What Is Monsanto? 11 Essential Facts To Keep You In The Know

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I am sure you have seen the name ‘Monsanto’ around in many articles over the last few years. There has been a growing trend to brand the Monsanto company as evil, as millions march against the enormous American multinational. It can be confusing to decipher the facts from the scaremongering. Some very dramatic claims may be hard to believe initially, while company printed material paints a very different picture. We want to identify some facts here, to keep you informed, so you can decide exactly where your opinions lie with this contentious issue.

So what exactly is Monsanto?

It is an American multinational corporation that was founded back in 1901 by John Francis Queeny, as a chemical company. Queeny has a background in the world of Pharmaceuticals. In fact the history of Monsanto is steeped in chemical warfare, which we will address below. They were initially a Pesticide company, who evolved into seed creation. As seems to be the trend across the Globe, food-pharmaceutical-medical industries are increasingly linking to one another. We will discuss 10 facts about the Monsanto company below. This leads us directly to the first point….

1. Monsanto Invent and Own Pesticides

Round Up
Round Up

RoundUp is a well known herbicide, weed killer, that is used by families across the world as well as in agribusiness. The active ingredient in this hugely profitable Monsanto invented and owned product, is Glyphosate. While it won’t kill you straight after spraying your garden, there is evidence to prove that it is devastating to human health over time. It has been linked to:

  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Infertility
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

The Netherlands are the most recent country to ban Round-Up, and more Nations are lining up to follow suit. The question that rages in my mind, is why a chemical company ever diversified into food production? Of course the answer is most likely profits. They genetically engineered crops to be resistant to Round-Up so it could be sprayed all over them, causing no harm to the crop, but killing the weed. But what about those who would be ingesting the crops?

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