We want off the 'toxic treadmill'

Known as the 'Big 6' - Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont dominate the global seed, pesticide & ag biotech markets. This handful of corporations control the fate of food & farming by keeping the global food system on a toxic treadmill: pushing one product after another in pursuit of poisoned profits.

Our health, livelihoods & the sustainability of our food system are all on the line. How do the Big 6 pesticide/biotech corporations affect your life?

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e.g. "Hey Big 6: I am a [farmer/ farmworker/ food lover/ beekeeper/ mom/ dad/ student etc.], and I want off your toxic treadmill. [add your story: how pesticides have affected you, or why you care about safe, fair food]. We want our food system back!"



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I am a breast cancer survivor trying so hard to eat organic, non-poisoned and non-toxic foods. It is a constant battle cause in so many foods we don’t get a choice not to eat your toxins. Stay out of my food!!!!!

I have lived in Earlimart my whole life.  I guess my family and neighbors are the poster children of what can go wrong when you grow up around pesticide applications.  Before they were table grapes, now they are almond trees.  Both these crops use very many applications of bad actor pesticides that can cause cancer, reproductive and nervous system damaging illnesses. Always we just would accept the spray.  The headaches and the nausea would come and go.  We did not know we could report the drift.  We did not know who to call when it would leave droplets on us.  Through the years my neighbors began talking about the various cancers they had come out with.  One neighbor learned of her brain cancer and died a month later.  Another neighbor had a double mastectomy.  A couple of children got leukemia and have since then died at the age of 19.  More and more neighbors said the child they had  was diagnosed with autism more frequently.  My son who is 19 is also diagnosed with autism. The little school bus that used to carry 10 kids now carries 30.  My father , and my two uncles both died from prostate cancer.  My grandson was born prematurely after a big pesticide drift.   That accident sickened close to 200 people with burning eyes, nausea, headaches, and dizziness.  This is very unjust that we are being effected by pesticides, the test scores of our kids are lower than normal kids at their age.  I am infuriated by being inundated by the several types of different pesticides over the years over and over.  Here instead of enjoying the springtime, we dread it because that is when the most pesticide applications are done.  The pretty blossoms are very deceptive indeed.

Dear Big 6,

I am a pregnant 21 year old woman and I want off your toxic treadmill. I am nine months pregnant and through out the entire duration of my pregnancy I have been plagued with constant worry and turmoil due to the pesticides you are drenching my food in. I can not go a day without worrying about how to come up with the money to buy organic produce because the conventional have carcinogens, hormone disruptors, neurotoxins and developmental toxins that are poisoning my baby in the womb. I go to use my credit card more frequently than my debit card because I am scrambling to come up with the money that I don’t have in order to shop at places like Whole Foods and avoid the chemical cocktail that you are feeding America. My unborn baby is not getting the life he deserves because I am forced to pay almost twice as much for healthy, pesticide-free food instead of putting my money toward essential baby items like swaddling blankets and nursing bras. Within the last three months alone, I have acquired $1,500 in credit card debt in order to keep eating at Whole Foods and not put the pesticide-ridden food you produce into the body of my unborn child. I am writing my story to you because I hope and I pray that my voice will get heard. You have chosen to put your own wealth above the health and safety of helpless Americans who are kept in the dark about what you do to their food in order to turn a profit. I hope you sleep well at night on your $3,000 dollar Egyptian cotton sheets knowing that your putting chemicals by the bucket-full on the dinner tables of the rest of us. In spite of my growing acquisition of credit card debt, in spite of being exploited by your companies and in spite of the constant battle I have to fight everyday in order to provide myself and my unborn child with chemical-free food, I keep a positive outlook that this too shall pass, that the food system in America can be turned around and brought back to being virtuous as it once was. We need safe and fair food. We need food that is not going to give us cancer, not going to harm our fetuses and not going to damage our brains and nervous systems. We need to stop being exploited and we want our food system back.

