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Dispossession and Imperialism Repackaged as ‘Feeding the World’

Colin Todhunter

The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of rich and powerful land speculators and agribusiness corporations. Smallholder farmers are being criminalised and even made to disappear when it comes to the struggle for land. They are constantly exposed to systematic expulsion.

In 2014, the Oakland Institute found that institutional investors, including hedge funds, private equity and pension funds, are eager to capitalise on global farmland as a new and highly desirable asset class. Financial returns are what matter to these entities, not food security.

Consider Ukraine. The organisation Grain found that in 2014 small farmers operated 16% of agricultural land in that country, but provided 55% of agricultural output, including: 97% of potatoes, 97% of honey, 88% of vegetables, 83% of fruits and berries and 80% of milk. It is clear that Ukraine’s small farms were delivering impressive outputs.

Following the toppling of Ukraine’s government in early 2014, the way was paved for foreign investors and Western agribusiness to take a firm hold over the agri-food sector. Reforms mandated by the EU-backed loan to Ukraine in 2014 included agricultural deregulation intended to benefit foreign agribusiness. Natural resource and land policy shifts were being designed to facilitate the foreign corporate takeover of enormous tracts of land.

Frederic Mousseau, policy director at the Oakland Institute, stated at the time that the World Bank and IMF were intent on opening up foreign markets to Western corporations and that the high stakes around the control of Ukraine’s vast agricultural sector, the world’s third largest exporter of corn and fifth largest exporter of wheat, constitute an overlooked critical factor. He added that in recent years, foreign corporations had acquired more than 1.6 million hectares of Ukrainian land.

Western agribusiness has been coveting Ukraine’s agriculture sector for quite some time, long before the coup. That country contains one third of all arable land in Europe. An article by Oriental Review in 2015 noted that since the mid-90s the Ukrainian-Americans at the helm of the US-Ukraine Business Council had been instrumental in encouraging the foreign control of Ukrainian agriculture.

In November 2013, the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation drafted a legal amendment that would benefit global agribusiness producers by allowing the widespread use of genetically modified seeds. When GMO crops were legally introduced into the Ukrainian market in 2013, they were planted in up to 70% of all soybean fields, 10-20% of cornfields and over 10% of all sunflower fields, according to various estimates (or 3% of the country’s total farmland).

Interestingly, the investment fund Siguler Guff & Co acquired a 50% stake in the Ukrainian Port of Illichivsk in 2015, which specialises in agricultural exports.

In June 2020, the IMF approved an 18-month $5 billion loan programme with Ukraine. According to the Brettons Wood Project website, the government committed to lifting the 19-year moratorium on the sale of state-owned agricultural lands after sustained pressure from international finance.

The World Bank incorporated further measures relating to the sale of public agricultural land as conditions in a $350 million Development Policy Loan (COVID ‘relief package’) to Ukraine approved in late June. This included a required ‘prior action’ to “enable the sale of agricultural land and the use of land as collateral.”

In response, Frederic Mousseau recently stated:

The goal is clearly to favor the interests of private investors and Western agribusinesses… It is wrong and immoral for Western financial institutions to force a country in a dire economic situation amidst an unprecedented pandemic to sell its land.”

But morality has little to do with it. The September 2020 report on the grain.org website ‘Barbarians at the barn: private equity sinks its teeth into agriculture’ shows that there is no morality where capitalism’s profit compulsion is concerned.

Private equity funds – pools of money that use pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowment funds and investments from governments, banks, insurance companies and high net worth individuals – are being injected into the agriculture sector throughout the world. This money is used to lease or buy up farms on the cheap and aggregate them into large-scale, US-style grain and soybean concerns. The article outlines how offshore tax havens and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has targeted Ukraine.

In addition to various Western governments, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, which manages the foundation’s endowment, is also investing in private equity, taking positions in farm and food businesses around the world.

Grain notes that this forms part of the trend whereby the world of finance – banks, funds, insurance companies and the like – is gaining control over the real economy, including forests, watersheds and rural people’s territories.

Apart from uprooting communities and grabbing resources to entrench an industrial, export-oriented model of agriculture, this process of ‘financialisation’ is shifting power to remote board rooms occupied by people with no connection to farming and who are merely in it to make money. These funds tend to invest for a 10-15 year period, resulting in handsome returns for investors but can leave a trail of long-term environmental and social devastation and serve to undermine local and regional food insecurity.

This financialisation of agriculture perpetuates a model of farming that serves the interests of the agrochemical and seed giants, including one of the world’s biggest companies, Cargill, which is involved in almost every aspect of global agribusiness.

Still run as a privately held company, the 155-year-old enterprise trades in purchasing and distributing various agricultural commodities, raises livestock and produces animal feed as well as food ingredients for application in processed foods and industrial use. Cargill also has a large financial services arm, which manages financial risks in the commodity markets for the company. This includes Black River Asset Management, a hedge fund with about $10 billion of assets and liabilities.

A recent article on the Unearthed website accused Cargill and its 14 billionaire owners of profiting from the use of child labour, rain forest destruction, the devastation of ancestral lands, the spread of pesticide use and pollution, contaminated food, antibiotic resistance and general health and environmental degradation.

As if this is not concerning enough, the UN Food and Agriculture is now teaming up with CropLife, a global trade association representing the interests of companies that produce and promote pesticides, including highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs).

In a 19 November press release issued by PAN (Pesticide Action Network) Asia Pacific, some 350 organisations in 63 countries representing hundreds of thousands of farmers, fisherfolk, agricultural workers and other communities, as well as human rights, faith-based, environmental and economic justice institutions, delivered a letter to FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu urging him to stop recently announced plans to deepen collaboration with CropLife International by entering into a formal partnership.

