Another Monsanto Controversy

There are few companies as controversial as Monsanto (Donald Rumsfeld anyone?).  Some accuse the company of nothing short of murder and others claim their innocence with just as much passion.   I ran across this story about the GM seeds and their effect in India. 

Shankara, like millions of other Indian farmers, had been promised previously unheard of harvests and income if he switched from farming with traditional seeds to planting GM seeds instead.

Beguiled by the promise of future riches, he borrowed money in order to buy the GM seeds. But when the harvests failed, he was left with spiralling debts – and no income.

So Shankara became one of an estimated 125,000 farmers to take their own life as a result of the ruthless drive to use India as a testing ground for genetically modified crops.

There are arguments to be made on both sides but I think the one thing that can’t be argued is that the poor and desperate have and will be used as guinea pigs because there is no one to protect them and thus no real downside from a monetary standpoint.  (When drugs expire in a pharmacy and deemed not safe for Americans, they are removed from the shelves and sent back to be sold to the 3rd world countries).   Monsanto and companies like it are completely protected regardless of whether they are wrong or right.  And with total protection comes recklessness as there are no consequences…

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One response to “Another Monsanto Controversy

  1. I have indeed several story’s about farmers who committed suicide, because crops failed twice in a row. Believe me, that does’nt only happen in India, it also happens in South-America.
    And what about Agent Orange. How many death’s ? The rBGH-milk in America? The Round-up sprayed all over Colombia in order to win the ” drugs-war”.
    Are you aware that Monsanto was also involved with the bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

    Just a little bit of research and you’ll find the creepy and horrific history of Monsanto.

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