In 2017, 815 million people worldwide were in need of emergency food assistance.
The world is facing a food crisis – and Monsanto GMO seeds claim to be the solution. But what do you really know about Monsanto food?
Monsanto GMO foods may be putting your health at risk. They also have devastating effects on our environment and the future of food security.
If you thought you knew Monsanto – think again. Keep reading to learn more about the truth behind Monsanto and GMO.
Why Monsanto GMO Isn’t as Great as It Seems
Monsanto is an agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company that got its start in 1901. Headquartered in the US but operating across the globe, they’ve earned a reputation for being one of the evilest companies in the world.
Not only have they played a significant role in the agricultural changes of recent decades thanks to extensive government lobbying, but they’re also the creators of some of the world’s most deadly products. They’re responsible for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxin (Agent Orange), and are also a leader in genetically modified (GM) seeds.
While the company itself claims that genetically modified seeds are safe for human health as well as the environment, research shows us otherwise. Below, we go into some of the reasons why Monsanto GMO isn’t as great as the company reports.
1. GMO’s Won’t Feed the World
It’s no secret that the world is facing a hunger crisis. Millions of people around the world already face hunger. But by 2050, when the global population approaches 10 billion, the demand for food will be 60% higher.
One argument in favor of GMOs is that they’ll help to mitigate that crisis. The argument is based on the belief that GMO crops have higher yields with fewer inputs.
Studies into GMO crops have found that this claim isn’t true. GMO crops in both Canada and the US haven’t produced higher yields. Nor has it reduced the number of chemical pesticides used to produce those yields.
What’s more, we don’t need GMO crops to solve the pending crisis. Studies have shown that organic farming can match the yields produced by conventional agriculture. All without harming our health and our environment.
2. GMO’s Aren’t More Nutritious
One of the selling points for Monsanto and GMO, in general, is that they offer nutritional benefits – especially benefits that are needed to cure some health crises.
Take for example vitamin A deficiency in the developing world. This is the number one cause of childhood blindness, and proponents of GMOs say that golden rice will help solve the issue.
While golden rice might be high in vitamin A and easy to produce, it can’t be absorbed by the body without a diet that contains other fats and oils. People in the developing world don’t have access to these necessary dietary components and, thus, won’t benefit from this GMO.
3. Monsanto’s GMO’s Are Toxic and Dangerous
One of the biggest problems with Monsanto GMOs is that there hasn’t been sufficient testing to prove their safety. They’re being introduced into our diets without any significant reliable research into their safety. And much of the research that does exist is conducted by corporations that benefit from their production.
Monsanto research consistently shows that laboratory rats eating their GMO corn don’t show any toxicity. But further reviews of these studies have shown that the research ignores signs of toxicity in the liver and kidneys of those rats.
Furthermore, outside rat studies conducted on that same Monsanto GMO Roundup Ready corn found shocking results. Over the course of two years, rats had developed organ damage from eating the corn. They also showed hormone problems, tumors, and reduced life expectancy.
4. GMO’s Use More Chemicals
Many Monsanto and GMO crops are engineered to withstand pesticides and herbicides. These include sugar beets, corn, and soy. All these crops, as well as others, can withstand even the most lethal dose of chemicals.
That means that farmers require stronger chemicals. It also means they need a lot more of them. And as weeds and insects become resistant to those chemicals over time, the need for ever more, ever stronger, chemicals will arise.
These harsh chemicals end up in our soil and poison our environment. They also threaten the health and the lives of people working on farms and the communities that they operate in. Beyond that, these toxic chemicals are ending up in our food.
5. Chemicals Are Ending Up In Our Food
Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, is actually a chemical called glyphosate.
This chemical is considered a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. In fact, some lawsuits have ruled in favor of Roundup causing people’s cancer.
Glyphosate has also been linked to the endocrine disruption that leads to reproductive problems, obesity, diabetes, and early onset of puberty. It’s also known to kill the good bacteria in your gut, which can lead to a number of conditions and diseases.
Despite these health concerns, glyphosate is in our food. It’s been found in carrots, almonds, soy, corn, quinoa, and various oils – and in dangerously high amounts.
6. GMO’S Threaten Organic Farms
As GMO seeds are used more and more, the ability to control them decreases. GMOs can contaminate farms that are miles away, as the seeds are carried by the wind into other fields. But seed supplies can also be contaminated with GMO seeds.
Sometimes, those seeds end up on organic farms. Organic farmers aren’t allowed to use GMOs, and this threatens their crops and their livelihood.
Seeking Justice From Monsanto?
Monsanto GMO crops and seeds are not the innovative biotechnology that the corporation wants the public to trust. They’ve actively withheld research that shows how dangerous these products really are. Monsanto and GMO are a true threat to your health and our environment.
As the negative impacts of GMO crops and seeds become more certain, the likelihood of getting justice increases. If you’ve been affected by Monsanto and GMO, contact us today to find out how we can help.