Posted by Roger Mallett Posted on 21 November 2021

Food as a Weapon: Starving Us into Submission

“It does not take an agronomist, far less a rocket scientist, to realize that carbon dioxide is necessary for plants to grow. For plants it is the breath of life; they breathe carbon dioxide as we breathe oxygen. We exhale the carbon dioxide they need, while they exhale the oxygen we need.” S. M. Smyth

Remember, too, that at a time when people are very concerned with their health and its relationship to what they eat, we have handed over the responsibility for our nourishment to faceless corporations. ― Lynne Rossetto Kasper

GM has never been about feeding the world or tackling environmental problems. It is and has always been about control of the global food economy by a tiny handful of giant corporations. It’s not wicked to question that process. It is wicked not to. — Zac Goldsmith

To preserve the human race, it is now necessary to reorganize society. To this end, an Authority must be created with the power to control human population, to redistribute food, to purify air, water, soil, to re-pattern the cities. — Gore Vidal

Would food be considered an instrument of national power? . . . Is the U.S. prepared to accept food rationing to help people who can’t/won’t control their population growth? — Henry A. Kissinger 

Food as an Instrument of Control and a Weapon of War

Along with control of our movements, associations and speech, we are now facing control of our food supply.

In the long history of the annals of war, unsurprisingly, conquerors discovered the use of food as a weapon with which to subdue a captured population. [1][2]

Made weak from the lack of adequate nourishment, or outright starving, a people can easily be managed; desperation will bring them to heel, famine will seal their fate.

Lenore Newman, author of Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey:

‘If we look at the history of colonization, the first settlers really relied on Indigenous foods, and collaborating with Indigenous people to stay fed . . .  But when we get into the country-building period, we see food being used as a weapon.’

Newman cited examples of settlers taking control of salmon distribution on the West Coast, or the Canadian government’s move to wipe out the buffalo in hopes of starving First Nations across the prairies.

She also mentioned how Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald infamously ‘bragged’ about using food as a weapon against Indigenous peoples. [3]

Ironically, perhaps, and certainly interestingly, Ms. Newman is a member of the B.C. Food Security Task Force, which in 2019 produced a report entitled The Future of B.C.’s Food System. [4 ]

A sample quote: ‘An agritech incubator-accelerator can play a pivotal role in fostering a culture of innovation in B.C. and building a supportive and collaborative ecosystem for the burgeoning agritech industry.’ 

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