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  • c_rader c_rader Feb 3, 2012 10:57 AM Flag

    Top 10 Ways Monsanto is killing things (plants, animals, people)..

    It's amazing how many wrong statements your post contains.

    #1 Generating Massive Greenhouse Gas Pollution (CO2, Methane, Nitrous Oxide) and Global Warming, While Promoting False Solutions Such as Industrial Biofuels, So-Called Drought-Resistant Crops, and Genetically Engineered Trees

    How does MON generate massive greenhouse gases? The net effect of the two major GMO crops is to reduce the need to pass a tractor across the field, saving massive amounts of fuel, hence less CO2. Unclear how you think MON generates CH4 or NO. MON may be promoting industrial biofuels, but promoting drought resistant crops doesn't contribute to any pollution and I don't think MON has any interest in GMO trees, but if it did, they would be insect resistant hence reducing CO2 emission. This whole first claim is wrong.

    #2 Polluting the Environment and the Soil-Food Web with Pesticides, Chemical Fertilizers, and Persistent Toxins, Including Dioxin

    MON is selling many seeds that reduce the need for pesticides and many other seeds that encourage farmers to switch from toxic herbicides to much less toxic fertilizers. The main MON chemical sold is glyphosate, which is not persistent. Dioxin was a contaminant that was found in a herbicide manufactured by a different Monsanto company in the 1960s (were you even born then?). Again, everything in this point is wrong.

    #3 Draining and Polluting Wetlands and Aquifers, Turning Farmland into Desert
    #4 Poisoning Wells and Municipal Drinking Water, Lakes, and Rivers

    MON is not doing that. I happen to be on my town's water and sewer committee, and we worry about water pollution. But MON is not on our list of concerns. So claims 3 and 4 seem to be false.

    (to be continued)

 
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