Despite receiving nearly 45,000 public comments voicing opposition and only 23 comments in favor since comments opened, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced during the Christmas-New Year holidays, the decision to deregulate two of Monsanto’s genetically modified seed varieties, giving the company a further grasp on the food supply of the nation. One of the modified corn seed varieties is engineered to resist drought conditions, and the other is an herbicide-resistant soybean that has been genetically engineered to produce more fatty acids.
Research has found that Monsanto’s GMO crops, despite claims to be resistant to herbicides and pesticides, actually require significantly more harsh chemicals. This can only compound the clearly documented damaging health effects already known about GM crops.
“Dr Arpad Pusztai found that rats fed GM potatoes had smaller livers, hearts, testicles and brains, as well as damaged immune systems; they showed structural changes in their white blood cells, making them more vulnerable to infection and disease compared to other rats fed non-GM potatoes. It got worse. Thymus and spleen damage showed up, as did enlarged tissues, including the pancreas and intestines.
There were cases of liver atrophy as well as significant proliferation of stomach and intestinal cells that could be a sign of greater future risk of cancer. Equally alarming was that all this happened after only 10 days of testing, and the changes persisted after 110 days – that’s the human equivalent of 10 years.”
– Jeffrey Smith’s ‘Seeds of Deception’
Jeffrey M. Smith reveals in shocking detail the biotechnology industry’s laundry list of perpetual crimes against humanity via its propagation of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Smith explains how biotech giant Monsanto, in particular, has rigged the entire system to push its deadly products on the populations of the world.
Citing numerous scientists and former industry representatives that are now blowing the whistle in regards to the corruption, Smith sheds light on the fraudulent “science” that continues to be used to thrust GMOs on the public, and the revolving door between the biotech industry and politics that allows it to continue.
He documents how consumption of genetically modified foods has been directly linked with reproductive problems, immune system deficiencies, accelerated ageing, organ damage and gastrointestinal problems. The immune system problem has been seen consistently in mice and rats who are fed GMO food, explains Smith, and now since humans have started consuming genetically modified foods, auto-immune diseases and allergies have increased.
Monsanto was founded in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1901, by John Francis Queeny, a 30-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry. He funded the start-up with his own money and capital from a soft drink distributor, and gave the company his wife’s maiden name. His father in law was Emmanuel Mendes de Monsanto, wealthy financier of a sugar company active in Vieques, Puerto Rico and based in St. Thomas in the Danish West Indies. The company’s first product was the artificial sweetener saccharin, which it sold to the Coca-Cola Company. It also introduced caffeine and vanillin to Coca-Cola, and became one of that company’s main suppliers.
In 1919, Monsanto established its presence in Europe by entering into a partnership with Graesser’s Chemical Works at Cefn Mawr near Ruabon, Wales to produce vanillin, salicylic acid, aspirin and later rubber.
In its third decade, the 1920s, Monsanto expanded into basic industrial chemicals like sulfuric acid, and the decade ended with Queeny’s son Edgar Monsanto Queeny taking over the company in 1928.
The 1940s saw Monsanto become a leading manufacturer of plastics, including polystyrene, and synthetic fibers. Since then, it has remained one of the top 10 US chemical companies. Other major products have included the herbicides 2,4,5-T, DDT, and Agent Orange used primarily during the Vietnam War as a defoliant agent (later found to be contaminated during manufacture with highly carcinogenic dioxin), the artificial sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet), bovine somatotropin (bovine growth hormone (BST), and PCBs. Also in this decade, Monsanto operated the Dayton Project, and later Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio, for the Manhattan Project, the development of the first nuclear weapons and, after 1947, the Atomic Energy Commission.
Monsanto began manufacturing DDT in 1944, along with some 15 other companies. This insecticide was much-welcomed in the fight against malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. The use of DDT in the U.S. was banned by Congress in 1972, due in large part to efforts by environmentalists, who persisted in the challenge put forth by Rachel Carson and her book Silent Spring in 1962, which sought to inform the public of the side effects associated with DDT. As the decade ended, Monsanto acquired American Viscose from England’s Courtauld family in 1949.
