Friday, August 04, 2006

Sign the "Millions Against Monsanto" Petition

Monsanto has reaped enormous profits from selling products that harm the environment and risk human health. Now the Organic Consumers Association has launched the Millions Against Monsanto campaign. You can help make their goal of 1,000,000 signatures a success by adding your name to the petition.

In the 1960s, Monsanto supplied millions of gallons of Agent Orange to the US military effort in Vietnam causing massive health impacts and over 150,000 birth defects. More recently, they have used the courts to bully farmers and to oppose citizen's rights to protect themselves against the dangerous effects of pesticides. A few of their products and actions include:

  • Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) - rBGH is banned in Canada but used through the US. It causes severe suffering in cows while creating a risk of breast and colon cancer in people.
  • Pesticides: Monsanto has consistently opposed the efforts of Canadian municipalities to restrict the use of pesticides in their communities, despite reports and testimony from doctors and scientists outlining the health risks from exposure to pesticides. Included in their actions is last year's failed lawsuit against the City of Toronto through the pesticide industry lobby Croplife.
  • Genetically Engineered Crops: Monsanto continues to be the world's largest producer of genetically modified crops, while pursuing aggressive legal action against farmers over the use of their genetically altered seeds. Despite Monsanto's claims that using their seeds will reduce pesticide use, recent studies show that their GE products result in greater pesticide use over the long-term, while encouraging the emergence of resistant strains of weeds.

Without strong action and public will Monsanto will continue to create profit from environmental and human harm. Please visit the Millions Against Monsanto site to add your name to those opposing Monsanto's products and business practices and forward this link to everyone you know.

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