(NaturalNews) When people begin to starve, instinctive primal triggers lead to a desire to do absolutely anything for food. Those with food, whether it is the government or a nearby family, will have complete power over others. Food could essentially be used as a weapon, thousands of times more powerful than money or most any other resource. But even in current times, food is used as a weapon by those in power through the use of government regulations and chemical additives that destroy both your health and your bank account. Artificial inflation and speculation, toxic substances hidden in the food, and government regulations are but a few examples. But where did the idea of using food as a supremely powerful weapon begin?
In 1974, the idea of using food as a weapon was introduced in a 200-page report (http://wlym.com/text/NSSM200.htm) by politician Henry Kissinger. The report, entitled National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests, stated that food aid would be withheld from developing countries in need until they submitted to birth control policies that would effectively sterilize large numbers of the population to curb growth.
The document states:
"There is also some established precedent for taking account of family planning performance in appraisal of assistance requirements by AID [U.S. Agency for International Development] and consultative groups. Since population growth is a major determinant of increases in food demand, allocation of scarce PL 480 resources should take account of what steps a country is taking in population control as well as food production. In these sensitive relations, however, it is important in style as well as substance to avoid the appearance of coercion."
With little economic prowess and a nation in peril, developing countries would be forced to comply or face continued famine and death. Food was the weapon, and it was being held captive as a means of foreign policy and warfare. Holding onto valuable food aid and allowing innocent villagers to starve is not much different than waging open physical warfare upon them, which would be prohibited by international law and frowned upon by the majority of citizens worldwide. Henry Kissinger's report is but one incident of food weaponry, however. There are a number of other ways in which food is used as a daily weapon against the public.
Rapid food inflation
As the cost of living goes up, families worldwide begin to sink into the debt trap that is extremely challenging to escape from. For others, it is causing mass starvation. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO's) food price index experienced an increase of 3 points (up to 234 points) in June, a 39% increase of the year. Riots are breaking out across the globe as a result of the dramatic spike in basic food products, and citizens are demanding answers from their representatives -- or in some cases non-elected dictators.
The reason for the rapid food inflation can be traced back to a devalued commodity-dollar that has lost value due to excessive money printing and Wall Street speculation. Therefore one may label it as money manipulation, as opposed to speculation. Major players in the financial industry are determining the value of the dollar, which is no longer backed by real assets such as gold and silver. Due to the lack of valuable backing, speculation -- manipulative or not -- can alter the value of the BPA-laced dollar at any moment.
William Engdahl summarized the process: "The ability to manipulate the price of essential foods worldwide at will - almost irrespective of today's physical supply and demand for grains - is quite recent... Up until the grain crisis of the mid-1970s there was no single 'world price' for grain, the benchmark for the price of all foods and food products."
Hazardous chemicals have gone incognito into the food supply, and the human population is going to be the lab rats when it comes to the long-term effects of these substances. Pesticides, preservatives, and ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are health destroyers like never before seen in human history. Created in laboratory settings, they are synthetic health killers. The explosion in obesity, cancer, diabetes, and thousands of other conditions have all been linked in some form to at least one food additive. HFCS, for example, has been confirmed to contain mercury, one of the most toxic heavy metals.
"Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply," the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Dr. David Wallinga said.
In addition to what is inside food products, there are even chemicals that leech into your skin before you even consume the toxin-laden food item.
Perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCAs) and bisphenol A (BPA) have been found in everything from food wrappers to currencies around the globe, and the amount of exposure to the average human being is astounding. In a study of Canadians ages 6 to 79, 90% of those tested had detectable levels of BPA in their urine and blood. Once contacted, BPA leeches directly into the bloodstream and cannot be washed off after a certain point. Around the time of this study, Canada banned BPA and labeled it as a toxic ingredient that endangers human health. Currently, the EPA is looking into launching an investigation over the health effects of BPA. Over 1 million pounds of BPA is released into the air each year, threatening the environmental integrity of the planet.
