Highlights from the Kansas City March Against Monsanto event held on Saturday.
Angela Cooper’s speech:
Hello, I am Angela Cooper. I am with THE CHILDREN OF VIETNAM VETERANS HEALTH ALLIANCE. My fathers name is Charles S. Pullium, United States Army, 82nd airborne Fort Bragg, and a special forces advisor in Vietnam 1963 to 1964.
In Vietnam, Monsanto was a company responsible for making defoliants and herbicides used in the Vietnam war. They were given color-coded names. The toxic chemical herbicide orange, better know as AGENT ORANGE was called that because of the orange bands on the 55 gallon drums. The US government poured millions of gallons of agent Orange from crop dusting planes all over Vietnam to kill off vegetation, consistently from 1961-1971. In the crime against humanity the us government called “Operation Ranch Hand”. They used Agent Orange as part of their “rainbow herbicide” warfare.
My father and I were speaking just the other day, right before a skin cancer removal surgery he has had for the 16th time, about Vietnam. I said how awful it was for him that he has cancer all over because of AGENT ORANGE. He replied “we were lucky those fly boys,(meaning air force soldiers)man they swam in that shit. I just have skin cancer”. Monsanto killed and caused disease to so many of our soldiers from all branches of military but the air force handled Agent Orange the most.
How awful to think that Monsanto made this toxic chemical that killed over 400,000 and still maims millions. I guess I was lucky. I wasn’t born with only skin where eyes should be, I was born with eyes. I wasn’t born with spina bifida, missing limbs, cancer or an unthinkable amount of other ailments that you can see caused by AGENT ORANGE. Yes, I have some ailments, along with so many other children of Vietnam veterans, that you can’t see. However, the department of veterans affairs fought and still fights our United States soldiers of Vietnam, saying they were and are not dying from AGENT ORANGE and that their offspring wasn’t effected by AGENT ORANGE. The department of veteran administration (the va) covered up for the corporation who made this poison, they still are covering for this same Monsanto corporation 52 years later. Monsanto nor the VA are paying for all the health care needs of the American soldiers they caused to get severely sick and in hundreds of thousands of cases die, because of the chemicals Monsanto made.
Monsanto is making millions of dollars on putting patents on seeds, suing farmers, getting tax breaks from OUR government and creating Round Up poison. The government is not being FOR THE PEOPLE in this instance at all. The government actually makes laws to protect Monsanto while they commit these atrocities . The government ignores most all diseases to the veterans of Vietnam and all but one of the birth defects of children of Vietnam veterans. Unless it is spina bifida the government doesn’t even recognize anything as an illness associated with AGENT ORANGE in the children of male Vietnam vets. Even though there are so many studies that prove that AGENT ORANGE causes many hundreds of life long ailments. My son, that has tourette syndrome, is not acknowledged as part of Monsanto’s crime, even though studies show a higher rate of children with turrets being born to Vietnam veterans or those veterans children.
If you yourself were to just look at the children born with birth defects in Vietnam because of agent Orange, you wouldn’t even need the overwhelmingly studies to tell you the reality of it. You will see it with your eyes, in a way studies can’t show. So many horrible birth defects to an overwhelming amount of children. But the government still covers up for this corporation. FOR 52 YEARS! What’s in it for the government? The US government politicians get big campaign funds from Monsanto so why worry about the people, right? Monsanto supplies the sick people, by poisoning us and giving us cancer, to the pharmaceutical companies that the government politicians get even more campaign funds from or as they should be called bribes. We the people need to come first to the us government! Not financial kick backs from corporations like Monsanto.
I don’t understand how the VA can just turn their backs and be willing to ignore all new studies performed, by anyone and still ONLY use studies from the 1950s as to what can be passed from males to their offspring. NOT studies conducted in this day in age with new technology, because then they would have to admit that they and companies like Monsanto are the cause and responsible for all these tragic deaths and disease.
You would think the law politicians would see the effect that Monsanto had on humankind in Vietnam. You would also think the politicians wouldn’t get bribed protect this same corporation now while Monsanto is once again poisoning humankind with GMOs.
