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Monsanto Is Not the Problem

Updated on June 19, 2014

I’m Not Giving in to Temptation

It would be so easy to do so.

It would be so easy to add this article to the long list of articles that detail the evils of Monsanto Company.

But I am not going to follow the pack.

For those of you who have lived under a rock of late, Monsanto Company is a publicly-traded American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of the leading producers of genetically engineered seed and of the herbicide glyphosate, which is marketed under the brand name Roundup.

The corporation was founded in 1901 by John Francis Queeny. I didn’t know the man, so I’ll refrain from making any disparaging remarks about him.

By 1940, Monsanto was a major producer of plastics, and of course from there they moved to genetically modified crops and pesticides.

There is no need to mention that Monsanto has created some of the most dangerous products this planet has ever seen, including Agent Orange, dioxin, recombinant bovine growth hormones, and genetically modified seeds.

And there is no need to mention that over 90% of all U.S.-grown corn, soybeans, canola, and sugar beets are genetically modified and have been proven unsafe for consumption.

Roundup will never touch this garden
Roundup will never touch this garden | Source

Why Would I Mention the Danger Involved?

Seriously, you already know it, so why beat a dead horse?

The scientific evidence proving the dangers of Monsanto products is so voluminous that it would stun a team of oxen, if one actually had a team of oxen, so why bother going into that fact?

The scientific evidence showing the harm to the environment caused by Monsanto is staggering, so why bother with that nonsense?

The disappearance of the family farm in America is well-documented, and everyone is aware that Monsanto has made a concerted effort to control agribusiness in this country, so really, why repeat all that?

The fact that many of Monsanto products cause cancer is hardly worth mentioning, right?

And the fact that 1.6 billion pounds of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) has been applied to American soil since 2007 is hardly worth mentioning.

This is how you combat Monsanto
This is how you combat Monsanto | Source

A Round of Applause If You Will

This is a point that the executives of Monsanto must be proud of: in 2011, Monsanto was chosen as the worst company of 2011. This prestigious award was given to Monsanto for “threatening both human health and the environment.”

Congratulations to Monsanto and of course, a hardy job well-done to those politicians who have eagerly supported Monsanto and accepted their campaign contributions. Bravo I say to you all!

But the praise does not stop there. Forbes Magazine found that “Monsanto is so despised by environmentalists that Google’s first suggested search term for Monsanto is “Monsanto evil.” Forbes went on to say that readers voted Monsanto the world’s most evil corporation in a January poll, giving the corporation a whopping 51% of the vote.

Again I say Bravo!

If You Want to Support Monsanto Do the Following

So, if you are really into poisoning the environment, soil, and yourself, here are some companies you should by from:

Aunt Jemima….Aurora Foods….Banquet….Best Foods….Betty Crocker….Bisquick….Cadbury….Campbells….Capri Sun….Carnation…Chef Boyarde….Coca-Cola….Duncan Hines….Famous Amos…Frito Lay….General Mills….Green Giant….Healthy Choice….Heinz….Hellmans….Hershey’s Nestle….Holsum….Hormel…Hungry Jack….Hunts….Jiffy….Keebler….Kelloggs….Kid Cuisine….Kool-Aid….Kraft…..Lean Cuisine….Lipton….Marie Callenders….Minute Made….Morningstar….Ms. Butterworths….Nabisco….Nature Valley….Ocean Spray….Ore-Ida….Orville Redenbacher….Pasta-Roni….Pepperidge Farms….Pepsi….Pillsbury…..Post Cereals….Prego Pasta Sauce….Pringles….Procter and Gamble….Quaker….Ragu Sauce…..Rice-A-Roni….Stouffer….Tombstone Pizza….Totinos….Uncle Ben’s…..V8

That gives you a lot of choices to work from, so get out there and keep supporting Monsanto.

Shop at local Farmer's Markets
Shop at local Farmer's Markets | Source

And That’s the Whole Point Now Isn’t It?

I’m going to give you a quick lesson in Economics 101. Are you ready?

Corporations make money because the public buys their products.

Are you with me so far?

Corporations like Monsanto would be relegated to a footnote in history if the American public did not support them.

Are you still with me?

This is not an attack on Monsanto. Rather, it is an attack on the American public, for keeping Monsanto in business.

