A Monsanto declassified file stated that "we can‘t afford to lose one dollar" to worries about PCB toxicity. This, Robin says, sums up Monsanto‘s philosophy rather well. Monsanto, the chemical manufacturer turned agricultural giant, is indeed gaining control over the world’s population, one seed at a time.
Marie-Monique Robin’s documentary “The World According to Monsanto” tells the whole story. It was actually aired on French television earlier this year, but if you live in the United States don’t expect this eye-opening expose to hit the mainstream press. Fortunately, I’ve posted the entire video so that everyone can see it.
And I believe it is one of the most important videos you could ever watch.
It may sound outrageous that a corporation could prevent farmers from reusing seeds produced after each harvest, as has been done since the beginning of agriculture, but this is already going on thanks to Monsanto.
Since the 1980s, Monsanto has become the world leader in genetic modification of seeds and has won 674 biotechnology patents, more than any other company.
But Monsanto is not only patenting their own GMO seeds. They have also succeeded in slapping patents on a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time -- without a vote of the people or Congress.
Farmers who buy Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds are required to sign an agreement promising not to save the seeds or sell them to other farmers. The result? Farmers must buy new seeds every year, and they must buy them from Monsanto.
The Monsanto Mafia
Monsanto has actually hired an army of private investigators and agents to secretly videotape and photograph farmers that may attempt to reuse their seeds. These “seed police” as the farmers call them have infiltrated community meetings and attempted to pressure farmers into signing papers giving Monsanto access to their private records.
Quite fittingly, farmers have described Monsanto’s tactics as similar to the “Gestapo” and “Mafia.”
Monsanto has also considered using what’s known as terminator technology on a wide-scale basis. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.
Yet, most farmers cannot afford to buy new seeds every year, so collecting and replanting seeds is a crucial part of the agricultural cycle. This is the way food has been grown successfully for thousands of years.
Further, the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.
If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply … and this is not a company that you want in control of your food supply.
Monsanto’s Toxic Past
Monsanto tries to pass itself off as an innovative agricultural company, when in reality they produced two of the most toxic substances ever known -- polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).
Monsanto may also be responsible for more than 50 Environmental Protection Agency Superfund sites, and they’re the masterminds behind some of the most dangerous products on the market today:
- Genetically modified crops (Monsanto provides the seeds for 90 percent of the world's GM crops)
- Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides
- Recombinant bovine somatotropin, or rBST, a genetically engineered growth hormone given to dairy cows to make them produce more milk
How to Fight Back Against Monsanto
First, I urge you to get informed on the issue. Along with “The World According to Monsanto,” you can watch The Future of Food. This in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind genetically modified foods is one of the best documentaries I have ever viewed. It will help you understand the very real threat that ALL future generations face as a result of genetic engineering.
Please do not be shy about forwarding this video to all of your friends and family, as it is something that everyone should see.
Next, you can hit Monsanto where it really hurts -- using your pocketbook. Avoid buying anything that contains GMO ingredients. If you want to help keep Monsanto from expanding their stronghold on the world’s food supply, please continue to stay informed and boycott all GM foods. This is made easier by this Non-GMO Shopping Guide.
Seven out of every 10 items in your typical grocery store have been genetically modified, so avoiding GM foods means avoiding most processed foods. Show Monsanto how you really feel by getting your food from local farmers who still control their own seed supply.