March 29, 2020
Monsanto: The Company that Owns the World’s Food Supply

Monsanto: The Company that Owns the World’s Food Supply


Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have
been the subject of controversy pretty much since their inception. More recently they’ve become sort of a buzzword
for outraged social media experts, but don’t let these Twitter crusaders fool you, GMOs
are in fact a very serious topic. They have an impact on everyone. Take the US, for example, where the most produced
crop by far is corn. In 2014 over 361 million tons of corn were
cultivated, more than all other crops combined. That corn is then used to make a variety of
different products. Not just food:
you’ll find corn derivatives in Coke, milk, toothpaste, aspirin and varnish. Corn is also the most popular animal feed,
and when you consider the fact that 85% of all US corn is genetically modified, you’ll
realize GMOs are all around you. That’s why this week on Behind the Business
we’ll be taking a look at the company that started it all: the world’s largest seed
company, Monsanto. Monsanto was originally founded as a chemical
company in 1901 by John Francis Queeny. Queeny was in his forties by that point and
he had had a pretty rough start to his life. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 left his family
homeless when he was only 12. He had to quit his education in order to start
working full-time as an office boy at a wholesale drug firm. Through hard work and dedication John climbed
the ranks of the pharmaceutical industry, and he eventually moved to St. Louis in 1891
as a representative of the Meyer Brothers Drug Company, the largest drug distributor
at the time. Fiver years later John married Olga Monsanto
and when he decided to establish a business of his own in 1901, he named his company after
her. John established Monsanto in order to produce
saccharin, an artificial sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than table sugar and has
effectively no nutritional value. Saccharin was first synthesized in 1879 and
although it is a widely popular sugar substitute today, back in the 1900s nobody in the US
had even heard of it. Germany had a near-monopoly on its production,
and there wasn’t a single manufacturer in the United States. John’s newly established business was the
first US saccharin producer and the American market turned out to be very lucrative. One of his earliest customers was actually
the Coca Cola company, which still uses saccharin in its popular Diet Cokes. By 1905 John had added two more food additives
to Monsanto’s repertoire: vanillin and coumarin, which up until then were also produced only
by Germany. In its first decade Monsanto barely turned
a profit because the Germans were constantly undercutting them. When the United States declared war on Germany
in 1917 though, all chemical imports were halted, leaving a huge void in the market
that Monsanto was more than happy to fill. Its revenue jumped from 81,000 dollars in
1913 to 905,000 dollars in 1919, establishing Monsanto as one of the big US chemical companies. 1919 also marked Monsanto’s first steps
abroad when it acquired a Welsh chemical producer that made aspirin and rubber catalyzers. This was Monsanto’s first big acquisition,
but it would definitely not be the last. The 1920s saw Monsanto expand its product
range to feature industrial chemicals, the most notable one being polychlorinated biphenyl,
or PCB. Now, PCBs can come in various molecular configurations,
209 to be precise, and all of them are very toxic. They’re proven carcinogens and pollutants
that are resistant to acids and heat, and need about 200 days of direct sunlight just
to start breaking down. If you’re thinking that this was some exotic,
rarely used chemical, you’d be wrong: PCBs were used as coolants in various electrical
devices prior to the 1970s, most notably in power transformers and capacitors. Odds are, if you go to some of the more neglected
cities in your state, you’d find transformers with PCB warning labels there. Monsanto was the only US producer of PCBs
for almost 50 years before Congress finally banned the substance in 1979. Internal documents leaked in 2002 show that
Monsanto was well aware of the toxicity of PCBs more than a decade before their eventual
ban. In fact, Monsanto’s first move at circumventing
environmental laws happened all the way back in 1926 when the company incorporated a town
in Illinois called, you guessed it, Monsanto. Back then local jurisdictions were responsible
