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Monsanto – Are They for Us or Against Us?

If you keep up with global news, you probably have heard the name “Monsanto” a time or two. You have learned that they work within the agriculture industry. You may have learned that not only do they provide seeds and services to those who need them, but they also produce chemicals used by large growers and even homeowners. Do you have a bottle of Roundup in your garden shed?

Their company website states that they strive to help farmers to grow products that will sustain the world. Their company pledge is a value system which “demonstrates integrity, respect, ethical behavior, perspective and honesty as a foundation for everything we do.” They are “committed” to human rights and want to “protect” and “advance” human rights as they fell it is their responsibility to do so.

Monsanto  – A Cover Up?

 

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Doesn’t that last paragraph sound so awesome? Wow! What a great company right???

Do your own quick Internet search and at first you will find that Monsanto is working to support our farmers all over the globe. This company works with various organizations to fight hunger. The company says that it is doing the “right” thing.

Look a little further and you will begin to find post after post after post about how bad Monsanto really is. Your brain will begin thinking about the food you currently have in your fridge and cupboards. If you have a conscious, your blood will begin to boil. Can this really be happening?

But is says right on their company website, “Producing more. Conserving more. Improving Lives. That’s sustainable agriculture. And that’s what Monsanto is all about.” This is so contradictory to everything else! Why does the company’s website say one thing but they are really slowly killing us? Ah! Of course, make it sound good to cover up because the people want to hear good things, not bad (Duh!).

Monsanto – More Controversy

The company states that they are committed to “sound” innovation and science which results in a high quality product which is designed to benefit both the farmer and the environment. They believe so strongly in their commitment that they feel that “myths” have risen in regards to their products. So much so, that their website has an entire page on these so called “myths.”  Some of these articles are entitled:

These “myths” sound believable enough to be truths to me about a company so big? In fact, Monsanto is located in over 22 countries around the globe. It is interesting to note that there are no offices/warehouses noted in 11 of the 13 Middle East countries (Israel and Jordan being the only two).  They (Monsanto) are in a very powerful position in regards to how much the world relies upon them and what they do.

I do find it interesting that Monsanto is thrilled that Fortune Magazine included them on their 2014 list of most admired companies (which is a little misleading). But wouldn’t any company? During my research, I found that they weren’t actually in the “top 50.”

However, they were ranked #2 in the Chemicals division so I guess technically they were given a spot somewhere on the list. Even more interesting, is that Fortune gave Monsanto an Industry Rank of 9 (9 being the lowest score) towards the attribute of “Social Responsibility.” So is this really a “good” company or a “bad” one?

Monsanto – Good and Bad

There are about 15 brands of seeds and 16 brands of weed control products produced by this all powerful company. All of the seeds are genetically modified (GMO – not what was here before man came around) and the weed control products are some of the strongest available on the market today. Sure it sounds very innovative, but is this truly good for us, our environment and our future?

There are pros and cons to this agricultural based company. Unfortunately, they are privately owned, so like all privately owned companies, they are focused on their bottom line – that dollar in the bank! Each time a GM seed is planted or an extremely toxic chemical is sprayed, it’s more money in their pocket. The results are what we have to deal with and that’s poor nutritional value on our plates and long-term damage to our Earth.

I don’t know about you, but if a food (we’ll use BT corn) is toxic to an insect, isn’t that same food going to be toxic to us? Yes, many of us have food allergies. Unfortunately, the numbers are growing which seems to have a relation to the foods we are eating.

Why are so many illnesses and diseases being diagnosed? I understand the population is growing and thus the number of medical conditions documented will also grow. But doesn’t it make sense that a lesser quality of food compounded with a high concentration of chemicals is ultimately going to make us sick/die sooner than later??? Maybe that has been the plan all along.

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