In September 2022, President Biden released an Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology. Then, In March 2023, he released a document entitled Bold Goals for U.S. Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing, outlining specific areas of focus in this bioengineering manifesto.
The goals in these documents sound very nice. They’re all about using new technology to fight climate change, increase the food supply, cure diseases, and strengthen national security by increasing domestic manufacturing.
Is that really the goal?
However, I believe that these goals will be used to grab land from existing farmers and ranchers. Farmers and ranchers need to turn a profit to pay taxes on their land; as actions are taken to achieve these goals all but the largest will be driven out of business. This will occur via a combination of oppressive regulations in the name of climate change, and lawsuits regarding patent-protected crops.
This probably sounds a little crazy, but the crazy people have been getting a lot right lately. Let’s look at these documents and see what they actually contain. Then we’ll look at what this actually means for people involved in food production and some of the precedents that have already been set.
Here’s what’s in the executive order.
The EO promotes bioengineered solutions for everything. There will be a push to replace petroleum-based plastics with biomanufactured products. So, for example, developing more plant-based compostable bags, rather than those old plastic ones at the grocery store.
The EO also addresses retaining intellectual rights to everything developed and emphasizes domestic manufacturing. Supply chain problems have impacted everyone; these documents claim that switching to supposedly environmentally friendly bioengineered products will solve those problems. This document tries to make promoting biotechnology companies into a national security issue.
What are these Bold Goals?
The Bold Goals document addresses more specific actions and lays down goals through 2040. It actually has five sections: (1) Climate change solutions, (2) food and agriculture innovation, (3) supply chain resilience, (4) human health, and (5) cross-cutting advances. These are all areas in which the federal government believes bioengineering holds a great deal of promise. But I’ll focus on the food and agriculture innovation section because I think that one most relates to who owns farmland.
Goals within the agricultural section cover a variety of topics. Many of them make sense; they relate to reducing waste and improving breeding strategies. However, many of the other goals sound like power grabs that have been discussed before.
By 2030, the stated goal of this document is to reduce agriculture-related methane emissions by 30%, and greenhouse gas emissions by 50%. 2030 is only seven years away; this document has some interesting high-tech-sounding solutions, but realistically, the only way to reduce methane emissions so dramatically will be to shrink herd sizes. Considering that our beef cattle herd is down to its lowest level in over 60 years, I’d say we’re well on our way there.
Within 5 years, American farmers are supposed to reduce agriculture-related nitrogen emissions. The document does not give a specific amount, but does nitrogen reduction sound familiar? If you’re a regular reader, it should. That’s been the big excuse given for seizing Dutch farms.
So, what happens next?
Goals such as these don’t ban meat outright, but they make it more expensive. They also make it harder for farmers and ranchers to pay their own bills. As they are driven out of business, it becomes easier for people like Bill Gates to buy up that agricultural land.
Another goal addresses reducing food waste, which is indeed admirable, but all discussions revolve around high-tech engineering solutions. Why do they not address teaching home economics in middle and high schools, to encourage young people to plan their meals and use their food more wisely?
Public authorities seem to think that trying to teach the general population about taking better care of their health and resources is a waste of time. But they believe in the power of marketing when it comes to convincing people to eat all kinds of garbage.
Beef or bugs?
The first section of Goal 2.1 is to “make novel foods more palatable, affordable, easier to prepare, and more easily incorporated into manufactured foods.”
We’ve talked about eating bugs on this website before The Bold Goals document doesn’t address eating bugs directly, but it does refer repeatedly to “novel food sources” and “new protein sources.” I would bet a bison burger that these are just euphemisms for insects.
They also want to promote “alternative protein sources,” such as those that are plant-derived, the result of fermented processes, or cell-cultured. So, along with the push toward insects, they want to push people toward the consumption of highly-processed fake meat items, as well.
This is also something we’ve talked about on this website. Government and industry have been pushing fake meat for a while now, and people just don’t want it. But they’re not taking “no” for an answer; they intend to keep pushing it.
Marketing is everything.
Goal 2.2 wants to address “nutrient density” in foods. They want to do this with more genetic engineering (of course), expanding the “range of organisms that can be used for nutritional purposes” (probably more insect- and algae-eating), and research into traditional medicinal foods.
Traditional medicine’s great. Ethnobotany was one of my favorite college classes, and Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions is one of my favorite books. But a big drive behind both the EO and the Bold Goals document is scaling up production of everything between food and industrial products; traditional food production methods are something individuals can replicate, but they don’t lend themselves to large-scale production.
