Monsanto is one of my least favorite things in the whole world. It seems to me that everything they make is ridiculously harmful. Sure, they killed some mosquitoes back in the day, but they also manufactured Agent Orange which killed 400,000 Vietnamese, caused 500,000 birth defects in Vietnam, and affected over 300,000 of our own Vietnam Vets. Oh, and there was that whole DDT thing… Not the people I want in control of my food.
And control is what they have. Not only do they hold a monopoly on herbicides, pesticides, and other nasty toxins, but now they have privatized SEEDS. They have almost wiped out traditional seeds and seed sources with their genetically modified (GMO) seeds- seeds which they hold a PATENT on. It’s not a good situation for anyone but Monsanto.
Now they want to slip GMO into everything they can and they don’t want to tell us about it. They have labored quite hard for the right to willfully misinform consumers. Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications (referring to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) explained the company’s regulatory philosophy to Michael Pollan in 1998: “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is FDA’s job.” But they have lobbied relentlessly to limit the powers of the FDA in regulating their products… So who exactly is supposed to assure that safety?
The Center for Food Safety seems to be stepping up to the plate. They are asking citizens to send letters to the USDA letting them know that we won’t continue to be subject to Monsanto’s global experiment. The USDA seems to be making assumptions about consumers based solely on Monsanto’s misinformation campaign. We MUST tell them that we don’t share that view. Even if you don’t buy organic, you should have the right to be informed about what you are eating.
Sending the letter will take about 2 minutes. 2 minutes that could make a huge difference in the future of our food- and our safety. Please take this opportunity to make your voice heard.