“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe for the safety of biotech food, our interest is in selling as much as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”
Director of Corporate Communication – Monsanto
New York Times, Oct. 25, 1998
"Monsanto came to Arthur Anderson to look at how they wanted to position themselves, and they asked them, 'where do you want to be with Monsanto in 20 or 30 years?' And the answer was, 'We want to control the global food supply".
- Kirk Azevedo, former Monsanto employee
If you eat food, you need to watch this documentary:
The World According to Monsanto (updated: found a working source for the film)
I have never understood what the big complaints about genetically modified foods were all about. If you can breed a plant to be resistant to bugs or more fruitful, if you can get a cow to give more milk, why would that be a bad thing? People have been cross breeding plans for thousands of years. I assumed that bioengineered foods would be tested like crazy by the FDA, not allowed into the food supply if they were problematic and would be labeled as GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in the grocery store, because in this country we have to have full disclosure in the packaging of our food.
I figured that when they did come on the market, I would just avoid them for a few years to make sure that there were not problems en mass. You don’t buy a new model car the first year on the market, you don’t take a new vaccine (Gardasil) or medication as soon as it is introduced, and you don’t eat stuff that has ingredients that have not had a safety history of at least a few years, right?
On March 11th this documentary on Monsanto’s business practices and their introduction of GMOs into the food supply aired on French television. Apparently we have all been eating genetically modified foods for a decade or so. 70% of the items at the grocery store contain GM foods. They are not labeled as such, and, as I was with vaccines, apparently I was very naive about the FDA’s regulatory process.
Instead of testing GMO foods for safety, the FDA decided that they were similar enough to the original food product to just be considered equivalent to the original food product, and GMOs do not even have to go through as stringent a regulatory process as a new food dye or preservative.
As with vaccines, the FDA does not do any testing of their own, but just reviews the company’s safety studies; but just taking the word of a company that already has a history of very serious abuses of the public, like the PCB poisoning in Anniston, Alabama that Monsanto was responsible for, is monumentally foolish. Internal Monsanto documents showed that the contamination in Anniston was so serious that fish put in the local waters died in THREE AND A HALF MINUTES, but Monsanto decided to continue what they were doing because, "…we can’t afford to loose one dollar".
Watch the documentary to see what happened to the poor, black population of Anniston. (If this was done in a town full of white people with money, you probably would have heard about it long before now. We tend to draw more attention when we complain that our kids are being poisoned).
As with vaccines, the Monsanto GMO safety studies turn out to be junk, that actually claim the opposite of what a well designed study might find. (If you don’t want to find a problem, only look where you know you won’t find it!) The parallels to Verstraeten, Denmark and Fombonne and the like are obvious to anyone in our community.
This is a two hour documentary, so pick a night this week, grab your spouse and watch it. This is really important.
I lost track of how many whistle blowers, previously highly respected scientists, were fired and had their reputations trashed for reporting that their findings showed that Monsanto’s GMO products were not safe or reported the million dollar bribes that Monsanto was offering to regulators. Researchers found they caused problems in cell division, which is step one in the development of cancer, and that the bodies of animals reacted to the GMO food as a foreign substance to be attacked, stimulating the immune system. (Does this set off any alarms for anyone? More on this in my follow up post.)
I also lost track of how many cotton farmers in India had committed suicide because of Monsanto’s take over of the industry. Was it 600 last year and then another 600 so far this year? Monsanto sells the seed, which are marketed as growing plants that are resistant to a certain problematic bug, at very high prices, but it apparently doesn’t even protect against the bug, and often take on a blight and dies. Farmers, rather than being faced with the shame of loosing everything, are killing themselves by the hundreds.
And because Monsanto has flooded the market with their seeds, it is apparently next to impossible for the farmers to get a hold of regular seeds any more.
Which leads us to the craziest thing about this whole story. That Monsanto had patented seeds (how did the supreme court decide that was legal?), and by flooding the market, gotten rid of other seeds (if they are not being grown and re harvested every year, plant lines die out, and in about a decade, Monsanto has come to own like 90% of the world's seeds. Farmers using these seeds cannot save the Monsanto owned seeds from a previous crop and replant. They have to re buy them every year from Monsanto, and the corporation is suing local farmers suspected of resowing seed. Even when they haven't and can prove they bought the seed. Apparently Monsanto is now the Stalin of the Farm Belt infiltrating local farming communities, showing up incognito at local meetings and encouraging farmers to report on each other.