For example, look at manoomin, the wild rice grown in Michigan, where it is the most culturally significant food source to Native Americans living in the area. Groups like Native Harvest collect wild rice in canoes and process it in the traditional way. It’s delicious, nutritious, and $24/lb. I bought some once because I was curious, and it is wonderfully unique. But anything that expensive can’t be a regular part of my diet, and I would guess it’s not realistic for most other people, either.
Is the government trying to replace farmers with AI?
This makes me think that either the federal government is just tossing this language into the document as a nod toward “diversity,” rather than any real attempt to expand the availability of traditional, nutritious food.
There is also a drive to get AI into farming. In some ways, this isn’t surprising; large-scale farms have had a very difficult time finding employees that can monitor the various systems needed to keep animals in large confinement operations reasonably healthy. Aden just had an article about AI getting into everything; I think this proves his point.
To facilitate all these goals, the government plans various initiatives for public-private partnerships, as well as incentive programs for people working in the alternative proteins sector. These documents emphasize developing new technologies for food production and then scaling up. There is no discussion of looking at models that work well, and then broadly replicating them. There is no whisper of supporting existing environmentally friendly, biodiverse farms.
Bio-engineering results in patents.
You can probably see how the increase in regulations and financial incentives are lining up to drive meat producers out of business. But let’s also look at how patent protection could potentially be used to drive many other conventional farmers out of business, as well.
Both of these documents reveal a mechanistic view of life as we know it. A theme throughout these documents is the desire to pick plants apart and then re-engineer them to meet scientists’ exact goals. Goal 1.2 is to:
Expand upon biorefinery technologies to efficiently break down biomass into its components (e.g., lignin, hemicellulose, and cellulose); to convert lignin and hemicellulose into plastics, adhesives, and low-energy building materials; and to convert cellulose fiber into nanomaterials and cellulose derivatives for fibers, coatings, renewable packaging, and other products. [Source]
There is also the continued assumption that we can hack into cell mechanisms the exact same way people hack computer systems. The fourth paragraph of the EO states:
We need to develop genetic engineering technologies and techniques to be able to write circuitry for cells and predictably program biology in the same way in which we write software and program computers; unlocking the power of biological data, including through computing tools and artificial intelligence. . . [Source]
The people behind this see life as something that can be stripped down into its individual components and then rearranged in exactly the way they see fit. This stripping down of plants into their individual components, this precise engineering, makes them patentable products. And you can sue people for patent violations.
Patenting plant genetics has been on the rise since the 1980s. Monsanto has a history of suing farmers over patent violations, even when the use is unintentional. For example, a huge percentage of corn grown worldwide is Monsanto’s Roundup Ready. All corn is wind-pollinated, which means that even if you’re growing heirloom corn from seed you’ve saved yourself, if your neighbor grows Roundup Ready, that pollen will get into your heirloom corn plants. And Monsanto can sue you for it.
Monsanto is not alone.
Bill Gates, the largest owner of farmland in the U.S., has been notorious for suing competitors for patent violations. Considering that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has dumped many hundreds of millions of dollars into various biotechnology ventures over the years, it’s probably safe to assume they have business interests in these Bold Goals, too.
The EO and the Bold Goals document make it clear that intellectual property protection will be a high priority with these emerging technologies. We have no reason to assume that the developers of these new technologies will not continue to file lawsuits against independent farmers at least as aggressively as they have in the past.
Any business owner knows that constant threats of legal action make it harder to stay profitable. Behind these nice-sounding goals are the tools to get independent people off the land.
The government is going all Stalin on farmers.
It’s no accident that Stalin went after the kulaks, and Mao went after landowners. Totalitarian governments have always dramatically shaken up who uses what land. Farmers are obnoxiously independent; their wide variety of useful skills makes them hard to herd into the 15-minute cities we’re all supposed to be living in. This push toward bioengineering everything is designed to shake up agriculture, get independent people off the land, and turn control of agricultural processes over to technicians.
Farmer-punishing actions are being taken by governments all over the world. The Dutch farmers have been in the news for a while now. Canadian farmers also have a very stringent new set of emissions laws that will likely drive many of them out of business.
This “solution” doesn’t benefit the average person.
The agricultural sector does face real challenges, but there are low-tech solutions, many of which are practiced by the people that read this website. Do we need healthier food? Absolutely. But we know that highly processed food is a cause of, not a solution to, the health crisis.
Don’t be fooled by promises of high-tech solutions coming down the pipes. Solutions such as the ones outlined by the Bold Goals are designed to enrich a few favored industries. If you value your health and your independence, growing, preserving, and preparing your own food has never been more important. (Learn how to grow food with this course.)
