Monsanto & Dow Making Headlines For Their Atrocities

dowsignThe actions from the past (and present) are hunting two well-known chemical companies.

Monsanto, the biggest chemical company in the world, and Dow, the second biggest, have been spotted making headlines lately as people, media, and bloggers keep writing about the atrocities committed by their products and their behavior.

Monsanto’s Frankenstein Corn

In Canada, Monsanto has been under the spotlight for their new genetically modified corn seeds which farmers there will start using next year. According to The Globe and Mail (of Canada), the Monsanto seeds have been “crammed” eight different types genes.

Advocates for the safety and health of food products argue that having a plant with so many genes can create serious problems:

Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumers Union, a U.S. advocacy group, says he’s worried that combining a large number of foreign genes could lead to the creation of allergens or other deleterious substances in food that don’t occur when only one gene is involved.

Monsanto claims it has tested the safety of the seeds and argues that the plant would be more resistant to bugs and disease. But advocates are upset that the Canadian government has allowed Monsanto to do its own testing to prove the seeds’ safety. The corn will be used for animal feed. The animals will be consumed by people.

Monsanto’s Agent of Death

Another important story has been on the news: Monsanto’s Agent Orange — a poisonous herbicide that was used by the U.S. military in its “Herbicidal Warfare” program during the Vietnam War. Some 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange — resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and 500,000 children born with birth defects.

AgentOrangeThe Vietnamese newspaper, Thahn Nien News, reports that advocates for the innocent victims — civilians that were contaminated by Agent Orange — have “exhausted” their efforts to make the U.S. government take responsibility and compensate the victims.

Many of the people that were affected by Agent Orange have given up hope that they will get any compensation from Monsanto itself — the creator of the substance. The newspaper reports that U.S. Veterans that were exposed to the poison have settled out of court with Monsanto, but neither Monsanto or Dow are willing to pay the Vietnamese people for their damages.

According to Günter Giesenfeld, president of the Germany -Vietnam Friendship Association:

The lawsuit has deeply impressed the minds of people in the whole world, recalled the issue to mankind’s conscience and put the issue into the thought of – before all – younger people who didn’t experience it themselves.


Dow Chemical’s Role In The Bhopal Gas Tragedy

The AP, the New York Times and numerous other mainstream news agencies reported last week that an Indian court issued another warrant against, Warren Anderson. Anderson was in charge of Union Carbide Corp, a chemical plant in Bhopal, India. In 1984, a massive gas explosion at the plant injured 555,000 people, killed 20,000 and left a permanent toxic scar in the region.

bhopal_raghu_raiUnion Carbide got away with committing the crime in every possible way: by avoiding the courts of India; changing its management; selling its assets to Dow Chemical Co. and by allowing Anderson to flee the country in a private jet right after the tragedy.

Progressive members at the U.S. Congress have written letters to Dow Chemical asking them to take responsibility and compensate the victims of the tragedy. Dow has also being asked to clean up Bhopal’s water supply, which has been badly contaminated since the accident.

Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey issued this statement in June:

The death toll continues to rise and the suffering continues because the effects of the chemical exposure are so insidious. Another 15,000 people have been lost to the long-term and fatal effects of the poisons they were exposed to, a death toll that will continue to grow. And the harm extends to another 150,000 people who suffer from illness and infirmity.

Dow Chemical has yet to be brought to justice and the victims are yet to see justice done… Bhopal is widely regarded as the worst industrial disaster in history, so it carries a legacy with implications for the safety of chemical plants, the impact of globalization and the basic human rights of workers throughout the world.


Dow Chemical Is A Movie Critic

Dow Chemical lashed out at the new HBO documentary, “The Yes Men Fix The World,” which aired last month. The documentary highlights to mainstream viewers, the bad side of Exxon and Dow Chemical — Exxon’s oil disasters, and Dow’s role in the Bhopal gas tragedy.

According to the Pacific Free Press, Dow and Exxon had some things to say:

“While some may find the Yes Men entertaining,” said a Dow spokesperson, “it is important to realize that these pranksters continue to communicate inaccuracies.”

“We think it is a serious matter when people willingly misrepresent themselves,” said a spokesperson for the world’s largest oil company, Exxon.

The film shows the “Yes Men” a group of culture jamming pranksters, “impersonating Dow live on the BBC before 300 million viewers, announcing that Dow will finally compensate survivors of the Bhopal catastrophe and clean up the tainted groundwater left in its wake.”

“Dow lets people die from tainted water in Bhopal, yet communicates itself as a sort of corporate Mother Theresa,” said Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men. “Nobody but a psychopath would find THAT entertaining.”

Expect more news on Dow and Monsanto as more and more people bring to light what they’re up to and what they have done.

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