Monsanto – the largest US manufacturer of genetically modified (GM) foods and pesticides – claim on their website that they are an agricultural company that applies innovation and technology to help farmers around the world produce more while conserving more.
They also claim to help farmers grow their crops sustainably so they can be successful, produce healthier foods, better animal feeds and more fibre, while also reducing agriculture’s impact on our environment.
Sounds almost too good to be true… and it is!
Monsanto’s business model is designed to give them full control over almost all production of food, globally. They are succeeding in their monstrous plan in the US and now they have set their sights on Europe.
Stop the beast
On Monday 13 May 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that farmers who lawfully obtain Monsanto’s patented, genetically modified soybeans do not have the right to plant those soybeans and grow a new crop of soybeans without Monsanto’s permission.
This decision prevents Monsanto’s customers from setting up ‘farm-factories’ for producing soybeans that could be sold in competition with Monsanto’s soybeans, and it enables Monsanto to continue to earn a massive profit on its patented technology.
To put it plainly, Monsanto has found a loophole in the US law that allows them to patent food. They have found similar loopholes in European law… and guess what… they are moving in for the kill.
That’s right, if we don’t take action, Monsanto will seize ownership of our food crops.
Whiles some may argue that GM foods do no harm and protect the environment, the truth is far from the rosy picture Monsanto is trying to sell us in their mission statement.
A case in point is Monsanto’s GM corn (NK603 GM) that also contains an insecticide called Bt. Every cell of the plant – from roots to kernels – contains a poison that kills insects. The reason for the insecticide inside a food source, is to prevent insects from devouring crops.
Sounds like a good plan, right?
Nothing could be further from the truth!
A controversial study, at the University of Caen, showed that rats that were fed Monsanto’s NK603 GM maize and exposed to the company’s top-selling Roundup weed killer were at higher risk of suffering tumours, multiple organ damage and premature death.
That’s just one example of the dangers we’re facing when we allow Monsanto to take ownership of our food supplies. Mark my words, there’s only one part of this GM food patent plan that will be working out beautifully. Monsanto will get very rich.
Patenting Mother Nature
European patent law is currently written in such a way that it allows large corporations like Monsanto the option to literally patent natural plant varieties and conventional plant breeding methods, even if they have been utilized by farmers and gardeners for centuries.
As a result, Monsanto is beginning to file for these patents, which could allow them to eventually require farmers to pay royalties and buy seed every year for non-GMO, natural crops. This means that farmers that don’t want to buy non-GMO seeds, will have to grow GM crops. In effect, they’re trying to patent away varieties of our everyday vegetables and fruits like cucumber, broccoli and melons, virtually forcing growers to pay them for seed and risk being sued if they don’t.
We have until 25 May to sign a petition that will stop Monsanto in their tracks. This petition has already generated nearly 2 million signatures. We need your signature too. In fact we need you to send this email to everybody you know and urge them to sign it too.
Many farmers and politicians are already against this – we just need to bring in people power to pressure European lawmakers to keep Monsanto’s hands off our food.
The European Patent Office is controlled by 38 member states who, with one vote, can end dangerous patents on food that is produced using conventional methods. Even the European Parliament has issued a statement objecting to these kinds of destructive patents.
A massive wave of public outcry could push the European Parliament to ban the patenting of our everyday foods for good.
** Note: The petition mentioned in this article is no longer active or effective. **
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