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#1 Old 05-24-2004, 07:52 AM
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I keep hearing references to this person or thing. Can anyone explain? It appears to be health related...
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#2 Old 05-24-2004, 08:01 AM
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Monsanto is a huge company. Among other things, they are responsible for agent orange and nutrasweet. I don't like them. I've read bad stuff about how they basically run the FDA and get their products approved by having folks on the inside. This is kind of a hoky page, but I believe alot of it. Course I'm still sick right now, so take everything I recommend with a grain of salt...



The Dark Side of Monsanto....
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There was a Monsanto in Anniston, AL (or Oxford?) near my grandparent's old place. Smelled like rotten eggs most of the time.
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#4 Old 05-24-2004, 09:11 AM
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In the UK, their name is synonymous with GM food.
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#5 Old 05-24-2004, 10:22 PM
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Monsanto = the "real" Great Satan...



Put it this way, Rumsfield used to run Searle, which was absorbed by Monsanto. More or less the same company. They're all of a piece. Let's own the world, including all living things we can screw the people's government into letting us patent.
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Here's their website:

http://www.monsanto.com/
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Who or what is Google.com.



Sorry, I always have to say it when people ask questions that the Oracle (Google) can easily answer.
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Ahhhh monsanto... I used to monitor security for some of their extranet web applications because I was a scumbag sellout working for Dupont. Indeed, some scarey things going one there.
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There was a Monsanto in Anniston, AL (or Oxford?) near my grandparent's old place. Smelled like rotten eggs most of the time.



i bet the smell was sulfer.

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Another site with some (may be a bit dated) info on Monsanto:

http://www.voteyeson27.com/monsanto.htm



There used to be another dodgy site called monsantosucks.com, but they have since vanished. ;(



Growing up in St. Louis taught me three things:

The Cardinals' pitching staff is cursed, IBC is the best root beer, and Monsanto is evil.



I'd post more, but I'd run the risk of ending up in the "sick and tired threads" section.

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#11 Old 07-12-2004, 04:54 AM
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I visited my parents in AL this weekend. Dad drove me by a couple of the houses he lived in as a kid. The house he first lived in was right behind Monsanto, on the first road past it heading north (west?). It's amazing how close he was. And he tells me that the back part of it used to be a dump. I'm not sure which is worse. And then later on my grandfather lived in another house just a bit further away for decades. I tried to find the address of Monsanto (which is now Solutia, I think) to show how close it was, but couldn't. Gracie, is that on 431 or 202?



I found this link.
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#12 Old 07-13-2004, 03:55 PM
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In the UK, their name is synonymous with GM food.





I am in the U.S. and I would say the same thing.



Check out the "Brave New Food" article in the Spring 2003 Issue of Eating Well



http://www.eatingwell.com/articles_r.../spring_03.htm
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#13 Old 07-13-2004, 04:26 PM
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I think I'm being stupid. I couldn't figure out how to access the article from the link you gave. The table of contents page appeared to be a graphic with no hyperlinks.
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I think I'm being stupid. I couldn't figure out how to access the article from the link you gave. The table of contents page appeared to be a graphic with no hyperlinks.



You're not stupid. It appears that the articles aren't available for archived issues, only the current issue. Only the recipes are available for the archives.
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Well, that's what I thought, but I didn't want to argue with the original poster.
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Responsible for agent orange AND nutrasweet?



Good lord, what a reputation to have.



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#17 Old 07-14-2004, 08:48 AM
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What's agent orange...? This is scary stuff. :P
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Agent orange is the gassing agent they used in Vietnam....If I'm not mistaken it was misted over vietnamese communities from the air (like crop dusting I think). Vets who came back with agent orange exposure were really screwed basically.



Someone correct me if I'm wrong, my Vietnam knowledge base is rusty, and I really really not try not to read very much about that war anymore.



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Wasn't it an herbicide?
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They're also known for DDT, banned in the U.S., but shipped to places like Mexico, which uses it on their crops, and imports them to the U.S.
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It's an herbicide:



http://www.lewispublishing.com/orange.htm



[google]agent orange[/google]
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bethanie, there was some truth to what you said, as agent orange was used in the Vietnam war:

Herbicides were used by the U.S. during the Vietnam War to defoliate the hiding places of the Viet Cong (VC) guerillas and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regulars.



The most infamous herbicide used was called Agent Orange. The steel drums in which the herbicide was transported were color-coded with an orange stripe. Other colors such as Blue, White, Purple and Pink, were used to designate different herbicide formulations.



The largest volume of herbicide was applied from the air by C-123 "Provider" twin-engine aircraft. This air spray program was code named Operation Ranch Hand.



Herbicides were also used around the perimeters of fire bases to keep the concertina wire clear of vegetation, providing an open view for sentries on guard duty. Herbicides were also sprayed along river banks to reduce the number of US casualties in the Brown Water Navy.



(taken from http://www.landscaper.net/agent.htm)
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#23 Old 07-15-2004, 01:14 PM
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"who or what is Monsanto?"



Horrible

Horrible

Horrible.



They are trying to get a "law" passed that farmers in other countries (poor countries, generally, like Africa) have to buy Monsantos produce seed that has been GM modified to be sterile. (ie: won't grow again if you put the seeds from the GM plants in the ground to try and grow new food with it). They practically have a monopoly on the world's food production as it is.



If there ever was a definition of EVIL, they're it.



Down with 'em.
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so far to my knowledge every MAJOR product monsanto has produced has had some awful side effect. they do make minor products too. but the big money making ones seem to be the ones killing us. (I dont have a high opinion of them) - they also are bankrupting farmers, with one season super seeds that are resistant to pesticides but also dont survive the winter, requiring repurshasing and replanting (farmers are NOT ALLOWED to sow the seeds of the previous crop) most corn here is now monsanto and its almost imposible to tell which is and isnt (on the side of the road - the good stuff - where granted a good portion may not be - ) so im resistant to eating it this summer. given their history.



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#25 Old 07-15-2004, 01:31 PM
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It may be a somewhat onesided take on things but its an excellent film and if you view it with the mindset of looking into things on your own an excellent primer onto monsanto as a Corporation and their history. is The Corporation. it was in theatres not too long ago and i am almost positive it will be available in local retail chain rental places and if not it check libraries for it, its worth seeing!!!



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"The Corporation" is still in theaters. Up to nearly half a million in box office as of this past weekend. Visit The Corporation, and please see the movie.
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really we only had two theatres playing it, its out of the rep. theatre so assumed it was done, but I just checked the AMC which is still running it. if they didnt charge 13$ a ticket i'd go again.... waiting patiently and crossing fingers they release a purchasable version.
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#28 Old 07-15-2004, 06:24 PM
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Epski, Is the corporation about monsanto?

It's not playing buy us, but I did.... download it. Have been thinking about watching it someday.



$13 a ticket, wow! I'm glad I live in the midwest where I can see a matinee for $4 or $5!
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$13 a ticket - yikes! We just passed $10 at a couple of theatres here. I'm going to have to make a post in the "geez, I'm old thread". When I was little, we used to go to matinees for $1.

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#30 Old 07-16-2004, 12:54 AM
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Monsanto is evil, straight from the Devil's tit....



Dupont is just as bad...

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