And you guys thought I just had a personal vendetta! Monsanto, a biotech giant well known for creating GMO foods and crops, has been given the Worst Company of 2011 Award, by readers of NaturalSociety. I personally would have named them Worst Company of the Decade, but I won’t complain about this award since I believe it is so fitting.
From the release:
Numerous scientific studies have found Monsanto’s GMO crops, herbicides, and biopesticides to be a danger to the planet. A review of 19 studies announced that consumption of GMO corn or soybeans may lead to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice – particularly in the liver and kidneys. The researchers also mentioned that GMO soybean and corn varieties contribute to “83% of the commercialized GMOs” that you may currently be consuming if you purchase conventional produce. Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup has also been found to create superweeds that are heavily resistant to herbicides, which are estimated to now consume over 120 million hectares worldwide.
The award is intended to bring awareness to these environmental issues, which are continually being recognized by nations worldwide. Hungary, Peru, and France are among the countries who have spoken out against Monsanto and GMO crops alike. Hungary recently destroyed 1,000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Peru has also instituted a 10-year ban on genetically modified ingredients, after a recent test conducted by the Peruvian Association of Consumers and Users (ASPEC) found that 77 percent of supermarket products tested contained GM contaminants.
I have been railing for years against the company, including outing Monsanto’s million dollar contributions to The Nature Conservancy, their partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, and their membership in The Sustainability Consortium. How a company hell-bent on destroying our food supply with genetically-modified seeds is allowed to partner with environmental groups is beyond me, but I guess they all need dirty money more than they need principles.
Congratulations Monsanto, for finally earning an award you truly deserve more than all others – Worst Company of 2011.