Why Monsanto is called 'The Evil Empire'
I came across an article about Genetically Engineered Food versus Biodiverse Farms and found an excellent example of why Monsanto has developed such a sinister reputation.
I decided to report about this today (instead of GE foods vs Biodiversity) because it is important that we all (not just a few) understand Monsanto ~ only because they have a hand in the food we are eating for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the inbetween snacks of the day.
The article by Vandana Shiva titled: Don't Buy The False Promise of Industrial Agriculture: We Don't Need Genetically Engineered Food, Just Biodiverse Farms, brought up facts about Monsanto's business practices that are often reported, but left unnoticed by the general public. So for those of you who do not know, here is an excerpt about the fact that many farmers have no choice but to become involved with Monsanto and then they have no choice but to bear the unfair burden of being in Monsanto's inhumane and brutal grip.
"Monsanto’s GMOs do not improve farmers’ lives. They have pushed farmers to suicide. 200,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide in the last decade. 84% of the suicides in Vidharbha, the region with highest suicides are linked to debt created by Bt–cotton. GMOs are non–renewable, while the open pollinated varieties that farmers have bred are renewable and can be saved year to year. The price of cotton seed was Rupees 7/kg. Bt cotton seed price jumped to Rupees 1,700/kg."
This does not only happen overseas in India but is happening TODAY to farmers across America! AND this is just one example of why we need to get our food supply out from under the cruel and uncaring grips of Monsanto. If you are wondering how we can reduce Monsanto's monopoly, the answer is ~ Support local, organic, and small farms.