North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory: Ban monsanto company from St. Louis from operating in North Carolina
As a state we can lead the way. Ban monsanto from North Carolina. The Federal Government will not protect us, but North Carolina can.
Monsanto started as a chemical company and now specializes in genetically engineering crops all over the world. Monsanto is the world’s largest seed developer and has control of over 90% of seed genetics, which results in immense control over the global food supply. They have been known to raise prices on industries that they dominate and are close to a dangerously powerful monopoly. Personally, I believe that genetically modified plant organisms have the potential to provide benefits in food production. Unfortunately, I do not trust the company at the forefront of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and think that governments need to do more to mitigate the risks associated with these products. The top 5 problems that I have with Monsanto are as follows:
Company Ethics (Public Health & Bribery): Monsanto’s history indicates that they value profits over people. Historically, Monsanto has been responsible for long-term suffering, diseases, and death. This is a result of the development, distribution, and irresponsible disposal of chemical products such PCBs, DDT, Agent Orange and Bovine Growth Hormone. The negative effects are due to the company’s pattern of data cover-up and insufficient testing. Additionally, Monsanto has been known to bribe and encourage the dismissal of scientists who identify the health risks of their products. An example of this is Monsanto’s interaction with Health Canada. In review of Bovine Growth Hormone, Health Canada scientists were offered 2 million dollars to approve Bovine Growth Hormone with no further studies. When the scientists had spoken out about health risks of the Monsanto product they were dismissed from their positions. This is a common trend seen with Monsanto whistle-blowers, implying Monsanto largely manipulates government and business infrastructure.
Lack of Scientific Consensus: GMOs have only been introduced commercially since 1996 and the long-term effects not yet agreed upon. The potential risks and lack of consensus of GMOs on public health and environmental welfare has been enough to persuade 62 countries – including Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Norway – to restrict or ban the sale and distribution of GMOs. The company has manipulated health data in the past, and scientists claim to be muzzled by Monsanto’s financial power. I’m not yet sold on the health safety of their products.
Pollination & Bee Survival: The decline bee populations threatens our global food supply. Unfortunately, bees that pollinate GMOs have been found to have digestive track diseases from the ingestion of GMO protein which leads to the further decline of the world’s bee populations.
Pesticide Dosage: The introduction of GMOs has lead to the increased use of pesticides by 404 million pounds. Because GMOs were designed to be pesticide resistant, farmers are able to use more pesticide without harming their crops. This led to the evolution of pesticide-resistant weeds and insects which then required even more pesticides. Originally Monsanto claimed their pesticide product was biodegradable, however it turns out that it never was. Increased pesticides result in negative effects on surrounding farms and ecosystems as well as run-off into our waterways.
GMO Patents: Previously, farmers could harvest seeds from their crops for use in the next year.Seed patents allow Monsanto to sue farmers that use the fertile seeds of GMO crops, forcing farmers to pay Monsanto for seeds annually. A more troublesome aspect of seed patenting is that cross-pollination and wind can lead to patented genetic material naturally ending up on other farms. Although there is nothing farmers can do to stop this, Monsanto has been known to sue these farms, sometimes completely wiping them out.
Monsanto has proven to be corporately irresponsible and unjust. This is not the type of company that I want influencing our agricultural industry, food supply, health or environment. I believe that the development of their products need more attention from government. I hope that this march shows legislative representatives and Monsanto that the public is concerned, and ultimately influences change. At minimum, I would hope for mandatory labeling of GMOs. Ideally, I would like to see Monsanto’s ”revolving door” influences over government eliminated, as well as unbiased long-term environmental and health assessments of GMOs made mandatory, before GMO sale and distribution.
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