If a truck driving by your land accidentally drops a seed and it grows on your property, Monsanto can sue you. And apparently is suing people for seeds that have blown on to their land and taken root. Farmers are giving up fighting these law suits, that drag on for years, because they can't afford protracted legal battles, and just paying Monsanto a settlement.
Additionally, Monsanto is patenting regular seeds, seeds that have been around forever, so that they can just put them in a vault and not let anyone use them.
So Monsanto is basically poised to own food. All food. It is like something out of a movie, but apparently Monsanto is more clever than Hollywood, because not even the X-Files came up with a conspiracy plot to own all the food in the world.
Oh and by the way their food may cause cancer and autoimmune disorders.
I can’t even explain all the problems that this documentary brings to light in the US, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and India. Monsanto declined to be interviewed for the documentary and has not commented on it, but their web site assures us that they are working ethically.
For anyone who criticizes the autism community for their mistrust of the federal regulators, big pharma and the revolving door between the two where one day someone is working for the government on vaccine safety, the next they are a high paid pharma employee and next year they are back in government regulation (or even doing both at the same time), this documentary shows in living color that our mistrust is not only founded, but probably not distrustful enough.
This story is our story. Replace Merck for Monsanto, replace FDA/CDC for the FDA and replace vaccine for food, and this is what parents like me have been bitching about.
Our kids are getting sick, and when we look into how the sausage that is being injected into our kids is made, this is the junk we are finding.
Our sick babies are the canaries in the coal mine of this toxic world. It is long past time for us all to wake up and realize that we might have been wise to listen to those crazy, drama club drop out hippies screaming about FrankenFoods in the 1990’s. They might have been crazy and dramatic, but they might not have been wrong.
This documentary has brought up a specific question for me that I will address in part 2 of this series: Monsanto GMOs: My Questions about Monsanto’s GMOs and Autism
UPDATE: In the mean time... if you want more information, check out Mercola's post on the subject.
ANOTHER UPDATE: If you have Netfix, go watch the 2004 documentary "The Future of Food". It serves as a prequel to this documentary.
Interestingly, one man is featured in both films. He is one of the fired researchers in The World According to Monsanto, but was still employed during The Future of Food. He was a professor at Berkley. Berkley for petes sake! When Berkley starts firing professors for standing up to corrupt multinationals for the sake of indigenous foods and rural farmers who grow them, that is pretty much a sign of the end times.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Here is a 2007 Documentary called Genetically Modified Organisms - Unnatural Selection:
It's a Monsanto UPDATE weekend:
Monsanto is currently applying to patent pigs.
You heard me right, they want to own all pigs.
Last year they applied for a patent on a gene that is found in pigs. A pre-existing gene that has always been in pigs and that Monsanto had absolutely nothing to do with, and if it is granted, they will own almost all pigs everywhere. If this is legal, then anyone with enough money and hubris can walk into the patent office and claim the rights to a gene sequence in any living thing, whether they created it or not, and they could become the legal property of said entity and anyone using them must pay a licensing fee to the patent holder.
Further, if two pigs get the natural urge to get funky and do what pigs do and they make a little piglet, the pigs will have violated Monsanto's patent because only Monsanto would be allowed to say who can make little piglets and how. Said owner of the two pigs could then be sued by Monsanto. And we know that Monsanto LOVES to sue farmers. They have threatened thousands of farmers with lawsuits, sued hundreds and reaped millions in settlements. They have a $10 million budget and a staff of 75 devoted solely to prosecuting farmers.
They have already done it with seeds, now they have moved on to livestock. Where exactly does that end? If they patent a gene that is in my kidney, do I have to pay them every time I go pee pee?
Watch this 2007 German documentary.
I wish there were not so much info out there to UPDATE with:
Hillary Clinton's ties to Monsanto.
I am just going to keep UPDATEs coming:
Monsanto bullies Fox News into pulling a Bovine Growth Hormone story and Fox fires the journalists because they would not change the story to conform to Monsanto's demands:
More UPDATEed milk information:
Monsanto GMO's and food allergies, toxic foods (new toxins never seen before) and inadequate and missing testing.
Some one sent me this... Political Friendster. See who Monsanto's friends are.
MY PEOPLE!!! Maine Town Bans Genetically Modified Crops
Vanity Fair's big article on Monsanto from February:
Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear