September 24, 2012
If we explore the history of Monsanto, we see much more than the largest producer of herbicides and genetically modified (GM) seeds in the world. We see outright deception, lies, fraud, and a full awareness of the catastrophic damage they have willfully inflicted on human beings.
A recent widely publicized study on GM corn fed rats has gone viral, however there are no conclusions in this study that Monsanto (despite denying it) was not already aware of.
They've known the cancer causing effects
of GM seeds all along, and simply ignored the truth so they could
further poison mass populations with their products.
For over hundred years, Monsanto has evolved from primarily an industrial chemical concern into a pure agricultural products company.
Although they are best known today for
their agricultural biotechnology GMO products, the company has a
long and dirty history of polluting the world with some of the most
toxic compounds known to humankind.
Now massive aerial spraying of Roundup
in Colombia is being used by the US and the Colombian government as
a counter-insurgency tactic, contaminating food crops and poisoning
For example, GMO crops are eliminating habitat for monarch butterflies, whose populations are down 50% in the US.
Roundup herbicide has been shown to
cause birth defects in amphibians, embryonic deaths and endocrine
disruptions, and organ damage in animals even at very low doses. GMO
canola has been found growing wild in North Dakota and California,
threatening to pass on its herbicide tolerant genes on to weeds.
A "state of hepatorenal toxicity" the
Canada paid the FDA the sum of $50 million to have rape registered and recognized as "safe". In 1995, a study in the Wall Street Journal showed is caused lung cancer. The Canadian government later subsidized it to industries involved in food processing.
Generally rapeseed has a
cumulative effect, taking almost 10 years before symptoms begin to
manifest. It has a tendency to inhibit proper metabolism of foods
and prohibits normal enzyme function.
Monsanto was ordered to pay $41.1
million to a waste management company in Texas due to concerns over
hazardous waste dumping.
Monsanto officials argue that,
As Monsanto had moved into biotechnology, its executives had the opportunity to create a new narrative for Monsanto.
They began to portray the false
ideology that genetic engineering was a ground-breaking technology
that could contribute to feeding a hungry world.
Monsanto's glyphosate-resistant (Roundup
Ready) seeds have reigned supreme on the biotech scene
for over a decade - creating a near-monopoly for Monsanto's Roundup
herbicide - which is now off patent. Roundup is the world's biggest
selling pesticide and it has helped make Monsanto the world's 5th
largest agrochemical company.
FYI RoundUp is made from Rockefeller's fossil-fuel petroleum OIL.
RoundUp foods are,
... if it's in a box or a can = you can
bet it's GMO.
A revolving door exists between Monsanto and U.S. regulatory and judicial bodies making key decisions. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a former Monsanto lawyer, was the one who wrote the majority opinion on a key Monsanto case.
In 1996, Monsanto was accused of false and misleading advertising of glyphosate products, prompting a law suit by the New York State attorney general.
Monsanto had made claims that its spray-on glyphosate based herbicides, including Roundup, were safer than table salt and "practically non-toxic" to mammals, birds, and fish.
Environmental and consumer rights campaigners brought a case in France in 2001 for presenting Roundup as biodegradable and claiming that it left the soil clean after use; glyphosate, Roundup's main ingredient, is classed by the European Union as "dangerous for the environment" and "toxic for aquatic organisms".
In January 2007, Monsanto was convicted
of false advertising. The result was confirmed in 2009.
On two occasions, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has caught scientists deliberately falsifying test results at research laboratories hired by Monsanto to study glyphosate.
In the first incident involving Industrial Biotest Laboratories, an EPA reviewer stated after finding,
In the second incident of falsifying test results in 1991, the owner of the lab (Craven Labs), and three employees were indicted on 20 felony counts, the owner was sentenced to 5 years in prison and fined $50,000, the lab was fined $15.5 million dollars and ordered to pay $3.7 million dollars in restitution.
Craven laboratories performed studies for 262 pesticide companies including Monsanto.
Monsanto has stated that the studies have been repeated, and that Roundup's EPA certification does not now use any studies from Craven Labs or IBT. Monsanto also said that the Craven Labs investigation was started by the EPA after a pesticide industry task force discovered irregularities.
Almost any food with oil in it is either,
Soy protein is used in a variety of foods such as,
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients.
They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems.
Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses. Monsanto has denied all of these claims.
Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise.
A 2001 literature review suggested that
women should be aware of the risks of potential tumor growth when
taking soy products, based on the effect of phytoestrogens to
promote breast cancer cell growth in animals.
Genetically modified soy had recently
entered the UK from US imports and the soy used in the study was
largely GMO. Aspartame is also known to cause NEW allergies and
hives by the "reported cases" at the FDA.
The December 2009
study conforms with a
2007 analysis by CRIIGEN on Mon 863, published in Environmental
Contamination and Toxicology, using the same data.
When testing for drug or pesticide safety, the standard protocol uses three mammalian species.
The subject studies only used rats, yet won GMO approval in more than a dozen nations.
Chronic problems are rarely discovered
in 90 days; most often such tests run for up to two years. Tests
“lasting longer than three months give more chances to reveal
metabolic, nervous, immune, hormonal or cancer diseases.
Approved genetically modified foods are linked to organ damage in comprehensive studies.
So although this latest study has scientists suggesting that the results raise serious questions about the safety of GM foods and the assurances offered by biotech companies and governments, nothing is new, nothing has changed and there is no supplemental evidence that will alter government regulations.
However, what the study does provide is further awareness on the dangers of GMO, further publicity to promote the issue and further education to those who have ignored the facts about genetically modified foods for years.