HHPs are responsible for a wide range of devastating health harms to farmers, agricultural workers and rural families around the world and these chemicals have decimated pollinator populations and are wreaking havoc on biodiversity and fragile ecosystems.

Marcia Ishii, senior scientist at PAN North America, explained the serious implications of the proposed collaboration:

Unfortunately, since Mr. Qu’s arrival at FAO, the institution appears to be opening up to deeper collaboration with pesticide companies, which are likely to exploit such a relationship for bluewashing, influencing policy development and enhancing access to global markets.”

She went on to state:

It is no surprise that FAO’s recently appointed Deputy Director General, Beth Bechdol, comes to FAO with a history of close financial ties to Corteva (formerly Dow/DuPont).”

The FAO has in recent years shown a commitment to agroecology but, in calling for an independent FAO, Susan Haffmans from PAN Germany, argues:

The FAO should not jeopardize its successes in agroecology nor its integrity by cooperating with precisely that branch of industry which is responsible for the production of highly hazardous pesticides and whose products contribute to poisoning people and their environment worldwide.”

The July 2019 UN FAO High Level Panel of Experts concludes that agroecology provides greatly improved food security and nutritional, gender, environmental and yield benefits compared to industrial agriculture.

Agroecological principles represent a shift away from the reductionist yield-output chemical-intensive industrial paradigm, which results in among other things enormous pressures on human health, soil and water resources. Agroecology is based on a more integrated low-input systems approach to food and agriculture that prioritises local food security, local calorific production, cropping patterns and diverse nutrition production per acre, water table stability, climate resilience, good soil structure and the ability to cope with evolving pests and disease pressures.

Such a system is underpinned by a concept of food sovereignty, based on optimal self-sufficiency, the right to culturally appropriate food and local ownership and stewardship of common resources, such as land, water, soil and seeds.

However, this model is a direct challenge to the interests of CropLife members. With the emphasis on localisation and on-farm inputs, agroecology does not require dependency on proprietary chemicals, pirated seeds and knowledge nor long-line global supply chains.

By seeking to develop a formal partnership with the FAO, CropLife aims to further entrench its interests while derailing the FAO’s commitment to agroecology. This much has been apparent in recent times with US Ambassador to the FAO Kip Tom having attacked agroecology – and like CropLife members – he perpetuates the myth (recently debunked by Dr Jonathan Latham in the new book ‘Rethinking Food and Agriculture’) of impending disaster if we do not accept the chemical-industrial paradigm.

Whether it involves farmers in India recently taking to the streets to protest against legislation that will throw the sector wide open to foreign agricapital, land acquisitions in Ukraine or struggles for land rights and seed sovereignty (etc) elsewhere, it is clear that a small cabal of unscrupulous global agribusiness giants are driving and benefitting from deregulated capital flows, peasant displacement, land acquisitions and decisions made at international and national levels via the IMF, World Bank and WTO.

The web that global capitalism weaves in a quest to seek out new profits, capture new markets and control common resources (commonwealth) is destroying farmer livelihoods, the environment and health under the bogus claim of ‘feeding the world’.

Those farmers who survive the profiteering strategies of dispossession and imperialism are to become incorporated into a system of contract farming dictated by global agri-food giants tied to an exploitative food regime based on market dependency and corporate control. A regime that places profit ahead of biodiverse food security, healthy diets and the environment.

Colin Todhunter is an independent journalist who writes on development, environmental issues, politics, food and agriculture. In August 2018 he was named as one of 400 Living Peace and Justice Leaders and Models by Transcend Media Services, in recognition of his journalism. Join him on Twitter.

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Penelope
Penelope
Nov 29, 2020 6:58 PM

We must break up the mega fortunes whether private or corporate. There can be no decentralization of political power without some decentralization of economic assets.

Brian
Brian
Nov 29, 2020 5:45 PM

This isn’t really “news” to anyone who has been paying attention (admittedly I was not until recent years). American Author Wendell Berry wrote on this topic in the early 1970’s with his book “The Unsettling of America”. Even then “Agribusiness” and the cult of “bigness” had taken hold and the small farmer and agrarian was being forced out of land and home. For a more British perspective I would also highly recommend Joseph Pearce’s “Small is Still Beautiful”, a modernization of an earlier work by Schumacher, again from the 70’s. The writing has been on the wall for decades.

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Nov 29, 2020 3:06 PM

I know it’s boring to read inanimate text, yet there are some who may be patient enough to read the linked document. It yields the many splendored history of corporate greed and establishment prowess… It also suggests why lands held by predominately Islamic peoples are succulent targets for corporate espionage and military capture…

The Absence of the Corporation in Islamic Law: Origins and Persistence
Timur Kuran
February 28, 2006
Corporation-2006-01WP.pdf (duke.edu)

Virtually all negative consequences (as explained in the above OffG post) can be attributed to the existence of “legalized” corporate structures. Civilians and governments need to Ban corporations from existence. The alternative is a continuance within the blurred mirage of democracies controlled by oligarchs, technocrats, and military thugs…

Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
Nov 29, 2020 11:08 AM

“When GMO crops were legally introduced into the Ukrainian market in 2013, they were planted in up to 70% of all soybean fields, 10-20% of cornfields and over 10% of all sunflower fields, according to various estimates (or 3% of the country’s total farmland)”. Dreadful news as that is for Ukrainians, it must be very welcome to the warmongers in Washington. The Russian government has forbidden the growing or importation of GMO crops. Yet if large amounts are grown in Ukraine, it seems likely that some seeds will be carried by the winds (and even on clothing and vehicles) into Russia. Since GMOs are biological organisms, once there they are likely to spread uncontrollably and contaminate Russia’s pristine organic crops. There seems to be absolutely nothing at which these ghastly pseudo-humans will balk in their insane quest for yet more and more “wealth” – a completely fictional substance in return… Read more »

mgeo
mgeo
Nov 29, 2020 12:03 PM
Reply to  Tom Welsh

The situation is far worse than crop seeds/spores getting carried over by wind etc. I have commented earlier on “Lugar Centre for Public Health Reararch” in Tiblisi, Georgia. So far, we have seen its impact as far away as Afghanistan, China and SEA on wheat, pigs and humans. That is just one imperial lab out of about 1,300 in about 25 countries.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 12:12 PM
Reply to  Tom Welsh

I read or saw in the video that Bill Gates (is it?) had stocked supplies of fresh seeds of thousands of variety in a bunker,,, in Ireland (?)

