23 Ways to Be Evil (In a Food Company, Biotech Kind of Way) : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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Your blueprint for convincing the masses to believe anything you say.

It’s no secret that we support the labeling of genetically modified foods…

I’d support any type of mandatory labeling that tells me where my food is from and what it has been grown with or fed. I guess it’s the same principle as wanting to know if I’m buying a baby toy from China or Ecuador or the United States.

That’s just who I am. I am conscious about what I put in my mouth and you probably are the same way.

Unfortunately, the food industry wants to continue to limit your right to know what is in your food. They believe that it’s best you don’t know what kinds of ingredients they’re adding into what you eat before you put it in your mouth.

I find that unacceptable.

In November, the state of California will vote to decide if GMO foods should be labeled. This is good news for those who want transparency in the food industry, so it’s my hope that this growing grassroots effort is large enough to make this a reality.

(The proposition in California is called Proposition 37. You can read about it here.)

If you’re a voter in California, I strongly recommend you start talking about it to your friends and neighbors about Proposition 37. We do have the right to know what is in our food — and not let the food companies decide what they care or not care to share with us.

Anyway, as I was doing some research, I came across the website for those opposing the California Proposition — which, by the way, is a group funded by DuPont Pioneer, BASF Plant Science, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and more than 40 food company members. (Read: By the companies that stand to profit from GMO foods not being labeled.)

Looking through the site was entertaining to say the least, because it is a perfect model on how to be evil — what I mean by this, is that the site is designed and modeled to persuade people who aren’t educated about a topic to think in a particular way. (I consider that pretty nefarious.)

So I decided to point out some of this evilness, so you can either see through their blatant visual and verbal manipulation, or have a model that you can use to be evil yourself — and persuade the unknowing into believing whatever you think or say.

(Proceed at your own karmic risk.)

1. Have an “almost professional” looking website.

To persuade the unknowing, first build an almost professional looking website to give the impression that you are a grassroots movement and the site was built by a talented, but starving college student for no money — as a portfolio builder.

2. Use the words “deceptive” and “deeply flawed.”

Just implying that the other side is deceptive or their ideas are deeply flawed instantly casts doubt.

3. Explain that families will have to pay more taxes.

No one wants to pay the government more, so whether it is true or not, make sure you throw this suggestion around loosely.

4. Explain that families will have to pay more for food.

Everyone has to eat, but no one wants their food bills to go up. This makes you the hero, instantly. (Truth or no truth.)

Bonus Points: Have a picture of a woman paying more at the grocery store. A visual always helps.

5. Use red.

It implies danger.

6. Suggest that there are facts we don’t know.

And then give facts that may or may not really be facts.

Bonus Points: Put those facts on a flier. If you have a flier, you must be credible.

7. Say stuff that doesn’t make sense.

Just be sure to use words like “prohibit” to cover up non-nonsensical statements.

8. State that more bureaucracy will be created.

9. Mention that there will be shakedowns (See above.)

10. Don’t forget to use the word “scam.”

11. Mention that the FDA doesn’t support it.

Everyone trusts the government.

12. Bring in the American Medical Association too (See above).

Listen to your doctor. (Even if your doctor doesn’t even know about the issue at all.)

13. Discredit those who donate money to the other side.

14. Say the other side will hurt the working man.

15. Use the word “scientist” where it’s totally unnecessary.

“Scientist” implies that smart people are involved.

16. Make a long list of supporters.

17. Don’t forget to include the ethnic groups!

18. And local business Chambers.

19. And the Frozen Potato Products Institute.

20. And the Shelf-Stable Food Processors Association (See above).

21. Sign up speakers and get them to go on an old-folks home speaking tour.

They’re the only ones who vote anyway.

22. Warn that lawyers will be lurking.

I better watch myself…

23. Show a picture of a confused old man.

No one can live with themselves if they know they’ve contributed to grandpa’s confusion.

That’s it!

You now have a tried and tested formula to be evil and persuade the masses — courtesy of the food and biotech industry.

Use it when you can’t get your friends and family to drink green smoothies and you will be forgiven.

Your question of the day: Do you want to know what’s in your food?

Live Awesome!
Kev

Images from http://www.noprop37.com/

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Jenna says:

    Wow, I really hope people use their critical thinking skills when reading any website…

    Thank you for this informative and disturbing article! I will spread the word.

