Bill Gates is a large investor in Monsanto. He purchased 500,000 shares of the biotech giant in 2010 because he feels Monsanto’s genetically modified foods are a tool that will help prevent starvation in poor nations. The same poor nations where thousands of farmers routinely commit suicide after being completely bankrupted by Monsanto’s overpriced and ineffective GM seeds. The same company that we recently exposed to be running ‘slave-like’ working conditions, forcing poor workers to operate the corn fields for 14 hours per day while withholding pay.
According to Gates, this is the company whose GMO crops are going to save the world from starvation. Of course, along with saving the world from starvation, GMO crops also bring along a large number of unwanted health and environmental effects. A review of 19 studies examining the safety of GMO crops found that consumption of GMO corn or soybeans can lead to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice – particularly in the liver and kidneys.
In 2008, a startling report uncovered Monsanto’s blatant abuse of poor farmers in very poor countries that would supposedly benefit from GMO crops. Thanks to an article in the Daily Mail, it was revealed that thousands of farmers were committing suicide after using Monsanto’s GM seeds. Due to failing harvests and drastically inflated prices, the bankrupt poor farmers began taking their lives — oftentimes drinking the very same chemical concoctions provided by Monsanto as a method of suicide.
“We are ruined now,” said the dead man’s 38-year-old wife. “We bought 100 grams of BT Cotton. Our crop failed twice. My husband had become depressed. He went out to his field, lay down in the cotton and swallowed insecticide.”
Actually, Monsanto conned the farmers into buying their GM seeds. These seeds were majorly overpriced and performed far worse than traditional seeds. Monsanto even went as far as to charge these poor farmers £10 for 100 grams of GM seed, while they could have purchased 1,000 times more traditional seeds for the same amount. The result? A career-ending harvest that led to mass farmer suicide.
I bring this to your attention to remind you that we all need to be vigilant. At this point in time, we still have a choice. However, more and more, GMO foods are showing up in the supermarket. If we allow this trend to continue, the health of our nation will be ruined.