Monsanto: A U.S. Based Food Company Killing Us Off?


According to the USDA “GE crops do not increase the yield potential of a hybrid. In fact, yield may even decrease…”

You may never have heard of the company Monsanto, but undoubtedly you’ve come into contact with their products. Monsanto is a St. Louis, Missouri based company who, in short, explains their mission as one to increase food production on farms.  Although this sounds like a noble mission it simply isn’t.

Monsanto may argue that they are helping farmers to grow bigger crops, using fewer resources and taking less time to do so. However, what they fail to explain is how they are compromising the end food product you’ll eat as well as causing irreparable damage to  the soils, the animals, and the surrounding farmers’ lands.

When it comes to Monsanto, there are millions of activists leading the grass roots effort against this company and the alleged poisoning it takes part in today. There are several substantiated complaints against Monsanto. Let’s explore a few.

3 Ways Monsanto is Killing You
Small Farmers Being Sued

When you visit Monsanto’s website you’ll find their slogan elaborating on their mission which states, “Producing more, conserving more, improving lives.” Now there’s no doubt this all sounds really good, however, the reality is quite the opposite. In fact, Monsanto’s agriculture activity is actually putting the small American farmer out of work – for good!

They are doing this in a couple of ways. First, there are the small farmlands being contaminated with pesticides Monsanto chooses to spray on their own crops in neighboring lands. Percy Schmeiser, a long time farmer from Canada is being sued by Monsanto after his own canola crops were contaminated by Monsanto’s use of their own Genetically Engineered Round-Up Ready Canola.

This chemical was spread to Schmeiser’s farmlands by pollen. This product supposedly increases production but is creating genetically engineered (also known as genetically altered or genetically modified) canola. A type of food product we should all stay away from eating. Now Schmeiser’s previously healthy canola is a genetically modified product that Schmeiser wants no parts of.

So why, you probably ask, is Monsanto suing Schmeiser? Greedy Monsanto wants him to pay for using the Round-Up Ready Canola product. That’s right, not only are Schmeiser’s crops contaminated now, he’s being asked to pay for the contamination.

This is just one example of the hundreds of small American and Canadian farmers being sued by Monsanto for the contamination of their land. Land these farmers have spent years cultivating and farming.

Pushing Genetically Engineered Products

One of the main ways that Monsanto is trying, as their motto says, to “produce more, conserve more,” is through the use of genetically engineered products. Let’s be clear here that genetically engineered is the same as saying genetically modified and genetically altered. The genetics have been changed.

Genetically modified foods, are ones I highly recommend you steer clear of, no matter what the sales gimmicks may say about them. One of the biggest revenue sources for Monsanto, are these genetically engineered foods. From wheat and canola to alfalfa and cotton, Monsanto has a genetically engineered seed of just about every type you (or a farmer) would want.

Genetically Altered Seeds from Monsanto

  • Alfalfa
  • Canola
  • Corn
  • Cotton
  • Sorghum
  • Soybeans
  • Sugarbeets
  • Wheat

As you can see many of these foods are the main ingredient in other foods. Consuming and farming genetically engineered foods is not good for you, the environment, or the economy of the small farmers across the world struggling to stay afloat.

This leads into another problem with Monsanto. They are not only producing foods that are harmful to the body and land they are suing those who attempt to keep their own food products healthy for the consumer.

A small Maine dairy farm in operation since 1921, Oakhurst responded to the consumer outcry for rBGH free dairy products. Oakhurst proudly let consumers know that their dairy products were free of dangerous rBGH. Monsanto, the number one producer of rBGH, responded by suing Oakhurst – a small, family owned business.

Monsanto claims that by advertising their dairy as rBGH free, it takes away from their rBGH dairy products and revenue.

Does Monsanto sound like a dirty company to you? Well, there’s more.

Round Up and other Monsanto Toxins

If you taken a trip to the local garden center you’ve probably seen Round Up lining the shelves claiming to rid your garden of weeds. Round Up is a product of who else but Monsanto. Round Up is an herbicide that has been implicated in many problems with agriculture.

Round Up has been said to make soils infertile, crops unproductive, and plants devoid of nutrition. The health implications of consuming foods grown near Round Up are also of concern.

When it comes to wheat, Round Up is the leading herbicide used. However many wheat crops are being destroyed by Round Up. It’s creating a problem called, fusarium head blight. Canada’s wheat crops are currently being ravaged by this fast spreading wheat disease. As the use of Round Up continues and increases the same for other countries crops is feared.

But that’s not all. The continued heavy use of Round Up is being implicated as the cause for a strain of ‘superweeds’ which are resistant to previously effective herbicides. I can’t stop here when it comes to Monsanto’s Round Up because scientific data now reveals that Round Up is being linked to cancers.

In a study by oncologists Dr. Lennart Hardell and Dr. Mikael Eriksson, it was revealed that use of the herbicide, glyphosate (aka Round Up,) is linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. (Link)

In addition Monsanto produced Agent Orange and dumped dioxins and PCBs in global water supplies contaminating these precious fresh water supplies.

Monsanto: A Company Full of Toxins and Lies

When it comes to doing business it’s vital to put your money where your values lie. Monsanto is a company full of lies and spreading toxins throughout the world in the name of making money.

The claims their clever copywriters make on their products and website are simply to further Monsanto’s role in the world. To learn more about the allegations against Monsanto visit:  http://organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm

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17 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Heather says:

    You have just hit the tip of the iceberg with Monsanto. This company is in bed with many of our government, complete revolving door. They have little to no ethics in how they operate. I have heard from farmers and from researchers who have nothing positive to say about them or their products. They buy off the good farmers and have too much control in our world’s food supply. This should concern us. Say NO to GMO’s. They’re bad stuff…and stop the use of Roundup…glyphosate is horrible. It doesn’t kill the weed it superactivates the bacterias/fungus, etc. in the ground to attack the weed. So we have “Super” bad stuff in the ground. And it has a half life of 20 days to 40 years and then breaks down into other really bad components. God gave us everything that we need. Cross-hybridization is natural selection but GMO’s are super injecting DNA from other things into plants. It is messing with God’s creation and this is wrong…

  2. Daniel says:

    If you want to know a little more about Monsanto and how they are abusing small farmers you should check out the documentary Food, Inc. It will open your eyes to the corruption in our food industry and government.

  3. Kathy says:

    Can you tell me what other companies Monsanto owns? I know they own Miracle Grow but could not find out the other companies, for I wish to boycott them all.

    Thanks!

    • jbritland says:

      Monsanto is the bain of the American people & unfortunately the world.
      They are a power house taking over everything
      They own the worlds food market.
      They just acquired
      “whole Foods Markets”
      so they are no longer safe to shop there.
      It is becoming increasingly difficult to find pure non GMO or GMO-E foods

      Now they own the markets A Blatant conflict of interest to the world
      They have taken away every human beings right to grow & eat pure foods
      We now need to grow more of our own foods
      All of the farmers & injured parties throughout the world need to band together & SUE Monsanto. I would like to because they have made my life insanely difficult.
      Monsanto has taken away my food pleasure life
      Monsanto has invaded mine & my families freedom of choice…
      They have deceived & tricked us all into buying & eating their foods.

  4. Tiffany says:

    You will find additional information about the Monsanto corruption in the movie: King Corn.

    You can find it online or reserve the dvd from your local public library.

  5. JULIE says:

    Monsanto makes me sick! I can’t believe our gov’t allows them to get away with poisoning our food! Oh, wait…I forget that half of Monsanto’s execs are now in gov’t positions and are the ones with all the power! I’m only 32 yrs old and have a 1 yr old son and I’m terrified of letting him eat anything from a grocery store in fear of it being harmful. I’m seriously considering not having more children b/c of the way our gov’t is allowing us to be poisened by the foods we eat….Organic is expensive, so what options are there to keep families healthy w/out eating foods that are potentially poisonous?

