Monsanto is one of the most, shall we say, infamous GMO companies at the moment. Presently there are many arguments against how Monsanto does its business and how its products are, as those against GMO products claim, putting consumers in danger.
But is Monsanto really the heartless money-making monster that its detractors are saying it is? Or is everybody just overreacting? Does Monsanto care for the consumers at all? Or are they just out there to make money.
Such questions, of course, can only be answered in time. Also, it is very difficult to paint a clear picture with the GMO debate raging on as it is. There are many arguments in this debate; claims of one GMO’s safety is immediately confronted by claims of the GMO’s harmful effects on human consumption. So, what is the answer really?
Well, Monsanto faced different lawsuits in the past years (losing some and winning some). There are even lawsuits where Monsanto won against farmers, with Monsanto claiming violation of patent protections. On another angle the USDA has also given Monsanto the green light to continue planting Roudnup Ready alfalfa. Where does consumer concern come into picture then?
Is The GMO Industry As Dirty As We Think?
With all the lawsuits and counter lawsuits being filed by the different parties that figure in this GMO issue, no wonder many are of the opinion that the GMO industry is a dirty one.
Well, if we think of all the mudslinging all parties concerned are doing, then it may just be as dirty as politics, figuratively speaking. Which brings us to another concern: What of the consumers?
There is no clear indication that GMO products will disappear from the grocery stores. And it sure seems certain that Monsanto and other companies like it are not going to change industries in the near future. This puts consumers in the dark, since not only are they kept in the dark because the government doesn’t require GMO producers to label the products they sell in stores, they don’t even have the assurance that the debate will end any time soon.
How’s that for consumer care?
GMO Statistics Reveal Frightening Reality
To make matters worse, GMO statistics revealed that it really is a bad time to be an organic consumer in the United States, since the country is the largest producer of GMO crops (with around 154 million acres; as compared to Argentina’s 52 million acres).
With that much of the country’s land being planted with genetically modified crops, how sure can everybody be that the products they buy from their favorite grocery stores aren’t genetically modified (or even contaminated by genetically modified products)?
This really is a frightening reality, one that can snowball into a bigger nightmare if it isn’t stopped. Right now, however, an organic consumer’s best hope is to purchase food from reliable sources like local farm markets and organic growers or grow their own organic food. It may take some effort on the consumers’ part, but at least we will know what is on our plates.