10 Reasons I love Monsanto.

Via on Jan 26, 2012

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Did I say Monsanto? I meant President Obama.

Here’s 10 Reasons I don’t love Monsanto, since we’re on the subject.

Monsanto is guilty of…

1. Contaminating the global food chain with GMOs.

2. Intimidating small farmers with bullying and lawsuits.

3. Propagating the use of destructive pesticides and herbicides across the globe.

4. Using “Terminator Technology”, which renders plants sterile.

5. Attempting to hijack UN climate change negotiations for your own fiscal benefit.

6. Reducing farmland to desert through monoculture and the use of synthetic fertilizers.

7. Inspiring suicides of hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers.

8. Causing birth defects by continuing to produce the pesticide “Round-up”

9. Attempting to bribe foreign officials

10. Infiltrating anti-GMO groups

~ click above for source ~

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Bonus: a wonderful rebuttal to pro-Monsanto comment via Reddit:

“How can one contaminate the global food chain with GMOs, when they actually help millions of people from starvation?”

Because you’re incorrect about that.

Before I get into details, just start from first principles and follow the chain of logical reasoning.

Corporations want to patent crops and pesticides, so they can:

A) Make more money by raising the price of food and controlling who can grow it; or

B) Give it away for free, to feed millions of starving people with no money

Which one would you guess?

Now for the details.

1. The more nutrients in the crop, the more is taken out of the soil. Many GM crops require expensive fertilizers and simply won’t grow in the marginal soil in regions where they are most needed. E.g. Golden Rice, which is not only impractical as a crop but only produces provitamin-A (beta carotene) which isn’t sufficiently bioavailable for the malnourished people it is intended for, since it is fat soluble. Multivitamin pills are much cheaper and more effective.

2. The more drought-resistant the crop, the more nutrients are taken out of the soil for non-edible parts, e.g. the root system. A greater percentage of the plant is scaffolding, to support smaller fruits. This increases the price.monsanto shopping

3. Pest resistance as it currently stands is almost exclusively focused on incorporating Bt-expressing genes into plants. Bt is a naturally-occurring soil bacterium which creates a toxin that is effective against certain categories of pests. Traditional organic farming practice is to apply Bt at certain strategic times. However, GM crops engineered with Bt express the toxin throughout the plant year-round. This rapidly leads to pest resistance, in the same way as overuse of antibiotics in livestock. Monsanto’s Bt Corn is failing, and so is its cotton. The main benefit to Monsanto is that it has effectively destroyed one of the few options available to organic farmers, and can simply start selling a synthetic pesticide now that targets the same pests.

4. PATENTS MAKE COSTS SKYROCKET. If any company were sincere about “feeding the poor” they would not be trying to patent the world’s food supply. GM food companies are envious of Big Pharma’s profits with patented drugs, and they want to import that IP regime straight into the food system and own it. Just imagine SOPA applying to your food. The legislation required to enforce a patent regime on food will make SOPA look reasonable by comparison.

5. THERE IS NOT A FOOD PRODUCTION SHORTAGE in any country with a working government. All the places with famine problems are precisely the same regions that are hard to get aid into. Wars and political upheaval mean that food aid gets seized by warlords and political factions. It is a distribution problem, not a crop problem. Case in point: Zimbabwe was known as the “Breadbasket of Africa”. You have probably heard about them more recently as the place with 100 trillion dollar bills that can’t buy a loaf of bread. Mugabe moved in and threw all the white farmers off their land, handing it to his cronies. Except they didn’t know how to farm, and now the country is needlessly starving. In a less extreme but related situation, there are homeless, hungry, and starving people in the USA which is a huge exporter of food. It’s a political problem, not a lack of production.

The success of Borlaug’s selectively-bred (not genetically engineered) crops depended hugely on the abundance of rich, untapped topsoils. Topsoil depletion is a huge issue in first-world agronomies. In the USA, petrochemical fertilizers are used on a massive scale, especially to grow corn.

“Since when are pesticides ‘evil’”

It is a certainty that Bt crops create resistant pests, in the same way as overuse of antibiotics creates drug-resistant tuberculosis: http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/o6i39/totally_drugresistant_a_deadlier_form_of_tb_hits/

It is a certainty that the type of IP laws that will be passed to enforce food patents will be draconian, like SOPA for food.

If you think not being able to order medication from less-expensive pharmacies in Canada is bad, wait until people are trying to order food because Big Agriculture is trying to turn itself into Big Pharma.

ALLERGIES:

Unfortunately, transgenic food allergies mean you will have to worry about anaphylactic shock in places it never existed before. Flounder genes have already been spliced into tomatoes; how long until an apple or banana sets off your allergy to shellfish?

And in the U.S., transgenic food is not even labeled as such.

In addition to that, foods engineered to produce their own pesticides have the potential to make people ill. Starlink corn is only approved for animal feed because of this, but that was a one-off decision; there is no comprehensive regulatory system in the U.S.

It’s basically spray-n-pray.

“this is an extremely retarded statement, as if written by children”

Your objection is what Monsanto et al. bank on: the ignorance of otherwise smart people, to help them push their narratives. They want you to focus on all the theoretical benefits like in those old “In The Year 2000″ articles, without understanding which claims are unrealistic and how other ones will be completely undermined by the actual implementation of a worldwide patented food regime.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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84 Responses to “10 Reasons I love Monsanto.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

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    Jennifer Wade I see that you love Obama, but how do feel about this? http://stainofthought.com/obama-appoints-monsanto
    And this? http://geneticallyengineeredfoodnews.com/gmo-and-

    I'm not saying you shouldn't love Obama, but in light of the article it struck me as odd. Is all I'm sayin'.

    #
    elephantjournal.com Great point. My personal feeling is he's a good, grounded man in a bad, money-corrupted system. Doing his best, which is pretty good. For example, we recently blogged about how his Administration has created more public renewable / clean / domestic energy jobs than any other by a factor of lots. ~ Way

    • Robert says:

      With you 100%, Jennifer. I've recently gained a lot more respect for Obama after reading a thoughtful retrospective of his first term, and after he refused approval for the Keystone XL pipeline.

      That said, I think his tacit support of GMOs is badly misjudged and extremely dangerous.

      • Meghan says:

        Um, Obama appointed Michael Taylor (Monsanto's VP) as senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA last August, FYI.

    • Robert says:

      And, to be honest, I don't think that support can be excused as the actions of a good man in a corrupted system (an assessment which I think, on the whole, is a fair one).

      The issue is too large, and the consequences potentially too catastrophic, for GMOs to be tolerated unlabelled in the food chain, let alone for Monsanto's minions to be assuming positions of high power and influence.

    • Kat says:

      What about the fact that your precious Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act while the rest of the world was arguing about the legal rights for gay couples? Seems pretty underhanded if you ask me.

  2. Andrea Balt Andréa Balt says:

    10 reasons I love Waylon Lewis:

    1. He doesn't love Monsanto.

    Click here to see the rest.

  3. Jill Barth Jill Barth says:

    I posted this to the Elephant Green Facebook page. Thanks Waylon, for this insight.

    Jill Barth, Green Editor
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  4. karlsaliter says:

    Andrea, after clicking that repeatedly (don't worry, my neighbors didn't hear a thing)
    I'm starting to believe nothing is gonna happen.

    The most admirable part of the article is your ability to keep it down to ten.

  5. Monsanto frightens me. That's why I love these guys: http://organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm

  6. Dace says:

    Everyone who can should make a choice- for organic farming.

  7. Suri says:

    The situation is pretty bad for those of us who cant afford organic or local …gmo s are everywhere.

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  9. Nadine says:

    Support your local CSA!!

  10. Susan says:

    I hope you're also kidding when you say you love President Obama. Obama campaigned on the stance that GMO's should be labeled but never took a step in that direction. Instead he appointed Michael R. Taylor, J.D., Deputy Commissioner for Foods. Michael Taylor is a former top executive, lawyer and lobbyist with biotech giant Monsanto Co. He has rotated in and out of law firms, Monsanto, the USDA and FDA.

  11. Steff says:

    Monsanto is the evil of our times, here’s a video about a farmer’s pigs becoming sterile after being fed GMO corn, guess who’s next? YOU!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eilDbdLAyFs

  12. Maciel says:

    Ok, I hope this message gets to Elephant Journal.
    I hate Monsanto as well for the reasons everyone else does. I think food should be pure the way mother nature intended.

    But..I get this comment a lot from non haters: "GMO's can help world hunger"

    I think that is untrue and BS so, without browsing to your site..because I'm at work and have limited time of free browsing..could you please point me to articles that can argue otherwise so I can have evidence to show non-believers that is not the case?

    Thank you!

  13. Dylan says:

    you forgot the very simple one of if they're trying to feed the whole world why would they make terminator genes?

  14. Pam Watson says:

    What's good for them is good for the drug companies, is good for Big Brother…haven't you heard?

  15. Tonya Martin says:

    I hope people realize the big picture that all of Monsanto’s actions as indicated in this list add up to: Monsanto is intent on taking over the world. If terminator technology spreads through genetic drift then no one will be able to save seeds to plant the next season; they will have to buy them new every year. Further, Monsanto has successfully sued farmers whose crops have been contaminated by their GMOs for “stealing” their GMO “benefits. And guess who has been quietly buying up all of the seed companies over the past decade? Monsanto also has its sights set on owning water supplies throughout the world.

    P.S. The Obama comment does weaken the strength of this excellent list because, as with Bill Clinton, supporting Monsanto and GMOs is actually one of the failings of an otherwise overall good — or at least miles better than the alternative — President.

    • elephantjournal says:

      The point of the Obama mention was…well, click the link on his name above. He's not perfect, anyone who thought he was, that's there issue, not his. But he's a good man in my estimation and the estimation of other moderates…and he's stuck in a tough system. He could use some loud, noisy, and yes critical support. ~ Waylon

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  17. tony from philly says:

    oh yeah, Monsanto's GMO history is definitely jail cell worthy for their entire company, but can we also not forget that they poisoned every waterway in the world with PCBs? thanks assholes! please rot in hell with all your stock holders.

  18. __MikeG__ says:

    Waylon, all your anti-GMO comments link to Natural Society. I personally know nothing about them but the name would suggest an agenda. Are any of your claims backed up by studies by university or scientific organizations? I asked Mr. Sommers, who made a pro-GMO post, to provide evidence also. I am an evidence driven cranky prick and I would to see the documentation. Thanks.

    • elephantjournal says:

      This blog sources from a single thread…that's why they're all from the same source. There are compartively few pro-organic science-based sources, since all the big studies are funded by the big corps who stand to make money. That said, I know Organic Center and others know of studies. Steve Hoffman, Organic Consumers…they have their "bias"—that pesticides/poisons aren't good for us or the health of what we're eating, or the soil—but worth taking a look at. Michael Pollan also discusses the ability of organics to produce more than otherwise, if done right, due to healthier richer soil.

      As you said, my article is linked wholesale from its source. If you want other sources, go for it—do come back and share your findings, if so inspired. I agree it's good to know where we're getting our info from!

  19. charmayne jayne says:

    if gmo are not so bad then why is monsanto so against package labeling. that's the only fact anyone needs, when you don't want to brag about your product then simple logic tells you that somethings wrong end of story!!!

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  21. Linda says:

    I think that nature is perfect the way it is and we do not need to mess with it. There is only one reason Monsanto is doing what they are doing and that is for their own greed. We do not need to put any more man made chemicals into our dirt or our bodys. Why are the bats, birds, fish, bees and people dying? We need to do what is right for the Earth and all of us who live on her. The Earth provides for us and we need to protect her as she does for us. The Earth does not need us but we sure do need her. Take away good drinking water, and what will happen? We need to protect our farmers from Monsanto. How can we sit back and let them take over our food and the seed? We are the people and we can make a difference. Say no to GMO! Protect this beautiful Earth, for it truely is Heaven, only man makes it hell.
    PEACE LOVE UNITY RESPECT

  22. Lakshmi says:

    I love Monsanto because it is such an easy way to explain the concept of evil: "What is evil? Monsanto."

  23. Tamara says:

    Right on Waylon!!!!!!!!!

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  27. Hanuman says:

    One of the most spiritual and morally conscious actions we can take these days is to grow and raise our own food. But that's easier said than done and takes a lifetime of practice. So good luck and good wishes!

  28. Diana Reeves says:

    GMO Free USA consumer email initiative is taking off. In less than 2 weeks, almost 900 people have signed on to bombard one food manufacturer a week with individual emails…. asking if the company is using GMO's, expressing concern about their safety and giving them an earful. The campaign will begin when membership reaches 5,000. I hope you'll join us. The group can be found both on Facebook and in Yahoo Groups:
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/378850855494732/
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GMOFreeUSA/message/

    Together we are stronger and we can make a difference.

    • Boulderluv says:

      Monsanto's empire is a house of cards built upon propaganda, pseudo science, and (bad) faith. But the truth will out.

      And yes, the American People are succeeding and will succeed in consigning Monsanto (as it now exists) to oblivion.

      And we will eventually clean up the mess Monsanto and other "agricultural" companies have made of our land and nation.

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  31. Boulderluv says:

    As is well known throughout the United States, Monsanto is hard at work in Boulder County as well as the corrupt State of Colorado and has been for a long time.

    Thank God, the world is finally (albeit slowly) waking up.

    But when will "liberal," "organic," and "progressive" Boulder County ever wake up?

  32. thelindseyoneill says:

    Waylon et. al,

    All good food for thought. Couple things:

    1) yes, GMOs = bad. Always have been. Always will be. And always are in processed food which, like Waylon says, has never been good for our lil' bodies, minds, and spirits.

    2) Some local farmer's markets are hugely affordable, especially if you buy in a bit of bulk and store/freeze/pre-prepare what you can, again like Waylon suggests. There is something nice about going to the fridge and having food ready and waiting for you, that you made with your own 2 loving hands, no less. Shopping at some other markets, especially those who have developed a reputable name, I agree, can be preclusive for many…..

    But

    3) Cities around the country have started to implement programs where food vouchers, when used at local farmer's markets, double the value of food stamps. So there are efforts continually being made to make these options accessible to a wider population. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_… (Disregard the article's typo or 2. After all, it's the info and programming that is important.)

    4) I agree that these larger issues are not food production issues. But rather food delivery and dispersal issues.

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  39. Jennifer says:

    You forgot the Jevons Paradox to rebute the "feeding starving people" argument. The Jevons Paradox states that when technological progress that increases the efficiency with which a resource is used it tends to increase (rather than decrease) the rate of consumption of that resource i.e. more food, more people, more starvation (not less). Education of women and access to birth control reduces birth rates. This is a more viable approach to reducing starvation than producing more food.

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  44. Cindy says:

    Monsanto is a bunch of crooks. @ Kristy: cool song about Monsanto.

  45. Bridget says:

    Well done, I think this needs to be a weekly post until people read everything, watch everything and wake up!!! We all need to be bullhorns to this criminal activity of Monsanto. Too many people do not know what is going on, too many smart people are unaware. It's up to us to INFORM. We have no choice, really. It is our responsibility to speak out and speak up.

  46. Bridget says:

    i started a petition to be sent to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in response to them having 2 people with ties to Monsanto write policy on GMO's, they removed a nutritionist for opposing their influence on a panel. Please take a moment and sign. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/842/638/856/keep-m

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