Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:16 am
I’m the first to admit that, when it comes to the relative merits of GMOs in food, I have about as much expertise as a Republican Congressperson has about the Constitution: none. But even I know that Monsanto’s horrors extend well beyond GMOs, so when I came across an excellent article on that subject, I felt obligated to share it with you.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 4:37 am
Common sense should (operative word here...LOL) tell one that splicing the genetic codes of an insect into that of a tomato is NOT natural nor good for the being who consumes it. IT DOES NOT BELONG THERE. If it was supposed to be there it would be in the first place. Human beings are so arrogant and thus.....ignorant of what they do in the long term to every other being, human or otherwise.
It's all about the money, like everything else in this country. Monsanto makes a lot of obscene profit. They ARE evil and they are dangerous. If their GMO's don't mess you up or kill you, their chemicals damn sure will...I and my family go out of our way to not buy foods that are processed or may contain GMO's. I grow most of our veggies from heirloom seeds. I understand that not many nowadays have the time or want to put out the effort to actually COOK a meal from SCRATCH or take care of a garden that uses no pesticides not made by nature, BUT, in the long run, if one cares about their health or what they feed their children, it may be worth the extra time and effort to do so.....unless one really doesn't care if they or their loved ones come up with freaky health conditions or Dawg forbid, cancer. I care.
Thanks for the article, Cat Man. Monsanto is one of my pet peeves (hush...I know I have a lot of them LOL)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 5:41 am
I agree wholeheartedly with everything here – and in addition Monsanto are responsible for the deaths of over a quarter of a million poor cotton farmers in India – promised high yields of drought resistant cotton – the cotton died, they were in debt forever and killed themselves…. There is nothing good that one can say about Monsanto – they are unremittingly evil – and if they weren't they would be transparently honest and admit what they are up to., instead of experimenting on the American people like 300 million lab rats! Label all foods with GMOs!
Oh yes – one other thing – the only tests that Monsanto will admit to are all 90 day tests or less – because after 90 days the poor lab rats (the real ones this time, not the American people) start to show symptoms. With people it can take decades – but birth defects and cancers skyrocket – and what are they doing with the normal population? Oh yes….
For more information mercola.com has plenty – and links to further excellent websites. And don't forget the amount of people whose villages are regularly SPRAYED WITH GLYPHOSATE which causes terrible birth defects – this has been seen in South America – I think in Argentina especially as a producer of GMO soya. You see the insects (who haven't read the blurb produced by Monsanto) have generations of hundreds or thousands of babies yearly – and while most may be killed by glyphosate – some survive and are resistant and breed – producing new generations needing more toxins to be sprayed on their fields to kill them – and these lodge in the crops and are eaten by people and harm them.
Please. please, make your own food and don't buy in ready made stuff – it is almost certain to contain terrible stuff these days! (And avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup too – that is full of GMOs we are told!)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 7:26 am
All should have been aware of the danger 50 years ago: DDT (which is still harming things in CA) and Agent Orange (where Vets are still having trouble getting appropriate health care).
Sunday October 13, 2013, 8:19 am
I've gone from reading your daily thread to your post on SCOTUS and now Monsanto and I'm about ready to return to my bed, pull the covers over my head and not get out from under for at least a week., TC. This is one of those days in which Care2 turns into Scare2. Does that have something to do with it being the 13th?
But joking aside, since becoming more active on Care2 and not familiar with Monsanto because GMOs, DDT and Agent Orange are all banned in my country, I've done a little research on the corporation and came to the conclusion that there are few corporations which are more evil and dangerous. Your article doesn't exaggerate one bit, unfortunately. If we take your SCOTUS article of to day as a fair warning of things to come, Monsanto, as one of the 1%, will soon have completely free reign in the US, which will make it the most dangerous company on earth on every possible level.
So I think I better haul myself out of bed and find me a city to go and protest against them.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 9:09 am
"The GMO suicide crops also cross pollinate with non GMO crops, forcing more farmers who may have initially held out to also rely on Monsanto."
