Rat Tumor Study Sparks Media Reports On The Evil Of Monsanto

Rat Tumor Study Sparks Media Reports On The Evil Of Monsanto

With a recent French study showing Monsanto corn causes massive tumors in rats the media is finally looking into just how evil Monsanto really is.
After a recent study conducted by French scientists revealed rats feed with Monsanto corn that is being sold in Walmart grew massive tumors, suffered internal organ damage and developed other ailments the some of the corporate media is finally giving Monstanto the long overdue news coverage it deserves.

In a blistering piece Activist Post asking just how evil is Monsanto posting a Young Turk’s clip on the same subject which notably features footage from a documentary on the firm’s evil.

This comes as Mother Jones has done looked into Monsanto’s sinister history which included being heavily involved in three now infamous toxic – PCB, DDT, and Agent Orange – which the firm used it muscle in the past to cover up the dangers of and continue to do so until a mountain of irrefutable evidence emerged that could no longer be spun.

Recalling how both politicians, legislators, regulators and the scientific community were bought and paid for with Monsanto’s dollars for many, many years to cover up the dangers of those toxins certainly does little to console those worried about the toxic effects of Monsanto’s flagship Round Up Herbicide and the Genetically Modified crops the company produces.

The Mother Jones details how Monsanto was on the brink of absolute failure after the PCB, DDT, and Agent Orange scandals only for Mitt Romney to step in and led the firm into re-branding itself by focusing its ‘bio-products’ such as the Round Up weed killer and its GMO products.

For background on the French Study:

Rats Fed With Corn Sold In Walmart Grow Massive Tumors

Rats fed with Monsanto GM corn suffer tumors
French scientists have revealed that rats fed on Monsanto’s Genetically Modified corn suffered tumors and other damage including kidney and liver damage.

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Here’s a Young Turk’s story following up on that study and highlighting more of Monsanto’s evil.

How Evil is Monsanto?

Here’s the start of the article from Mother Jones highlighting the firms sinister past that the majority of public just isn’t aware of but certainly should be..

How Mitt Romney Helped Monsanto Take Over the World

Today, Monsanto looms over the global ag landscape like a colossus. It is the globe’s largest seed purveyor—and its dominant vendor of genetically modified traits. How dominant? Here’s NPR on the company’s mastery over the US GMO market: “More than 9 out of 10 soybean seeds carry [Monsanto’s] Roundup Ready trait. It’s about the same for cotton and just a little lower for corn.” It also sells nearly $1 billion worth of herbicides every three months.

But for all its clout, Monsanto is a relatively new player in the Big Ag game. While fellow ag giants like ADM, Cargill, Bunge, and BASF have been in the game for a century or more, as recently as the late 1970s Monsanto was known mostly as a chemical company; herbicides were a relatively small sideline, and genetically modified seeds were just the gleam in the eye of a few scientists in the R&D department. And its flagship chemical business had plunged into crisis. In 1976, Congress banned the highly toxic industrial coolant PCB—the US production of which Monsanto had enjoyed what the Washington Post called a “lucrative four-decade monopoly.” According to the Post, Monsanto had been actively covering up the dangers of PCB exposure for years before the ban, opening the company to a thicket of lawsuits. To make matters worse, the company had also been heavily invested in the toxic pesticide DDT (banned in 1972) and the infamous Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange—both of which carried their own legal and public-relations liabilities.

How did Monsanto pivot from teetering, scandal-ridden chemical giant to mighty high-tech (though still quite controversial) agribiz firm? As the veteran investigative reporter (and Mother Jones contributor) Wayne Barrett shows in a new Nation article, a young consultant called Mitt Romney helped push the firm on its highly lucrative new path. Monsanto first tapped the consulting services of the Boston-based consulting firm Bain in 1973, the same year Bain launched. When Romney joined Bain fresh out of Harvard in 1977, he quickly began working with the ailing chemical firm. Here’s Barrett:

Dr. Earl Beaver, who was Monsanto’s waste director during the Bain period, says that Bain was certainly “aware” of the “PCB and dioxin scandals” because they created “a negative public perception that was costing the company money.” So Bain recommended focusing “on the businesses that didn’t have those perceptions,” Beaver recalls, starting with “life science products that were biologically based,” including genetically engineered crops, as well as Roundup, the hugely profitable weed-killer. “These were the products that Bain gave their go-ahead to,” Beaver contends, noting that Romney was a key player, “reviewing the data collected by other people and developing alternatives,” talking mostly to “the higher muckety-mucks.”

In other words, Romney and Bain played crucial roles in shaping Monsanto’s strategy of selling off big chunks of its legacy chemical businesses and reinventing itself as ag-biotech firm.

And one of those “higher muckety-mucks,” then-Monsanto CEO John W. Hanley, was so impressed with Romney’s work that he helped launch Bain Capital, the spin-off private-equity firm to which Romney owes his fortune, explicitly as a vehicle to keep Romney in the Bain fold, Barrett reports. Hanley even placed $1 million of his own cash in Bain Capital’s original investment fund.

There’s no mystery why Monsanto would want to distance itself from its old business lines. As we know from documents that have dribbled out from legal proceedings over the years, Monsanto had essentially been operating as a corporate criminal. Here’s a 2002 Washington Post article on the company’s PCB business:

[F]or nearly 40 years, while producing the now-banned industrial coolants known as PCBs at a local factory, Monsanto Co. routinely discharged toxic waste into a west Anniston [Alabama] creek and dumped millions of pounds of PCBs into oozing open-pit landfills. And thousands of pages of Monsanto documents—many emblazoned with warnings such as “CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy”—show that for decades, the corporate giant concealed what it did and what it knew.

In 1966, Monsanto managers discovered that fish submerged in that creek turned belly-up within 10 seconds, spurting blood and shedding skin as if dunked into boiling water. They told no one. In 1969, they found fish in another creek with 7,500 times the legal PCB levels. They decided “there is little object in going to expensive extremes in limiting discharges.” In 1975, a company study found that PCBs caused tumors in rats. They ordered its conclusion changed from “slightly tumorigenic” to “does not appear to be carcinogenic.”

It’s not clear how much Romney knew about these depraved acts in the late 1970s, but as noted above, the strategy he helped cook up was certainly smart, in a reptilian, money-making sort of way: Quietly skitter away from the now toxic (in PR terms) chemical industry, selling old business lines as fast as possible, and invest the proceeds in a new, shiny, positive-sounding field called “biotechnology.” And specialize in “feeding the world,” which sounds a hell of a lot nicer than dumping carcinogenic gunk in creeks. The strategy was by no means as obvious as it now seems in hindsight: Monsanto was exiting a steady, established business, industrial chemicals, in favor of a highly speculative and new one, ag biotech. But it worked brilliantly—by the time those PCB revelations came out in 2002, Monsanto could plausibly protect its image by saying, that was all in the past; we don’t make those kinds of chemicals anymore.


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