  6. Brian says:

    I’ve heard that it’s very difficult to find seeds that are not “patented” because they’ve been genetically modified. Can anyone recommend a brand of seed that is not genetically modified? Thanks in advance!

    • Daniel says:

      Im not sure of any brands of seeds that aren’t genetically modified but in the Food, Inc documentary they say that Monsanto now controls over 90% of the soy bean that is harvested in the US. Finding one that isn’t Monsanto would be difficult.

    • Beth says:

      http://www.eldoradoheirloomseeds.com/

      They also have a tab “patented seeds” that discusses Monsanto as well

    • Mary Hysong says:

      you can buy heirloom seeds from the seed savers exchange. You don’t have to be a member to order from their catalog. But if you become a member then you will get the exchange catalog where you can get seeds (some pretty rare) direct from the gardener growing them. Then save your own. Seed companies only really got started about 150-200 years ago. Before then everyone saved their own seeds and traded with each other.

    • Susan says:

      Seed Savers Exchange and other heirloom seed companies are out there.

  7. Kraig says:

    How can you know what foods are GMOs? I have not noticed these deceitful companies wanting to post this claim openly on their products.

    Another concern with your article is the fact that here in southern Minnesota where I live, we have so many pollutants in our area, it isn’t necessarily better for us to buy local. With so much mass farming, pesticides, herbicides, human growth hormones, and anti-biotics being flooded into the ground, even organic farmers can’t keep their foods from getting contaminated. I am not saying not to try and buy organic and local and sustainable, but that it simply shows the amount of destruction companies like Monsanto are doing to our food and environment.

    Along with Monsanto, you should also look into a company called Ajinomoto. It is located near Eddyville, IA across the road from a large Cargill plant. Very interesting!

  8. Heather says:

    If you want to learn a whole lot more about Monsanto too…view on youtube…the world according to monsanto…all 10 parts are very enlightening. Monsanto used to be tied to a big pharmaceutical company but due to Monsanto’s growing negativism they didn’t think it beneficial to be connected any longer. But ironically all of the Bio-Ag companies have a sister partner in big pharma. There used to be a time when this would’ve constituted a big conflict of interest. But today it’s all okay. And the fact that they’re all together with government….Ethics are a thing of the past. We only have our consumer voting power…which is underestimated. Europe stopped GMO’s by banning them. It’s tough but you’re seeing an emergence of the local farmers and markets. Use them!! And write to your grocers and restaurants and indicate your desire to eat nutritious foods that are without the worry of GMO’s. Our voice will be heard!! And then Pray!!

  9. About the only way we can fight against Monsanto is with our pocket books. To avoid “frankenfood”, I carry this Non-GMO shopping guide with me to the store. Download it free here: http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/SG-printDec2010.pdf

  10. Fitz Fleenor says:

    Like to DO something to STOP Monsanto??
    The group, “Millions Against Monsanto” is staging the “Rally For The Right To Know” at the Nashville Farmers Market on March, 26.
    Here is the Facebook link :
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172563472790766

  11. Robin Carpenter says:

    Thank you so much for letting folks know about this AND thanks for your other article on Canola oil – it is so important that we educate Americans on this, we are far behind the UK and most of Europe as well as Peru and other countries.
    I wrote an article for one of the Edible Communities magazines (Edible Marin and Wine Country) that has some more information that some people might find useful. You can see it at http://www.tinyurl.com/notsoedible1 – also the documentaries “The World According to Monsanto” and “Future of Food” are great overviews and fascinating to see.

  12. Louise Demers says:

    Farmers unite. Surely there’s a law firm fervent on the belief of non GMO’s that can represent you and defend your land your crops;
    Monsanto deservedly require severe punishment for lack of containment of their Genetically Engineered Round-Up propagating onto any farmers’ land and mutating onto their crops. It goes both ways: Monsanto claims ownership / Farmers fight back and put the blame, the responsibility where it belongs; request Monsanto to clean up your lands removing all toxins that THEY are responsible for.

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