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You are what you eat

and what you are eating has been rigged against you and your health.

And what you eat is quickly being decided by one company, MONSANTO (Now BAYER).

Monsanto (which has now been purchased by Bayer). Do you recognize this logo? Do you know who Monsanto is? You should want to find out.

 

They have systematically created and now maintain control of our seeds and foods. Over the last 120 years they have poisoned countless humans, they have seamlessly and systematically taken over the food industry, they have consumed many of the seed companies and control a number of them, they have a political agenda, a biotech agenda, a profit agenda and what i call a guinea pig agenda (one in which we play the guinea pigs). They have a track record for creating harmful chemicals - people die - they recall their chemicals or they later get banned, only to rinse - recycle - repeat. Not only do they control much of the food sources for most American's but they are attempting to privatize the water supply as well.

Enough is enough. If you care about the health of yourself and your family it is wise to understand what is going on here. 

Monsanto is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation based in the United States. They are the world’s leading producer of Roundup, a herbicide with the active ingredient glyphosate.

 

Monsanto is also the largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) and genetically modified (GM) seeds on the planet, accounting for over 90% of the GE/GM seeds planted globally in 2003.

Well, what does monsanto have to do with our food? And what does any of it have to do with what we eat being rigged?

The world's largest producer of chemicals and deadly poison, also controls a major part of our food, and most of our seeds.

the government agreed June of 2015 that it would provide millions of dollars in disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War. (It is noteworthy to say these individuals did not have direct exposure, it was indirect exposure long after the crafts had originally been contaminated by the poisons - and it was affecting the offspring of these individuals in some cases)

To get a better understanding of who they are and what they are doing to us - lets go back just a bit, shall we?

 

Agent Orange (random, I know, bear with me - grrrrr) was one of many herbicides used by the U.S. military as a weapon during the Vietnam war (the military sprayed it on the foliage which dissolved it and the "enemy" had nowhere to hide), and Monsanto was contracted by the government to manufacture it for the Department of Defence. According to Monsanto:

“The use of Agent Orange as a military herbicide in Vietnam continues to be an emotional subject for many people. Asian Affairs Specialist Michael Martin notes, ‘[a]t the time the herbicides were used, there was little consideration within the U.S. military about potential long-term environmental and health effects of the widespread use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.’”(source)

 

Needless to say, when the war ended there

was plenty of poison left over.

They needed a way to package it and sell it to the consumers.

Because nothing matters more than profit, right?

Monsanto introduced their leftover herbicide from the war to the public through commercialization in 1976 and have been poisoning us "legally" and with our consent ever since.

Monsanto has since introduced a Genetically Modified (GM) product (Roundup Ready Soybeans, corn, and cotton) that were resistant to Roundup. The first crops introduced were soybeans, followed by corn in 1998. “Roundup Ready” crops greatly improved a farmer’s ability to control weeds, since glyphosate could be sprayed in the fields without harming their crops.

 

TO REITERATE: Roundup Kills Everything except the genetically engineered crop.   The seeds are engineered to resist the Roundup herbicide and further, the toxic (weed killing) residue of Glyphosate remains on the Roundup Ready seeds which are genetically modified to withstand the herbicide toxicity.  This is also the primary purpose of ALL genetically modified seeds, to resist pests – drought – and most importantly pesticide and herbicide.

As a result of the spraying in Vietnam, very serious health issues continue to this day – including tumors, birth defects, rashes, psychological symptoms, and more. These health issues were not only observed by the population in Vietnam but, of course, by U.S. servicemen and their families as well. Knowing all of this it is still marketed and sold to the masses as round up to this day. Now they are redesigning the DNA of plants that have been around millions of years to be able to withstand the poison from the Roundup! This is outrageous!!!!

GMOs are estimated to constitute somewhere between 75% and 80% of our food.

Which Crops Are GMOs?

GMOs are imported, grown, and/or field-tested in more than 60 countries. There are 10 commercially available crops grown from GMO seeds in the U.S.:

  • Corn

  • Soybeans

  • Cotton

  • Alfalfa

  • Sugar Beets

  • Canola

  • Squash/Zucchini

  • Papaya

  • Potato

  • Apple

From controlling the food, to privatizing the water.

Half of the Earth’s population will live in an area with significant water stress by 2030, according to estimates from the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development. Corporations like Monsanto (along with Royal Dutch Shell and Nestle) are vying for a future in which free water supply is a thing of the past, and private companies control public water sources.

For a searchable database of documents as they relate to high ranking official business  you can go to the Poisonpapers.org.

 

The website states: The “Poison Papers” represent a vast trove of rediscovered chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back to the 1920s. Taken as a whole, the papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked together to conceal this information from the public and the press. These papers will transform our understanding of the hazards posed by certain chemicals on the market and the fraudulence of some of the regulatory processes relied upon to protect human health and the environment. 

