The Weekly Watch
The Complete Capture
Neofuedalism looms as the corporate overlords try to control our food, environment, economy, wages, and so much more.
...the locus of power in food systems and the broader global economy is shifting at dizzying speed. In 2008, the world’s most powerful corporations drilled oil wells and traded stocks. Twelve years later, the world’s five corporate titans all deal in intangible data and have a market valuation that exceeds the GDP of entire continents. The new biodigital giants are now primed for the next step: unleashing big data and digital DNA into the world's pharmacies, food markets, and financial systems. ‘Multi-stakeholderism’ is everywhere as corporations –sensing the social and environmental tipping points ahead – seek to draw governments,scientists and a handful of civil society organizations into an artificial new multilateralism
In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems.
Who will have a seat at the Table? The big corporations, that's who. However, the spin has a whole different vibe. (2 min)
Pat Mooney talks about what is at stake and The Long Food Movement counterstrategy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnxpb5lSY8U (47 min)
A bit boring but important to be aware of the corporate take over.
One means of control is the corporate control of seeds. In a previous essay we looked at this issue in some detail.
In the first half of the 20th century, seeds were overwhelmingly in the hands of farmers and public-sector plant breeders. In the decades since then, Gene Giants have used intellectual property laws to commodify the world seed supply – a strategy that aims to control plant germplasm and maximize profits by eliminating Farmers' Rights.
Today, the proprietary seed market accounts for a staggering share of the world's commercial seed supply. In less than three decades, a handful of multinational corporations have engineered a fast and furious corporate enclosure of the first link in the food chain.
According to Context Network, the proprietary seed market (that is, brand-name seed that is subject to exclusive monopoly – i.e., intellectual property), now accounts for 82% of the commercial seed market worldwide.
The top 10 seed companies account for $14,785 million – or two-thirds (67%) of the global proprietary seed market.
The world's largest seed company, Monsanto, accounts for almost one-quarter (23%) of the global proprietary seed market.
The top 3 companies (Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta) together account for $10,282 million, or 47% of the worldwide proprietary seed market.
It isn't just seed, TPTB are working to control food from farm to fork.
A handful of corporations control our food from farm to fork. Their unbridled power grants them increasing political influence over the rules that govern our food system and allows them to manipulate the marketplace – pushing down the prices paid to family farmers and driving them out of business. For eaters, extreme consolidation leaves fewer choices in the grocery aisle and higher prices, while corporate-written policies are sparking growing food safety concerns and less transparency in the marketplace. In sum, our corporate controlled food system damages rural communities, local economies, public health and the soil and water needed to sustain food production.
“Our food system belongs in the hands of many family farmers, not under the control of a handful of corporations.” – Willie Nelson, Farm Aid Founder and President
Most sectors of the U.S. economy have concentration ratios around 40%, meaning that the top four firms in the industry control 40% of the market. If the concentration ratio is above 40%, economists believe competition is threatened and market abuses are more likely to occur: the higher the number, the bigger the threat. Almost every sector in agriculture is well above these levels.
For all of us who eat, unchecked corporate power means higher prices and less choice. Despite the concept of cheap food and “feeding the world” that the industrial food system promises (and uses to justify the damage the system inflicts upon farmers, rural communities and our soil and water), their extreme market power means corporations can push down the prices paid to farmers without passing on their savings to consumers. What’s more, the farmer’s share of the retail food dollar plummeted by fifty percent.
Farmers and ranchers receive just 14.6* cents of the consumer food dollar.
Visit your local farmers market to connect with growers in your area. Yes, it will cost a bit more, but it is a better product. What is the value of your health after all? I discovered several farms in my area at the following link: https://www.localharvest.org/organic-farms/
Enter your location to do the same.
Mark Hyman speaks with an organic farmer about nutrient density in organically grown foods.
I was fascinated to talk to Dan Kittredge about intentionally eating for nutrient density on this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy. Dan Kittredge has been an organic farmer for more than 30 years and is the founder and executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association, a non-profit whose mission is to “increase quality in the food supply.” Known as one of the leading proponents of “nutrient density,” Dan works to demonstrate the connections between soil health, plant health, and human health. Out of these efforts was born the Real Food Campaign which has engineered a prototype of a hand-held consumer spectrometer designed to test nutrient density at point of purchase. Via the Bionutrient Meter, the goal is to empower consumers to choose for nutrient quality and thereby leverage economic incentives to drive full system regeneration.