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Nov 30, 2020 12:56 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

Bill Gates would never descend to eating what he intends forcing on the planet, would he?

I am very much of the opinion that no-one should be allowed to produce any food that they do no personally feed to their family.

Maarten "merethan"
Maarten "merethan"
Nov 29, 2020 5:42 PM
Reply to  Tom Welsh

“Since GMOs are biological organisms, once there they are likely to spread uncontrollably and contaminate Russia’s pristine organic crops.”
I have a hunch it is not about having pristine crops, and all about control. Control instituted by exploiting patent and copyright laws, in effect on international markets.

Russia is not exactly known for its environmental awareness or respect for (human) life.

jkb
jkb
Dec 3, 2020 6:29 AM
Reply to  Tom Welsh

If the cross-breed seeds return/mutate to its original (or worse), will the gmo seeds’ genetics do the same? If they become weaker and vanish, that will be good, but not if they become stronger.

mgeo
mgeo
Nov 29, 2020 5:46 AM

“It is clear that Ukraine’s small farms were delivering impressive outputs.”

Anyone except a fascist or his lackey can see that gigantism is inherently inefficient. In USSR, the small plots provided for the private use of farmers were far more productive than the collectives.
Studies in several countries show that organic farming (“agroecology”)
:- produced ~70% of all food on ~25% of all land
:- increased yields by almost 80% on average when adopted
:- was significantly more energy-efficient
:- outperformed industrial agriculture in diversity of food produced, soil health, efficiency of irrigation, robustness of supply chains and protecting jobs
:- could feed the current and expected human population without additional land
:- is a bulwark against profiteering and threat to food sovreignty
:- can revive abandoned and even parched lands.

Nixon Scraypes
Nixon Scraypes
Nov 29, 2020 7:32 PM
Reply to  mgeo

I completely agree with the small is best and more productive part but what have fascists or their lackeys got to do with the USSR?

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Nov 30, 2020 1:00 PM
Reply to  mgeo

Where food is concerned, private profit should not be the driving force. What should be rewarded is healthy produce, ecological diversity and human health.

There is a huge benefit in feeding people daily with locally grown fruit and vegetable produce.

It just does not show up on a P+L account of the farmer, it shows up in reduced bills for the NHS. That is the 21st century economics that needs to be researched and validated, so that governments reward farmers for keeping their populace more healthy….

Susan
Susan
Nov 30, 2020 10:53 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

amen

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 11:35 PM

As asked by Researcher… Psoriasis (of course), After 5 days of potassium cure (15 g a day for 10 days)… I noticed an increase! in psoriasis… I thought that since psoriasis is an overactive immune system, and K would just feed it as priority one, that this could be it. I crossed my fingers that my immune system would stabalize and kept at it… surely enough, psoriasis came to nothing… I was covered and had it since the age of 14… I was then 45… Head ache and fatigue… You’re just dehydrated… ingesting potassium too fast and peeing a lot. Glass of water and up you go again Pain. Hit by a big dude on the shoulder and you don’t even feel it. Hangover. Peace o’ piss (note that alcohol depletes potassium… pouring salt in your beer is a thing… BUT… I suspect it started with potassium chloride at least… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 12:02 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

On language…

“The cristal of life”… how can sodium chloride be the cristal of life I always though… it’s bad for you… Now I know

Take it with a grain of salt (hun!)… yeah… potassium chlolide instantly removes anxiety

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 12:15 AM
Reply to  Theobalt
Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 1:51 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

Addiction! When the human animal is missing it’s most important chemical “K”… there’s gotta be some craving (my assumption). That would create anxiety, fiercely calmed down with traces of K (food) and drugs and alcohol… to no avail, to no SATISFACTION ( I hear the post 19th century Rolling Stones). I found the best way to tackle addiction, was to replenish and be disciplined in my K intake… negotiating through insecurities like never before, and with success. Going back in time, where’s the addict? Where’s that individual in stories that is in the streets begging for a pint? Needing medical attention?… Today, he is in every novel.

Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
Nov 29, 2020 11:11 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

Let us not exaggerate. There is no “most important chemical” for human life and health. There are dozens of them.

True, deprivation of some chemicals may cause obvious harm more quickly than others.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 12:16 PM
Reply to  Tom Welsh

Easy to verify empirically… also suggest reading of that article

jkb
jkb
Dec 3, 2020 6:51 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

I’ve been reading quite a lot since covid, and my conclusion is that modern medicine doesn’t know or understand little about the causes of diseases. It only deals with symptoms mostly. So it’s time to study nutritions and herbs. Not only they’re cheap and safe, they’re also great. When I get really tired, 30cc of Anisomeles Indica makes me fresh within minutes. And it also destroy bladder/kidney stones. I don’t feel any coming out when I pee now. It was only the first few days that it happened. Its root was better as tonic, I think. Whole bulb of garlic also returns strength but it takes more time, possibly due to digestion time.

Anyway, banana has good K.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Dec 4, 2020 11:21 PM
Reply to  jkb

You understand form my post that I haven’t had kidney stones since the cure, 5 years ago (?)

