The Rockefeller Plan
excerpted from the book
Seeds of Destruction
The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation
by F. William Engdahl
Global Research, 2007
At the beginning of the crisis-torn 1970's, certain influential
persons within the American establishment had clearly decided
a drastic shift in direction of US global policy was in order.
The most influential persons were David
and Nelson Rockefeller, and the group of influential political
and business figures around the Rockefeller family. The family's
power center was the exclusive organization created in the aftermath
of World War I, the New York Council on Foreign Relations.
In the 1960's the Rockefellers were at
the power center of the US establishment. The family and its various
foundations dominated think-tanks, academia, government and private
business in the 1960's in a manner no other single family in United
States history had managed to then. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
had been their hand-picked protégé, recruited from
Harvard in the late 1950's to work for a new Rockefeller Foundation
One response by the US establishment inner-circles
to the late-1960's crisis in the American hegemony, was a decision
to create a new division of the global economic spoils, for the
first time inviting Japan into the "rich-mens' club"
In 1973, following a meeting of some 300
influential, handpicked friends of the Rockefeller brothers from
Europe, North America and Japan, David Rockefeller expanded the
influence of his establishment friends and founded a powerful
new global policy circle, the Trilateral Commission. The 'triangle'
included North America, Europe and now, Japan.
Among the 1973 founding members of David
Rockefeller's Trilateral Commission were Zbigniew Brzezinski,
and a Georgia Governor and peanut farmer, James Earl "Jimmy"
Carter, along with George H.W. Bush, Paul Volcker, later named
by President Jimmy Carter as Federal Reserve chairman, and Alan
Greenspan, then a Wall Street investment banker.
... Brzezinski had just written a book
where he proposed the idea of consolidation of American corporate
and banking influence worldwide via a series of regular closed-door
policy meetings between the select business elites of Europe,
North America and Japan.
His personal views were not exactly the
stuff of traditional American democracy and liberty. In this little-known
book, Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era,
published in 1970, Brzezinski referred to the significant policy
voices in the United States as, "the ruling elite' stating
bluntly that, "Society would be dominated by an elite ...
[which] would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using
the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and
keeping society under close surveillance and control ."
Brzezinski was chosen by David Rockefeller
to be the first Executive Director for Rockefeller's Trilateral
The Trilateral Commission, a private elite
organization, laid the basis of a new global strategy for a network
of interlinked international elites, many of them business partners
of the Rockefellers, whose combined financial, economic and political
weight was unparalleled. Its ambition was to create what Trilateral
member George H.W. Bush later called a "new world order,"
constructed on the designs of Rockefeller and kindred wealthy
interests. The Trilateral group laid the foundation of what by
the 1990's came to be called "globalization."
One of the first policy papers issued
by David Rockefeller's Trilateral Commission group was drafted
by Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington, the person who was to
draft a controversial "Clash of Civilizations" thesis
in the mid-1990's, which laid the basis for the later Bush Administration
War on Terror.
The 1975 Huntington report was titled:
"The Crisis of Democracy."
For Huntington and David Rockefeller's
establishment associates at the Trilateral Commission, the "crisis'
however, was the fact that hundreds of thousands of ordinary American
citizens had begun to protest their government's policies. America,
or at least its power elite, was threatened, Huntington declared
by an "excess of democracy." The unruly "natives"
were clearly getting too "restless" for the elite circles
of the establishment around Huntington and David Rockefeller.
Huntington went on to warn, "The
effective operation of a democratic political system usually requires
some measure of apathy and non-involvement on the part of some
individuals and groups... secrecy and deception ... are ... inescapable
attributes of... government."
The unreliable nature of democratic governments,
subject to the pressures of an unpredictable popular mood, demonstrated
for these circles around Huntington and David Rockefeller's Trilateral
Commission the wisdom of privatizing public enterprise and deregulating
industry. The movement to deregulate and privatize government
services actually began under President Jimmy Carter, a hand-picked
David Rockefeller candidate, and a Trilateral Commission founding
Domination of global agriculture trade was to be one of the central
pillars of post-war Washington policy, along with domination of
world oil markets and non-communist world defense sales. Henry
Kissinger reportedly declared to journalist at the time, "If
you control oil, you control nations. If you control food, you
By the early 1970's, Washington, or more
accurately, very powerful private circles, including the Rockefeller
family, were about to try to control both, in a process whose
daunting scope was perhaps its best deception.
