it as CO2. This is Green House gas that causes global warming. He states that 70% of the global warming is caused by this. Not one word to the public as it going to hurt the wealthy Chemical companies that have no respect for Humanity. Also 35 lobbyists in Washington can persuade many politicians and the USDA. The Government is no longer for the people of the people. Instead it is for the sorry people in our Government that are running it into the ground. The Article is well worth reading. He writes that Agriculture should be taken out of the Chemical Laboratories and returned to the Farmers and the Fields. I call them test tube Farmers.

** 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 interruption and it fits Organic perfectly.

Donald E. Lewis P. O. Box 122 Goode VA 24556 learnedbythefencepost@hotmail.com

I thank Donald for sharing his views with us. From time to time we will feature a guest writer on commentary n the various trades and fields our company is involved with. If you’f like to be a guest writer on our page drop us a line..

Here is a link to a You Tube video production the Paul Williams over at Foreclosurepedia steered me to If you’d like to hear some more about this company take some time to watch and listen to this video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJiIuQyStr4

Until next time Happy Gardening…

 

 

Mindset of the Property Preservation Industry

Mindset of the Industry

 

For the past couple of years I have been attempting to make the Boots on the Ground Contractor (BOTG) of the Property Preservation Industry (PPI) understand why they need to join forces  for a common good. Their common good. What I have found is that is much easier said than done!!!

Breakdown of participants years in the PPI
Breakdown of participants years in the PPI

 

One of the biggest fears many contractors have is voicing their opinions or doing something in a manner that the National Preservation Order Mills (NPOM) or Regional Order Mills (ROM), in essence their clients, will hear or find out. Small things like joining an organization perceived to be a threat to the monopolized industry or making statements in public forums. When I ask fellow Contractors about this I constantly hear the “Fear Factor” so I decided to set up some surveys in an anonymous format so members of the PPI could provide some input without fear of reprisal. The pie chart is a graphic illustration of how long the participants of the survey have been involved in the PPI.

What is literally amazing is that 82.2% of the participants feel that organization of the BOTG would benefit them. When pressed a little more specifically and asked; Do you thing the industry would benefit from being unionized only 48% said yes, with 49.3% stating they would join a union if the PPI had one. This came from 88.9% of the participants claiming to be BOTG. Now keep in mind that one of the organizations out there, The National Property Preservation Guild, (NPPG) an organization that claims to be Contractors for Contractors, defines a BOTG Contractor as a contractor that goes out in the field and actually completes services. Interesting that while an overwhelming amount of participants agree that organizing the BOTG would help the industry that only a little over half would join a Union. Perhaps the name Union has a bad connotation and ring to it? Especially when asked; Do you feel that if you belonged to an organization that stood up for Contractors it would affect on your workloads…58.1% said no. On the other hand when asked; Do you feel voicing your opinion about the industry in public would bring adverse results to your business, 56.8% said yes.

While only 75% of the participants responded to the question…If you had the opportunity to implement one policy to improve the PPI what would it be…the overwhelming answers were actually twofold, 1. Standardize the pay scale and 2. Rid the industry of the ROM and companies “subbing” the work. (Something I have been saying for the past three years). While there were a few other suggestions…Get rid of SGP, have a Non Profit Organization go to bat for the Contractors, the main topic was the afore mentioned.

When asked; Do you feel there is an organization in the PPI that truly represents the best interests of the BOTG Contractors…42.7% said no, 37.3% said they don’t know of any organizations representing the BOTG. 80% of the participants feel that there is no adequate representation or know of none.

Currently there are two main organizations out there National Association of Mortgage Field Services or NAMFS and the NPPG. One, NAMFS, claims to represent ALL party’s best interests in the PPI and the later, NPPG, claiming to represent the Contractors. So why haven’t these organizations taken a position on these issues in the industry? Why haven’t they used their resources to conduct surveys and come up with solutions to the convoluted mess called the PPI???? The word gutless comes to mind. However, in the interest of being fair let’s actually examine something here.

The majority of the contractors would eliminate the groups of business that are “subbing” out the work. This creates a very serious dichotomy for both of these organizations. There is absolutely no way they can take a stand against this part of the industry. To do so would be utter insanity to take a position against companies “subbing” work as a business model. You see this would be business suicide for many of the Board of Directors of these organizations. If you look at the members that comprise the Board of Directors you’ll see that their business models are that of ROM, or “subbing” on a smaller scale, what has been identified as Otherwise Unauthorized Order Mills. So the reality throughout the PPI is there is no organization that truly represents the best interests of the Boots on the Ground Contractors.

Where to look for this type of organization or how to develop the solution to this…I have no answer at this time. Except to say that BOTG Contractors need to stop back stabbing each other and start organizing on a local level. The small PPI companies need to start looking to each other as assets and not enemies to each other. The small BOTG guys and gals need to start meeting with each other once a month…hold conference calls with each other once a week…They need to start communicating with each other and quit allowing the NPOM, ROM, and OUOM to stop pitting them against each other with the thought of grandiose streams of fortunes rolling in because they will provide large streams of volume to make that $40 winterization work.

This is part one of a series that I will be writing on this subject. I will place another survey based on the answers to the survey question that was in the survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GR8YQ5B). I hope more of you will participate in these surveys. This survey had 75 participants. In addition I have placed surveys to gather information from members of the Real Estate Industry in order to help understand their position on the state of the PPI. Stay tuned as this could become very interesting.

Thanks for tuning in today…have a good week everybody and let’s be safe out there!

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