The longer I live, the more reasons I have to avoid the detriments you’ve brought into the world. Your latest? The newest means to continue using a suite of toxic pesticides: crops bio-engineered to withstand pesticides application or produce their own pesticides. First my parents, then my environmental policy and science professors, and now my colleagues have demonstrated that yours is a failed approach to agriculture that will bankrupt our health and our livelihoods. I have listened to your case and have been attuned to the developing science of pesticides and genetic modification. I am thoroughly unconvinced that what you produce and promote is safe or beneficial for society. Have you stepped outside of what you think you know to really study the effects of your products and the food production model that you’re an integral part of? If you have any integrity, you will. It is not to late to stop pushing poison and profiteering as if it’s the only way to live. As long as you continue, my work is cut out for me.

NO THANKS, Monsanto~ genetically modified NOT FOOD (substantial equivalence is a LIE!!!!) is POISON and we DON’T WANT TO EAT IT!  we will force a tipping point in the market and you can kiss your profits good-bye! why would we want “FOOD” from a company that brought us WAR CHEMICALS and makes PESTICIDES?!?! we are ONTO YOU~ even your CEO eats organic, and your corporate cafeterias serve non-GMO foods “for the safety and heath” of the employees! hypocrites and criminals!

Keep our food safe!  You eat it too!

I started eating all organic earlier this year, after watching the movie, “Food, Inc.”  After the rather shocking information in that movie, I started watching other food documentaries; “The Future of Food,” “Food Matters,” “The Gerson Miracle,” “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” “Deconstructing Supper,” “King Corn,” and several others, including a movie on our “mysterious” dying honeybee populations.  Watching these documentaries, and absorbing the information within them, only furthered my resolve to eat all organic.  I made a complete lifestyle change, literally, within hours.

I am happy to report that within my first week of eating only and all organic, my low-grade headaches simply disappeared.  My skin became clearer.  My thinking got sharper.  My balance improved.  And three months later, most of my “normal” bodily aches and pains have subsided by about 70%.  

The arthritis that I thought I was getting in my knees (for the last 4 years) actually seems to be reversing - something I didn’t think was even possible.  All this time, I’d thought I was just “getting old.”  

You see, I didn’t fully realize that the food I was consuming was actually contributing to what I can only call my premature aging.  I didn’t realize that the food I was eating, was actually making me sick.  Interestingly enough, I thought I was eating “healthfully,” before - !?!  But, I still had the occasional boxed “food” - and the occasional (not often!) fast-food drive thru meal.

I didn’t fully understand what I was consuming - much less that I was consuming GMO’s - Genetically Modified Organisms - in every processed food that I’d been eating since 1996 - largely because there were , and still are no labels to tell me what was IN these “foods”

Imagine my surprise, when I took myself off all preservatives (which included any and all GMO’s), and discovered that my bodily aches and pains were actually NOT a result of my own, “normal aging” - but more than likely that of poor nutrition, compounded by consuming fruits and vegetables overly-treated with frequent and regular pesticides - ?!?

Going organic is the only major thing that I’ve changed in my lifestyle, to account for my newly increased health and vitality.  I took myself off all red meat (unless it’s grass-fed).  I don’t eat chickens unless they are free-range, and never given GMO feed.   I eat only eggs from humanely treated chickens, free range, and non-GMO fed.  I buy only supplements that have the “Non-GMO Project” labeled, clearly.  I rarely drink alcohol.

And, for the first time in several years, I finally feel good - so “normal,” again - that I will never go back to eating anything non-organic again.  Ever.  I feel like I’ve reversed my body’s biological clock by ten years.

My own personal food-journey experience, along with absorbing information from a plethora of food documentaries and many other sources, has given me this epiphany…

Big 6, you are making our population sick with your products - and with the by-products your industries are creating, to produce these products.  

You are damaging our environment.  You are polluting our air, our water, our animals and our land.  Your industries are creating and contributing to toxic greenhouse gases.  

Your pesticides are killing our soil, turning out deficient plants, devoid of nutrients.  Your GMO foods are as toxic to humans, as the pollution your industries create to our ecosystem and to our Earth.  

GMO foods have absolutely NO benefits to humans - other than lining your pockets - both at the expense of the health of our population and the health of our planet.  

Your “safety tests” are virtually non-existent on humans.  Every independently funded scientific study of GMO’s consumed by lab mice (and other mammals) have resulted in damage to every system and every organ of their bodies, within ten days.  

