A Brief History of Monsanto
The deceptions perpetuated by Monsanto date back from its inception at the turn of the century.
Monsanto’s first product was the chemical saccharin.
In the 1920s Monsanto expanded to becoming the world’s larges maker of aspirin, acetylsalicyclic acid (toxic) and they introduced polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
In the 1930s they created their first hybrid seed corn and expanded their production into detergents, soaps and industrial chemical products–all moving away from natural ingredients and towards the toxic mass produced products that are sold today.
The 1940s Monsanto began researching uranium to be used for the Manhattan Project‘s first atomic bomb, which resulted in the deaths and poisoning of millions of people. During this time they were also creating pesticides for agriculture that contained dioxin which poisons food and water supplies. It was later discovered that Monsanto failed to disclose it’s dioxin use.
During the 1960s Monsanto and DOW Chemical produced dioxin laced Agent Orange that was used by the U.S. military in Vietnam. Three million people were contaminated, a half a million Vietnamese civilians died, with babies still being born with birth defects attributed to this poison. Thousands of U.S. military veterans are suffering and dying to this day. Monsanto was sued and allowed to present their own research in court that found dioxin posed no danger and was safe. It has since come to light that these claims are false and their findings were falsified. Monsanto also partnered with IG Farben and Bayer to introduce aspartame, a deadly neurotoxin, into our food supply.
In the 1970s Monsanto and partner G.D. Searle produced numerous internal studies claiming that aspartame is safe, while the FDA’s research revealed that aspartame causes tumors and massive holes in the brains of rats. The FDA initiates a Grand Jury investigation into G.D. Searle for the misrepresentation of the safety of aspartame. Long story short, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense for two administrations (Ford and G.W. Bush) becomes CEO of G.D. Searle. Samuel Skinner, resigns from the U.S. Attorney’s Office to work for G.D. Searle’s law firm; this stalls the case long enough for the statute of limitations to run out and the case is dropped.
The 1980s indisputable research surfaces that shows the toxic effects of aspartame. Just as it was about to be kept off the market, Ronald Reagan fired FDA commissioner Dr. Jere Goyan and appoints Dr. Arthur Hayes Hull. Hull approved NutraSweet for human consumption. Monsanto acquires Searle in 1985 and forms the subsidary, NutraSweet Company. Aspartame found its way into over 5,000 products.
Monsanto spent millions defeating state and federal legislation that disallowed the dumping of dioxins, pesticides and other carcinogens into and near drinking water systems in the 1990s. In 1994 the FDA approves Monsanto’s Synthetic Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) which is produced from a genetically modified E. coli bacteria. Monsanto sued dairy companies that labeled their products as “rBGH free” or “rBST free” claiming it gives them an unfair advantage over companies using the synthetic hormone. The ’90s are also the era that gave rise to genetically modified crops that were tolerant to the their herbicide Roundup. GMO canola oil (rapeseed oil), GMO soybeans, GMO corn and BT cotton outnumbered the organic alternatives. Many of these crops are engineered for self-pollination, which explains why declining bee populations, a side effect of the pesticide use and BT crops in general, are not a concern for legislators swayed by Monsanto influence. Roundup is such an efficient weed killer that it also exterminates, non-GMO crops, insects, and animals while effecting human health and the integrity of our water supplies. In the 90s Monsanto also began their push to purchase seed companies worldwide to eliminate rivals. We have seen a decline in see variety over the last 50 years. We have lost 94% of our seed varieties in the 20th century.
Mergers, acquisitions and rebranding is Monsanto’s theme for the 2000s. Monsanto now controls the largest share of the global GMO market. Monsanto merges with Pharmacia and Upjohn and then separates it’s chemical business and it’s agricultural business. They form a stealth partnership with DuPont where both do not sue each other and share GMO technologies for mutual benefit. Monsanto is began to file patents on breeding techniques for pigs. It is a loosely written patent that could give Monsanto ownership of pigs bred in a remotely similar manner. Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland, Sodexo and Tyson foods write and sponsor The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009. This act was an assault against organic and homegrown foods, claiming that they potentially spread disease, and must be regulated heavily. Obama signed HR 933 into law in 2013. It is also known at the Monsanto Protection Act by the Monsanto opposition. It limits the government’s ability to regulate companies like Monsanto, ties the hands of the courts when it comes to action against them and makes them more powerful.