(NaturalNews) You’ve probably heard of Monsanto – the largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) seeds in the world, accounting for over 90% of the seeds planted globally.
The U.S.-based agricultural biotechnology company is also the leading producer of Roundup – a controversial herbicide that contains glyphosate.
Monsanto creates GE seeds that are resistant to herbicides – in particular, Roundup – meanwhile Roundup kills everything except the GE crops that can withstand it. When these GE crops are harvested, they contain extremely high levels of glyphosate, which the WHO recently admitted is a “probable” carcinogen.
Monsanto has developed chemical products for many years, some of which have eventually become controversial or been banned – such as DDT, Agent Orange, bovine growth hormone and PCBs.
As the leading producer of GE seeds and glyphosate-based herbicide, Monsanto has a lot to answer for in terms of producing extremely dangerous products. Glyphosate is toxic to both humans and the environment, infiltrating the landscape and water systems and building up over time in the bodies of animals and humans alike.
Monsanto claims that glyphosate is safe to use, but independent scientists disagree, and several studies have indicated that several health issues are associated with exposure to the toxic herbicide. It is an endocrine disrupter and affects reproductive health, wreaking havoc on the human body, even in low doses.
The human body is not equipped to handle GE foods, and a variety of studies in animals have revealed serious health risks associated with GE food consumption. The risks include infertility, immunity problems, changes in the liver, kidney problems, accelerated aging and dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis.
Monsanto claims that there is no need to test the safety of GE foods, and they cannot pose any health risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has waived all levels of safety testing and claims that nothing more than voluntary research is necessary. So Monsanto and other controversial agri-giants are able to fly under the radar when it comes to the risks involved with their products.
You may well be surprised when you realize just how many of your day-to-day goods use Monsanto products in their manufacturing process. If you’re interested in avoiding GE foods, or just want to avoid putting your hard-earned cash into Monsanto’s pocket, here are some brands to boycott:
- Coca-Cola and all its variations (Coca-Cola Light, Cherry Coke, Minute Maid, Burn, Dr Pepper and Fanta)
- Campbell, Liebig and Royco soups
- General Mills products, including Green Giant, Haagen Daz, Yoplait yoghurt and Old El Paso fajitas
- Kellogg’s including Cornflakes, Special K, Treso, Miel Pops, Coco Pops, Frosties, Extra and All Bran
- Knorr broths, soups and sauces
- Kraft Philipp Morris and associated brands including Maxwell Coffee, Philadelphia cream cheese, Lu cookies, Milka, Oreo and Toblerone
- Lipton teas
- Ocean Spray
- Pepperidge Farm cookies
- PepsiCo and Pepsi-Cola brands including Tropicana, Alvalle, Gatorade, Seven Up, Lipton Ice Tea, Lay’s, Doritos, Ruffles, Tostitos and Quakers
- Uncle Ben’s
By avoiding these and other Monsanto-related brands, you’ll be diverting your cash away from the corporate giant and doing your bit to fight against the production of GE foods and glyphosate herbicides. Meanwhile, by sharing knowledge and information about Monsanto products, you are encouraging others to make informed decisions about what products are ethically sound.