…life from my perspective
“If they control seed they control food. They know it. It’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world.”
Vandana Shiva, President of the Navdanya Foundation
With its R&D facility headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Monsanto is an agricultural biotechnology powerhouse. In 1970, Monsanto developed and patented the herbicide glyphosphate and sold it as a weed killer under different tradenames depending upon the glyphosphate concentration. i.e. Razor Pro (41%), Roundup Pro (50.2%), Aquaneat (53.8%). When sprayed over crops, not only was the glyphosphate herbicide killing the weeds but the crops as well and all nearby green land so Monsanto went back to the lab and developed and patented genetically engineered Roundup Ready seeds to withstand the deadly and damaging effects of the glyphosphate. Genetic engineering involves altering the genetic material of an organism via a recombinant DNA process whereby DNA molecules from other sources are combined to create a new gene. That new gene is then inserted into the host genome resulting in a genetically altered transgenic organism. Current Roundup Ready genetically engineered seed crops include soy, corn, alfalfa, potatoes, rice, wheat and cotton. Monsanto’s marketing pitch of Roundup Ready seeds to farmers is increased crop yield at reduced costs. In 1996 2% of US soybeans contained the Monsanto patented gene. In 2010, 95% of soybeans in the US contained Monsanto’s patented gene. Monsanto currently owns 80% of commercial corn and has a stronghold on commercial cotton crops. Monsanto also deserves credit for developing and patenting Posilac, the genetically engineered rBGH (bovine growth hormone) which is injected into cows to increase their milk production.
Well genetic engineering ain’t so bad is it? It’s allowing Monsanto to address the food crisis by increasing food production to meet the world’s needs at a reduced cost for farmers and their families. What Monsanto isn’t sharing is most farmers don’t want to plant their GE seeds. But the coercion, induced fear and legal threats at the hands of Monsanto, their corporate lawyers and private investigators have forced farmers to acquiesce and plant their crops. For the farmers who don’t plant Monsanto crops and save their own seeds, they run the risk of their fields becoming contaminated by the GE seeds of a neighboring farmer’s crop and are subsequently faced with the burden of proving to Monsanto and their lawyers they aren’t guilty of patent infringement. A farmer’s annual income depends on what crops their producing and the demand for that crop from year to year. In 2005, the net cash income for farmers was $18,000. Clearly not enough to engage in any legal wrangling with Monsanto. In a nutshell, Monsanto is stripping farmers of their autonomy and destroying the biodiversity of our food crops. They are slowly bringing about the destruction of our natural resources and ushering in a new age of manufactured, assembly line food production. And while I feel bad for our farmers and bow my head in shame at the cost our environment is paying for Monsanto’s practices, what effect does CONSUMING genetically modified foods have on human beings? THAT’S the #1 issue on the table. One that I challenge you to research on your own.
“FUN” FOOD FACTS:
“70% of the hamburger meat sold in the US contains “meat filler” that has been cleansed with ammonia to kill e.coli. In 5 years we should be at 100%.” – Eldon Roth, Founder of Beef Products In. 2010 (BPI, Nebraska)
80% of the beef/pork supply is controlled by 4 multinational corporations: National Beef, Cargill, Tyson, Swift/Smithfield– Food Inc.
70% of the food in the supermarket contains a genetically modified ingredient.
Cows are fed antibiotic laced corn feed and given growth hormones like rBGH also referred to as rBST. While the synthetic bovine growth hormone increases growth rates and milk production, it has also been found to inhibit the cow’s ability to reproduce, causes bone weakness and premature death. rBGH also increases the risk of udder infections in cows which can lead to pus in the milk. rBGH has been found to play a significant role in the development of breast, prostate and colon cancer. Free range, organic beef and raw milk and/or rBGH-free dairy is the best option.
There aren’t any existing US regulations that require mandatory GMO testing and/or labeling. In China, Japan, the EU, Australia and New Zealand all foods containing GMOs or GMO ingredients must be labeled.
There is a difference between “natural products” and “certified organic.” Nearly all “natural” processed foods and products contain GMOs while certified organic foods are safe, environmentally friendly and free from genetic engineering or modification. Support your local farmers markets and buy organic.
