Who is Monsanto?

Monsanto's website:    http://www.monsanto.com/Pages/default.aspx

Monsanto is a multi-national, agricultural biotechnology company.  They are the inventors of and world's leading producers of the herbicide (kills weeds) called Round Up. They are also the world's leading producer of GE (Genetically Engineered) seed, better known as GMO (Genetically Modified Organism).  Headquartered out of St. Louis, Missouri, they are the world's largest conventional seed company.  (Conventional as in contrast to Organic seed.) 

When you look at the list of some of the products which Monsanto has produced over the years, you'll recognize almost all of them:

Agent Orange
Round Up

You don't get a good feeling when you look at that list.  Each of those products are extremely controversial and some of them have been banned.   They continue to produce products that are controversial and, in my opinion, damaging to our world and to our health.

Monsanto's website says they are committed to agricultural sustainability.  That their GMO seeds will produce crops that will produce greater yields and save the world from hunger.  Not only has that promise not come to fruition, but the farmers who contract to buy Monsanto seed are going bankrupt.  Why?  Because Monsanto seeds cost substantially more than non-GMO seeds (around $350/acre for GMO seed versus $20/acre for non-GMO seed).  The contract they sign with Monsanto, on the promise that their yields will increase, prevents them from collecting the seed their crops produce and replanting it.  They have to return to Monsanto to buy more.  This increases their debt load and decreases their profits.