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Monsanto’s Dirty Practices Uncovered

December 17, 2009

My normal postings about health, fitness and nutrition will take a different course this time around.  But read carefully, this news impacts us all with a potentially dangerous outcome.  A few weeks ago, I provided my review of Food, Inc., a movie that coincides with many other books and movies which details the under the table tactics of this country’s food producers.  One of the stories mentioned in the movie is about Monsanto, the dirtiest of them all.  The last few days have been interesting times for Monsanto.

According to the AP and the Huffington Post amongst others, the government is actually investigating Monsanto’s practices.  If you’re new to this discussion, Monsanto produces a genetically modified seed for both soybeans and corn.  How successful are they?  Check out these numbers:  95% of all soybeans and 80% of corn grown in the US come from the Monsanto seed.  These are true facts, people – research if you must.
This genetically modified seed arrangement forces farmers to purchase seed from Monsanto year after year due to contracts farmers must sign when they initially purchase their first seed.  The contract forces seed to be purchased from Monsanto on an ongoing basis; any deviation from this practice and farmers are stricken from the list to purchase seed in the future and they can be arrested.  ARRESTED! 
Oh wait – you want to know why they are arrested, right?  Monsanto has the farmers arrested claiming patent infringement… 
The horrible background to Monsanto’s hold on our food supply goes back many years and into many administrations.  Several government agencies are headed by former Monsanto employees.  It’s not a Republican or Democrat issue – even Obama has advisors on his team from Monsanto despite having an organic garden in his own back yard at the White House!

As if this isn’t bad enough, the genetically modified seed from Monsanto eventually is dispersed through the wind and cross-polliniates with other crops.  Crops as far off as Mexico have shown to produce the Monsanto corn when natural dispersement occurs with the wind.  This is a scary outcome for us all folks.  Not only does this topic show Monsanto has a unique monopoly on food production, but when the genetically modified corn and soy are fed to livestock and the origins for our meat sources, who really knows the effects it has on our bodies – and our children’s bodies?  With Monsanto manning the EPA and other governmental agencies, will anyone ever really know the impact it has on our food supply?

In addition, corn has seeped into every crack and crevice of our food.  Cows are now being fed corn in place of grass.  This means the genetically modified seed product shows up in our meat, our dairy and in many other foods.  Check any label for corn syrup and you’ll see what I mean.  Biologically this is scary.  Economically even more so.  As Monsanto increases their seed prices it impacts everything in the food chain.  The tidal wave of increased prices fall on us while Monsanto sits back, smiles and counts the green.  Green dollars that is (not green crops). 

As we await the outcome of this investigation against Monsanto, let your voice be heard – contact your state and national representatives.  Buy organic.  Read the labels.  And check this site out for more details.

What do you think about the Monsanto news?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2009 10:49 am

    Wow…I smell a conspiracy! It IS scary when people mess with the food supply. Great, eye opening post, Jeff.

    • December 17, 2009 11:25 am

      Since you live in Canada, I’d be curious to hear how meathandling, agriculture, etc. are different as well as prices. With the way a few people have manipulated/controlled the system in the US, it makes it more and more difficult to protect your health and that of your family.

  2. ozarkhomesteader permalink
    December 17, 2009 12:06 pm

    This is why we eat local, organically grown food whenever we can. It’s amazing how different soybeans are when you grow them yourself for edamame!
    I occasionally blog about our garden, local source, and cooking here: http://ozarkhomesteader.wordpress.com/ .

    Did you know that several of the “farmer” blogs and discussion groups on the net in general, facebook, etc. are Monsanto plants? Thanks for helping to spread the word about Monsanto!

  3. May 12, 2010 1:20 pm

    This is a really good post. I like that you are getting information out there. I would like to warn anyone reading that just buying local, does not mean you are not buying Monsanto. Over 90% of all corn in my area comes from Monsanto. People should also try and eat what produce is in season.

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