What’s Behind Monsanto’s Marketing Veil?

monsantoBy: M Caulfield

Monsanto is a company that started in the chemical business, and they can be  accredited for the innovation of such devastating chemicals: aspartame, agent  orange, and round up. This agricultural conglomerate is also a major producer of genetically modified seeds, which have  been at the center of many legal battles between multi-billion dollar corporate  Monsanto and small family owned farms. The company has also worked  feverishly to combat mandatory gmo-labelling initiatives, as well as subverting  public will and even government policy, leading to their crops being burned by the Hungarian government several  years in a row.

Existing documentary films like ARTE’s World According to Monsanto, already expose their corruption  and the threat they represent. A new anti-Monsanto film, Santo 7.13.15, claims to expose an overlooked truth  for those who fall victim to Monsanto’s seed monopoly and contamination of their  crops and farms.

This is inspired by the fact that if a farmer’s plants find cross  contaminated on their organic or natural farms from Monsanto GM, that farmer can demand that Monsanto  remove those contaminated plants from their property before Monsanto tries to  sue them for any infringement. If Monsanto then refuses, and demands the farmer  to not touch those plants, under jurisdiction of patent rights, the farmer then has the option to register the Monsanto  seeds as having trespassed onto his property. The farmer can then remove the  plants and send Monsanto a bill for the cleanup cost. If Monsanto refuses to reimburse  the cost of cleanup, the farmer then has the option to file a small claims  court case for the amount of removal. All in all, this process seems to play  heavily in Monsato’s favor by always costing the injured party more time, money,  and effort than Monsanto.

One 14  year old GMO activist gained attention recently when she publicly slammed  CBC’s Kevin O’Leary, for having stated that people who protest against Monsanto  and GMO’s are “stupid”, and that the solution to their GMO hatred is for them to  simply “stop eating”. CBC later had the activist on their show to debate O’Leary  in person.

While the debate continues to rage on as to whether genetically modified food  is dangerous to our health or our environment, there are increasing indications  that many genetically modified products will cause us physical harm. It simply comes down to this:  when I buy corn, I want to buy actual corn, not a genetically standardized,  chemically treated corn. I want to receive the product that I initially intended  to exchange my money for.

However, in the end it comes down to the consumer and their responsibility to make informed choices  for themselves. If you want to purchase and eat genetically modified food then  that is your prerogative, but give other individuals the opportunity to avoid  being a part of the experiment.

monsantok-225x300If Monsanto wasn’t deeply intertwined with the government, then they wouldn’t be able  to use the state as a violent tool to infringe on and destroy the property of  others, or to use it to protect themselves from consumers. Granted, it  isn’t exactly fair to regard all genetically modified items or modification as being equally  beneficial or harmful. But those who do not wish to take part should have their  natural right to opt out respected. Monsanto sure is good at marketing itself as  a supposed ‘need’ for the people though, with the March against Monsanto barely  affecting their stock prices.

Maybe drowning our crops in a multitude of larvicides, fungicides, and  pesticides, is not conductive to rich and fertile soil, or for the production of  nutritious food. Interestingly, one Berkeley biologist was defunded recently, in the midst of  his groundbreaking research suggesting that atrazine could literally change  frogs’ gender. Atrazine is a widely used herbicide, produced by the agricultural corporation Syngenta. Monsanto  claims that looking into the safety of genetically modified foods, is the  responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration:

“Monsanto should not have to vouch for the safety of biotech food. Our  interest is in selling as much of it as possible.” – Phil Angell, Monsanto  Director of Corporate Communications

Apparently the FDA doesn’t even test the safety of GMO food. In fact the FDA routinely  accepts the data supplied to them by the companies instead of undertaking  independant tests. Shouldn’t we have a right to know what is in our food, and  shouldn’t those responsible for guarenteeing its safety truly be looking into  its safety?


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