The agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto, headquartered in Missouri, created and patented genetically modified seeds in the 1980s. They now own 90% of America’s soybean production. The goal is 100%. Farmers can no longer keep harvested seeds for next spring’s planting but must buy new seeds each year; those who try are prosecuted. I believe this dangerous monopoly will lead to famine because “whoever provides the world’s seeds controls the world’s food supply” (Vanity Fair).
How did we arrive here? The answer is simple. As goes the church, so goes the family. And as goes the family, so goes the nation. Western culture today is anti-family because it’s anti-God. What happens in the spiritual realm is replicated in the physical; the result is Monsanto. We have brought this company upon ourselves through our disobedience.
“The days are coming … that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. … They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12, NKJV)
The spiritual famine is most critical. The seed is the Word of God and the crop is converts (Matthew 13:18-23). We used to have great revivals in America, with thousands of people saved. We used to hear anointed preaching too. Those days are gone. Forget the Brownsville and Toronto Revivals of the 1990s. The last great revivals here happened around 1970. Not only are we seeing fewer converts today, the Word isn’t being planted in human hearts either.
This famine of converts has led to a famine of citizens. The world has 7+ billion people today. It would have even more without abortion and homosexuality. The citizen’s primary social duty, both men and women, used to be marrying and rearing a family. Now it’s entering the workforce. This anti-family attitude in Western culture has produced abortion, infanticide, homosexuality, incest, and polygamy, among other things. People don’t want the responsibility of marriage and children. They just want free sex. As a result, “mankind has consumed not only the crop but the seed for the next planting as well” (Zimmerman 274). Sociologist Carle Zimmerman (1897-1983) was referring to marriage and family, not soybeans.
In our modern Western society the forgotten person is the man or woman who honestly and sincerely wants to be a parent. … If there are children, renting a house is difficult, changing jobs is difficult, social activities are difficult. … To have children is to give ‘hostages to fortune’ and one is no longer a free bargaining agent. (Zimmerman 272)
The only solutions to this famine are prayer, repentance, and “making familism and childbearing the primary social duties of the citizen” (Zimmerman 286). Still, can this spiritual and cultural Monsanto be reversed in our lifetime? No. The King is coming.
 Carle C. Zimmerman, Family and Civilization, Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 1947, 2008.