by Derrick Broze, Humans Are Free:
The United Nations recently held the Food Systems Summit with a focus on transforming the global food systems, but activists and farmers are exposing the summit as an attempt at corporate colonization of the food supply.
On September 23, the United Nations held the Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) during the UN General Assembly in New York with a focus on how to transform worldwide food systems. The event – nicknamed “The People’s Summit” by the UN – is the latest effort to align international governmental policy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the 2030 Agenda.
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The UN Food Systems Summit was announced by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as a part of the Decade of Action for achieving the SDGs by 2030. The Summit has been promoted as the result of multiple years of dialogues between stakeholders at all levels in order to leverage the “interconnectedness of food systems to global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty and inequality”.
The Food Systems Summit resulted in nearly 300 commitments from people and institutions to accelerate changes to the food system. The UN said the summit also resulted in “several multi-stakeholders’ initiatives led by civil society, farmers, women, youth and indigenous groups that Member States commit to in order to deliver on the priorities, needs, and gaps identified in national pathways.”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres released a statement celebrating the Summit as a success. Guterres described the beginning of the 2020’s as a grave time where “many of the world’s food systems were fragile”, where “hunger was on the rise again.” Guterres describes obstacles facing humanity, including malnutrition, obesity, food insecurity, climate extremes, and inequality.
He notes that the “COVID-19 pandemic put these worrying trends in overdrive.” In the view of Guterres and the UN, the Food Systems Summit was a “Solutions Summit to make the transformative effects of food systems a driver for the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.”
The Secretary-General also announced that a “stock taking” meeting will convene every two years to review progress in implementing the goals of the Food Systems Summit as part of the 2030 Agenda.
So What Is The 2030 Agenda?
The UN SDGs are a collection of 17 interlinked goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”.
The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly with the intention of achieving them by the year 2030. The SDGs were part of a larger resolution known as the 2030 Agenda, or Agenda 2030, aimed at “fighting” climate change. [Which can basically be translated as “people are bad because they produce CO2, so we need to thin their numbers“].
While the United Nations is often touted as a tool for establishing healthy multilateral relationships between nations, in truth, the UN SDGs and Agenda 2030 are based in a deeper agenda to monitor, control, and direct all life on the planet.
The true agenda of the WEF and the United Nations is to establish a global Technocratic State where supposed experts and technologists make decisions for the vast majority of the people in the name of saving the environment.
The corporate media and aligned political class may promote the UN as a tool for elevating the collective health of the world, but a public which has grown increasingly skeptical of centralized institutions are beginning to question the role of the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations such as the World Economic Forum.
Mr. Monsanto, AGRA, And Corporate Colonization
Despite the United Nations’ claims of hearing from all “stakeholders”, the UN Food Systems Summit has been heavily criticized by a number of organizations and groups which the UN is claiming to represent.
For example, some critics have noted the presence of US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack previously served as Iowa’s Governor and as president and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council since 2017. Secretary Vilsack was appointed by the Biden administration after previously serving as Secretary of Agriculture during the Obama administration.
During the Summit Vilsack stated, “We must use the power of ingenuity to improve on food systems so they provide safe, nutritious, affordable, and accessible food for all, while conserving natural resources, and combating the climate crisis.”
While Vilsack’s statements regarding improving food systems and providing nutritious food to all make for a nice soundbite, they do not reflect his history. Vilsack is notable for being given the nickname “Mr. Monsanto” in reference to his work helping the biotech giant Monsanto Inc, now owned by Bayer.
In fact, in 2001 the Biotechnology Innovation Organization named Vilsack “BIO Governor of the Year” for “his support of the industry’s economic growth and agricultural biotechnology research” while serving as Iowa’s Governor.
In 2016, Politico reported,
“Progressives say they are also disappointed that during Vilsack’s seven-and-a-half-year tenure, the Agriculture Department sped up approval of controversial GMO crops, backed trade deals they say cost Americans’ jobs and cleared changes to let poultry slaughter facilities police themselves, among a slew of initiatives favoring big producers.”
The Organic Consumer Association also reported on the various genetically modified food products approved during his tenure. According to OCA, while Vilsack was USDA Secretary from 2009 to 2017 he approved more new genetically modified organisms (GMOs) than any Secretary before him or since. Here are just a couple examples:
- Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beets: A judge ruled that inevitable contamination would cause the “potential elimination of farmer’s choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer’s choice to eat non-genetically engineered food.”
- Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa: The first genetically modified perennial crop. By the end of the Obama administration, it had gone wild, costing American alfalfa growers and exporters millions of dollars in lost revenue.
The concerns about corporate influence on the UN Food Systems Summit are not limited to “Mr. Monsanto”. There are a growing number of organizations and individuals speaking up in regards to the lack of representation for indigenous and small farmers. Since at least March 2020, the UN Food Systems Summit has faced criticism from indigenous groups and environmental activists.
At that time, Olivier De Schutter, the former UN special rapporteur on the right to food, told The Guardian that food security groups around the world had “expressed misgivings about the UN food systems summit”.
“There’s a big risk that the summit will be captured by corporate actors who see it as an opportunity to promote their own solutions,” De Schutter told The Guardian. De Schutter also stated that the Food Summit was the result of “closed-door agreements” at the World Economic Forum in Davos.