Yes, I’m speaking to all of you.

Take a look at the list of grocery products again. How many of you purchase some of those products? I am willing to bet over 90% of you reading this article are guilty.

How many of you use Roundup to kill weeks in your garden and lawn?

So here is the most important question you will answer today:

If you know that Monsanto products poison the environment and cause harm to humans, and scientific proof is available to anyone about that, then why do you continue to purchase those products?

Thus the title of this article…..Monsanto is not the problem….

we are the problem.

And the screaming begins, and the excuses rise in volume…..

I can’t afford to buy organic vegetables and fruits. If the prices were lower I would be glad to, but in this economy, our budget just won’t allow us to pay that high a price.

I need those damn weeds killed. I don’t have the time to seek out natural remedies for pest and weed control.

So Let’s Take a Look at Those Arguments

I can’t afford to buy organic!

This is the most common complaint I hear about organic foods…they cost too much.

But here’s the thing: is there such a thing as “cost too much” when we are talking about your health and the health of your family? And isn’t it just a tad hypocritical to complain about the high cost of organic foods when money is wasted on cigarettes, booze, entertainment, pot, cable television and other social activities? Is it more important to eat safe foods or have a big screen television? Is it more important to know that what you are eating won’t poison you, or to purchase the latest tech gadget?

Again, it is hypocritical to moan about high-costing healthy food, but then waste money on cigarettes and alcohol.

And what about you Roundup users? Is it too difficult to make home concoctions that will cut back on pests and weeds, knowing that by doing so you will help save the environment? What is more important, a green lawn or saving the environment? That’s what it really comes down to, and no sugarcoating can change that fact.

So Here Is the Bottom Line

At the risk of alienating my Liberal friends, I do not believe corporations are evil. We all live in a Capitalistic system. To deny that is foolish. Corporations are in business to make money. Sure, we would love to think they have a social conscience, but that is not always the case.

And under a capitalistic system, we are free to purchase any product we choose, and we are also free to do the opposite. The consumer is, ultimately, the driving force behind any economic system. Companies sell and consumers choose to buy or not buy. If we do not buy, then the company goes under, or it makes adjustments to win back our loyalty.

I do not believe that Monsanto is evil. I do believe its corporate officers do not have your best interests at heart. Any sane human being can see the damage that Monsanto is doing, and any sane human being can make the only rational decision available to them….stop supporting Monsanto!

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vicki. Yes, they are merciless. Probably one of the public's greatest enemies, and yet few people understand the damage they are doing. I guess it's up to us writers to raise awareness. :) Thank you, Vicki. Good to see you again.

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Bill, it was by chance I insisted on finding this Hub. I appreciate your writing about this awful company. They are merciless, and rotten to the core. I don't have to print your list thank goodness. I don't use any of them. I found you courtesy of Bravewarrior.

      Shauna commented on one of my site articles,on Food Therapy, and gave us the list in comments. I have linked to your Hub from my reply. This is really good info, and I love your pics too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Milisa, I do believe change will happen, but I also know changes of this size take decades to happen. Let's hope people wake up and come to realize the dangers this corporation brings into their daily lives. Thanks my friend. I hope all is well in your world.

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      Peeples 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Great article! You write so often I actually have to make days just to go through all your recent work and catch up! lol! Certainly enjoyable! It wasn't until a few months ago that I became aware of Monsanto. Since then we have been slowly working on reducing the products we buy that support Monsanto. It's hard to do when there are SO many! Little by little the people will change the direction of corporations so they can make money doing something better for the world!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Dianna! We need more people as aware as you are.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I'm on board with your view. We make most of our meals from scratch bought from local farmers. I buy very little from the grocery. Guess what? We are living well and much happier. Great post!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, evidently we have to say more, because Monsanto continues to rack up huge profits. and you and I both know where those profits come from. Thanks for the words of wisdom.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You sure said a mouthful, my friend. As far as the cost of organics: the prices have come down over the years. The more we buy organic, the less expensive it becomes, as O have noticed over the past ten years. It is a moot point. It is also easy to look on the internet to get recipes to make your own weed killers, laundry soap, shampoo, etc. It's a lot cheaper, too. Need we say more?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wasteless, good for you. I love your attitude. I can't chance a corporation, but I can change me. I love it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Hankscite. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Wasteless Project 3 years ago from Worldwide

      Great article billybuc - it's always better to look out for the changes we can do in our own lives than to only keep pointing our fingers at the wrong-doings of the corporate actors (though the pointing is important, too)... We simply don't have the time to keep waiting till something changes from a political level - I totally believe in the power of our own actions! It isn't easy, but great that we have the internet nowadays for quick access to all sorts of non-commercial information to find out what and how we need to change... The power of community!