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 10:57 PM

Here is my own experience of 10 years of potassium intake, although it all ocured in the first few weeks-months. It is full of fun facts and amayzing experiences   I used two products « NO SALT » and Windsor’s « Salt Free »… available in grocery stores in Canada… it is potassium chloride sold as salt “substitutes” (the irony) and contain 650mg of potassium per 1/4 tea spoon 1- Breathing. Diluded 1 tea sp. in a litter of water and started drinking (2500mg)… The first few seconds, an ease to breathe… a strength in the thorax that I never experienced… I’m thinking it went straight to where it was needed. 2- Anxiety. I started to feel a calmness like never before, emotionally, I became a pool table of stability… after a few minutes… We actually sleep 12 hours the first night of the experience… with the most undisturbed and serein night ever 3- Brain.… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 11:55 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

On strength, your body becomes softer… softer tissue… like a lion… That’s because Potassium (K) has a lower mass than sodium. A fish is very stiff… But as a mammal… look at a cat go is all I’m sayin’

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 12:16 AM
Reply to  Theobalt
Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 12:47 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

Kidney stones. Felt a discomfort (I had had tremendous pains due to energy drink consumption)… I felt one last little pain as the sodium stone dissolved by the potassium, passed. Never felt that pain again after 10 years

Nixon Scraypes
Nixon Scraypes
Nov 29, 2020 7:46 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

Animals go for miles to salt licks. Roman soldiers got salt as part of their pay. Native Americans valued it highly. I’ve seen film of a mountain goat climb an almost vertical dam for a lick! This is all new to me.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 11:32 PM
Reply to  Nixon Scraypes

It is potassium chloride you’re talking about of course, this was not from the see

jkb
jkb
Dec 3, 2020 7:47 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

Plus other minerals, I think.

jkb
jkb
Dec 3, 2020 7:44 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

Grow Anisomeles Indica if you can, fertilize it well until the leaves are dark green and thick. Harvest it when the leaves feel rough when you rub it, cleanse the dirt and dry the water on it and put it in the blender with 96% food grade ethanol. 1g of fresh leaves plus 2cc ethanol. 1:2. Let it brew for 2 months, or 4 (the longer seems better). But if it’s really “liquified” well, a few days seem good enough. And though not all is extracted, most of the chlorophyll has not changed. (I still wonder which one is better: chlorophyll or its derivative) Research the plant well, and if you’re ok with it, proceed: Drink 10cc to 30cc of the tincture with lots of water. At least 1.5 liters. Then it will be a little painful when you pee. About 3 days the pain was more, and I had… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Dec 4, 2020 11:18 PM
Reply to  jkb

How much K does it have per… what?

Theobalt
Theobalt
Dec 4, 2020 11:18 PM
Reply to  jkb

I won’t grow it on the 15th floor… 🙂

LKing
LKing
Nov 30, 2020 11:17 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

I’m intrigued. Are you taking the 1 tsp. daily?

Theobalt
Theobalt
Dec 1, 2020 2:07 AM
Reply to  LKing

I try to get to 6g per day, whatever the source… Cal-K in a 1g supplement of potassium citrate. This is absorbed too fast and needs to be coated for slow delivery. I would think this would be a good way to take it, but the studies were done with potassium chloride… 1 tsp of KCL is 2.5g of K… I can easily “salt” a large batch of soup for example with three tsp of KCL… ingesting 1 tsp per portion… math to be done.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Dec 1, 2020 2:09 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

The start up cure is 15g of K a day for 10 days as mentioned in the article, which I did initially

LKing
LKing
Dec 1, 2020 4:43 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

Ok thank you for sharing. This is very interesting, I will give it a try.

Andrea
Andrea
Nov 28, 2020 10:44 PM

A return to a pure feudalism is coming. It’s always been there but it was disguised in the 20th century in order to fool us in to giving even more to them ( ie trapping ourselves in to it via debt and the erosion of the “family”….let’s be totally honest here it now takes two working people to run a household. And in my parents day it took 1.5 and in my grandparents day it tool 1.0…BTW I am female and earn 3xs as much as my partner and have no issues with that so don’t shoot me down for being honest about what I see) . They want it all!!! And they don’t give a xxxx about us.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 4:24 AM
Reply to  Andrea

? what does your income has to do with it?… are u… bragging? why would we shoot you “before” you told us your income?… I hope he doesn’t make 150$ a week, cuz…

Andrea
Andrea
Nov 29, 2020 7:45 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

Theobalt – Now I have re-read it it does sound like I am bragging doesn’t it!! Jeez if you knew me you would realise it really wasn’t my intention. it was totally based on my past experiences of posting about this subject elsewhere over the years (not on OG) , and having received some quite nasty comments from some bitter and twisted people. Wish I could take that bit off but I don’t know how to edit it 🙁

Theobalt
Theobalt
Dec 1, 2020 11:20 PM
Reply to  Andrea

Welcome to OG anyway. You’ll find some bitter people here (there are infiltrations)… But no place is secure on the net… I just want to state that although feminism was perhaps a movement that needed to occur, it was taken over by the cabal, and was aimed to destroy society… I don’t think freezing salaries but increasing cost of living and forcing women to go to work, while telling them staying at home even if they had done it and may feel drowned to it for thousands of years, that this was shameful… also while doubling taxes and take over our children under the brainwashing care of the state… was giving women more “power” and more “choice”… They got us… Men are loosing in court having to see their children (OFTEN 2 DAYS ON 14 DAYS) in a remote location from the household, maintain an apartment fully equipped with all… Read more »

LKing
LKing
Nov 30, 2020 11:13 PM
Reply to  Andrea

What you say is true in my family as well (I’m a mom working full time, my mom worked part time, grandma didn’t work at all) but not true for all and is not comparable to other times in history. If you go back a hundred years or more, rural families all worked – both parents, all the kids, whenever the sun was up they were working together. They seem to have had a kind of happiness though, and had communities that supported each other, and didn’t feel “poor” the way that people do today. I don’t know if we can go back to my grandparents’ way (one spouse works and you experience 1950s prosperity), but I do hope we can go back to the old families working together way. I think the dissolution of the family and breaking cultural ties was the original intent, rather than explicitly to have… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 10:24 PM

my “awaiting spam check” section of the potassium article is now up. It is the 4th one.

jkb
jkb
Dec 3, 2020 7:55 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

My spam check happened when I put a link in it.