    Jen

    • synrgii says:

      Does ANYONE use critical thinking skills anymore? Ok, a few of us do. But, it seems like 90% of people are just followers and the decent leaders are getting totally outnumbered by the corrupt ones.

      I feel like the movie “Idiocracy” was written just for me.

      Can we all here just go colonize a new planet where GMO pollen can’t blow onto and contaminate our fields?

  2. Jesse says:

    Californians, will not be fooled By Monsanto, or the food industry. Unlike other states who have failed to pass a right to know initiative, California will win. If GMOs are so good for you!! then why are they afraid to put it on the label..

  3. This was both really funny and really disturbing at the same time. I’m Canadian so I can’t vote for Proposition 37 but I’m pulling for it!

  4. Darlene says:

    I ABSOLUTELY want to know what is in my food! So much so, I now garden & cook EVERY THING from scratch!!!!
    Thanks for your quick study on ‘the dark side’ of GMO labeling!

  5. George says:

    The ideal situation, I would have to agree, is to go from garden to kitchen; your own garden where you have complete control. Unfortunately that is not possible for most of the city dwellers in this world, or even in my circumatances in a rental cabin. I may be able to grow a few vegetable in pots, but I would still have to supplement that with items from the supermarket shelves. I am all in favour of comprehensive food labelling, particularly when it concerns GMO foods. The food companies want to keep us in the dark as to what we are ingesting. At the end of the film “Soylent Green” the detective screams “Soylent Green is people”, meaning that the hungry population had unwittingly become cannibals! Honestly in labelling and advertising please!!!

  6. Anna21 says:

    Wow Kev- that was a brilliant analysis!!!

    I don’t want to harp on race but I can’t help but wonder why the NAACP is against Proposition 37. They used to be relevant, but their mission has been confused and muddied for a few decades now and overrun with corrupt leaders. There must be some behind-the-scenes quid pro quo going on. The same thought applies to El Concilio. It’s pretty clear that most ethnic ‘leaders’ are working against the interests of the people they lead.

    I bet that pound for pound, Blacks & Hispanics are ingesting more GMO’s than any other group in America because of poverty rates and poor eating habits.

    Well, enough about race. People should put aside their racial/ cultural/ ethnic/ religious allegiances and unite to claim an allegiance against tyranny and corruption. If that doesn’t happen our nation will continue to fall apart.

  7. Joel says:

    Nice Work Kev.

  8. Henry + Liane (Australia) says:

    Thanks so much Kevin for your endless research,you have “opened our Eyes” what is going on in the Food Industries. We live in Australia and have Reasons to be concerned, as the attitude of relevant Government Departments and Food companies in this country is: Better the consumers don’t know, then they have no reason to worry about.

  9. Susan says:

    Thank you for doing an analysis of their web site and propaganda.

  10. Irene says:

    Kevin,

    I hope Proposal 37 passes in CA.
    A similar proposal did not pass in Maine and Connecticut. Governors of both states gave in
    to Monsanto when they threatened law suits.

  11. Donna says:

    Thank you for the article!

    Another great example of the propaganda major food companies put out there for their own benefit. The fact that farmer’s have to go through major effort and expense to label clean, naturally grown food as “organic” while major food corporations can put out chemically laden, genetically modified food products that cause cancer with less effort and expense is disgraceful. Unconscionable…

    Thank you for putting the information out there for us in a clear easy to understand manner.

  12. Thanks for sharing this informative and entertaining piece Kev! Sneaky little devils 😉

    I definitely want full disclosure of what is in the food I’m eating.

    Lets keep our fingers crossed the proposition will be voted in favour of labeling.

  13. Angie says:

    How do I get hold of this guy to set up my website. I am thinking of selling a new plant product that has lots of fibre, is scientifiacally proven, may or may not be GMO (not sure and don’t care)…

    I think he can really help.

    Love your writing Kevin, but the fact is that this is super sad and potentially very damaging as could be quite viral with it’s ignorance.

    Good luck, and would love to sign this petition to have GMO but live in australia. Viralled to all my friends in the US though

    Angie

  14. 4204life says:

    Great article. From the list of companies and supporters that fight labeling of GMO’s it shows just how venal our society has become. I live in zombieland where a large portion of the farmers have been seduced and hoodwinked into terminator seeds. When I mention GMO’s to the farmers or anybody else, an incredulous smile emits from them and the cognitive dissonance cripples their ability to reason.

