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Monsanto and a Poisonous History

During the Vietnam War, Monsanto sold the US Army a deadly jungle defoliant called Agent Orange with callous disregard for the lives of American soldiers

Monday, August 21, 2017 - Sickening human beings with cancer is merely a cost of doing business for Monsanto if the history of the company is any indication. During the 1960's Monsanto Company, as it was then known, a government wartime contractor, manufactured and sold the deadly defoliant known as "Agent Orange" to the US Army. The defoliant was sprayed from airplanes onto areas of the Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodian jungles in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war to clear the dense jungle area allowing troop-carrying American helicopters to land. Unwitting American soldiers would go into the location that had been sprayed clear of vegetation, set up camp, and literally live directly in the cancer-causing defoliant for months, breathing, eating and drinking it. The company made no effort to inform the government or the military of the deadly cancer links to Agent Orange. As a result of Monsanto's negligence, thousands of US soldiers have suffered and died from various forms of Agent Orange cancer and those that survived have had their DNA so badly damaged that their children have been born with severe birth defects.

The United States Veteran's Administration, the VA, recognizes Agent Orange as causing certain diseases. The number of diseases on the list is staggering, however, the most common diseases reported by veterans of the Vietnam War that were exposed to Agent Oranges are listed on the web page as, "Chronic B-cell Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, Type 2 Diabetes, characterized by high blood sugar levels, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, cancers of the lymph glands, and Parkinson's Disease, a degenerative disorder of the nervous system paralysing the muscles. Other cancers Monsanto agent orange victims report include prostate cancer, lung cancers including the larynx, trachea, and bronchus, and

soft tissue sarcomas." Now the same company wants government regulators and consumers to believe that they have changed their deadly, sinister ways and that its latest weed-killing herbicide, marketed innocuously as "Roundup Ready" with the active ingredient glyphosate, is safe for human use.

Birth defects affecting the children of veterans of the Vietnam War is equally as staggering as the veteran's illnesses. I quote the VA web site which states, "Spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta), a defect in the developing fetus that results in the incomplete closing of the spine, is associated with Veterans' exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea." Today, the dramatic increase in childhood autism is suspected to be the result of parents that were exposed to Monsanto's Roundup Ready herbicide.

It is unrealistic to expect a company with a history of producing deadly, cancer-causing chemicals and indiscriminately distributing them to an unsuspecting public for the sake of billions in profits to miraculously change its character and put the health of the public ahead of its own profits. Monsanto's Roundup Ready has been deemed "probably cancer-causing" by Europe's World Health Organization and the government of the State of California has recently included glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup on its list of cancer-causing chemicals.


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