by Nick Meyer
August 11, 2015
seen here at
Monsanto's HQ in 1987,
had a lax attitude
toward the "bureaucratic and safety hurdles"
facing the company's
Rare Footage Shows
George Bush's 1987 Visit to Monsanto
Proponents of genetically engineered crops would have you believe
that we've been "modifying" foods for "thousands of years."
But the truth is that these lab-created GMOs are far different from
traditional hybrid crops and have only been around for a few
decades. And if not for intense lobbying on the part of St. Louis
agrochemical giant Monsanto, GMOs might have never even seen the
light of day in the United States.
In 1986, with countless millions at stake, four executives
from the Monsanto Company paid a
White House visit to then-Vice President named
George H.W. Bush with the goal
of gaining an important ally in Washington.
Monsanto wanted to secure its spot on the "dereg - deregulation" bandwagon
being driven by the Reagan administration at the time.
One year later, Bush took the bait and paid a visit to the company's
headquarters for a media event that included personal time with
company scientists and reps.
Monsanto's reps wanted Bush to help them get their
dangerously untested GMOs to
market, and pleaded with him (see the video below) to help make it
What Bush said in response gave rise to a culture of blissful
ignorance and irresponsibility that allowed Monsanto's controversial
"frankencrops" to spread virtually unopposed ever since.
George Bush to
Desperate Monsanto: "Call Me…"
With countless safety and regulatory hurdles to overcome, the
Monsanto Company found itself in a tough position in 1987.
desperately wanted to begin testing their GMO crops outdoors but
needed the go-ahead from Washington to do it.
Originally Monsanto planned to introduce their GMOs slowly, but grew
frustrated and instead opted for an aggressive policy of,
"eliminating what White House hardliners called 'bureaucratic
hurdles' like health and environmental safety testing which were
Monsanto's key problems,"
...as narrator and director Marie-Monique
Robin notes in the video clip below from the movie 'The World According to Monsanto.'
In the clip, Bush meets with Monsanto reps as press cameras flash in
One scientist explains the basics of how
these GMO "foods" are created.
"…We take DNA, cut it apart, mix
different pieces together and then rejoin them, splice them back
together," he says. "This tube contains DNA that was made from a
Bush responds with a question:
"This will lead you have a stronger
plant or a plant that will lead you to…?"
"In this case it resists the herbicide," the Monsanto rep says.
Another rep adds on,
a 'fabulous' herbicide."
He was of course speaking about
Roundup, the product whose main component glyphosate was just
declared a "probable human carcinogen" by the World Health
Later in the clip, you'll see Bush laugh and utter the seven
infamous words ("Call Me…") that gave rise to an era of
total freedom for
the GMO industry at the expense of
Bush would eventually become president; watch at the end as his own
VP Dan Quatle reveals the real reason why GMOs were
fast-tracked in the United States even though
other countries are still banning them.
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