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Why Almost Safe is Not Good Enough

Who are the players in pesticides?

excerpts from Chapter 14 of
"The Best Control"
by Stephen Tvedten

First of all - volatile, synthetic pesticide poisons are the largest group of poisonous substances purposefully being added or disseminated throughout our environment. All of the major poison producers are in the "health"/ pharmaceutical business too - so as you become poisoned/polluted and sicken and begin to die from their allopathic poisons - they will sell you allopathic drugs to "survive". These people are not "guardians" of the environment. They are the destroyers of the environment - they are not in the
"chemical or health" industry - they are in the death or poison "industry"!

Between 1989 and 1995 the poison "industry" poured $20 million dollars into Congressional campaigns - please read Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law, and Endangers Your Health. The truth is simply not in these producers of poison; when I started in pest control 30 years ago, Velsicol, the producer of the cancer-causing chemical chlordane/heptachlor, ran advertisements - stating these poisons were so safe you did not need gloves or a respirator. I believed Velsicol and used their poisons and I ended up nearly dying. Even on 5/17/97 when the Velsicol Chemical Corporation finally announced it is permanently ceasing production of their cancer-causing chemicals chlordane and heptachlor and will not make its proprietary technology available to any other company for manufacture - the company still stated it's products have been used for protection! "We have always believed in the efficiency of these products, and the science that supports their continued use, but the economics no longer support continued manufacture." So, do not believe any of their lies! It is too bad you cannot put a corporation in jail or even make it (the Mamzers) tell the truth!

We are truly facing the "Banksters" of the Evil Empire, but unless you know the names of at least some of the players you will never realize the size and scale of your real enemy. Look into the face of the beast...

PANUPS noted on 4/30/97 that the top ten agrochemical companies all showed an increase in both dollar and national currency sales in 1996. Monsanto had the highest rate of growth, with a 22.8% increase over 1995 sales. Zeneca also showed double digit growth -- an 11.3% increase in dollar sales with a 9% increase in volume. Bayer had the smallest growth in sales (1.2%) and fell from third place in 1995 to sixth. After last year's merger of the Ciba Geigy and Sandoz, the newly formed multinational corporation Novartis entered the ranking in first place.

1996 Agrochemical Sales of Top Ten Companies

Sales (US$ Mill.)
% change vs.1995
+   4.5
+ 22.8
+ 11.3
+   6.4
Du Pont 
+   6.5
+   1.2
+   5.7
+   1.9
+   4.1
+   8.4

Rhone-Poulenc and Du Pont both reported strong sales in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Rhone-Poulenc's sales were boosted by high sales of its new maize insecticide, Regent (fipronil), due to be launched in the U. S. next year. Much of the company's U.S. agrochemical business is based on the older carbamate insecticides such as Sevin (carbaryl), Temik (aldicarb) and Larvin (thiodicarb) which were acquired when Rhone-Poulenc bought out Union Carbide. The company is currently restructuring its U. S. operations to create two new business units which will focus on "new" and "mature" products.

Monsanto's increased sales were due in part to sales of Roundup (glyphosate) which were allowed for use on transgenic herbicide-tolerant crops for the first time in 1996. Roundup Ready (glyphosate tolerant) soybeans were planted on over one million acres in the U. S. in 1996, and Monsanto predicts an eight to ten million acre crop this year. In addition, approximately 250,000 to 300,000 acres of Roundup Ready soybeans were planted in Argentina for the 1996/97 season. Since 1995, Monsanto has invested over US$200 million in glyphosate manufacturing technology, and plans to invest another US$180 million for 1997.

While glyphosate-tolerant crops offer potential for expanded sales of Roundup, in the next few years most of the increase is expected to come from increasing adoption of "conservation tillage" practices in countries around the world. Monsanto estimates that the practice could be extended to more than 240 million acres worldwide by 2000, up from the 185 million acres at present. More than 40% of the volume growth of Roundup in recent years has come from expanded use of "conservation tillage" practices.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency is currently investigating claims that residues (contamination) of glyphosate have been detected in Copenhagen's drinking water at levels exceeding European Union limits of 0.1 milligrams per liter. According to the head of the Copenhagen food safety agency, residues of up to 0.18 milligrams per liter have been found.

Jack Doyle wrote most of his Altered Harvest in 1983 and 1984 on agriculture, genetics, and the fate of the world's food supply - even back then he noted the beginning of our problems with the poison "industry" - get a copy of his book and Silent Spring and read - please read!

The biotechnology now owned by and patented by multinational monopolies is the "creation" of genes that command the faculty of chlorposts to bottle the sun, to resist insects, disease, or chemical contamination - the fact that we now either can have contaminated food or famine depending on the whims of the poison "industry" - is simply not acceptable nor reasonable.