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      Sandy 3 years ago from Florida

      Excellent Hub. Upvoted and shared - everywhere.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I don't have an answer for you. The apathy and complacency in this country drive me nuts, and it seems to be getting worse. When you find the answer let me know and I'll write about it. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      wheelinallover, you said a mouthful there my friend. Apathy and ignorance reign supreme in this country.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lizzy! You said it all and I have nothing to add to this. I am a bit surprised by the number of people who have not heard of Monsanto...that's a bit disheartening.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      The question is: how do we, in mass quantities, get the societal followers to stop buying these products? How do we create the waves?

      You're right about it all here. It's just that I fear too many people just scroll on by when they're looking at their FB feeds. I watch some news (more than that, I want to jump off a cliff)...how do you shake people out of their complacency? When that happens, then change will happen. I just hope it's before it's too late.

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      Dennis Thorgesen 3 years ago from Central United States

      The truth is we keep these businesses profitable. If we didn't they wouldn't exist. Everyone gets a vote every time they go shopping. If enough people stop buying they will get the message.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I'm not going to look in the mirror, because I keep a list of what not to buy, and check it when I shop.

      I am also active on Face Book, posting information to educate folks about this giant corporation's total disregard for the safety of our food and other products, topped of with bribery of our politicians in the form of massive campaign contributions to pass laws in their favor. And I e-mail and telephone my representatives to inform them of my disgust.

      It is sickening, maddening and disgusting, and I will point both of my whole hands right at them, like a cop directing traffic! (Because when you point fingers, you have 3 pointing back at yourself!)

      Very well done article. Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you cloverleaffarm...good to see you and I hope you are well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, this economic system is corrupt from the bottom to the top, and the little guy doesn't stand a chance in it. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Healing Herbalist 3 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great article. You are right, we have a vote each time we shop. The vote is cast and Monsanto continues. Shared on facebook, so that others get the hint that they contribute to the problem. Cheers!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      You are so right about our society being Capitalist, and that, in itself, is a problem, at least according to my sociology classes. Thanks for sharing, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They do indeed, Audrey, and they are making billions on it. When will we ever learn?

      Thank you friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      We only have ourselves to blame--apathy is a terrible thing--corporations and dictators thrive on it

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jamie. I blame myself as much as anyone else. I was guilty of this for so many years. Happily I've gotten a little smarter with old age.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Bill for being brave and bold. The truth is that these corporations made their money from us. We allowed ourselves to become comfortable and complacent and find it easier to blame than to change. Thank you again for your much needed words. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Comfort, there are those, like you, who are very restricted because of where you live, and that is a tough problem for which I have no solution. GMOs are in so many foods that it is very hard not to buy them unless all you eat are organic fruits and veggies....and that is very costly. The only solution, then, is to raise your own, and that isn't even possible for many people. This is a huge problem and you just touched on one of many facets of that problem. Thanks for sharing your thoughts...I wish I had an answer for you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, i do that all the time....I knew exactly what you were saying. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, although I can't prove it, I definitely agree with you. The damage that company has done to our planet is beyond our comprehension, and we are going to be paying for it for decades to come. Thank you for your thoughts and for sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, thank you for your thoughts, and of course, you are exactly right. Guinea pigs is a great comparison, and we do it willingly and then cry foul.

      By the way, love your new profile picture. It's nice to see what you look like. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mona. Greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Flourish, and that is the big question, isn't it? Will they care enough?

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      Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Wow. Bill, this is some interesting article! And to think that I have NEVER heard of this company called Monsanto before reading your hub.

      I have to say, I buy from virtually all the label that's listed up there (about 15 from the list). Every snack that the kids eat and take to school. Cereals and what not, they all go to support this company. The only time I buy organic is with fruits and veggies.