Kalen
Kalen
Nov 28, 2020 9:18 PM

Police was never created to keep peace and safety in community but to become political system enforcement gangster mafia with salaries paid by oppressed.

As Nazi police was classified in Nuremberg as criminal organization in its entirety from killers, top administrators to clerks and secretaries so should police goons everywhere.

communities do not need violent animal like police thugs under control of oligarchs to keep peace.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 4:21 AM
Reply to  Kalen

defund police then… democrat hicks

Nixon Scraypes
Nixon Scraypes
Nov 29, 2020 7:57 PM
Reply to  Kalen

I think you might find that in England we used to have constables where we now have officers. I found the rules for police constables at – thebridgelifeinthemix website. Also about how they now are responsible to the corporation that employs them, not to society.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 9:14 PM

Sorry again, this link to the potassium article seem to have worked in another post and “is” working…

Pretty pictures included

https://everist.org/archives/conspiracy/Vialls_salt/_Vialls_potassium.html

Wayne Vanderploeg
Wayne Vanderploeg
Nov 28, 2020 8:47 PM

Ironically, these corporate farm people are the same people trying to “save” the World from the impending doom of climate change. Intensive farming is the primary cause of lowered water tables and soil loss. Tiles and ditches designed to take the precious spring rains away quickly in order to get crops planted as soon as possible have already devastated the water tables while irresponsible plowing practices have caused massive erosion. Most of the soil is already gone. Allowing corporations to take over will only hasten our demise. It won’t be long before the soils are completely gone and massive droughts due to the further lowered water tables will, most assuredly, destroy future crops. The Corona pandemic will be quickly forgotten. Meanwhile, Mr. Gates will have cornered the market on artificially synthesized foods. Hydroponically grown plants and proteins synthesized in petridishes. MMMM, I can’t wait….. There is a problem. Crop yields… Read more »

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson
Nov 28, 2020 11:15 PM

There is a simple solution to the problems that you see. The solution is to restore a dozen or so minerals required for protein production to the soil in a sustainable way in sufficient quantities for each required mineral. Tiles and ditches speed the water on its journey to the sea. By increasing the ability of the soil to produce protein, tight soils loosen allowing more water to penetrate into the soil. Water does not provide its service to plants when it is falling from the sky. Soil with an increased ability to produce protein will also hold more water in the soil. As a result, water run off is reduced reducing damage from floods and the water retained in the soil reduces damage from droughts. Erosion of the soil itself is also a symptom of a soil with too low an ability to produce protein. Erosion of the soil… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 12:28 AM
Reply to  Gary Wilson

Canada health recommends 6000 mg of potassium daily intake… this is the highest amount of any mineral or vitamin… Calcium is second with 1800 mg… no problem finding pills to that amount of calcium…

STILL, can’t find a potassium pill of over 100mg on the shelves (by law)… there’s your conspiracy

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson
Nov 29, 2020 3:35 AM
Reply to  Theobalt

Like cattle, we have not been designed by nature to get minerals from the mineral box. When any animals seek out minerals directly it is an act of desperation as their ration does not contain enough of the particular mineral. When minerals are in vegetable matter, they are chelated. As a part of an organic compound, the mineral is in a form that is better used by our body than when it is in a mineral form. Cattle foraging on higher soil fertility do not use salt licks..
If one is taking a mineral supplement, I would suggest taking it in a chelated form as opposed to the straight mineral form.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 3:40 AM
Reply to  Gary Wilson

totally agree, in the mean time … TRY IT
I’m a 140 IQ pragmatic… that’s it… gotta try it

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 4:16 AM
Reply to  Gary Wilson

Would potassium “citrate” do? I tried that in a slow delivery pill called K-Cal… 1g per unit… hefty. If you crush it, the delivery is so fast that you get heart palpitations… not cool, disappear in 5 minutes though

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson
Nov 29, 2020 5:50 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

I think that chelated means in an organic compound with an amino acid. I would look for the word “chelated” on the package. I don’t think citrate would do but I am not sure of that.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 8:53 PM
Reply to  Gary Wilson

I actually seen it and bought it… problem is it is still restricted to 100mg K content on the shelves…

Nixon Scraypes
Nixon Scraypes
Nov 29, 2020 8:17 PM
Reply to  Gary Wilson

Sort of half right. When you discover all your runner bean plants stripped bare one morning you don’t feel too fond of snails. Then there’s the cabbage white caterpillars devastating your brassicas. They might leave a bit for the pigeons though. I’ll leave it there but there’s more….

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson
Nov 30, 2020 10:41 AM
Reply to  Nixon Scraypes

If you have a problem with snails and cabbage white caterpillars, you might want to improve the ability of the soil in which the plants are growing to produce protein and see if that makes any difference. You don’t need a scientific degree to do a scientific experiment.
You may make an important discovery that insect damage to crops is a symptom of low soil fertility.