  15. zyxomma says:

    I want to know EVERYTHING that’s in my food, which is why I purchase only organic, local when I can, and am picky to the point of pain-in-the-ass if I’m eating at a restaurant not of my choosing (because I only choose organic). I prepare most of my own food; what I don’t make myself I purchase from trusted sources. I haven’t eaten a “conventional” soy or corn product in ages; they’re too likely to be GMO.

    I’ve also contributed money toward passing Prop. 37 in CA, and before the November election, plan on emailing, calling, or contacting via social media EVERYONE I know in your state. While I don’t have enough cash to make a large contribution, I believe every contribution to this oh-so-worthy cause is significant.

    Health and peace.

  16. Marla King says:

    Excellent demo. Thanks for saving us so much time on investigation… Voting will be easy now!

  17. Chris says:

    Disturbing, but thanks for adding some levity! These techniques are the norm unfortunately. Maybe ProPublica or one of the other truth-oriented news outlets would publish this to a broader audience.

  18. Lori says:

    Great info, Kevin!

  19. this is realy hardcore manipulation. im a bit shocked. i remeber this movie on a cigarette lobbyist and his family and how he was so proud to do hisjob.

    in germany i know greenpeace has brought labeling forward. they just labled everything in their own publication. so if you wanna have labeling DIY like the old punk premise DIY. get a ZINE and put all GMO products and food inside.

    Like greenpeace has done it in germany. later on then the public was more against the gmo. Honestly people like mercola who make a lot of money with the uffering of people would also be in germany a risky thing for such movement. better they keep in background silently.

    maybe i just write nonsense.
    other movements in germany include “gen dreck weg” radical movement. one anarchist touring through the country and explain the entangled GMO industry and how it is weaven with the universityy the states and so on. big natural comanies like Rapunzel make walk against gMO foods. i think the german GMO watch movement is a good rolemodel to DO such things right. otherwise you will always have a lobby to block you. just see how the german environmetalist got the exit from nuclear power. and we got the gmo food labled in europe. Why? i dont actually know i just see. people are educated by organisation like FOODWATCH GREENPEACE BUND UTOPIA and other environmetal serious NGO and meet up. and all the anarchist the have done a lot of serious work too.

    im unsure if people like mie adam who is friended with a antisemitic slighlty narzistic racistic person like this alex jones, can realy be neutral. its to much the pressure to earn the money.

    and im still unsure if fluoride is realy killing people in the whole scale. maybe if applied on the teeth from a dentist its rely hardening the teeth. im geran and we have fluaridation in toothpaste and in dentists pratices. and somehow it protected it. maybe this is just a placebo like a lot in life.

  20. Suzette says:

    you know if you actually had the Proposition 37 here for people to read you might get a little more support….because truly without that any thinking person would side with the other guys. You have picked apart their web page of their views, which by rights they are allowed to have, but you have provided no evidence that it is not full of what they say it is.
    They will win if you do this you must be transparent or you will be seen as having something to hide.
    Because we all know it will cost us more and be full of bureaucracy that’s a fact and the fact that you have said read more about it here but are not prepared to show it to me makes me think they are telling the truth… be transparent because people who have nothing to hide show you everything.

  21. Dr JRose says:

    Great de-construction! Love it!!

  22. LAURA says:

    Thank you, Kevin for this article, and for all you share.

    I am so tired of being treated like a brain-dead, ignorant, unintelligent human by the media, politicians, most political organizations, and corporations.

    I don’t watch tv anymore, and barely listen to the radio. I avoid grocery stores except to purchase some organic produce.

    I feel so sad about the state of humans and this planet, and have to make myself look for the positive every day. There still is much to be grateful for.

    I think ‘Proposition 37’ will pass…it is time. The voice of the people is getting stronger and increasing in volume day by day. More and more of us are waking up to the fact that we can not be complacent any longer.

    Blessings to all of you-

  23. Sandi Seegert says:

    I’m not in California but you’re darn right – I want to know what’s in my food. Therefore, I shop at healthfood stores (honest ones!) and don’t buy many pre-made foods even though they’re organic. My fridge is stocked with fresh veggies, nuts and seeds and my freezer holds excess of things I’ve personally made. Wish everyone could do the same.

  24. CC says:

    I hope the prop 37 team takes note from this use of web manipulation and counters each viliefied lie with the truth. It is frustrating and sad that this is the way our political system has become.