In 1954, Monsanto partnered with German chemical giant Bayer to form Mobay and market polyurethanes in the US.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Monsanto became one of the most important producers of Agent Orange for US Military operations in Vietnam. Agent Orange caused an immense damage to health, also for US-soldiers, not at least by genetic modification.
Agent Orange Spraying Vietnam
In 1980, Monsanto established the Edgar Monsanto Queeny safety award in honor of its former CEO (1928–1960), to encourage accident prevention.
Monsanto scientists became the first to genetically modify a plant cell in 1982. Five years later, Monsanto conducted the first field tests of genetically engineered crops.
Throughout 2004 and 2005, Monsanto filed lawsuits against many farmers in Canada and the U.S. on the grounds of patent infringement, specifically the farmers’ sale of seed containing Monsanto’s patented genes. In some cases, farmers claimed the seed was unknowingly sown by wind carrying the seeds from neighboring crops, a claim rejected in Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser. These instances began in the mid to late 1990s, with one of the most significant cases being decided in Monsanto’s favor by the Canadian Supreme Court. By a 5–4 vote in late May 2004, that court ruled that “by cultivating a plant containing the patented gene and composed of the patented cells without license, the appellants (canola farmer Percy Schmeiser) deprived the respondents of the full enjoyment of the patent.” With this ruling, the Canadian courts followed the U.S. Supreme Court in its decision on patent issues involving plants and genes.
Organic Farming, Dr. Pusztai, say no to GMO, Dr. Huber, Monsanto & the BIO-AG Philosophy
As GMO’s, Monsanto’s Roundup and government regulators continue to interfere in our quest for clean and pure food, Dr. Pusztai and Dr. Huber present the problems of today, and Murray Bast of www.Bio-Ag.com presents the solutions. Dr. Arpad Pusztai PhD speaks about the original GMO safety tests, and how he believes it would be ‘unforgivable’ to use humanity as guinea pigs.
GM Crops – Farmer to Farmer
In a video called GM Crops – Farmer to Farmer, Michael Hart, a Cornwall farmer, travels across the heartland of America talking to farmers about GM crops. The conclusion he comes to based on his interviews is that they are a con. The farmers get suckered into buying the seeds, find they don’t perform as well as their natural seeds did and find it nearly impossible to switch back. In the meantime, the price of everything Monsanto goes up each year and they find it harder and harder to make a profit. These are ordinary American farmers who know their business and never suspected they were being conned until it was too late.
There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it – it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. The story starts in the White House, where Monsanto often got its way by exerting disproportionate influence over policymakers via the “revolving door”. One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, the authority that deals with all US food approvals, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company’s vice president for public policy.
Thanks to these intimate links between Monsanto and government agencies, the US adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Not coincidentally, Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market. Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence. Is the US Forcing GMO Food on Europe
William Engdahl, economic researcher, journalist, historian, and author of Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of GMO, offers his extensively researched wisdom on the subject.
He explains that since G.W. Bush went to the World Trade Organization in 2003 and pressed a suit against the European Union for blocking the licensing and approval of GMO crops…
“..the US government has made GMO seeds, patented from Dupont and Monsanto, a national security priority, tantamount to the export of defense weapons for the Pentagon and for the US budget. It’s a national security export sector — agribusiness, and especially GMO seeds.” He further explains that the US government co-holds the patent with Monsanto on terminator seed technology! Seeds of Destruction : Full Spectrum Dominance : William Engdahl Interview
Links & Sources:
- Monsanto, GMOs, and the global genocide of science and humanity
- Obama and His Abominable Appointment
- Slow Food Dublin
- Low Density Lifestyle
- Dr Arpad Pusztai by Jeffery Smith
- Health Risks of Genetically Modified Foods
- Monsanto – A Multinational Factory of Death
- Seeds of Destruction – A Review
- Natural News – Monsanto Roundup
- Study Shows Monsanto Roundup Herbicide Link to Birth Defects
- Monsanto’s GMO Corn Approved Despite 45,000 Public Comments in Opposition
- Genetically Modified Foods: The Hidden Dangers
- Study Proves Three Monsanto GM Corn Varieties Pose Health Hazard
- Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility and Infant Mortality
- Killing the Food Supply: The Dangers of Genetically Modified Food