Monsanto is also the largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) seeds on the planet, accounting for over 90% of the GE seeds planted globally in 2003. Monsanto introduced a genetically modified product (Roundup Ready Soybeans) that were resistant to Roundup. The first crops introduced were soybeans, followed by corn in 1998. “Roundup Ready” crops greatly improved a farmer’s ability to control weeds, since glyphosate could be sprayed in the fields without harming their crops.
TRANSLATION: Roundup Kills Everything except the genetically engineered crop. The seeds are engineered to resist the Roundup herbicide and further, the toxic (weed killing) residue of Glyphosate remains on the Roundup Ready seeds are genetically modified to withstand the herbicide toxicity. This is also the primary purpose of ALL genetically modified seeds, to resist pest’s – drought – and most importantly pesticide and herbicide.
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Seeds that are “Roundup Ready” will survive Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide while killing everything around it.
WOW – Great Idea right? WRONG! when these crops are harvested, they contain high levels of glyphosate and it doesn’t just go away. Millions of gallons of this have been sprayed all across the U.S. – for years! Corn crops are treated this way too. The Corn is fed to animals, used in cereal and many other products… in fact, you probably know that corn products are in 75% of the things you buy at the grocery store and all of these products have traces of herbicide.
In addition, because weeds are pretty “smart” – the ones that used to die from the RoundUp herbicide treatments don’t die anymore. They have adapted and become tolerant of the product that used to kill them. Sources confirm that as many as 20 new types of weeds nicknamed “SuperWeeds” have been found growing in GMO crop sites. (SOURCES)
Throughout its history, Monsanto has developed chemical products which have eventually become controversial or been banned, including DDT, Agent Orange, Bovine Growth Hormone, and PCBs.