Monsanto’s Udder Disgrace

Some might say that Monsanto is more of a threat than al-Qaida, but I won’t say that. I remember the track record of Monsanto when it comes to seeking revenge against anyone who is critical of Monsanto’s corporate policies. I won’t say that I feel compassion for those who have been injured by Monsanto. I won’t say that cows suffer painful mastitis because of injections of Monsanto’s BGH.

I won’t say that Canadian farmer Percy Schmiester deserves support because of what Monsanto did to him. Schmiester was sued by Monsanto. In fact, so many farmers have been sued by Monsanto that a national hotline was set up to assist them.

I won’t say that Monsanto puts profits ahead of the health of all of us. I won’t say any of these things because I don’t have a legal defense fund sufficient to wage a battle against the giant Monsanto. In this land of free speech, sometimes only those with power and wealth have freedom of speech.

What I will say is that, in my opinion, what Monsanto is doing to Ben & Jerry’s is an udder disgrace. Monsanto, known for its strong-arm legal tactics, is opposing the labeling of ice cream. Why would Monsanto want information withheld from consumers? It’s all about money. Allowing consumers to have the facts could affect the corporation’s bottom line. BGH, otherwise known as Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, is a drug developed to increase bovine milk production. Ben & Jerry’s is fighting for the right to continue to label ice cream that is made with milk from BGH-free cows.

The food chain is under worldwide assault by U.S. corporations. The Master Race of corporations has seized control of the very essence of life itself. We are now in the age of Genetically Modified Doomsday Seeds. Why has there been no public discussion on who should have control of the planetary gene pool?

I applaud vegans. They have reached a higher moral plane than the rest of us; but even they are at risk of Monsantoitis. They must be vigilant if they want to avoid GMOs and “Roundup Ready” soy products.

It must be emphasized that all in this article is just my opinion — no Monsanto Process Servers knocking on my door, please.

I vaguely remember, a few years back, Monsanto ran the most oppressive lobbying campaign in the history of the State of Vermont. The crux of the controversy was the labeling of milk – not exactly nuclear physics or brain surgery. Some citizens and members of the State Legislature thought that it was a good idea to indicate on the label if milk came from cows that had not been injected with Monsanto’s money-making BGH. This would allow consumers the freedom to make an informed choice in the super market. Monsanto’s position, which was supported by the USDA — no surprise there — was that consumers did not have the right to that information.

The milk labeling controversy — and other corporate practices of Monsanto — have been issues for years. For a while every time I saw my Senator, I would greet him with the same comment, “Hey Bernie, when are you going to do something about Monsanto?” Senator Bernie would shake his head and raise his hands in frustration.

I often heard him say that no matter how bad you think things are in Washington, they are really much worse. While the Congress is distracted with growth hormones taken by sports figures, our farm animals are being abused with other hormones. Baseball players have a free choice. Cows don’t.

The current attack by the giant Monsanto on our beloved Ben & Jerry’s shows the dark underside of the corporate culture. Monsanto should back off. They should keep their drugs out of our cows and keep their hands off our ice cream. Is there nothing sacred? Do they have no shame? This is the stuff of summer time picnics, church socials, and children’s birthday parties. Sometimes it is only ice cream that can put a smile on the face of Grandpa. Ice cream — the magic potion that was fed to kids in the old days to soothe painful throats after tonsillectomies.

Giant corporations intent on waging battles against the little guys should chill out. It’s time for those corporate execs to feast on some Chunky Monkey or maybe a little Cherry Garcia. It just might be the perfect medicine to soothe the savage beast inside their desolate corporate souls.

Rosemarie Jackowski is an advocacy journalist living in Vermont. Read other articles by Rosemarie.

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  1. DavidG. said on February 11th, 2008 at 2:13pm #

    Corporations are a malignant cancer. They feed off the world’s people like insatiable vampires. They destroy and exploit without conscience.

    They are greedy terrorists whose god is profit! They should be fought against and destroyed.

  2. Don Hawkins said on February 11th, 2008 at 2:23pm #
    Click on one degree and then two degrees. We are only two tenths of a degree away from one degree right now. In 8 years two degrees. We have seven years to keep CO 2 levels below 450ppm. Can it be done ,yes. The word is getting out, courage.

  3. rosemarie jackowski said on February 11th, 2008 at 3:15pm #

    Don and David, thanks for the comments. I agree that corporations “destroy and exploit without conscience”. They are one of the the greatest forces for evil on the planet. We would not be at war right now – except to enrich the corporations. We would all have access to health care, if it were not for the corporations. 18,000+ of us will die this year because of corporations. All of this, and yet not one of the Dem or Repub candidates is willing to speak up and defend the people against the corporations. Is Nader our only hope?

  4. mosquito said on February 13th, 2008 at 2:29am #

    Monsanto has even “invaded” Iraq….now it’s against the law in Iraq for the farmer’s to use their own seed…they are being forced to buy Monsanto seed…so much for the spread of democracy….in essense it appears the corporations want American “Corporatacracy” to be spread worldwide via their “globalization” campaign…..

    BTW, that horrible sweetener that ALL the sodas use is a monsanto product and if you are wise you will do the research on it. I no longer drink diet soda….b/c I have seen the difference in refusing to use this latest monsanto product.

    Maybe in the near future as we all strive to take our democracy back we can get some decent food labeling laws so we will all have a choice on the food we eat. In the meantime, try to buy and eat locally grown meat and vegetables…that’s the future…if we can keep the corporations from making more government laws that continue to keep the playing field from giving any advantage to local small farms and farmers….


  5. rosemarie jackowski said on February 13th, 2008 at 11:48am #

    mosquito…you are right about that.

  6. Hue Longer said on February 15th, 2008 at 8:23pm #

    The word “organic” was under attack in the states I believe as well…seems it’s not fair to large corporations dominating shelf space and advertising to be unfairly considered worse products. The USDA is there to help!

  7. rosemarie jackowski said on February 16th, 2008 at 1:55pm #

    Yes, the USDA is there to help the corporations kill the people.