95 percent of all grain reserves in the world [in 1974] were under
the control of six multinational agribusiness corporations--Cargill
Grain Company, Continental Grain Company, Cook Industries Inc.,
Dreyfus, Bunge Company and Archer-Daniel Midland. All of them
were American-based companies.
[Cargill's Vice-President for Public Affairs William ]Pearce was
on the President's [Nixon] Committee for Economic Development
, where he developed domestic US agriculture policy. There
his target was to remove US farming's "excess human resources"
(sic), to drive hundreds of thousands of family farmers into bankruptcy
to make room for vast agribusiness farming.
Pearce's strategy, adopted by the Nixon
Administration ... Europe, Japan and other industrialized countries
should give up their domestic agriculture self-sufficiency support,
and open the way for the United States to become the world granary,
the most "rational" use of world resources. Anything
else was patently "inefficient."
Washington would use the classic British
"free trade" argument, in play since the 1846 Repeal
of the Corn Laws, where the dominant economic and trade power
benefits from forcing removal of trade protection of weaker competitors.
Cargill's strategy was to shape US trade
policy for the following three decades, and play a decisive role
in the ability of a handful of giant American agri-chemical corporations
to take over the world market in seeds and pesticides with their
In order to become the world's most efficient
agriculture producer ... traditional American family-based farming
must give way to a major revolution in production. The family
farm was to become the "factory farm" and agriculture
was to become "agribusiness."
... US agriculture would have to be converted
into an efficient export industry, phasing out domestic farm programs
designed to protect farm income and move to a "free market"
oriented agriculture. This approach was widely supported by corporate
agribusiness, big New York banks and investment firms who saw
the emerging agribusiness as a potential group of new "hot"
stocks for Wall Street. It became the cornerstone of the Nixon
Administration's farm policy.
Agribusiness and international trading
giants like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), would set
the priorities of US agriculture policy. The idea of US food self-sufficiency
was replaced by a simple motto: what's good for Cargill and the
grain export trading companies was "good for American agriculture
... Third World countries should give
up trying to be food self-sufficient in wheat, rice, and other
grains or beef, and focus instead on small fruits, sugar or vegetables.
They should import the more efficient US grains and other commodities,
naturally shipped by Cargill at prices controlled by Cargill,
paying for it by export of the fruit and vegetables. In the bargain
they would also lose food self-sufficiency. This was to open a
vastly more strategic lever over developing countries over the
next three decades, control of their food.
Highly mechanized farms on large acreages
can produce units of food cheaper than even the poorest paid farmers
of the Third World. When this cheap food is sold, or given, to
the Third World, the local farm economy is destroyed. If the poor
and unemployed of the Third World were given access to land, access
to industrial tools, and protection from cheap imports, they could
plant high-protein/high calorie crops and become self-sufficient
in food. Reclaiming their land and utilizing the unemployed would
cost these societies almost nothing, feed them well, and save
far more money than they now pay for the so-called "cheap"
Highly mechanized farms on large acreages
can produce units of food cheaper than even the poorest paid farmers
of the Third World. When this cheap food is sold, or given, to
the Third World, the local farm economy is destroyed.
If the poor and unemployed of the Third
World were given access to land, access to industrial tools, and
protection from cheap imports, they could plant high-protein/high
calorie crops and become self-sufficient in food. Reclaiming their
land and utilizing the unemployed would cost these societies almost
nothing, feed them well, and save far more money than they now
pay for the so-called "cheap" imported foods.
The Nixon Administration began the process of destroying the domestic
food production of developing countries as the opening shot in
an undeclared war to create a vast new global market in "efficient"
American food exports. Nixon also used the post-war trade regime
known as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to
advance this new global agribusiness export agenda.
[NSSM [National Security Study Memorandum] 200 drafted by Henry
Kissinger, was based on a classified memo sent by Kissinger to
select cabinet officials of the Nixon Administration in 1974,
titled Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for US Security
and Overseas Interests]
[Henry] Kissinger knew that if it were
be revealed that the US Government was actively promoting population
reduction in raw materials-rich developing countries, Washington
would be accused of imperialist ambitions, genocide and worse.