for most environmental laws, and Monsanto the town was very lenient with its regulations,
so much so that Monsanto the company built its largest PCB factory there. That town still exists, by the way, but it’s
called Sauget now and it barely has 159 residents. The case with PCBs is one of the earliest
examples of Monsanto’s extreme for-profit culture that has by now become nothing short
of an immortal Internet meme. The sad thing is that Monsanto’s awful reputation
is actually pretty well deserved, but you’ll see more about that later. So, by the time the Second World War had started
in 1939, Monsanto had established itself as the US military’s premiere chemical supplier. Their most valuable product at the time was
Styrene, a compound crucial for the production of synthetic rubber. Interestingly enough, Monsanto was also a
large contributor to the Manhattan Project. They were instrumental in the development
of the polonium-based initiators used in the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. During the postwar decades Monsanto got into
the agriculture business by developing pesticides. Their first one, called dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane
or DDT, went into production in 1944, and was banned less than 30 years later due to
its extreme toxicity. Another herbicide produced by Monsanto was
Agent Orange, which became infamous after the US military used it as a defoliant during
Operation Ranch Hand of the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was very effective at destroying
the crops of the Viet Cong, but it was so toxic that it also ended up contaminating
more than 3 million people and causing half a million Vietnamese children to be born with
deformities. The early 1970s saw Monsanto make huge progress
in the development of LED lights. In fact, Monsanto was the first company to
mass produce them, which brought the price of LEDs down from 200 dollars to less than
ten cents a piece. Just a few years later though the US government
finally cracked down on Monsanto’s reckless use of harmful chemicals. The bans on PCBs and several pesticides hurt
Monsanto’s revenue greatly, and on top of that several class-action lawsuits were initiated
that ended up costing hundreds of millions of dollars. In this period of distress Monsanto’s executives
decided to shift the company’s focus away from chemical production and towards agricultural
biotechnology. This transition occurred during the early
1980s, and back then biotechnology was a very young science. Monsanto was early to the party, which gave
the company’s immense R&D division a head start. In 1983 Monsanto scientists led by Robert
Fraley became the first in history to genetically modify plants. This pivotal achievement ushered in a new
era for agriculture: the era of GMOs. Now, despite what the armchair experts from
Twitter might be telling you, genetically modified crops are not bad in and of themselves. The reason there is such a negative perception
of GMOs is that, as has happened numerous times in history, people take a good thing,
and out of greed they take it so far that it eventually becomes a bad thing. GMO crops are a perfect example of this. There are a number of ways to genetically
modify a crop without compromising the health of the people who eat it:
some of the most basic ones are shortening the plant’s seed-to-seed period or outright
pumping up the size of the resulting fruit or vegetable. Monsanto, however, in their quest for ever-increasing
yield, took GMO crops to a whole new level. Back in the early 1980s, when Monsanto was
faced with a slew of lawsuits and a ban on its best products, they discovered glyphosate,
an extremely potent herbicide that saved the company from potential bankruptcy. Monsanto marketed their herbicide under the
name Roundup, and in the span of just two decades it became the most widely used herbicide
in the Untied States. The reason for its success lies in Monsanto’s
development of GMO crops. You see, in the past farmers had to plant
their seeds a good deal away from each other. They needed that space in order to till their
fields; otherwise weeds would grow around their crops and kill them. When Monsanto developed GMO crops that were
resistant to Roundup, however, a whole new avenue of cultivation emerged. Suddenly, farmers could plant their crops
much closer together, since they could just dump tons of Roundup directly onto their crops
without harming them. As you can imagine this was a huge increase
