Monsanto has been a controversial topic in the agriculture and food industries for many years. Their focus on producing products like Genetically Modified Crops, Bovine Growth Hormone, and petroleum-based fertilizers has many in these industries worried about the future of organic crops. Any that have not undergone GMO mutations will be affected by the strong herbicides they haven’t been made resistant to or could be cross-pollinated with genetically modified crops which could alter their cell structure. Petroleum-based fertilizers effectively destroy soil micro-organisms which in turn sterilizes the soil making it dependent on a stimulant to grow.
Bovine Growth Hormone is a genetically modified version of the hormone found in cattle, which is injected into dairy cows to get them to produce more milk. It has been found to lead to an increase in udder infections, which are treated with antibiotics which can then get into the milk and lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These are just a few of the products that make up Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen, see which other ones have been produced by this controversial company.