“The agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way, or that, as a class, foods developed by the new techniques present any different or greater safety concern than foods developed by traditional plant breeding. For this reason, the agency does not believe that the method of development of a new plant variety (including the use of new techniques including recombinant DNA techniques) is normally material information within the meaning of 21 U.S.C. 321(n) and would not usually be required to be disclosed in labeling for the food.” - 

 

“But the biotech industry had rigged the game so that neither science nor scientists would stand in their way. They had placed their own man in charge of FDA policy and he wasn’t going to be swayed by feeble arguments related to food safety. No, he was going to do what corporations had done for decades to get past these types of pesky concerns. He was going to lie.” (Jeffrey Smith, Huffington Post, 2011)

 

“Essentially, what that Monsanto Protection Act rider said is that even if a court were to determine that a particular product might be harmful to human beings or harmful to the environment, the Department of Agriculture could not stop the production of that product once it is in the ground. So you have deregulated the GMO industry from court oversight, which is really not what America is about.” (Wikipedia; New York Daily News, 2013)

genetically engineered salmon as “fit for consumption” ???

November 2015, FDA approved a genetically engineered salmon as “fit for consumption.”  According to its commercial developer, AquaBounty, these mega-sized salmons are supposed to be raised inland in contained tanks “to lessen the chances that they will escape into the wild.”  The New York Times reported that FDA’s rationale for approval:

“the fish was safe to eat because the inserted genetic elements did not harm the fish itself [and] the company had adequately proved that the salmon grew faster.”

Note, that the FDA refrains from certifying that the genetically engineered salmon is “safe.” Indeed, the FDA does not certify that ANY GE food product is safe because it lacks scientific evidence to support such a safety claim.

More about Monsanto. How they earned the title of "Evil"

  • 1901 ~ Monsanto was founded by John F. Queeny.  The first product made was saccharine!!

  • 1919 ~ Monsanto expands into Europe in 1919 by entering a partnership with Graesser's Chemical Works at Cefn Mawr, near Ruabon Wales, to produce vanilli,  aspirin and its raw ingredient salicylic acid.

  • 1935 ~ Monsanto acquires the Swann Chemical Company in Anniston, Alabama, entering the business of producing PCBs on an industrial scale

  • 1940s ~ Monsanto becomes one of the world's leading manufacturers in both rubber and plastics (like polystyrene)

  • 1944 ~ Monsanto begins manufacturing DDT

  • 1945 ~ Monsanto started producing and marketing agricultural chemicals, including 2,4D. These eventually become what the company is known for

  • 1952 ~ Monsanto (a major manufacturer of 2,4,5-T) informs the U.S. government that its 2,4,5-T is contaminated

  • 1961 ~ President Kennedy authorizes the use of the Rainbow Herbicide defoliants in the Vietnam War – many of which are manufactured by Monsanto. This includes Agent Orange, which is applied starting in 1965. These are used until 1971.

  • 1961-1982 ~ Monsanto creates an agricultural division

  • 1970 ~ The United States Department of Agriculture halts the use of 2,4,5-T (manufactured by Monsanto) on all food crops except rice.

  • 1972 ~ DDT is banned under most circumstances.

  • 1974 ~ Harvard University and Monsanto sign a ten-year industrial-funded research grant to support the cancer research of Judah Folkman

  • 1976 ~ RoundUp was commercialized, but it wasn’t until 1981 when a molecular biology group has been set up and biotechnology was firmly established as Monsanto’s strategic research” focus”

  • 1980 ~ The first US Agent Orange class-action lawsuit us filed for the injuries military personnel in Vietnam suffered through exposure to dioxins in the defoliant. The suit is settled in 1984, with slightly over 45% of the sum paid by Monsanto alone.

  • 1982 ~ scientists were first able to  genetically modify a plant

  • 1985 ~ Monsanto purchases G. D. Searle & Company for $2.7 billion in cash.

  • 1993 ~ Monsanto's Searle division files a patent application for Celebrex

  • 1994 ~ rBST first went on sale for milk production in cows

  • 1995 ~ Monsanto's potato plants producing Bt toxin (genetically modified to make a crystalline insecticidal protein from Bacillus thuringiensis) are approved for sale by the Environmental Protection Agency, after having approved by the U.S. FDA, making it the first pesticide-producing genetically modified crop to be approved in the United States

  • 1996 ~ Monsanto introduces genetically modified Roundup Ready soybeans that are resistant to Roundup (greatly improving a farmer's ability to control weeds, since glyphosate could be sprayed in the fields without harming their crops)

  • 1998 ~ RoundUp ready corn is introduced to farmers

  • 2000 - 2016 ~ Monsanto enters a merger and changes its name to Pharmacia. Pharmacia then spins off its agricultural division as an independent company named Monsanto Company. The "new Monsanto" - then raises $700 million in a new IPO. The "new Monsanto" is legally distinct from the old pre-2000 Monsanto.

