Sprouting Evil: How Monsanto Endangers Heirlooms
To understand Monsanto’s looming role in today’s heirloom seed industry, it helps to know the company’s role in farming overall—specifically, the fact that it didn’t even have one up until a decade or two ago.
Monsanto started out as a chemical producer back at the turn of the twentieth century, generating sweeteners like saccharin and industrial products like sulfuric acid before moving into insecticides like DDT in the 1940s. The current leading food manufacturer in the United States, Monsanto used to make one of the worst chemicals, both environmentally and health-wise, ever created.
They helped make Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, too.