Originally published April 2 2014
Monsanto ordered to stop making false advertising claims about GMOs in South Africa
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) As genetically modified crops fail in several regions around the world and are exposed as a detriment to health, many are beginning to see right through the high-dollar false advertising claims projected by biotech corporations like Monsanto.
(Note that in the 40s and 50s Monsanto made false safety claims about their own insecticide, DDT. By 1972, independent research showed the horrific consequences of this insecticide which ultimately led to the chemical being banned worldwide.)
African Centre for Biosafety find Monsanto's advertising claims to be unsubstantiatedSome regions, like South Africa, understand what Monsanto is about and are sending a strong message back to the corporation: Quit wasting valuable resources, time and money, promoting chemically prepared, genetically rearranged food.
People like Mariam Mayet, executive director for the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB), cannot stand the arrogance of corporations like Monsanto -- an institution that tries to control world agriculture through false advertisement claims.
In fact, Mayet and the ACB lodged a formal complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa, reporting that Monsanto's radio ads are unsubstantiated.
The Monsanto ad on Radio 702 basically claimed that their institution knows what's best for the growing world population. They are the ones who can feed the 8 billion people by 2025 if only South Africans would accept their GMO seeds. Lying straight up, the ad claims that GM crops use fewer resources and have been "strictly regulated and have been extensively researched and tested for safety." The ad touts increasing crop yields, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and less pesticide use -- all unproven.
Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa orders Monsanto to stop making false claims, pulls radio adThe Advertising Standards Authority investigated the case and ultimately ruled against Monsanto's false advertisement claims, pulling their radio ad.
The ASA ruling reads, "Aside from submitting links to documents on its website, the respondent [Monsanto] has submitted nothing from an independent and credible expert to confirm that the various studies relied on and referred to on its website are applicable to the respondent's product, or that they support the advertising claims." [emphasis added]
With no evidence to back up their claims, Monsanto has been ordered by the ASA to abstain from further fraud and has been warned to provide "proper substantiation for its advertising claims" or risk attracting further sanctions.
Control over agriculture limits the human potential to abound with natureIt's now apparent: Many organizations around the world don't trust Monsanto, their manipulated food, or their slick and unfounded radio promotions.
Wise farmers seek independence in their hard work, striving to provide wholesome food that isn't manipulated at the DNA level. They don't want "Terminator seeds" that die after the first harvest. They look to incorporate biodiversity in their farming and seek not to destroy nature with an overload of chemicals.
Despite globalist attempts to control seeds, there remains a great respect for nature around the world. The growing populations around the world can all tap into the abounding resources of nature through independence, honesty and compassion. Corporate control over seeds and chemical destruction of life limit the potential of free humans to share health and abound.
How can Monsanto be trusted on GMOs with a record this startling?It's control that has stifled abundance, nutrition, nature's seeds and the harmony of life. It's control that welcomes disease. By working with governments through lobbying campaigns, Monsanto, among others, has been able to force their vision onto people around the world. But a company's good intentions cannot excuse them from their history, or their record.
Here's some of Monsanto's history of devastation and control:
Bovine growth hormone: This Monsanto milk hormone is genetically modified and injected into dairy cows to spur more milk production. Cows subjected to rBGH suffer excruciating pain; their udders and become infected and develop mastitis, letting off pus which enters the milk supply. Pus-infused rBGH milk requires additional antibiotics and has been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer in humans.
DDT: Once accepted, now banned, this class of insecticide is now deemed a threat to life.
Aspartame: In 1985, Monsanto began marketing this synthetic sweetener under the name NutraSweet. Twenty years later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported 94 health issues stemming from the artificial sweetener, but this GMO experiment is still around today.
Agent Orange: Alongside Dow, Monsanto helped manufacture this extremely toxic chemical which was used like mad in the Vietnam War, leaving hundreds of thousands Vietnamese and American soldiers disabled, dead or passing on birth defects.
Their dirty record doesn't end there: Monsanto has played a role in producing and advertising dioxin, saccharin, polystyrene and PCBS, all health and environmental hazards.
Monsanto even had their hand in on the Manhattan Project from 1943 to 1945. After acquiring Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories, they produced plutonium and refined chemicals that were ultimately used as the trigger for the atomic bomb.
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