Monsanto Destroying Environment While On Nature Conservancy Leadership Council

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Oh me oh my. Ironic? Oxymoronic? A bad idea? Not even really sure how to describe this relationship between one of the world’s largest environmental groups, The Nature Conservancy, and Monsanto, the leading GMO and biotech company.

Monsanto sits on the Leadership Council for The Nature Conservancy and has been giving them millions of dollars a year in donations. Seem like a strange company to give a seat on the council to? I think so too. But they aren’t alone, as the board also consists of other environmental do-gooders like BP, Cargill, Coca Cola, Dow Chemical, and Pepsi, all belonging to the board under the guise of “improving business practices and raising awareness for conservation issues.” It’s all becoming a little clearer now, isn’t it?

Let’s take a look at some of the stories that The Nature Conservancy’s million dollar donor Monsanto has been in the news for lately, just to check up on them and to make sure this partnership is doing all it is supposed to be doing for our environment and our health. After all, that’s why they are taking the money, right? To help Monsanto change their ways?

  • Monsanto just took home 6th place on the Most Wanted Corporate Human Rights Violators List of 2012 for promotion of monocropping, involvement in government, refusing to label product, bankrupting small farms.

  • The Nature Conservancy is considered a Big Green environmental group, one of the largest and most prominent in the world. It “sits on nearly a billion dollars in assets and is awash in cash, thanks to a tidal wave of corporate donations, much of it from notorious polluters such as Arco, Archer-Daniels-Midland, British Petroleum, DuPont, Shell and Freeport-McMoRan. Last year, the group violated its apolitical policy to concoct the compromise rewrite of the Endangered Species Act with a secret coalition of corporations and trade associations, including the National Homebuilder’s Association and timber giant Georgie-Pacific.

  • A recent study by eminent oncologists Dr. Lennart Hardell and Dr. Mikael Eriksson of Sweden, has revealed clear links between one of the world’s biggest selling herbicide, glyphosate, to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. Glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, is the world’s most widely used herbicide. It is estimated that for 1998, over a 112,000 tonnes of glyphosate was used world-wide. It indiscriminately kills off a wide variety of weeds after application and is primarily used to control annual and perennial plants.

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  1. The Nature Conservancy went astray years ago when it started negotiating land deals with developers securing conservancy areas adjacent to high end real estate thereby providing ready access (parkland) to the wealthy. The idea is to take money anywhere to preserve species; of course the highest calling. But by doing so, they became elitist. And that’s only a small part of the story–again, money talks. How do I know about this; I was in on it as a paid consultant. Really, it’s common knowledge to anyone who takes the time to look.

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