|| EDITOR'S NOTE by Joseph Roberts
Common Ground has a 21-year history of thinking the unthinkable and speaking the
unspeakable in order to inform, inspire and activate.
Originally our January’s editorial theme was Change. We had a completely
different cover chosen, other major stories lined up …then things really
We went to hear Percy Schmeiser talk of his five-year battle with Monsanto and
the upcoming Supreme Court of Canada fight with that company January 20, 2004.
In a packed auditorium at Vancou-ver’s central library we heard the shocking
tactics used against the Schmeiser family. I knew then that his story had to get
out. As well as the hazards of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), this is
also a story about democracy and our right to know. This special edition #150
is dedicated to that purpose.
The evening after Percy’s talk, my 14-year-old and I watched The Matrix
Revolution. One could argue about the various merits of the three Matrix movies,
but the underlying context is catchy. Most people living in the Matrix do not
even know it exists. It is a manufactured illusion and comfortable lie reinforced
by synthetic inhuman thugs whose goal is to control the world. The Matrix representatives
who police their world are all look-alikes called Smith, corporate gumshoes in
black suits and ties with white shirts.
Art mimics life. The Matrix metaphor parallels the manipulated unawareness we
have in our culture about food. We are not informed about the extent of genetic
modification. GM food is not even required to be labeled in North America, as
it is in the EU.
Information theory states that knowledge tends to organize a system. That is why
they do not want us to know. If we knew we would say no to GMOs.
Percy Schmeiser’s story can wake us to what certain greedy multi-billion
dollar transnational corporations are doing with our food supply. They want to
geneticize it, patent it, monopolize it and sell it back to us at high profit.
They have their own matrix media PR, compliant scientists, university departments
on their research gravy train, and a legion of litigious lawyers working to legitimize
their action or sue anyone who dares to defy their global plans. These corporatists,
true to form, have their private gene police spying on farmers. Percy has met
We were all unknowingly getting reeled into their web. Now it is time to see what
is really going on. You can be sure, change is happening.
Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto