While we’ve all been distracted over North Korea’s WMD’s and the Boston Bombers something unbelievably sinister has happened:
- The gargantuan chemical & pharmaceutical company who created Agent Orange plus the most commonly used pesticide in the world, RoundUp…
- The sellers of GM seeds that cause crop failure, bankruptcy & suicides in developing countries…
- The company with lawyers who patent troll & sue small farmers in first world countries…
- The company destroying food crops, water sources and protected areas in the Andes, pretending to reduce cocaine production while actually increasing it…
- The company that pollutes water, then filters it & sells it back to people…
- That makes modifications to foods that most likely contribute to colon, breast, lymphatic, and prostate cancer – not to mention allergies & asthma (!)
- The company who put toxins into a creek that made fish turn “belly-up within 10 seconds, spurting blood and shedding skin as if dunked into boiling water”… and then hid it from locals who drank the water, washed & swam in it
- The company who stopped dairy farmers from advertising that their milk *doesn’t* contain dangerous banned hormones supplied by said company…
- The company who practically owns all food seed companies in the world…
- And would LOVE nuclear fallout as an excuse to confiscate & ban all the world’s heirloom seeds… So they could sell their own!
- The company who has paid & wormed its way into world government & food authorities…
This same heinous company has just now written & secretly passed (hidden in a “cost cutting” reform) a US Act that:
- Indemnifies itself against any litigation, ever, over any sicknesses or damages caused by its GM foods
- AND even worse – has stopped courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial GM crops, ever… EVEN WHEN the severe adverse health effects get proven in the very near future
First, let us remember who we are talking about – Monsanto, eg the creators of Agent Orange & producers of now-banned toxic industrial coolants PCBs who have never been made liable for this:
“The dioxin in Agent Orange has been accepted internationally as one of the most toxic chemicals on the planet, causing everything from severe birth defects, to cancer, to neurological disorders, to death.
1962 to 1970, the US military sprayed 72 million liters of herbicides, mostly Agent Orange, on over one million Vietnamese civilians and over 100,000 U.S. troops.
But Monsanto has successfully blocked any major movement towards compensating veterans and civilians who were exposed to the company’s Agent Orange.”
“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 creek and dumped millions of pounds of PCBs into oozing open-pit landfills.
In 1966, Monsanto managers discovered that fish submerged in that creek turned belly-up within 10 seconds, spurting blood and shedding skin as if dunked into boiling water. They told no one. They decided “there is little object in going to expensive extremes in limiting discharges.” In 1975, a company study found that PCBs caused tumors in rats. They ordered its conclusion changed from “slightly tumorigenic” to “does not appear to be carcinogenic.””
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.
Here are some terrifying things you need to know about this Act, via the International Business Times:
“The “Monsanto Protection Act” effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future. The advent of genetically modified seeds — which has been driven by the massive Monsanto Company — and their exploding use in farms across America came on fast and has proved a huge boon for Monsanto’s profits.
But many anti-GMO folks argue there have not been enough studies into the potential health risks of this new class of crop. Well, now it appears that even if those studies are completed and they end up revealing severe adverse health effects related to the consumption of genetically modified foods, the courts will have no ability to stop the spread of the seeds and the crops they bear.”
This bill was practically written by Monsanto and signed into law by President Obama:
“The bill states that even if future research shows that GMOs or GE seeds cause significant health problems, cancer, etc, anything, that the federal courts no longer have any power to stop their spread, use, or sales.
The Act, essentially both written by and benefiting Monsanto Corporation, has been signed into law by United States President Barack Obama. The infamous Monsanto Corporation will benefit greatly and directly from the bill, as it essentially gives companies that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds immunity to the federal courts, among other things.”
Genetic manipulation and hormonal modification are Monsanto’s core businesses:
“Monsanto has been… introducing dangerous changes to plants and animals and… using strong-arm legal tactics against farmers for decades. Naturally occurring plant and animal species are permanently threatened by the introduction of DNA and hormonal modification, Monsanto’s core businesses.
Since GM foods were introduced, diagnosis of multiple chronic illnesses in the U.S. has skyrocketed. These illnesses include changes in major organs and in hormonal, immune, digestive, and reproductive systems. These modifications to foods and food production may also be contributors to colon, breast, lymphatic, and prostate cancers.
As early as 1991, a body of scientific research began to form which now includes articles in over 600 journals. As a whole, these offer scientific evidence that GM foods, hormones, and related pesticides are the root cause for the increase of many serious diseases in the U.S. “
And we’re not talking small business, “only in America” – they control our food seeds, agriculture chemicals and the majority of research and development in those sectors:
“6 multinational Gene Giants control the current priorities and future direction of agriculture research worldwide. Syngenta, Bayer, BASF,[i] Dow, Monsanto and DuPont control 59.8 % of commercial seeds and 76.1 % of agrochemicals. The same 6 companies account for at least 76 % of all private sector R&D in these two sectors.”
Monsanto know how to “get away” with all its activities by legally manipulating law while suing small time farmers into silence. The word litigious doesn’t even cover what these guys get up to.
