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Friday, January 15, 2016

Conspiracy on our shelves part 2 Monsanto + The Drought in South Africa weather is manipulated

South Africa has allowed Monsanto to overrun the farmer's seedbanks by discontinuing the natural seasonal seeds.
At the same time Monsanto comes in as a rescue to aid the Food Industry aka the Farm industry of South Africa.
Again simple observation, when did this happen?
How did we not see this one come around the corner and whack Monsanto sprouts new founded roots in South Africa?
Insert article on what happened in 2013 -
Monsanto is increasingly finding itself on the defensive as world opinion turns hostile toward genetically modified seeds, most of which are patented by the biotech giant. One of the company’s most compelling arguments for its quest to spread GMOs is that Monsanto products are the solution to world hunger — a Monsanto executive even won the prestigious World Food Prize this year. The company’s defenders claim that opposing GMOs is a luxury of Western privilege that denies developing countries vital resources to feed impoverished communities. But in last weekend’s worldwide demonstrations against the company, protests erupted in several of these developing countries Monsanto professes it wants to help.

According to Food Sovereignty Ghana, seven African countries held anti-Monsanto rallies on Saturday, up from just one during the first global March Against Monsanto in May. This time around, activists in Kenya, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt and South Africa came out in force against the company. Activists in Accra carried signs saying, “GMO will make Ghanaian farmers poor” and “Our Food Under Our Control!!!”

In recent years, Monsanto has stepped up its outreach to poverty-stricken African countries. A centerpiece of this outreach is promoting GM drought resistant corn that may be able to mitigate the effects of extreme weather on crop yields. Monsanto is also part of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a group of private corporations tasked by the G8 to invest in solutions to African hunger over the next decade.

These humanitarian efforts are key to rehabilitating Monsanto’s tattered public image. Hating Monsanto is “a luxury when you’re surrounded by food 24/7,” writes one defender, who argues that spreading negative sentiment against the company actually “impedes global economic growth.” Even Britain’s Environmental Secretary, Owen Paterson, said organizations fighting the spread of GMOs are “absolutely wicked” and “cast a dark shadow over attempts to feed the world.”

True, some elements of the anti-GMO movement have trumped up mostly baseless claims that all genetically modified food is poisonous or dangerous to human health. But African farmers also have very legitimate concerns about Monsanto’s reputation for investigating, suing, and ruining farmers who try to save GM seeds. Monsanto aggressively enforces its patents against American farmers who use second-generation seeds produced by the prior harvest rather than buy new seeds each year, often bankrupting these farmers through legal fees. The company has sought similar protections abroad, most recently causing an uproar in Chile.

Food Sovereignty Ghana warns against the “control of our resources by multinational corporations and other foreign entities,” and the “avaricious calculations behind the proposition that food is just another commodity or component for international agribusiness.” Instead, they call for “collective control over our collective resources.”

Experts in international development also have their doubts about introducing Monsanto to the developing world. Because of the patent issues surrounding GMOs, the prestigious International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development advised that developing nations avoid GM seeds. Its 2008 analysis warned that GMOs’ high costs, uncertain yields, and the threat to local non-GM crop breeds posed more risks to poor farmers than benefits. Farmers who use GM seeds may not be able to exchange seeds with other farmers, while paying double the cost of conventional seeds for promises of higher yields that may or may not come true.

That’s not to say genetic engineering has no place in solving hunger. Controversial GM golden rice, which is supposed to pump up Vitamin A levels in regular rice to make it more nutritious, could well be a promising use of technology to get more nutrients to the people who need them. Most importantly, golden rice has a humanitarian license that allows poor farmers and public research institutes to use the seeds for free. However, golden rice is still mainly theoretical after a decade of research. Even if it was immediately available, a malnourished adult would have to eat at least 3 pounds of rice a day 20 percent of their daily Vitamin A requirement.

While genetically modifying food to contain more nutrients or subsist on less water could certainly be one tool in the fight against hunger, biotech companies often hog the media spotlight — and the funding. Forbes’ Beth Hoffman observes, “The GMO debate is also distracting us from less sexy interventions which have worked to dramatically reduce hunger and malnutrition over the last fifty years, and are today in desperate need of our continued support.” These less sexy interventions, which include micronutrient powders, basic health care services, and food storage technology, do not seek to increase the industrial food supply, but address what local systems need to combat poverty.

This multi-targeted approach makes more sense in light of a recent UN report finding that, while “international policy discussions remain heavily focused on increasing industrial agricultural production,” hunger is not caused by a food shortage but by “a lack of purchasing power and/or the inability of the rural poor to be self-sufficient.”

Corporate biotechnology also tends to attract more attention than local seed-breeding, even before products have been proven to work. According to a recent analysis, the media has largely ignored the success of several strains of non-GM drought-resistant corn, cassava, and rice in India and Africa, which have multiplied yields and are spreading rapidly. Meanwhile, Monsanto has enjoyed breathless coverage of the company’s drought tolerance research, even when it was still in preliminary stages.
Above protesting against the a mighty Monsanto : Ghana

Monsanto GM Maize Problem in South Africa
(NaturalNews) Farmers in South Africa have reported an inexplicable failure to seed in three different varieties of corn genetically modified (GM) by the Monsanto Corporation.

“One can’t see from the outside whether a plant is unseeded,” said Kobus van Coller of Free State province. “One must open up the cob leaves to establish the problem.”

