Of the seven substances the meme says Monsanto created, only one is correctly attributed to the company. That’s a failure rate of about 86%. And that one substance is not related to any disease — a failure rate of 100%.
The actual creation of Saccharine, PCB, DDT, and Agent Orange actually predate the creation of Monsanto itself by an average of 25.5 years, making this meme not just wrong, but laughably wrong.
Finally, four of the seven substances listed in the meme — Saccharine, Aspartame, (milk from cows treated with ) BGH, and glyphosate — are deemed safe for humans.
Yes, Monsanto created glyphosate, but studies have found that normal exposure is unrelated to any disease.
Saccharine was discovered by a Russian chemist named Constantin Fahlberg in 1878 in the Johns Hopkins University laboratory of Ira Remsen, a professor of chemistry. Monsanto did not even exist for another 23 years.
By the way, according to the Mayo Clinic: “…there’s no sound scientific evidence that any of the artificial sweeteners approved for use in the U.S. cause cancer or other serious health problems. And numerous research studies confirm that artificial sweeteners are generally safe in limited quantities, even for pregnant women.”
Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by James M. Schlatter, a chemist working for G.D. Searle & Company, 20 years before Monsanto bought the company (which it sold 15 years later to J.W. Childs Equity Partners II L.P.; since 1992, Aspartame has also been produced by Ajinomoto, Merisant and the Holland Sweetener Company).
By the way, Aspartame is safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its use in 1981, and several European Union countries approved aspartame in the 1980s, with EU-wide approval in 1994. The European Food Safety Authority concluded in its 2013 re-evaluation that aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure, corroborating other medical reviews.
The first PCB chemical was discovered in 1865, and German chemists synthesized the first PCB in 1881. Monsanto did not exist until 36 years after discovery and 20 years after laboratory creation. It wasn’t until 64 years after discovery — in 1929 — that commercial production of PCBs in the U.S. was taken over by Monsanto (now Solutia Inc). PCBs were banned in the US 36 years ago.
DDT was first synthesized in 1874 — 23 years before Monsanto existed.Monsanto began manufacturing DDT in 1944, along with 15 other companies. Monsanto ceased production 38 years ago. Agricultural use of DDT in the U.S. was banned 43 years ago. A worldwide ban on its agricultural use was later formalized under the Stockholm Convention.
The insecticidal properties of DDT were discovered in 1939 by a Swiss chemist, Paul Hermann Müller, who won Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for its discovery, because DDT was so effective against lice, fleas, and mosquitoes — the carriers of typhus, of plague, and of malaria and yellow fever, respectively.
Agent Orange was first developed at the University of Chicago during World War II by Professor E.J. Kraus. More than 20 years later, Monsanto became one of nine wartime government contractors who manufactured Agent Orange from 1965 to 1969.
Genentech discovered Bovine Growth Hormone in the 1970s. Monsanto licensed Genentech’s patent, but didn’t start selling the product until the 1990s. In 2008, Monsanto sold this business, in full, to Eli Lilly and Company.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization, and the National Institutes of Health have all independently stated that dairy products and meat from BST-treated cows are safe for human consumption.
Because food safety and environmental concerns, as well as opposition to huge corporations, typically falls on the Left end of the political spectrum, we’ll attribute this meme to someone on the Left. And we’ll point out, once again, the lying doesn’t work for the Left, so let’s knock it off.