Monsanto controls our food supply - In the US, Monsanto owns 90 percent of soy, 85 percent of corn, and 95 percent of sugar beets — all genetically modified and including patents … When Monsanto purchased Semenis, just one of its many subsidiary seed companies, it gained control of an estimated 40 percent of the US vegetable seed market in one go — from peppers to peas, lettuce to lima beans. After the purchase of Semenis, Monsanto became the largest conventional seed company in the world. In the words ofHenry Kissinger: Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.
Health - Recent independent testing of GMO food has shown it causes serious health risksincluding allergies, immune and organ dysfunction, bleeding in the stomach, sterilization, and other complicated disorders, even death, in animals. In the UK allergies skyrocketed by 50% soon after GM soy was introduced.
Environmental – Monsanto has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as being a responsible party for 56 contaminated superfund sites in the United States, alone. Monsanto’s contaminated products have been found in lakes, streams, air and rain. The pollution and poisoning has led Monsanto into court where the company has settled countless times paying out hundreds of millions of dollars.
Honeybees and colony collapse disorder - Bees pollinate 70% of crops on the planet. Since the mid 1990s, farmers have seen a rise in colony collapse disorder in honeybee populations around the world. A study published by the journal of environmental science and technology states that Italian researchers have identified a common chemical Neonicotinoid insecticide to be causing the colony collapse disorder epidemic, which has been killing off honeybee populations around the world. The chemical is applied to many genetically engineered seeds before planting for the purpose of killing pests in which the GMO BT toxin cannot destroy. According to the International business times “Industrial corn production has increased in recent years with its use as both a food crop and in the production of ethanol leading to the application of more insecticides. As pests adapt and develop stronger resistances to the insecticides more potent ones have to be developed. The effect has devastated honeybee populations.” Since Italy banned Neonicotinoid insecticide, colony collapse disorder has virtually disappeared.
Organic testing – In the United States, organic farmers often find that their crops test positive for GMO cross-contamination. Organic farmers are having to test their crops for GMO contamination. This raises the cost of all organic products since testing one bag costs an average of $10.00 dollars a bag. The cross-contamination not only is caused by the wind blowing or bees but also farm equipment, trucks and more.
Lobbying – Monsanto gave $186,250.00 to federal candidates, democrats and republicans alike, in 2008. In 2010, Monsanto gave $305,749.00 combined to democrats and Republicans. Monsanto has a long list of government ties from former employees working for the FDA to having agriculture representatives guiding President Obama.
Our tax dollars hard at work for, junk food? – According to US PIRG “Between 1995 and 2010, American taxpayers spent over $260 billion in agricultural subsidies. Most subsidies went to the country’s largest farming operations (Monsanto being one of them), mainly to grow just a few commodity crops, including corn and soybeans. While dairy and livestock production also receive some federal support, it is these commodity crops that get the lion’s share of the subsidies. These commodity crops are then made into high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils for, none other than, junk food.
Monsanto a huge billion dollar bully –
- Monsanto threatens to sue Vermont over GMO labeling bill
- Monsanto sues thousands of farmers and takes over their businesses
- Monsanto's patent GE “Terminator seeds” require activation with expensive chemicals
- Farmers are required to sign agreements stating that the farmer will only use Monsanto seed
- Monsanto has been caught suppressing investigative reports on the health risks of its products
GMO foods banned or labeled –
- Austria and Hungary
- Sir Lanka
- Last and surely not least Monsanto’s lunch room