  • 2006 ~ Monsanto buys out at least 7 seed companies

  • 2008 ~ Monsanto acquires Aly Participacoes Ltda., which operates the sugarcane and breeding technology companies

  • 2011 ~ Monsanto received USDA authorization for the planting of Genuity Roundup Ready Alfalfa and Genuity Roundup Ready Sugarbeets

  • 2013 ~ The March Against Monsanto, a worldwide protest against Monsanto and GMOs takes place.

  • 2015 ~ Monsanto rolls out seeds engineered with new herbicide resistance, releasing dicamba-resistant cotton.

  • 2016 ~ Bayer acquires Monsanto for $56 billion

  • 2016 ~ Monsanto buys a license from Broad Institute of Harvard University and MIT to use the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology.

Politicians Paid By Monsanto

House of Representatives:

Total paid by Monsanto to Democrats: $72,000

Total paid by Monsanto to Republicans: $190,500

Barrow, John (D-GA) $2,500
Bishop, Sanford (D-GA) $5,000
Boehner, John (R-OH) $10,000
Braley, Bruce (D-IA) $5,000
Camp, Dave (R-MI) $5,000
Cantor, Eric (R-VA) $10,000
Clay, William L Jr (D-MO) $10,000
Cleaver, Emanuel (D-MO) $5,000
Conaway, Mike (R-TX) $2,000
Courtney, Joe (D-CT) $4,500
Crawford, Rick (R-AR) $2,500
Fincher, Steve (R-TN) $8,000
Gardner, Cory (R-CO) $7,500
Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA) $4,500
Graves, Sam (R-MO) $5,000
Griffin, Tim (R-AR) $1,000
Guthrie, Brett (R-KY) $1,000
Hanabusa, Colleen (D-HI)$5,000
Hannemann, Mufi (D-HI) $1,000
Hartzler, Vicky (R-MO) $3,000
Holden, Tim (D-PA) $1,000
Huelskamp, Tim (R-KS) $2,500
Hultgren, Randy (R-IL) $2,500
Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS) $2,500
Johnson, Timothy (R-IL) $3,000
King, Steven A (R-IA) $2,500
Kingston, Jack (R-GA) $7,000
Kinzinger, Adam (R-IL) $3,500
Kissell, Larry (D-NC) $5,000
Labrador, Raul (R-ID) $2,000
LaMalfa, Doug (R-CA) $1,000
Landry, Jeff (R-LA) $1,000
Latham, Tom (R-IA) $10,000
Loebsack, David (D-IA) $5,000
Long, Billy (R-MO) $2,500
Lucas, Frank D (R-OK) $10,000
Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO)$5,000
Lungren, Dan (R-CA) $1,000
McIntyre, Mike (D-NC) $1,000
Neugebauer, Randy (R-TX)$1,000
Noem, Kristi (R-SD) $1,000
Nunes, Devin (R-CA) $3,500
Owens, Bill (D-NY) $2,000
Peterson, Collin (D-MN) $10,000
Rogers, Hal (R-KY) $7,500
Rokita, Todd (R-IN) $5,000
Roskam, Peter (R-IL) $1,000
Schilling, Bobby (R-IL) $3,000
Schock, Aaron (R-IL) $5,000
Shimkus, John M (R-IL) $5,000
Simpson, Mike (R-ID) $10,000
Smith, Adrian (R-NE) $5,000
Stutzman, Marlin (R-IN) $5,000
Thompson, Bennie G (D-MS) $10,000
Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) $1,000
Upton, Fred (R-MI) $5,000
Valadao, David (R-CA) $2,500
Wagner, Ann L (R-MO) $10,000
Walden, Greg (R-OR) $1,000
Walorski, Jackie (R-IN) $2,500
Womack, Steve (R-AR) $1,000

Senate

Total paid by Monsanto to Democrats: $37,500

Total paid by Monsanto to Republicans: $85,000

Akin, Todd (R-MO) $3,500
Baucus, Max (D-MT) $1,000
Berg, Rick (R-ND) $10,000
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) $10,000
Boozman, John (R-AR) $5,000
Casey, Bob (D-PA) $2,500
Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) $5,000
Fischer, Deb (R-NE) $5,000
Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY) $1,000
Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) $2,000
Hirono, Mazie K (D-HI) $1,000
Johanns, Mike (R-NE) $1,000
Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN) $5,000
Landrieu, Mary L (D-LA) $1,000
McCaskill, Claire (D-MO) $5,000
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $10,000
Moran, Jerry (R-KS) $2,500
Nelson, Ben (D-NE) $13,000
Rehberg, Denny (R-MT) $2,000
Risch, James E (R-ID) $3,500
Roberts, Pat (R-KS) $9,000
Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI) $8,000
Thompson, Tommy G (R-WI) $5,000
Wicker, Roger (R-MS) $1,000
Wilson, Heather A (R-NM) $2,500

From Ronald Reagan through Barak Obama.

