“Monsanto evil empire” is the name used to describe the corporation by most people in about 50 countries. For them, the company is the incarnation and plenitude of evilness. From Agent Orange to GMO seeds (Monsanto GMO Seeds), monsanto is bad with capital B. Let’s consider top 7 evils facts about Monsanto to find out why critics in over 50 countries describe the agriculture company as the “most evil corporation in the world.”
Monsanto is a company specializing in agricultural biotechnology, with headquarters located in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Founded in 1901 by John Francis Queeny, it produced food additives like saccharin and vanillin, expanded into industrial chemicals like sulfuric acid and PCBs in the 1920s. In the 1940s, Monsanto was a major producer of plastics such as polystyrene and synthetic fibers. It is notably the first company to have produced visible LED masse.
In the early 1980s, the potential of plant biotechnology causes a strong reorganization of crop protection products and seed market, once separated. Monsanto then disengages from the chemical industry to move towards biotechnology and seed via an intensive buyback policy. And then the company merged with Pharmacia in 1999 and separated in 2002. Monsanto also produced PCBs and Agent Orange, aspartame and bovine recombinant growth hormone.
Other agricultural chemical companies would do the same in the 1980s and 1990s, which led to the founding of the largest companies in the feld: Syngenta, Dow AgroScience and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. All these giant companies are present on the seed market today, GMOs, and pesticides (plant protection products).
Monsanto is the producer of glyphosate, a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds which is marketed under the brand name “Roundup” and remains the most widely used herbicide in the world.
It has been a decade since Monsanto is world number 1 on the seed market and the first genetic transformation event provider used for the production of genetically modified seeds – GMO seeds.