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Monsanto is your typical long-standing super corporation: Incredibly intelligent, incredibly rich, and incredibly fucked. One of their most notorious product creations was a chemical by the name of ‘Agent Orange’, which was used for chemical warfare in Vietnam—killing and disfiguring what is estimated to be millions of Vietnamese people.
Monsanto has become the world leader in genetic engineering of seeds, winning 674 biotechnology patents, which is more than any other company. If you are a farmer who buys its Roundup Ready seeds, you are required to sign an agreement promising not to save the seed produced after each harvest for re-planting. You are also prohibited from selling the seed to other farmers. In short, you must buy new seeds every year.
Because saving seeds is considered patent infringement, anyone who does save GM seeds must pay a license fee to re-sow them. This results in higher prices and reduced product options, as well as the increased need for pesticides and herbicides required by GM crops. Monsanto routinely sues farmers who have the opportunity to ‘save seeds’ for use in future crops for breach of contract. That’s right; Monsanto has a clause built right into their sales contracts that gives them the right to sue any farmer who reproduces food from the previous years’ crops. Sustainability obviously isn’t a big priority in Monsanto’s business plan.
Given their current powers, Monsanto puts pressure on farmers, farmer's coops, seed dealers, and anyone it suspects may have infringed its seed patents. It does so by sending out "Seed Police" to spy on, bully and intimidate these same people. Monsanto can even be traced back to a string of suicides among farmers in India - up to one suicide every 30 minutes!
The patenting of seeds is only one of the different ways that Monsanto affects food, farming, and your future health. This episode will take a look at how Monsanto is basically ruining not only the way that farmers farm, but also the way it is slowly destroying our chances of having a healthy diet.
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