I am so pleased every time I see Monsanto getting spanked with an unfavorable ruling or an unfavorable article.
Lately many Starbuck coffee franchises and Safeway have banned the use of milk products that came from cows that have been given the Monsanto growth hormone rBGH. Also creameries such as Dairygold, Wilcox and Tillamook will no longer purchase milk from dairy farmers who still use the growth hormone. Monsanto presents evidence that rBGH is safe, but their evidence is not sound and has not been tested scientifically or reliably. They say that no one can tell the difference between milk that came from treated cows, but if this were true, the tests that detect the hormone in milk wouldn’t find anything.
Next their product Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) is being studied because it may cause short term memory loss among a bunch of other health concerns.
Their insomnia medication, Ambien is also under fire for memory loss and it has been found that people will wake up in a zombie like state and eat for hours in the middle of the night and have no memory of doing so.
It is interesting that two of their products work on memory. It is convenient to remove any objection from a potential concerned consumer by removing their memory of their concern.
Finally, their GMO products, (Genetically Modified Organisms), such as Round-Up Ready seeds is an abomination of nature. What they did was create an herbicide called Round-up which is a gyphosphate. Then they genetically designed plants that are gyphosphate tolerant. Round-up has no effect upon these plants.
Not only is it freaky that there are plants that will die when sprayed with this poison, but what happenes when and if this gene is passed on through pollination to other plants. What happens to the insects and birds who gather pollen and nectar from these plants? What happens to animals that forage on these plants? What happens to humans who eat these grains and plants?
Monsanto is on the run with more rice, soy, corn and canola growers getting out of the GMO business. Further more, growers who are still using it are facing law suits from neighboring farms who claim the GMO is changing their crops from cross contamination.
In my eyes, Monsanto is one of the most sinister corporations in the US today. If you are on Ambien, try to do without it of find a different sleep aid. If you see rBGH free milk for sale next to something that isn’t marked, go for the good stuff. Avoid Nutra Sweet products. If something is marked as being GMO free, support that product as well.
Many industries have made fortunes while the consumers paid and acted as guinea pigs for them. Monsanto does not deserve a seat on this gravy train and people should not be sacrificing their wellbeing on these tracks just to be run over.