|Genetically modified (GM) crops. (photo: Genetically Modified Cartoons)|
Monsanto: A Modern Day Plague
- Contributed to the research on uranium, for the Manhattan Project, during WWII.
- Operated a nuclear facility for the U.S. government until the late 1980s.
- Top manufacturer of synthetic fibers, plastics and polystyrene (EPA's 5th ranked chemical production that generates the most hazardous waste).
- A top 10 US chemical company.
- Agriculture pesticides producer.
- Herbicide producer - herbicides 2,4,5-T, Agent Orange, Lasso, and DDT.
- Agent Orange (used in Vietnam), had the highest levels of dioxin and contaminated more than 3 million civilians and servicemen of which only partial compensation awarded.
- Nearly 500,000 Vietnamese children were born deformed and never compensated.
- Lasso was banned in USA, so weed killer "Roundup" is launched in 1976.
- A major producer of both dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which generated many law suits and environmental cleanups
- $180 million settlement for Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange
- Fined $1.2 million for concealing the discharge of contaminated waste water
- Ordered to pay $41.1 million due to hazardous waste dumping
- Paid $600 million in settlement claims to more than 20,000 Anniston residents in Abernathy v. United States Link here.
- Produced GM cattle drug, bovine growth hormone (called rBGH or rBST)
- Acquiring seed companies from the 1990's and forward.
- Monsanto Filed 144 lawsuits against struggling farmers and settled out of court with 700 farmers, for reportedly violating seed patents. A full time staff of 75 Monsanto employees investigates patent infringement. They are dedicated solely to finding farms that have been contaminated by their unwanted seed. As of 2007, Monsanto was awarded in 57 recorded judgments against farmers a total of $21,583,431.99. Monsanto vs. Farmers click here.
- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a former Monsanto lawyer, wrote the majority of the opinion in a key Monsanto case.
- Lawyer Michael Taylor, FDA employed, represented Monsanto sometime after, then returned as the FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Policy right as rBGH was granted approval. He was appointed as a senior adviser to the Food and Drug Administration (United States) Commissioner on food safety in August 2009 by President Barack Obama.
- Dr. Michael A. Friedman, prior deputy commissioner of the FDA, hired as a senior vice president of Monsanto.
- Linda J. Fisher, prior assistant administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency, became a vice president at Monsanto from 1995-2000. In 2001, Fisher returned as the deputy administrator of the EPA.
- Donald Rumsfeld, Former Secretary of Defense, former chairman and chief executive officer of G. D. Searle & Co., (Monsanto purchased in 1985). Rumsfeld privately made at least $12 million from the transaction.
You will move through all the stages of rage in time. Resist the urge to kick the produce man. Don't hire a plane to spray Roundup on the White House, Senate, or House, I don't advocate stooping to their levels.