Originally published May 1 2015
Monsanto's National Farm Mom of the Year will be the next decade's national CANCER mom
by Jennifer Lilley
(NaturalNews) What mom -- or any person for that matter -- wouldn't enjoy winning $10,000? It's a wonderful prize, not to mention an especially timely one with Mother's Day right around the corner.
Well, it's happening, and the warm and fuzzy feel-good contest is sponsored by none other than Monsanto as part of their search for America's Farmers "Mom of the Year" contest.
In conjunction with American Agri-Women, Monsanto is on a mission to find the ideal farm mom, which according to the contest rules, is a woman who is at least 18 years old, works on a U.S. farm and for at least one year, has grown 250 acres or more of crops such as corn and soybeans. Of course there are other qualifications than just growing corn crops, like raising at least 100 head of hogs or cattle, or a certain amount of dairy cows. Entries are sent to AmericasFarmers.com, where information is judged and winners are selected.(1)
One contest finalist an advocate of biotech soybeansAlready, the contest has been narrowed down to five finalists, including moms ranging everywhere from Oregon to Virginia. These five women will win $5,000, and the final winner, who will be named America's Farmers "Mom of the Year," will receive an additional $5,000. The ultimate winner is set to be chosen on May 5, 2015.(1)
Let's take a look at one finalist, Iowa's Sara Ross. Her story involves travels "to China where she spoke to consumers about U.S. agriculture and biotech soybeans." She's said to teach people across the United States about how farms operate. "She explains topics like GMOs, animal care and biotechnology," according to the details of her nomination.
Somehow, we think the GMO topics she explains have nothing to do with altering natural foods and destroying the health of people and the planet, but that's just a wild guess.(2)
Is $10,000 really worth being aligned with Monsanto? Sure, 10 grand is nothing to sneeze at, but we ask those who are nominating these women: Is it going to be enough when it comes to dealing with potential cancer bills? Bills aside, is ANY amount worth being aligned with Monsanto, makers of health-harming Roundup and nature-altering GMO foods? Monsanto's not your friend, ladies, and the transparency of this sweet moms-are-great public relations effort is so obvious that it's ridiculous.
It's the equivalent of shady politicians diverting issues by kissing babies or making jokes, shifting focus to something loved by millions. By bonding with moms, we're supposed to think that Monsanto, too, is a do-good company that "plays an important role in the success of the family farm." That latter statement, by the way, is one of Monsanto's four judging criteria; would-be winners should exemplify this behavior, which is expected to be conveyed in the contest's essay. Community involvement, passion for agriculture and going "above and beyond the daily tasks and responsibilities that mothers typically perform" are other judging criteria.(3)
"Every year we receive such heartfelt nominations about people's favorite Farm Mom," said Tracy Mueller, corporate brand manager for Monsanto. "But this year, we've especially been overwhelmed by the number and quality of the entries we received. These women have different backgrounds and ways they contribute, but one thing was always clear -- their strength, perseverance and dedication to their families, farms, communities and the industry they love."(1)
Well, that's lovely and all, but the bigger issue here is that Monsanto and serious health hazards for both humans and the planet go hand in hand. Its chemicals and Frankenfood-making ways have been found to be toxic to beneficial insects and the soil; Roundup in particular "may be toxic to mammals and could interfere with hormones," according to a Greenpeace report.(4) Additionally, the WHO has also recently admitted that glyphosate, Roundup's main ingredient, is a "probable carcinogen."
Good luck to the winner, indeed.
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