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Cerda reports: "Monsanto's history is one steeped with controversial products, deadly consequences, massive cover ups, political slight of hand, and culminates as a modern day plague on humanity, a plague that is about to peak to biblical proportions."

Genetically modified (GM) crops. (photo: Genetically Modified Cartoons)
Genetically modified (GM) crops. (photo: Genetically Modified Cartoons)



Monsanto: A Modern Day Plague

By Lisa Cerda, City Watch Los Angeles

19 June 12

 

onsanto's history is one steeped with controversial products, deadly consequences, massive cover ups, political slight of hand, and culminates as a modern day plague on humanity, a plague that is about to peak to biblical proportions. Created in 1901, the company started producing its first form of poison, the artificial sweetener saccharin. The rise in use of saccharin really began 70 years later. Monsanto had plenty of time for a realistic and long term study on the impact of saccharin on human health. Instead, Monsanto learned how to finagle political support and grow its empire despite the growing consensus that saccharin caused cancer.

No surprise then that the company continued on a path of controversy. Here's a bullet point history.

  • Contributed to the research on uranium, for the Manhattan Project, during WWII.

  • Operated a nuclear facility for the U.S. government until the late 1980s.

  • Top manufacturer of synthetic fibers, plastics and polystyrene (EPA's 5th ranked chemical production that generates the most hazardous waste).

  • A top 10 US chemical company.

  • Agriculture pesticides producer.

  • Herbicide producer - herbicides 2,4,5-T, Agent Orange, Lasso, and DDT.

  • Agent Orange (used in Vietnam), had the highest levels of dioxin and contaminated more than 3 million civilians and servicemen of which only partial compensation awarded.

  • Nearly 500,000 Vietnamese children were born deformed and never compensated.

  • Lasso was banned in USA, so weed killer "Roundup" is launched in 1976.

  • A major producer of both dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which generated many law suits and environmental cleanups

  • $180 million settlement for Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange

  • Fined $1.2 million for concealing the discharge of contaminated waste water

  • Ordered to pay $41.1 million due to hazardous waste dumping

  • Paid $600 million in settlement claims to more than 20,000 Anniston residents in Abernathy v. United States Link here.

  • Produced GM cattle drug, bovine growth hormone (called rBGH or rBST)

  • Acquiring seed companies from the 1990's and forward.

  • Monsanto Filed 144 lawsuits against struggling farmers and settled out of court with 700 farmers, for reportedly violating seed patents. A full time staff of 75 Monsanto employees investigates patent infringement. They are dedicated solely to finding farms that have been contaminated by their unwanted seed. As of 2007, Monsanto was awarded in 57 recorded judgments against farmers a total of $21,583,431.99. Monsanto vs. Farmers click here.

The Washington Post reported, "For nearly 40 years, while producing the now-banned industrial coolants known as PCBs at a local factory, Monsanto Co. routinely discharged toxic waste into a west Anniston creek and dumped millions of pounds of PCBs into oozing open-pit landfills. And thousands of pages of Monsanto documents -- many emblazoned with warnings such as 'CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy' show that for decades, the corporate giant concealed what it did and what it knew."

PCB's are considered an absolute threat to our world. Environmentalists rightfully want a pound of Monsanto's flesh! In 1969, Monsanto knew the impact of their products and put together an abatement plan for the entire United States, Canada and sections of Europe, especially the UK and Sweden. It's disingenuous to suggest it could be done, for any amount of money. In the town of Anniston, Alabama, where the Monsanto plant was located, residents had PCB levels hundreds and sometimes thousands of times higher than the average person. They were dying or ill.

Monsanto decided to look at other products they could produce because their economic reliance on one profitable product was precarious at best. They split the company and Monsanto spawned Solutia, so that the massive lawsuits would not take down the entire company. Found guilty of conduct "so outrageous in character and extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency so as to be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in civilized society." The court decisions were destroying profitability.

Monsanto was just getting started with its assault on our ecosystem. Roundup was being marketed in 115 countries. Meanwhile Solutia was going down by means of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and lawsuits.

With the popularity of Roundup, the company became increasingly concerned about the patents expiration in 2000. They sold off the plastics division in 1996 and their phenylalanine facilities in 1999. Here again, Monsanto was trying to avoid financial liability for its hazardous waste producing past.

Monsanto merged with Pharmacia, and became legally a different corporation, despite sharing the same name, the same corporate headquarters, the same executives and employees, not to mention most of the liabilities from its former activities.