      Tell me Bill, how in the world do one make a change to organic cereals, waffles, or juice (if there's anything like that) when those things cost almost three times what a General Mills box of cereal cost? Even the store brands probably have the same GMO in them since there's no requirement to indicate it on the labels. The farmers market around us here in Georgia sells mainly fruits, veggies, honey, and nuts. No cereal, no rice, and definitely no waffles!

      From my experience, I believe the problem is that many of us just buy whatever is available to us in our immediate area. So, even if I do have to make a change, I will have to travel some two hours away to the city of Atlanta where I may be able to get some real organic alternatives to what the family is already used to, and that my friend, will really take some getting used to. But, it is doable.

      Thank you Bill for this article. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Little typo there. I spray the weeds, not the weeks!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I stopped using Round Up ages ago. I mix vinegar and water and spray on the weeds. I blame Monsanto for the decline of the Monarch butterflies because their spray kills the Milkweed necessary for the Monarchs. I think they are to blame for the demise of honey bees, too.

      Great article, voted UP and shared all around.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      A virtual pat on the back for saying, yet again, what needs to be said. People always want to point the finger of blame and Monsanto gives people the opportunity to do so.

      I don't think people know how much power they hold. A refusal to purchase products by Monsanto, or from companies which use their products, is all it takes. Each of us, every day, are crafting our future with the choices we make.

      If people stopped buying their Coca Cola for example, telephoned the company's 'help line' en masse and explained why they have stopped the company would sit up and take notice, as would their shareholders.

      It needs to be an ongoing process of better choices. People can't be swayed when they see a commercial or find a $1 off coupon in the paper.

      I think we are all allowing ourselves to be guinea pigs in the biggest research project never announced.

      Thank you Grand Old Lady for sharing this. I will be doing the same.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Billybuc, I'm sharing your article. More people should know about Monsanto.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      It was possible with other industries. People have to care enough to make a change.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mona, I agree...scary is the perfect description of Monsanto. Thanks for taking the time to visit today. Have a great weekend.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I heard of Monsanto but never knew much about it until reading this hub. The history of this company is quite a revelation. All along I thought their first business was in food but now it shows they started in areas that harm the environment and then went onto genetically modifying our food. And so many companies access Monsanto products. This company is scary.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      marieloves, thanks for the comment and the follow. Yes, they are everywhere. All we can do is minimize the damage they do to us.

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      Marie 3 years ago from Canada

      This is an interesting perceptive on Monsanto, Billy. The power of Monsanto is difficult to overcome since, as you mentioned, they are everywhere, but for myself, I am now aware of what foods and pesticides to avoid.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Michelle. Keep up the good work.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We have, indeed, created the monster. Now we need to kill it, Dora.

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kim. I can't answer your question. I want to believe that no one purposely hurts the public, but I'm left with that conclusion.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, Monsanto has been spreading its love for over 100 years...hard to believe they are gotten away with it all.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Faith, whatever gave you the cancer. i'm just thankful it is gone. :)

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      Midget38 3 years ago

      Phew! Thankfully I haven't purchased any products on your list in the past few months. Will avoid!!

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I hear you, Bill. Monsanto did what they were allowed to do, supported to do, pushed to do. Talk about creating a monster! Thank you for opening our eyes.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      I agree with all of your points, but the one thing I can never understand is how those who run these corporations purposefully choose to maintain a business which not only poisons us regular folk, but the families of those who run the businesses as well. I am also thankful for the list because it will help me in making choices of which companies I want to avoid. Eventually, I will need to just move into a hut out in the woods and live completely off the land for the list of companies and the products they produce get longer every day. V+/Such an important topic and presented with the kind of passion that hopefully leads to change.

      Kim

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Meant to mention that my dad had Agent Orange and I never knew Monsanto created such!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Your hub is very important.

      I received your big old hug of friendship all the way across the US. Thank you for being you. Now that I think about it, it was probably Monsanto and its products that gave me the cancer in the first place!

      Hugs right back to you too.

