Willie Nelson Says “Occupy The Food System”

I’m with Willie. Monsanto has busily endeavored to monopolize seed production worldwide. Their success in India has been linked to over half a million farmer suicides by activists such as Vandana Shiva. GMO corn has ruined seed banks that had been saved for centuries. Watch Food, Inc” or “The Future Of Food ” and educate yourself!

This is the same Monsanto that recently formed an agreement with Dow chemicals to use Dow’s 2 4 D to clean up the superweeds that have developed resistance to their herbicide, “Roundup” —– and a mixture of the two will now be sprayed onto the nation’s breadbasket. Chemical cocktail? anyone? — if you are not interested in consuming such, better grow your own food. dh

Monsanto Reaches ‘Agent Orange’ Settlement With US Victims

Residents living near a now defunct Monsanto plant in Nitro, West Virginia demand cleanup of toxic legacy

Reports indicate that Monsanto has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by US residents who say they were poisoned by chemicals used in the manufacturing of the Agent Orange in their town of Nitro, West Virginia.  “Poisoned South Asians Don’t Exist” however, in Monsanto’s world view!

According to world-renowned scientist and writer, Sandra Steingraber, there are at least 80,000 toxic chemicals on the market in the United States, and between 4-8.000 of these are carcinogenic. “Today, more than 40 percent of us (38.3 percent of women and 48.2 percent of men) will contract the disease [cancer] in our lifespan. Cancer is now the second leading cause of death overall, and, among adult Americans younger than 85, it is the number one killer—beating out stroke and heart disease.”7

The chemical manufacturers of Agent Orange continue to deny that there’s any valid scientific evidence to support the view that dioxin harms human beings. It’s hard to imagine that their scientists are unaware that every known human carcinogen causes cancer in animals, and that nearly everything that causes birth defects in humans also causes birth defects in animals. The chemical companies must know that after injuries and violence, cancer is the number one killer of American children, and that the world scientific community considers dioxin a carcinogen.

Three million Vietnamese people, including 500,000 children, are suffering from the tragic legacies of chemical warfare. In Vietnam, a third and even fourth generation of Agent Orange babies have been born, and no one really knows when this calamity might end. Far too many US veterans are reaching their late fifties and early sixties, only to become ill and die from the effects of long-term exposure to dioxin in Southeast Asia. We are losing our friends and neighbors, our husbands and wives and children to cancer. This epidemic will continue until we demand that multinational corporations stop dumping toxic chemicals into our air, water, and food supplies.

We are the Vietnamese; they are us. We ignore their suffering at our own peril.

Fred A. Wilcox is the author most recently of Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam with an introduction by Noam Chomsky. His other works include Waiting For an Army To Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange, Fighting the Lamb’s War: The Autobiography of Philip BerriganDisciples & Dissidents: Prison Writings of the Prince of Peace Plowshares, Uncommon Martyrs: How the Berrigans and Others Are Turning Swords into Plowshares, and Chasing Shadows: Memoirs of a Sixties Survivor. He is an associate professor in the writing department at Ithaca College.

Recommended citation: Fred A. Wilcox, ‘Dead Forests, Dying People: Agent Orange & Chemical Warfare in Vietnam,’ The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 50 No 3, December 12, 2011.

The Guardian reports:

The long-running suit was brought by residents living near a now defunct Monsanto plant in Nitro, West Virginia that between 1949 and 1971 produced the agricultural herbicide 2,4,5 trichlorophenoxyacidic acid, a key ingredient in Agent Orange. […]

The suit – filed on behalf of tens of thousands of people who lived, worked and went to school in Nitro after 1949 – claims that Monsanto spread toxic substances including dioxins, which have been linked to cancer, all over the town.

The plaintiffs say they were exposed to levels of dioxins 100,000 times higher than acceptable levels. “Dioxin is a known human carcinogen and is so hazardous to human health that no “safe” level of exposure has been established,” the suit claims.

It demands ongoing testing for at least 5,000 people who may have been affected by exposure to hazardous chemicals.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the judge in the case, Judge Derek Swope, had raised some questions about the agreement including concerns the man Monsanto suggested administer the medical monitoring program is a former defense expert for the company.