Nixon Scraypes
Nixon Scraypes
Nov 29, 2020 8:09 PM

I’m sure it’s deliberate like the Soviet agricultural policy. Dress it up nicely “for the good of all” and the suckers will believe you. Then watch them die and steal everything.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Nov 28, 2020 8:39 PM

I’m amazed that even after all these years people are taken in by notions like “freedom and democracy”. They’re fine notions on the surface — its what we all want, after all — but bitter experience has, or at least should have taught us, that individual freedom and democracy always takes a back seat to the needs of multinational corporations and finance. Ukraine features prominently in this article, its actually a good poster child for the hollowness of these notions because it was really about replacing a legitimate(ish) ‘friendly with the Russians’ government with one that was western oriented and so more open to rampant financialization and privatization. In a sense its just one of many invasions of Russia seeking to annex and apporpirate the vast resources of the heartland, in this case grain, gas in the Black Sea and a gateway to Caucasas oil. Its like WW2 all over… Read more »

magumba
magumba
Nov 28, 2020 8:30 PM

Excellent work by Cristian the ice age farmer on food supplies and how it is being hijacked for far more nefarious reasons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSuCuoQxI20&feature=emb_logo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8DKzldtKYQ&feature=emb_logo

https://www.iceagefarmer.com/

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 8:18 PM

Here is a PDF of the article on potassium I mentioned below… (ah the little fkers, caught this one right on time)

Dam! Can’t post a document here… Ok folks, this is going to be a long one… if you’re not interested (you should be) just scroll down (sorry). 

I’m pasting in “reverse” so the post makes sense (couple of sections) 

Note, one of them is awaiting “spam check” right in the middle, but the essential is there… this will appear in order when released I believe

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 12:17 AM
Reply to  Theobalt
Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 8:16 PM

POTASSIUM DEFICIENCY SCAM KILLS AND MAIMS MILLIONS The title immediately suggests to the reader that a giant pharmaceutical atrocity has been inflicted on the poor natives of some far off third-world country, by a predictably greedy drug multinational, but this is simply not the case. By far the largest number of deaths and permanent crippling disabilities from potassium deficiency occur in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and several other western nations.             How this horrific state of affairs came into being and was perpetuated thereafter, is a very long and frequently confusing story, meaning that we must start at the very beginning if we are to have any real chance of understanding the lethal implications. We first need to understand what potassium is, how much our bodies need on a daily basis to stay healthy, and what happens to us when our body’s critical store of potassium is inadvertently or deliberately… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 8:16 PM

                 In order to keep their medical doctors in line, both the FDA and AMA have circulated a number of truly frightening stories about potassium. Most common among them is that the potassium will ‘react’ with one of a wide range of synthetic pharmaceutical medicines, frequently resulting in death. This is actually true, but it is the poisonous synthetic medicine which causes the lethal cross reaction that kills you, not the natural potassium so essential to your health. Then there is the even scarier rumor that ‘too much’ potassium will kill you by stopping your heart from beating, as in the case of a lethal injection execution.             Too much of almost anything will kill you, including simple water and air, especially if applied too quickly or by the incorrect route. When Timothy McVeigh was strapped to a gurney and put to death, the third chemical injected directly into his vein… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 8:13 PM

 The beginning of the end for obtaining essential minerals from fruit and vegetables happened in the middle of the 19th Century, when German chemist Baron Justus Von Liebig analyzed human and plant ash, and determined that nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium [NPK] were all the minerals plants needed. He claimed that if fed synthetically to plants, farmers could force plants to grow and support healthy humans. Thus Von Liebig became the father of synthetic manure, which in turn spawned superphosphate, the mother of all deceptive fertilizers. Though NPK and superphosphate are able to create a synthetic soil environment sufficient to stimulate plant growth, the resulting fruits and vegetables are always seriously deficient in trace minerals, with some containing none at all. Baron Von Liebig watched the deficiencies his invention caused with horror, and recanted before he died, but it was all too late. By then, the big investors had moved in… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 8:11 PM

Despite the best efforts of the fledgling pharmaceuticals and medical ‘science’ in general to belittle the problems, by the nineteen thirties it had become obvious to most Americans that something was seriously amiss with their soils, with their crops, and with their rapidly deteriorating personal health. During the 2nd Session of the 74th Congress in 1936, the United States Senate published Document #264, which really laid the problems facing American nutrition on the line. Verbatim extracts from Document 264 are provided at the bottom of this page, but for the specific purposes of this report, here are the three most important paragraphs.             “The alarming fact is that foods [fruits, vegetables and grains] now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us – no matter how much of them we eat. No man of today can eat enough fruits and… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 8:10 PM

 The pharmaceutical multinationals were by now exerting increasing pressure on the medical fraternity, providing all kinds of ‘assistance’ during their university training, with copious quantities of fancy-sounding scholarships and research grants. Both were vital in helping to get medical doctors to “see things the right way”, meaning of course that profitable drugs were the answer to all ills. As more doctors peddled more drugs to their patients, pharmaceutical corporate profits rose sharply, allowing perks for the doctors to be extended to include ‘training seminars’ at luxury hotels and golf complexes, along with other varied forms of discreet bribery.            By the seventies, all meaningful references to serious mineral deficiencies had been removed from the curriculum, with medical students taught that patients could obtain all the minerals they needed from a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, although their university tutors knew this was a complete lie. Deficiencies manifesting as cramps, arthritis,… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 8:08 PM

The reader should remember that for the Yanomami Indians, normal blood pressure averages out at 95/60 and does not increase with age. Try comparing this with the AMA western ‘normal’ blood pressure of 120/80, which then goes up in incremental steps as you ingest more sodium and lose more potassium while getting older. Of course, the medical apologists will claim this is because we are more civilized, have evolved, and are thus ‘different’, but rest assured this is pathetic rubbish.             The only significant difference between the Yanomami and Americans or Australians, is that the Yanomami are stuffed full of healthy potassium, while we are stuffed full of toxic sodium. The researchers also noted that another benefit for the Yanomami related to their lack of obesity. “Adults of industrialized populations have an increase in weight with age. The Yanomami Indians did not increase their weight with age.” Short, but to the… Read more »