in crop yield, and combined with the cost reduction of not having to till the land as
much, farmers quickly switched to Monsanto’s GMO solution. Up until the year 2000 Monsanto was the sole
producer of glyphosate due to the patents they held, and it is during this time that
the company expanded into the titan it is today. Roundup was, of course, just the beginning,
and since then Monsanto has spent tens of billions into the development of various pesticides
and seeds. Last year alone they spent 1.5 billion dollars
on R&D, and these investments have more than paid off:
Two years ago Monsanto’s GMO seeds accounted for 80% of the USA’s total corn acreage,
and today that number is even higher. One reason for Monsanto’s immense success
in the seed business is their creative use of patents on their seeds. Farmers who plant Monsanto’s GMO seeds are
subject to strict rules about what they can actually do with them. They’re not allowed, for example, to replant
these seeds, nor to sell or share them with anyone else, thus ensuring that Monsanto’s
revenue remains stable and growing. The language of these rules is so convoluted
that farmers could potentially be found liable even in cases when the wind randomly blows
Monsanto seeds from a neighbor’s farm. To complete its transformation into an agricultural
behemoth, in 1997 Monsanto spun off the entirety of its chemical business into a separate company
called Solutia. This was Monsanto’s attempt at a fresh start,
and on their website they even claim to be a relatively new company that just happens
to share the same name with its polluting predecessor. Of course, this was all for show, as the new
Monsanto’s executives were the same people that had led the old company for decades. What they did with Solutia was to essentially
try to wash their hands of Monsanto’s morally-questionable past. Solutia inherited not only the struggling
chemical business, but also the majority of litigation relating to Monsanto’s PCBs and
other industrial pollutants. It probably won’t come as a surprise that
just six years later Solutia filed for bankruptcy, only to be eventually swallowed up by the
Eastman Chemical Company. The new Monsanto, of course, has been incapable
of shaking off its bad reputation, but that hasn’t stopped it’s global expansion. Today it is bigger than ever, with 15 billion
dollars of revenue just from last year alone. About half of that money, by the way, came
from the sales of the Roundup pesticide and the GMO seeds resistant to it. It’s sad how despite all the boycotting
and controversies, Monsanto’s products are so ingrained in modern agriculture that there’s
no getting rid of them. By all accounts Monsanto is here to stay,
but it’s actually very possible that they’ll soon stop being an independent company. Germany’s pharmaceutical titan Bayer, on
which we’ve also done a video, by the way, had been trying to acquire Monsanto for the
past four months. Just a few days ago Monsanto accepted a $66
billion dollar all-cash offer, which still needs regulatory approval, sure, but consider
this: in the past 14 months we’ve seen the mergers
of six of the biggest companies in the industry, and so far analysts are giving the Bayer-Monsanto
merger a 50% chance of going through. Even if the merger fails though, it’s very
hard to be optimistic about a Monsanto-free future. From an investment point of view it would
make sense to buy shares of the company that controls the world’s food supply, but sometimes
it’s better to forego revenue in order to actually make the world a better place. Hi there! I hope you liked the video despite the rather
questionable nature of the subject. I can tell you that making this video was
not easy. I mean here at Business Casual we try to take
an objective look at companies we cover, which tends works most of the time, but when you’ve
got a corporation like Monsanto that’s, you know, literally Hitler for most people,
remaining neutral can get a little bit harder. Nevertheless, it was pretty interesting learning
how they became the giant that they are today. If you’d like to see another video of ours
you can click in the top right corner to watch the history of Boeing, from the time of the
Wright brothers to the Second Space Race. To watch the full Behind the Business series,
you can click in the bottom right corner to access our main playlist, and if you’d like
to subscribe to our channel you can do so by clicking over there in the middle right. Once again, thanks a lot for watching, and
as always: stay smart.

