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Issue 136: From Jordan's Desk: Seedy Behavior

Seedy Behavior

Monsanto hasn’t made a good name for itself for a variety of reasons. For starters, Monsanto has been pushing genetically modified (GM) foods into mainstream America for some time with no end in sight, and their seedy behavior continues.

Speaking of seeds . . . you were probably already aware of their role in GM foods, but did you know that biotech companies like Monsanto sell GM seeds and their GM-seed-tailored herbicides as package deals to farmers—and that the seeds don’t regenerate from year-to-year? That causes the farmers’ continual dependency on the GM seed and its corresponding, customized chemicals, since, by design, the GM seeds require much more herbicide to grow those GM crops. The deal is, though, that since the seeds don’t regenerate from year-to-year, the farmer has to get more GM seeds, which also requires more herbicides to feed these poison-drinking seeds. 

Additionally, Monsanto’s trying to take even more ground by literally taking farmers’ seeds, creating genetically engineered copycat versions of them and then retaining all intellectual property rights on the seeds. That’s not all. Monsanto has made itself legally not liable for any failures their GM seeds might result in when farmers see crop failure or fewer yields. If there are devastating consequences like that, then Monsanto just moves on, leaving farmers “holding the bag.”

Monsanto’s dirty tactics continue. If farmers in the U.S. and Canada have resisted becoming part of the Monsanto seedy initiative and have the misfortune of owning non-GMO or organic farms bordering GMO farms, they often face the unthinkable: traces of contamination from GM crops causing the conventional or organic farmers’ crops to become unsuitable for sale.

Adding insult to injury, Monsanto will use the contamination situation that they caused to further hurt the farmers and file a patent infringement against the farmers, even though circumstances were beyond the farmers’ control. The non-GMO farmers then are faced with costly legal bills and fines that result in them shutting down their farms. As you might guess, that’s just fine with Monsanto because that means their competition dwindles.

Understandably, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to put up with Monsanto’s seedy behavior as well as the behavior of other biotech companies like BASF, Bayer, DuPont, Syngenta and Dow, who are trying to take over our seed and food supply. GMO produce not only has serious health threats, but it also provides less nutrition and is more vulnerable to climate change, pests and disease.

In short, GM foods are a perfect storm for food insecurity.

So go with organic produce, meat and dairy from local farmers who use non-GM seeds. The organic movement is one way to help stop Monsanto’s seedy behavior.

 

 

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.


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