Genetically modified organism. That’s what we are marching for today. Monsanto is responsible for the worse chemical warfare in human kind history. Can you tell me why Monsanto has any control of our food supply?
Monsanto is the largest producer corn and soy. Monsanto produces 90% of all the US supply! Monsanto is the number one producers genetically modified seeds. Seeds that contains DNA from a herbicide, like Round Up, in Monsanto’s case. Round Up in every cell of the plant the seed grows. Every cell is contaminated by the poison round up. The poison then is eaten. Not only does the poison spread through our organs, studies have shown these same poisons in the fetus of a pregnant woman.
But much like with AGENT ORANGE, the Monsanto corporation and the US government are ignoring the studies that are proving the terrifying rise in organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility, tumors, cancers, gluten intolerance, and allergies causing anaphylactic shock. There are too many to name here today and they are all caused by adding chemicals into the actual DNA of naturally growing plants.
Genetically engineered food is dangerous and deadly. Monsanto mixes genes from totally unrelated species and puts them in plants. So vegetarians and vegans are unknowingly putting animals dna into their bodies. They alter every single cell in the plant. Then to get any yield from that genetically modified mutant plant, you must spray it with round up poison. This entire process causes harmful side effects and death.
The US government will continue to ignore it until WE THE PEOPLE, that they are servants of, stand up and educate ourselves to the extreme harm GMOs cause and insist OUR GOVERNMENT stops letting this corporation Monsanto kill us and our children.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine suggests doctors to prescribe GMO free diets for every patient and not to wait to protect ourselves. GMOs were introduced in 1996, the year my 17 year old daughter was born. It’s terrifying that the government has allowed her to be unknowingly poisoned everyday of her life. I was never given the choice not to poison my own child. I was lied to by our government by not being told that GMOs are poison and cause cancer. We are still being lied to about GMOs cross pollinating with organic and conventional farmers and how Monsanto is completely destroying these farmers crops. Yet Monsanto sues the farmers for basically being forced to have contaminated crops. How is this even possible? These farmers are trying so hard not to have contamination from Monsanto’s poison in their crops. The farmers loose money from this wind blown cross pollination, yet Monsanto is protected by the government!?!? Why does the government not protect the people…in this case the farmers?
Most all of the health and environmental risks of GMOs are ignored by an almost non existent government when it comes to safety concerns or regulations on this. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require ANY safety studies, they do not require labelling on GMOs, and the agency doesn’t even need to be notified when new products with GMOs are put in our food store. Anything can be put on the shelves as food with NO TESTING. But like Monsanto director of communications said “Monsanto should not have to vouch for safe the safety of bio tech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job” - Philip Angell
Bio tech companies like Monsanto told us that Agent Orange was safe and round up was all natural and you could drink it. AGENT ORANGE was Monsanto’s pride and joy that killed hundreds of thousands of people, all while they and the government said it was safe. Round Up is Monsanto’s pride and joy now. Are you going to trust their words of safety like before? Or open your eyes and look up the studies and facts that can not be disputed.
There is not one herbicide on earth that is more harmful to the human body or environmentally damaging as Round Up. It effects are destructive to all life forms; humans, land mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, marine animals, soil, water resources. For what? Money? Bio tech Companies make millions, but they are not made to pay for the crimes against humanity that they cause.
Round Up ready poison products and GMOs do not increase yields at all. This is their pathetic sales pitch. The studies do not show more yield from GMOs. Do they not see the farmers all over the world dying from starvation from their products not yielding? If you don’t spray their Round Up poison, your crops wont yield at all. Just ask the families, of the 250,000 farmers in India that have killed themselves, why…its because their crops yielded nothing after they bought the seed because they couldn’t afford to keep spraying them. They will tell you it doesn’t yield more food. This isn’t just happening in India, its happening all over the world. The world eats 7 billion pounds of food. We produce 12 billion pounds. Food is not what we are lacking, it’s the money to buy it. Many countries are banning these Monsanto poisons all together. Why aren’t we? The US is top of the food chain so to speak…it is completely awful we are letting our food kill us. Educate yourself. Do not to wait to start protecting yourselves. We need to be our children’s voice and stop Monsanto’s poison for profit. Thank you, Angela Cooper Kansas City, Missouri