Monsanto ‘Biotechnology Book for Kids’ Caught Brainwashing Children

Facing direct opposition from the public, biotechnology giants like Monsanto and Dow are now making a disturbing attempt to brainwash developing minds into accepting their genetically modified foods using blatant lies and propaganda. In a last ditch effort to potentially sway public opinion, the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI)  has launched the “Biotechnology Basics Activity Book” for kids. With the intent to be used by ‘agriculture and science teachers’, the activity book spreads absurd lies about GMO crops — even going as far as to say that they ‘improve our health’ and ‘help the environment’.

The book can be seen on the organization’s website, and makes it extremely apparent that it is full of misinformation and propaganda that completely ignores scientific research surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In fact, let’s examine some claims made by this book that serves as an ‘educational’ tool to be used by teachers. The first claim by the activity book is that genetically modified seeds actually grow more food than traditional seeds, and is followed by even more ridiculous statements. The activity book reads:

“Hi Kids! Welcome to the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book. This is an activity book for young people like you about biotechnology — a really neat topic…. You will see that biotechnology is being used to figure out how to: 1) grow more food; 2) help the environment; and 3) grow more nutritious food that improves our health. As you work through the puzzles in this book, you will learn more about biotechnology and all of the wonderful ways it can help people live better lives in a healthier world. Have fun!”

Disproving Monsanto’s Propaganda

According to 900 scientists, GMO crops actually do not grow more food than traditional farming practices. In fact, they are simply not an effective tool to fight starvation in any capacity, thanks to their excessive costs and immense failure to yield crops. Funded by the World Bank and United Nations, an organization was created known as the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). Made up of 900 scientists and researchers, the group — whose mission was to examine the issue of world hunger — found that genetically modified crops were not a meaningful solution to the problem.

Instead, the group found that the genetically modified seeds were outperformed by traditional “agro-ecological” farming practices. Therefore, to say that biotech seeds and crops produce more food than traditional agriculture is not only scientifically incorrect according to these 900 scientists, but it is an outright lie.

Do GMOs ‘Improve Our Health’?

But what about the claim that GMOs improve our health? It turns out nothing could be farther from the truth. A prominent review of 19 studies examining the safety of GMO crops found that consumption of GMO corn or soybeans can lead to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice – particularly in the liver and kidneys. Of course the negative effects do not end there. Monsanto’s modified biopesticide, known as Bt, has been found to be killing human kidney cells in conjunction with Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup. That’s right, it exhibits direct toxicity to human cells.

Further adding to the long list of negative health consequences that go against the claim that the biotech inventions ‘improve our health’ , Monsanto’s Roundup ready crops have also been linked to mental illness, obesity, infertility, and DNA damage. Peer-reviewed research shows that Monsanto’s products are far from healthy, and to say that they actually improve our health is truly concerning when you consider the fact that children are reading this information as fact. The biotechnology organization also failed to mention how Monsanto has been caught running slave labor rings, forcing ‘employees’ into illegal working conditions in which they were forced to work 14 hours or more per day on the field. What’s more, the laborers were unable to leave the premises if they expected to ever receive their pay.

‘Helping the Environment’

The next claim that needs addressing is perhaps the most ludicrous of them all. Do Monsanto’s products really help the environment as the book claims? Remember, this is given to teachers as scientific information, not just presented as an opinion. Research has shown that Monsanto’s modified Bt pesticide is actually mutating the very genetic coding of insect life on the planet, creating super resistant ‘mutant’ bugs that are wreaking havoc on farms using Monsanto’s harmful concoctions across the globe. At least 8 populations of insects have developed some form of resistance, with 2 populations resistant to Bt sprays and at least 6 species resistant to Bt crops as a whole.

Perhaps most concerning is the mounting rootworm resistance as a result of Monsanto’s GMO corn usage. A group of 22 academic corn experts recently petitioned the EPA over the extreme danger presented by the crops, urging the EPA to take long awaited action. The experts sent a letter on March 5th to the agency explaining their worries regarding long-term corn production prospects in light of GMO crops failures. If nothing is done, experts worry that the future of agricultural stability is threatened. Experts are also concerned about the mass amount of ‘superweeds’ currently springing up around the globe as a result of Monsanto’s Roundup. These resistant weeds currently cover over 4.5 million hectares in the United States alone, though experts estimate the world-wide land coverage to have reached at least 120 million hectares by 2010. The onset of superweeds is being increasingly documented in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa.

