The other day I went to see a film about Monsanto for the International Film Festival. Monsanto is a behemoth of a company that genetically modifies foods for the good of mankind. But this isn’t cloning to produce more; this is genetically modifying the foods to be resistant to their top selling herbicide, RoundUp. They then would go out and buy up all the farms around the world, force the farmers to use their products, jack the prices up increasing overhead, suing anyone who got in their way, and ignoring the fact that the herbicides were killing people.

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Published On: Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
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If We Really Are What We Eat…

MonsantoThe other day I went to see a film about Monsanto for the International Film Festival. Monsanto is a behemoth of a company that genetically modifies foods for the good of mankind. But this isn’t cloning to produce more; this is genetically modifying the foods to be resistant to their top selling herbicide, RoundUp. They then would go out and buy up all the farms around the world, force the farmers to use their products, jack the prices up increasing overhead, suing anyone who got in their way, and ignoring the fact that the herbicides were killing people.

The film covered a lot more of the dirty tricks Monsanto did [and are accused of still doing]. Their connections with the FDA is shady. Their product which increased cows’ milk production by 20 percent was putting puss and other disgusting fluids in our milk. The manipulating of their own scientific research to get favorable legislation to put their products out.

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One of the key points of the many groups fighting against the Monsanto scandals is how they were about to get away with so much for so long. Kind of like how Peanut Corporation of America received an independent audit [from the auditing company that they selected and paid] and received a “certificate of achievement” and “superior” rating last August then an outbreak of illness sickened at least 691 people and killed nine since September. There simply is no oversight and no accountability. Nestle sent their inspectors to the same factories and twice rejected buying their products. Kellogg didn’t and lost $70 million because of the recall.

How does this happen in the most advanced country of the world? It makes you wonder about the stuff you eat today and if it really is as safe as advertised. Makes you wonder if it really is what it says it is! It’s already been established that Twinkies, the spongy “cakes,” don’t use any dairy ingredients, instead it has the same ingredients found in sheet rock, shampoo, and rocket fuel.

And what about all of these healthy products out there? Granola bars, rice cakes, tea drinks, frozen yogurts? They may not be harmful to your health [no one has died of a Twinkie that we know of], but are they really as healthy as some people think they are? And what about Acai Berries, green tea, red wine and dark chocolate? are they as beneficial as advertised? How about this on soy…

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Claims: The list of benefits from this rather blah-looking bean seems endless. The bean offers plenty of protein, and its isoflavones (a type of phytoestrogen) are said to aid heart and bone health, cancer prevention, and ease the symptoms of menopause.

Reality check: While soy’s phytoestrogens may ease menopausal hot flashes, research has also linked those same compounds to breast cancer and other estrogen-related diseases such as uterine fibroid tumors and endometriosis. Recent research reviews also cast doubt on the bean’s supposed heart and bone benefits. Should you still eat it? ‘Absolutely,’ says Tallmadge. But don’t take it as an isolated supplement. Rather, eat the whole food versions such as edamame, tofu or milk, says Tallmadge.”

Sometimes I wonder if the food they ate on the Nebuchadnezzar [you know, Morpheus’ ship in The Matrix where the food tasted like shizzle] is what foods really taste like but these huge profit-focused companies like Monsanto simply add a little this and that to make food taste like what we think food is supposed to taste like.

Maybe that’s why so much stuff tastes like chicken?

 
 

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David Gaines

- David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.

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