All fish labeled “Atlantic Salmon” comes from fish farms. Farmed salmon is crammed into pens and fed corn, soy and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. This is obviously an unnatural environment for the fish so they are susceptible to contaminants such as PCBs, DDT and carcinogens. In a nutshell, do away with “fresh Atlantic Salmon” and go “wild”. Unless the packaging reads “wild-caught” Alaskan Salmon, it’s farmed.
Earlier this year, top executives from Whole Foods, Stonyfield Farms and Organic Valley publicly stated that they no longer disagree with the mass commercialization of GE crops and are ready to enter talks with Monsanto and the USDA.
In 2006, the FDC declared that “milk and meat from cattle, swine and goat clones is safe to eat, virtually indistinguishable from conventional livestock and doesn’t require special labeling.”
After 60 years the FDA finally admits that chicken sold in the US contains arsenic.
The EU approved the use of meat glue which is used in food to hold different meats together. Imitation crab meat and chicken nuggets are the more common applications.
WHO IS MONSANTO? THE FEDDY GOVS
I already know who I am. A paranoid, incessant question-er of everything and trust-er of nothing or no one. And while everyone isn’t going to carry it like I do, I strongly believe that people should seek out information for themselves because THEN AND ONLY THEN can an informed decision be made. Take a look at the list below and tell me what you see. I conclude that these “government regulatory agencies” are controlled by former members of the very companies they’re supposed to be policing. The bottom line is the top dollar and the US Federal Government is Monsanto’s most powerful ally. We the people, Of the people, For the people, By the people. So…..who’s zooming who?
Donald Rumsfeld – CEO/President Searle Pharmaceuticals, (’77 – ’85), Secretary of Defense (’01 – ’06)
While at Searle, “Rummy” was instrumental in legalizing aspartame.
Clarence Thomas – Monsanto Attorney (’76 – ’79), US Supreme Court Justice (’91 – )
Robert Shapiro – CEO of Monsanto (’99 – ’00), Undersecretary of Commerce/Clinton Advisor (’91 – ’92)
Mickey Kantor – Monsanto Bd of Dir (’00 – ’07), Secretary of Commerce/Clinton Advisor (’96 – ’97)
Margaret Miller – Monsanto Lab Manager (’85 – ’89), FDA Chief of Hormones/Pharmacological Agents (’89 – )
At the FDA Miller oversaw the approval of Monsanto’s rBGH. While at the FDA, she approved the same rBGH research she carried out at Monsanto.
Linda Fisher – Monsanto V.P. of Government/Public Affairs (’95 – ’00), EPA Deputy Administrator (’01 – ’03)
Fisher was responsible for enforcing pesticide regulations such as Monsanto’s ready Roundup Herbicide.
Ann Veneman – Bd of Dir of Monsanto’s Calgene Biotech Corporation, (Secretary of Agriculture (’00 – ’05)
John Ashcroft – MO Governor, Senator (’85 – ’93, ’95 – ’01), US Attorney General (’01 – ’05) received campaign donations from Monsanto. Monsanto’s R&D facility is headquartered in St. Louis, MO.
Michael Taylor– King & Spaulding Lawyer who advised Monsanto on GM food labeling and lobbied the FDA for rBGH approval (’84 – ’91), Deputy Commissioner for Policy and responsible for the marketing of rBGH and oversaw the FDA’s decision not to label genetically modified foods (’91 – ’94), Monsanto V.P. for Public Policy (’98 – ’00)
I’m not an anti-American, paranoid, angry, unpatriotic, bored, miserable, hateful, conspiracy theorist. But I strongly despise manipulators, liars and cheaters no matter the perpetrator committing the deception. I don’t think it is right nor do I think it is fair the way our government conducts some of its affairs. Be it foreign policy or food safety. It is my thought that the American public is INTENTIONALLY being misled with falsified information and deceptive practices. WE THE PEOPLE have choices. The only way people can make the best choices is by evaluating their options. From all sides. But if the people are being lied to about their choices it handicaps their ability to exercise good judgment and make choices that are in their best interest. I’m not interested in starting a FB Monsanto watch group nor do I want to march outside the White House carrying picket signs that read Monsanto Ain’t Shit. All I want to do is raise public awareness. Share information as I get it. Motivate others to move beyond where they are so they can be the best they can be. Be a resource for others as those were before me. I strongly believe in becoming the change I seek so if I want my people to live fuller, longer, healthier lives then I must be an example. That’s all I’m doing. Each One. Reach One. Teach One. Until tomorrow youngn’s