There is so much more. Yes, I agree that this is one of the most dangerous corporations in the world. But that is too soft. These are multinational corporations and they together pose a huge threat to life on this planet and you have to include the banks, the Koch boys companies and many others. But Monsanto is right up there. One of the things we did every year on the farm as I grew up was set aside part of the harvest for replanting the next year, rotating crops so the land stayed healthy, fertilizing it naturally. That doesn't happen anymore and it is Monsanto as much as any other company in history that is behind the death of the small family farm. They don't rotate crops, these agribusinesses, they just pour ever increasing amounts of fertilizer onto the soil, not caring that the soil is essentially dead and its produce nutritionally deficient. Monsanto and its Roundup (the bastard child of DDT in my opinion - AND one huge reason the Monarch's milkweed plant is virtually gone) pesticide, its seeds with the poison already programmed into them, and then the suicide seeds. Monsanto actually has lawyers out around the country suing farmers who have the temerity to try to farm in the old way, who do not wish to have to purchase seeds every year because that makes it impossible to support a family on a small farm. They are doing everything they can to destroy THE form of life that made America great, the family farm, the dream of owning a piece of land and raising a family on it, passing it on to the next generation. If these corporations are continued to be allowed to run amok, it is not only prices that will suffer, it is an entire sustainable, environmentally responsible way of life. They are a clear and present danger to us all, each in their own field. Monsanto just happens to be the worst in agriculture, each field of endeavor has its like. And we ALL pay for that in ways we have not yet even begun to fully realize.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 9:14 am
Keep fighting against, Monsanto, Bayer and all the others who are just as bad. I don't know how these people can sleep at night, it is all about greed, money and population control. Even worse the government and judicial system all seems to be going along with it. A disgrace to America and humanity.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 9:54 am
Despicable, rotten, greedy, abomination - that's Monsanto. Join Millions Against Monsanto at
http://organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm for updates, petitions, etc. As Bill Maher says, "GMO's are very personal to me because I eat." Monsanto has no conscience, no ethics, no morals - avoid them, their products and especially their food as if your life depended on it - because it probably does.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 11:47 am
"A revolving door exists between Monsanto and US regulatory and judicial bodies making key decisions. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a former Monsanto lawyer, was the one who wrote the majority opinion on a key Monsanto case. Michael Taylor once worked for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), later represented Monsanto as a lawyer, and is now the current FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy."
Perhaps we should rename the USA (United States of America) as the USM (United States of Monsanto)!
I know that I have become more proactive in seeking out non GMO foods and I rely on labelling to help me. There are corn/quinoa/flax crackers that are non GMO. I eat a lot of quinoa that is non GMO and I buy veggies and fruits as much as possible that are organic.
When I think of Monsanto, the first thing that comes to mind is Agent Orange and the numbers of deaths and illnesses that were attributed to this chemical during and post Vietnam war.
Monsanto, in my opinion, only knows how to create death and lusts after money.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 12:32 pm
Another article, excellent and good reading + a petition, is worth a bit of your
time for those against GMOs.
"As eighty-one members of the World Future Council told the World Food Prize Foundation in their letter of protest, “This award not only communicates a false connection between GMOs and solutions to hunger and agricultural degradation, but it also diverts attention from truly ‘nutritious and sustainable’ agroecological approaches already proving effective” like organic agriculture."
The current makeup of the USDA & FDA is made up of corporate lackeys from
Recently, Monsanto has requested an increase for the use GLYPHOSATE to use
and spray on its crops. Do you wonder why...
