If there was ever a corporation that could walk in between the raindrops it would be Monsanto. Founded by a Missouri pharmacist Monsanto is everywhere you look now. Around 90 percent of all cotton, corn and soybeans are genetically modified organisms. These products show up in over 70% of all U.S. processed food products. Basically Monsanto controls over 90% of all genetically engineered seeds so in other words Monsanto rules and owns patents on most of the American food supply. It is very difficult to conceive that one company can have so much power of our food supply but nonetheless they do and it appears that they will always have this control. The health hazards that their products contain are horrible and stealthy and products containing their poisons have been freely advertised to your children and family by way of colorful and pretty commercials and ads showing happy and beautiful people having fun while drinking or eating their disease ridden products.
Let’s look at some of the questionable contributions from the giant biotech companies in the eyes of the last century.
Saccharin was introduced into our lives by way Monsanto’s, in a soft drink called Coca-Cola and became a sugar replacements in many canned foods. The health effects of this substance have been questioned as early as 1907 by the Food and Drug Administration. The deception was great for the consumers who thought they were eating sugar when in fact they were eating a coal tar product completely void of nutrients and hazardous to one’s health. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that laboratory test revealed that this substance actually caused cancer in lab rats and warning labels begin to appear on the products containing Saccharin. Polystyrene was introduced to the general public in the mid 1940’s as an oil based plastic which included polystyrene foam which is also known as Styrofoam. We are now aware that this substance is horrible for the environment, as not one element of this is biodegradable. The thing that does happen to this is that it breaks down over a period of time into small pieces that can hurt marine life, get stuck in the throats of animals and also release cancer causing benzene into our environment for decades. Agent Orange was heavily used by the U.S. military in Vietnam during the war there back in the late 60’s as a way to clear the heavy bush of the Vietnamese jungle. More than 12 million gallons were sprayed over towns, farms and water supplies during a nine year time lapse. Birth defects, cancer, tumors and death were very common during and after the spray period amongst the locals and even many military soldiers that came in contact with it.
After a twelve year fight to keep Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) crops form contaminating the nation’s 25,000 organic ranches and farms, Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley and Stoneyfield Farms have decide to concede to the giant Monsanto’s. Many high executives from these three companies have publicly stated that they no longer want to oppose the mass commercialization of GE crop and are ready to sit down and come to an agreement for “coexistence with Monsanto’s.
In a stealth move by Whole Foods Market in its monthly newsletter, it literary and in effect gave the USDA bureaucrats the go ahead to approve the “conditional deregulation” of Monsanto’s genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant alfalfa. This means that WFM and their colleagues are set to go along with the colossal planting of a chemical and energy intensive GE perennial crop, alfalfa; which guarantees to spread its mutant seeds and genes across the farms of the U.S. This also guarantees that this alfalfa will be fed to organic animals and thus also guaranteeing the massive poisoning of farm workers and destruction of the prime soil food web by toxic herbicides. They have also agreed to produce roundup-resistance super-weeds that will require even more deadly herbicides such as 2,4 D to be sprayed on millions of acres of alfalfa across the United States.
It is hard to express how saddened I am about the USDA’s decision to deregulate genetically engineered alfalfa without restrictions and Whole Foods Market has advocated strongly for deregulation’s with restrictions to preserve the chances of non-GE and organic growers in avoiding contamination. It appears that the USDA has finally recognized that cross contamination of GE alfalfa could have a profound effect on organic and non GE farmers and consumers, both in the U.S. market and for export.