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Monsanto "Goes Organic" and Wins "Sustainability Award"-Right!

For Related Articles and More Information, Please Visit OCA's Genetic Engineering Page and our Millions Against Monsanto Page.

This isn't a spoof. In addition to this story, we'll provide you with a round-up of GMO-related news, including why your neighbor may shortly be planting GMO grass right next to you. Action Alerts!

We won't spend time in this article reiterating past research on why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are dangerous-you probably already know that they can randomly produce toxic effects; introduce alarming levels of chemicals into our ecosystems and diet; and have been shown to cause serious health problems-but there have been some recent developments in GMO politics, science, and regulation that we want to share with you.

Here are the news items we'll cover:

Monsanto Wins Award for "Sustainability"? 
GMOs Aren't Enough-Monsanto Wants to Monopolize Conventional and Organic Crops, Too. Action Alert! 
Is Someone Growing Unregulated GMO Grass Right Next to You? Action Alert! 
All Eyes on New Global Precedent for GMO Contamination 
Industrial Herbicides Are Even More Toxic Than We Thought 
Is Industry Persuading Scientists to Quash Chilling Scientific Findings?

Monsanto Wins Award for "Sustainability"?

When most of us think of sustainability, we think of environmental practices that will allow current and future generations to enjoy nutritious, locally farmed foods, clean water, pure air, and a non-toxic, natural world. As the concept has developed, it's also become applicable to other realms, including economics and healthcare. For example, ANH-USA advocates for sustainable healthcare-practices that allow you to naturally maintain your health and extend your lifespan.

To the EPA, sustainability "creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations."

Taking these definitions into account, it may surprise you to learn that last month, Monsanto-yes, the same Monsanto whose expensive seeds caused an estimated 125,000 Indian farmers to commit suicide-was recognized as one of 2014's Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.

Monsanto was ranked 37th on overall sustainability, 5th among American companies, and 5th globally in the materials industry by an organization called Corporate Knights (CK), a media and investment advisory company whose flagship magazine has one of the world's largest circulations and is published quarterly as inserts in the Washington Post and the Globe and Mail (UK).

Ubiquitous as CK is, we find their criteria for "sustainability"-also called their "key performance indicators"-more than a little absurd:

Energy productivity 
Carbon productivity 
Water productivity 
Waste productivity 
Innovation capacity 
Percent tax paid 
CEO to Average Employee Pay 
Pension fund status 
Safety performance 
Employee turnover 
Leadership diversity 
"Clean capitalism" pay link (rewards "companies that have set up mechanisms to link the remuneration of senior executives with the achievement of clean capitalism goals or targets")

As one University of Toronto business ethics professor noted, "Only the first four actually have something to do with what most of us mean by 'sustainability.' The rest are not relevant to the question of sustainable use of resources, or to the notion of sustainable economic growth that is compatible with environmental conservation."

And even the first four have nothing to do with the environment, and everything to do with profits. After all, the award-givers define "energy productivity" as how much revenue companies can squeeze out of one unit of energy. The health of the environment literally has nothing to do with it.

For the countless natural health practitioners, organic farmers, consumers, and activists who unceasingly fight and sacrifice to "walk the walk" of sustainability, the bastardization of this important term is not a joke. It is offensive.

Perhaps "excellence in sustainability" is CK's code for "excellence in propaganda." As we've consistently reported, there is nothing sustainable about Monsanto and their GMO seeds.       


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