Monsanto Isn’t Feeding the World—It’s Killing Our Children

Monsanto Isn’t Feeding the World—It’s Killing Our Children

Postby Oscar » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:35 am

Monsanto Isn’t Feeding the World—It’s Killing Our Children

[ https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/m ... r-children ]

March 9, 2017

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Both reports issue scathing indictments of U.S. and global regulatory systems that collude with chemical companies to hide the truth from the public, while they fill their coffers with ill-gotten profits. . . .

According to the World Health Organization, whose report focused on a range of environmental risks [ http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/rel ... -death/en/ ], the cost of a polluted environment adds up to the deaths of 1.7 million children every year.

A report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food [ http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Food/Pag ... Index.aspx ], presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council, focused more narrowly on agricultural chemicals. The UN report states unequivocally that the storyline perpetuated by companies like Monsanto—the one that says we need pesticides to feed the world—is a myth. And a catastrophic one at that.

The fact that both these reports made headlines, in mainstream outlets like the Washington Post and the Guardian, is on one hand, good news. On the other, it's a sad and discouraging commentary on our inability to control corporate greed.
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Re: Monsanto Isn’t Feeding the World—It’s Killing Our Childr

Postby Oscar » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:41 am

In his book, “Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA” [ https://www.amazon.com/Poison-Spring-Se ... 1608199142 ] published in 2014, E. G. Vallianatos, who worked for the EPA for 25 years, wrote:

"It is simply not possible to understand why the EPA behaves the way it does without appreciating the enormous power of American’s industrial farmers and their allies in the chemical pesticide industries, which currently do about $40 billion per in year business. For decades, industry lobbyists have preached the gospel of unregulated capitalism, and Americans have bought it. Today, it seems the entire government is at the service of the private interests of America’s corporate class.”

That was three years ago. And yet, as public opinion shifts toward condemnation of the widespread use of toxic chemicals on our food, here in the U.S., government officials entrusted with public health and safety appear more determined than ever to uphold the “rights” of corporations to poison everything in sight—including our children.
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