And, Yes.  We know about your “revolving door” with the department heads of our government, and all the millions of dollars you have spent on your lobbyists, to keep your Genetically Engineered (GE) foods from being labeled.  You have created “the fox guarding the hen house,” and all for profits.  You have misconstrued, falsified, and even deleted valuable safety information in your “voluntary testing” of GMO products to the FDA, which prove that your GMO products (I won’t even call them food, as they are actually classified as a pesticide!) are unsafe, toxic, and unfit for human consumption. (Institute for Responsible Technology, Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the books, “Seeds of Deception,” and “Genetic Roulette.”)

You have a history of lying to the government and our people on this planet, about the safety of your products.  

Your GMO products, and your pesticides are the major contributing cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) of our bees.  You are making us sick, and you are killing us.  All of us.  And all for your own profit.  

But I ask you - where will all of those profits leave you, in the end - ?        When our population has been properly culled by your toxic crops and your pesticides… When the super bugs and the super weeds (that your GMO crops have created) continue to build resistance to your pesticide crops, and they come and wipe out your huge monocultures of corn, soy, cotton and canola - ?  Where will that leave you, or any of us for that matter, when there is no other biodiversity left, due directly to your GMO contamination and DNA pollution to our planet - ??  Our planet, which would otherwise sustain normal vegetation - but can’t, in our soil now left dead from your monocultures and your pesticide overuse…?  

…When our waters and our lands are so polluted with chemical toxins, which your companies created by illegal dumping (Monsanto - Aniston, Alabama; Vietnam; etc.)…?  Even your huge mega-billion-dollar profits (made at our expense) won’t be able to buy you or any survivor, a brand new, virgin-clean Earth to start all over, again.  This is it, folks ~ !

What you are doing (and have been doing, for decades) is irresponsible to our limited and fragile ecosystem.  And, it isn’t sustainable.  

I, for one, will be growing my own organic food garden in my back yard, this year. I will be shopping at organic Farmer’s Markets.  I will can my own organic produce.  I will continue to shop at organic stores.  I am taking charge of my own health, because you have helped to create a corrupt FDA, that tells me that your products are safe, when in fact, they are anything but.  Your products are dangerous.

And I am not alone in my assessments.  There is too much information against you and your bullying tactics, and a vastly growing trend in our “99%” masses that agree with these sentiments.

I, for one, will not be funding your companies, your pesticides, your drugs, or your greed-driven insanity.  

I believe that organic farming is the ONLY way to feed the world, effectively, nutritionally, and sustainably.  

But I’ve figured out by now that that never was, and never has been your motive.  Your claim of the need to “feed the world,” I believe, is just another red herring.  With all the information out there - including secret documents from your company exhumed in a lawsuit - it seems quite clear to me that your motive is to thin our population - and/or to keep us sick…                             

Because sick people have to pay the drug companies.  Dead people don’t pay - and neither do healthy people…  

The real money lies in keeping the majority of the population sick - and still purchasing and consuming the very products (unknowingly, without labels, so that your companies can conveniently try to skirt accountability) that are making us consumers ill in the first place.

I, for one, am stepping off the gerbil wheel that you’ve discretely tried to place before us all.  And, I will continue to encourage others to do the same.  

 I give you a two-thumbs down, “No Confidence” vote.  You have unerringly proven time and time again, that you will lie, cheat, bully, and sell your soul for a profit - regardless of the long-term effects your products are having - and will continue to have on our population, our children, our ecosystem, our animals, our environment, and our planet.

Tess Cramer 

I have been dedicating all my energy to stopping the Big 6 chemical manufacturing companies - Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, and DuPont - from poisoning our communities and the environment for 3 years now. Sometimes I feel my efforts are in vain but i have the strength to pursue this till I’m dead and these corporations are part of bad history. I do not wish this legacy to be left for my grandson, that he may say what was wrong with these people and why wasn’t it stopped. you are ruining our food, water and environment while making all of the worlds people very sick. You will never feed the world by using your unethical policies, only make sick people take drugs that are also making the people sicker. The Big 6, the FDA, and the USDA transfer employees from one position to the next that you may get bills passed and present false information. i myself experienced health problems (cyst in throat). opted not for surgery. But when i changed my diet to organic foods and meats the cyst “miraculously disappeared”. No drugs! No surgery! Let food be your healer. Only you are ruining our food supply! Often wondered what is in your refrigerators? Not what you are trying to force feed us I’m sure!! Do not know how you sleep at night!! But GREED has overtaken your minds. Would like for your CEO’s to spend a hands on growing season on one of the farms that use your products. That would change your mind!!

