Soon after her husband's 2008 inauguration, Michelle Obama announced her "First Lady do-good project" to the press and public.
Every First Lady picks one.
It's mandatory. Better education, some charity, a worthy cause. It's designed PR, aimed at creating good will for the husband sitting in the Oval Office.
That's the First Lady's job. She's a PR agent.
Michelle chose an organic vegetable garden and the health of children. More than her work with military families or her personal fashion/style interests, the organic garden and the bee hives she installed on the South Lawn of the White House became her signature.
The White House vegetable garden was the first planted on the grounds since the days of Eleanor Roosevelt.
As the press trumpeted, Michelle instructed the White House kitchen to order organic food for meals.
We were told produce and honey from the South Lawn garden were served up for the First Family and even at State dinners.
The title of Michelle Obama's 2012 book is American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.
She has tied the issue of childhood obesity to deteriorating eating habits and unhealthy food.
All in all, her presentation has been quite effective and convincing. She's done a first-rate job.
The all-important impression is unmistakable: the White house stands for "healthy eating."
Her husband is the most powerful enabler of Monsanto in America.
Despite his hints that he would support labeling of GMO food, Barack Obama has done herculean work to destroy true natural food.
The details are undeniable. They include his mind-boggling political appointments of Monsanto operatives to key government posts, and a parade of new GMO crops into the food supply, during his first presidential term.
Monsanto and their allies couldn't have wished for a better partner. The president has given them everything they've asked for.
The new president filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA and the FDA:
At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.
As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.
As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors' Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.
As the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.
As the new counsel for the USDA, Ramona Romero, who had been corporate counsel for another biotech giant, DuPont.
As the new head of the USAID, Rajiv Shah, who had previously worked in key positions for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of GMO agriculture research.
We should also remember that Obama's secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, once worked for the Rose law firm. That firm was counsel to Monsanto.
Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court. Kagan, as federal solicitor general, had previously argued for Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Geertson seed case before the Supreme Court.
The deck was stacked. Obama hadn't simply made honest mistakes. Obama hadn't just failed to exercise proper oversight in selecting appointees. He wasn't just experiencing a failure of short-term memory. He was staking out territory on behalf of Monsanto and other GMO corporate giants.
And now let us look at what key Obama appointees have wrought for their true bosses. Let's see what GMO crops have walked through the open door of the Obama presidency.
Monsanto GMO alfalfa.
Monsanto GMO sugar beets.
Monsanto GMO Bt soybean.
Coming soon: Monsanto's GMO sweet corn.
Syngenta GMO corn for ethanol.
Syngenta GMO stacked corn.
Pioneer GMO soybean.
Syngenta GMO Bt cotton.
Bayer GMO cotton.
ATryn, an anti-clotting agent from the milk of transgenic goats.
A GMO papaya strain.
And perhaps, soon, genetically engineered salmon and apples.
This is an extraordinary parade. It, in fact, makes Barack Obama the most GMO-dedicated politician in America.
You don't attain that position through errors or oversights. Obama was, all along, a stealth operative on behalf of Monsanto, biotech, GMOs, and corporate control of the future of agriculture.
From this perspective, Michelle Obama's campaign for gardens and clean, organic, nutritious food is nothing more than a diversion, a cover story floated to obscure what her husband has actually been doing.
Note the extreme dissonance between her campaign and her husband's covert op on behalf of Monsanto. On the outrageousness index, this would be on the order of Laura Bush pushing "better reading in schools" while her husband is secretly promoting book burning. It would be like Hillary Clinton trying to put together a national health insurance plan while her president husband is funneling money into a campaign to defeat Teddy Kennedy in an upcoming senatorial election.
Now in 2012, we are seeing, as Mike Adams reveals, a new coordinated attack on organic food: organic is an elitist fetish, a nonsensical preoccupation of the 1%, as against the 99%. We are told that conventionally grown, pesticide-laden, genetically engineered food is just as good as organic, is no problem, and patriotic Americans should be loyal to it.
In other words, we should be loyal to the corporate giants who are taking over the food supply, are exercising patent rights on food ownership, are doing whatever they can to squeeze small farmers out of business, are giving us nutritionally deficient food, are lying through their teeth about the heavy health risks of eating this GMO food.
We should be loyal to the police who are ordering homeowners to rip out their vegetable gardens on their lawns.
Yes, this is a coordinated attack on clean nutritious unpoisoned food, and it reaches all the way up into the White House, does a quick detour around Michelle Obama's smokescreen operation, and arrives in the Oval Office, at the desk of Barack Obama.
Why isn't Barack out there on the White House lawn picking a few delicious organic vegetables from the garden?
Why isn't he posing in front of a hundred media cameras taking a bite out of an organic non-GMO tomato?
Why isn't he leading the way on a vigorous campaign to have people in inner cities plant more community organic gardens, to fend off hunger, ill-health, and poverty?
Why isn't he?
Because he's working for Monsanto.
Monsanto, the same company, by the way, who took the PR advice of Mitt Romney, many years ago, to stop overtly promoting chemical pesticides and, instead, get into genetics.
Jon Rappoport The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com
About the author: The author of an explosive new collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. www.nomorefakenews.com