In a clever twist of reverse-psychology, Dr. Oz, famed as Oprah Winfrey’s ‘heath guru’ for years and now with his own popular television show that has been running since 2011, the celebrity is telling the mainstream that ‘we’ shouldn’t need non-GMO foods, as they are ‘elitist’ and that organic foods are ‘undemocratic.’
These are Dr. Oz’s comments last December in a Time magazine editorial, which seem to be an obvious ploy by Monsanto public relations executives to promote GMO in the face of the recent backlash (like the 2 Million March Against Monsanto that happened around the world in May). Dr. Oz touts the benefits of eating an organic diet, but has also called people who buy organic goods, ‘food snobs’ or ‘snooty’ – what’s going on here?
Dr. Oz stood up for himself after his interview with Time and a huge backlash of people questioned his alliances, stating:
“It’s the former that is true [people should eat organic foods], not the latter [they should not]. There is no question that if you can afford organic food, it is better for you. It is certainly much better for the environment. I call [what I talked about in the article] the “99% Diet,” because I’m actually in the 1%. I’m blessed with the ability to buy [organic] foods. My wife’s vegetarian, and we eat meticulously at home.”
So, according to Dr. Oz, only the rich, the elite should be able to eat healthy, non-toxic, non-cancer-causing foods? I’m sure with the extra bankroll he is getting from GMO companies like Monsanto for this obvious role reversal, he can afford to stock organic fruits and vegetables for the Armageddon that these companies will cause should their practices continue. With over 130 million acres already planted and seeds escaping into other, non-sanctioned acreage, including wild acreage, Dr. Oz must be crossing his fingers and holding his breath that he can even get his ‘elitist’ hands on organic vegetarian food once the GMO companies have their way.
Maybe Dr. Oz, really is just a big projection behind a screen, since his recent comments resemble a propaganda poster issued during WWII by the German government depicting a factory worker with a big duck’s bill, with a slogan at the bottom stating, “Workers who can’t keep secrets are hurting the Third Reich’s War Efforts.” If we all keep our mouth’s shout, we can help Monsanto win the world. I’m sure eating poison food is just what the 99% really should relegate themselves too.
Funny how poor farmers in other parts of the world use organic farming to grow rice, vegetables, and fruits, and they aren’t called elitist, or snobby. Be careful who you believe, the propaganda messages from Monsanto and other GMO companies is getting louder.
There is proof that organic farming can replace Big Ag. The Rodale Institute’s test plots for organic farming in Pennsylvania have been demonstrating this point for years, and so have other farms around the world. Even better, we should start instituting small-scale organic gardens to feed ourselves – the Russians are doing it.
Dr. Oz may be getting a fat payout for selling his soul to Monsanto, but we aren’t buying his potatoes.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.