Monsanto’s corrupting influence within the US government has continued seamlessly from one administration to the next; 

The company has continually used its vast resources to influence public policy by infiltrating every government agency that sets policy positions affecting its business interests

It sabotages the safety reviewing process by oversight agencies, including the FDA, the USDA and EPA. (Open Secrets, 2013; US Right to Know)

US food policy was rigged by Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s corporate lawyer who crafted FDA’s GMO Statement of Policy (May 1992). This official, FDA certified US policy falsely declares that technologically engineered food products are“substantially equivalent” to naturally produced food.

Monsanto's multiple revolving doors

 From White House to Monsanto:

  • David Bockorny, Reagan’s legislative affairs specialist, a Monsanto tax consultant;

  • William Cable, Carter’s Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs, Monsanto lobbyist;

  • Marcia Hale, Presidential Assistant  and Director Inter-government Affairs, Monsanto’s Director International Government Affairs;

  • Mickey Kantor, Secretary of Dept. of Commerce and US Trade Ambassador, Monsanto Board member;

  • Josh King, Clinton’s Director of White House Production Events, Monsanto’s Director of Global Communications;

  • Jack Watson, Carter’s Chief of Staff, Monsanto staff lawyer

From Congress to Monsanto:

  • Ellen Boyle, Cong. Tip O’Neill’s Press Secretary, Monsanto lobbyist; 

  • Dennis Di Concini, Arizona Democrat Senator, specialist in patenting genetically engineered food and native seed stocks in his law firm Parry, Romani & Di Concini;

  • Toby Moffet, Democrat Congresswoman, Monsanto political strategist; 

  • John Orlando, Senator John Dingle’s Chief of Staff, Monsanto lobbyist; 

  • Catherine Porter, Chief Trade & Tax Council to Sen. John Chaffey, Monsanto tax consultant

From Federal Agencies to Monsanto & Biotech Industry

  • Linda Fisher, Assistant Adm EPA Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxic Substances, Monsanto V-P Government & Public Affairs; 

  • Dr. Michael Friedman, deputy Commissioner, FDA, Monsanto Chief Clinical Research; 

  • Gwendolyn King, Head SSA, Monsanto Board; 

  • Terry Medley, USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service & chair USDA Agriculture Biotech Council & FDA food advisory committee, Director of Regulatory & External Affairs; 

  • William Ruckelshaus, EPA Administrator, Monsanto Board Member; 

  • Clayton Yeutter, USDA Secretary & US Trade Rep who led the US team in negotiating US-Canada Free Trade Agreement and GATT negotiations, board member of Mycogen Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical

 

From Monsanto & Biotech Industry to Government

 

  • David Beier, head of government affairs at Genentech – which patented rBGH and sold rights to Monsanto – Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Gore; 

  • Carol Tucker Foreman, Monsanto Biotech lobbyist & Director of Agribusiness Industry’s Public Voice to Clinton’s Global Consultative Forum as the “consumer advocate.” 

  • Val Giddings, USDA biotech regulator & V-P for Food & Agriculture of Biotech Industry Org ABIO); 

  • Margaret Miller, Monsanto Lab Supervisor, FDA Deputy Director Human Food Safety; 

  • Lidia Watrud, Monsanto researcher, EPA senior scientist

(These are listed by Dr. Samuel Epstein in his book, What’s In Your Milk? 2006)

“In the weeks and months that followed, the White House complied, working behind the scenes to help Monsanto — long a political power with deep connections in Washington — get the regulations that it wanted.” - Kurt Eichenwald, business reporter for the New York Times

 

It was an outcome that would be repeated, again and again, through three administrations. What Monsanto wished for from Washington, Monsanto — and, by extension, the biotechnology industry — got.

 

"If the company’s strategy demanded regulations, rules favored by the industry were adopted. And when the company abruptly decided that it needed to throw off the regulations and speed its foods to market, the White House quickly ushered through an unusually generous policy of self-policing.

…the control this nascent industry exerted over its own regulatory destiny — through the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agriculture Department and ultimately the Food and Drug Administration — was astonishing.” 

 

(“Redesigning Nature: Biotechnology Food: From the Lab to a Debacle,” in The New York Times, 2001)  

While the FDA  says that they are safe for consumptionas consumers we have the right to know exactly what is in our food. Despite intense friction and the demand for labeling of GMOs, Monsanto and its financially rewarded allies have prevented such information from being freely available by blocking state legislative initiatives.


The FDA deviates fundamentally from a credible science-based policy

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