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
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