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No GMO w/Explanation below

In this art piece, both life size female statues are holding plant material.  The larger female is protectively holding/cradling, as it were a baby, sheaves of grain, a basic staple of human diet, while the other female is holding and fondly gazing at and smelling, a Rose. 

A large white hand is coming out of the earth at their feet, as if to either beckon them to the underworld or asking for a hand up to the light.  You decide this one.  They are standing on and surrounded by heavily oxidized metal, symbolizing 'vanitas' or the temporal nature of all organic things.

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms.  This also applies to Genetic Engineering as well. It's agreed that tampering with Nature's genetic structures is a Pandora's Box with legions of unforseeable unintended consequences.

I'm not going to take any philosophical or quasi- religious stand on this issue.  I'm going to deal strictly with the actual science, in this case, as it pertains to mega-corp Monsanto.

Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in Creve Coeur, Greater St. Louis, Missouri. It is a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed and of the herbicide glyphosate, which it markets under the Roundup brand.

Through predatory marketing and lobbying of politicians, Monsanto has a near perfect vice grip hold on the sale of it's GMO seeds, particularly Round Up Ready corn seeds, which farmers must buy from them each and every year.  Parts of Europe and Asia have already banned their sale and use, but in the hyper corrupt United States, it's still business as usual because money is God and the corrupt corporate/political power structure place monetary profit ahead of human health and safety issues.

Many farmers and people living in farm communities along with those that consume large amounts of Monsanto GMOs, are starting to see and realize the horrible truths about Monsanto and their products.  One Iowa farmer, Scott McAllister, puts it this way: '...I've seen a rise in the number of children with autism, allergies and cancer around my hometown of Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Most of the air and rain samples recently collected in Iowa as part of a study contained glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

Here's how this deadly 'con' works.  Monsanto sells it's seeds to Farmer John with the promise that it will greatly increase yields and completely eliminate the need for weed eradication, which is a big part of a farmer's work.  In order to do this, Monsanto genetically modified the corn to accept direct topical application of Round Up, usually from aerial sprayers.  The theory is that the spray inhibits and kills any/all weeds but not the food crop because Monsanto has genetically modified or tricked the plant into being resistant to Round Up application while still allowing the food crop to grow to maturity, be harvested and then sold commercially. 

In this diabolical scheme, Monsanto makes huge profits from the sale of it's GMO seeds and then makes more huge profits from the sale of it's highly toxic herbicide, Round Up!  Pretty slick, huh?

Dear reader, Round Up is one of the most potent herbicides on the market. I suggest you do your own research.  Round Up quickly and effectively kills virtially all plant /biomass material that it comes in contact with.  It has numerous warnings on it's own labels against human contact!  How is it possible that your food can be saturated with this product and still not have long term negative effects on your body/life?

In fact, from reading the warning label for Roundup posted on the Monsanto Web site, I am advised to avoid contact of the chemical with eyes or skin and to avoid breathing the vapor. I am further advised to "wash hands before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco, or using the toilet." I am also told to even discard clothing that becomes heavily contaminated with the chemical and to always wear chemical-resistant gloves when handling Roundup!

This is no different than how big oil companies have and currently despoil and destroy third world environments and lives for profit or what the tobacco industry did to smokers for decades, selling their addictive cancer sticks to millions of unsuspecting consumers so they, the makers and peddlers of cigarettes, could reap endless windfall products on a product that costs very little to produce, but which causes, as history and facts have subsequently revealed, great harm, misery and death to large numbers of innocent human beings.  This is beyond unconscionable and immoral.  It is criminal and psychopathic. 

What Monsanto is doing with Round Up Ready GMO seeds dwarfs what the tobacco industry did, because food, unlike tobacco, is an essential product for humans.

Hence my art piece: No GMO!

Gary Walker, Installation Artist



Camera Maker:Canon
Camera Model:Canon PowerShot A1100 IS
Original Time Taken:2015:04:17 17:31:11
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