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Excerpt: "People need to know about Monsanto's history as a heavy industrial chemical manufacturer; a reality at odds with the environmentally friendly, feed-the-world image that the company spends millions trying to convey."

 (illustration: Food & Water Watch)
(illustration: Food & Water Watch)


Monsanto’s Dark History

By EcoWatch

06 April 13

 

rom its beginnings as a small chemical company in 1901, Monsanto has grown into the largest biotechnology seed company in the world with net sales of $11.8 billion, 404 facilities in 66 countries across six continents and products grown on more than 282 million acres worldwide. Today, the consumer advocacy nonprofit Food & Water Watch released its report, Monsanto: A Corporate Profile.

"There is a growing movement of people around the country who want to take on Monsanto's undue influence over lawmakers, regulators and the food supply," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of the book Foodopoly. "People need to know about Monsanto's history as a heavy industrial chemical manufacturer; a reality at odds with the environmentally friendly, feed-the-world image that the company spends millions trying to convey."

"At the end of March, the American public saw first hand the unjustifiable power that Monsanto holds over our elected officials when an unprecedented rider, dubbed the 'Monsanto Protection Act,' was tacked onto the spending bill to fund the federal government," said Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! "This is an outrageous interference with our courts and separation of powers and we cannot sit back and allow our elected officials to continue to take orders from Monsanto at the expense of family farmers and consumers."

The report offers a timeline of milestones in the company's history including chemical disasters, mergers and acquisitions, and the first genetically modified plant cell.

"Despite its various marketing incarnations over the years, Monsanto is a chemical company that got its start selling saccharin to Coca-Cola, then Agent Orange to the U.S. military, and, in recent years, seeds genetically engineered to contain and withstand massive amounts of Monsanto herbicides and pesticides," said Ronnie Cummins, executive director of Organic Consumers Association. "Monsanto has become synonymous with the corporatization and industrialization of our food supply."

The report concludes with recommended actions for the federal government to take to temper Monsanto's anti-competitive practices and control over agricultural research and government policies. It also suggests steps that regulators should take to better protect consumers and the environment from the potentially harmful effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

"Even though you won't find the Monsanto brand on a food or beverage container at your local grocery store, the company holds vast power over our food supply," said Rebecca Spector, west coast director of Center for Food Safety. "This power is largely responsible for something else we cannot find on our grocery store shelves-labels on genetically engineered food. Not only has Monsanto's and other agribusinesses' efforts prevented the labeling of GE foods, but they spend millions to block grassroots efforts like California's Prop 37 in order to keep consumers in the dark."

"The chemical pesticide industry, with Monsanto leading the way, took over U.S. seed industry and engineered bacterial genes into food crops with the primary purpose of selling more weed killer that contaminates our food, water and bodies," said David Bronner, the CEO of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and leader in GE food labeling campaigns across the country." Just like the citizens of Europe, Japan and China, Americans deserve the right to opt out of the genetically engineered food science experiment."


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+6 # Charlie Peters 2013-04-06 11:58
BP DuPont GMO fuel in your water?

Will GMO fuel affect the beef?

Audit the fed & vinod khosla
 
 
+18 # mim 2013-04-06 13:24
How long has Monsanto been in the dangerous-chemi cal business? IIRC the dangers of saccharin were not always known.

But in the 50's, Monsanto tried to present a good-guy image to the kids by putting commercials for "the new plastic toys made from Monsanto plastics" on children's TV programs. I've often wondered what they hoped to accomplish with these messages. Would a kid really say to mommy, "I want a plastic toy made of Monsanto plastic"? Or did they know, even then, that they would do controversial things in the future?

I don't know, but if they were trying to make baby boomers into friends for life, then we have proof that the "get 'em before they're seven" strategy doesn't always work.
 
 
+5 # babalu 2013-04-07 07:57
Yes, before 5, our brain filters are not well developed and we accept anything we see as the way it is. I had forgotten those commercials, but they are the Manchurian candidate in our brains.
 
 
+2 # brux 2013-04-07 18:35
that would be scary, but i bet it could very well be true, that the global corporate path was already in place way back when and has been on track and moving forward ever since.
 
 
+61 # DakotaKid 2013-04-06 13:29
Monsanto is a corporate malefactor whose top-echelon managers over the years have all had at least one salient characteristic in common: they have no social conscience. There is no reason to believe that will ever change nor is Monsanto unique in caring ONLY about the bottom line. What is truly criminal, however, is that the governments we elect, the only entities capable of regulating corporations and prosecuting corporate criminals, look the other way, or, worse, subsidize, aid and abet these companies. The spending-bill rider that gives Monsanto immunity from law suits related to the production, marketing, promotion, and sale of GMO foods is only the most recent example of the evils of mixing too much money with too much power. When members of Congress find out how much a given vote is worth, very few can resist selling it to the highest bidder. Nothing will change unless or until a) campaign spending laws are changed; b) the filibuster is abolished; and c) lobbying becomes transparent and voters make it counterproducti ve.
 
 
+21 # brux 2013-04-06 13:51
> Monsanto is a chemical company that got its start selling saccharin to Coca-Cola, then Agent Orange to the U.S. military, and, in recent years, seeds genetically engineered to contain and withstand massive amounts of Monsanto herbicides and pesticides,"

0 out of 3 - ain't bad when you're too big to fail !
 
 
+43 # PABLO DIABLO 2013-04-06 14:06
Boycott Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Coke, Pepsi, etc. Wake up America. They are killing us.
 
 
+43 # Barbara K 2013-04-06 14:13
The Senator who snuck the ability to commit mass illness and deaths into the bill was none other than the Republican from Missouri, Roy Blunt himself. He needs to be voted out of office at first opportunity. We need to pay attention to who is committing these atrocious behaviors to the American people and get rid of them. We don't need this tripe in our government, that is why it is so screwed up. It is time to get rid of these cretins while we still have the strength to do it.
 
 
+29 # GROVIE 2013-04-06 15:31
[quote name="Barbara K"] He needs to be voted out of office at first opportunity. We need to pay attention to who is committing these atrocious behaviors to the American people and get rid of them.
Yes we do, however this scumbag from missouri should be RECALLED NOW. This is the only way that WE THE PEOPLE can show the entire country that this CHEAP, UNDERHANDED, UNETHICAL behavior willnot be tolerated. I also realize that this takes money, but people have to make decisions on wether or not they prefer good health to scumbag politicians.
 
 
+24 # DPM 2013-04-06 14:42
Put Monsanto related articles, such as this, on your facebook page and ask that mothers should read what a company like Monsanto is doing to their children. Ask them to "share" with all of their "friends". This may be the best way to get the message out to people that might look and react.
 
 
+6 # babalu 2013-04-07 07:54
I agree, but some people will want facts. Statements like the following without facts are unhelpful - just name calling: "Monsanto has become synonymous with the corporatization and industrializati on of our food supply."
Just two sentences, like the following: Monsanto found that its herbicide was no longer working so it quintipled the dose and is killing not only plants but birds and bees.
 
 
+14 # reo100 2013-04-06 15:38
And its all about the weed killer! Imagine that...
 
 
+13 # da gaf 2013-04-06 16:03
THE ANGER OF OUR CITIZENS SHOULD HIT BOILING POINT WHEN THE TRUTH REACHES THE AVERAGE ORDINARY PEOPLE.. AND THESE UGLY CRIMINALS SHOULD RECEIVE THEIR DUE PUNISHMENT.. ACCORDING TO THEIR BLACK HEARTS DEEDS.... MAKES ONE WONDER IF THEY ARE REALLY ALIENS FROM OUTER SPACE..CERTAINL Y THEY ARE NOT HUMAN!
 
 
0 # brux 2013-04-07 18:33
Reminds me of the movie "The Arrival" ... maybe they are aliens!
 
 
+2 # Cassandra2012 2013-04-08 12:36
PLEASE stop SHOUTING -- turns people off or makes them skip your message.
 
