Monsanto Is Starting to Feel the Effects of Its Poison
Regarding evil corporations, Monsanto is right up there at the top. In the 1960s, Monsanto manufactured a product called Agent Orange, which was a powerful weedkiller. The United States used Agent Orange during the Vietnam war and sprayed large areas of the jungle with the toxin, which caused horrible health effects such as cancer and congenital disabilities among American veterans and Vietnamese civilians.
Then, Monsanto focused their attention on creating products in the United States and manufactured the wonderful [heavy sarcastic emphasis] toxin known as glyphosate.
Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the most popular residential week killer product. I cannot say the name of the product for liability reasons, but you have seen countless television commercials for the product. If you do not know what the product is, just Google “glyphosate.”
Also, Monsanto holds the patent for GMO crops which are immune to the harmful effects of glyphosate. So, conventional farmers can purchase Monsanto’s seeds and spray Monsanto’s weed killer, glyphosate, on their fields to kill every plant in the area except the crop, which makes harvesting easier but causes harmful effects to the food supply. If you would like to read more about that topic, check out my article “The Adverse Effects of Glyphosate.”
Briefly summarizing my article, evidence has suggested glyphosate has infiltrated most of the American food supply, and glyphosate has been liked to multiple health issues, including cancer.
While the United States’ Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency deem glyphosate safe for the environment, the American court system seems to hold a different stance.
Approximately 13,000 civil cases have been filed against Monsanto, and the first three cases ended in the plaintiff’s favor because evidence showed that the glyphosate-containing herbicide caused cancer in people who were exposed to the weedkiller.
So far, glyphosate has caused Monsanto around $2 billion, and these were only the first three cases. After the rulings of these cases were made public, Bayer, the company who acquired Monsanto for $63 billion last year, lost a lot of its value in the stock market.
According to investors, Bayer is now only worth $59 billion, which is less than what Bayer paid for acquiring Monsanto. Since Bayer bought Monsanto, Bayer has lost 40% of its value.
The old saying “what goes around, comes around” really comes into play here.
While these cases will need to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, I believe it is time Monsanto start to pay for the damage they have caused to the American public health.
Possibly, the accumulation of fines and settlements may cause Bayer to start liquidating parts of Monsanto. Until these large corporations are held accountable for their actions, such as Purdue Pharma as noted in my article “Profit From Addiction: A Tried Strategy,” these large corporations will continue to act as if they are above the law.