"A number of concerns have been raised about the potential human health and environmental effects of BPA," said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, according to UPI.
Through restricting food freedom -- the freedom of consumers to choose what they want to put into their bodies -- the government gains control over the food supply through forcing citizens to depend upon it. One such way of doing this is through draconian regulations that give organizations like the USDA power over basic food building blocks such as corn, wheat, soybeans and rice. Control over these in turn gives the organization control over livestock as well, as they need them for feed.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is another government agency that uses its powers to control the food and nutritional supplement industry like no other. Following legislation passed in the European Union that outlaws the use of a number of natural supplements, the FDA has introduced outlandish regulations that threaten virtually all dietary supplements in the USA that were formulated after 1994. The FDA has also suppressed the right of Americans to purchase and consume raw milk, despite known benefits to human health. The FDA and other government organizations oftentimes care more about grabbing and maintaining power over the food supply than human health, and it shows through their policies.
The Alliance for Natural Health warned against such legislation:
"We fear that they will use this power to ban any supplement innovation unless the supplement is turned into a drug and brought through the drug approval process. Since nobody can afford to pay for the new drug approval process if the substance is not patented, and supplements generally already exist in nature and cannot therefore be patented, to require full new drug approval is to ensure that there will be no new supplements. This should suit the drug industry very well and, based on past behavior, the FDA as well."
Weather hugely affects both food access and food costs. With the influx of natural disasters across not only the country but the world, an inevitable rise in food prices has been observed. Of course with such tragedies comes another possibility to exploit the issue by both speculators and government. As reported by The Sunday Times, Bill Gates has openly invested in weather modification technology to create "artificial clouds" all in the name of fighting off greenhouse gases. In fact, the creators are so eager to use the technology that they do not intend to wait for international rules allowing for it. The Sunday Times article reports:
"The British and American scientists involved do not intend to wait for international rules on technology that deliberately alters the climate."
In a 1996 document presented to the U.S. Air Force entitled Owning the Weather 2025, weather modification is a major topic of discussion. In fact, the heading on page 10 reads: "Applying Weather-modification to Military Operations." It is not outrageous to believe that since 1996 there has been at least a handful of manipulated weather occurrences that have affected crop production and transportation. With military tensions as high as they are, using weather to cripple the agricultural production of a nation may be one of the most potent weapons known to mankind. The Air Force report discusses military use of weather modification in detail:
"Offensive abilities could provide spoofing options to create virtual weather in the enemy's sensory and information systems, making it more likely for them to make decisions producing results of our choosing rather than theirs. It would also allow for the capability to mask or disguise our weather-modification activities.
"Also key to the feasibility of such a system is the ability to model the extremely complex nonlinear system of global weather in ways that can accurately predict the outcome of changes in the influencing variables.
"Conceivably, with enough lead time and the right conditions, you could get 'made-to-order' weather."
It is easy to see that weather would certainly be the weapon of choice when it comes to non-combat military weaponry that is effective yet does not require full-scale war.
Food as a weapon
Even now, before the collapse of the dollar and subsequently the world economy, food is used as a vital weapon against the individual and nation alike. When the dollar does eventually collapse, assuming nothing is done to stop its lethal trajectory beforehand, food will become the number one resource along with pure water. Gold and silver are precious assets in the accumulation of food, but you cannot eat gold and silver. As the government comes after home gardens, it is essential to secure a spot for your organic produce and to purchase high-quality additive-free storable food for you and your family.
"True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made." - Franklin Roosevelt
Anthony Gucciardi is a health activist and wellness researcher, whose goal is centered around educating the general public as to how they may obtain optimum health. He has authored countless articles highlighting the benefits of natural health, as well as exposing the pharmaceutical industry. Anthony is the creator of Natural Society (http://www.NaturalSociety.com), a natural health website. Anthony has been accurately interpreting national and international events for years within his numerous political articles. Anthony's articles have been seen by millions around the world, and hosted on multiple top news websites.