Green Living QA: What Is Monsanto And Is It Dangerous?
07/03/2012 | 11:54 AM
What is Monsanto and is it dangerous?
Monsanto is a giant agricultural biotech company that makes plastics, aspartame (NutraSweet), bovine growth hormone (used to make cows produce more milk and fatten up quickly before slaughter), DDT, Agent Orange (used by the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War), and PCBs (highly toxic industrial compounds). Monsanto is also the world's leading producer of the herbicide Roundup and the leading procuder of genetically modified (GMO) seeds. It provides the technology in 90% of the genetically engineered seeds used in the U.S.
Monsanto has a monopoly on patents of genetically modified seeds, and, according to environmentalists, is controlling the future of food in the process. It has genetically engineered seeds that are resistant to, and therefore dependent on, Roundup, Monsanto's herbicide. Millions of pounds of Roundup are used every year on U.S. gardens, lawns and farms. Ordinarily, if you were to spray Roundup on crops, it would kill them. So Monsanto created genetically modified Roundup Ready seeds, allowing farmers to spray Roundup directly onto crops, killing weeds and leaving the crops to grow. However, evidence shows that Roundup's active ingredient glyphosate is actually negatively impacting crops and human and animal health around the world.
- Choose grass-fed or pastured beef and poultry, and organic milk (to avoid bovine growth hormones).
- Buy organic produce to avoid GMOs.
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