GMO is OMG backwards!!!
By Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe Tribe Member
Do you know Monsanto? If you don’t, you should. Monsanto is THE world’s largest seed company, which means it owns a majority of the seeds that are planted for the commercial market. That is a whole lotta seeds! So chances are, the end result of one of those Monsanto seedlings has ended up on your dinner plate, and in turn, in your body. Ok, you say, so what’s the big deal? It is just a seed right? Well, to begin with, anytime ONE company has a monopoly on any ONE product, disaster usually strikes. That company has complete control with no competitors to dictate quality standards. Left to their own devices, companies in this position will often sacrifice the greater good for larger profit margins. But anyways, back to the subject at hand! Monsanto’s business is seeds. How on earth did Monsanto come to be the world’s largest purveyor of seeds? That is a darn good question, seeing as they got their start producing synthetic sweeteners, chemicals, and rubber!
John Francis Queeny founded Monsanto in 1901. Queeny began by developing and selling saccharin to Coca-Cola. Next, Monsanto started producing vanillin, salicylic acid, aspirin, and rubber as it established its presence in Europe. Monsanto expanded into industrial chemicals in the 1920s, becoming a leading producer of sulfuric acid. Next, they headed into the world of plastics! Whew! They cover the gamut, that’s for sure. They later produced DDT and Agent Orange during the Vietnam War (which is HIGHLY toxic to humans). Monsanto also produced aspartame, or NutraSweet, and the bovine growth hormone, bovine somatotropine (BST). Queeny’s background was in pharmaceuticals… I wonder if all his work with mind and body-altering chemicals laid the groundwork for developing food-altering chemicals.
Do you see the pattern here? Monsanto is the King of Synthetics! Let’s replicate and annihilate! Yowsers. They are the leading producer of genetically modified (or GMO) seed in the world. Two-thirds of the soybean crop in America is genetically modified. In 1982, Monsanto scientists became the first to genetically modify a plant cell. This may have been one of the most detrimental scientific breakthroughs for the modern day farmer. Monsanto then created the Roundup Ready soybean, which is a soybean resistant to the herbicide Roundup. This essentially means that you could douse a Roundup Ready soybean in this toxic chemical, and it will live on, coated in horrible toxicities. “For the technology to be commercially viable, the FDA had to triple the residues of Roundup’s active ingredients that can remain on the crop. Many scientists have protested that permitting increased residues to enable a company’s success reflects an attitude in which corporate interests are given higher priority than public safety, but the increased levels have remained in force.” http://www.johnrobbins.info/blog/what-about-soy/
Why would the FDA do that? Well, funny you should ask! Monsanto and certain government agencies have taken a fondness to sharing employees with one another. Former Monsanto employees currently hold positions in US government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Supreme Court. These include Clarence Thomas, Michael R. Taylor, Ann Veneman, Linda Fisher, Michael Friedman, William D. Ruckelshaus, and Mickey Kantor. Linda Fisher has been back and forth between positions at Monsanto and the EPA. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was chairman and chief executive officer of G. D. Searle & Co., which Monsanto purchased in 1985. Rumsfeld personally made at least $12 million USD from the transaction. Holy cannoli! Can I get a “conflict of interest” up in here? Is this for real? Is this even legal?
While we are all being toxified and duped by the monstrosity that is Monsanto, there are some whose lives are being completely ruined by them. They are the American farmers, most of whom are carrying on generations of family work and dedication to preserving the land. Monsanto patented their Franken seed, which essentially means that if this seed is found on any property, Monsanto has the right to sue, and they do! If a farmer finds any trace of Monsanto patented seed on their land, by law, they must destroy all seeds. Well, farmers save their seeds and replant them year after year. This would be like throwing away your life’s work and starting over, all because the wind blew some seedlings over to your crop from a neighboring Monsanto farm. Fighting Monsanto in the court system is such a financial and emotional burden, that most farmers tend to settle. The irony in all of this is that on the homepage of Monsanto’s website it says the following:
“If there were one word to explain what Monsanto is about, it would have to be farmers. Billions of people depend upon what farmers do. And so will billions more. In the next few decades, farmers will have to grow as much food as they have in the past 10,000 years – combined. It is our purpose to help farmers do exactly that. To produce more food. To produce more with less, conserving resources like soil and water. And to improve lives. We do this by selling seeds, traits developed through biotechnology, and crop protection chemicals.”
But uh-oh Monsanto… a recent article in the New York Times is claiming a reversal of fortune for Monsanto, whose stock plummeted 42 percent since the beginning of 2010. Apparently their new Franken corn, called Smartstax (which sounds like some weird processed potato chip you’d buy in a cylindrical can), is not performing as well as they’d hoped. Even after it was manipulated with 8 different genes! Also weeds are becoming resistant to Roundup, their signature product! Is Mother Earth fighting back? Is this a case of bad karma? Check out the article here: http://nyti.ms/dx9c64
I could write a whole heck of alot more on Monsanto, but alas this is a blog, not a novel.
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