Ten Ways Monsanto and Big Ag Are Trying to Kill You—And the Planet
Energy-intensive industrial farming practices that rely on toxic chemicals and genetically engineered crops are not just undermining public health, they're destroying the planet.
- Generating massive greenhouse gas pollution (CO2, methane, nitrous oxide) and global warming, while promoting false solutions such as industrial biofuels, so-called drought-resistant crops, and genetically engineered trees
- Polluting the environment and the soil-food web with pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and persistent toxins, including dioxin
- Draining and polluting wetlands and aquifers, turning farmland into desert
- Poisoning wells and municipal drinking water, lakes, and rivers
- Chopping down the rainforests for monoculture GMO crops, biofuels and cattle grazing
- Increasing the cost of food, while reducing nutrition and biodiversity
- Spawning pesticide-resistant superbugs and weeds, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- Generating new and more virulent plant, animal and human diseases
- Utilizing wasteful fossil fuel-intensive practices and encouraging the expansion of natural gas fracking and tar sands extraction (which destroy forests, aquifers, and farmland)
- Stealing money from the 99 percent to give huge subsidies to the 1 percent wealthiest, most chemical and energy-intensive farms and food producers
It's not enough to stop eating genetically engineered food. If we want a liveable planet we've got to boycott all factory farmed food and make the great transition from energy and chemical-intensive agriculture to a relocalized and organic system of food and farming. The world according to monsanto is a recipe for disaster. Monsanto and Big Ag contaminate every link in the food chain, threatening the very foundation of life—living nutrient-rich soil, clean water, resilient crops, healthy animals, stable climates, and diverse food sources. The good news is that agro-ecological and organic methods can reverse this threat and sustain food production for future generations, but we don't have much time to turn things around.
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