Are there other ramifications to this that aren’t mentioned here? Do you think this is an agenda similar to the one that Dutch farmers are facing? How are you going to prepare yourself for this? What, if anything, do you think we can do about it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
About Marie Hawthorne
A lover of novels and cultivator of superb apple pie recipes, Marie spends her free time writing about the world around her.
We’re getting really close to the point that you can’t trust anything you don’t grow or raise yourself.
Super helpful and comprehensive article thank you! I read a book “The Holographic Universe” from the 80’s or 90’s that dealt with among other things remote viewing. The book details a scientific study where experienced meditators viewed the future. What was really interesting was they split into groups seeing 4 different futures – a substantial number of people seeing consistent visions thus forming each group. I can’t recall the 4th but the other 3 were people in futuristic highly controlled cities, people in rural areas completely separate from general society and entirely self sufficient and the third an apocalyptic post-disaster wasteland. It was assumed these were alternate possibilities depending on how society progressed but in light of current events I am really wondering if these could be co-existant?
big govt●big agriculture can/develop gene products that are useful and posess genes that are reproducible, later dried processed genes will make you sick
The southern border is wide open allowing an invasion of mostly military aged men carrying Third World diseases. They are a fifth colume and vectors of biological agents that will destroy this country if it is not stopped ASAP. It is a invasion that is as significant as a Red Dawn type, yet few are aware this event.
The country has been derailed. UN troops were at the border and helping to resettle the illegals elsewhere. The Texas guard were going along with all this, complying with orders. We are now under UN agenda 2030 control, the takeover was easy as no one resisted. There is no political solution. Open borders elsewhere same thing, no one did anything as Muslims poured into the E.U. thru Italy,Spain, etc. No borders is part of UN control incl ruining economies of countries by mass migrations and financial collapse.https://www.theepochtimes.com/weaponized-migrants-the-transnational-border-crisis_5263663.html?utm_source=Morningbrief&src_src=Morningbrief&utm_campaign=mb-2023-05-15&src_cmp=mb-2023-05-15&utm_medium=email&est=UdyqL5vOEWTVT4lFMtH4OjcChV1OpI3jY5we077YJruIoLHb8HyLg1vLQhmfL6hdhzx9bw%3D%3D
About 10 years ago my husband and I changed to a vegetarian diet for health reasons. Naturally this means reading what is really in that package. Some of what is being put in packaged foods is shocking. Cricket powder and ground beetles, not to mention pestisides and detergents.
I now cook as much as I can from scratch and grow what I can. It’s not easy at 72 with health issues, but now I can eat knowing what I am eating.
Deborah, I read labels assiduously because there is so much unhealthy contents. Where did you see cricket powder and ground beetles – just as an example, please? Are the manufacturers using coded terms for them here in the USA? I dislike the bioengineered boilerplate allowed now and seeing it even on a relatively simple yogurt product container freaks me out.
I read Theme 3 Goal 3.3 on page 5 of the Bold Goals and my translation is they want us to literally eat shit.
sounds very much like Joseph Stalin’s 5 Year Plans
My tiny family is already growing and processing our own meat supply. Something I’m also passionate about is getting the younger generations directly involved in raising agriculture. Right now I’m sitting at a youth livestock show and the handful of kids in our group are getting more and more excited about raising various species and learning and growing every year. That’s the hope of the future.
I had a conversation with my 13 yr old daughter today that had families around us silently nodding their heads in approval around us. My daughter never had a farm animal around until 3 years ago. The first year, I did everything myself as I started our micro farm. This year she has raised a market lamb, market goat, flock of market turkeys, some chickens of her own, and is halter breaking a calf for pay. Her turkey took grand champion yesterday. Todays conversation ran around her desire to try raising her own market steer for the biggest local youth ag show next year. We discussed the costs and pen arrangements to take on the biggest and most expensive livestock project, and she dug in and agreed to start working the business end of our farm to help generate more money to pay for her projects. The skills these kids are learning and the education they are getting in growing a healthy meat supply is invaluable. Definitely worth the sacrifices and investment.
Good Article Marie, however disturbing it might be. Sounds like a WEF agenda is in the works.
I believe that if more young people got involved in things like Dragonmaker talked about with his daughter, our future would look brighter. When I was growing up we had groups like 4H and I went to a Trade/Technical High School that half the day you went to your regular classes like Math and English and the other half of the day you went to your “shop”. This school had trades ranging from Auto mechanics and Tool and dye to Business/Accounting and Commercial Art. Most kids graduated and went right into the field of work they studied in HS like plumbing, electrical, medical assistant, computer programming, etc. It was a good school. I don’t know if they have that kind of thing anymore in this country, that was the 80s.