100 thoughts on “Monsanto: The Company that Owns the World’s Food Supply

  1. U fuckers r killing everything and everyone stop stop stop stop stop stop stop I know u'll all burn in hell when u meet ur maker

  2. This is precisely why there is no escaping cancer.they will make sure they poison you one way or another,all for profit when u get on chemo.for the love of money

  3. Monsanto/Bayer is the true definition of profits before people, how to build a manopoly 101. How many people do you have to kill to be successful..

  4. All liberals should stop eating and if they are really as large a segment of the human population as they claim they hey would financially bankrupt monsanto and in their doing so we would be free from the constant threat of communism in the world

  5. Kick those motherfuckers out of Puerto Rico .they don’t give a fuck about us .they fucking up the land and the people.

  6. Very good video. Question can you do another video on Bayer, and possibly why they may have bought Monsanto and what they plan on doing. I do know both companies have a strong history with the Soviet Union. Specifically Bayer

  7. Glyphosate is considered harmless by Patrick Moore (founder of Greenpeace). Glyphosate (glycine phosphonate) is a nutrient blocker and evaporates, otherwise nothing would grow. Glycine is an amino acid (bodybuilding), phosphonate is a preservative (cooking cheese, cola).

  8. Bayer should immediately remove glyphosate (glycine phosphonate) from the US market and accept the productivity loss of American agriculture.
    The EU is ready to export agricultural products to the US

  9. Dear vegan moms, GMOs are not going to kill you, fucking stop with your no-vaccination, gmo=death, propaganda 😑

  10. Great video! What's missing, the involvement of US Policians, Monsanto lobbying Congress to pass laws that safeguards Monsanto. US agencies are used to push Monsanto products.

  11. CHARLATAN$ CHARLATAN$ CHARLATAN$ run the BLOODY world pushing shit USELESS shit rancid shit ATROCIOUS shit nwo shit FARCE shit kakistocrocy shitgovernshitmentshit!

  12. What rational? The only logic they give afuck about this SHITgovernSHITmentSHIT is revenue not me and not you! History proves it CURRENT events CONFIRMS it and we SHALL NOT be OBLIGATED to OBLIGE and KEEP BENDING OVER AND TAKING IT! THIS SHITGOVERNSHITMENTSHIT operates only to OBSTRUCT justice, CREATING many distractions and holding to much weaponry of the state of the art shititry kind! This weaponry, it varies from actual human baby eating, mk ultra MiNd control $hit fuck freaks( politicians, so called a list celebrities, any won working and cooperating with SHITgovernSHITmentSHIT) to propaganda and psychological warfare and they, infact, cotrol and regulate all in order to continue on with creating chaos out of order distorting truth it's self!

  13. WE are all BLOODY clouded with ATROCIOUSNESS by our USELESS, DIVIDE and CONQUER, governments. Who only ever care is in revenues not me, not you. Pushing nwo and CREATING order out of their chaos created and regulated by governments. Perhaps I sound hate filled, yet I am not! I may sound crazy, yet I am not, rather, I remain optimistic, hopeful, eager, infact, of a better world today not tomorrow, where is JUSTICE?
    We must UNITE and IGNITED we are the UNSTOPPABLE FORCE AGAINST this circus show charade farce kakistocrocy governments OF CHARLATANS!

  14. Perhaps, if your a $HIT SELL OUT shit satanic shit CELEBRITY or A FUGLY INBRED SHIT FUCKKK shit DIRTY shit RAT shit POLITICIAN shit satanic shit pedo shit you must endure shit nazi shit zionist shit nwo shit mk ULTRA shit mind shit control shit programming brought on by thIS shit USELESS SHIT nwo shit. This shit explains how they alWAYS GET AWAY WITH shit ATROCIOUS shit ATROCITIES shit TO SAY THE LEAST! They throw up a $hit $hit $hit $how circus charade at best $hitty GUISE in order to keep working TOGETHER and keep on extorting, DIVIDING, conquering, creating chaos, to only then turn around and order the FUCK shit out of HUMANITY. And believe you me history current events they do NOT have the PEOPLe's best interest, more to the complete opposite they are only great at being destructors of Justice and creating ORDER out of self made CHAOS! Yet THEY want to CONTROL you to the point that they want all of us chipped and survallanced 24/7, for their total manipulations, DECEPTIONs CONQUERings DIVIDings, experimentations, we are their cattle, slaves to "rich man", we are their prostitutes at their worst. ETC. THEY WANT ROBOTS AND THAT IS JUST NOT WHAT WE ARE. Yet they can only seem to function in the scum smagma shadows, because they are shit $ell outs! Why would anyone want their mind CONTROLLED at all nonetheless be governed by a bunch of less than rat shit $atanist shit pedos shit inbred shit fugly shit fucks that can only OPERATE in the shadows because they have chosen to be shit inbred puppets less than bloody shit rat shit inbred shit fugly shit bastards and sell out HUMANITY!WE MUST UNITE AND IGNITED WE ARE THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE AGAINST THIS pedo SHIT SHOW SHIT NWO SHIT CHARADE satanic pedo infested SHITGOVERNSHITMENTSHIT FARCE SHITKAKISTOCROCYSHIT!

