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When you reflect for a moment on the products developed by Monsanto, what do you find? This is a list certified by global legal bodies, describing 12 creations that Monsanto released to the market:
John Francisco Queeny founded “Monsanto Chemical Works”, with the goal of producing saccharin for Coca-Cola. Studies conducted during the 1970s showed that this chemical causes cancer in rats and other test mammals. However, after discovering that it causes the same effect in humans, Monsanto bribed doctors and institutions to continue marketing it.
During the 1920s, Monsanto began expanding its chemical production using polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), to produce cooling fluids for electrical transformers and motors. Fifty years later, the EPA published a report citing PCBs as causing cancer in animals, with additional evidence indicating that they cause cancer in humans. Almost 30 years after PCBs were banned in the US, this chemical continues to appear in the blood of pregnant women, as reported in a 2011 study. PCBs are still used in many areas of Argentina.
In 1941, Monsanto began to focus on plastics and synthetic polystyrene, which is still widely used for food packaging. Polystyrene was ranked fifth on the EPA's 1980 list, listing chemicals whose production generates the most hazardous waste. Being in food containers we ingest polystyrene (migration effect), which causes depression, cancer, and nerve damage. Glasses and containers made of this synthetic material are difficult to recycle. They must be melted using proper equipment that most recycling centers do not have. 1000 years from now, the tray of meat you bought at Carrefour or Wall-Mart will still exist somewhere on the planet. It is fatal to marine life: It floats on the surface of the ocean, decomposes into small spheres that animals eat. Sea turtles, for example, lose their ability to dive and starve.
4. Atomic bomb and nuclear weapons.
Shortly after being acquired by Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories, the Monsanto corporation became a division of its Central Research Department. Between 1943 and 1945, this department coordinated key production efforts with the Manhattan Project. Read about the biggest industrial accident in North America.
In 1944, Monsanto began manufacturing the insecticide DDT, under the guise of fighting mosquitoes "transmitting malaria." In 1972, DDT was banned in the US - Its adverse effects on human health include infertility, developmental failure, destruction of the immune system, death. DDT prevents androgen from binding to its receptor, thereby blocking androgen from conducting normal sexual development, leading to abnormalities. During an experiment carried out in the Caspian Sea (Mediterranean), DDT at a concentration of 1 ppb reduced the fish population by up to 50%. The long atmospheric transport of this substance currently affects all living beings on the planet. It was detected in Arctic air, terrain, ice and snow, and at virtually every level of the global food chain. Bottom sediments in lakes and river beds act as reservoirs for DDT and its metabolites. All human babies are born with DDT in their blood.
In 1945, Monsanto began promoting the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture with the manufacture of the herbicide 2,4,5-T (one of the precursors to Agent Orange), which contains dioxin. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds known as the "Twelve on the gallows" - They are persistent environmental pollutants that accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the adipose tissue of animals. For decades since it was first developed, Monsanto has been accused of concealing or failing to report dioxin contamination in a wide range of its products.
7. Agent Orange.
During the 1960s, Monsanto was the primary manufacturer of Agent Orange, a herbicide / defoliant used as a chemical weapon in the Vietnam War. Monsanto's formula had much higher dioxin levels than Agent Orange produced by Dow Chemicals, the other manufacturer (which is why Monsanto was the key defendant in the lawsuit brought by war veterans in the United States). As a result of the use of Agent Orange, Vietnam estimates that more than 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 children were born with birth defects, and a maximum of 1 million people were disabled or suffered from health problems, not to mention the effects. in the long term that injured more than 3 million American soldiers and their descendants. Monsanto's internal memos show that the corporation was fully aware of Agent Orange's dioxin contamination issues when it sold the product to the US government (for use in Vietnam). However, the American "Justice" allowed Monsanto and Dow to appeal and receive financial protection from the government, ignoring veterans seeking compensation for being exposed to Agent Orange.
Only in 2012, 50 years after the Agent Orange spray, did some efforts to clean it begin. Meanwhile, Monsanto's legacy for future generations translates into deformed child births, which will continue for decades to come. Think it can't happen here? Several Argentine crops are genetically modified to resist a herbicide made with the main component of Agent Orange (2,4-D), in order to fight against the "super weeds" developed by RoundUp. These chemicals persist in food all the way to the grocery store shelves and later to your stomach.
8. Oil-based fertilizer.
In 1955, Monsanto began manufacturing petroleum-based “fertilizers” after purchasing an oil refinery. Petroleum-based "fertilizers" kill beneficial soil microorganisms by sterilizing the soil and creating dependency, it's like an addiction to artificial substitutes. Given the rising price of oil, it does not seem a very economical or prosperous option ...
During the 1970s Monsanto founded its Agricultural Chemicals division, to produce herbicides, and one in particular: RoundUp (glyphosate). Monsanto's propaganda is that it can eradicate "the weeds" overnight. Of course the farmers adopted it immediately. Utilization of this chemical increased when Monsanto introduced “RoundUp Ready” (glyphosate resistant) seeds, allowing farmers to saturate the field with herbicides without killing these (GMO) crops. Monsanto is a very powerful corporation, as recently demonstrated by having Obama sign an Act of Protection for his crimes. And although glyphosate was initially approved by regulatory bodies around the world, and is widely used in Argentina and the United States, it was later virtually eradicated from Europe. RoundUp was found in groundwater samples, as well as in the soil, and the sea, and even in air currents and rainfall. But above all in food.
It is the cause of the disappearance of bees, and produces malformations, infertility, cancer and destruction of the immune system. Independent studies have shown consistently negative health effects ranging from tumors and impaired organ function to death from poisoning. The RoundUp is Agent Orange with a different name.
10. Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal).
It was accidentally discovered during an investigation on gastrointestinal hormones. It is a sweet chemical that in the first instance killed a baby monkey and seriously injured 5 others (out of a total of 7 monkeys), in a clinical trial conducted for the FDA to approve Aspartame. And the FDA did it! (1974). In 1985, Monsanto acquired the company that made aspartame (GD Searle) and began marketing the product by renaming it NutraSweet. Twenty years later, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a report that lists 94 health problems caused by aspartame. (See a quick video here.).
11. Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH).
This genetically modified hormone was developed by Monsanto to be injected into dairy cows to increase milk production when there is no shortage of milk. Cows subjected to rBGH suffer excruciating pain due to swollen udders, and mastitis. The pus from the resulting infection enters the milk supply requiring the use of additional antibiotics. RBGH milk causes breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer in humans.
12. Genetically Modified Crops GMO / GMO / GM.
In the early 1990s, Monsanto began "splicing" genes from corn, cotton, soybeans, and canola. It used DNA from foreign sources to achieve two main characteristics: An internally generated pesticide, and resistance to Monsanto's RoundUp herbicide. In other words, the plants poison and kill the insects and mammals that eat them, and they resist the agrochemical (a relative of Agent Orange) RoundUp that persists in them even after processing until reaching the consumer.
Of course transgenesis has spread. Potatoes, strawberries, apples, tomatoes, lettuce, tobacco, pears, watermelons. EVERYTHING has its OGM version.
Despite decades of propaganda saying that genetically modified crops could feed the world, that they would have more nutrients, resistance to drought, or higher yields, none of those promises were kept. GM crops don't feed the world, they cause cancer. They do not have more nutrients, in fact they do not reach even 10% of the nutrients of organic crops. They do not resist drought. They do not provide higher performance but lower performance, while making production more expensive. Most of Monsanto's profits come from seeds designed to tolerate the RoundUp, this design transforms "food" into deadly weapons for humanity. Monsanto's income is constantly increasing as farmers are forced to use more and more chemicals due to the proliferation of super weeds that evolve to develop resistance to RoundUp.
Monsanto and the mass media hide that organic amaranth was the true projected food for the humanity of the future. It cures cancer, it prevents it, it is the most nutritious cereal on the planet and it was the first plant to germinate in space. So much so that NASA astronauts use amaranth to stay healthy and not soy.
As in the early days of PCBs, DDT, or Agent Orange, Monsanto has successfully deceived and bribed public bodies and general regulators into the belief that RoundUp and genetically modified crops are beneficial and “safe. ”.
However, Monsanto had to order Obama to sign an Act to safeguard the corporation to defend himself against complaints and lawsuits resulting from 100 years of new studies that demonstrate the negative effects and environmental impacts of GMOs. Monsanto attacks such scientific studies through controlled mass media, denigrating and ignoring independent organizations, and honest scientists. But in addition, Monsanto has industry associations, blogs, bribed scientists, false "independent science" and all kinds of tools that in turn, the corrupt media themselves sponsor, in addition to hundreds of thousands of "private" public relations articles. conducted by companies that were often founded, financed, and maintained by Monsanto.
Unfortunately, very few of us take the time to locate the founding members, and these sources' invalid relationships with Monsanto. (Read more on this page in English).
The FDA strongly supports Monsanto as it shares officials with Monsanto through the “Revolving Doors” phenomenon. In the following chart by Millions v. Monsanto you can see some former Monsanto vice presidents and attorneys for the firm who later held positions with the FDA. And don't forget Clarence Thomas, the former Monsanto attorney, who as a Supreme Court Justice, ruled in favor of Monsanto in every case brought.
The wind and bees carry Monsanto's genetic mutations into the wild, compromising the global ecosystem. Very soon all plants will be transgenic.
13. An extra product for this report: Terminator seeds.
In the late 1990s, Monsanto developed technology to produce sterile grains unable to germinate. These “Terminator seeds” would force farmers to buy new seeds from Monsanto every year, instead of saving and reusing the seeds for their crops as they did for centuries. Fortunately, this technology fails on the market. For this reason, Monsanto decided to require farmers to sign an agreement contract so that they do not reuse or sell the seeds, which forces them to buy new seeds and takes precedence over the need for a “terminator gene”. The partial failure of the terminator seeds is fortunate for us… as they were also susceptible to cross pollination and could have contaminated crops and forests around the world. Which does not mean that this goal remains in Monsanto's plans.
How does Monsanto's legacy translate to humanity?
Between 85% and 90% of the food you eat each day has GMOs and toxic chemicals from Monsanto, and residues from RoundUp. (Figures in that source are out of date)
How does Monsanto achieve its impunity?
According to the Organic Consumers Association in a document from 2011, “There is a direct correlation between the supply of genetically modified foods and the $ 2,000,000,000,000 dollars that the US government spends annually on medical care, that is, an epidemic chronic diseases related to diet and a commercial link with drug and vaccine laboratories.
Instead of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains and grass-fed animals, factory farms in the United States and Argentina produce excess junk food genetically engineered to cause heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, backed by agricultural subsidies. while organic farmers do not receive such subsidies.
Monsanto's history reflects a persistent picture of toxic chemicals, lawsuits, and rigged science. Is this the kind of entity we want to control our world's food supply?
Monsanto is not alone. Other “Big Six” companies include: Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a DuPont subsidiary), Syngenta AG, Dow Agrosciences (a Dow Chemical subsidiary), BASF (which is a rapidly expanding biotechnology division chemical company) and Bayer CropScience (a Bayer subsidiary).