MonSATAN and The Bad Seed
My research topic will examine the effect of Monsanto’s current monopoly over the majority of America’s food supply, regarding Genetically Modified Organisms. First, I will reveal how Monsanto’s sustainable agricultural mission statement is crooked, based on myths and false assumptions and instead they’re responsible for large-scale government corruption. Biotech companies have the majority of society completely oblivious that they’re using us humans as test subjects for the largest feeding experiment in history with unknown and possibly disastrous consequences for our health and the environment. Finally I will address how the GMO giant Monsanto has consolidated its power to single handedly corrupt and take over regulatory agencies such as the USDA and FDA. Most Americans are unaware to who Monsanto is and or what Genetically Modified Organisms are, even though they support and eat them nearly every meal. On Saturday, May 25, 2013 I attended the March Against Monsanto that took place in Downtown LA with about 5,000 other supporters, protesting against Monsanto and making strangers aware of what’s currently happening with the future of our food system. This march took place in over 150 cities in 55 countries across the globe and still didn’t make the mainstream media. Less than five percent of people know anything about what they’re really eating, and if they do, they’re more concerned about carbs, sugars and calories rather than where the food actually came from. Monsanto is the world’s largest Biotech and Agrochemical Corporation that specializes in manufacturing products including herbicides, pesticides and patented crop seeds. They have convinced most of humanity, that through innovative science, they’re producing high quality products that are beneficial for the customers and the environment. They also claim that they are committed to safety and health in everything they do, but a lack of government-lead scientific research has lead many to believe otherwise. After doing the slightest bit of investigation concerning this topic, I believe anyone will find it a little problematic to believe they’re the picture-perfect solution they claim to be. 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” (Ruppert n.p.). There’s no question that the nutritional value of our food supply is declining with time. In the U.S., despite mounting evidence of the damage Genetically Engineered crops inflict on human health and the environment, “approximately 170 million acres of GE crops, including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, papaya, and squash, are currently under cultivation” (Herbert n.p.). These crops, untested and unlabeled, “comprise 41 percent of all cultivated cropland” (Herbert n.p.). “At least 70 percent of non-organic grocery store processed foods contain GMOs” (Center… n.p.), and even then, most of the organic brands you’ve come to trust are actually corporate-owned. Companies like Monsanto want us to believe in food scarcity. They want us to believe that there’s not enough food on this planet to feed everybody. They want us to think we need more products in order to feed the hungry and poor rather than just eating organically. With their hands deep in the government’s pockets, they have done a great job at masking themselves to be the source of change, when in actuality; they are responsible for the hungry and the poor in this world. We live in a society where we waste more food than we consume, and yet we say people go hungry because there is not enough food for everybody. This is the myth of scarcity that Monsanto stands behind. Most of the food that’s grown in this country is never even picked and “up to forty percent of what we grow is left to rot in the field” (Rappoport n.p.). More of that food is wasted at distribution centers, which ends up...
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