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 8:08 PM

           Towards the end of 2003 I started getting the classic signs of ‘angina’, which, over the next six weeks, rapidly progressed into ‘unstable angina’, a textbook case involving an accelerating or “crescendo” pattern of chest and back pain that lasted longer than ordinary ‘angina’. This was accompanied by acute breathlessness, especially after even moderate exertion or a small carbohydrate meal. The fact that the medical profession did not know the cause of ‘angina’ infuriated me, because everything on the planet is caused by something else.             My basic knowledge of chemistry indicated that I might be suffering from a sodium overdose, so although in extreme pain and at times barely conscious, I managed to hook up to the Internet and do a few basic Google searches. The only sodium overdoses I could find were those caused by various synthetic drugs, so I reversed my search pattern and tried “potassium deficiency” instead. It was then… Read more »

Jean Wilson
Jean Wilson
Nov 28, 2020 9:25 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

Thank you Theo. An interesting read. And I hope you remain well.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 11:06 PM
Reply to  Jean Wilson

Thank you… I am well… same to you

Nixon Scraypes
Nixon Scraypes
Nov 29, 2020 8:36 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

I must look into this.(the art of understatement is not dying).

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 8:46 PM
Reply to  Nixon Scraypes

You… would have made a good president sir.

Nixon Scraypes
Nixon Scraypes
Nov 29, 2020 8:59 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

Too true sir,but I was born in England. I know Barry wasn’t born in the States but I cannot tell a lie….

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 10:03 PM
Reply to  Nixon Scraypes

Avoid politics altogether then?

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 29, 2020 1:11 AM
Reply to  Jean Wilson

It is to be noticed how fantastically comprehensive and interesting this article really is, and I “know” that is because it was written by a potassium filled human being. It “smells” potassium animal the whole way through.

Edwige
Edwige
Nov 28, 2020 8:02 PM

The Sidney Powell affidavit summitting the Trump campaign’s evidence of fraud in Michigan is a long haul but well worth reading: https://defendingtherepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Michigan-Complaint.pdf Even more damning is the shorter affidavit from cyber-security expert Russell Ramsland: https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.gand.283580/gov.uscourts.gand.283580.7.1_2.pdf A few highlights from Ramsland: “The Dominion/Premier Election Management System’s central accumulator does not include a protected real-time audit log”. (p2) “A preliminary analysis… pinpoints a statistcal anomaly so far outside of every statistical norm as to be virtually impossible. There are a stunning 3.276 precincts where the Presidential Votes Cast … ranges from 84% to 350%. Normalizing the turnout percentage of this grouping to 80% reveals 431,954 excess ballots”. (p3) “Something ocurred in Michigan that is physically impossible. , indicationg the results were manipulated on election night within the EMS. The event as reflected in the data are the 4 spikes totaling 384,733 ballots allegedly processed in only 2 hours and 38 minutes”. (p4-5)… Read more »

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Nov 28, 2020 8:15 PM
Reply to  Edwige

I think the fundamental problem with Sidney Powell’s complaint was pointed out by that Federal appeals court ruling in Penssylva on the Trump legal team’s lawsuit who stated that “calling an election unfair doesn’t make it so, it requires specific allegations and then proof”. You have to assume that if the State is thrall to the Illuminati or whatever then the court system is also going to be similarly constructed — you can’t expect a system that’s captured by big money interests to be particular interested in the fate of one individual once that individual has served his or her purpose.

I still reckon that all the election results tell us is that there are a lot of Republican inclined voters who can’t stand Trump. Seems reasonable to me.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Nov 29, 2020 4:09 AM
Reply to  Martin Usher

“Coming soon to lamp posts throughout SHAM DEMOCRACY USA
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“Dead REPUBLICRATS

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“MAY THE DEBS BE WITH YOU”

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Nov 28, 2020 8:02 PM

These giant investors are doing exactly that of which they accuse others: degrading the environment for profit.

It’s projection once again. Whatever they claim, you can confidently assume their intention is opposite.

Bill Gates is shown to be a monumental hypocrite… surprise. And by supporting Gates, so is Prince Charles. They are all In bed with I.G. Farben-Monsanto-Bayer-Rockefeller, as are the commodity traders.

Saving the Earth? For themselves.

The World Bank, IMF, EBRD function as intended. They are Trojan horses for Western finance capital. See the documentary or book, Princes of the Yen.

What is the antonym of environmentalist? Predator? Rapist?

May Hem
May Hem
Nov 28, 2020 9:33 PM
Reply to  Moneycircus

Abusing the earth with industrial ‘agriculture’ will, in a fairly short time, produce deserts, marginal land and extinction of wildlife. In other words, they will destroy life and its ability to recreate life – which we call sustainability. Their investors won’t be pleased.

Meanwhile, in the billionaire’s retreats, they will employ gardeners who produce organic foods/animals using permaculture. However, even these enclaves will, in time, succumb to devastation as Nature is interconnected. And Nature loves diversity.

Kika
Kika
Nov 29, 2020 9:34 PM
Reply to  May Hem

Couldn’t agree more, May. But all industrial agriculture is totally dependent on the supply of cheap and plentiful oil. This supply cannot last much longer. Thus we will see the end of poisoning and destruction of lands – but we will be faced with a world without much available oil. There may be oil in the ground but its already becoming unprofitable to retrieve it, hence the exploration and drilling of oceans, arctic, etc.

In the same way, the 4th industrial revolution (ie super capitalism) will fizzle out without oil. Only local groups and communities may survive, using the old methods of small farming and organic agriculture. So, good and bad news depending on how you look at it.

May Hem
May Hem
Dec 1, 2020 5:22 AM
Reply to  Kika

I live in a small town in s.e. qld, australia, Once a month we have a market where no money is involved. Instead, you bring anything you don’t need (in good condition) put it on tables, and take whatever you want from the offerings. No barter, exchange or money. A gift economy.

