Is Monsanto a company you want speaking to your children or grandchildren?
August 9, 2012
As sweet corn containing a genetically engineered toxin is headed toward Wal-Mart produce sections as you read this, it’s time to talk about Monsanto's evil little kid's book.
The corn is from Monsanto seeds, which produce a plant that exudes bt toxin, a pesticide that will kill insects that feed on the plant. It’s coming to Wal-Mart from farms in the Midwest, Northwest, Southeast and Texas. It will be the first genetically modified food to go directly from the farm to consumers – unlabled as GMO. Besides the toxin people who east the corn will consume, there are other serious farming issues with genetically modified crops outside the scope of this article. But it should be noted that Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and General Mills have vowed to not sell or use the genetically engineered.
Apparently, enough adults are informed and concerned enough to raise a stink, so Monsanto is aiming at the next generation, eyes always on the profit prize. How else to explain the absurd disinformation of the Biotechnology Basic Activity Book it sponsors?.
The Biotechnology Basic Activity Book, produced by an organization laughably called the Council for Biotechnology Information. Its members are Monsanto and BASF, BAYER CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, and Syngenta.
The book can be examined on the council’s website. Judge for yourself which of these claims for genetically modified food are true:
It help us grow more food.
It helps the environment.
It grows more nutritious food that improves our health.
Kids are given puzzles to “learn more about biotechnology and all of the wonderful ways it can help people live better lives in a healthier world.”
If there was nothing malevolent going on here, there would be no need for these bizarre propaganda campaigns aimed at upcoming generations. I’m no luddite and I think there’s alot to be excited about in terms of emerging technologies. This however, is strangely dystopian and way scary.
This, as super-insects emerge as a result of Monsanto’s increasingly “resistant” crops.