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‘Monsanto voted world’s most evil corp year after year for good reasons’

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Written by RT News

Published time: October 11, 2013

 

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Biotech giant Monsanto has worked for at least the last 20 years to use genetically modified organisms to replace nature and eliminate billions of years of evolution, all for their greater profit and control, author Jeffrey Smith, told RT.

  Smith, who has written extensively about genetically modified  organisms, said impending mass demonstrations around the globe  aimed at protesting Monsanto and genetically modified crops is  the world’s way of rejecting the company’s grim vision of the  future. 
RT: Monsanto claims there is no existing proof that  GMOs cause health problems. You wrote a book entitled, “The  Documented Health Risks of Genetically Modified Foods.” What do  you say about these risks?
JS: There are thousands of doctors prescribing non-GMO  diets, and people are getting better from gastrointestinal  disorders, immune problems, organ damage, etc. When the American  Academy of Environmental Medicine looked at the animal feeding  studies on GMOs, they said that the lab rats had suffered from  these same problems. And these same problems are on the rise in  the US population since GMOs were introduced.

  Now we know that the GMOs on the market have either higher levels  of weed killer – Roundup, which is toxic – or a bug killer, Bt  toxin. If you look at the characteristics of these toxins in  Monsanto’s crops, it would predispose us to these same disorders. 
RT: Are the toxins, the pesticides you’re referring to,  are they applied to the crops or is it part of the genetic coding  of it somehow?
JS: For corn and cotton, they actually insert a gene from  bacteria that actually produces a Bt toxin. The toxin breaks open  holes in the stomachs of insects to kill them. They promised us  up and down that it would have no effect on humans, but a 2012  study showed that it poked holes in human cells as well. And it  actually gets into our bloodstream, and for pregnant women, it  gets into the unborn fetuses.

  For Roundup-ready crops, those are crops inserted with a gene  that allows the crops to be sprayed with Roundup herbicide. The  Roundup gets absorbed into the crops and is stored in the food  portion which we eat. A recent paper on Roundup linked it to  obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis,  anorexia, autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, aggression and  depression, because it cuts off certain metabolic pathways, it  kills gut bacteria, it disrupts the digestive channels, and it  might even create leaky gut. Monsanto has said, “Oh, it’s as safe  as table salt, you can drink it.” Well don’t drink it. It turns  out to be one of the more toxic chemicals in the environment than  we’ve ever seen. 

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RT: Supporters of GMOs have long been saying that  especially among the arguments for using them is the benefits of  the enhanced crops being used to feed the world’s population at a  time when we have an exploding global population, we need to be  able to feed them all. These crops help that. What do you say to  that?
JS: The average GMO reduces yield. The Union of Concerned  Scientists’ report “Failure to Yield” shows that. In fact, the  most comprehensive evaluation of agriculture, the ISTAT report  signed on by 58 countries, said the current generation of GMOs  has nothing to offer feeding the hungry world or eradicating  poverty. Whereas sustainable agriculture, in a study of more than  12mn farms, showed an increase of 79 percent in yield.

  But we also know that feeding the hungry world is not simply just  about increasing yield. It’s about access, it’s about poverty  issues. But Monsanto wants to make it this magic bullet, and then  they don’t even have the data to back that up. So this has just  been a public relations spin, and they spent $250mn over five  years, with the other biotech industry companies about a decade  ago, trying to convince Americans that they needed to accept GMOs  because it would feed the world. 
RT: What substantial change might come from this  march?
JS: Well, this march is a demonstration that the world is  saying no to Monsanto’s vision. Monsanto’s vision was established  in the ‘90s, with Arthur Andersen as a consultant – they were  also Enron’s consultant. They asked the Monsanto executives,  describe your ideal future in 15 to 20 years. And the executives  described a world in which 100 percent of all commercial seeds  were genetically engineered and patented. And Andersen worked  backwards from that goal to create that strategy and tactics to  achieve it.

  So here was a company designing a plan to replace nature. To  eliminate the products of the billions of years of evolution and  replace it with designer genes and designer organisms for their  greater profit and control. And they’ve since become the largest  seed company in the world.

  But we also know, talking to former Monsanto scientists, that  they realized that the technology is fraught with unpredictable  side effects. One of the former Monsanto scientists told me rats  that were fed genetically modified corn, in Monsanto  laboratories, that they were damaged severely. So instead of  withdrawing the corn, Monsanto covered it up by rewriting the  study, which was no surprise to us who have caught them  red-handed over and over again. So not only are they planning to  replace nature, they’re planning to risk the health of all those  who eat. And also release it into the environment, where the  self-propagating pollution of the gene pool can affect the  ecosystem for all time by changing that gene pool. So that’s why  Monsanto has been continuously voted as the most evil company on  the planet year after year, with stiff competition. 

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