Intellectual property rights enable corporations to patent living things, providing them ownership rights not only at present, but for all future generations.

The  Agrochemical companies currently control 85% of the food supply, 15% short of their stated goal to gain control of the entire food supply, from seed to table.

Monsanto has developed various fruit and vegetable seeds that have pesticide built right into them. Monsanto obtains seeds, patents them, then develops them into pesticide-ridden seeds. These patented seeds are then sold via inflated prices, adds on a technology fee, and includes ‘intellectual property rights’ of the seed so that farmers are unable to save their seeds, and unable to develop them as they have for hundreds of years.

Therefore, farmers buy the seeds in order to plant their crops, however they don’t own the seeds.

Farmers are simply purchasing a license to use the seeds for one year.

The next year, the farmers are forced buy the seeds again, instead of using the seeds created by their crops as they would have done prior to Monsanto buying up and patenting all of the seeds.

The pesticide is still in the crop when that little seed is all grown up, and reaches your plate. The plate of your pet, your livestock. Your children.

Example: Monsanto engineered soybeans to be resistant to a specific and popular toxic pesticide, which happens to be the very pesticide they own, called “Round Up“. The purpose of this was not only for Monsanto to sell more soybeans, they will also sell more Round Up. These soybeans are called “Round Up Ready“.

Around the world, weeds have now gained resistance to the Round Up herbicide.

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Fearing rejection of consumers from these Genetically Modified Foods and customers making the connection of the health dangers that accompany them, food corporations have lobbied against labeling of Genetically Modified Foods that we the consumer so desperately need in order to protect ourselves from them.

It is companies like Monsanto that have vested interest in Genetic Modification that preach that these seeds are going to ‘feed the world’. That is not true. There is actually more than enough food, without these seeds. 

There are six major international agrochemical companies, the ‘Big 6’. These companies carry out the bulk of the research aimed at discovering new compounds involving chemical synthesis, biological, toxicological and environmental testing.

You may recognize one of them as the creator of DDT and Agent Orange; another as the big agrochemical company that knowingly infected an entire country with the Aids Virus, via Genetic Engineering (Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? yet true):

  • Syngenta, with it’s headquarters in Switzerland, continues to do significant research in the UK.
  • Two European companies are based in Germany, Bayer CropScience and BASF.
  • Three companies, Du Pont, Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences are based in the US.

Generic producers have become quite important to the business as a whole. There is an increasing presence of Asian companies, notably China and India, producing generic pesticides and formulations.

The value of the global agrochemical business at end user level was about US$ 33.6 billion in 2005.

It is estimated that the market value for generic and post-patent products represented about 70% of the global agrochemical market value in 2006.

Please visit the related health risks you can locate here on this site, including but not limited to aspartame due to genetic engineering. This is not a subject for you nor your family to take lightly. You can avoid these dangers by eating organic; by definition, organic properties cannot be genetically modified.

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