The Third Dog
While two dogs are fighting for a bone, a third runs away with it. Nowhere in the corporate world is this more true than with Monsanto, the multinational agricultural biotech giant. While the authorities and the public debate the ethical and health complications of Monsanto products the company is reaping profits. In the words of Phil Angell, Monsanto’s former director of corporate communications, “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job.”
Google “monsanto” and the first million or so results mostly are negative reports. Monsanto’s list of current and previous products include Saccharin, Astroturf, Agent Orange, dioxin, sulphuric acid, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), plastics and synthetic fabrics, research on uranium for the Manhattan Project, styrene monomer, pesticides, herbicides (Roundup), rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone – banned in 160 countries), and genetically engineered crops (corn, potatoes, tomatoes, soy beans, cotton), as per Mindfully. Add to it “corruption”, “bribery”, and “revolving doors” and it’s easy to understand why Monsanto is said to be the most hated corporation in the world.
But there’s more! One of Monsanto’s biggest investors is Goldman Sachs, whose chairman Lloyd Blankfein has been compared to Hitler and Pol Pot. If Monsanto is going to the dogs it probably feels perfectly in place.
In 2008, French documentary maker Marie-Monique Robin released The World According to Monsanto. It barks for itself.
More Monsanto material:
PureFood’s Millions Against Monsanto