Earlier today, I was listening to a public affairs program on WERU, where the guest was Jeffery M. Smith from the Institute for Responsible Technology, and author of Seeds of Deception. Mr. Smith talked at length about Monsanto, the things Monsanto has done to hurt our environment, and the things that Monsanto has done to hurt farmers and our food supply. Here are a few sound bites I jotted down while listening to the program:
For the 11th year in a row, Monsanto was judged one of the most hated companies in the world.
Monsanto public relations people are trained in intimidation.
Crop yield is not the problem with our food supply. Distribution and poverty are the problems. GMOs tend to reduce yield.
Between sustainable organic and GMO, sustainable organic wins hands down.
Jeffrey Clemens's book Corporations are Not People also talks about some of the creepy things that Monsanto has done. For example, Monsanto's threats to states that have considered GMO labeling laws.
Earlier today, I friend sent me a link to a Washington post article, talking about how Monsanto polluted an Alabama town with PCBs.
So I'd like to pose two questions:
- What other harmful things has Monsanto done?
- Monsanto is chartered as a Delaware Corporation. Is there a way we could go after their corporate charter? (There's a saying "I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one". While that's a nice anecdote, it might be more effective if Delaware executed one -- by revoking its corporate charter.)