The Twelve Most Awful Products Made By Monsanto

saccharinVia GMO Awareness, it may seem cartoonish to brand one company as an evil empire reaping misery over the course of a century, but it’s hard not to when they have created artificial sugar substitutes, DDT, Agent Orange, nuclear weapons, PCBs, and Bovine Growth Hormone:

When you take a moment to reflect on the history of product development at Monsanto, what do you find? Here are twelve products that Monsanto has brought to market:

1. Saccharin. John Francisco Queeny founded Monsanto Chemical Works with the goal of producing saccharin for Coca-Cola. Studies performed during the early 1970s showed that saccharin caused cancer in test rats and mice.

2. PCBs. During the early 1920s, Monsanto began expanding their chemical production into polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to produce coolant fluids for electrical transformers and motors. Fifty years later, the EPA published a report citing PCBs as the cause of cancer in animals, with additional evidence that they can cause cancer in humans. Nearly 30 years after PCBs have been banned from the U.S., they are still showing up in the blood of pregnant women, as reported in a 2011 study.

3. Polystyrene. In 1941, Monsanto began focusing on plastics and synthetic polystyrene, which is still widely used in food packaging and ranked 5th in the EPA’s 1980s listing of chemicals whose production generates the most total hazardous waste.

4. Atom bomb and nuclear weapons. Shortly after acquiring Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories, Monsanto turned this division into their Central Research Department. Between 1943 to 1945, this department coordinated key production efforts of the Manhattan Project.

5. DDT. In 1944, Monsanto became one of the first manufacturers of the insecticide DDT to combat malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. In 1972, DDT was banned throughout the U.S.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    by far and away their most insidious product
    and likely its most deadly at some point
    GMO corn
    Of the 37 ingredients in chicken nuggets,
    something like 30 are made, directly or indirectly, from GMO corn
    Monsanto GMO corn is every soft drink & most processed foods
    Monsanto GMO corn is fed to most of the cows, pigs & chickens you eat
    it’s difficult to get an accurate reckoning of the percentage
    but at least 50% of the American diet has some Monsanto GMO corn in it
    & what the GMO corn misses, their GMO soy takes its place

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    Leading to the rise of “organic” or “natural” humans against the “synthetic” or “artificial” humans.

    Let the games begin.

    • kowalityjesus

      I remember reading about a doctor complaining of the Haber process that “artificial fertilizers will create artificial people,” so this conservatism is always present, though quite necessary.

      The bridge leading to gmo crops was based on selective breeding and hybridization, then in the last century radioactively-induced-mutation selective breeding, then finally taking control of mutation and full-on adding extra asses to monkeys.

  • The Well Dressed Man

    F everything about this company. I didn’t know half the facts in this article, and I already thought they were the worst. It’s abuses like these that rile people up to oppose biotech, chemical engineering, and tech in general.

  • emperorreagan

    My most recent frustration with Monsanto recently has been when I was buying vegetable seeds – trying to make sure you’re not buying from Monsanto or a similar company. Three companies down the line, you may find that Monsanto actually own the seed company…which explains why they make vague statements about their seed.

    Going to do fruit trees next year – I’m sure that will be aggravating as well.

    • Jin The Ninja

      if you can- trees of antiquity.

      • emperorreagan

        Thanks for the tip. I’ve bookmarked it for the winter shipping season.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Besides growing your own fruit and veggies and buying of organic famers, what should we do about Monsanto? It’s obvious that passive resistance is not going to be enough in Monsanto’s case.

  • DeepCough

    Don’t you just love the “Free Market?”

  • Roedaif Emes

    I saw a Canadian documentary that M (Monsanto) had a patent on seeds and that when M owned seeds fell off trucks as they passed farms without M owned seeds(I think it was corn seeds), that Monsanto owned the resulting plants and the farmers had to destroy the entire contaminated crop. After numerous lawsuits in the Canadian Highest Courts, the case was decided in M’s favor. Un freakin’ bo-weevable! That is a rough, brief summation of it. Also I posted on the Coca Cola aspartame story and got hammered, must have been people that work for M. One guy speaking as an expert on these matters, informed me there was no information that aspartame was toxic and then after I told him of some he said it is all propaganda against aspartame. Basically, kinda what I am saying is, believe what you want, don’t waste my and your time telling me I am f o s, you have the right to believe what you want.

  • Galser Marcos

    The science behind GMO crops is amazing. I think groups like GMP awareness fuck up the conversation are create anti-science idiots.

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