The new focus was genetic engineering and particularly creating genes that are resistant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. Can you imagine farming without weeds? Farmers were intrigued and some delighted. Growing food and spraying poison at the same time did nothing to boost the confidence of consumers. False claims that it was biodegradable lead to its frequent use. Health complaints came from neighbors of farmers and farmers themselves. Soon the biodegradable claim on the packaging was removed.

Heading in a new direction, Monsanto was buying up seed companies left and right. They became the world's largest seed company, acquiring a quarter of the global proprietary seed market. By coupling their sale of Roundup with their gene modified seeds, they began dominating the agriculture market. By 2007, almost 90% of the world used GM seeds carrying at least one genetic trait for herbicide tolerance. Now Monsanto was a dominating the food chain, the farmers, and its assault on mankind.

Where there is market control, there is price gouging. In 2006 Roundup cost $32 per gallon, and by 2008 it was up to $75 per gallon. Not satisfied with this dominance of the world food chain, Monsanto began patenting their glyphosate resistant seeds. They hiked up the price of corn seeds by 35% and soy by 50%, leaving farmers financially plundered. Farmer suicide went from a trickle to a torrential rain. Averaging about one farmer suicide every 30 minutes.

Soy, corn, sugar beets, rice, alfalfa, cotton seed oil, canola oil, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini, crookneck squash are now the sources of genetically food. But it gets worse. Corn and soy products are being fed to livestock, the livestock that you eat; chicken, eggs, sheep, pig, cows, goats, turkey, etc. Unless you have removed meat from your diet you are being systematically poisoned and perhaps even sterilized like the livestock that eats GMO corn and soy products.

The rights of farmers to save or exchange seeds have been stolen from them. Something that has been done for centuries, that guaranteed the survival of our species, changed overnight. Like a game of chess, Monsanto has with absolute intent, created a food crisis, offered up its poisonous solution, and has knocked chess piece after chess piece down in a calculated plan.

Just look at the list of players behind the schemes and profiteering. Monsanto, U.S. regulators and judicial bodies have become strange bed fellows:

  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a former Monsanto lawyer, wrote the majority of the opinion in a key Monsanto case.

  • Lawyer Michael Taylor, FDA employed, represented Monsanto sometime after, then returned as the FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Policy right as rBGH was granted approval. He was appointed as a senior adviser to the Food and Drug Administration (United States) Commissioner on food safety in August 2009 by President Barack Obama.

  • Dr. Michael A. Friedman, prior deputy commissioner of the FDA, hired as a senior vice president of Monsanto.

  • Linda J. Fisher, prior assistant administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency, became a vice president at Monsanto from 1995-2000. In 2001, Fisher returned as the deputy administrator of the EPA.

  • Donald Rumsfeld, Former Secretary of Defense, former chairman and chief executive officer of G. D. Searle & Co., (Monsanto purchased in 1985). Rumsfeld privately made at least $12 million from the transaction.

If by now you are feeling paranoid, targeted, and overwhelmed by this information, I understand why.

You will move through all the stages of rage in time. Resist the urge to kick the produce man. Don't hire a plane to spray Roundup on the White House, Senate, or House, I don't advocate stooping to their levels.

But you may want to go picket in front of Whole Foods after you read their blog explaining why they buckled under the pressure of the USDA and Monsanto. Whole Foods, the very symbol of health conscious living, has betrayed everything they stood for to the consumer. Read Whole Foods Blog here.

Now Monsanto can push full steam ahead, contaminating our nation's 25,000 organic farms and ranches. Top executives from Whole Foods Market, Stonyfield Farm and Organic Valley have given up on their 12 year battle to protect consumer's choices.

This decision sets a precedence for how genetically engineered foods will be regulated in the future. You can now expect the spread Monsanto's mutant genes and seeds across the nation, contaminating other farms, and taking down other farmers by lawsuits.

A Swedish study found that spraying Roundup doubles the risk of getting cancer for farm workers' and rural residents'. More worrisome is the fact that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) do not require safety testing, nor labeling identifying them as GMOs.

Anti- GMO efforts by organic companies, who demanded labeling and oversight, will begin to accept the so-called "natural" foods that are routinely contaminated with GMO's. Companies like Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco, Supervalu, Publix, Target and Safeway shy away from the attacks on GMO's that they sell to their unwitting customer base.

