In the fall/winter of 2011 the debate over scraping the Canadian Wheat Board was in full tilt. The Conservative government seemed to be hell bent on getting rid of it. Regardless of the farmers voting in favor of keeping the wheat board by over 70%.
By early 2012 the bill to abolish the Canadian Wheat Board achieved Royal assent.
The about us section on the CWB’s websites explains that:
“Controlled by western Canadian farmers, the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) is the largest wheat and barley marketer in the world. One of Canada’s biggest exporters, the Winnipeg-based organization sells grain to over 70 countries and returns all sales revenue, less marketing costs, directly to Prairie farmers.”
In essence the CWB was a board controlled by farmers. It was created to protect them, and ensure that they could stay in business.
At the time I knew that there had to be something behind this. I knew that the bio-tech industry must have something to o with getting rid of an organization, that was meant to protect farmers and their investments.
My suspicions have now been validated.
First Genetically Modified Wheat To Be Introduced Into Commercial Market
A trial of GM wheat claimed to repel green flies and blackflies has begun, in the hopes for the industry that it will become the first wheat to be grown commercially, with the first phase starting in the UK.
Scientists from Rothamsted Research, based in Hertfordshire, are using biotechnological tools to genetically engineer a wheat plant that produces high levels of an aphid repelling odour.
A controlled experiment is now underway to see if this works in the field, as wheat yields are typically vulnerable to attacks by aphids (also known as greenfly and blackfly).
Dr Toby Bruce, who leads the research project said in a statement: “If successful this wheat would not require treatment with insecticide. This is because it would repel colonisation by the aphid pests and also attract natural predators.
Critics charge that there are natural symbioses that take place between aphids and crops which are essential to their survival and the initiative to repel colonisation is another direct attack on much larger ecosystems. “These scientists are very short-sighted and they aren’t looking at the whole picture and consequences of introducing GM wheat. There are many bacterial symbioses that take place between aphids and other microorganisms that will affect their entire ecosystem should an intolerant species be introduced into the food chain,” said microbiologist Joseph Sagarese.
Canada is one of the worlds largest wheat and grain producers in the world. By dismantling the CWB (an organization large enough to protect farmers from the bio-tech corporations), the farmers are now left to fend for themselves against corporations like Monsanto.
We have seen how that scenario plays out, in countries like America and India. The small rural farmers in the United States are quickly becoming a thing of the past, and in India the farmers are committing suicide at unprecedented rates. Because of the losses incurred by signing on with the bio-tech corporations.
It is also very visible here in Canada. One must only look to the corn and soy industries to see this.
We are being saturated by GMO foods more and more. Salmon, Corn, Soy, Sweet Beets, Strawberries, Alfalfa, and now soon to be wheat.
Good luck finding a mass produced food product that does not contain corn, soy or wheat. If you have never tried to, next time you are at the grocery store check out the ingredients of the processed foods.
None of these gm products have any safety tests (that are legit) saying that they are safe for human consumption. Or are safe for the environment. In the contrary there are many tests, that show severe side effects.
We must do everything that we can to have the CWB restored. Not just to protect the farmers. But to protect our families health and the environment.