Several countries in Europe banned genetically modified products, and America continues to battle for mandatory labeling, but new genetically modified products continue to flood the market with almost zero transparency!
People are researching for themselves and becoming informed about the importance of health. They want to know what they use and eat. Even though non-GMO side is winning, many uninformed consumers are still supporting Monsanto and similar corporations without knowing it.
The Top 5 Ways You Might Be Supporting Monsanto:
1. Monsanto-Approved Seeds
Monsanto sells their seeds directly to consumers and not just to farmers. Top seeds brands can get their seeds from Monsanto-owned Seminis distribution company or be affiliated to Monsanto.
That’s why you should go straight to the source if you want to buy seeds. Buy from reliable heirloom companies such as Baker Creek Heirloom seeds, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Seed Saver’s Exchange, Heirloom Solutions, and more (see list here).
2. Monsanto in Your Closet
You can be wearing Monsanto without knowing. Unfortunately, Cotton is one of the crops that use the most pesticides in the world, and most mainstream clothing that you buy from big chains are made with non-organic and mostly GMO cotton. Consider buying clothes made of organic cotton, or eco-friendly materials such as bamboo and hemp.
3. Monsanto in Your Personal Space
It was revealed that 85% of tampons from popular brands contain glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in the toxic Roundup. Glyphosate was declared a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Invest in tampons that are made with organic materials or eco-friendly alternatives.
4. Monsanto in Your Garden
Monsanto has not only gained its way into school gardens, through its charitable donations, but they also found a way into residential gardens across America. Scotts Lawncare company acts as the residential arm of Monsanto because of the countless pounds of toxic glyphosate and Roundup they spray in local neighborhoods.
Scotts Miracle-Gro is also promoting organic soils and fertilizers now, and yet not many people realize that they just signed a lucrative $300 million contract with Monsanto as well.
5. Monsanto in Your Gas Tank
Our continued dependence on fossil fuel is already bad enough, but not many people know that a considerable percentage of GMO corn is used to create ethanol. Only 11% of GM corn in the U.S. is used for food products according to GMO-Free USA, and Monsanto says that we need them to “feed the world.” Most of GMO corn goes to animal feed and ethanol. Consequently, if you fill up your tank with ethanol or buy conventional meat, you are possibly supporting Monsanto more than you would want to.
Monsanto and companies like Monsanto cause considerable harm to both people and the planet. As more people begin to understand the dire consequences of these companies and their products, the world will enter a tremendous shift for the better. Next time you reach for a product take a moment to think – who’s pocket will my money end up in? Together we can reshape our habits and create a sustainable future for generations to come.