Whole Foods' already sells "Natural" processed foods and animal products that are contaminated with GMOs. At least two thirds of WFM's $9 billion annual sales is derived products that are contaminated with GMOs. Whole Foods' moral high ground is looking more like a sink hole. This constitutes fraud in my book.

Consumers must learn the difference between products marketed as "natural," and those products that are "certified organic." Just because you're in a Whole Foods Market, does not mean your expensive food is safe. They are misleading you by masquerading natural as organic.

GMOs and organics cannot coexistence. They are polar opposites in every way imaginable. GMOs destroys biodiversity, damages the environment and public health, economically devastates farmers, and destabilizes the climate.

In the European Union, all foods containing GMOs or GMO ingredients must be labeled. Thus the market shelves are empty because consumers are not buying them. American consumers want mandatory labels on GMO foods, and according to the polls by a strong 85-95%. They don't want the top poison producer, to monopolize the agricultural industry and have anything to do with the worlds food supply.

Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations have prevented consumer GMO truth-in-labeling laws. A new bill by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (Democrat, Ohio) calling for mandatory labeling and safety testing for GMOs is in Congress now. But Monsanto is allowed to buy vote's thanks in part to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and the Citizens United case. In 2010, big corporations and billionaires got the right to spend obscene amounts of money to buy media coverage, elections, and do it anonymously.

Recent news is … 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto. They are fighting for the right to use seeds from previous year's harvests. Seeds they harvested, but Monsanto patented. The bad news is … it's still GMO seeds, a toxic transgenic breed, in markets without labels and health studies, and we have a government that finds this all acceptable.

 

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+48 # paulrevere 2012-06-19 10:26
"MODERN DAY PLAGUE"...a more perfect moniker there could not be!

This article should be read on the floor of Congress, to the full session, by POTUS himself!!

"biblical proportions' REQUIRE biblical presentations.. .these people are literally killing Gaia...AND ALL OF US!!
 
 
+10 # John Locke 2012-06-19 13:41
The article left off Monsanto & toxic fertilizers where they destroyed millions of acres of farmland that will not produce another crop for the next 1000 years.

Also Obama has opened Africa for Monsanto

The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 in a nutshell was intended to eliminate healthy food and insures that all Americans will have “Genetically Modified Food” which so far has been proven less than safe. One Bill was HR 875 another was S 425: "Food Safety and Tracking Improving Act." Introduced on February 12 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Introduced in the House on February 4 by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, (D, CT) whose husband has ties to Monsanto, it had 39 co-sponsors,

Who was in office in 2009? I Think we know!
 
 
+5 # John Locke 2012-06-19 13:47
Monsanto, has a history of poisoning the planet. In the 1990’s they introduced a fertilizer that was coupled with toxic waste, including Spent Uranium, which became known as “Toxic Fertilizer.” Monsanto and other chemical companies have made millions of acres of good farmland useless for the next 1000 years.

Monsanto and other chemical companies have been selling hazardous waste as fertilizer while claiming to be recycling byproducts. Federal regulation has made the cost of disposing of toxic waste a significant factor. A loophole in EPA regulations allows the use of industrial waste products as fertilizer, no matter what they contain. This has been with us since the 1990’s and was a fast-growing phenomenon, saving industry millions of dollars at the expense of public health.

Patty Martin, mayor of Quincy, WA, a small farming community, said. “They just call dangerous waste a product, and it's no longer a dangerous waste. It's a fertilizer”.

There's more read about it here

http://facingfreedomschallenge.blogspot.com/2009/04/monsanto-at-it-again.html
 
 
+4 # Granny Weatherwax 2012-06-21 08:17
What kills me (figuratively) is that Monsanto has the gall to claim "substancial equivalence" with the natural plants to get its GMO authorized by the FDA and then to sue farmers for IP infringement, which implies by definition that there is no substancial equivalence.

One farmer suicide every half hour...
 
 
+59 # happycamper690 2012-06-19 10:29
It is easy to treat Monsanto as a special case; their record could hardly be more catastrophic, but in fairness to them it is important to point out that the evidence is strong that all major chemical companies worldwide behave similarly. DuPont, Bayer, Dow, BASF and ExxonMobil (to name a few)are all gross polluters. On top of all of the existing problems, there is perhaps the even greater threat of accidents and targeted attacks releasing volumes of deadly toxins sufficient to kill thousands who live downwind. The very tragic news is that almost every major city is downwind of some source of deadly chemicals.
 
