After researching the subject, I’m clear that organizing and running a major boycott is well outside my reach, prior to the Reval and perhaps always. There is far more to it than I initially thought.
Either someone will need to come forward who wishes to begin and administer the project or we’ll have to wait until the Reval provides us with the funds to hire people.
The commitment to a boycott of a major consortium like Monsanto is a large one. It should only be taken up by someone who:
- is a self-starter
- can devote themselves to it exclusively
- has some knowledge of legal matters
- has the resources to sustain themselves in extreme adversity
- has remarkable leadership skills, and
- is committed to getting through endless, intentional complication.
I see my contribution, until the Reval, as coming through my pen. I’ll be following Avaaz’s battle with Monsanto in these pages and lending support by whatever means available.
It could be a difficult fight. Not only does Monsanto have its own products. It owns or contributes significantly to 68 other companies that are household names, like Kellogg, Campbell’s Soup, and Betty Crocker.
I frankly admit that I think seeking a ban on GMOs, as European countries have done, is a better way to stop Monsanto than a boycott. (Avaaz contributed to that happening in Europe.)
Monsanto’s threatening Avaaz was a triggering event for me. It really struck a nerve. That is an example of a vasana, if you still need one. The original trauma stems from presiding in the Immigration and Refugee Board hearing room, listening to the testimony of a probable Peruvian torturer. I had so much electricity running through me, I won’t forget it.
In my mind, the assassins were coming after the human-rights activists. This was war.
And make no mistake about it. In my opinion, there’s an element of truth in that. We are indeed watching predatory capitalism (in the form of Monsanto) do a hatchet job on a more or less financially helpless but leading human-rights advocate, Avaaz.
I don’t believe we should watch this without taking some action ourselves. Some constructive response – sign a petition, tweet an article, something.
I don’t think Monsanto will succeed in court, but Avaaz may not survive regardless, simply from financial blood loss. Monsanto’s goal is to do away with Avaaz, who helped end GMO use in Europe, any way they can.
I think the White Hats will eventually take Monsanto down along with the rest of the deep state. I can’t see an anti-corruption sweep that doesn’t include them. It could become a question of whether Avaaz can hold out that long.
Avaaz will not be the first organization put under by Monsanto’s tendency to sue small organizations.
It’s always been David and Goliath with them and David usually lost. If Monsanto succeeds in shutting down Avaaz, who will be next by another predatory consortium? Human Rights Watch? Amnesty International? Wikileaks? (2)
If Avaaz succeeds somehow in denying Monsanto a North American market for GMO crops, that’d be as significant a “no” as if Big Pharma were exposed for their pandemics and toxic vaccines.
If there are folks out there who want to take up the call to organize and administer the boycott of Monsanto, please contact me.
We need to say “no” to the deep state in any way that captures and expresses the collective consciousness. (Think #MeToo.)
And now I need to recover my balance and march on.
(1) Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin, banned in many countries.
(2) Monsanto has killed its opponents on occasion. When nothing else worked. (Listen to Michael White’s testimony, at https://www.facebook.com/RealStoriesChannel/videos/2073842162849557/.)
That “nothing else” includes clandestinely sowing GMO seeds in a farmer’s property, later to sue for “patent infringement,” or sowing GMO seeds in a seed-cleaner’s stock and doing the same.