Henry Kissinger’s Food Occupation Of Iraq Continues To Destroy The Fertile Crescent

Iraqi agriculture expert Dr. Nakd Altameemi joins Mnar Muhawesh on ‘Behind the Headline’ to discuss the devastating toll that war, sanctions and Western corporations have had on Iraq's centuries-old agricultural traditions.
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    The Iraq of today is associated with horrific violence, a refugee crisis and widespread poverty. The images we see flashed across the news show nothing but terror and misery.

    But it hasn’t always been this way.



    Modern-day Iraq lies in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization where mankind flourished as it developed seed cultivation and its first farming techniques — all nourished by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

    Generations of people have tilled the soil there since 8,000 BC, developing the seeds that grew into the many types of wheat seen around the world today.

    But centuries of cultivation turned to dust in 2003, when former President George W. Bush invaded the country, planting seeds of war that would be sown for years to come.

    Unfortunately, the United States took more than figurative seeds to Iraq.

    While about two million civilians were killed as a result of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the war is still ingrained in the U.S. psyche as a humanitarian effort to save the Iraqi people from a brutal dictator.

    But what it actually did was pave the way for foreign corporations to descend upon the country and turn a profit on the chaos.

     

    Invasion and Exploitation — Foreign Corporations File In

    Following the U.S.’ bombing of Iraq and its capture of Saddam Hussein, the Coalition Provisional Authority was established to serve as the country’s temporary government.

    The CPA was headed by Paul Bremer, the former managing director of Kissinger Associates, an influential consulting firm founded by Henry Kissinger, a former secretary of state and war criminal.

    It quickly became clear that toppling Saddam wasn’t the U.S.’ only goal. The powers taking control of the Iraqi government were also seeking control of the country’s agriculture industry.

    In 2004, Bremer put the “100 Orders” into effect. They were “binding instructions or directives to the Iraqi people that create penal consequences or have a direct bearing on the way Iraqis are regulated, including changes to Iraqi law.”

    In other words, Iraqis were told, “Follow our orders or die.”

    One order, in particular, had a crippling effect on Iraq’s centuries-long farming and seed cultivation traditions.

    Order 81 — the Patents, Industrial Design, Undisclosed Information, Integrated Circuits and Plant Variety Law — gave those who hold patents on certain plant varieties absolute rights over the use of their seeds in Iraq for 20 years.

    The order also facilitated the introduction and domination of imported, high-priced corporate-developed seeds, mainly from the U.S. These seeds do not reproduce or produce yields without prescribed chemical fertilizer and pesticide inputs.

    This created a major dilemma for Iraqi farmers, as Najma Sadeque wrote in 2012:

    “It meant that the majority of farmers who had never spent money on seed and inputs that came free from nature, would henceforth have to heavily invest in corporate inputs and equipment — or go into debt to obtain them, or accept lowered profits, or give up farming altogether.”

    Meanwhile, the country’s national seed bank — located, unfortunately, in the infamous city of Abu Ghraib — was destroyed during the 2003 U.S. invasion and subsequent looting, making it another casualty of the Iraq War.

     

    Farmers Forced to Pay Fees for Seeds for the first time

    Today, because of Order 81, Iraqi farmers who choose to plant patented seeds that come from multinational agribusiness monopolies have to sign agreements that force them to pay a “technology fee” and an annual licensing fee.

    If an Iraqi farmer saves seeds to replant in the future — as farmers around the world have done for centuries — they are subject to substantial fines from the seed supplier.

    Ultimately, Order 81 and the actions taken by companies like Monsanto and Cargill have ensured that while Iraqis may no longer be under the thumb of Saddam Hussein, they’re trapped in a modern colonial struggle against an occupying force that seeks to control their livelihoods, their food supply and their cultural traditions.

    Perhaps this should come as no surprise, considering Bremer’s ties to Kissinger. It was Kissinger who reportedly once said: “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”

    This type of control over agriculture and food production is a weapon of war and a tool of the oppressor. The U.S. has been using food aid and its role in global food production to advance its own interests since World War I.

    Under the postwar trade regime, especially during the Nixon administration, trade pacts like the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade emerged to advance a new global agribusiness export agenda.

    Within a decade, the global food cartel was controlled by the U.S.-NATO empire’s most elite families. They started buying up all of the world’s major sources of food and seeds. This is why just a few companies — including Monsanto and Cargill — dominate the world’s grain and cereal supplies.

    It’s also why these companies descended on Iraq once the Coalition Provisional Authority created an opening, destroying a once-flourishing agriculture industry. In the process, they destroyed the independence of Iraqi farmers and forced the Iraqi people to rely on foreign corporations for even basic sustenance.