 
+5 # dovelane1 2012-06-20 05:45
The main problem is that there are no IMMEDIATE consequences, financial or otherwise, to the decisions these companies make. If there are consequences, it's long after the fact. All the while, the money keeps on rolling in. So why should they change.

I doubt they will change until the money starts going out faster than it comes in. And as long as they have connections with the people mentioned, (Thomas and so on,) that just makes it easier for the companies to keep on doing what they've always been doing.

As someone in another posting said, find out what they sell, boycott everything they sell, and let them know why.

And pass this article to everyone you know. It won't do any good if the people who comment here are the only people reading these articles. If we can get everyone who reads this information to send this information to just five more poeple, well... we have to start somewhere, and sometime. It might as weel be here and now.
 
 
+67 # Old Uncle Dave 2012-06-19 10:54
If Monsanto was a person, he'd be on death row awaiting execution for mass murder.
 
 
+51 # MindDoc 2012-06-19 12:34
But... but... aren't Monsanto, Dupont, Halliburton, etc., actually people?

Amazing. The same Clarence Thomas (SCOTUS) who did not recuse himself despite his working for Monsanto and having a Tea-Party-leadi ng wife, voted that Monsanto *is* a person. Corporations are people, right? So why would a mass-murderer and purveyor of human genocide get a free pass? Justice in America? Culpability for corporate people who lie and murder?
Oops, not here!
 
 
0 # John Locke 2012-06-21 07:55
In the real world, if we had a justice system that worked... the executives would be prosecuted as a corporsation works through its officers
 
 
+14 # doneasley 2012-06-19 16:36
Quoting Old Uncle Dave:
If Monsanto was a person, he'd be on death row awaiting execution for mass murder.


But corporations are people, aren't they? At least that's what the Supremes say!
 
 
+36 # hillwright 2012-06-19 10:57
Seems like the "private sector" is doing OK.
Right Mitt?

Dow, Monsanto Exxon-Mobil; who is bankrolling the Chamber of Commerce and those 100-million PAC's?

To ponder: Where did Hitler get the money to build the aircraft and get the steel for the cannons and equip his army?
 
 
-1 # Granny Weatherwax 2012-06-21 08:21
Re: Hitler, this is a very separate question: he started projects and printed legal tender corresponding to the evaluated budget, thereby defining the value of the Reichsmark and putting the workers at work, which lifted the economy from the utter crisis of 1933 to bustling in 1935, i.e. before rearmament.

This is a very interesting but separate topic that has somewhat little relation with the subject at hand.
 
 
+28 # noitall 2012-06-19 11:02
They sneak products onto our shelves that kill us bu still we buy their products and buy their stocks. It might be difficult to identify their products but one can sure decide not to invest in Monsanto. There's that old GREED again.
Govt. "Leaders" are co-conspirators of this long-lasting carnage and should be treated as criminals...oh, that's right, they own the Supreme Court too.
 
 
+9 # paulrevere 2012-06-19 17:33
Nice thoughts on investing, but some huge percentage of common folks stock investments are done through 401' and other pension instruments...r un by the insider fund managers...WETH EPEOPLE, even in the supposedly open trade of the stock market are mere pawns being huckstered with zero influence on that market.
 
 
+37 # Barbara K 2012-06-19 11:10
This stuff makes you sick. I've been ill with digestive problems for over 2 years, now they've figured out that it is the food. Monsanto has poisoned our food and many Americans are becoming ill. In countries where they are banned, no one is having these illnesses and digestive problems. They should be banned from America too. But I guess they think it is good to kill us off with the poisons on and in our food. Money talks. Let the class-action lawsuits against Monsanto begin.
 
 
+3 # Majikman 2012-06-19 11:20
We don't need no stinkin' regulations. The free market will fix it.
 
 
+25 # X Dane 2012-06-19 13:07
Majikman

I DO hope you are being sarcastic.
 
 
+3 # Barbara K 2012-06-19 14:24
XDane: Did you see the story on here about last night in Lansing? It's on the page with Robert Reish's item. I've seen estimates as high as 5,000 there.
 
 
+10 # Majikman 2012-06-19 15:30
Of course.
This is the end result of the repugs & libertarians with their free market screeching
 
 
+33 # Ellioth 2012-06-19 11:27
Let's see - who in Congress is NOT owned by the likes of Monsanto? Is it time for the revolution yet?
 
 
+9 # jlg 2012-06-19 11:38
Global Climate Change and Population Growth are still the leading causes of concern - but how far behind would you place GM crops?
 
 
+5 # paulrevere 2012-06-19 17:34
neck n neck...
 
 
+14 # paulrevere 2012-06-19 17:39
I must also remind us all that when a company called Beelogics began connecting the dots on beehive collapse and some gmo done by 'M', the evil 'M' bought the company (2011) and now...?

silence...
 
 
+19 # dick 2012-06-19 11:47
Wait! Monsanto IS a person, when convenient. Farmers should do more than sue, in corrupted courts. Time to add, oops, way past time to add, M to boycott list. Look for alternatives, & alternatives to stores that carry M.?
 
 
+22 # seeuingoa 2012-06-19 11:55
The persons working for Monsanto,
who are they?

Are the married, in relationships, do they have children, what are they thinking?
only about their mortgages? or also
a little bit about what the hell their
employer is doing?
 
 
+12 # X Dane 2012-06-19 13:16
What in the world CAN you eat. It is either fattening or poisonous. Meat is bad for you, but it seems vegetables will also kill - or at least sterilize you.
H E L P.
 
 
+32 # bingers 2012-06-19 12:41
Fines for poisoning the environment should always be high enough to destroy the corporation and the executives should be liable for everything they're worth plus a few million. There needs to be a corporate death penalty for any corporation whose actions cause the death of even one person if they are aware of the dangers. That would be in keeping with the rulings of corrupt Supreme Courts that called corporations people.
 
 
+18 # cakeeater 2012-06-19 16:25
Yes! If corporations get to be people, then they should also be subject to the death penalty, charges of homicide, premeditated murder, the whole list.
 
 
+20 # ghostperson 2012-06-19 13:52
If "corporations are people too" per the Mittmeister then shouldn't we be executing them when they engage in mass poisoning?
 
 
+2 # Todd Williams 2012-06-20 07:55
Yes we should.
 
 
+5 # She Cee 2012-06-19 14:38
And we reject that the end of the earth will come in December 2012?

Maybe those predictions are correct.
 
 
0 # Anarchist 23 2012-06-21 09:22
Quoting She Cee:
And we reject that the end of the earth will come in December 2012?

Maybe those predictions are correct.

It is the end of the Mayan Calendar only and the calendar will reset. However, given that the cosmic alignments are to the heart of the galaxy and this happens only once every 26,000 years, this 'end' is significant. I believe it does signal the 'end' of the longest remembered period in our recent history and things are at such a crucial point that unless we come to a unity of humanity and a certain common sense (like GMOs are destroying everything and everybody and they should be banned and destroyed wherever found...)the the future beginning in 2013 will probably look more like 'the Hunger Games' than tar Trek II Next Gen., for example. Whatever, I'll be sitting on my portal, enjoying the view. 2012, it's why we bought the tickets (to this incarnation)
 
 
+8 # cakeeater 2012-06-19 16:21
Monsanto execs won't eat their own GMO foods.

http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-employees-dont-eat-gmos/

http://www.gmwatch.org/component/content/article/13679

Also, here's a fun little aside. Remember the Damien/Omen movies from the 80's? Scaretastic crap about the birth and rise of the antichrist. Anyway, in the 2nd movie, the teenaged antichrist is set to inherit his father's company, Thorne Industries, a biotech firm. There's a juicy scene with the board, where the ceo lays out their business model: The Future is in Famine! Not so relevant, I suppose, but an eery similarity to the pure evil of these companies that clearly have the same mindset.

An also also: Last time I posted a negative comment about Monsanto, I got a nasty computer virus that was very difficult to remove. Just saying. It astounds me that these companies will go to such lengths and spend so much for the right to do the wrong thing. Outrageous sums spent on lobbying, funding junk science reports, buying companies who prove the relationship between their products and bee colony collapse, trolling the net for naysayers...it' s a shitty business model. They could instead spend that money developing truly useful ideas. Unless their agenda has more to do with controlling the food supply, sterilizing or physically weakening the population...
 
 
-2 # Anarchist 23 2012-06-21 09:24
cakeeater-maybe they are agents of the Evil Powers-watching what has been happening all my life I ask myself and everybody: "Criminally Stupid or Actively Evil?-you make the call!"
 
 
+10 # redjelly39 2012-06-19 18:08
Here's what you can do...

g Read the latest news, join in on Action Alerts, and sign up

for OCA’s free newsletter at www.OrganicConsumers.org

g Buy organic foods at your local health food store,

co-op or farmers’ market.

g Avoid processed foods, especially those containing

corn, soy, cottonseed oil and canola unless they are

organically certified.

g Call or send a letter to your public officials. Tell them to

support labeling and safety testing of GMOs and subsidies

to help family farmers make the transition to organic.

g Tell the following companies to stop using and selling

GMO Ingredients: Kellogg’s/Kashi • Coca-Cola

Kraft/Nabisco • McDonald’s • Frito-Lay

General Mills • Quaker Oats • Procter & Gamble

Nestle • Safeway • Campbell Soup • Wal-Mart

www.OrganicConsumers.org
 
 
+3 # dovelane1 2012-06-20 05:52
As a person who is on the OCA (Organic Consumer's Association) mailing list, I whole-heartedly agree with everything you wote.

One thing I would add is to start using open-pollinated or heritage seed to grow your own vegetables whenever possible. And to support the seed companies that sell that kind of seed. There are some good ones out there. (Seed-Savers is a great one.)

If you find something you really like, learn how to save the seed. If Monsanto has their way, there will come a time when you won't have any choice at all.
 
 
+2 # Todd Williams 2012-06-20 07:59
Yes, I suppose that will work over the long haul. Maybe. But I personally prefer the approach that would be taken by Earth First if it ever became involved in fighting GMOs and Monsanto. You can be it would be very confrontational to say the least. Maybe that is what is needed here. remember, it's only our very lives at stake here.
 
 
+2 # FredM 2012-06-20 00:07
Agree with all above. Investment in these so called biotech firms, like Monsanto and Syngeta, has to be declared unethical.
One way to starve the beast is in discouraging investment in it, and in castigating all pension funds, financial institutions that place investment "opportunities" in them. It is not thinkable to invest in a future dominated by these monsters.
Investment professionals have to raise to the occasion and demonstrate they can see farther than the next term for profit.
Let's starve the beast in withdrawing personal investment in it now. This is where it starts to hurt. Another aspect of that effort is in publicizing the list of current investors to challenge their credibility and ethics.
 
 
+3 # ezliving26 2012-06-20 08:18
Bless you all, I am one of the many who cry and wail and ask continuously what can be done....this is a drama of epic porportions in this time in history! Do not give up the fight, we do not die...our beautiful bodies may wither and pass away with the assault, but a new world is being created with each of us, there is no doubt...it just takes time for the critical mass to roll away the debris! DO NOT GIVE UP!
 
 
+3 # amye 2012-06-20 12:10
This article was good! Could have been better if it told the story of DDT, and how it almost killed ALL the birds! The only way to kill Monsanto is to get the labeling allowed by law! No one will buy!! In the meantime if you can afford organic, do it!! Too bad this article didn't mention that all the ag run off has the GMO chemicals in it! So its in your water now, and in our oceans fish you eat!! Evil, evil co.!
 
 
0 # Troy 2012-06-21 00:20
And, then there's the corruption of scientific inquiry. Scientism, as a consequence of the industries position being heard to the virtual exclusion of all others in the media thus bolstering the move to legislate on that basis.

An atrocious double standard functions as safety studies required for crop approvals are done almost soley by the companies largely without oversight by truly independent research bereft of vested interest.

Disguised fronts for industry are presented as independent and when a truly independent scientist obtains controversial findings regarding the safety of GMOs, he/she is invariably derided and persecuted by the industry, regulators and an academic intelligentsia securing funding or manipulated by psychologically trained infiltrators.

Industry complains ironically that independent findings lack peer support while their own studies which secured the legal approvals are largely unavailable to anyone. See details:-

http://illawarraartists.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/gmo-science.pdf
http://illawarraartists.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/aspartame-science.pdf
 
 
+2 # DavidMG 2012-06-21 06:04
Not surprisingly, its "Power to the People." In the 70's I was involved with fighting food additives. We wrote a book and did hundreds of media appearances asking people to vote with their pocketbook - a simplistic yet effective tactic.Today labeling is better and additives are fewer. I'm 70 so we need someone else to lead the charge. I will avoid all Monsanto products that I can, but somone must identify other vulnerable products.I wish I could do more.
 
 
0 # demongel17 2012-09-15 17:10
Demongel17
"Power to the people" is right. I only wish I'd written a book back in the '70's and been involved in fighting food additives. I wasn't really a writer then, I am now. I wish I could do more as well, though I can say that if "people power" isn't employed, we've lost from the get go.
 

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