As one of the world’s most pervasive biotech companies, Monsanto has committed many crimes against the environment and humanity. It’s sordid legacy includes Vietnam’s Agent Orange, rBGH marketed as Posilac, mutant alfalfa, and farmer suicides in India.
Now, no longer content to manipulate the global food supply with its GMO seeds and political pressure, Monsanto has now turned its all-seeing eye on our children.
Together with Dow, Bayer and five other major biotech companies, Monsanto recently released a colorful “Biotechnology Basics Activity Book” for elementary school-aged children (see PDF here). And why would kids care about this topic?
Because biotechnology is helping to improve the health of the Earth and the people who call it home.
The book is full of easy to digest facts and activities, including a fascinating word scramble that reveals some of Monsanto’s favorite terms like “soybean,” “microscope,” and “biotechnology.” And if that doesn’t turn your stomach, this will: One section of the book is titled “How Can Biotechnology Help the Environment?”
“Many farmers plow their fields to destroy these weeds,” the book explains, “but plowing can cause soil erosion. Thanks to biotechnology, a farmer can manage the weeds without having to plow. This saves energy as well as the soil! Giving farmers more choices to control harmful bugs and weeds helps their farms and the environment.”
Unfortunately (but not surprisingly) the book fails to address scientific evidence that Monsanto’s “biotechnology” causes a myriad of health and developmental problems (especially in young children), breeds superweeds, reduces genetic diversity, contaminates the natural gene pool, and requires massive amounts of chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
And what if, by the time a child is done coloring all the pages of this book, she decides that she’d rather not eat the genetically modified foods created by Monsanto? Oh yeah, looks like the pages explaining why Monsanto refuses to label its magical GMOs, ended up on the editing room floor as well.
If you think Monsanto should keep its GMO-fueled propaganda to itself, and leave our kids out of it, sign the petition below.
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