Monsanto is the largest chemical company in the world. It is also the most dangerous company in the world. There is a similarity to the pharmaceutical companies and chemical companies; they really don’t know all of the side effects of the drugs and chemicals they sell, and if they do they often underestimate the severity.
Every day I read about another class action lawsuit levied against a pharmaceutical company. The drug involved was advertised on television just months earlier. Although the side effects are mentioned at the end of the ad, they intentionally exclude emphasis on the most serious conditions which often occur.
As for Monsanto, they appear to be unconcerned about the danger of their powerful chemicals.
In mid-1961, the President of South Vietnam authorized the use of a defoliating agent to destroy the vegetation in the forests where the Vietcong would execute guerrilla warfare. The chemical sprayed from aircraft was nicknamed ‘agent orange.’ Records show that 6,542 spraying missions from helicopters and low-flying aircraft occurred from 1961 to 1972. 2.4 million American soldiers were exposed to agent orange. As veterans of the Vietnam war began to have multiple symptoms as a result of that contact, including death, an investigation was conducted. There were several stages of that investigation, and the final result was a $240 million dollar fund to pay for the medical treatment of the men exposed to agent orange. The final report revealed that 400,000 men, women, and children lost their lives due to exposure from agent orange in South Vietnam. Monsanto had misrepresented its product, but was forced to pay just 45 percent of the court and President Bush’s decision.
The use of GMOs; genetically modified organisms; began about 20 years ago. Monsanto developed the chemicals and claimed that the purpose was to increase food production around the world. The truth is far more sinister.
Monsanto’s biggest selling product is ‘Roundup.’ This herbicide is very effective; it kills the weeds growing in and around crops. However, when the weeds developed a resistance to Roundup, Monsanto was tasked with developing a stronger version of the weed killing chemical. The problem was that it would also kill the crops grown in the same fields.
The scientists at Monsanto feverishly developed a solution; GMOs. Seeds made from genetically modified organisms were resistant to the more powerful Roundup. Problem solved. Not really.
Scientists around the world began testing foods produced with the use of GMOs. They discovered possible long term health problems for humans who consumed these items. 60 nations around the world now ban the use of GMOs completely, or established a minimum which requires labeling the food informing the consumer about how they were manufactured. Except for the United States. The FDA commissioned Monsanto, that’s right, Monsanto, to conduct tests and the results were what you might have suspected.
Today lawsuits are erupting claiming that consumers who purchased and ate foods which were contaminated by Roundup became ill and many lost their lives. Monsanto fought back and attempted to squelch the investigation into their chemically enhanced food products.
Roundup contains a carcinogen, glyphosate, and attorneys for the plaintiffs have complained about Monsanto’s efforts to halt the investigation.
“This is a look behind the curtain,” attorney Brent Wisner said. “This show[s] that Monsanto has deliberately been stopping studies that look bad for them, ghostwriting literature and engaging in a whole host of corporate malfeasance.
“They [Monsanto] have been telling everybody that these products are safe because regulators have said they are safe, but it turns out that Monsanto has been in bed with US regulators while misleading European regulators,” he added.
Finally, Vermont passed legislation requiring all foods grown with GMOs to be labeled. Republicans in congress have supported Monsanto, and refused the state of Vermont its right to take such action.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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