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This is an 850 word excerpt from a 7,000 word article on the transit Saturn (planet of suppression) through the sign Sagittarius (truth) by Astrologer Willow of Willow’s Web. It’s scheduled to appear the second issue of Hexagon this January. -Matt
Over the next three years, we will be working with a number of suppressed (Saturn) truths (Sagittarius) within our cultures. This involves some of the knowledge we absolutely must master in order to be successful from here on in. We are all challenged to update our educations during this transit in order to stay relevant in these quickly-moving times. The spread of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the continued infiltration of the food supply are major “suppressed truth” subjects on which we must get a strong handle during the transit of Saturn through Sagittarius. Damage to animal health has been shown in multiple scientific feeding trials of GMO diets. Reproductive damage, digestive damage, organ damage, and premature death are just some of the problems observed.
If animals are exhibiting this GMO-related health damage, it is almost certain that the humans eating the animals, animal products, and GM crops will eventually experience similar problems. Despite European bans on genetically modified seeds and crops, genetically modified canola has been found growing wild at four sites in Switzerland. (These represent four “scientifically documented” cases, not the full extent of the problem.) Conventional canola is so contaminated by GMOs at this point that GM canola plants are spreading wherever canola is transported or planted. This means that even nation-wide or continent-wide bans cannot stop the spread of genetically modified seeds and plants.
Here, we see the challenges of living in a world of global trade where decisions made in one country can negatively affect other countries halfway across the world (a Saturn in Sagittarius theme). The labeling of foods containing GMOs is also not fully effective. The really insidious problem is the unintentional and undesired spread of GMOs into natural crops. Labels would cover only those foods knowingly produced with GMOs. Unintentional contamination – a widespread problem – would fly under the radar. These are examples where the anti-GMO rhetoric (“labeling will solve the problem,” “banning GMOs from our country will solve the problem”) is not the full truth. The solutions being proposed and accepted at a mass level are not fully effective. We will be confronted with many instances during Saturn’s transit of Sagittarius when the accepted rhetoric, including in alternative scenes, is not fully effective or truthful. It will be up to us to call these out.
Farmers and citizens have been warning the public about uncontrollable cross-contamination since GMOs were first released in the 1990s. You can’t put nature in a neat, little box, and this truth will be reinforced many times during Saturn’s transit of Sagittarius. At this point, even the natural, non-GM crops of canola, corn, and soybeans have become contaminated by GM versions. This necessitates the elimination of canola oil, corn oil, and soybean oil from the diet, as well as all derivatives of those crops, including lecithin and maltodextrin.
Canola, corn, and soybeans are currently the most GMO-contaminated crops in existence, and all three are common ingredients in processed foods and in livestock feed. Certified organic foods or foods farmed up to organic standards continue to be the best bet for staying as GMO-free as possible. The spread of genetically modified alfalfa is another under-reported situation that adversely affects the global food supply and most directly the North American food supply. I don’t believe there is a single larger threat to the safety of our food supply today. GM alfalfa – modified genetically to withstand massive doses of Monsanto’s chemical herbicide Roundup – is the first feral, perennial GM plant ever unleashed in North America. Alfalfa grows and spreads like a weed. If you thought GM canola spread like wildfire, you haven’t seen anything yet.
GM alfalfa is already widely contaminating the U.S. alfalfa crop after being unconditionally approved by Obama & Gang in 2011. The first reported case of contamination came swiftly. In September 2013, a farmer in Washington state had his alfalfa crop rejected for export due to unintentional and undesired contamination by Roundup Ready GM alfalfa. In other words, the farmer had not planted genetically modified alfalfa, but it infiltrated and destroyed his natural crop. The farmer was told by the USDA – the body that approved GM alfalfa unconditionally – that he would have to re-coup his losses by suing Monsanto. There was no assistance from the United States government for his ruined crop despite the fact that it had given GM alfalfa the green light. In late 2014, China slammed the door to U.S. alfalfa hay imports after tests found contamination of U.S. alfalfa by an illegal GM version.
Alfalfa is used widely as livestock feed and as fertilizer in organic farming. It is also often used as the transition crop during the three-year conventional-to-organic farming shift. The GMO corporations and pro-GMO governments (the Harper regime in Canada and the Obama regime in the United States being two of them) are attacking at the very foundations of organic and non-GM agriculture.
If genetically modified alfalfa continues to infiltrate the natural crop, it could, in effect, be the end of organic or non-GMO agriculture. Dairy and meat would be the most affected, but since alfalfa is commonly used in organic farming, it could mean the end of organic soil, period.
For more on GM alfalfa, make sure to check out the primer on GM alfalfa available at Willow’s blog. She also has several articles in the premier issue of Hexagon, including a feature length piece on the astrology of the feminine asteroids titled “Ladies of the Zodiac: It’s Showtime”.
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