Monsanto and its tricks. Do not fall for them
Monsanto and its court cases
It is time again to write a post on Monsanto as their tactics are getting worse. Having thousands of court cases against them and having lost the first 3, which has cost them 2 billion, you can see their attacks are becoming more virulent. I bet that Bayer, who bought Monsanto on June 7, 2018, will be ever so sorry they did this. From that moment on Bayer must have had sleepless nights but done is done. It looks that it might cost them their neck, but till that happens Monsanto is kicking up a shindy.
Bayer and Monsanto, 2 companies who found each other
Bayer paid $63 billion for Monsanto and in an article of Sep.4, 2018, Bayer CEO said he had no regrets that this fusion between the 2 companies had taken place. I wonder what this CEO would say today, he probably has changed his mind. We should not forget though that these 2 companies “found” each other. These two companies, Bayer and Monsanto, have a dirty past, so whatever happens in the future I hope it will be their downfall.
A recent article says that shareholders are getting worried and are not happy with Bayer having bought Monsanto without a previous deep investigation. Some ugly things are sticking up their heads and Bayer’s share price has plunged 40 percent since the acquisition. As more than 13.000 cases are waiting in line in the U.S. you can imagine where this may lead.
The newsletter from EWG
I am writing this post as I received some newsletters from EWG with the following news. On ABC News, it was reported that Monsanto has used a Soviet-style watch list of journalists and activists. That does not come as a real surprise, as they have shown to be ruthless in the past, pushing their awful product Roundup. Now, as the pressure mounts on Monsanto they are getting more aggressive still. It seems EWG is on Monsanto’s target list and have called EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list, propaganda.
It is a good idea to look at the list and keep it as a reference. There are more things on this list that you might have imagined. Keep your family safe and healthy and do not believe the lies of Monsanto. I do not believe that EWG is spreading false news, rather the contrary, and that makes Monsanto so angry.
In the latest EWG laboratory tests, glyphosate was detected in every sample tested. During these recent court cases, internal documents were released. The manipulation of science became more than evident as these documents showed.
Monsanto knew it all this time
Monsanto first learned of glyphosates cancer risk in 1983, and the EPA knew about it.
The EPA used research funded by Monsanto – not independent scientific studies – to determine whether glyphosate was safe.
Monsanto paid a chemical industry front group, the American Council on Science and Health, to push back on scientific findings of glyphosate’s links to cancer. And, of course, the ACSH repeatedly attacks EWG.
Well, there you have it, the picture is not pretty. If you wish you can take this quick survey on glyphosate. It only takes 2 minutes.
The fact is that we do not need this stuff in our food. It does not improve our food, but rather the contrary. We have a right to know what we are eating. The labels on food should clearly list if it is GMO, if it contains glyphosate, or any of the other chemicals, additives, and preservatives which are used nowadays. When you separate all this bad stuff from the real food part there is little left.
We are spoiled
How come we got into this mess? There are many factors which played a role in this. I would say first in line is money. For a company to survive they have to come up with new products on a regular basis. The consumer, that is us, demands this. Why can we not be happy with 5 different types of bread to choose from, do we really need 50 different types? Does that make our life nicer in the end, to not know what to buy as the selection is large?
Cereal are one of those other contaminated products which you will find in row after row, on your supermarket shelves. Do we need this to be happier? I think it makes shopping more stressful. Either you stick to your own brand or you will get lost in the sea of plenty.
An eye-opening visit to Holland
I think it must have been in 2006 when I visited Holland after 17 years. I was astonished at the changes I saw. There was more of everything. Especially in the food sector. Amazing to visit a supermarket with so many new brands of cookies, chocolate, soups in tins, etc.
A visit to the butcher was also eyeopening. From the huge selection, about 3 meters were dedicated to grilling. Grilling? I had no idea that Holland was suddenly into grilling. Most often the weather is not that brilliant but grilling seemed to have become a trend.
Then I discovered something else, a bread boutique. I thought that a boutique had to do with fashion. All the new varieties of bread that had been created are unbelievable. The question is, are we happier now as we can choose between 50 different types of bread? I do not think so. One should also ask oneself with what ingredients these new pieces of bread and other foods stuff are made. I think it is getting far too artificial.
Our food has not become any better even if there are so many more products to choose from. Instant food, I do not like it and refuse to make an instant puree. A good, homemade potato puree with an egg, a little butter, salt, pepper, and some nutmeg. Blend with the mixer and then pour it into a form. In the oven, it will need about 30 minutes and will come out with a slightly brown light crust. Come on, who wants to eat potato puree out of a pack?
As an Afterthought
We should not accept that our food is harmful to our health. We should demand GMO and pesticide-free crops. Anything which comes wrapped up should have an easy to understand label. EWG is doing a great job making us aware of the dangers in our food.
We should demand from the official entities, who actually should take care of our health and safety, to do a better job. EPA and the USDA should be called to rectify and stand by its citizens instead of helping Monsanto and co to hide the dangers they expose us to.
Modern times has brought us many good things, helpful gadgets in the kitchen so we are able to make great meals. But let us stick to whole foods, not some chemical mixture which is sold as food and harms our health.
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I have gone organic because of my personal experience with Roundup. You might like to read the story.