Who Really Won WWII?

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Who Really Won WWII?

After the war, many IG Farben executives were tried for war crimes.

Only 3 were convicted of slavery and mass murder, but they were released from prison after a few months.

All 3 went back to work leading their businesses, which had unprecedented growth after the war.

The Allies eventually broke IG Farben into 3 companies:  Bayer, BASF, and Hoechst, now known as Sanofi-aventis.

Today the pharmaceutical industry remains entwined with agrichemical businesses, an association perhaps best illustrated by Bayer CropScience, the world’s second-largest agricultural chemical company.

BASF calls itself the world’s leading chemical company and is the largest producer of chemicals in the world today.

Sanofi-aventis is a global pharmaceutical company.

After WWII, American companies acquired the German companies’ trade secrets and began selling those same products to American farmers by using patriotic advertising.

Companies like DuPont, Monsanto, Dow, American Cyanamid, Eli Lilly, and various cigarette manufacturers all were involved in the highly profitable poison business.

Most of these companies knew their products were causing cancer, especially in their employees.

Yet the companies’ leaders actively, intentionally, and repeatedly denied, covered up, and used doubt and ridicule to prevent closer scrutiny or government regulation of their products.

They even set up academic and research institutes to disseminate information giving a favorable view of their businesses to the public.

After all, a great deal of money was at stake.

Americans weren’t fearful or suspicious of chemicals in the aftermath of the war.

Rather, they transferred their pride in our military to chemical agriculture.

Ironically, what was artificial came to seem “normal,” safe, and conventional.

To a large degree, this thinking remains unchanged today.

Walk into many supermarkets today and you’ll see labels above food that is not organic – that is, food grown with chemicals, often from GMO seeds – calling it “conventional.”

Conventional cherries, conventional corn, conventional whatever.

To most people, the word “conventional” is a nonthreatening term implying safety and adherence to traditional standards.

How has a term meaning time-tested, true and safe come to be used in association with a method of farming that’s anything but?

George Bird, PhD, of Michigan State University, was concerned about synthetic chemical agriculture being called “traditional” agriculture, so he started substituting “conventional.”

How we label things is extremely important to how they’re perceived.

The new buzz phrase Syngenta, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, and Monsanto use to describe their chemicals and biotech product lines is “crop protection.”

Like conventional, “crop protection” sounds safe, like you have a security force out there guarding your food from invaders.

These companies pervert our language to mislead us.

We fall for it all the time.

Even though organic food activists love to pick on Monsanto, until we address the problem of agricultural chemicals, picking on one company alone will just be a distraction.

However, Monsanto is a good example of how a company – indeed, a whole industry – changes over time to continue to reap profits from very destructive products.

Like Hydra, the mythical beast that sprouts new heads to replace those that Hercules cuts off, chemical companies come back stronger and more dangerous each time.

Even more discouraging, you can see over the years how they keep trying to correct themselves by getting out of bad businesses and into new ones.

Unfortunately, almost all of their businesses are just as bad, if not worse.

Monsanto started producing saccharin in 1901, followed by polychlorinated biphenyls (commonly known as PCBs) and Agent Orange (both are extremely carcinogenic and powerful hormone and endocrine disruptors.)

Then the company developed Roundup in the 1970s, and by the early 1980s it had focused on the development of genetically modified organisms.

In the next decade, it actively promoted its newest biotech invention – bovine growth hormone.

Every single one of the company’s lines of business have wrought disaster, and yet it still survives and thrives.

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