  25. Brianna says:

    This is upsetting. Kev… how do you keep from throwing your hands up and getting completely upset? I mean, what these company’s are doing is completely wrong. I can’t believe how they SPIN this stuff. Incredible…

    “Genetic engineering of crops has been done for literally thousands of years. Cross breeding and hybridization are forms of genetic engineering that we’re all familiar with.” (1) um, no we aren’t (2) cross breeding and hybridization is NOT the same as injecting plants with the ability to SECRETE pesticides from their leaves (3) You guys are a**holes. This gets me so worked up I can barely stand it.

    I don’t know how you do it, Kev. Could you write an article on that? How to navigate the emotions you have when encountering this type of crap? Did you SEE what they said about Dr. Mercola? Jeez. Someone needs to be slapped.

  26. Lawrence says:

    Well done, Kevin. This site is amazing in its ability to spin. I felt I was being swayed even though I firmly believe in mandatory labeling.

    This is an important proposition for people living anywhere in North America (I live in Canada), since California supplies so much of North America with produce. I really want to know they’re sending us, and I think mandatory labeling of GMO food will help.

  27. Thank you Kevin for showing us how they will attack. Although I often joke that Monsanto is more powerful than Obama and the White House, seems it may really be true.

    The SAD diet is becoming even more sad -:(

  28. Emma says:

    This is your best article, period.

  29. Dee says:

    YES!!! I spend a lot of time reading labels, and it is scary. Especially when the labels are on products sold in “Health” food stores. The soy products, canola and my favorite sodium content.

  30. Derek says:

    I think more and more in this day in age people are waking up to what sort of nonsense propaganda that website and things like it are. But it doesn’t surprise me that they’re trying. It just goes to show you things can be spun in any which way to manipulate people which is pretty sad.

  31. Virginia says:

    I would like to have this made into a national issue. You are what you eat,so we are creating personalities of an unknown source. Nobody can improve on God’s perfect work. I want to know if I am eating a manmade ,cloned creation. YUK!

  32. Bryan says:

    Yes I want to know what is in my food.

    I don’t have the time to look up the instances when the bar code became standardized and laws passed for more exacting labeling laws, but I remember campaigns about how these too were going to cost the consumer..blah blah blah. I think those costs are potentials to those who grow GMO and find out people vote “NO” with their dollars. Another way to be evil is what is potentially happening up in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. In the name of less dependence on foreign oil, biofuel crops like canola can bypass ag. laws set in place to protect organic farmers and otherwise. This is an excerpt from an article at Organic Bytes https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/1390c80353dde94a “On Friday, August 10, the ODA – in response to the biofuel industry – intends to file for a temporary rule to allow the growing of canola, including genetically engineered canola, in a previously designated protection zone surrounding Willamette Valley. This decision was made after a series of meetings held behind closed doors to allow GM canola to be grown in the valley unchecked and with disregard to existing seed pinning map isolation guidelines.”

  33. Miramontelia says:

    Kevin, absolutely agree. But while the issue is obvious to us, the general public will absolutely be swayed by these strategies.
    I think the important message here, as Kev mentioned, we have to get out of our circles of like-minded people and really talk up this prop to everyone around us: family, friends and neighbors, co-workers, even folks passing by at stores, etc. If people here the importance of this bill
    (including the folks who support the bill and those who do not), then we may have a chance.
    I still believe this is a huge uphill battle and while it seems to us that the public is becoming informed, a large portion are not. And many folks will hear their food will be more expensive and automatically vote against it. We all must do our part in trying educate and inform!

    Keep it up, Kev and Anne Marie.

  34. Amanda says:

    This was hilarious, for a moment I didn’t even believe you could have gotten this from a genuine source. Great stuff. Will you keep humorous posts like this coming? They brighten my day and inform me!

  35. Karen Beattie says:

    I RECEIVED AN E MAIL AND VOTED YES FOR PTOPOSITION 37!

  36. deb says:

    I read labels. Even in the health food store I find products that contain soy or corn and do not tell me that the source is non-GMO, let alone organic. Try to find a non-dairy cheese. In most cases, it contains casein (dairy) or a soy product of questionable source, or “natural flavor” (MSG?) or some other questionable ingredient.

  37. This was totally funny and made me laugh, and then at the same time it makes me totally angry with what they’re trying to do. I appreciate the way you brought humor to this subject though 🙂

  38. Mary says:

    I sincerely hope this prop passes.

    The FDA has plans to outlaw ALL growing of organic produce, even in our own back yard.

    Please step up and get this information out so we can protect our food, our bodies and our families.