    Here to talk more about the struggles of the Iraqi agriculture sector during and after the Iraq War and what the Iraqi government is doing to rebuild the industry, is Dr. Nakd Altameemi.

    Dr. Altameemi started his career at Iraq’s Ministry of Agriculture, eventually serving as director general of both Iraq’s State Board for Seed Testing and Certification and the Mesopotamia Seed Company. From 2008 to 2015, he joined the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as a consultant.

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        • tapatio

          JAMES WHERRY (whose comments appear below) IS A FANATICAL FAN OF HITLER, HE POSTS HITLER’S PHOTO SEVERAL TIMES PER DAY.
          THE CREDIBILITY OF JAMES WHERRY A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST (How can any human claim to follow Christ and promote the crimes of Zionism?) TROLL IN THE EMPLOY OF ISRAEL CAN BE JUDGED FROM WHAT HE IS…………………………

          JAMES WHERRY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE HIS NAME AND A PHOTO THAT COULD BE TRACED. TURNS OUT THAT HE IS……………..

          1 A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST. THESE, AH, PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT, ONCE ALL OF THE JEWS ARE GATHERED IN PALESTINE, SOMETHING CALLED “ARMAGEDDON” WILL HAPPEN AND ALL OF THE “CHRISTIAN” ZIONISTS WILL BE WHISKED UP TO HEAVEN WITH THEIR BODIES INTACT IN THE HOLY 0RGASM THEY CALL THE “RAPTURE”. NOBODY HAS EVER EXPLAINED TO THE OTHER 99% OF CHRISTIANITY HOW THESE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHACK-A-MOLES CAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS OR HIS DAD WOULD EVER SUPPORT SUCH FANTASIES OR THE CRIMES SUPPORTED BY PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

          2) A MAJOR IN THE US ARMY FROM “CIVIL AFFAIRS”. BABY-BOOMERS MIGHT RECALL THAT “CIVIL AFFAIRS” WAS PROMINENT IN THE “PHOENIX PROGRAM” IN VIETNAM……..THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO TOLD THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, “LOVE AMERICA OR WE’LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE.” WHERRY HAS ALSO BRAGGED ABOUT HELPING TO TRAIN THE STATE TERRORISTS OF UGANDA.

          3) A “GAY” PREDATOR THAT BOUGHT A BOY FROM THE PHILIPPINE SLUMS TO USE AS HIS SXX TOY. PRESUMABLY, THIS BOY HAS PAPERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS OF AGE. BUT, HE COULD PASS FOR A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KID AND YOU CAN HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR $100..
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    • James Wherry

      Funny, the article is about Iraq, but it invariably attracts the Jew haters to preach their bilge water.
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      • Manuel Sotil

        It is not only about Iraq, but also about Paul Bremer and Henry Kissinger, Monsanto and Cargill…

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    • hamza

      Jews are a Cancer

      • James Wherry

        I see the type of people this website attracts

        • hamza

          Real people who are fed up of kikes terrorising

          • James Wherry

            No: hate-filled religious bigots. You only convince me that there ne do to be an Israel because Muslims like you hate ALL JEWS.

            • hamza

              I can be hate filled but I am not the one butchering children and Women

              • James Wherry

                But I thought you were a Muslim….

        • tapatio

          Yep, Jimbo, the people on this site view you and the vampires you worship as filth. Deal with it, boy.

          • James Wherry

            Your “thumb’s up” to the Jew hating comment if this bigot once again show that you HATE ALL JEWS AND WANT THEM DEAD – JILL STEIN AND ALL THE REST.

            • tapatio
              • TeeJae

                Please, I implore you, I beg of you, stop feeding the troll. I know it’s difficult to resist, but for the sake of us all, please STOP.

                • James Wherry

                  All your neo-NAZ! friend is doing is trumpeting his hatred of JEWS and his homophobia.

                  But it seems I recall you telling “tapatio” that the two of you were “of the same mind. . . .”

              • James Wherry

                Wow: all of your fake Talmud quotes in one poster. http://faithweb.com/Talmud/.

                • Keen

                  Not fake, there are english translations of taImud, people know well what taimud is about.

                  • James Wherry

                    Yes, they are actually fake quotes. http://faithweb.com/Talmud. You’ll find them in StormFront and http://www.dailystirmer.cim and other nei-NAZ! Websites.

                    • Keen

                      Yet they’re not.

                    • zman

                      Now James, if these are nei-NAZI(sic) websites, wouldn’t they be Israeli sites?

