Cities across the globe have been participating in protests against the colossal agricultural company, Monsanto.
There have numerous recent marches and awareness campaigns to address the increasing concerns over the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs and other agro-chemicals.
The company has been scrutinized for holding back food safety research on GMOs that provides information which shows that they are harmful to the environment and human health. Researchers who have examined how they impact the body’s system, including animal research, have concluded that there are in fact staggering results from using the altered additives.
Jeffrey Smith, an author and activist, points out that animal feeding studies conducted by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine have demonstrated issues like gastrointestinal disorders, immune system issues, organ failure, tumors, increased onset of aging and even premature death, among others. Further, as suggested by Smith and many others, these problems have also increased in the human population in correlation with the introduction of GMOs in the food supply.
The month of October is Agent Orange Awareness Month, which is supported by the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance (COVVHA). Among the strong controversy with GMOs is Monsanto’s involvement with the production of Agent Orange, which was also contaminated with the highly toxic chemical, dioxin. Manufacturing of this compound has devastated entire populations including victims of war, Vietnam Veterans and their families, and the effects are still ongoing.
Monsanto has also been accused of spending millions on elaborate marketing campaigns trying to sway the public to believe that there are no health risks associated with GMOs. They have even made assertions to the effect that they have already been in the food supply and consumed with no adverse effects. Another argument is that they must keep up with world food production. However, this dispute invalidates itself, as keeping up with global food demands also includes observance of what the people buying the products mandate.
Monsanto’s seed production and food safety regulations need to adapt to consumer rights and demands, as the march against Monsanto is not dispersing anytime soon.
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