Jim Hightower, 7/27/01
"Here's a proven formula for human disaster: Take one part avarice from Monsanto corporation, add one part arrogance from federal officials, mix, spray on a small foreign country, then cover up the mess with official secrecy.
This is the formula used in Vietnam, where Pentagon officials liberally doused the countryside (and people) with a monsoon of Monsanto's toxic defoliant, Agent Orange. At the time, corporate and government officials both claimed that while this stuff would strip a jungle's foliage bare, it posed no health threat to humans.
They lied -- as we learned after 50,000 birth defects, hundreds of thousands of cancers, and untold numbers of deaths from Agent Orange exposure. Now, Monsanto and our government are applying their disastrous formula to Colombia, where hundreds of thousands of gallons of Monsanto's toxic herbicide, Roundup, are being sprayed on the jungles and the people.
Once again, our government claims that while this stuff will decimate a field of coca (from which cocaine is made), it poses no risk to humans. And, once again, they're lying. Indeed, Monsanto's own label warns that Roundup is a deadly threat to plants, pets, people, and all other living things.
Plus, the Roundup being sprayed in Colombia is supercharged, creating toxic exposure 100 times higher than allowed in the U.S. Not to worry, say the officials, for our satellite-directed planes are so precise that only the coca is getting sprayed. Yet the people who live there testify that their villages, water supplies, vegetable crops, and even school yards are routinely drenched, causing widespread sickness.
The official Monsanto-government lie was embarrassingly exposed last December when Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., went to Colombia to witness the pinpoint accuracy of our spraying.
Standing well away from the coca field, the senator was drenched in Roundup on the very first flyover. Oops." --Jim Hightower, 7/27/01
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