Litigious Monsanto is assisted in this by lots of lobbying and the direct connections between He and the Federal Governments of at least two countries. (including Justice Clarence Thomas, Donald Rumsfeld, Linda J. Fisher, Dr. Michael Friedman, Michael R. Taylor — all of whom who have worked for the US Federal Government, usually in the EPA or FDA, and as executives at Monsanto) Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration have consistently allowed Monsanto to poison, pollute and generally push its way around any criticisms, through a combination of lobbying bribes drawn from the company’s nearly-unlimited coffers & large lawsuit settlements.
An executive for Monsanto is on record saying that the company believes that its only responsibility is to make money, where as the issues of “safety” (i.e., ensuring that a product does not cause disease, death, suffering, and widespread environmental and social catastrophe) are someone else’s concern. (specifically, the FDA’s concern – a perverse claim, considering the FDA has been run by former Monsanto executives for decades).
Unlike other companies who have become eco friendly and actually have changed the way they manufacture products to reflect their concerns, Monsanto persists in pursuing profit over the environment. One of the first areas to adapt to more green type products was paper based goods such as toilet paper and hand towels. There are now many paper goods that are actually high quality, affordable, and eco-friendly. For instance, the Green Heritage bathroom tissue is biodegradable and made from 100% recycled paper fiber, exceeding EPA CPG Guidelines. It is free of inks, dyes and fragrances and meets the Green Seal environmental standard for bleaching, de-inking and packaging. In addition, there are also other products such as liquid detergents that still have the cleaning power without harsh chemical residue left on dishes. Many are made with natural ingredients like essential oils and coconut-based cleaners. These products have 99% all-natural ingredients, are not tested on animal. They are environmentally conscious AND still make a profit for the manufacturer. These janitorial type products are available online at such e commerce sites as CleanItSupplies. Although this site sells many non eco friendly products they do have a large selection of green products.
Monsanto could take some advice from Atlas Green Heritage, a USA based company that is a vertically integrated paper manufacturer,providing environmentally friendly and premium tissue and towel products. Monsanto tries to make the case they offer eco friendly products such as RoundUp, a herbicide. But in 2009 France’s highest court ruled that U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto had not told the truth about the safety of its best-selling weed-killer, Roundup. In fact the court confirmed an earlier judgment that Monsanto had falsely advertised its herbicide as “biodegradable” and claimed it “left the soil clean.” New York State has also won cases against Monsanto and RoundUp.
Not content with an impenetrable defense, the company has also demonstrated a pattern of aggressive, preemptive legal action regarding copyright and patent laws. This extends to suing dairy farmers for saying that they do not use bovine growth hormone, and suing farmers whose crops have been infiltrated by GM seeds.
It is difficult to figure out how much of the opposition to Monsanto comes from fears of progress and change, and how much comes from a natural knee jerk resistance to big corporations and big government. There’s plenty of reason to believe that the promise of biotech can be realized without the constant corruption, coercion, and destruction of life and liberty that’s emerged as Monsanto’s standard operating procedure.
Human Rights Watch author Kim Kuh is a civil rights lawyer.
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If the focus of Monsanto had to be pinpointed a good place to start would be Farmers. It is the goal of Monsanto to help farmers meet the growing needs of the growing population. As the population grows it strains the food source more and more. There is more methane production with the increased production of more cattle. Also more produce must be grown each year that there are more people on the planet. Anyone taking a serious look at the growth we are experiencing as a planet can not argue the very serious problems with food production which will have to be overcome in order to continue to feed everyone enough to sustain life. Without new techniques the future looks like a harsh existence for most of us.
Hopefully things will change & we can fix the issue.