The Land Rush...
100 wealthy families own 42 million acres of land across the US, and the amount of land owned by these lords of land has spiked 50% since 2007.
Bill Gates leads the way claiming to be working toward sustainable agriculture.
So why is he pushing the impossible burger? I wouldn't eat one.
You’d think Impossible Foods would focus on the horrors of factory farming. Instead, Gates and Brown take aim at regenerative organic agriculture and grass-fed beef. According to Fortune.com: “Gates and Brown believe that genetically modified seeds and chemical herbicides, in the right doses––and not land-intensive organic farming––are crucial to curbing carbon emissions.”
That old lie about organic farming has been thoroughly debunked, and real climate activists know “It’s not the cow, it’s the how.”
Regeneratively raised grazing ruminants are the key to sustainable farming and ranching.
Here's three excellent examples of farming while improving the environment...
Young farmers crushing it in the High Desert | Regenerative Agriculture | Grassfed Beef
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4OJc8-z6i0 (24 min)
Jake Takiff gives us a tour of his farm and all the regenerative agriculture practices he does on 40 acres. Jake runs grass fed cattle, pasture pigs, and planted over 10,000 trees in a silvopasture setup. He planted Japanese plum, honey locust, Korean pine, Antonovka apples, walnut, willows, and many more.
Silvopasture - How raising beef cattle and trees together can help the planet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OInXB92lSik (7 min)
Meet Daniel Wolf, a beef rancher in Brazil who raises cattle using a silvopasture system. By using this practice, carbon emissions from cattle are sequestered by trees, leading to a negative carbon footprint, and increased biodiversity.
Richard Perkins, a Brit farming in Sweden, who blends animal production and market gardening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_RDihV4FeM (20 min)
5 Keys to success with No Dig Market Gardening - The Ridgedale No-Dig method
So we have regenerative farming out west, in Brazil, and Sweden. Let's finish up in Vermont with a couple who builds soil and community. (10 min)
These four examples of many illustrate one way to live happily and healthy in the evolving neofuedal world.
If we think the take over of food production is bad, what about the oligarchs buying up water supplies?
Crown Columbia Water Resources since 2017 has targeted the water rights of farms on tributaries of the mighty Columbia River. This March, the company sealed a $340,000 deal for Douglas County water. The same day, it paid $1.69 million for a farming partnership’s water in Columbia County. Two months later, the company spent nearly $1.61 million near Walla Walla...
Worldwide, as temperatures rise and aquifers dry, investors are increasingly bullish on water, and buying vineyards, farms and ranches for what’s underneath or flowing through.
The “water grabbing” by corporations amounts to 454 billion cubic meters per year globally, according to a new study by environmental scientists. That’s about 5 percent of the water the world uses annually.
Investors from seven countries – the United States, United Arab Emirates, India, United Kingdom, Egypt, China and Israel – accounted for 60 percent of the water acquired under these deals.
Most purchasers are agricultural, biofuel and timber investors. Some of the more active buyers in the United States, which leads the pack in number of deals, include multinational investors Nile Trading and Development, BHP Billiton, Unitech and media magnate Ted Turner, according to the study published last month.
Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones) feat. Taj Mahal | Playing For Change | Song Around The World
So we've got the take over of food and water. What's next? How about shelter.
According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, roughly 200 investment firms are buying tens of thousands of homes — and — raising prices, and competing with middle-class Americans looking to take advantage of low-interest rates and buy their first home.
This is being funded with our tax dollars as well as pension funds primarily through the Fed. https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/blackrock-is-bailing-out-its-etf...
BlackRock is Bailing Out Its ETFs with Fed Money and Taxpayers Eating Losses; It’s Also the Sole Manager for $335 Billion of Federal Employees’ Retirement Funds...
No bid contracts and buying up your own products, what could possibly be wrong with that? To make matters even more egregious, the stimulus bill known as the CARES Act set aside $454 billion of taxpayers’ money to eat the losses in the bail out programs set up by the Fed. A total of $75 billion has been allocated to eat losses in the corporate bond-buying programs being managed by BlackRock. Since BlackRock is allowed to buy up its own ETFs, this means that taxpayers will be eating losses that might otherwise accrue to billionaire Larry Fink’s company and investors.
A bidding war broke out this winter at a new subdivision north of Houston. But the prize this time was the entire subdivision, not just a single suburban house, illustrating the rise of big investors as a potent new force in the U.S. housing market.
Home-rental firms, including Invitation Homes Inc. INVH -0.63% and American Homes 4 Rent, AMH 0.03% thrived. Renting suburban homes proved so profitable that landlords hit the open market and added properties at full price once foreclosures dried up. Many now build houses explicitly to rent.
Corporate homeownership can not only subject tenants to higher living costs, but often destroys their ability to buy these homes themselves, as companies pay top dollar to take them off the market. As a result, America is quickly becoming a renter nation.
“Between 2006 and 2016, when the homeownership rate fell to its lowest level in fifty years, the number of renters grew by about a quarter,” Dezember writes.
Meet your new landlord: Wall Street (9 min)
A dangerous trend is rapidly underway and that is the purchase of single family rental properties by large financial institutions. This threatens to send home prices ever higher and to reduce the ability of the middle class to build wealth through home equity.
Historically the path toward the middle class and wealth has been home ownership. Is this yet another fading dream? It certainly is another step down the road to neofuedalism.
How about HEALTH?
Well that's controlled by big Pharma, Big Ag, Insurance, and the Medical Industrial complex. Here's a few examples using COVID to illustrate the points.
Censorship of medical information and intellectual authoritarianism (Pierre Kory & Bret Weinstein) a 15 min clip from the loger 2.5 hour piece in last weeks column.
Ivrmectin will not be allowed to be an effective treatment (Pierre Kory & Bret Weinstein)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Q9X9vkzm8 (10 min)
And if anyone still thinks IVM is ineffective for COVID - Mexico and India data on IVM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1KTs0XIL20&t=90s (14 min)
Chris Martenson on bad faith Falsie, a broken health system and the failure of science. (39 min)
and Chris covers the cover up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNMmPw9_Iec (30 min)
Silencing those who illuminate and prosecute the corruption.
The people must not be told...
Chris Hedges talks to Steven Donziger, the human rights environmental justice attorney about the grim reality when we confront the real centers of power. Donziger has been fighting polluting American oil companies for nearly three decades on behalf of indigenous communities and peasant farmers in Ecuador, and has been under house arrest in Manhattan for nearly two years. He went on trial in federal court in New York two weeks ago on contempt of court charges, which could see him jailed for six months, for appealing the demand to hand over his computer, cellphone, and other electronic devices to the court, a violation he argues of attorney-client privilege. No attorney without a criminal record in federal court has ever before been detained pretrial for a misdemeanor offense.
Jimmy also talked with Steve this week
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6kMtNjoR28 (19 min)
Not to mention the torture of Julian for revealing our war crimes
So, where Julian’s case is at, at the moment, you know, as you said, his extradition was rejected on the 4th of January, and his bail was refused on the 6th of January. So, the U.S. has appealed the extradition rejection, and it’s been six months now since Julian — since that extradition rejection, and we still don’t know when there will be an appeal date. So Julian has just been sitting in Belmarsh Prison for six months, not knowing when there will be an appeal heard.
So, really, what I think we’re seeing is an abuse of process to keep Julian imprisoned. And, you know, he hasn’t had any visits since October. The prison is in a COVID lockdown. So, the situation there is really dire, and Julian is suffering inside that prison, for basically just — he’s on remand. He has no sentence. So, why is he in that prison? I just don’t understand.
These two stories make it plain that TPTB will not allow dissension, and anyone who dares to expose the crimes of corporations or the government will be dealt with harshly.
Of course there's no need to silence the news when they are owned and act as mouthpiece for the corporate oligarchs.
How Hedge Funds Took Over America's Struggling Newspaper Industry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK7ouoONAIE (14 min)
Even more shameful is the US control of foreign news outlets designed to promote corporate propaganda to insure US control of other countries resources.
How US govt-funded media fueled a violent coup in Nicaragua (13 min) excellent summary
As we discussed a couple of weeks ago, the US is desparate to maintain the world's unit of standard exchange, the US dollar. Perhaps China's rise can happen without a war?
Chinese DE DOLLARIZATION strategy : From petroyuan to the de-dollarization of Asia and the world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65IeJM9QzL8 (11 min)
Deutsche Bank recently stated that the United States is on path towards one of the worst instances of runaway inflation in history as government spending skyrockets and relaxed fiscal policy wanes. The warning is that the inflation which is being sold as ‘transitory’ will actually have far more serious consequences for the American economy...
The bank also stated that they do not agree with the belief that rising inflation is going to be temporary, stating that we are currently seeing the “most important shift” in 40 years regarding global macro policy. Financial injection is soaring at the same time that the Federal Reserve has decided to accept higher inflation. “Never before,” says Deutsch Bank, has such “expansionary” monetary and fiscal policy been tried.
For example, without a steady flow of computer chips, our society as it is formulated today simply could not function. We need computer chips for our vehicles, for the trucks that transport all of our goods, for the farm equipment that produces our food, for the extremely sophisticated equipment in our hospitals and for the millions upon millions of electronic devices that connect to the Internet.
The global chip shortage has been a very painful reminder of how exceedingly dependent we have become on technology, and it has also shown us how unwise it was to outsource production of most of our chips to Asia.
Back in 1990, the United States produced 37 percent of all computer chips in the world.
Today, that number has fallen to just 12 percent.
Soon the rent and mortgage moratorium comes to an end
The current foreclosure moratorium for homeowners is set to expire June 30, where borrowers who wish to request forbearance have until then to do so...
Today, 1 in 5 renters is behind on rent and over 10 million homeowners behind on mortgage payments, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), while more than 4 million adults who were behind feared imminent eviction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of the date of this article, the CBPP reports that “joblessness remains high and millions report that their households did not get enough to eat or are not caught up on rent payments,” tracking the extent of this hardship with real-time data from several sources on the ongoing economic crisis...
With June 30 rapidly approaching, some believe there to be an incoming wave of foreclosures that would hit millions of low-income homeowners, according to Bloomberg, after forbearance provisions and the foreclosure moratorium ended.
The “seemingly crazed idea” that the US dollar will collapse against other major currencies in the post-pandemic global economy is not so crazy anymore, the economist Stephen Roach told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Wednesday. –Business Insider
Some sites (not those in the mainstream) have been warning that the dollar will crash for years. This is all a part of the plan. In order to convince the public to accept a digital dollar and fully tracked and traced centralized monetary system, the slaves have to experience a well-thought-out collapse of the current monetary system.
The central banks will attempt a “non-military take over of the entire world.” If we want a permanent system of slavery set up globally, we could simply roll over and allow this digital dollar to actually happen. Instead, I ask that you wake up and realize what’s going on. They have propagated people into the system using the left vs. right paradigm lie, and I admit, I used to fall for it too.
We talked precious metals last week, what about escaping to Bitcoin?
First a nice introduction into how to get into gold and silver.
How To Buy And Store Gold & Silver | Adam Taggart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdeZUlMVfeE (22 min)
Bitcoin was in the news this week. The FBI retrieved most of the Colonial Pipeline ransom. (Sure makes me suspicious about the hack. Was it a false flag to drive oil higher?) Also, in a world first, El Salvador makes bitcoin legal tender https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/el-salvador-approves-first-law-bi...
El Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after Congress on Wednesday approved President Nayib Bukele’s proposal to embrace the cryptocurrency, a move that delighted the currency’s supporters.
Here's a great explanation of how the FBI captured the hackers bitcoin ransom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHaJfIKoStU (11 min)
If you think TPTB can't control bitcoin, you need to watch this 28 minute explanation of how the big funds can manipulate its price.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwIeCCYIgq8 (28 min)
As we've seen this week, the oligarchs are after control of our basic needs, food, water, shelter, and they already control our media (actually propaganda machines) as well as the creation and distribution of US currency.
So fellow serfs, what to do? Here's what I think -
- Plant a garden even if it is in pots on your patio (h/t NYCVG)
- Get to know your local farmers and producers.
- Invest in real goods that improve your quality of life...cars, house repairs, tools, and other functional products
- Avoid debt and settle the accounts you can afford.
- My bias is to keep some cash on hand in case the banks collapse.
- Build your local community. You don't have to agree politically to help one another with projects and tasks.
Learn or perfect a trade, wood working, welding, sewing, plumbing, etc.
What else do you recommend as we slide deeper and deeper into serfdom?
I'm happy and have acheived more than I dreamed as a young person. I'm wealthy (not in currency, but) in my satisfaction with my homestead and lifestyle...better off than most oligarchs I believe. My buddy would often say, We're richer than royality. We have the thing they lack. TIME.
As I often say, treasure every day. Live your life as you please, not as directed. Have a great day, and I look forward to your ideas on whatever is on your mind below.