Its been working well for years, partly because its well organised and in a small community where most people know each other. Probably wouldn’t go too well in the city.

There is a really wonderful, joyous atmosphere. A volunteer gives a talk or demo each time on a subject of choice. Its a great feeling to be free of money, even for a short time!

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 7:34 PM

My post below contains an easy fix by the way, as the strategy was as basic as playing with an element of the periodic table… which should be the most abundant and bio chemically involved mineral and electrolyte for the human body (6000 mg per day recommended consumption, although our food supply is leaving us with traces)… we are not really human if depraved of it. And we haven’t been really human since the beginning of the 20th century

enjoy

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 7:43 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

Potassium is (or should be) present in all cells of every tissue, and involved in all chemical reactions of the human (or mammal) metabolism.

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 8:20 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

Now it’s above I’m afraid…

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 7:17 PM

Today on a thread, I posted this… this is my first contact with conspiracies 10 years ago

Totally on topic (funny that)

Here is the article on “potassium deficiency” I was referring to. I was looking for a natural treatment for psoriasis. This led to a German supplement called “Kallium” (German for potassium)… which was taken off the shelves in 2004… I couldn’t find it… then looking for a dosage of potassium that would do the same, leading to finding this article after a week of research.

Potassium deficiency seems to be the cause of the majority of modern illness including low blood pressure, depression, auto immune mismanagement, osteoporosis, cholesterol deposits and heart disease, kidney liver and lung failure, neurological underperformance…. A gold mine for the new Rocker’s medicine

https://everist.org/archives/conspiracy/Vialls_salt/_Vialls_potassium.

Dors
Dors
Nov 28, 2020 7:42 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

Clicking the link, we get “404 Not Found”

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 8:24 PM
Reply to  Dors

I’m afraid I had to post the entire article in copy paste, resulting in more than 5 posts… above, but this is important, and IS a page turner… and contains the solution for everyone

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 9:11 PM
Reply to  Theobalt
Researcher
Researcher
Nov 28, 2020 10:53 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

Did the potassium fix your psoriasis?

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 11:19 PM
Reply to  Researcher

Let me refer you to an additional post of mine on top… I forgot to tell that story

JoeC
JoeC
Nov 28, 2020 7:06 PM

What better way is there to control the masses than by hijacking their food supply?

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 7:27 PM
Reply to  JoeC

according to the article I posted above, this has been going on since at least 1850

magumba
magumba
Nov 28, 2020 8:53 PM
Reply to  Theobalt

Thank you Theobalt….your article has given me some serious food for thought (ok it was a rubbish pun i agree) concerning palmaplantar pustulosis ….i had never considered it could be a K deficiency causing it to erupt so fiercly this year….time to up the intake

Theobalt
Theobalt
Nov 28, 2020 9:02 PM
Reply to  magumba

I would try a ten days potassium intake cure (15g a day(?)) on about any illness.. My great pleasure magumba

Holio
Holio
Nov 28, 2020 6:37 PM

Great article. I can hear lawyers from Shitfoods PLC gearing up to defend the indefensible if this is revealed on a larger scale.

Watt
Watt
Nov 28, 2020 5:53 PM

And…to stop this shit, we need the numbers. Respect London and everywhere else on the streets today.
Earlier.

-CO
-CO
Nov 28, 2020 8:55 PM
Reply to  Watt

If the people in the video joined the Common Law Court justice may prevail for the first time in the UK -instead of being forced to accept the fraudulent excuse of a pandemic that is now being imposed upon us all by corporate interests and by means of statutory or Maritime Law. Common Law must prevail for a peaceful solution.

Watt
Watt
Nov 28, 2020 9:43 PM
Reply to  -CO

There’s this on common law.

magumba
magumba
Nov 28, 2020 10:45 PM
Reply to  -CO

As i have stated somewhere else to join the common law movement i need the following

1 Websites not written in legalese but in terms a five year old can understand

2 a breakdown of how it will effect ME….the bottom line…..not lessons in history about king john and the barons

3 Websites that are updated regularly …not days weeks or months after events of significance

4 Explanations and faqs again written so a five year old can understand it

5 Coherent and understandable updates on current actions

These are all lacking on ANY common law website i have visited…you may be absolutely conversant with maritime law etc but the fatal flaw everyone involved in this makes is that Joe and Josephine Soap ie the general public haven’t got a fucking clue what they are on about

K.I.S.S…..keep it simple stupid

You MIGHT just get more uptake

Kika
Kika
Nov 29, 2020 6:09 AM
Reply to  magumba

Some websites on common law want your money to give you their certificate. I don’t trust them.

mae
mae
Nov 29, 2020 9:45 AM
Reply to  Kika

a few weeks back, there was this huge internet bullshit about Matt Hancock was gong to get arrested it is as dumb as Q nonsense
No arrest was all lies and i am sure money was made from those who started it

John Goss
John Goss
Nov 28, 2020 5:52 PM

Great article. Useful research. Since the western-engineered coup I have been supporting Patrick Lancaster, a former US independent news film-maker in the Donbas region..He recently covered the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Thanks to our media nobody knows that the Ukrainian military is still targeting civilians in Donbas. We could not get Ukraine off our screens before the coup. Now nobody knows what is going on there. I try to keep people informed because they will learn nothing from our news.

https://johnplatinumgoss.com/2020/10/25/joe-biden-leak-the-us-ukraine-and-holland-colluded-over-mh17/

Sol
Sol
Nov 28, 2020 5:42 PM

Good article thx for posting it.
They used to call that bunch of misfits with the name “Codex Alimentarius”
in fact, I think that they all are prominent members of it.

In my opinion, for pushing their deadly poisons onto the agriculture, they should all be charge with genocide.