The Charleston Gazette adds:

If a settlement is not agreed upon on Friday, a more extensive jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday, Swope said. Six jurors and six alternates would have to be selected out of the 28-person jury pool.

Mediation efforts last October and December failed to produce a settlement.

Swope warned lawyers on Thursday that a gag order, preventing lawyers from talking with the press about the case, is still being strictly enforced. The judge sealed all documents pertaining to the proposed settlement. He would not talk to a reporter after Thursday’s hearing.

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Posted by tj
Feb 24 2012 – 1:19pm
Great Good Luck to the Plaintiffs. Of course there is no mention of the millions of Southeast Asians who were poisoned. There never is. The don’t exist. It was all a dream. Also, here’s hoping there will posthumous compensation for the families of those who died from the poisoning. Or can Monsanto genetically engineer their way out of this?
Posted by braithwa842
Feb 24 2012 – 6:40pm
“Of course there is no mention of the millions of Southeast Asians who were poisoned.”The USA cant afford that compensation. It would probably break the USA financially. Also, if the Vietnamese victims of agent orange were ever compensated, then the next claim would be the Iraqi victims of DU poisoning. If the USA ever had to pay for what they have done, it would financially break them.Similarly, no amount of punishment could redress the injustices by the neocons and zionists who fomented the war on Iraq.
Posted by vdb
Feb 24 2012 – 2:33pm
death merchants.
Posted by PaulK
Feb 24 2012 – 2:45pm
Now, if you can imagine Agent Orange ready genetically modified crops from Monsanto? These guys need a sign on their backs saying “sue me”!Once I met a Vietnam vet. He was the last of his unit still alive, and he wasn’t healthy himself. His unit handled Agent Orange.
Posted by Stiv
Feb 24 2012 – 3:55pm
There is no settlement. This process is NOT justice. Another slap on the wrist for Monsanto. Got it yet?
Posted by iwonder
Feb 24 2012 – 4:22pm
Settlements with no admission of guilt, gag orders, lack of standing, jurisdiction, and all the lawyer BS these courts use to cover up the crimes of their corporate buddies are just the tip of the iceberg. The courts now are almost totally (98%) owned by their corporate masters. Installation of the Corporate Fascist State is almost complete and the only court that has any chance of holding them responsible for their massive crimes would be what the French called the Revolutionary Tribunal. Off with their heads and the black robes to!
Posted by jimmytwoshoes
Feb 24 2012 – 4:56pm
It was a while ago, but I was awarded a 100% disability on the Agent Orange Payment Program for troops who served in Vietnam. Now remember, I was paid the highest a Soldier, Marine, Airman, or Sailor could get. I believe I received three payments of $1680.00. Of course the lawyers who filed the lawsuit made many millions of dollars. I bet the same thing happens here.
Posted by CeeCee
Feb 24 2012 – 6:10pm
If ever a more worthy corporate candidate, “corporations are people, my friend,” to be the first to get the death penalty. Confiscation of its literally ill-gotten gains to re-distributed to all their victims globally seems fair. Forget the prospective lives saved by “vaginal management,” just think of all the human lives, and lives of other living creatures safe from Monsanto’s total disregard for anything they can’t bank.
Posted by margbb
Feb 24 2012 – 6:12pm
We go after tobacco companies but a company that specializes in toxic fertilizers and deforestation is allowed to be licensed to enter the domain of controlling and creating our food production. Please explain this to me. Why aren’t taxpayers demanding their dollar rights accorded to these and other corporations. They have manipulated the courts, governments and private property rights of every country and person they see as threatening their profit squeeze. Who would have imagine one company able to rule legally over property and constitutional rights of citizens at will.
Posted by Donkey Hote
Feb 24 2012 – 6:14pm
This is the same Monsanto that recently formed an agreement with Dow chemicals to use Dow’s 2 4 D to clean up the superweeds that have developed resistance to their herbicide, “Roundup” —– and a mixture of the two will now be sprayed onto the nation’s breadbasket. Chemical cocktail? anyone? — if you are not interested in consuming such, better grow your own food. dh

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