Over the weekend the 6th annual worldwide March Against Monsanto took place. Check out some of the images. I could not attend an actual march, so I decided to do my own march by posting information about the controversial company on my Facebook page. I want to share with you those posts. I hope you find this informational and will generate interests in doing your own research on the health and environmental damage Monsanto is doing around the world.
- Did you know? Monsanto was one of the manufacturers, along with Dow Chemical, of Agent Orange, the herbicide and defoliant chemical used in the Vietnam War. The health effects on the Vietnamese people and U.S. Veterans are shocking and are still being seen in birth defects, cancers, and other health issues today. Many lawsuits have been filed against these manufacturers.
- Did you know? The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled Monsanto’s glyphosate, aka Roundup, as a probable human carcinogen. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds are genetically modified to be resistant to the herbicide allowing for the use of glyphosate to escalate in recent years. Roundup ready crops include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, and sorghum, with wheat under development.Just look at these maps showing the absurd increase of glyphosate usage in the U.S. from 1992-2014.
- Do you think it’s a conflict of interest for the current FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods, Michael Taylor, to have also worked for Monsanto as Vice President of Public Policy after he was the Administrator of Food Safety and Inspection Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture after he was the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Policy after he was a lawyer at King & Spalding with Monsanto as his client after he was a staff attorney for the FDA?! And he’s not the only one. Read more about it here.
- Did you know? Many scientists have serious concerns about GMOs. In the 1990s the FDA ignored their own scientists’ warnings about genetically modified foods. A 1992 memo drafted by an FDA scientist states, “There is a profound difference between the types of unexpected effects from traditional breeding and genetic engineering which is just glanced over in this document.” It continues, “several aspects of gene insertion may be more hazardous than traditional plant cross breeding.” Read more about scientists’ concerns here, here, and here. This is what farming looks like when dangerous chemicals like glyphosate are used.When we continue to speak out against atrocious acts like the ones Monsanto commits daily, we help to inform others. When we refuse to buy their products, we force businesses to listen and hopefully change their ways.
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