      Peace and blessings

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, the hub is unimportant. What is important is your cancer news. Hooray my friend. I am ecstatic for you. Sending you a big old hug of friendship and gratitude.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how disturbing, Bill, as I have been living under a rock! Wow, that list is an eye-opener and I had no clue at all ... Who knows what we are really eating, unless we grow our own, but then we still do not know about the seeds and such. I read that all of the land in the US has been contaminated from spraying over time! No wonder there is so much cancer and disease. Speaking of cancer, today I found out that I am still cancer free for two years now ... there must be some reason I am still here.

      Thank you for bringing awareness.

      Blessings for good health and good eating always

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, there is a truth that some of us are aware of, and many would rather pretend it doesn't exist...big money runs our governments. The U.S. is no longer a democracy, if it ever was. All we can do is band together in communities and make meaningful changes at a small level.....depressing for sure, but I think very realistic.

      Thanks my friend. I enjoyed your rant.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You know my stand on this Bill from my previous hubs and rants. I like the approach you've taken here, almost a form of reverse psychology. Listing the products and companies that have GMOs or affiliations with Monsanto is a good initiative. A lot of people say "Oh I don't support Monsanto. I don't use Roundup," but don't consider everything else they consume.

      Remember I mentioned the court case brought by organic farmer Steve Marsh against his neighbour who contaminated his crop through the use of GM seed. He lost unfortunately. The court decided that the Organic Certification Authority was too strict on its guidelines and it should change its requirement for organic certification, rather than blame it on the GMO crop being planted too close etc. Anyway, enough ranting....great hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, these corporations will not grow a conscience unless they are forced to do so. I wish it were different, but that's the reality of the situation. And I think we lead the world in eating processed foods here.

      Anyway, thanks for the visit. You are always welcome here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      torrilynn, thanks for weighing in. This is a mess, and I'm not sure if a lot of people don't know about it, or a lot of people could care less.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Well this is all new to me billy, but what the hell? I remember over here a while back, a few families were getting really ill, ending up in wheelchairs and not being able to move, purely because the fields next door where being crop sprayed! and those companies yelled and screamed that no, its not me, its not my fault, go blame the person with the illness! I can't remember the outcome, not sure they won or not, but it was a nightmare!

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      GMO foods are awful indeed. I need to change my eating habits asap in order to live a healthier lifestyle.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, we were talking about obesity the other day. Take a drive and count the number of obese people you see...they easily outnumber those of normal weight....very sad.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I think we can let you have Pringles, but only because I love them too. LOL

      Plastics to GMOs...natural progression. Oh My God!

      Thanks, Iowa!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I did not realize how bad all of this was. I do know about GMO foods...At least we don't by any packaged foods---or extremely few. Mostly fresh and I try mostly organic. Besides the GMO qualities packaged food is full of preservatives plus fattening and no food value. SO I find that buying 99percent of our food that is not made from anything does help some. Great hub and truly shares just the tip of the iceberg what is wrong with eating habits. Just look at the obesity..Rampant.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I do my best, but, gosh darn it, Pringles are awesome for a day long kayak trip! Seriously, though, reading that list was depressing. Even for someone like me, who raises much of my own food and buys local as much as I can, I end up buying and eating crap because it's convenient. It's a daunting list, and probably impossible for some to give up everything on it, but if everyone gave up at least one brand on that list that they currently buy and swap it out for real food, even that would make a difference.

      This was a great article. I loved this line: "By 1940, Monsanto was a major producer of plastics, and of course from there they moved to genetically modified crops and pesticides." Of course.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Greg, you can still do that hub....touch on all the other parts of our lives that Monsanto has. Their chokehold on our government is enough to make my blood boil. I'd love to read what you have to say about it all.

      Thanks buddy. The only way to really beat Monsanto is, like you said, to grow our own food.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Ruby, I don't have an answer for you....none of us really know if we are buying organic foods, but if they are labeled that way then they had to pass some pretty rigorous government regulations, so you are pretty safe. Thanks my friend and I wish you had a Farmer's Market too.

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from In Nebraska After Hurricane Maria

      I am proud of you Bill. You are stepping on some toes, so watch your back my friend.

      I have to say you beat me to it. I had plans of a hub somewhat on these lines, but I am glad you did it.

      I have to add that you just barely touched the surface on companies who have Monsanto's touch on them. Almost every food company has some Monsanto effect within.

