The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Monsanto Declared Worst Company of 2011
Biotech giant Monsanto has once again been declared the worst company of 2011 by NaturalSociety for threatening both human health and the environment. The leader in genetically modified (GM) seeds and crops, Monsanto is currently responsible for 90 percent of the genetically engineered seed on the U.S. market. Outside of GM seeds, Monsanto is also the creator of the best-selling herbicide Roundup, which has spawned more than 120 million hectacres of herbicide-resistant superweeds while damaging much of the soil. Despite hard evidence warning against the amplified usage of genetically modified crops, biopesticides, and herbicides, Monsanto continues to disregard all warning signs.
In a powerful review of 19 studies analyzing the dangers of GMO crops such as corn and soybeans, researchers revealed some shocking information regarding the safety of these popular food staples. Researchers found that consumption of GMO corn or soybeans may lead to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice—particularly in the liver and kidneys. This is particularly concerning due to the fact that 93 percent of U.S. soybeans are known to be genetically modified. Ignoring this evidence, Monsanto continues to expand their genetic manipulation.
Monsanto's 2011 crimes include:
• Poisoning people with an herbicide more dangerous than DDT.
• Spawning super-weeds and killer-bugs that reduce yields and destroy crops.
• Introducing a deadly new micro-monster into the environment that plagues plants with new diseases and renders animals (including humans) infertile.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently conducting a "Registration Review" of glyphosate, Monsanto's herbicide "RoundUp," which its "RoundUp Ready" crops are genetically engineered to tolerate. The U.S. EPA will be gathering data through the summer of 2012 and making a final decision no earlier than 2015.
Watch this documentary from Argentina on the dangers of glyphosate. The two-part video is in Spanish with English subtitles. If the subtitles do not appear automatically, start the video first, then click the arrow on the bottom right and select "Turn on captions."
Take action today and send a letter to the U.S. EPA that urges better review of glyphosate to protect human health and the environment, and help stop the re-approval of Monsanto's RoundUp.
For more information, click here.
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
The annual Arctic thaw has kicked off with record-setting ice melt and sea ice loss that is several weeks ahead of schedule, scientists said, as the New York Times reported.
'This Should Scare the Hell Out of You': Photo of Greenland Sled Dog Teams Walking on Melted Water Goes Viral
By Jon Queally
In yet the latest shocking image depicting just how fast the world's natural systems are changing due to the global climate emergency, a photograph showing a vast expanse of melted Arctic ice in Greenland — one in which a pair of sled dog teams appear to be walking on water — has gone viral.
By Tia Schwab
It has been almost a year since Hurricane Florence slammed the Carolinas, dumping a record 30 inches of rainfall in some parts of the states. At least 52 people died, and property and economic losses reached $24 billion, with nearly $17 billion in North Carolina alone. Flood waters also killed an estimated 3.5 million chickens and 5,500 hogs.
'Huge Victory' for Grassroots Climate Campaigners as NY Lawmakers Reach Deal on Sweeping Climate Legislation
By Julia Conley
Grassroots climate campaigners in New York applauded on Monday after state lawmakers reached a deal on sweeping climate legislation, paving the way for the passage of what could be some of the country's most ambitious environmental reforms.
Tens of Thousands Flee Extreme Heatwave in India as Temperatures Topping 120°F Kill Dozens Across Country
By Julia Conley
Nearly 50 people died on Saturday in one Indian state as record-breaking heatwaves across the country have caused an increasingly desperate situation.
By Will J. Grant
In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on the facts. But in the real world, we know that doesn't happen often.
People often look at issues through the prism of their own particular political identity — and have probably always done so.
Spaghetti with plastic sauce? That's what you might be eating if you pour one of three flavors of Ragú sauce over your pasta.
Mizkan America, the food company that owns Ragú, announced Saturday that it was voluntarily recalling some Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, Old World Style Traditional and Old World Style Meat sauces because they might be contaminated with plastic fragments, The Today Show reported.