“Think Progress reports that the company devotes $10 million per year and 75 staffers to investigating and prosecuting (small) farmers for patent violations. It has also sued more than 400 farmers over the last 13 years for patent infringement.”
PATENTS on planting food seeds? Yes.
Ever heard of Roundup Ready soybeans? Great stuff because you can pay Monsanto for the right to buy & plant these seeds, then you can pay Monsanto for the poison to spray over the sprouts & everything else around them… Then you can still safely eat ’em!
“[Roundup Ready soybeans are] probably the most rapidly adopted technological advance in history… the very first Roundup Ready soybean seed was only made in 1996. And it now is grown by more than 90 percent of the 275,000 soybean farms in the United States.”
1996. You can bet I’ll be looking for that date in my future studies of my daughter’s allergies.
But I digress…
“Farmers who plant Monsanto soybeans have to sign an agreement saying they will not save the “second-generation” seeds and use them for the next harvest. “
Farmers can’t do Farming – they can’t save their seeds to replant them, because Monsanto have made it illegal.
What if it was an accident? They’ll still sue.
For example 75 year old Mr Bowman bought seeds from a grain elevator that sold soybeans as grain for animal feed, industrial use, or other non-planting purposes. The elevator contained a lot of “second generation” Roundup Ready seeds—the spawn of original seeds that other farmers had bought and harvested from Monsanto.
Bowman didn’t re-plant his own Monsanto seeds, but he did plant seeds that contained somebody else’s second-generation Monsanto seeds – and that’s the part that Monsanto objects to. According to Monsanto, buying that grain and planting it to make more soybeans (as opposed to buying the grain to use for food or another purpose) is a patent violation, too.
Do you know what else Monsanto can make you pay for? Unauthorised plant sex. Unwanted GM pollen, carried on the wind (& by bees) that you didn’t want, need (or pay for).
“Percy… is a farmer from… Canada, whose Canola fields were contaminated with Monsanto’s genetically engineered Round-Up Ready Canola by pollen from a nearby farm. Monsanto says it doesn’t matter how the contamination took place, and is therefore demanding Schmeiser pay their Technology Fee (the fee farmers must pay to grow Monsanto’s genetically engineered products). According to Schmeiser, “I never had anything to do with Monsanto, outside of buying chemicals [like RoundUp]. I never signed a contract.
If I would go to St. Louis (Monsanto Headquarters) and contaminate their plots – destroy what they have worked on for 40 years – I think I would be put in jail and the key thrown away.””
But this couldn’t happen here in Australia, right? Unfortunately wrong, we’ve already been infiltrated – one organic farmer from WA lost his organic certification after canola on surrounding farms contaminated his crops. And when he tried to take on Monsanto for the loss of his livelihood they bankrolled the surrounding GM-growing farmers.
As mentioned before, our friends at Monsanto have also stopped dairy farmers from advertising (truthfully, and beneficially for consumers) that their milk *doesn’t* contain dangerous hormones – hormones banned in the whole world (& produced by Monsanto.)
“Oakhurst Dairy has been owned and operated by the same Maine family since 1921, and Monsanto recently attempted to put them out of business. Oakhurst, like many other dairy producers in the U.S., has been responding to consumer demand to provide milk free of rBGH, a synthetic hormone banned (for health reasons) in every industrialized country other than the U.S.
Monsanto, the number one producer of the rBGH synthetic steroid, sued Oakhurst, claiming they should not have the right to inform their customers that their dairy products do not contain the Monsanto chemical. Given the intense pressure from the transnational corporation, Oakhurst was forced to settle out of court, leaving many other dairies vulnerable to similar attacks from Monsanto.”
There’s really too much to say about Monsanto, but here’s a quick round up of some other items I hope you take time to think about/Google research/get active about:
What can we do?
Keep our eyes open always researching and looking “behind” the news, reading food labels and educating ourselves on what is really in our food, and talking to friends and family about the risks of genetic modification, reminding them that the full effects of these foods haven’t even been discovered yet:
“Monsanto’s GM sweet corn contains Bt toxin, a pesticide designed to rupture the stomach of the insects that eat it. Monsanto insists it’s safe for humans — yet rats who ate potatoes with Bt suffered from intestinal damage and the toxin has never even been tested on humans. Monsanto also claims that Bt toxin breaks down in our digestive systems — but it has been detected in the blood of pregnant women and unborn babies.”
Get involved in International petitions to close up legal loopholes abused by Monsanto – Australian can learn from Europe’s experience:
“These profit-hungry biotech companies have found a way to gain exclusive control over the seeds of life – the source of our food. They’re trying to patent away varieties of our everyday vegetables and fruits like cucumber, broccoli and melons, forcing growers to pay them for seed and risk being sued if they don’t.”
Pledge to get Monsanto *out* of politics worldwide and keep them out of Australian politics. They’ve infiltrated the American FDA, they influence policy, they can often buy the laws they want – and they now make it into Australian headline news.