Stop Buying That, and That, and…

Posted: May 9, 2016 in Articles

…that, and that, and – well, almost everything.

Today I saw a list of food companies owned by Monsanto, the simply monstrous agriculture company. Monsanto is mostly in the seed business currently, but has and is involved in numerous other ventures.

Most people today associate Monsanto with genetically modified crops (GMOs) and there has been a movement to shut Monsanto down for many years now.

Well, we knew that Monsanto was a big company, but we really had no idea how many other companies it owned. It turns out that we buy food items from about 45% of the companies they own. In all, they have 69 companies, and a lot of them are fairly large as well.

If we were to stop buying all things from Monsanto, it would be most of the things we buy! Ketchup, Barbecue sauce, pancake syrup, condensed milk, peanut butter (which our family eats incredible amounts of), cereals, french fries, and even oats. One thing that surprised me is that V8 is owned by Monsanto, and a while ago V8 was quite popular amongst the trendy people.

We read that Trader Joe’s might be a good place to go if you want to avoid Monsanto subsidiaries, but we have yet to really think about what we’re going to do with the whole food situation. If you’ve read our blog for a while, you might know that we try to eat healthily most of the time, and try to avoid foods with a bunch of preservatives and other chemicals, and also we try to avoid GMOs.

Hopefully we’re growing enough tomatoes to make at least ketchup and barbecue sauce, but some things we most certainly can’t make or grow….

In any case, this is the list of Monsanto’s subsidiaries: It’s truly remarkable, actually.

  1. bert0001 says:

    I remember people with tears in their eyes when they announced how they could genetically modify a plant by using the tobacco mosaic virus. Marc Van Montagu en Jeff Schellthat (1983). Unfortunately, something called intellectual property and patent right made it a huge business in stead of a way to help the world forward.
    These days “CRISPR/Cas” is putting the entire science of GM on its head. These new findings are a revolution in the field.
    As for the technology itself, I’m pro. As for some big guys using technology to fill their pockets and keep others away from their fortune or kill them … definitely NO.

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