  15. The problem is nwo shitgovernshitmentshits serves only SHITgovernSHITmentSHIT and are definitely infested with decrepit pedo FUGLY shit bags less than rat shit BLOODY shit inbred fucks who only ever cares about revenues not you an not me.

  16. ok mate you eat the f..king round up weed killer….put it in your mouth and swallow it good luck…u idiot

  17. You told only about Increase of crop yield in beginning period of GMO food, later onwards continuously amount of usage of Fertilizer increasing but Crop yield is declining.

  18. You told only about Increase of crop yield in beginning period of GMO food. but didn't tell us later onwards continuously amount of usage of Fertilizer increasing but Crop yield is declining

  19. Yeah simply splicing 2 plants are fine. But this aint what monsanto is doing. Theyre merging chemicals with seeds. A company that had many many incidents with their chemicals. showing they do not care for the environment or life. They also have individuals in government positions making sure they can operate freely. Theres handfuls of farmers that had their crops takin by monsanto because a seed made its way on their fields & grew. & since monsanto has legal & political power. They always win forcing the farmer to buy their seeds. For life. No replanting seeds? I dont think so. They essentially patented nature. A few years ago on the news. Russia was burning crops & shyt coming from i think Ukraine. This is why. Monsanto started doing business there. & i think joe bidens son was involved with that deal.

  20. Here's some facts idiot! Monsanto was fined by Georgia for contaminating land causing it unlivable! Yes, it was called agent Orange! Tell the truth! Monsanto needs jailed for destroying the farming industry! If I plant a soy bean, grow it, harvest it! It's my seed,I can do with it what I want! NOT NOW! A farmer can't keep one seed! Blow it out you butt!

  21. Monsanto paid alot to enter European market because it was banned, almost all EU countries don't allow GMO cultures, so Monsanto decided to enter as subsidiary of Bayern, unfortunately they couldn't pass safety checks and it only exposed that their products are pure poison.

  22. All gmo lacking vitamin content oh wait that means cancer… oh monsanto owns shares in big pharma… capital merri go around.

  23. Microsoft office Outlook everything everywhere create a new plastic program grouth with tweeter with all Facebook world wide web and mobile devices with all of surface one touch Pawar Microsoft

  24. Monsanto has done nothing but poison the planet and its inhabitants from the start, they should be prosecuted and the company deconstructed. From a company of poisons do you honestly think they will produce something healthy? What is the long term side effect of GMOs? Sterility is one, hybrids cannot reproduce.

  25. 1 2 the the Monsanto Jews will soon be coming for you. 3 4 you'll have a voice no more. 5 6 you'll suck their little circumsized dicks. 7 8 soon no one will be allowed to procreate. 9 10 they'll sue your ass and win again. Just ask LC I mean Oprah the cow

  26. Termination of cultural crops or changing the indigenous crops will be disaster forever. It is military tactics not goodwill activity

  27. If that is true, we are all f*cked, make no wonder that CANCER touches nearly everybody in the world and our elected leaders, being bought off, don’t seem to care of what happens to people,,,,,,,,,,,

  28. May God have mercy on our souls.
    Remember, when you vote, you automatically support the corrupt government who works with companies such as Monsanto.
    So stop fucking voting.

