Monsanto are the biggest food company that no-one is talking about.
While other multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi-co and Nestle often hit headlines for the dubiousness over the nature of some of their products, Monsanto have done well at mostly hiding their face from public view, preferring to act away from the glaring eye of the public.
Monsanto’s history goes all the way back to 1901 when John Francis Queeny founded the company, named after his wife Olga Mendez Monsanto, both were big names in the pharmaceutical industry.
Their first foray into the processed food industry was to produce saccharine on a massive scale and sell it to the Coca-Cola company to sweeten their drinks.
It was found fairly early in that the chemical sweetener was bad for human consumption, but a series of lawsuits saw Monsanto do whatever it takes to continue selling their products.
In the 1920’s Monsanto moved onto production of what we now know to be a highly dangerous and toxic product, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Used as lubricants, hydraulic fluids, cutting oils, waterproof coatings and liquid sealants PCB’s are highly carcinogenic and dangerous to humans. Monsanto were the biggest producers on earth of this dangerous chemical.
The 1930’s and 40’s saw Monsanto turn their hand at a number of other products, all based on highly toxic chemicals.
The chemical products that they were churning out were all very easy and cheap to produce and yielded maximum profits. The effect these products might have on human health were little considered by Monsanto officials.
They produces endless amounts of detergents, soaps, industrial cleaning products, synthetic rubbers and plastics.
In the Vietnam war, Monsanto were responsible for the production of a chemical known as ‘Agent Orange‘. This deadly weapon of war was responsible for millions of birth defects, and the deaths of half a million Vietnamese civilians.
More recently, Monsanto have been embroiled in an argument over their production of the known carcinogen aspartame.
Harking back to their roots with saccharine, this soft drink sweetener is known to cause cancerous tumors in lab rats, yet Monsanto have pulled all of the stops they could to allow the continuation of it’s use, in the courtroom and out of it.
Monsanto seem to be unstoppable on their quest for profits and power.
The most recent scandal they are battling through is concerned with their pesticide ‘Roundup’.
One of the biggest selling herbicides on the planet, this product is sprayed on millions of crops every day. And it contains another ‘probable human carcinogen’ glyphosate.
We don’t know if Monsanto enjoy putting cancer causing chemicals in their products, but we know they are one of the best in the world at doing so.