Wednesday May 22, 2013
Food WarsDenae Gemmrig for Salem-News.com
Denae Gemmrig explores the public face of Monsanto, one of the nation's most powerful companies.
(PHOENIX, AZ) - While Monsanto works so hard to end the world’s hunger issues by creating genetically modified organisms, the people are fighting to get GMO food labeled. Genetically modified organisms are organisms whose genetic material is altered using DNA from different sources and then combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes.
In reviewing Monsanto’s website a person would come to the conclusion that its a company with the people’s best interests in mind. Monsanto even pledges to have “Integrity, Dialogue, Transparency, Sharing, Benefits, Respect, Act as owners to achieve results and Create a great place to work.” These commitments will be on Monsanto’s website. Most are understandable without reading the definition. However, “Dialogue,” on the companies’ website states “We will listen carefully to diverse points of view and engage in thoughtful dialogue.” In addition, under “Act as owners to achieve results” states “We will create clarity of direction, roles, and accountability; build strong relationships with our customers and external partners; make wise decisions; steward our company resources; and take responsibility for achieving agreed-upon results.” Based on the Organic Consumers Organization, Responsible Biotechnology, Fact Over Fiction, Greenfudge, US PIRG, 12 countries and millions of people around the world, just to name a few, Monsanto has not been keeping its word.
Monsanto controls our food supply - In the US, Monsanto owns 90 percent of soy, 85 percent of corn, and 95 percent of sugar beets — all genetically modified and including patents … When Monsanto purchased Semenis, just one of its many subsidiary seed companies, it gained control of an estimated 40 percent of the US vegetable seed market in one go — from peppers to peas, lettuce to lima beans. After the purchase of Semenis, Monsanto became the largest conventional seed company in the world. In the words of Henry Kissinger: Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.
Health - Recent independent testing of GMO food has shown it causes serious health risks including allergies, immune and organ dysfunction, bleeding in the stomach, sterilization, and other complicated disorders, even death, in animals. In the UK allergies skyrocketed by 50% soon after GM soy was introduced.
Environmental – Monsanto has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as being a responsible party for 56 contaminated superfund sites in the United States, alone. Monsanto’s contaminated products have been found in lakes, streams, air and rain. The pollution and poisoning has led Monsanto into court where the company has settled countless times paying out hundreds of millions of dollars.
Organic testing – In the United States, organic farmers often find that their crops test positive for GMO cross-contamination. Organic farmers are having to test their crops for GMO contamination. This raises the cost of all organic products since testing one bag costs an average of $10.00 dollars a bag. The cross-contamination not only is caused by the wind blowing or bees but also farm equipment, trucks and more.
Lobbying – Monsanto gave $186,250.00 to federal candidates, democrats and republicans alike, in 2008. In 2010, Monsanto gave $305,749.00 combined to democrats and Republicans. Monsanto has a long list of government ties from former employees working for the FDA to having agriculture representatives guiding President Obama.
Our tax dollars hard at work for, junk food? – According to US PIRG “Between 1995 and 2010, American taxpayers spent over $260 billion in agricultural subsidies. Most subsidies went to the country’s largest farming operations (Monsanto being one of them), mainly to grow just a few commodity crops, including corn and soybeans. While dairy and livestock production also receive some federal support, it is these commodity crops that get the lion’s share of the subsidies. These commodity crops are then made into high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils for, none other than, junk food.
GMO foods banned or labeled –
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