Is this the beginning of the end? Monsanto and its court cases
A herbicide called Roundup
I suppose you have heard about Monsanto and its infamous product Roundup. This glyphosate-based herbicide was developed in 1970 and the world has not been the same since. I made my personal and negative experience on my organic farm in 1981. I thought it would be a good idea to spray the cobblestones on my patio with Roundup to get rid of the weeds.
3 Weeks later, my gardener, Miguel started sweeping the dried up weeds and the fish suddenly died in my fishpond. That opened my eyes to the danger of using this product on my farm and I became organic. When you go shopping, if possible, try to buy organic at your local market.
Is GMO bad for your health?
Monsanto is also known worldwide for being one in four groups to introduce genes into plants, this happened in 1983. Up till today, they state that GMO (genetically modified organisms/crops) does not pose any harm to the people who eat this. Time will tell but there is more than enough evidence that this is a lie. Money making is more important than the health of the people so please be aware of what you eat.
Does eating GMO foods have side effects?
Personally, I do not think that GMO is safe. I wonder why humans always have the need to improve on nature? I have found a couple of websites which also ponder on the question if GMO is good for you and what the long-term side effects could be for you and the following generations.
The many dangers of GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organism)
From agriculture to scientific research a broad group of plants, animals, and bacteria are engineered.
Former Pro-GMO Scientist speaks out on the real danger.
Nutrition Studies-The danger of eating GMO
A little bit about Monsanto’s History
Monsanto was founded in St.Louis, Missouri in 1901 as a chemical company. The founder was John Francis Queeny and he used his wife’s maiden name for his new company. The first products Monsanto produced were saccharine, caffeine, and vanillin. In 2000 the warning labels on saccharin-sweetened products were removed and one year later the FDA declared it safe to use.
That really makes one think, do you also agree? For many years there is a warning on a label and then suddenly it is taken away. Question is do you trust the FDA? The Sherpa tells me that saccharin is made of Coal Tar. Coal Tar? Well, that does not sound like something I would like to eat. Do read the article of the Sherpa, it is worthwhile and eyeopening.
Together with some 15 other companies, DDT came on the market in 1944. This insecticide was used in the fight against the malaria-mosquito. Its toxicity became soon apparent but it took until 1972 to be finally banned in the U.S. The book Silent Spring, made the public aware of its dangers.
Monsanto was also the producer of Agent Orange for the army and this product was used in Vietnam. In 1984 a lawsuit brought by veterans was settled out of court. One does not hear much about Vietnam where the population was sprayed with this product. It affected the people, fauna and flora, water and earth.
Where do you buy your seeds and food?
As a gardener one really should ask oneself if Monsanto has ever made a healthy product. Personally, I think their main focus is on earning money. Monsanto’s aim is to have the worldwide monopoly on seeds, think where you buy yours. As a grown-up, when you go shopping one should also think before one buys. Here comes a list of products one should better leave standing on the shelves of the supermarket.
Coming back to the beginning of my post and the product Roundup which has been used for so many years and in so many countries some news caught my attention. When the company Monsanto has always claimed their product is safe, oh well, we have seen the contrary these past years with other products they made, now it seems serious times have come to them.
Monsanto to appear in court
On CNN World an article by Holly Yan was published on June 17, 2018
The news is really sad. A man, his name is Dewayne Johnson, is not expected to live much longer. The doctors did not think he would make it this far. This man is only 46 years old and he is dying from cancer. There are days where he can hardly speak and about 80% of his body is covered with ugly looking wounds. Even if there are more people who are so sick at this early age the why is very important.
Mr. Johnson claims it is Roundup which is killing him and he will be the first person who goes to court with his case. He used to be a former school groundskeeper and used Roundup from 20 to 30 times a year. The attorney of Mr. Johnson is now representing a big group, more than 2000 non-Hodgkins lymphoma sufferers. All these people are going to court claiming Roundup ruined their health. There is a law in California where people who have a very short life expectancy can be granted expedited trials.
Let’s face it. In March 2015 the World Health Organization for Research on Cancer (IARC) warned that one of the key ingredients of Roundup is glyphosate and that this ingredient is probably carcinogenic to humans. When somebody is spraying this product so many times a year it is not surprising it gets in your system I think. Monsanto has always been adamant in that their products do not pose any danger to the health of people but let us not forget the past where they were proven more than wrong.
Think before you spray in your garden. There are many alternatives to Roundup which do not harm your health and are neither harmful to fauna and flora. There is really no need to want and play God, trying to better creation. We should try and stick to all the beautiful products nature has to offer, we will find health and excellent taste.
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Perhaps you like to read my other post on Monsanto.