This documentary exposes the sordid past, lies and murder committed by the Monsanto corporation. It makes one wonder why this corporation was not dissolved 30 years ago and its board of directors arrested.
Monsanto have an impressive history of committing corporate crimes. Recent Monsanto crimes include:
BST or rBGH marketed by Monsanto as Posilac is a genetically engineered hormone designed to make cows produce more milk. Large amounts of research indicate that BST use has serious implications for the health and welfare of dairy cattle, including making cows more prone to mastitis and sores.
Because of evidence that BST milk may cause breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer in humans, it is banned in Europe. Monsanto is trying to overturn the ban.
Contaminating our food with GM crops
As the market leaders in GM crops it is Monsanto who have been largely responsible for contaminating the global food chain with GM crops. The long term health effects of eating GM crops are as yet unknown.
Contaminating our environment with GM crops
The long term effects of Monsanto’s GM crops on the environment are as yet unknown. In areas where RoundUp Ready crops are being grown commercially, herbicide tolerance is being spread to neighbouring crops and wild plants by cross pollination. Rather than reducing the amount of chemicals used in farming RoundUp Ready crops are locking farmers into a chemical dependant farming system.
Several scientific studies have suggested that the Bt technology utilised by Monsanto in their Bollgard, YieldGard and NewLeaf insect resistant crops may kill ‘non-pest’ insects such as the Monarch butterfly.
Having encountered increasing opposition to GM technology in the developed global north, Monsanto have put more energy into pushing their products in the developing global south. An example of this being the attempt by Monsanto/Mahyco to rush their Bt insect resistant cotton through the Indian government’s regulatory process and on to the market. The decision on allowing commercial growing of Bt cotton was postponed for a year in the face massive opposition from Indian farmers and NGOs all over the world.
Monsanto holds a patent for ‘terminator’ technology. Terminator technology involves the genetically engineering of plants to produce sterile seeds thus forcing farmers to buy new seed every year, rather than saving their own seed from year to year. Monsanto has said it will not use this technology but still holds the patents and may use it in future.
Corporate Bully Boys
Monsanto don’t like the thought of anyone publicly disagreeing with them or worse still pulling a fast one on them. Where their GM crops are being grown commercially Monsanto have paid a small army of private investigators to check whether farmers are growing their GM crops without permission. Monsanto have successfully sued a Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser for supposedly planting GM oil seed rape without a license agreement. Percy claims that he has never planted GM crops on his land and that any GM crops on his land are a result of cross pollination from GM crops grown on neighbouring farms. He is launching a counter suit against Monsanto.
In 1997 2 TV journalists Steve Wilson and Jane Akre who had been making a documentary on the dangers of Monsanto’s BST were fired by their employers Fox TV. Fox TV had come under pressure from Monsanto to change the content of the documentary, when Wilson and Akre refused to be muzzled they were sacked.
In 1998 Monsanto took out a wide ranging SLAPP (Stategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) against activists from Genetix Snowball. At the time Genetix Snowball were engaged in a campaign of accountable, non-violent direct action against GM crops. The injunction was designed to intimidate members of the public into not taking direct action against Monsanto’s UK GM field trials.
In 1998 the environmental journal the Ecologist was due to publish a special edition attacking Monsanto. However, the Ecologist’s printers – Penwells of Saltash, Cornwall, destroyed the 14,000 print run without notice fearing liable action from Monsanto.
Climate Change Co-option
Monsanto have seen the potential for new markets for their GM products within the mechanisms of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Since 1998 Monsanto has been one of the principle corporations attempting to hijack the UN climate change negotiations for its own ends. Monsanto claims that its products offer high tech solutions in the battle to reduce CO2 emissions. Monsanto hopes to gain carbon credits in two ways.
1. Monsanto claims that wide spread use of RoundUp Ready crops will reduce the need for ploughing thus keeping large quantities of CO2 locked in the soil.
