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

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Keep in mind that people are required to wear full protective gear, including mask when applying Round-Up to crops.

The giant corporations who had produced chemicals for chemical industrial agriculture were talking about three instruments to consolidate the food chain. The first was genetic engineering as a way of control. The second was patenting seed and patenting life as a way of as a way of control. Determining seed to be private property, treating the saving of seed by farmers as theft. Lastly, the design of terminator technology, to create sterile seed in order to impose even more dependence of humanity on a hand full of corporations. – Dr. Vandana Shiva

You can find out more about Round-Up in this video below.

2. Monsanto Creates GMOs

Okay – so what are GMOs? According to the No GMO project:

GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Most developed countries do not consider them to be safe, in fact more than 60 countries restrict or even ban GM products. So America is unusual in it’s stance, particularly regarding using the studies conducted by the very companies who stand to profit from them as evidence of the safety of GMOs.

GM Tomato
GM Tomato

There is no mandatory labelling requirements in the US, so it is very difficult to know if you are consuming GMOs. The following are crops and subsequent ingredients to look out for, as they are at high risk of being genetically engineered.

High-Risk Crops (as of December 2011):

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