Monsanto ‘Biotechnology Book for Kids’ Caught Brainwashing Children

By Anthony Gucciardi

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Facing direct opposition from the public, biotechnology giants like Monsanto and Dow are now making a disturbing attempt to brainwash developing minds into accepting their  genetically modified foods using blatant lies and propaganda. In a last ditch effort to potentially sway public opinion, the  Council for Biotechnology Information  (CBI)  has launched the “Biotechnology Basics Activity Book” for kids. With the intent to be used by ‘agriculture and science teachers’, the activity book spreads absurd lies about GMO crops — even going as far as to say that they ‘improve our health’ and ‘help the environment’.

The book  can be seen on the organization’s website, and makes it extremely apparent that it is full of misinformation and propaganda that completely ignores scientific research surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In fact, let’s examine some claims made by this book that serves as an ‘educational’ tool to be used by teachers. The first claim by the activity book is that genetically modified seeds actually grow more food than traditional seeds, and is followed by even more ridiculous statements. The activity book reads:

“Hi Kids! Welcome to the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book. This is an activity book for young people like you about biotechnology — a really neat topic….  You will see that biotechnology is being used to figure out how to: 1) grow more food; 2) help the environment; and 3) grow more nutritious food that improves our health. As you work through the puzzles in this book, you will learn more about biotechnology and all of the wonderful ways it can help people live better lives in a healthier world. Have fun!”

Disproving Monsanto’s Propaganda

According to  900 scientists, GMO crops actually do not grow more food than traditional farming practices. In fact, they are simply not an effective tool to fight starvation in any capacity, thanks to their  excessive costs and immense failure to yield crops.  Funded by  the World Bank and United Nations, an organization was created known as the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). Made up of 900 scientists and researchers, the group — whose mission was to examine the issue of world hunger — found that  genetically modified  crops were not a meaningful solution to the problem.

Instead, the group found that the genetically modified seeds were  outperformed by traditional “agro-ecological” farming practices. Therefore, to say that biotech seeds and crops produce more food than traditional agriculture is not only scientifically incorrect according to these 900 scientists, but it is an outright lie.

Do GMOs Really ‘Improve Our Health’?

GMO Quiz #2 - Childhood propagandaWhat about the claim that GMOs improve our health? It turns out nothing could be farther from the truth.  A prominent  review of 19 studies examining the safety of GMO crops found that  consumption of GMO corn or soybeans can lead to significant  organ disruptions in rats and mice  – particularly in the liver and kidneys. Of course the negative effects do not end there. Monsanto’s modified biopesticide, known as Bt, has been found to be killing  human kidney cells in conjunction with Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide  Roundup. That’s right, it exhibits direct toxicity to human cells.

Further adding to the long list of negative health consequences that go against the claim that the biotech inventions ‘improve our health’ , Monsanto’s Roundup ready crops have also been linked to  mental illness, obesity,  infertility, and DNA damage. Peer-reviewed research shows that Monsanto’s products are far from healthy, and to say that they actuallyimprove our health is truly concerning when you consider the fact that children are reading this information as fact. The biotechnology organization also failed to mention how Monsanto has been caught running  slave labor rings, forcing ‘employees’ into illegal working conditions in which they were forced to work 14 hours or more per day on the field. What’s more, the laborers were unable to leave the premises if they expected to ever receive their pay.

‘Helping the Environment’

The next claim that needs addressing is perhaps the most ludicrous of them all. Do Monsanto’s products really help the environment as the book claims? Remember, this is given to teachers as scientific information, not just presented as an opinion. Research has shown that Monsanto’s modified Bt pesticide is actually mutating the very genetic coding of insect life on the planet,  creating super resistant ‘mutant’ bugs that are wreaking havoc on farms using Monsanto’s harmful concoctions across the globe.  At least  8 populations of insects have developed some form of resistance, with 2 populations resistant to Bt sprays and at least 6 species resistant to Bt crops as a whole.

8th Grade GMO Quiz - PropagandaPerhaps most concerning is the mounting rootworm resistance as a result of Monsanto’s GMO corn usage. A group of 22 academic corn experts recently petitioned the EPA over the extreme danger presented by the crops, urging the EPA to take long awaited action. The experts  sent a letter on March 5th to the agency explaining their worries regarding  long-term corn production prospects in light of GMO crops failures. If nothing is done, experts worry that the future of agricultural stability is threatened. Experts are also concerned about the mass amount of ‘superweeds’ currently springing up around the globe as a result of Monsanto’s Roundup.  These  resistant weeds currently cover over 4.5 million hectares in the United States alone, though experts estimate the world-wide land coverage to  have reached at least 120 million hectares by 2010. The onset of superweeds is being increasingly documented in  Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa.

The public is not buying the lies regarding Monsanto’s  GMO crops, and as a result biotech giants are scrambling to preserve their dwindling role in our society. There is a serious war on for the minds of developing children right now, and it is being waged by government-approved mega corporations who care not for the health of these children but for profits. The claims made within this book are not only scientifically unfounded, but they are seriously dangerous to the health of children and adults alike. This phony book is far from an ‘educational’ resource.

About the author:

Anthony Gucciardi is an accomplished investigative journalist with a passion for natural health. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top alternative news websites such as Infowars, NaturalNews, Rense, and many others. Anthony is the co-founder of Natural Society, a website dedicated to sharing life-saving natural health techniques. Stay in touch with Natural Society via the following sites  FacebookTwitterWeb

 


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  • http://Website Kurt Helman

    I hate these GMO companies. I can’t believe that our Government would let them produce such hideous lies, but America has changed for the worst where profits outweigh human life, and the future of all life on the planet. And people wonder why I’m such a cynic anymore. I hope that courts from around the world will charge them with Crimes Against Humanity. With all the Conflicts of Interest I have no hope for anything adverse happening to them here in the States. My girl friend’s family in the south have almost all died early in life from cancers because of the PCB contamination. There is no justice here anymore, and OUR politicians no longer represent US.

  • http://whatdoesaremotewriterdo.blogspot.com/ Antje Cobbett

    Not only that, I’ve read that the biotech companies are luring school and university leavers with high salaries to work for them. Where will it end???

  • http://Website Hawkewood

    What about Aquaponics? Isn’t it time we emulate the natural cycles of nature by also furthering a means of natural food production that can actually, if managed correctly, have a NEGATIVE carbon footprint? In aquaponics, harsh chemicals actually break down natural processes and destroy food production. As aquaponics mirrors nature, would it not be correct to extrapolate that the same would be true for the model of the real world? It’s time to stop killing this planet and start learning from the cycle of nature.

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