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Prior to 1996, Monsanto was a chemical company best known for providing the U.S. military with "Agent Orange." "Agent Orange" is a defoliant that was used in the Vietnam War. It was designed to rid trees of all of their leaves so that the enemy could be seen from the air. As a result, in time, many people (including American soldiers) got very sick and many died.

In 1996, Monsanto introduced Round-up. Round-up is an herbicide that eliminates every plant that it comes into contact with, and in order to grow crops in this hostile environment, Monsanto has also had to genetically modify seeds. They do this by injecting seeds with a patented gene which immunizes the crop to the ill-effects of Round-up.

Seeds which carry Monsanto's patented gene are owned by Monsanto. Monsanto forbids farmers from saving their patented seeds. Wind drift, however, can cause unwanted pollination. Farmers suspected of saving Monsanto's seeds can expect to be hit with a financially-crippling lawsuit.
 

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"Monsanto and Bayer have a long history. They made explosives and lethally poisonous gases using shared technologies and sold them to both sides in the two World Wars. The same war chemicals were bought by Allied and Axis powers, from the same manufacturers, with money borrowed from the same bank."

--- Vandana Shiva, Indian scholar, environmental activist and food sovereignty advocate
 
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