Sunday, June 10, 2007

Stop the Insanity- Sign the Petition Joining in the Millions Against Monsanto

My lifelong disdain for Monsanto developed in the early eighties when I read about farmers in India committing suicide because they’d used their daughters’ dowry to repay Monsanto “loans” when the crops failed. This hasn’t changed much, indeed, it seems it has worsened over the years. See End of a Wedding Dream for details.

I despised Monsanto for creating Agents Orange, Purple, Pink, White, and Blue (though lesser known, the rest of the 'rainbow' contributed to veterans’ illnesses,) not to mention the long lasting horrific effects on the people of Viet Nam. Monsanto compensated each soldier $1200 in the form of a one time lump sum payment. $1200 – now that’s what Monsanto thinks of exposing soldiers drafted to fight a war no one wanted to Dioxins and other toxic chemicals. Monsanto continues to this day to refuse to compensate Veterans and their families further for exposure to the toxic chemicals, including Dioxin.

Monsanto has its dirty paws in Genetically Modified (GM) cotton and foods. Monsanto's bt cotton in India has proven to be an abyssmal failure. The BT cotton, corn and soybeans may very well be killing livestock like the 1600 sheep which died after grazing on BT cotton, along with killing bees. When the bees die, so will we.

Farmers in India and Africa have rejected bt cotton but it may very well prove to be too late. Here in the United States, and Canada, we have GM corn, soybeans, and canola growing by the thousands of acres.

As if that were not enough, Monsanto produces Posilac, otherwise known as rBGH, (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone.) Also called BGH, rBGH, BST and rBST., Monsanto sells the genetically engineered copy of a naturally occurring hormone produced by cows to dairy farmers. However, unlike the naturally occurring hormone, the rBGH increases milk production by 10% to 15%. The FDA approved rBGH in 1993 and it has been in use since 1994. Monsanto and the FDA claim milk from cows injected with rBGH cannot spread Mad Cow (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy) , but scientists disagree.

Monsanto and the FDA continue to lie about how Mad Cow disease is spread to humans. Of course they do. They want the labels we read on our milk cartons to neglect to mention whether the cows were injected with rBGH. They don’t want us to know that the milk production from a cow with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy might have been increased by 10 to 15%, potentially infecting 10 to 15% more people with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

This should come as little surprise when one looks at the resume`s of many of the FDA’s top executives. Take, por exemplo, the case of Margaret Miller, one of Monsanto’s top researchers. Ms. Miller submitted a scientific report about whether Monsanto’s growth hormones were safe or not. Then, she left Monsanto, and was hired by the FDA. One of her first FDA responsibilities – determining whether or not to approve the report she had written.

She had help from Susan Sechen, another former Monsanto researcher. Oh, and the guy who decides whether the FDA should require rBGH milk to be labeled as such or not fell under the jurisdiction of Michael Taylor. Attorney Taylor’s previous employer- you guessed it if you guessed Monsanto.

Not much has changed with regard to Monsanto’s complete disregard for the people and the planet, instead continuing to focus on the only “P” in its corporate mind that matters, that is Profit.

So I’ve joined forces with Millions Against Monsanto and I am asking you to do the same. Please sign the petition and join me in forcing Monsanto to:

· Stop intimidating small family farmers.

· Stop force-feeding untested and unlabeled genetically engineered foods on consumers.

· Stop using billions of dollars of US taypayers' money to subsidize genetically engineered crops - cotton, soybeans, corn, and canola.

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