                      • James Wherry

                        No: like you, “tapatio,” and Keen, they condemn Israel and Jews, so they are YOUR anti-Israeli websites.

          • zman

            Wherry is an idiot and purveyor of lies. I’ve seen him on various sites and his comments are always the same; hurray for Israel and hurray for the police state(in the US). You have him pegged right. His favorite tactic is to misrepresent others’ comments and turn black to white, up to down, etc. Just another Zionist hater who supports violence against everyone, except jews.

            • tapatio

              Very true.

            • James Wherry

              As opposed to the “blame America” crowd who excuses jihadist violence by claiming that “America and Israel support it?”

              Apparently you accuse others of what you do because you accuse me of supporting a police state and violence against “everyone except Jews.” I’m a military isolationist who thinks we should not be in Syria or Yemen: let Assad deal with the mess HE made and let the AQAP and the Houthi Shi’ites have at it with each other and spend eternity doing what THEY do to one another. I won’t support that violence – even though this website supports Assad and the Houthi’s.

    • ties

      Iraq was a beautiful place before Saudi and Bush and the CIA did 9/11

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        They did it for the ZioNazi cult and our corporate vampires.

      • tapatio

        You forgot the cancer that masterminded 9/11………..Zionism and the banks that control that disease.

        • ties

          Bush’s grandpa was the head of the Federal Reserve in the early 1900’s just after is was slid in on Christmas vacation….. Before that Samuel P Bush worked for David Rockefeller

          • tapatio

            I don’t know when the Bush family was adopted by the Rothschilds. They are just another part of the Jewish World Order now. George HW was also deeply involved in the opium trade out of the Vietnamese Highlands and they are involved in the Afghan trade now.

      • James Wherry

        Really? When did you visit it?

        I remember visiting one of the series of forts the Soviets built in the north of Iraq. Saddam used them for mass murder. In many of them, we found the shoes and clothes of little Iraqi children and their mothers.

        Not pretty. Not beautiful.

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    • James Wherry

      So now it’s “Henry Kissinger?” What did he have to do with this?

      And why would we want to intentionally destroy Iraq’s agriculture? The country is the lapdog of Iran, but we still work to stay on good terms with our only “success” story in the middle east – a secular democracy that we helped establish, after over-throwing a Soviet puppet, Saddam Hussein. The story is bigoted. The spin is obvious.

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      • TecumsehUnfaced

        Wow! What a nauseating sickie you are!

      • TeeJae

        Your questions can be answered by reading the article. Try it, you might learn something.

        • James Wherry

          Not really

      • Keen

        So we destroy entire countries because they’re lapdogs? Jews always have excuse to murder.

        Secular democracy? The country is in chaos, there’s nothing there. Great success!
        Hypocritical jew talking about secular democracy coming from jewish only nation with heavy media censorship.
        That soviet puppet … a lie that nobody else heard of.

        • James Wherry

          So you hate Jews. You sound like Adolph Hitler who said the same things.

          • Keen

            You justify destroying entire nations based on a whim and accuse me of sounding like Hitler.
            Can’t get any more hypocritical than that. Real jew!

    • Patricia P. Tursi

      I so agree with your article. I remember the cursed 100 orders of Paul Bremer and 81 was the worst. it’s the same here in the USA. Kissinger said, control the food and you control the people. That’s their goal…worldwide control. Monsanto is evil and genetic engineering doesn’t want any seeds except engineered seeds that they sell. Those who were gardeners and farmers understood what was happening. The seeds that people saved all over the world were seends that did well for the local soil, rainfall and climate. As to the USA’s intentions…Iraq was their foothold to destabilize the Middle East, Many US citizens hate the US warmongering but we are as helpless as the countries the US bombs and invades.

    • James Wherry

      Uh, no. Much of Iraq looks like the lunar surface of the moon. Coming up from Kuwait, it was a desert with little or nothing growing there. In southern Kirkuk province, you can drive for miles without seeing any green – and that’s not even out in al-Anbar province, in the desert.

      Parts of it are lush and fertile – Diyala remains the orange capital of the entire region. But those orchards are still in the hands of Iraqis. What was done to them was that Saddam gave the orchards to Sun’ni’s and some Shi’ites when he expelled the Kurds in the Anfal campaign of genocide. At that time, Iraq was a satellite country of the Soviet Union. Blame the Russians.

      Saddam Hussein also attacked the Shi’ites of the south. an-Nasiriyah is tropical and has agriculture, but Saddam had started to dam up all the rivers and streams to “drain the swamp” in the marshlands where the Shi’ites lived. America’s invasion put an end to that and the dams, dykes and levies were broken down and the water restored.

