You are what you are allowed to eat


Over Monsanto’s 110-year history (1901-2013), Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, has evolved from primarily an industrial chemical concern into a pure agricultural products company.

According to information found at the website Bestmeal, Monsanto’s history dates back to the early 20th century as a chemical production company making the sweetener used in Coca-Cola. Monsanto is also the company behind the neurotoxin, aspartame, which is sold to the public as a sweetener in diet Pepsi and other food and drink products. The chemical company made its big break during World War I, producing chemicals domestically that would have otherwise needed to be made in foreign countries. Monsanto then went on to pioneer harmless things like aspirin, and not so harmless things like PCBs, which, according to, are harmful to almost every part of the human body.

Later on, Monsanto was the producer of a chemical known commonly as Agent Orange. Agent Orange was a powerful defoliate used in the Vietnam war. Agent Orange is also linked to a huge number of respiratory and prenatal problems experienced by natives of Vietnam and American veterans.

Nowadays, Monsanto is most famous for its patented product, Round up, which is used to kill undesirable plants, and its genetically modified seed species. According to Jill Richardson at, Monsanto’s chemically engineered seeds are in a whopping 40 percent of crops grown in the United States. This is due to the buying of seed-making companies and the severe and enforced patenting of herbicides and seeds. Farmers have been contractually obligated into growing Monsanto’s seeds and are not allowed to grow anything else. Farmers that haven’t purchased the right to use Monsanto’s seeds are strictly forbidden from doing so. Monsanto also constricts competition by purchasing seed dealers and not allowing them to sell competitor’s products.

The reason that Monsanto’s grip on the food industry is so concerning, is that in a world that runs on food, almost half of our grown food in the U.S., and its questionable content, is under the control of a handful of people and their genetically modified food products.

According to, “Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are when a plant or animal has been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals,” said Jonathan Landsman. “Whether you like it or not, you are eating genetically manipulated food without your consent.”

GMOs are claimed to have greater crop yields, be able to resist the effects of droughts and have greater nutritional benefits, but according to the website directly above, none of these things are true. In fact, a growing body of evidence claims that GMOs are linked to a multitude of consumer health problems and violations of the rights of farmers. GMOs have even been linked to the destruction of the environment.

As of now, Monsanto has taken a somewhat serious hit as the aptly named, “Monsanto Protection Act,” which would protect Monsanto’s right to tread upon farmers. The act allows Monsanto to refuse to label their GMO products in stores and be shielded from lawsuits that are a result of the dangerous crops. The law is set to expire and not be renewed in the Senate.