Barbara H. Peterson
It is now official. Black is white and white is black. Toxic chemicals are good for the environment, no matter how much havoc they cause, and the companies that manufacture them, spread them around like jelly on a p-nut butter sandwich – polluting our water, air, soil, and everything else needed to sustain life are now the “greenest” companies on the planet.
If you think differently, then you are wrong. Just ask Newsweek. This magazine has just declared Monsanto to be one of the top environmentally friendly companies in the U.S. and the world.
On June 3, the St. Louis Business Journal had this to say:
Monsanto Co. was named one of the world’s top companies in corporate sustainability and environmental impact, according to Newsweek rankings released Thursday.
The Creve Coeur-based agritech company is No. 12 in the U.S. and No. 22 in the world based on its environmental impact and sustainability efforts, marking a jump from last year’s rankings. Monsanto (NYSE: MON) ranked No. 52 in the U.S. and No. 84 globally in 2015.
Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto was overjoyed!
“We’re delighted by the acknowledgment of our sustainability efforts,” CEO and Chairman Hugh Grant said in a statement. “Through efforts with farmers on carbon neutral crop production and our company’s intention to be carbon neutral by 2021, we hope to help create a food-secure world that protects the environment.”
However, the people who have actually been poisoned by this “green,” award-winning company, have something entirely different to add to the conversation:
The Hague, 16 October 2016: Monsanto and the Poison Cartel are guilty of crimes against our planet and humanity. This is the verdict from the People’s Assembly organized in the Hague alongside the Monsanto Tribunal. The voices of the soil, of the seeds, of farmers, consumers, and of people from all over world converged and reverberated in a new unity across diversity. The poison making industry is destroying life on Earth, our health and our democracies. The Peoples assembly resolved to end a century of ecocide and genocide.
Poisoning the world for profit and getting declared one of the most environmentally friendly companies on the planet while doing so. I wonder who got paid off for that one, Newsweek (or should I say Newspeak)?
Still, you gotta admit; that’s one helluva PR campaign…
©2016 Barbara H. Peterson