Monsanto, Pharmaceutical Companies, and our Government

From Dr Sherri Tenpenny …”FOWL” ch 18, pg 243 Getting Involved: The Activists Playbook
1. Drugs, chemicals, and agriculture: Masterful connections
2. Getting involved—–(mine here—-IF YOU READ THIS AND YOU’RE NOT PISSED OFF?…you’re brain dead and part of the problem)….seriously

Agribusiness has created GM seeds that require chemicals to grow. The claim that GM grains would be environmentally friendly, with less chemical use, is the exact opposite of what has occurred. A report from Dr. Charles Benbrook, director of the Northwest Science and Environmental Policy Center in Idaho, concluded that the 350 million acres of GM corn, soybeans and cotton planted in the U.S. from 1996 through 2003 increased pesticide use (herbicides and insecticides) by about 50 million pounds. Reports in the medical literature of illnesses associated with pesticides include adult and childhood cancers, numerous neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders, asthma, allergies, infertility, miscarriages, and child behavior disorders including learning disabilities, hyperactivity, and ADD (attention deficit disorders). Imagine the staggering number of drugs—and their associated costs—-used to treat each of these disorders that are really environmentally induced illnesses.

Pharmaceutical companies, chemical companies, and agribusinesses are not separate industries, but function more as “sister enterprises”, working together for combined benefit, profit and power. They are not



competitors, but synergists, creating massive wealth through designing drugs as solutions for the health problems created by their chemical and pesticide products.

The connection between the industry giants is masterful Heres one example:

The drug company AstraZeneca was formed as a result of a merger between U.K. based Zeneca, a leading manufacturer of industrial chemicals and pesticides, and the Swedish drug giant, Astra. In the year preceding the merger ((1997), Zeneca had sales of US$8.62 billion, 49% from the sale of pesticides and other industrial chemicals and an additional 49% from pharmaceutical sales, most of which were drugs for the treatment of cancer.

One of Zeneca’s pesticides, acetochlor, is thought to be a causal factor in breast cancer. It is licensed for use int he U.S. through a co-registration between Zeneca and another chemical giant, Monsanto. In 1994, the EWG reported that several herbicides in the triazine family—atrazine, simazine, and cyanazine—-were shown in repeated studies involving female rats to cause breast cancer. An increased risk of breast cancer in women is also suspected.

The primary manufacturer of atrazine and simazine is Syngenta, formed by the merger between drug giant Novartis and Zeneca’s agrochemical division. Two drugs made by NovartisOncology, a division of Novartis, are Femara, for treating breast cancer, and Zometa, for treating breast cancer that has spread to the bones.

gmo-childIt was Zeneca that founded National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985, when it was still owned by Imperial Chemical Industries. It is AstraZeneca that contributes to every leaflet, poster, and cute little pink ribbon used in the annual campaign to encourage thousands of well-meaning citizens to “Run For The Cure”.
AstraZeneca also makes Tamoxifen, prescribed to prevent recurrence of breast cancer. Tamoxifen i sa known carcinogen; it increases the risk of two types of cancer that can develop in the uterus: endometrial cancer, which arises in the lining of the uterus, and uterine sarcoma, which arises in the muscular wall of the uterus. According to the NIH and the Cancer Information Network, women who take Tamoxifen have twice the chance of developing uterine cancer compared with women taking a placebo. 

One of the drugs used to treat endometrial cancer, adriamycin, is manufactured by Pharmacie, Inc., the previous owner of GM grain giant, Monsanto. 

It was Monsanto that made Agent Orange. It was Syngenta’s genentically modified corn, Bt176(tm), soon to be approved for human use, that presumably led to the death of cows in Germany. Considering the fact that there have been virtually no independent studies f the health effects of GM foods, humans should take a lesson from the animals. 

They obviously know something we should know.

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