  39. Late bloomer says:

    I am in complete agreement with you Kev. I have contributed money to the cause. I have linked my Facebook page with various sites that explain why GMO is bad and why Californians are in a position to help the rest of us.

    I believe my son-in-law must have seen the comments I made on Facebook because on his page he made a slur about a certain “liberal lady.” I will explain why he is so vested in Monsanto and GMO.

    My son-in-law’s family have been growing corn and soy beans for years, GMO Roundup ready I am sure. They also raise factory farmed chickens. They think farm-raised fish are great. I think the magic word farm has influenced them on that one. I have kept my quiet with them and accepted them because they are good to my daughter. I only wish they could have been as tolerant of my views. Oh well, that’s how it goes.

    I know all farmers are not like them. In the spring and summer I buy most of my produce, meat, raw milk direct from the farmers in a nearby state. I have to travel because raw milk cannot be sold in my state. I have let my daughter and her husband know I buy direct from farmers and have shared what I have read about how some farmers growing non-GMO crops have been taken to court by Monsanto for growing crops that were cross-pollinated by GMO crops. In my opinion the non=GMO farmers have a better case against Monsanto than vice-versa. Yet Monsanto with their millions of dollars win time and again in court.

  40. kathryn says:

    YES SIR !!!!!!!!!

  41. Jennifer says:

    FANTASTIC ARTICLE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!

  42. Yvonne says:

    Yes, I do want to know what’s in the food! Food can be medicine or poison. Why would anybody want to poison themselves, get sick and die too early? Why would anybody want somebody else to get sick of food and die early? B/c they are psychopath, they live for money and power, they do not empathize with the rest of humanity. Honestly, this will sound weird, but I wonder if they are even human…?? They obviously don’t care about us, they don’t have conscience like the rest of us, so are they human like us..?? Maybe they are an evil transplant from another universe. And no, I am not religious, I don’t think in terms of evil, hell, and sin, but in this case I really wonder…

  43. Yvonne says:

    And btw, I am finding it extremely interesting that the global heat is causing the GMO corn and soy to dry out so there won’t be enough of it to put in our food and to feed to animals. It is like there is an invisible angel putting stop to the GMO madness!!! Good!!! At least somebody is on our side. Sure, food prices will go up, but we will be fed less poison! And the evil psychopaths will feel it in their wallet too, and ten fold! Now they will get their punishment.

  44. Lori says:

    Kevin – Please keep posting writings about this issue, and do all that you can possibly do to get Prop. #37 passed into law. I know you’re even more swamped with the responsibilities of fatherhood, but make this issue a top priority for the next 12 weeks. The outcome of this fight will directly affect your family.

    The only way we can win this fight against the biotech companies (they will spend up to 100 million dollars to defeat this initiative) is to inform the uninformed with the truth before they are disinformed with the incredible falsehoods of the biotech media blitzrkieg. Spread the word!

  45. Dr hank says:

    The old canard about organic food costing more does not include the whole picture. Avoiding toxic chemical fertilizers and herbicides helps to keep one from ingesting known carcinogens resulting in lower sickness bills.
    I’d rather pay a little more for real locally grown food than the doctor and pharmacist for poor health.
    The AMA doctor has almost no training in nutrition in medical schools that are funded by the pharmaceutical cartels.
    The FDA.It has been bought and paid for by Big-pharma, big agrabiz, and the big chemical cartels. Hooray for agent orange! and giant new weeds.

  46. Em says:

    You are so awesome. We have much the same sense of humour 🙂 I cracked up several times during this article.
    However, at the same time it is disturbing that this website actually exists….and hopefully people are able to see right through it as you or I or the others who read your articles would be able to!
    You Rock Kevin!! 🙂

  47. Tom CHHC says:

    One of your best articles, Kevin! Unfortunately people get so caught up in the discussion of whether GMO foods are bad for you or not, they forget that the issue here is simply our RIGHT TO KNOW. Of course it can be argued that people who don’t want GMO’s should always buy organic (as I do), but strangely this isn’t one of the arguments put forward by the biotech industry.

  48. Giancarlo says:

    I live in Australia, so I couldn’t vote for propposition 37.

    It would be great if this information could be sent to a lot more people so that people can become more aware.

    Is there nothing that any member of parliament can do to help your cause? Getting peoples support and making a stand for the truth?

  49. isabelle says:

    great post…it is the same in ALL media about every single subject….toss your TV and start reading between the lines and make up your own mind about what is right and wrong…..intuition tells a lot

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