A long and infamous history of manufacturing chemicals as DDT, Agent Orange, Aspartame, Roundup and dioxin, has been attributed to Monsanto. Monsanto is primarily a purveyor of toxins and not life. They began forging a unique and financially advantageous relationship with the U.S. government, beginning with the company’s involvement in the Manhattan Project that produced the first nuclear weapons during WW II. They were the leading producer of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Influence over the government runs deep, and the US has the distinction of being the first country to un-label genetically engineered (GE) foods at the urging of a company producing mass amounts of GE seeds. Sixty-four other countries have been labeling GE foods for years.
Monsanto was the largest producer of PCBs in the latter part of the 1920’s. Lubricant for electric motors, hydraulic fluids and to insulate electrical equipment were uses of this chemical. Even now old fluorescent light fixtures and electrical appliances with PCB capacitors, may still contain the chemical. There were no controls placed on disposal of PCBs during the years it was manufactured and used, and these PCBs don’t break down under many conditions. Since inception, and its ban in the late 1970’s, they estimate 1.5 billion pounds were distributed in products around the world. The primary manufacturer in the US (under the trade name Aroclor Health) was Monsanto, and problems associated with exposure to the chemical were noted as early as 1933.
In 1967, after being notified PCBs were accumulating in mammals further up the food chain in Sweden, a request was made to provide PCB samples to Shell to perform their own analytical studies. It wasn’t until 11 years later in 1977, that Monsanto pulled production on PCB. The US Environmental Protection Agency, International Agency for Research on Cancer, National Toxicology Program and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health have identified PCBs as either probable, potential or reasonably likely to cause cancer in humans. The EPA limits the ability of researchers to link a chemical as a carcinogen unless there is conclusive proof. So therefore, PCBs are a “probable” carcinogen in humans. Other health effects include babies born with neurological and motor control delays, disrupted sex hormones, imbalanced thyroid hormone and immune effects. The PCBs deposit in the fat tissue and once absorbed in the body they are NOT broken down or excreted. Over time PCBs build up and move up the food chain.
There are studies at the University of California that PCBs are found in the blood of pregnant women that, through the umbilical cord, delivers about 300 quarts of blood to your baby every day. It was believed the placenta would shield your developing baby from pollutants and chemicals, but the truth is that it does not.
Another Monsanto product implicated in cell fat storage, butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), was found in human fluids and had an effect on the accumulations of fat inside cells. BBP should not be in the human body but in vinyl tile, as a plasticizer in PVC pipe, carpets, conveyer belts and weather stripping. Used in plastics, it is not bound to the product and can be released into the environment. Those take-out foods bags may be increasing your intake of phthalates and may adversely affect your reproductive function. There is evidence that low sperm count and infertility has affected animals and humans. There are about 1,000 plaintiffs with claims currently against Monsanto and PCBs.
-Dr Fredda Branyon