I think if we started our kids out young learning the importance of a sustainable lifestyle in school, or taught them a trade then they would have more choices in life of what to do like go to college, join the military, or continue in a trade or farming.
I do know of one very good program for Veterans that is called, Veterans to Farmers. It offers hands-on sustainable farming courses for vets. Their Mission Statement reads; ” The Mission of Veterans to Farmers is to train veterans in agricultural systems, technologies, and business operations for a fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle”. The courses are held in Colorado and everything is paid for including transportation to and from and food and lodging while there, I believe. If I remember correctly the courses last about 6 months. All Hands-on Learning. Great program if you have the time. The website is; https://www.veteranstofarmers.org/ check it out if you get a chance. Spread the word, can’t beat this free training!
I do believe in Climate Change. The Climate is always changing and has continuously ever since this ball of mud was created or formed (not to promote any religious beliefs). It changed many times before Humanity arose to prominence, and it will continue to change long after we’ve killed each other off. As for Manmade Climate Change, I believe it’s the Heigth of Hubris to think we have that much control, especially considering we can’t even predict the weather within any reasonable degree of regularity.
The simple and blunt fact is that Wind and Solar are incapable of producing our industrial needs, let alone our residential needs. You could cover ever inch of North America with wind and solar, and still not have enough Electricity generated to run the US. It’s a Fool’s Folly to believe it could or ever will. One volcanic eruption can release more SO2, CO, CO2, and other so called “Greenhouse Gases” in its first hour of eruption, than all of those gases mankind has produced over centuries.
Genetic Modification of the Food Supply isn’t New. It’s been going on since humanity largely abandoned our Hunter- Gatherer roots. Our forefathers/mothers chose the most productive, most disease resistant, and most drought tolerant seeds from their harvest, and propagated those plants and animals. The difference though is they did their genetic modifications through Natural Selection, not artificially through a test tube. As we’ve seen through previous attempts to thwart the Natural Selection, Test Tube modifications frequently end up less nutritious, but more importantly, they are susceptible to diseases that threaten to exterminate the developed species totally. Bananas are an excellent example, as every banana we consume is only one varient, “the MacKintosh.” The other species of Banana that were used to develop the Mackintosh, are now mostly wiped out. If they exist still, it’s in rare, isolated groves.The Mackintosh though, is now under threat from multiple pathogens, and as this threat continues and spreads, the chances that the Mac Variety will be wiped out, are very high.
As we saw with the CoVid Vaxxine, using mRNA technology, isn’t without its risks, as noted through the proliferation of unintended side effects, some potentially Lethal.
We won’t know for decades what the full repercussions will be.
I’m not in favor of forcing mutations. Let these various species mutate naturally.
YOU FOOLS, BIDEN DIDN’T RELEASE CRAP, HE JUST SIGNS THE PAPERS AND HEADS BACK INTO THE PLAY ROOM OF HIS MIND OR DELAWARE WHICH EVER IS CLOSET. 85% OF THE TIME HE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW WHERE HE IS UNLESS SOMEONE TELLS HIM.
Why teach kids about Home Economics and nutrition when the government will be feeding you?
Senile 🤡Biden gets his EO’s from regular visits from George Soros Jr.! Now you know the rest of the story! Destroy our country daily & one day at a time! Death by a thousand cuts!
The Libtards are still altered & besides themselves over Trump & CNN discussion (which saw big jump in its ratings) which tells you cannot have a meaningful reasonable discussion & conversation!.
Only a separation of states will salvage some of the country. Period!!
So Flush CA, NY & a few others down the toilet & bring back ‘One Nation Under GOD & people who abide by 🇺🇸 Constitution’!
Don’t want that, then move to the two 💩 🕳️ listed above, while reasonably minded people are leaving them in droves. We Did!
SEPTEMBER 12, 2022 EXECUTIVE ORDER ON ADVANCING BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOMANUFACTURING INNOVATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE, SAFE, AND SECURE AMERICAN BIOECONOMY
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of my Administration to coordinate a whole-of-government approach to advance biotechnology and biomanufacturing towards innovative solutions in health, climate change, energy, food security, agriculture, supply chain resilience, and national and economic security.
Why do I have difficulty believing actions like this have any other goal than to make the globalist elites ever more powerful and reduce the rest of us to sterile, childless paupers? Fortunately the PTB is so obviously overstepping their bounds that even the normies are starting to catch on – witness the Bud Light trannie fiasco, wiping out the biggest brewer in the USA as we speak.