  29. People are saying they are currently poisoning the world. How? It seems like their current business plan is GMO corn plus roundup. Those aren't that bad. Their monopoly control over the corn, that US patent law gives them, allows them to make restrictive contracts is the only current complaint in the video.

  30. I have been working for 25 years with round up , and lately with glyphosate . Question am i entitled to sue monsanto . I am still alive and kicking . . Advice please .

  31. Look at the news now!!! CANCER gmo causes CANCER !!! Its proven. So remove this video its false information.

  32. Boycott Monsanto. Don't buy their horrible food.
    Don't buy the chemicals that are causing cancer.
    Don't let them own all the seeds or they will control our food supply and us!
    Europe and Russia refuse to use their seeds. We must do the same.

  33. I see a lot of comments saying monsanto is a bad company but they don't have any scientific proof to go with it. A lot of people propably wouldn' t be alive if monsanto wasn't here. Because of monsanto there has been a steady supply of food, especially in the US.

  34. We dont even need GMOs if we would all just lower our meat intake. We have more than enough land to grow our food. But no, instead we're growing feed for animals.

  35. How about doing a video on Blackwater USA aka Xe Services aka Academi. Or maybe Halliburton Company…or even G.D. Searle, LLC.

  36. Monsanto products, lucrative for it & them 🤑, poison ☠ for us…

    Why? Because their products aren't natural, they're lab create franken-science products ‼️

  37. Why do we allow these corporate monopolies over resources as crucial to humanities survival as food? This should not be allowed. What happened to AntiTrust Laws in this country?

  38. Is really evil bad company an it's own by The Zionist Lobby devils, an the very bad staff on the agriculture of the third world country like ( Egypt, India, serlanka, Malaysia, Philippin and also African countries, we need to do something to shut down the evil company for effect an harm the poor people of the third worl country's ,

  39. This company maked so hard and difficult for a lot people life 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

  40. Ode to CornHole Syrup

    We all know that advertisements lie to us… or at the very least distort the truth in their favor. The most egregious is by the producers of cornHOLE syrup discarding the word HOLE from their marketing message.under the guise that HOLE could be an obscenity: as in to cornhole a butt i.e. have anal sex.

    But the breeders of cattle call what the makers of corn syrup buy, CORNHOLE as it is the stuff that comes from a cow’s ass i.e. manure).

    Yes corn(hole) syrup is made from cow shit. Here is how it works:

    Cows no longer roam the range & eat grass. They stand around in pens all day & eat corn. Corn is hard to digest so cow poop comes out runny. Which is what the corn syrup producers want & buy: runny cow shit.

    The cattlemen always wanted to make money off their runny cow shit so instead off having cows stand around in their own excrement all day, they potty trained them to go into a sewer drain which is connected to & loaded onto tanker trunks.

    This poo sludge is shipped off to the cornHole syrup facility to render it into a product no more harmful than industrialized sugar.

    The reason for the producers of cornHOLE syrup to go after runny manure is that it saves several process at the plant & because cows find it so hard to digest, a lot of corn appears in the sludge, Surplus Corn!

    And it gives the suppliers a little chuckles to know that the public is literally eating shit.

    But Here is the UPLIFTING PART: it also contributes to spiritual feelings too in the sense that we are all poop eaters… even vegetarians who eat plants know that they are helped to grow from poo fertilizer.

    Realizing that we are all poo eaters leads to the spiritual epiphany of POOP EATING UNITY.

    Upon acknowledging this you will chuckle to yourself that you really are an ah soul!

  41. As much as one wants to be rich, how many lives will you be willing to sacrifice for driving an expensive car, holiday homes across the world, eating , wearing and living above the clouds compared to the working class. The effects on the health and well being of the working class is always at the expense of the few CEO's that live above the clouds.

  42. Interesting fact: the Monsanto family were once wealthy jewish slave owners that held several estates and plantations in Louisiana.

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