2. Monsanto hopes to be a major provider of GM trees for forestry ‘carbon sinks’ (large areas of forests planted to soak up CO2 emissions). Monsanto are close to commercialising RoundUp Ready trees and are rumoured to be developing carbon absorbing trees and plants.
The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behavior towards society and the world at large against traits exhibited by a psychotic person. This is explored through specific examples. The Corporation has been shown worldwide, on television, and via DVD, file sharing, and free download (by angel). Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.
Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss the US State Department’s genetically modified retaliation against France for not wanting to buy genetically modified corn from Monsanto, which was exposed by Wiki-leaks.
Then go over the fact that billions of dollars are missing from the Federal budget for Afghanistan.
When humans try to get into the game of outdoing God, we often run into some problems. We aren’t that good yet.
Take the case of GMOs.
What the hell is a GMO anyway? A new political party? New name for a corporation? What is that three-letter word we hear all the time?
It’s “Genetically Modified Organism.” Defined, it is a plant or animal altered by doing something to bypass nature—or breaking down the barriers that nature put up to keep certain things from happening.
So, then a “scientist” does it anyway.
One gene from here goes into there to create a modified plant—for example corn or potatoes.
I read a post on-line from 1997—and I quote:
“Richard Wolfson, Ph.D., of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada says that genetically engineered potatoes and corn produce their own pesticide. These vegetables, now on the market, contain a bacterial gene normally found in soil, called ‘bacillus thuringiensis,’ or Bt. In altered corn or potatoes, Bt creates a toxin in the planet itself to kill insects.
“The effects on humans of eating altered crops which contain Bt is unknown.
“The companies which have pioneered in inserting foreign genes into plants have successfully made the claim to regulatory agencies that the food plants are substantially equivalent to unaltered ones. The companies have been able to fast track their products to market, bypassing lengthy safety testing.” (Italics mine for emphasis.)
So, here we have 2 outpoints: 1. Taking a soil bacteria and putting it into a plant to kill insects, bypassing nature. If it had been good, God would have already done it. I feel safe in saying that. Nature’s systems are unmatched in their efficiency 2. Bypassing lengthy testing, releasing such foods for broad human consumption (even if on a via by feeding GMOs to animals) with no information on actual safety.
So, these “scientists” have smooth talked or bought their way past 2 regulatory agencies – Mother Nature and the FDA. The FDA is a falsehood as it is not a true regulatory agency—it has been proven to forward big money interests and stop and even attack things that produce healthy results in the population.
So, just with that, you can see we have a problem. If you then “believe” that such products are healthy, you are ignorant—and I am not saying that to mess with you or upset you. I have to call it like it is. Maybe the term is “suicidally uninformed” or just too distracted to look.
If you also then ignore the production of such products, you are equally liable, when you realize that the quality of operation of your body is pegged to the quality of the food it takes in.
You now have a situation where you are putting diesel fuel into your gasoline engine. It’s not going to work right.
Next outpoint—note Monsanto is the corporation that produces GMO crops:
A Monsanto official told the New York Times, October 25, 1998, that the corporation should not have to take responsibility for the safety of its food products. “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food,” said Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. “Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”
Did you fall out of your chair?
So, add it up—FDA is factually a front for the vested interests in the drug pushing medical field. It has a proven track record of approving blatantly harmful drugs into society and attacking healthy products. Then the manufacturer of GMOs denies any, any, any responsibility for their safety. They bypassed the lengthy testing “required” by the FDA.
I am just going to leave you to figure that one out.
My analogy is:
You have a mafia hit man who just got paid to take you out—cash in hand. He comes up to you and says—he’s your friend, so you can feel safe in getting the car with him and taking a trip down to the Detroit River to see the sights.
That’s what you have in the supermarket and you don’t even know it.
All the great all American company that brought us Agent Orange and some of the most toxic chemicals known to man. See some evidence here:
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