 
+10 # unitedwestand 2013-04-06 22:59
Monsanto and many more companies are the grim reapers in our lives and for the future. Why is it that Japan, China, France and other countries know to keep Monsanto out and that people in this country are oblivious to their evil doings?

Before they spent many millions in California to defeat Prop 37 to label GMO, the prop had 90+% of favor. Their money is why, and I'm answering my own question.
 
 
+2 # brux 2013-04-07 18:32
The question is - did the money make the difference, or what the money just a bribe to throw the election?

If so, how can Californians be so stupid as to think that labelling GMOs would somehow be bad?

This is equivalent to a government order for Americans to eat Monsanto GMO products - with or against their own wills.
 
 
+3 # tbcrawford 2013-04-08 18:38
If I'm not mistaken, Money bought a tsunami or ads, deceptive articles--you name it. Prop 37 folks couldn't up the ante. But still, the word is getting out and other states are demanding labeling. Don't despair and keep spreading the word that GMOs are harmful, Round-Up is toxic, and Monsanto can't make bees so once they're gone, so are we! Also, pay attention to who writes our laws!
 
 
+10 # Street Level 2013-04-06 23:16
They should have also mentioned the "contract" farmers have to sign when they buy the seeds which forces them into buying only Monsanto chemicals. They also hire thugs to spy on you for breach of contract or patent infringement if your non-GMO crops are contaminated.
If I damage someone's property, I'm responsible but if Monsanto damages someone's property, they get to sue the party they've harmed.
 
 
+7 # babalu 2013-04-07 07:55
Even if you don't buy their seed, but the Monsanto-seed pollen blows into your field - you still are hauled into court - there is no end to their greed!
 
 
+3 # onewatcher 2013-04-07 06:36
If Jesus won't bring these bastards to justice, I"m gonna quit prayin!!!!!!!!!
 
 
0 # flippancy 2013-04-07 20:25
Quoting onewatcher:
If Jesus won't bring these bastards to justice, I"m gonna quit prayin!!!!!!!!!



To which I ask, if we're all God's children, what's so special about Jesus?
 
 
+3 # jpap100 2013-04-07 16:36
Reaping obscene corporate profits on human misery resulting from Agent Orange and Roundup weed killer, massive suicides of Indian farmers driven deeper into abject poverty, and monopolization of our seed supply coupled with flooding the market with their GMO seeds and crops, Monsanto has now muscled our weak kneed legislators into giving them a virtual shield. No company has such a law to protect them against any citizen with the temerity to challenge them.
 
 
+3 # cafetomo 2013-04-07 17:47
Patenting life used to be specifically forbidden by the founding fathers of this nation. The reason it got specific attention even then, is exemplified in current practices evidenced today. Add Monsanto's patenting of organisms in genetic combinations that may or may not cause cancer, with those of other corporations doing much the same in a manner effectively blocking research into the means necessary to cure or treat it.

The result is an aggregate effect inimical to human existence. Well being has been copyrighted and placed beyond reach, for the possibility of potential profits. Choices in whether we are subjected to questionable food sources have been not only removed, but combined with an enforced ignorance in further research of what may be done to alleviate the effects.

At least the Jews could tell they were being gassed.
 
 
+3 # flippancy 2013-04-07 20:30
Monsanto was also the biggest manufacturer of asbestos and knew of its' dangers for decades before the public became aware of it.

And any product with GMOs in it should be requirtd to be labelled with the skull and crossbones.
 
 
+3 # Walter J Smith 2013-04-08 16:55
Taking the food quality challenge to Monsanto is like taking the incessant war-mongering challenge to Halliburton. Neither one of them has a conscience. No corporation has a conscience. A conscience is something that is human specific. This indicates that we have a corporation, called the US Government, ruling us as if everyone in its offices were unconscionable zombies.

"Monsanto has become synonymous with the corporatization and industrializati on of our food supply."

Yes, and it may also be true to say that "Monsanto has become synonymous with the corporatization of the entire US National Being & raison d'etre'.
 
 
+1 # tbcrawford 2013-04-08 18:25
Do they pay US taxes? Just curious.
 

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