(Oct. 15, 2019) Most people have woken up to the fact that Monsanto’s claim to want to feed the world is balderdash. In fact, Monsanto has become so hated in the world that its new owner, Bayer, has moved to completely phase out the mention of its name. Bayer thinks it can hide the Monsanto name under its own. But the immediate problem with that transparent PR play is that Bayer’s history is at least as sordid as Monsanto’s. The move would be laughable if it weren’t so offensive. Bayer itself is nothing if not a wolf in wolf’s clothing.
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To counter terrible truths, Monsanto has, for decades, attacked critics of its poison practices while hoodwinking customers about the safety of its products.
- Josephine Irvine-Groves: “Researchers who have studied these problems [of Monsanto’s poison practices] have had their grants removed, their families threatened, their reputations ruined, and worse….see Dr. Pusztai et al.” (The Seeds of Deception proves this statement. See one short review.)
- Sabrina Walkosz: “Farmers are falling ill and dying here in central Illinois… Neurodegenerative diseases and cancers are what I see as a hospice nurse. So tragic for them and their families, as they were told all along these chemicals were safe to use!”
- Carey Gilliam: “I’m a journalist: Monsanto built a step-by-step strategy to destroy my reputation.”
Monsanto Makeover underway
To counter these terrible truths, Monsanto needs a complete makeover and knows it. Revising its identity includes Bayer’s attempt to bury the Monsanto name to help conceal the latter’s horrible history. Monsanto has used well-paid shills in the past in an attempt to alter its image, but the facts on the ground make that task difficult, despite Monsanto’s deep pockets controlling media coverage of glyphosate as well as the mis-named U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Monsanto’s Poison Legacy
Monsanto has produced death and destruction worldwide for decades. Monsanto created cancer-causing bovine growth hormone (rBGH); the birth defect defoliant Agent Orange; cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); and, of course, its biggest cash cow: cancer-causing Roundup. Monsanto-style farming practices, the awful monoculture Monsanto promotes, have led to nutrient-starved fields, superweeds, water shortages, millions more gallons of herbicide and pesticide poisons, and hundreds of thousands of farmer suicides.
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The very name of Monsanto conjures nightmares that have become reality for much of the world. The company has long “worked” to poison the world and all its living things, for a handsome profit. Monsanto products have killed pollinator bees, and killed or sickened farmers, landscapers, and homeowners – according to thousands of lawsuit petitions – who have unwittingly poisoned themselves with “herbicides” like Roundup (safe enough to drink, Monsanto has said).
Any PR agency in the world charged with a Monsanto makeover would first tell the company it would be wise to disappear its name and hope people will forget what it stands for, forget what it has done to the earth, to wildlife, to people. But how can a company with a terrible track record just change its name and disappear? How can it hide its litany of horrors?
Bayer steeped in Death and Destruction
Enter Bayer, a company with a history so steeped in death and destruction that even Monsanto’s crimes against nature pale in comparison. Bayer acquired Monsanto last year in a chemical company marriage made in hell. These are companies that speak the same poison language.
Like Monsanto, the name Bayer is also synonymous with death and destruction on a horrific scale. In WWI, Bayer’s predecessor IG Farben, helped develop chlorine (or Mustard) gas that killed or maimed thousands of Americans and our allies. The company pushed aggressively for the use of toxic nerve agents on the front. More gas meant more profits.
Poison Gas Profits
And just as Monsanto has merged with Bayer now, Bayer merged with the war criminal IG Farben during WWI. By WWII, that toxic conglomerate made the Zyklon B gas used to kill millions of people, including Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, political prisoners, and others whom Hitler’s minions considered “undesirables.”
Related: GM Watch: Bayer – A History
The extent of IG Farben and Bayer’s crimes have been well documented. GMWatch.org helps bring the pain back to these criminal purveyors of unpardonable evil. IG Farben executives were brought to the docks at Nuremberg to face trial for their war crimes:
“[C]ompanies like Bayer (were) owned, and directed at the highest level, by the very same people as IG Farben. Those who had helped Hitler to power and provided the technical know-how for his wars of aggression and the Holocaust, were back in control of the industry.
The Bayer executive Fritz ter Meer typifies the bounce back. An executive of IG for many years, the most senior scientist on its supervisory board and the chairman of its technical committee, he had become a Nazi Party member in 1937 and was the executive responsible for the construction of the IG Farben factory in Auschwitz, in which tens of thousands of slave labourers met their deaths. (The) Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal found him guilty of plunder, slavery and mass murder. (He) was already out of prison by 1952. By 1956 he had become the chairman of the supervisory board of Bayer, a post he held until 1964. Even today Bayer continues to honour this convicted mass murderer. (For) decades Bayer refused to pay compensation to its surviving slave labourers. Only after international protests did it eventually agree to pay damages – more than 50 years after the end of the war.”
If you think Bayer has changed today, read Tainted Bayer Blood Killed Thousands
Monsanto marries Bayer
Today, Bayer makes neonicotinoids which have been implicated by world-renowned scientists in the mass die-offs of our pollinator bees. The total disappearance of those bees may well lead to mass die-offs of millions of us. Einstein said the human race would not last four years if all our pollinators die. With Bayer’s, Monsanto’s and other chemical companies’ “expert help,” more than half the bees are already dead, while food grows more scarce and the price of healthy organic food rises in proportion to the scarcity of non-poisoned foods. More and more people have come to realize that eating organic food sans pesticide may be the only way to remain reasonably healthy in a world poisoned by Bayer and Monsanto. Thankfully, more and more people are figuring out the whole dirty game.