Photo Credit: “Feeding cotton seeds, in New South Wales” by Cgoodwin
Now that you read 5 Things You Need To Know About Cotton Or You’ll Die Twice what do you do with all the new things you learned? Die twice? Get angry? Hide under the bed? Well, you can’t die twice (I’m sure you’re relieved). Anger is acceptable and appropriate in this situation. Hiding under the bed is not. Some of the suggestions here are personal and can rid or reduce GE cotton in your life and your family’s lives, but that’s not enough. It’s important to help others.
In this video climaterealityproject.org shows the other times when doubt was used to sell folks on harmful products and even attack those who disagreed. The perfect correlation here is the cigarette companies claiming their products were safe when they knew better. Also, the example of DDT was used here. People were so convinced the insecticide was safe they sent threatening letters to scientist and writer Rachel Carson who wrote the powerful book, Silent Spring, and about the scourge they were to this planet. Due to the efforts of environmentalists the use of DDT was outlawed by Congress.
So what happened to the manufacturers of DDT? Did they go out of business? Nope, they reinvented themselves as biotech corporation Monsanto and now they engineer your food and they can vote since they are a person!
Monsanto, the US agricultural biotechnology titan, is cooperating with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe into some of its questionable business practices.
The probe covers documents pertaining to the sale of its glyphosate products in fiscal year 2009 and 2010. Monsanto recently reported a 77% leap in net income which, can be attributed to its strong arming of core seeds and genetic traits business.
Monsanto saw their new income grow in the third quarter rise to $680 million, shares leaped from 70 cents to $1.26.
President of Monsanto, Hugh Grant, said he is taking the investigation seriously. Grant also notes that the investigation is “focused on our customer incentives and it’s focused on the 2009-2010 time frame… we’re just starting document production and we are cooperating to our full ability.”
In addition to being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe, Monsanto is also under investigation by the US Department of Justice. The Department of Justice is reviewing the possibility of Monsanto violating anti-trust laws in regards to its monopoly over the genetically-engineered seed industry.
There are 165 million acres of genetically engineered crops in the United States –that’s over 1/3 of all the cropland in the country. And these genetically engineered crops are going from the fields to our supermarkets, where many unsuspecting consumers have no idea what they’re buying. Continue reading →