By Luis E. Sabini Fernández
With the same irresponsible nature with which they have placed Argentina at the forefront of the production of transgenic soybeans in the world, a brochure entitled All about soybeans has appeared, which on its cover advertises "soy milk", "soy cheese (tofu) "," bean sprouts ".
With the same irresponsible character with which they have placed Argentina at the forefront of transgenic soy production in the world (in proportion, much more transgenic soy is produced here than in the United States itself or on its side, Canada) , an "all-terrain" brochure titled All About Soy has appeared, which advertises "soy milk", "tofu", "bean sprouts" on its cover.
It should be said, already on its lid, without opening it, that the advertised "soy milk" does not exist; According to dietitians and pediatricians ("National Food and Nutrition Plan", convened by Hilda de Duhalde, July 2002), the juice that is extracted by squeezing the cooked beans, whitish, should not be confused with milk since it does not have any of its attributes. And that for that very reason, they recommend restricting its ingestion in infants and strictly discourage it in babies. And on the other hand, that the tofu is fermented soybeans, the only admissible one and that finally the bean sprouts, so called for surely advertising reasons (such as milk juice) is actually mung sprout, which is another bean, as to say bean or bean.
But more interesting than noticing its inaccuracies, imperfections or falsehoods (which abound, such as qualifying soy as cereal, claiming that humans can obtain all their protein from soybeans, or pretending that the soy campaign is not to create food apartheid but only to "limit the excessive consumption" of meat, a food that impoverished Argentines savor less and less) is to notice the identity of the brochure. Rather, in its lack of identity. The brochure in question has no author, does not reveal publisher, or even place of printing. Nobody takes care of anything.
It is a battle material. Placed on the market as a fighting weapon to persuade the public. As a weapon of struggle, it is technically somewhat irregular, like those parapolice or paramilitary commandos who hide or try to hide their true origin, even if everyone is aware of it (except the addicted press and complicit politicians). The brochure hides its origin. Aware of the nutritional and food rubbish that they advertise, they choose anonymity.
As we are in a society without a state (except for the police state and the protocol state, which do exist), there are no instances of control that prevent the dissemination of a publication that throws away soy and hides its hand. And it spreads quietly through kiosks, trains and buses. Asked some newsstand, he has told us that "they take it out of his hand." Logical, since the soy offensive, led by Rotarians, boy scouts, Charitas, Menem press, or rural supplements of the soy complex, has been strong and made in such a way as to make people react like Pavlov's dog.
At the service of transnational corporations and the US Ministry of Agriculture they open their speech (p. 3) holding a barrabasada that in its pure present has the appearance of true: "There are many countries that do not produce enough food, in quantity and quality, to satisfy the basic needs of its population. " This is false, although today it can be verified as true. Because the countries or peoples that throughout the history of humanity have not produced or do not produce enough simply cease to be peoples, they would cease to exist.
The fact that imperialist dependency has altered that clear equation between food capacity and survival does not diminish its importance as the foundation of a society.
Villages have always produced (or gathered or caught) what they eat.
In a word, food sovereignty, nowadays so questioned by supranational emporiums, is a guarantee of independence and dignity of the peoples. It is imperial policy, which encourages dependence under the banner of modernization, that fights it.
Glossing the brochure, you understand one perfectly because no one takes responsibility for it. In this way they have dared to stamp a series of affirmations that have no other reason for being than to implant soy in the country, whatever the cost, whoever falls.
In the P. 10 present a picture of fatty acids in soybeans and other oils, where the presence of numbers gives it a patina of scientist, objective, of speaking "seriously". Valid from that envelope, it holds the anonymous leaflet very loose in the language (or keyboard): "Due to its low production cost and its rapid preparation, it is used especially in commercial cooking (commercial fried foods such as French fries)." We note that it does not support its goodness to make fried foods at any time.
It hardly corroborates a fact (which has been promoted precisely by the soybean and transgenic trust, protected by the fait accompli policy; soybean oil, the cheapest, is now used a lot to make French fries ...)
The table, however, gives us some clues, which are omitted in the text: by far, the two vegetable oils with the highest amount of saturated fat are coconut and soybean. Those fats are precisely the "bad" ones, the ones that produce toxins during heating (in frying, precisely). If we continue reading the table, we notice that the two oils, on the other hand, which are more suitable for frying (because they have the highest proportion of unsaturated fats of the mono- type), are olive and peanut. The first is the most expensive, the second has been withdrawn from the local market about fifteen years ago because it had fallen into disrepute (it did not agree with the porteño tilinguería, Jauretche would have said).
The brochure conceals that the quality of soybean oil does not go beyond regular, because unlike olive oil, sunflower oil or several others, it has oleic acid (which is also present in flax oil). In the latter, in such a large proportion that it makes it totally inedible, strictly speaking, toxic. In the soybean it is presented in a much lower proportion and although it does not make it directly toxic, it makes it frankly less digestible.
The brochure then not only encourages us to eat cheaply. It is hidden from us that it is about us eating worse.
In the P. 11 with all impudence a subchapter opens with the text "Soy milk". We already explained when commenting on the cover the manifest falsehood of such a name. It is undoubtedly designed to induce people. Not to know the reality but to consume soy.
The same thing happens on p. 13, in the chapter: "Bean sprouts". We have already said that through a careful PR operation they have seized the shoots of another legume, the mung bean.
With its cover printed in full color, the illustrated brochure tells us "All about soybeans" but Nothing about itself.
* By Luis E. Sabini Fernández
Journalist, Futuros editor, coordinator of the Ecology and Human Rights seminar of the Human Rights Chair of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UBA.