Monday, March 7, 2011

Who is Monsanto?


New things I've learned about Monsanto:
-they began their company IN St. Louis
-Mexico has banned genetically engineered corn from the U.S. and Canada to protect their local Mexican varieties of corn that have been passed down from generation to generation
-Monsanto produces over 90% of our sugars
-"round-up ready" labelled plants=plants that have been genetically engineered to resist dying from the use of round-up weed killer. Mass spraying of these chemicals are used on crops to kill weeds; because the plants have been engineered, they don't die but they have the chemicals still on them.
-Monsanto's breakthrough product was "Round-Up".
-They had to remove the label 'biodegradable" from their round-up product. They were sued for their label "leaves the soil clean" and "respects the environment".
-Round up promotes cell division malfunction...Robert Belle (a french scientist) is doing research that links round-up to cancerous cell reproduction

There is an interesting video series on Youtube called "The World According to Monsanto"

I feel a bit overwhelmed right now with all there is to know. I will update this post soon.

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