... While arguing for reducing global
population growth by 500 million people by the year 2000, Kissinger
noted elsewhere in his report that the population problem was
already causing 10 million deaths yearly. In short he advocated
doubling the death rate to at least 20 million, in the name of
addressing the problem of deaths due to lack of sufficient food.
The public would be led to believe that the new policy, at least
what would be made public, was a positive one. In the strict definition
of the UN Convention of 1948, it was genocide.
Kissinger went on to suggest the kinds
of coercive measures the US policy elite now envisioned. He bluntly
stated that food aid should be considered, "an instrument
of national power." Then, in a stark comment, he suggested
the US would ration its food aid to "help people who can't
or won't control their population growth." Sterilize or starve
... It was little wonder the document was classified "Top
NSSM 200 was remarkable in many respects.
It made depopulation in foreign developing countries an explicit,
if secret, strategic national security priority of the United
States Government for the first time. It outlined what was to
become a strategy to promote fertility control under the rubric
"family planning' and it linked the population growth issue
to the availability of strategic minerals. However, one of the
most significant aspects of NSSM 200 was that it reflected an
emerging consensus with some of America's wealthiest families,
its most influential establishment.
Kissinger was, in effect, a hired hand
within the Government, but not hired by a mere President of the
United States. He was hired to act and negotiate on behalf of
the most powerful family within the postwar US establishment at
the time--the Rockefellers.
... The secret Kissinger plan was implemented
immediately. The thirteen priority countries for population reduction
were to undergo drastic changes in their affairs over the following
thirty years. Most would not even be aware of what was happening.
Brazil was one of the most clearly documented
examples of NSSM 200. Beginning in the late 1980's, almost 14
years into the implementation of NSSM 200, the Brazilian Ministry
of Health began to investigate reports of massive sterilization
of Brazilian women.
... The Brazilian government was shocked
to find that an estimated 44% of all Brazilian women aged between
14 and 55 had been permanently sterilized. Most of the older women
had been sterilized when the program started in the mid- 1970's.
The Government found that the sterilizations had been carried
out by a variety of different organizations and agencies, some
Brazilian. They included the International Planned Parenthood
Federation, the US Pathfinder Fund, the Association for Voluntary
Surgical Contraception, Family Health International-all programs
under the aegis and guidance of the US Agency for International
By 1989, the Brazilian government, which
initially had been convinced to cooperate in the interest of economic
growth and poverty alleviation, protested to USAID that the sterilization
programs had become "overwhelming and unnecessary."
According to some reports, under the program, as many as 90% of
all Brazilian women of African descent had been sterilized.
John D. Rockefeller III made Puerto Rico into a huge laboratory
to test his ideas on mass population control beginning in the
1950's. By 1965, an estimated 35% of Puerto Rico's women of child-bearing
age had been permanently sterilized, according to a study made
that year by the island's Public Health Department. The Rockefeller's
Population Council, and the US Government Department of Health
Education and Welfare--where brother Nelson was Undersecretary--packaged
the sterilization campaign. They used the spurious argument that
it would protect women's health and stabilize incomes if there
were fewer mouths to feed.
Poor Puerto Rican women were encouraged
to give birth in sanitary new US-built hospitals where doctors
were under orders to sterilize mothers who had given birth to
two children by tying their tubes, usually without the mothers'
consent. By 1965, Puerto Rico was a world leader in at least one
category. It had the highest percentage of sterilized women in
For most Americans and for most of the world, the idea that the
leading policy circles of the United States Government, acting
on the behest of some of its wealthiest families and most influential
universities, would deliberately promote the mass covert sterilization
of entire population groups was too far-fetched to accept.
Few realized that individuals with names
such as Rockefeller, Harriman, banker J.P. Morgan Jr., Mary Duke
Biddle of the tobacco family, Cleveland Dodge, John Harvey Kellogg
from the breakfast cereal fortune, Clarence Gamble of Proctor
& Gamble, were quietly funding eugenics as members of the
American Eugenics Society. They had also been financing experiments
in forced sterilization of "inferior people" and various
forms of population control as early as World War I. Their counterparts
in the English Eugenics Society at the time included the British
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Winston Churchill, economist John
Maynard Keynes, Arthur Lord Balfour and Julian Huxley.
Population and related food policies of the US Government of the
early 1970's emanated from the halls of the Rockefeller Foundation,
from their Population Council and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund,
and from a handful of similarly well-endowed private foundations,
such as the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation. The true
history of those organizations was carefully buried behind a facade
of philanthropy. In reality, these tax-exempt foundations served
as vehicles for the advancement and domination of powerful elite
families at the expense of the welfare of most American citizens
and of most of mankind.
In 1913, the founder of the Standard Oil Trust, John D. Rockefeller
Sr., was advised to hide his wealth behind a tax-exempt foundation.
That year Congress had passed the first federal income tax, and
the Rockefeller family and other wealthy Americans such as steel
magnate, Andrew Carnegie, were enraged at what they deemed illegal
theft of justly-earned gains.
... From its inception, the Rockefeller
Foundation was focused on culling the herd, or systematically
reducing populations of "inferior" breeds. One of the
first Rockefeller Foundation grants was to the Social Science
Research Council for study of birth control techniques in 1923.
... One of the first philanthropic projects
undertaken by the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1920's was to
fund the American Eugenics Society.
... By the 1920's, Rockefeller, Carnegie
and other vastly wealthy Americans embraced a Malthusian notion
of what came to be called, "social Darwinism' which justified
their accumulation of vast fortunes with the argument that it
was a kind of divine proof of their superior species' survival
traits over less fortunate mortals.
A related major Rockefeller Foundation
project in the 1920's was the financing of Margaret Sanger's Planned
Parenthood Federation of America, initially known as the American
Birth Control League, a racist association promoting eugenics
in the form of population control and forced sterilization, under
the guise of rational "family planning. " She wrote:
"Birth control is thus the entering wedge for the Eugenic
educator ... the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit'
and the 'fit' is admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization.
Sanger, portrayed as a selfless woman
of charity, was in reality a committed eugenicist, an outright
race supremacist, who remained a Rockefeller family intimate until
her death. She railed against "inferior classes" and
was obsessed with "how to limit and discourage the over-fertility
of the mentally and physically defective.
... In her 1922 book, The Pivot of Civilization,
in which among other proposals she advocates the idea of parenthood
licenses --no one being permitted to have a child unless they
first obtain a government-approved parenthood permit, Sanger wrote,
"Birth control ... is really the greatest and most truly
eugenic program and its adoption as part of the program of Eugenics
would immediately give a concrete and realistic power to that
science ... as the most constructive and necessary of the means
to racial health." Margaret Sanger was appreciated in international
circles for her population control zeal. In 1933, the head of
the Nazi Physicians' Association, Reichsärzteführer,
Dr. Gerhard Wagner, praised Sanger for her stringent racial policies
asking fellow Germans to follow her model.
In 1904 Andrew Carnegie's Carnegie Institute had founded the major
laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor, the Eugenics Record Office on
wealthy Long Island, outside New York City, where millions of
index cards on the bloodlines of ordinary Americans were gathered,
to plan the possible removal of entire bloodlines deemed inferior.
The land for the institute was donated by railroad magnate, E.
H. Harriman, a firm supporter of eugenics. This was eugenics,
American elite style. Naturally, if the ideal was tall, blond,
blue-eyed Nordic types, that meant dark-skinned Asians, Indians,
Blacks, Hispanics and others, including the sick and retarded,
were deemed inferior to the eugenics goal of "best of breed."
The aim of the index card project was
to map the inferior bloodlines and subject them to lifelong segregation
and sterilization to "kill their bloodlines." The sponsors
were out to eliminate those they deemed "unfit".
One of the largest and most significant financial contributors
for various eugenics projects soon became the Rockefeller Foundation.
It poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into various eugenics
and population projects, from the American Eugenics Society to
Cold Spring Harbor, to the American Breeder's Association.
By 1927, in Buck vs. Bell, the US Supreme Court, in a decision
by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, ruled that the forced sterilization
program of the State of Virginia was Constitutional. In his written
decision, Holmes wrote, "It is better for all the world,
if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime,
or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent
those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.
Rockefeller Foundation money played an instrumental role in financing
German eugenics during the 1920's. From 1922 to 1926, the Rockefeller
Foundation donated through its Paris office a staggering $410,000
to a total of hundreds of German eugenics researchers. In 1926,
it awarded an impressive $250,000 for the creation of the Berlin
Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Psychiatry. That was the equivalent
of some $26 millions in 2004 dollars, a sum especially unheard
of in a Germany devastated by Weimar hyperinflation and economic
depression. During the 1920's Rockefeller Foundation money dominated
and steered German eugenics research.
In 1952, John D. Rockefeller III was ready to begin his life's
major work. With $1,400,000 of his own funds in addition to Rockefeller
Foundation money, he founded the Population Council in New York,
to promote studies on the dangers of over-population.
... Over the following 25 years, the Rockefeller
Population Council would spend a staggering $173 million on population
reduction globally, establishing itself as by far the most influential
organization promoting the eugenics agenda in the world.
The American domination of the world after 1945 would be accomplished
via a new organization, the United Nations, including the new
Bretton Woods Institutions of the International Monetary Fund
and World Bank, as well as the General Agreement on Tariffs and
... Under the banner of "free trade"
and the opening of closed markets around the world, US big business
would advance their agenda, forcing open new untapped markets
for cheap raw materials as well as new outlets for selling American
manufactures after the war.
... After World War II, global power would
no longer be measured in terms of military control over colonial
territories. The British and European empires proved to be a system
far too costly and inefficient. Power would be defined directly
in economic terms.
In 1941, Standard Oil of New Jersey, later renamed Exxon, was
the largest oil company in the world. It controlled 84% of the
US petroleum market. Its bank was Chase Bank, and its main owners
were the Rockefeller group. After the Rockefellers, the next largest
stockholder in Standard Oil was I.G. Farben, the enormous petrochemicals
trust of Germany.
During the war [WWII]. Nelson Rockefeller's work laid the basis
for the family's vast expansion of interests in the 1950's. He
shaped a US Latin American defense concept which was to tie the
military elite of the region to US policies during the Cold War,
often through ruthless military dictators who benefited from the
backing of the Rockefeller family and insured favorable treatment
of Rockefeller business interests.
... Among the most far-reaching covert
operations carried out by Nelson and his circle in Latin America
towards the end of the War, was to secure for the United States
the majority votes of participating nations in the founding of
the United Nations, and with it, de facto US control of the International
Monetary Fund and World Bank in 1944-45. It was indicative of
how the new US international elite moved governments and others
to suit their agenda. The UN was to be their vehicle, as they
saw it, wrapped in the clothing of world democracy.
... Rockefeller's political strategy was
to use his block of Latin American nations to "buy"
the majority vote at the UN. The Latin American bloc represented
nineteen votes to Europe's nine. As a result, Washington and the
powerful international banking business interests shaping its
postwar agenda, ended up with decisive control of the IMF, the
World Bank and a dominant role in the United Nations. The Rockefeller
family, generous to a fault, even donated the land for the headquarters
of the new United Nations in New York City.
The Rockefeller group wielded tremendous influence on the State
Department. Every man who served as Secretary of State in the
critical Cold War years ranging from 1952 to the end of Jimmy
Carter's Presidency in 1979 had formerly been a leading figure
from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Eisenhower's Secretary of State, John
Foster Dulles, a Wall Street lawyer, was Chairman of the Rockefeller
Foundation before he came to Washington in 1952. John Kennedy's
and later Lyndon Johnson's Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, left
his job as President of the Rockefeller Foundation to come to
Washington in 1961. Nixon's National Security Adviser and Rusk's
successor in 1974 as Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, also
came from the inner circle of the Rockefeller Foundation. Moreover,
Jimmy Carter's Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, came to Washington
from his post as Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation.
... Dulles, Rusk, Vance and Kissinger
all understood the Rockefeller views on the importance of private
sector activity over the role of government, and they understood
how the Rockefellers viewed agriculture--as a commodity just like
oil, which could be traded, controlled, made scarce or plentiful
depending on foreign policy goals of the few corporations controlling
What Nelson Rockefeller and other leading US bankers and businessmen
were creating with agriculture in Latin America was the early
phase of what was to be a revolution in world food production.
In the process, they set out to take over the control of basic
daily necessities of the majority of the world's population.