      This whole subject goes so deep and wide, it is at a level that I do not think society can overcome. What needs to happen is for humans to grow and raise their own, and even then Monsanto may have a hand in it.

      I have to say at the last that our trust needs to be in our Maker. God will provide the wisdom to overcome if we allow Him to.

      Bill hit the nail on the head, it isn't Monsanto who is evil; we are because we allowed it to carry this far.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Well ' dat burn ' Here is another list of food i can't eat. It's bad enough that i must eat gluten free, now this. I wish we had a farmer's market here in my little town. I do buy organic food when it's available and i grow some fruit and vegies. What i really, really want is some good gluten free bread. sigh. I will copy this list. BTW I bought one organic cucumber the other day and paid & 181 cents for it and how do i know if it was really organic? Great hub Bill..Go getum.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Lizzy, I had to stop and figure out what you were talking about...then it dawned on me. Too funny! Busy little fingers don't know when to hit the space bar. Thanks Dunedin....and of course I agree with everything you said.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      alexadry, that is the big problem, and I don't have an answer to your question. I suspect that our convenience society cares more about convenience than safety, and I hope I'm wrong about that. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Our society is so dependent on processed foods, most wouldn't even know where to begin. So many years of advertisements and commercials saying they'll save you time and money . . . and the lie becomes the truth. Thanks for teaching me a few things today, Billy! And by the way, look at your product list: looks like you've gone e-crazy again. LOL

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      A great read, voted up. I see a lot of products listed are ready meals. I am happy that I do not purchase any of the products listed. Making meals from scratch and drinking only water has provided the added benefit that I do not need to rely on highly processed meals that are ready. Not purchasing all those products would be a great step in the right direction, but are busy consumers willing to give up the commodity associated with purchasing ready meals? This is a big problem.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I actually did know that, Peg, and I think it goes way beyond interesting. :) Thanks for that tidbit of information. I think there is trouble in River City, and the more we know the better armed we will be.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Back again to read the interactive comments and share on line. Billybuc, I'm sure you already know that Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas was an attorney with the Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri in 1976. I find that interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks mcbirdbks. I'll settle for interesting. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      watergeek, I know we have to end the apathy in this country, or we will continue to suffer the consequences. I'm with you my friend. Thank you.

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      We should all be gardeners and vinegar kills weeds. Interesting article you have here.

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      watergeek 3 years ago from Pasadena CA

      Bottled water sometimes (Nestle, Pepsi, CocaCola) and cocoa or chocolate (Nestle, Cadbury, Hershey's) maybe once/month. That's all (backpat). I agree with you, Billy. If the consumers keep buying, they'll keep making. BTW corporations take it very seriously when they get letters from consumers. So when people decide to boycott their products, it would help all of us to write a letter to Monsanto telling them why. Otherwise, how will they know, unless tons of people do it at once?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tipoague, I don't think we are safe with generic brands. I feel much better buying organic and local. At least I have some hope of safety then. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, Mr. President signed a bill that would not make it a requirement to label products with GMO warnings. So much for hoping he would do anything to help this cause. I guess we will all have to shop a little smarter. :) Feel free to cover whatever tragedy you want on my site.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! If we don't raise awareness we all live in ignorance, and that just will not do.

      Sending you smiles across the Pond.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I couldn't agree more, Alex. Let's level the playing field and then we don't have to worry about what we are eating. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Tammy 3 years ago from USA

      Wow, I didn't realize how many name-brand products were a part of Monsanto. That is one of many reasons why I cook from scratch and try to grow my own food. I will be sure to take this list with me next time I shop at the store. The other question is...how many generic brands have Monsanto products in them? I will be sure to keep an eye out. Thanks for sharing this important information!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Jeepers; how can we escape them! Looks like Mr President would be looking into this for his "green" instead of putting coal miners out of work and refusing to open a pipe line that would make this country boom with progress like nothing we have ever seen. I think that is much safer than carrying it by ship to pay a fortune for and spills would not go in the oceans to kill all that life. If we can even get it after all the fighting is said and done. Sorry; I got off on another tragedy! lol

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Bravo to you, bill! I hadn't heard of Monsanto but I do know several of the companies you mention and you can get Roundup here though I never use chemical weedkillers either. Cadbury's chocolate I might buy occasionally but hardly ever and of course Proctor & Gamble covers quite a lot of things.

