Monsanto was the company that pushed GMO crops through in the 1990s and was responsible for the vast majority of all of the GMO seeds. They patented and sold Roundup herbicide for years. It’s chief toxin glyphosate was going off patent in the year 2000, so they developed a Roundup Ready crops that were tolerant to applications of the herbicide. Farmers who purchased the seeds signed contracts requiring that they also buy the glyphosate-based herbicide from Monsanto—not its competitors.
Monsanto also introduced genetically engineered bovine growth hormone in the 1990s, which is linked to cancer.
It was Monsanto’s former attorney, Michael Taylor, who was placed in charge of FDA policy during the time that GMOs and bovine growth hormone were approved without required labeling or adequate safety testing.
Monsanto has often been voted the most hated company on the planet and the most evil company on the planet. In 2018 they were purchased by Bayer, the aspirin maker, who also has a division dedicated to GMOs and herbicides. Since the purchase, Bayer/Monsanto was successfully sued in three trials. Juries concluded that the company’s Roundup caused the plaintiff’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
During the trial, millions of pages of Monsanto documents were made public and demonstrated a corporate culture of deceit, bullying, and disregard for human health. This prompted large punitive damage awards.
IRT has a large number of articles and resources that expose the dark side of Monsanto and how its products have caused substantial health and environmental damage.