Our Say

After G8 and the London bombings - the way forward

London terror attacks condemned

After Live 8:
from pressure to action

The G8 summit and political power

Make the G8 leaders history

A sham election

10 good reasons to boycott May 5

Don't be blackmailed into voting

Reject ‘dependency’ politics

No votes for New Labour!

Parliament seals its own fate

A secret policeman's government

Vote for "none of the above"

How to remember the victims of the tsunami

A state of crisis

New Labour and the big lie

Yasser Arafat - a revolutionary life

After the US election

Blood on New Labour's hands

Butler and weapons of mass deception

With 'leaders' like these, who needs enemies?

How to meet the threat from the right

Barbarians at the gate

Torture, values and lies

The silence of the lambs

War crimes in Iraq

The slaughter in Madrid

The unfinished business of the miners’ strike 1984-85

L’état – c’est New Labour

The death of liberal democracy foretold

Hutton washes the state whiter than white

Top-up fees and the market economy

Our challenge for 2004

New Labour's march to a police state

Bush & Blair - partners in crime

London Region revolts against FBU leaders

Postal workers in the front line

No turning back

Where we go from here

Stop the War Coalition leaders and political fabrication

Regime change begins at home

Blood on New Labour's hands

There's more involved than just Blair

New Labour, lies and spies

Firefighters should reject deal and disown leaders

BECTU vote on New Labour link a step forward

Time runs out for FBU leaders

New Labour's one-party state

The blind alley of crude anti-Americanism

Occupation of Iraq - time to move beyond protest

War is a test for principles

Iraqi defiance shocks and awes

FBU leaders who backed capitulation should resign now

Down with New Labour's war - for regime change in Britain

FBU at war with New Labour

New Labour, not just Blair, is the target

50 years since the death of Stalin - an assessment

FBU finds itself in Precott's trap

War is Peace - Blair's fictitious 'push for peace'

15/2: Global marches put power on the agenda

Crisis of globalisation behind attack on Iraq

Tell it how it is

An injury to one is an injury to all

War plans expose fraudulent 'democracy'

A 'regime change' in Britain is the answer to war on Iraq

FBU needs a new strategy

Challenging New Labour

A moment of truth in the fight against New Labour

Gilchrist says it how it is

Time to defy the anti-union laws in support of the FBU

FBU must ask for solidarity strikes

FBU leaders must ask for support now

New Labour provokes confrontation

Italian police attack No-Global movement

New Labour declares war on FBU

Don't let the FBU fight alone

UN writes a blank cheque for war

Blood on Putin's hands

Unions must support firefighters with action not words

Support the firefighters - defeat New Labour

Bush-Blair war agenda revealed

Seeing through New Labour's weapons of mass deception

The US media and the new garrison state

The BEGINNING of Politics

How technology could
free humanity

'Terminator' engineering: A threat to humanity

The future is socialist

Asylum legislation fuels racist attacks

Road map to the future

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'Terminator' engineering: A threat to humanity

A handful of global corporations are on the verge of controlling the future of humanity by replacing naturally-grown food with genetically modified (GM) products.

They are dabbling in an experimental way with the building blocks of life itself, taking genes from one organism and grafting them on to another to produce unnatural plants and food. In effect, industry is taking control of evolution.

Corporations like Monsanto, a chemicals company that now dominates GM products, are so powerful that they virtually own the Clinton government.

Monsanto funded Bill Clinton's election campaign and finances social security programmes. In return they have a green light to conduct a vast experiment on nature and people. They have even developed "terminator" seeds, which self-destruct after a crop is gathered to ensure that farmers have to buy afresh.

Experimental trials of GM crops are going on in more than 100 locations in Britain. Monsanto and other GM companies are right at the heart of the New Labour government too. Tony Blair says GM food is safe, and that opponents are irrational.

Lord Sainsbury, the science minister, has had connections with GM patents and companies. We are told that there is no "conflict of interest" even though he sits on a Cabinet committee looking into GM.

Scientists who cannot get the funds to do research unless they can demonstrate its commercial worth are brought under great pressure to back GM. Many of them work for Monsanto. Yet many emininent scientists have stated publicly that GM is in its infancy, and no one is certain of what engineering different organisms together will produce.

Dr Vanana Shiva, director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Ecology in Delhi, says: "The problems with the genetic revolution developed right from the start. Twenty-five years ago, molecular biologists evolved the tools of genetic engineering in labs, working with organisms designed not to survive in an open environment.

"Today, long before the science of molecular biology has matured, global corporations have rushed to the market, applying the tools of genetic engineering to whole systems of agriculture and food production." Gene transfers lead to unpredictable outcomes because plants and organisms are continuously changing, he adds.

The next step is that the genetic engineering industry wants to patent the genes used in their manufacture of new organisms. By claiming ownership of genes they are gradually taking control of life itself.

All living things could become profit making products, and multi-national companies – many of them chemical giants – will rule the very foundations of society – agriculture, food production, and the content of the very foods we eat.

What the GM issue shows is that the multi-nationals are a law unto themselves. They cannot be brought under control because the corporations are more powerful than governments. Their first consideration is to their shareholders, not the environment. Calls for a moratorium on GM food or for supermarkets to resist miss this essential point. Even eminent academics who once backed Thatcher, realise this. John Gray, professor of political thought at the London School of Economics, says by signing up to global treaties on free trade, the British government cannot interfere with GM trade.

"These treaties have had the effect of putting issues such as the import of genetically modified foods beyond the reach of democratically elected national governments," says Gray. "In the best of circumstances, the problems surrounding new genetic technologies would be difficult. Under the current regime of global laissez-faire, they are practically insoluble."

If governments are powerless in the face of the multi-nationals, as they are, then the whole social structure is rotten and needs replacing. Any other approach is self-defeating.

We are talking about a transfer of power from the multi-nationals to the people who work in them and consume their products. We are advocating a new state based on popular democracy to replace the useless parliamentary talking-shop.

The Movement for a Socialist Future argues, therefore, for the reorganisation of production for need not profit and the planned use of science in the interests of humanity. This is not a pipedream but a practical necessity, for in the hands of profit-greedy companies, genetic engineering has the potential to wipe out humanity.