The public is not buying the lies regarding Monsanto’s GMO crops, and as a result biotech giants are scrambling to preserve their dwindling role in our society. There is a serious war on for the minds of developing children right now, and it is being waged by government-approved mega corporations who care not for the health of these children but for profits. The claims made within this book are not only scientifically unfounded, but they are seriously dangerous to the health of children and adults alike. This phony book is far from an ‘educational’ resource.

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5 Responses to "Monsanto ‘Biotechnology Book for Kids’ Caught Brainwashing Children"

  1. Brandon  March 27, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Actually, food COULD be genetically modified to grow faster and be more healthy, provided its done right. Apparently those studies by scientists have shown that they haven’t gotten it right yet. (Assuming the companies really care about getting it right.)

  2. John  April 5, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I am disappointed in your twisting of words and your propaganda. I came here to see unbiased news an instead I find you insulting me by lying to my face. You assert that GMO’s don’t yield more crops than regular methods. That is correct however the book in your own quotation doesn’t claim that they do. It claims that , “biotechnology is being used to figure out how to:1) grow more food;” which is a fact. If even one BMO crop is grown in addition to all the regular crops than MORE food has been grown. They also admit that it is BEING used to figure out how to grow more not that it has figured out how to grow more. I am personally against GMO but that doesn’t mean that I will take facts about what they are doing and try to twist it into lies for a sensational story. Your journalistic integrity or lack thereof makes me sick!

  3. Gabriella  April 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    John, you should go work for Monsato :) You’d be a great addition to their marketing campaign, perhaps give them pointers on how to phrase their books better, so that they aren’t TECHNICALLY lying to our developing children, just indirectly. You’re super! Clearly your journalistic integrity is in tact, as you caught a sensational story writer and shook your finger at them; because you will not take facts about what they are doing and twist them. After all, only Monsanto has the right to do that, and how awesome of you to point that out.
    People like you, they always say “But I’m against GMOs…” what you really mean is, “Don’t talk naughty about my precious GMOs, so you can write sensational stories!” You’re a funny little douchebag who munches GMO doritos in the closet, in the middle of the day on Sundays, listening to Kanye West.

    • John  April 10, 2012 at 4:57 am

      Wow Gabriella what intelligent insight. Because Kanye West has everything to do with this. Next time try you’re a stupid poopie head, that way you’ll sound less ignorant than trying to make me seem like a bad man by using a simile which uses an African American music performer.
      Back on topic I like your capital “TECHNICALLY” above. Nice try, the fact is no they didn’t lie there is nothing technical about it and the fact that people think our children are stupid enough to draw incorrect assumptions about their statements instead of raising their hands and asking a question is insulting to both the intellect of our children and our parenting skills! If you think your kids are that dumb then by all means please make sure they don’t encounter any books that state topic relevant facts….. As far as people lying to our kids they do it all the time. Easy example the speed of light is constant C. Well actually no it is not constant MOST of the time, yet even thought science has advanced to support Variable speed of light or children are still taught that C is constant.
      The fact is books, and schools are not a substitute for parenting. Lazy or uneducated parents send kids to school and expect them to learn everything they need to know, while proper parents review what their children are learning and correct and or take issue with anything that is presumptive or incorrect. Companies don’t control what text books you kids use the school board does, and parents that aren’t too lazy to get off their ass and go to the meetings control the school board. Anyone that doesn’t want a certain book can simply vote it down.
      But this lying crap reminds me of that Greenpeace non-sense where they told President that GM food would “contaminate” neighboring crops and convinced him that it’s “poison”. The result 14.5M people still starving and did Greenpeace feed them? NO. That’s what happens when you lie for your cause. I don’t like GMO’s because I can afford organic and I like the taste but that doesn’t mean that I should lie about is and let people who can’t afford that stave for my highfalutin principals.
      I’d be happy to debate the facts with you further just try to bring a mature format and not sound like a name calling child this time. Music really has nothing to do with this…

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