The problems occurred only in corn engineered by Monsanto for increased yields or for resistance to the company’s trademark herbicide, Roundup (glyphosate). Failure to seed has been documented in the provinces of Free **State, Mpumalanga and North West.

According to Monsanto, the crop failure occurred due to “underfertilization processes in the laboratory,” and has only been a problem in “less than 25 percent” of the seed from the three corn varieties.

Mariam Mayet of the Africa Center for Biosecurity disputed the company’s claims, however. According to her sources, some farms have experienced crop failures as high as 80 percent. She also expressed doubt over Monsanto’s explanation for the problem, laying the blame instead on the GM technologies used to produce the seed.

“Monsanto says they just made a mistake in the laboratory, however we say that biotechnology is a failure,” Mayet said. “You cannot make a ‘mistake’ with three different varieties of corn. We have been warning against GM-technology for years, we have been warning Monsanto that there will be problems.”

Mayet called on the government to launch an investigation into the crop failures and to institute an immediate ban on the cultivation of all GM crops in South Africa.

South Africa was one of the first countries after the United States to adopt GM corn. Like the United States but unlike many European countries, South Africa does not require that GM ingredients be labeled as such on food packaging.

The South African grocery chain Woolworths imposed a ban on carrying any GM foods in 2000.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Conspiracy on our shelves

Through out all the ages , since the first settler set foot on the soil of Southern African, we have been punted and sold to a great many gifts from the gods....

A wise man once said , one can only run a country when one can manage a supermarket....

We have Greece to thank


Famous Brands Limited is a public company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in South Africa. Its head offices are in Midrand, Johannesburg. The company is Africa's leading quick-service and casual dining restaurant franchisor. The company's global footprint of franchised stores spreads across the world, totalling 2,163 stores (2013): South Africa 1,881, rest of Africa 172, United Kingdom 110 (2013). Besides its core business activities of quick service and casual dining, the company is also involved in manufacturing and logistics.

George "Senior" Halamandres, also known as Uncle George, brought new ideas to South Africa relating to the food industry he found while travelling in America. He successfully built and operated approximately 100 stores country wide, ranging from steak houses and take-away stores. Halamandres was one of the first entrepreneurs to bring "franchising" to the country, a concept already established in America. Together with the stores, Halamandres also operated a sauce factory which supplied sauces to his stores.

1971: Uncle George brings Panayiotis (the oldest Halamandaris brother) from Greece to South Africa.

1972: Panayiotis buys the Bellevue store from Uncle George and operates the store independently under his control.

1974: Theofanis (the second oldest Halamandaris brother) emigrates from Greece to South Africa. Theofanis then works at supermarkets for the first year.

1975: Panayiotis leaves South Africa and returns to Greece. Theofanis, buys and takes over Bellevue from Panayiotis.

1976: George "Junior" Halamandres (Uncle George's oldest son) passes away; this causes severe emotional trauma to Uncle George and he starts to lose interest in the food industry.

1976–1980: Theofanis continues to innovate and develop his store, improving every aspect from quality of the food to service to operations. It is during this period where the foundations of the store are engineered with passion and precision. Future stores were born from the blueprint of this "mother" store.

1980: Panayiotis from Greece and Periklis from Australia (the third oldest Halamandaris brother) arrive in South Africa for Theofanis’ wedding. Together, they decide to expand the business and Panayiotis and Periklis are to return to South Africa in the near future.

1981: Periklis emigrates to South Africa and the two brothers open the second store in Yeoville.

1983: Panayiotis returns to South Africa and so does his wisdom and leadership that proves to be invaluable. The three brothers open the third store in Sandton City shopping mall, a serious store with serious power which boosts their business to the next level.

1984: Uncle George sees the success of the three brothers and their three stores. He proposes that the time has come for the two families to join: Panayiotis, Theofanis and Periklis with their three stores and John Halamandres (Uncle George’s youngest son) with the sauce factory, which was his only remaining business at that time. The agreement is made and the 2 families merge into a single “four core member unit”, each member contributing their own strengths: Panayiotis finances, Theofanis operations, Periklis franchising and John marketing. The unit agrees on certain principles from the start and are to be always adhered to: ethical business conduct, continues innovation, hard work, every member will have their independent and specific duties, no member will criticise or comment on another member, every member will always do their best, no wives will be included in the business and 100% trust between the members.

1986: Babis (the youngest Halamandaris brother) emigrates to South Africa to join and help in the businesses the core members have built.

1986–1994: The now five core member unit focuses 100% on the expansion and success of the business, no diversions and business only.

1994: The five core members take the company public on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on 9 November 1994 at the IPO price of R1 under the company name Steers Holdings Limited. The company was later renamed Famous Brands Limited.

2000: The business is at a level now where the pressures and demands of the company are significantly bigger and require more power. The members decide to add to their core and open their door to additional management and expertise, one of them being the Kevin Hedderwick.

2010: Through time, the calibre of person that Kevin is, is shown. Theofanis officially hands over the wheel to Kevin as the CEO of the company.

2012: Listed in 1994 at R1, the company hits a share price of R74 in August 2012. From one store worth very little to over 2,000 stores and a company worth in excess of R6 billion. Every brand held by Famous Brands Limited is the leader in their category. Voted as the “First and Overall Winner” in the Financial Mail Top 20 Companies. Famous Brands Limited is now the “big boy”.

2013: The stock price hits R100 in August 2013.

But it was Gold that brought everybody here to do business, with his and his neighbors....
What lies within our suppliers are a calculated power struggle.


Our Food is genetically modified because we allowed it.

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