MONSANTO what it realy is and why its so bad for us?
Monsanto is guilty of…
1. Contaminating the global food chain with GMOs.
2. Intimidating small farmers with bullying and lawsuits.
3. Propagating the use of destructive pesticides and herbicides across the globe.
4. Using “Terminator Technology”, which renders plants sterile.
5. Attempting to hijack UN climate change negotiations for your own fiscal benefit.
6. Reducing farmland to desert through monoculture and the use of synthetic fertilizers.
7. Inspiring suicides of hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers.
8. Causing birth defects by continuing to produce the pesticide “Round-up”
9. Attempting to bribe foreign officials
10. Infiltrating anti-GMO groups~ click above for source
~Bonus: a wonderful rebuttal to pro-Monsanto comment via Reddit:
“How can one contaminate the global food chain with GMOs, when they actually help millions of people from starvation?”
Because you’re incorrect about that.Before I get into details, just start from first principles and follow the chain of logical reasoning. Corporations want to patent crops and pesticides, so they can:
A) Make more money by raising the price of food and controlling who can grow it; or
B) Give it away for free, to feed millions of starving people with no moneyWhich one would you guess?Now for the details.
1. The more nutrients in the crop, the more is taken out of the soil. Many GM crops require expensive fertilizers and simply won’t grow in the marginal soil in regions where they are most needed. E.g. Golden Rice, which is not only impractical as a crop but only produces provitamin-A (beta carotene) which isn’t sufficiently bioavailable for the malnourished people it is intended for, since it is fat soluble. Multivitamin pills are much cheaper and more effective.
2. The more drought-resistant the crop, the more nutrients are taken out of the soil for non-edible parts, e.g. the root system. A greater percentage of the plant is scaffolding, to support smaller fruits. This increases the price.
3. Pest resistance as it currently stands is almost exclusively focused on incorporating Bt-expressing genes into plants. Bt is a naturally-occurring soil bacterium which creates a toxin that is effective against certain categories of pests. Traditional organic farming practice is to apply Bt at certain strategic times. However, GM crops engineered with Bt express the toxin throughout the plant year-round. This rapidly leads to pest resistance, in the same way as overuse of antibiotics in livestock. Monsanto’s Bt Corn is failing, and so is its cotton. The main benefit to Monsanto is that it has effectively destroyed one of the few options available to organic farmers, and can simply start selling a synthetic pesticide now that targets the same pests.
4. PATENTS MAKE COSTS SKYROCKET. If any company were sincere about “feeding the poor” they would not be trying to patent the world’s food supply. GM food companies are envious of Big Pharma’s profits with patented drugs, and they want to import that IP regime straight into the food system and own it. Just imagine SOPA applying to your food. The legislation required to enforce a patent regime on food will make SOPA look reasonable by comparison.
5. THERE IS NOT A FOOD PRODUCTION SHORTAGE in any country with a working government. All the places with famine problems are precisely the same regions that are hard to get aid into. Wars and political upheaval mean that food aid gets seized by warlords and political factions. It is a distribution problem, not a crop problem. Case in point: Zimbabwe was known as the “Breadbasket of Africa”. You have probably heard about them more recently as the place with 100 trillion dollar bills that can’t buy a loaf of bread. Mugabe moved in