Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you know about Monsanto. The agricultural behemoth determined to dictate to the American public what they can and can’t eat, to the American government what laws they can and can’t pass, and to the American farmer what they can and can’t plant. To be blunt, Monsanto has an overblown sense of self-importance.
On first glance, it sounds like a good idea…crops that are resistant to weeds and certain crop diseases. Fish that are larger. Food animals given feed that contain antibiotics.
But…wait a minute. Has anyone taken the time to determine just how the pesticides that are introduced into grain are going to magically disappear at harvest time? What about those fish…will they out-produce native/natural species, making species already on the brink of extinction fall over? And what about the beef fed antibiotics. How is that going to affect human consumers?
According to Monsanto, there are no risks. Yet, they refuse to allow anyone outside of their labs to see their work. There are no second opinions. No one has been able to examine these crops, these fish, this feed, in order to determine what health risks there are for us.
Just how out of control is this company? Take a look.
“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food,” said Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. “Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”
This is a direct quote. Monsanto doesn’t care about the safety of what they create. Only that they can sell as much of their ‘Frankenfood’ as possible. What company puts out a product that they KNOW is dangerous? (If it weren’t dangerous, surely Monsanto would welcome outside interest in their seeds. Instead, they insist that no one…NO ONE…can experiment with or examine the seeds they sell.)
As a result of this ‘mindset’, Monsanto has made it part of their ‘business plan’ to load the FDA and government overseers with as many former Monsanto employees as possible. Seriously…that’s what they’re doing! Want a list? Here you go:
Toby Moffett…former Monsanto consultant. Now a Democratic Congressman for Connecticut.
What about Dennis Deconcini? He was a Legal Counsel for Monsanto. He’s now a Democratic Senator for Arizona.
Then there’s Margaret Miller. She was a Chemical Lab Supervisor for Monsanto. Then she became the Deputy Director of the FDA, and Housing and Food Services. She served in those positions under Bush, Sr, and Clinton.
Marcia Hale the Director of International and Government Affairs for Monsanto. (Seriously? A corporation needs a director for a department dedicated to dealing with the government? I’m guessing that only large corporations who deem it necessary to control any government is going to have a department like this. Scary thought, huh?) Well, her job after that was as part of the White House Senior Staff under Clinton.
Can’t forget about Mickey Kantor. He was a Monsanto Board member. He served as…wait for it…Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton administration.
Virginia Weldon, Monsanto VP of Public Policy. In 2000, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appointed her to the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology. (The Ag. Sec. at the time was Democrat Daniel Glickman.)
Josh King was Director of International Government Affairs at Monsanto. He went to work in for White House Communications, under Clinton.
David Beiler was VP, Government and Public Affairs for Monsanto. Then he became Vice-president Al Gore’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.
Carol Tucker-Foreman…former Monsanto lobbyist (and just let me say here that lobby groups of every sort should be outlawed!). She was White House appointed Consumer Advocate under Clinton.
Linda Fisher, VP Government and Public Affairs. She gave that up to become Deputy Administrator for the EPA under both Clinton and Bush.
Lidia Watrud was Manager of New Technologies for Monsanto. She’s now working for the USDA and the EPA. Has been since Clinton. She’s still there.
Michael Taylor, VP Public Policy. He became the Deputy Commissioner of the FDA under Obama.
Hilary Clinton, of the Rose Law Firm, was Monsanto Counsel. She was First Lady, Senator of New York, and then Secretary of State for Obama.
Roger Beachy, Director of the Monsanto Danforth Center. Until he gave it up to become Director of the USDA and the NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) for Obama.
Last, but certainly not least, is Islam Siddiqui, a Monsanto Lobbyist. He’s an Agricultural Negotiator and Trade Rep for Obama.
Wait…do you see the trend here? Do you see the conflicts of interest here? Do you see what’s happening? These people STILL work for Monsanto. It’s just under the cuff. In positions where they can force through Monsanto’s agenda, without the taxpaying public having a say in the matter. Or even knowing about it for that matter!
But creating ‘Frankenfood’ isn’t the only ‘sin’ of Monsanto.
Monsanto sues small farmers. No kidding. This behemoth of a company goes after small family farms when those farms are contaminated with Monsanto’s genetically engineered Round-Up Ready Canola, which is spread via pollen from nearby farms. Monsanto claims it doesn’t matter how the contamination took place. If the plants are there, the farmers must pay their “Technology Fee’, which is what farmers must pay in order to grow Monsanto’s genetically engineered products. It’s not enough that the farmers who choose to grow these crops pay for the seed, they have to pay a technology fee as well.
The disheartening addendum to that is the fact that Monsanto’s lobbyists continue to convince state after state to kill any bills that place a moratorium or ban on Monsanto crops.
The contaminated crops, by the way, are not exportable. You see, eight European Union countries (Austria, Burgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxemburg, and Poland) have banned Monsanto’s MON810 maize and other forms of GMO grains. Italy has moved to ban Monsanto corn. India wants Monsanto out of their country for good. And that list is growing.
And in one of the most unbelievable acts of greed: global water sources have been contaminated with Monsanto chemicals, including PCBs, dioxin and glyosphate (Roundup) Does Monsanto apologize, and at least offer to clean up the water? Uh…no. Instead Monsanto is taking control of public water supplies. (See the list of government officials above, and keep in mind the dozens (hundreds?) of Monsanto lobbyists in every state!) Then they filter the water, and sell it back to the people. Talk about having your cake and eating it too!
When you Google ‘Monsanto’, the number of entries detailing their out of control business behavior, the lawsuits against them, the lawsuits they have against small farmers, the outrage, the fear of what GMOs mean to us, and our children, are staggering.
The bottom line is this…Monsanto controls the government at federal and state levels. We have a choice: allow Monsanto to continue to force their agenda, and their ‘Frankenfood’ on us, OR, we stand up and tell our representatives, the USDA, the FDA and every other alphabet agricultural program or department that we are NOT going to allow GMOs in our food sources. We are NOT going to allow Monsanto to continue to destroy farms and water sources. And we certainly aren’t going to allow Monsanto to destroy the American economy any more than it is because GMO crops can’t be exported.
HELL NO! MONSANTO MUST GO!