Monsanto are an evil company. I used to be involved with them.
But wait - before the pitchforks come out I'd like to say I am no longer!
My job used to be as an Agronomist for a company in Australia. This was during the 90's & early 00's.
During that time Monsanto came out with their "Roundup Ready" Canola (or Rapeseed as it’s known in some countries). The idea was to create
genetically modified Canola that was resistant to Roundup, thereby negating the need for other herbicides (or competition to Monsanto). You basically
blasted the Canola crop with Roundup (Glyphosate), to eradicate everything except the crop itself.
The canola was also a recipient of the "Terminator Gene", which meant seed gathered was not viable for re-sowing (they said so as to not have Roundup
resistant canola spread to where it wasn't wanted, but in actual fact it was more so the farmer had to buy seed from Monsanto every season they grew
this crop, thus giving not only the seed but the chemical money to them).
When we first began trialling these crops we were required to be BLINDFOLDED when going on site! The stupid thing is that I knew the property we were
on once we arrived, but anyway...
The trials carried on for quite some time. Already there was growing concern amongst the farming community, yet Monsanto treated their questions and
enquiries with complete disdain. To us they would state categorically that they had no interest in the growers’ opinions, often referring to them as
"cash-cows", or "redneck hicks".
They were in a hurry to get this up and running due to the patent on Roundup expiring. Already there were cheap Chinese variants available (I recall
selling a 20L drum of Roundup for $300.00 + whereas the Chinese stuff was less than $100.00), and they needed to bleed what they could out of it.
Overall – their attitude (be it their lowly sales reps through to the head honchos and researchers), was very aggressive. It’s like they were all
little Monsanto drones, programmed to forcefully push their way into these farming communities and have everyone using this stuff, whether they wanted
to or not. Small scale seed suppliers were pressured and a few went out of business.
I left that industry. Personally, I saw a catastrophe beginning to happen whereby farmers (who had been on their land for generations), were being
tricked, deceived or forcibly pushed into using these products, and secondly we were already seeing resistance to Diclofop-methyl type herbicides
(used to remove rye grass from cereal crops – Hoegrass is an example of a product name) and to me, hammering everything with Roundup would result in
the same. Interestingly we now have reports of weeds that show signs of resistance to Glyphosate.
But mainly – I left because it was no longer about helping a grower achieve the best results through minimal / no herbicide use and clever
management (be that soil fertility, bio control of pests or whatever). Monsanto changed this pretty much overnight in their attempt to greedily bleed
the wallets of honest farmers who, by no fault of their own, didn’t really understand what they were getting themselves in to.
edit on 4/9/11 by TRiPWiRE because: (no reason given)