I have been dedicating all my energy to stopping the Big 6 chemical manufacturing companies - Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, and DuPont - from poisoning our communities and the environment for 3 years now. Sometimes I feel my efforts are in vain but i have the strength to pursue this till I’m dead and these corporations are part of bad history. I do not wish this legacy to be left for my grandson, that he may say what was wrong with these people and why wasn’t it stopped. you are ruining our food, water and environment while making all of the worlds people very sick. You will never feed the world by using your unethical policies, only make sick people take drugs that are also making the people sicker. The Big 6, the FDA, and the USDA transfer employees from one position to the next that you may get bills passed and present false information. i myself experienced health problems (cyst in throat). opted not for surgery. But when i changed my diet to organic foods and meats the cyst “miraculously disappeared”. No drugs! No surgery! Let food be your healer. Only you are ruining our food supply! Often wondered what is in your refrigerators? Not what you are trying to force feed us I’m sure!! Do not know how you sleep at night!! But GREED has overtaken your minds. Would like for your CEO’s to spend a hands on growing season on one of the farms that use your products. That would change your mind!!

For years and years now no Western Doctor or Western Healthcare facility could create a diagnosis for my ailments;(partly because no Health Care coverage exists that would look into it in a remedial way, what with all the control of the Pharmaceutical companies over our choice in Health Coverage, I found these are the same Companies holding stock doing business in BioTech) could be, they might tell me, maybe; chronic fatigue, constipation, sweating, stomach aches, etc. we don’t know what is wrong with you.                                                                                  Why do I eat well and get proper sleep and still feel horrible day to day..? this is not what daily life is supposed to feel like!

So I took my health into my own hands and started to eliminate preservatives and foods that were grown with pesticides and genetic engineered ingredients. Since I have started to eat as purely as I possibly can, (and doing research into farms who are honest, really growing organically) I feel much better.

Once I started to research the hidden ingredients and monopoly of the agriculture industry, I have been on a crusade to educate others about hidden food contaminants and toxins.

Please stop selling these chemicals and products, it is not healthy or  sustainable. I want to join the class action suit in violation of Humans Rights and Invasion of Personal Privacy through consumer marketing and manufacturing from the Big 6. This is my official Claim, Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and Dupont Products have made me sick.

I will stand to help and ask these Corporations to transition to a more Environmentally Sustainable and Responsible Business Operation.. They can not continue to get away with the illegal action of White Collar Crime by not making it Policy in the FDA, USDA and covertly controlling policies of the FarmBill to make profit. This is unfair Business Practice. These ingredients and their health ramifications should be labeled and told to consumers. It is time to see these Companies charged and fined the Billions of dollars in Environmental fees according to EIR and Statements on record with NEPA, EPA Agencies, Union of Concerned Scientists and Institute for Responsible Technology.

More fair play and Funding needs to be directed towards Organic Farming, Green Chemistry and Jobs through Safe Farming, and Global Safe Food.

Hey Big 6…pay up your fair share, help the FSA, fund Biodynamic practices in new Farms and existing Operations. Stop bullying Farmers and forcing subsides of GE, GM products. Stop promoting toxic and dangerous pesticide sprays and chemical fillers in pharmaceutical agents.

Its time to pay allotments to those who have submitted complaints to the USDA in Food Allergy and Civil Rights Departments. We shall be paid in sickness rewards the Millions of Dollars we deserve in medical fees, pain and suffering associated with your products Worldwide.

Due to cross contamination, the damage that Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and Dupont have done to profit over people health is liable to be stopped in Federal and International Courts. United Nations reports are showing support of Organic , smaller scale Farming, the research has been done and the Companies that pose  promotion of their products have been found  the a lack in yield increase and the depletion of beneficial insects on generations of Family FarmLands.

With all of the proof for the previous decades, of human health issues increasing, diseases, pathologies relating to environmental illnesses, water, soil, air and the damage it has done to living biology including animals and insects; with heightened contribution for climate pollution, this illegal action from the ‘Big6’ needs to stop.