Monsanto, for years, has been deemed as one of the World's most dangerous
corporations on this, our Planet.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:48 pm
One would think the MonSATAN could be brought up on charges anti-trust violations. Not to mention endangering the world food supply, possibly resulting in catastrophic world wide mass starvation. A greed driven company like this is not only irresponsible but evil to the core. If I had stock in the company I would sell it off.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 3:21 pm
Oh yes, Monsanto is THE most dangerous corporation, all right, but they are not going to stop infiltrating as long as we the people don't fight them. The government kow-tows to them, which isn't surprising, because the government doesn't care about any of us. But these monsters are out to spread their damned seeds of destruction, and they'll never stop figuring out ways and means to do so whether we like it or not. Do you think they care about the earth, animals, or us? No, ONLY FOR PROFIT. If they ruin the planet, it's because we let them, and if we let them, we're as guilty as they. Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 3:30 pm
Gene Jacobson is a genius with words, and he's put all of this so succinctly. Read and digest what he said because he has explained so beautifully the danger we are in if we let this monster Monsanto have its way. How any living human being could be so evil against the earth and all forms of life is beyond me.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 5:44 pm
But, but, “It's got electrolytes! It's what plants crave!".IDIOCRACY is the best Documentary ever!;) Bu$h League buy-outs of every area of government, EPA & FDA were the first to go!
Sunday October 13, 2013, 7:55 pm
It's all in the marketing and how many people are stuck with the products Monsanto puts out, whether they want it, or not. And it's not just Monsanto, though they seem to be the one we see most of the time. We can only keep reading labels and going organic whenever possible. Thanks for the article, TomCat.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 7:59 pm
The main difference between Monsanto and Darth Vader? Vader at least had some good in him. Monsanto is the Mafia, the Nazi Party, and al Qaeda rolled into one depraved and monstrous package. If one could take all the energy in wishes for them to vanish from the face of the cosmos, that energy could probably obliterate their headquarters - and all the greedy swine on their board of directors.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 8:24 pm
A well written short article that gave a lot of good info in a short form. Excellent to send to folks who don't know much if anything about the nightmarish future we all are facing if we can't dis-arm this monster ...... Education is a huge key in doing this.
Sunday October 13, 2013, 8:54 pm
Endocrine disruptor ... glyphosate ... aka "Round-Up" Fight Monsanto with all you've got. This was a second march, and the first one had millions of people all over the world participating, and yet, what kind of news coverage have you seen on these HUGE marches against Monsanto? Want to learn more? You should. Be careful what you eat. Start eating non-GMO verified foods, or at least 90% Organic foods. Anything else is, basically, toxic. Take the time to learn about GMOs because if you don't, your life and the lives of those you love is at risk. It isn't only food that they are genetically engineering. They fully intend to genetically engineer nearly everything that is alive.
We digest food with enzymes, enzymes that we produce for specific proteins that we can eat. GMOs take proteins from non foods, splice the protein gene into the food's DNA, and then we are supposed to be able to eat them. When we cannot digest them, because we have no enzymes to do that, our intestines are damaged and we become ill. Chronic illness, with non specific symptoms is the outcome. This is a very important topic and I want to thank you,TC, for bringing up here.
endocrine disruption from glyphosates http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19539684
GE crops http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VEZYQF9WlE
GE food http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUd9rRSLY4A
GE trees http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hjy-CJlzbM
Monday October 14, 2013, 3:24 am
Great arcticle, great comments from everyone (as Tom says - except the spammer - I've reported it as well). Half the world seems to be protesting against Monsanto - and yet this company continues to remain immune to critisism or any punishment for the evils it wreaks on humanity and mother nature itself.
I first knew about Monsanto's genetically enineered program in 1998 and scientists were warning then that it was bad science and would harm our localised farming - replacing it with pseudo science and non-sustainable food production. How right they were, but no-one was really listening then - shame really because perhaps some action back then might have kept genetic engineering held in check, allowing hybridization only - instead of evolving into this Frankenstein horror story!
Monday October 14, 2013, 6:03 am
You might want to do something positive for yourself about GMO consumption (whether you know it or not). This is Jeanne's news item for a GMO mini Summit and registering for watching the 3-day free web-based conference speakers is in the web link to her news item. Looks pretty good to me and it has a lot to say about Monsanto!