By: Sylvia Ubal / Source: Barómetro Internacional / The Dawn News / February 29, 2016
This series will analyze over a century in the history of Monsanto. The history, the consolidation and the growth of Monsanto are necessary elements to understand how this transnational company has reached its current position. And why our governments choose to ignore what any citizen can know through modern mechanisms of information and communication.
We are currently denouncing, for example, that some products like PCBs (which have been practically forbidden throughout the planet since 1980) are still being used and are filling several countries in South America with their pollution. Why do they let the creators of Agent Orange be in charge of our food?
Must we think that Japan, Sweden, Germany, France, and other 40 countries are ignorant? Are they technologically behind? Are we behind? Or are our leaders sacrificing us?
The history of Monsanto is shocking, and it is unbelievable that, after having done so much damage with their poisons, it’s still manufacturing and commercializing its products at the expense of our lives. We are going to make a brief summary of Monsanto’s history in this article.
1901: The company is created by John Francis Queeny, a farmaceutic with 30 years of experience, member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and married to Olga Méndez Monsanto. The first product the company manufactured was saccharine, which they sold to Coca-Cola as an artificial sweetener.
1920: Monsanto expands to industrial chemicals and drugs, becoming the biggest manufacturer of Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) in the world.
1930: They create their first hybrid corn seed and expand to detergents, soaps, industrial cleaning products, synthetic rubbers and plastics.
1940: Research begins on uranium, to be used in the first atomic bomb of the Manhattan Project, that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing hundreds of thousands of Japanese, and military from Korea and the US, and poisoning millions of people. Also, Monsanto continues its ecocide through the creation of pesticides for agriculture, which contain a deadly dioxin that poisons food and water supplies.
1950: In close collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, Monsanto creates several rides in Disney’s Tomorrowland that glorify chemical products and plastics (such as the Monsanto House of the Future).
1960: Monsanto, along with DOW Chemical, manufactures the Agent Orange dioxin for its use in the US invasion of Vietnam.
1970: Monsanto’s partner, GD Searle, produces several pieces of private research that intend to acclaim aspartame as a safe artificial sweetener, while the scientific research of the FDA clearly shows that aspartame causes tumors and massive holes in the brains of laboratory rats.
1980: Because of the irrefutable research that reveals the toxic effects of aspartame, commissioner of the FDA. Dr. Jere Goyan was about to pass a bill to keep it out of the market. Seeing this, Donald Rumsfeld makes a phone call to Ronald Reagan to ask him for a favor on the day after he took office. Reagan fires Goyan from his seat. He names, instead, Dr. Arthur Hayes as head of the FDA, who quickly tips the scales in favor of Searle and NutraSweet, by approving them for human consumption. This approval from the White House sadly becomes ironic, because Reagan, who enjoyed candy with sugar and sweeteners very much, suffers from Alzheimer’s disease (one of the many terrible effects of consuming aspartame) during his second presidency.
1990: Monsanto spends millions on defeating the state and federal legislation that forbids it from continuing to spill dioxins, pesticides and other cancerous poisons into the drinking water system. They are also sued countless times for causing diseases to the workers of their factories, and people of surrounding areas for birth defects in babies.
2000: Monsanto controls the greatest portion of the world market of GMOs. At the same time, the government spends hundreds of millions on financing the air fumigations with Roundup, which causes massive environmental devastation. Fish, animals, bees and people die in thousands. But all of this is deemed as an unusual coincidence, so the fumigation continues.
If you already thought that Monsanto and the FDA were basically the same thing, you can add the government of the United States to that list of human predators. It allowed Monsanto to merge with Pharmacia & Upjohn, to abandon its denomination as chemical industry and adopt the new label of agricultural industry. Thus, a chemical company whose products devastated the environment, killed millions of people and wildlife in the past century, now wants us to trust them and believe that they produce safe and nutritious food and that they won’t kill people anymore. This is very hard to sell, so they keep tying knots with other entities, through mergers and secret alliances.
And to make things worse in the world, Monsanto and its criminal partners Archer Daniels Midland, Sodexo and Tyson Foods wrote out and sponsored the infamous Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009. This outrageous law gives corporate farms monopolistic power to oversee and control all foods planted in any corner of the US, even in the backyard of any citizen. It applies severe sanctions and jail time to anybody who doesn’t use chemicals and fertilizers. What was the reaction of Obama to this law? He gave his full endorsement.
With this Act, Monsanto establishes that only transgenic food is safe for consumption, and that organic food that is independently produced can potentially propagate diseases and therefore, its existence should be regulated to guarantee the safety of the world.
As if all this was not enough, Monsanto has also issued the Continuing Resolution HR 933, also known as the Monsanto Protection Act, that grant almost unlimited power above the law to great companies like Monsanto itself, and will soon be a problem for the whole world.
However, Monsanto’s crimes have caused so much rejection, that in some countries it’s being tried for crimes against humanity and some have banned its products altogether.
The world is increasingly becoming aware of the fact that this corporate monster intends to seize total control over the production of the world’s food, and seeing its history of death and devastation, that would be putting the world in the wrongest of all hands.