      You’re welcome.

      One thing we DID do – which shows the shear folly of extended military occupations – is that we put the ENTIRE government out of business in our VERY stupid “de-Ba’athification campaign. In Kirkuk there were 300 farms with extensive drip irrigation farms. When the government workers did not come out and service that equipment, it broke down and the farmers sold the metal for scrap. In the U.S., a farmer would service his OWN equipment, and this is the danger of a “command/control economy,” but it was also very much our failure to understand it.

      The invasion I happily supported. But beginning in late 2003, I began to ask, “WHY are we still there?!?” We captured Saddam and by January of 2005, the Iraqis had a constitution and an election. There was no reason to remain. Yes, there would have been a civil war – which there was, anyway – but we weren’t really stopping it. Truth be told, many of the Sun’ni’s and Shi’ites stopped targeting us (because we were “hard targets”) and started killing one another. Forgiveness is not in the hearts of Muslims: they want “Justice” and Justice means BLOOD.

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        Unbelievable! A monster of a chicken hawk crowing!

      • tapatio

        Ah, yes, “gay” predator, US Army PsyWar major and Zionist shill, JAMES WHERRY SUPPORTED THE MURDER OF MORE THAN ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION HUMANS TO DESTROY A POTENTIAL ALLY OF IRAN.

        No surprise there.

        • James Wherry

          NO, PEDOPHILE NEO-NAZ!:

          1. THISE DEATHS WERE CAUSED BY IEDs AND EFPs MADE BY IRAN AND SYRIA AND SMUGGLED INTO IRAQ TO MURDER US TROOPS. THEY ENDED UP MURDERING THEIR OWN PEOPLE, BUT THE FANATICS OF IRAN “EAT THEIR YOUNG.” – AND YOU SUPPORT THEM.

          2. IRAQ WAS IRAN’S ENEMY. YOU CONTINUE TO PRETEND IRAN HAD A LAWFUL RIGHT TO GO INTO IRAQ AND MURDER PEOPLE. IT DID NOT.

          • tapatio

            Awww, you poor, retarded drag-queen. A million and a half killed by IEDs and explosively formed penetrators? Are you really that F’ing STUPID???

            Five hundred thousand Iraqi children died from US sanctions alone – as your beloved Jewess-Sociopath Madelaine Albright BRAGGED on national television.

            When Iraq and Iran were fighting, IRAQ ATTACKED IRAN (and use US supplied chemical weapons against Iranian civilian targets). Possibly you missed those little facts. Look it up you sh!t-faced pig.

            • James Wherry

              The “1.5 million ” is a complete fiction and includes every Iraqi who died of any cause between 2003 and 2011 – and then some.

              Like the rest of what you post, it is poorly written fiction.

              • tapatio

                One point five million is the UN’s official number of deaths DIRECTLY RESULTING FROM THE US INVASION OF IRAQ. That number is also supported by NGOs.
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                • James Wherry

                  No, THISE numbers are not. Hence the reason you can’t cite the – you simply use that self-portrait if you over-flowing.

                  After May, 2004, we were married not the n Iraq at the sufferance of the SHI’ITE government of Iraq. We were invited to remain – as the Ruskies are in Syria, right? Blame the Shi’ites, if you want.

              • Keen

                Fiction like holocaust imaginary numbers. Half of those figures constitute of death by natural cause, accidents not related to war and emigration.

                So much for poorly written fiction.

                • James Wherry

                  3 million Polish Jews didn’t suddenly drop dead from natural causes in WWII, but yes: if you starve someone to death, it is “natural” they would die.

                  Very few people died during the invasion of Iraq. Most Iraqi Soldiers simply too off their uniforms, changed into their civilian clothes – and went home.

                  • Keen

                    Typical jewish response, counter one argument with bullshlt while ignore the rest.
                    Sure, 3 million were suddenly shot, delusional jew.
                    5 million jews alone went to Israel, a few went to US, hundreds of thousands to Soviet Russia, most of which are unaccountable for.
                    Death of natural cause, illness, road accidents all sums up to a significant number.
                    6 million, lol. There was only about 3 million jews under German control, including occupied territories, yet they magically killed 6 million.
                    But i wouldn’t expect a rational answer from people who are thought to lie and deceive from early ages.

            • zman

              Do you REALLY have to ask if JW is that stupid? I mean, it’s more than obvious. Teejae is right, we need to quit feeding the troll and just ignore his comments. He feeds off attention.

              • tapatio

                My question was entirely rhetorical.