Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Brief History of Monsanto Corporation

Dow Chemical and Monsanto were the two largest producers of Agent Orange for the U.S. military.

From 1961 to 1971, Agent Orange was by far the most widely used of the so-called "Rainbow Herbicides" employed in the Herbicidal Warfare program (Vietnam

According to Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and 500,000 children born with birth defects.
***Warning***These images are graphic and upsetting to some viewers***

Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by James M. Schlatter, a chemist working for G.D. Searle & Company.
Monsanto developed and patented the glyphosate molecule in the 1970s, and marketed Roundup from 1973.

Donald Rumsfeld followed Searle as CEO, and then as President of Searle between 1977 and 1985.

Diet Coke was sweetened with aspartame after the sweetener became available in the United States in 1983.

In 1985, Monsanto bought G.D. Searle - and the aspartame business became a separate Monsanto subsidiary, the NutraSweet Company.

In January 2006, the South Korean Appeals Court ordered Dow Chemical and Monsanto to pay $62 million in compensation to about 6,800 people.

Demand for milk without using synthetic hormones has increased 500% in the US since Monsanto introduced their rBST product.

Monsanto has responded to this trend by lobbying state governments to ban the practice of distinguishing between milk from farms pledged not to use rBST and those that do.

How Aspartame Became Legal: The Timeline

We are all victims of Monsanto's public relations campaign. This PR campaign is often propogated by organizations that are given large sums of money and "scientific" assistance by Monsanto (e.g., IFIC, ADA). Unfortunately some individuals on the Internet have begun to spread this PR even though they have absolutely no familiarity with the scientific literature.

Do your research. Know your food source. We become what we eat.
Knowledge is power.


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