      You're right about the priorities in life and I'm with you 100%.

      Very important to bring this to everyone's attention.

      Ann

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      Alexandra 3 years ago

      Bill, there are so many 'studies' out there on both sides that lack real evidence or proper citation or disinterested third parties that it's difficult to say what GMOs do or do not do. Don't get me wrong. I choose to side with nature on this one but the main issue for me is allowing ANY corporate interest to control food, water, or air. Leaving all arguments aside, this is the main issue for me. We all have a right to life on this earth and no company anywhere should be allowed to challenge or impede it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Sis, all we can do is all we can do...and I know you understand that.

      Keep ringing the bell my rabble-rousing friend

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, the answer to your question is an easy one....Monsanto has paid off politicians...same old story..the rich can influence legislation. Thank you for reading....I wanted to raise awareness and I appear to have done that.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you didn't bother me by disagreeing...I want to raise awareness and debate. Monsanto needs to go down, and the only way that happens is if people stop the apathy and do something other than complain. That was my purpose and it is working. :)

      love you too my friend

      bill

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Excellent, excellent, excellent article!

      Repeat..

      But..i'm sure you meant a 'ROUND-UP of applause?'

      sigh

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      OKAY, I confess, I live under a rock! I have never HEARD of any of this! Where have I BEEN??? I am astounded at the products you listed, as my husband and I love the Marie Colander Chicken Pies, rice roni and chef boy ar dee.

      Thank you so much for spreading awareness to people like me who have no clue! We will have to drive to Olympia and eat from your garden, right now I feel it is the only safe food to eat!

      My question is: why are these products on the market? I don't get it!

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Thank you, again, for using the power of this valuable information and spreading the word. I hope you put this on Face Book too. God bless, Sparklea :)

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Dear friend Bill, I agree with what you are saying but not exactly your reasons and methods. The only reason we may be the problem is because there is nothing else to buy, and most of us don’t want to starve. Practically everything I buy to eat is made by someone, or their unknown subsidiary, on that list, and that would include store generic brands. We are being warned time and time again that buying organic from the health food grocery doesn’t guarantee organic or non-GMO foods.

      I can carefully plant and raise an organic garden, but unless I buy my seeds from a European country that keeps Monsanto out, I may still be raising GMOs. We do try to buy heirloom seeds when available. I go to my local farmers’ market and find Mountain Pine tomatoes that taste like cucumbers. Strawberries are a big farm crop in Arkansas, but I was totally unfamiliar with the name of this year’s berries. I didn’t buy any.

      People in the past who have tried to raise non-Monsanto corn have been sued by them and have lost. I saw a special on one channel where one African-American farmer planted a paltry 40 acres in non-Monsanto corn. Because his corn was infiltrated by pollen from their corn field next to his, Monsanto sued him for unauthorized growing of Monsanto corn – and WON. He should have been able to collect from them for contaminating his corn, but the court put him out of business.

      And you didn’t insult your Liberal friend Miz B, but you may have insulted her conservative son, Little G. It is not the liberals who are against capitalism run rampant with no regulations, it is the ultra conservatives. I’m not usually radical, but I can be a radical liberal over this.

      Sorry to disagree with you so strongly, but I believe any corporation with only self-interest (I can’t say “at heart” because I don’t think it has a heart) is Evil (capital E intended). I think the only way WE the people can fight them is to campaign Washington so heavily that our government outlaws Monsanto products like some European countries and India have done. If we do that and it fails, then we may be held responsible for electing the wrong people. Thank you, however, for bringing this to our attention. I still love you and I’ll vote you up++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      prey, thank you for the visit. I'm glad you liked this one.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nadine! I so appreciate your kind words and you sharing this.

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      prey 3 years ago from places you should hope we never meet

      OMG wow

      thank you

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a fantastic article. I will share it on my Facebook, twitter and several other networks. You are totally right by saying the We the public are the problem if we keep supporting products that are NOT organically grown. Always like your articles. Voted up, awesome.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sroo, it would indeed. The laws of supply and demand will bring organic prices down, but it starts with us. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We really do, Cecile. This is on each of us...we have to end apathy in this country.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it, Sha, and the environment appreciates it. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE!