Monsanto, who is responsible for producing agent orange and artificial sweeteners began experimenting in the biotech industry in the 1990’s.
Monsanto wanted to develop a way to yield bigger, better and more nutritious crops- or so they said. The company worked to design a genetically modified corn seed which had pesticides built into the DNA of the seed.
The idea was that insects would die when they came into contact with the growing corn by destroying the inside of their stomachs. The result would be a pesticide resistant crop that would be easier to grow.
In order to support the growth of the crops, Monsanto also pushed the use of their chemical pesticide, RoundUp which is designed to be used in conjunction with the GMO seeds. According to Monsanto, who also once told us that Agent Orange was safe, RoundUp is completely safe for humans and the environment.
There is no concrete testing from an independent party that proves humans are not affected by consuming these GMOs. If insects can die from consuming them, how can we believe that humans are completely safe?
One independent study on the safety of GMOs on mice found that the mice developed tumors, fertility problems and growth deformities. This research article has since been banned from circulation and attacked by Monsanto-funded lobbyists.
More and more data is also being collected in regards to the danger of RoundUp due to the chemical residue glyphosate.
Early studies on glyphosate found that it accumulates in the bones and creates a toxic environment for organs however, Monsanto continues to assure the public that it is safe.
In 2007, more than 185 million pounds of glyphosate was used by US farmers which is double what was used six years ago. 750 or more US products also now contain residues of this chemical.
One of Mosanto’s biggest marketing strategies is that they are “feeding world hunger” by providing impoverish nations with their GMO crops that are ‘easier’ to grow including corn, cotton, canola and soy.
Because of the seeds nature however, farmers have to keep re-planting the GMO crop after every harvest and they also have to spray the crop with RoundUp, leaving the farmers forever reliant on purchasing Monsanto’s products.
If for instance, these farmers were given organic seeds, they could re-use them even after harvesting and not have to rely on purchasing RoundUp, saving them millions of dollars.
One of Monsanto’s biggest projects has been to move into India to “help” farmers grow GMO cotton. These farmers have become so indebted to Monsanto that many of them are taking their own lives. Ironically, they commit suicide by drinking RoundUp.
Statistics show that since introducing GMO cotton into India there has been a 75 percent increase in farming debts and over 250,000 suicides. According to Indian law, once a person has died they do not pass their debts onto their families however, this could change if Monsanto becomes involved.
Monsanto has commented on the increasing suicide rates in India since the arrival of their GMO cotton seeds blaming other social and economic hardships for their deaths.
It is not just un-developed countries that face the wrath of Monsanto. Here in the US, Monsanto controls a strict patent for their seeds.
If any trace of their GM seed is found in a farmers crop they sue them for hundreds of thousands of dollars, forcing the farmer to switch to GMO’s or lose their business.
There have been countless cases of farmers challenging Monsanto, stating that the natural winds had blown the seed into their crops yet every single case has been ruled in Monsanto’s favor.
Monsanto has huge leverage with the Government, with the Environmental Protection Agency and with the Food and Drug Administration. Many of these organizations are filled with employees and shareholders from Monsanto.
Monsanto is currently worth over $19 billion dollars however, controversy about the company has been growing and last year the bio-tech company faced a 13% drop in share prices.
GMO labelling laws are also being pushed by the public who demand the right to know if they are consuming GMO food products.
Monsanto, who claims that their food products are “safe” are fighting against labelling laws and have spent over $25 million trying to stop the process along with other companies such as DuPont, Dow, BASF, Cargill, ConAgrea, Coco-cola, Hormel, Syngenta, Bayer and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
The primary argument against GMO labelling is that it would cost food producers more money to re-label the products and would scare off consumers. But if Monsanto is so certain about their “safe” product, why would they care if it was labelled? Shouldn’t they be proud of their highly prized invention??
Pro-labelling groups, predominately funded by organic farmers, state that if the law gets passed, companies will have 18 months to change their labels and all they need to include is “simple text that says contains or may contain genetically engineered materials.” They believe this simple label change should not cause dramatic price increases.
While labelling laws in the US are still up for debate in most of the country, the Non-GMO Project helps protect consumers from purchasing foods containing engineered materials. Organic foods are also free of genetically modified materials however be cautious when it comes to products such as soy, corn and canola as traces of GM could be present.
It is our right to know what we are eating.
GMO labelling should be made mandatory and the lies and debauchery behind the Monsanto monopoly needs to be exposed and ended.
Since Monsanto released GMO’s, stronger strains of weeds have developed, antibiotic resistant super bugs have emerged, the eco-system has been damaged, millions of farmers have been left in debt and the health and wellbeing of everyone around the world has been put in jeopardy.
This madness needs to end.
Mother earth has enough resources to provide for us all, if we look after her, we will never go hungry.