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?

Upload your message to Monsanto et. al. & we'll deliver. Simply click 'submit your story' and upload an image with your message:

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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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.

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.

My name is Dawna Knapp and I am an intern for Pesticide Action Network North America.  I have learned things about pesticides from this internship that sadden and sicken me, but also have propelled me to dedicate my energy to stopping the Big 6 chemical manufacturing companies - Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, and DuPont - from poisoning our communities and the environment.  Since I began in July 2011, I have helped organize protests and demonstrations against methyl iodide, helped create a tour of local, sustainable, organic farms for lawmakers and the media, and lobbied California legislators ban the use of this toxic fumigant.  I am thrilled to be one voice among many telling the most harmful chemical manufacturing companies to STOP POISONING ME - I WANT OFF THE TOXIC TREADMILL.  

My name is Dawna Knapp and I am an intern for Pesticide Action Network North America.  I have learned things about pesticides from this internship that sadden and sicken me, but also have propelled me to dedicate my energy to stopping the Big 6 chemical manufacturing companies - Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, and DuPont - from poisoning our communities and the environment.  Since I began in July 2011, I have helped organize protests and demonstrations against methyl iodide, helped create a tour of local, sustainable, organic farms for lawmakers and the media, and lobbied California legislators ban the use of this toxic fumigant.  I am thrilled to be one voice among many telling the most harmful chemical manufacturing companies to STOP POISONING ME - I WANT OFF THE TOXIC TREADMILL.  

You are Killing us. Stop it NOW! Are you insane? What kind of people are you? You have apparently been made stupid and soulless by your greed. Open your hearts. Listen.
I was a teacher in an elementary school in California that was surrounded by strawberry fields.
The school district used round-up on the school grounds to kill weeds under the outdoor tables where the kids ate lunch. Other pesticides and herbicides were being used all over the school.
Next to the school, pesticides were being used on the strawberries. Because everyone - adults and children - in the school community was chronically sick, some of us teachers pulled the ag permits. We discovered what pesticides were being used next to the school. We learned that over 12 different deadly pesticides were being routinely applied right next to the school, including neurotoxins, estrogen disrupters, mutagens, carcinogens, teratogens (causing birth defects, late term abortion and infertility), immune system disruptors, chemicals known to cause behavioral abnormalities and implicated in Parkinson’s disease. respiratory damage and liver damage. We learned that the synergistic effects of using these chemicals in combination has not even been studied, but it is known that exposure to multiple toxic chemicals increases risk geometrically over the risk from exposure to a single toxic chemical. EPA documented that the drift from the chemicals onto our school playground and into the classrooms was more than ten times over the allowable limits for adults, yet you were exposing children.
You are waging chemical warfare on the children of the earth. You need to stop it.

You are Killing us. Stop it NOW! Are you insane? What kind of people are you? You have apparently been made stupid and soulless by your greed. Open your hearts. Listen.

I was a teacher in an elementary school in California that was surrounded by strawberry fields.

The school district used round-up on the school grounds to kill weeds under the outdoor tables where the kids ate lunch. Other pesticides and herbicides were being used all over the school.

Next to the school, pesticides were being used on the strawberries. Because everyone - adults and children - in the school community was chronically sick, some of us teachers pulled the ag permits. We discovered what pesticides were being used next to the school. We learned that over 12 different deadly pesticides were being routinely applied right next to the school, including neurotoxins, estrogen disrupters, mutagens, carcinogens, teratogens (causing birth defects, late term abortion and infertility), immune system disruptors, chemicals known to cause behavioral abnormalities and implicated in Parkinson’s disease. respiratory damage and liver damage. We learned that the synergistic effects of using these chemicals in combination has not even been studied, but it is known that exposure to multiple toxic chemicals increases risk geometrically over the risk from exposure to a single toxic chemical. EPA documented that the drift from the chemicals onto our school playground and into the classrooms was more than ten times over the allowable limits for adults, yet you were exposing children.

You are waging chemical warfare on the children of the earth. You need to stop it.

I don’t like bullies.  I don’t like how you’ve treated this country’s, and the world’s farmers.  I don’t like how you treat plants and animals, and your customers, and the environment.  You poison us.  You are Toxic.  You have killed the bees, your nasty systemic pesticides have been proven to be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder.  We are your brothers and sisters, like it or not.  Some day you will come to know this.  ”As ye sow, so shall ye reap”  It’s that simple, chemical mongers.  Mother Nature is Sacred.  Repent, stop your evil ways, and make it up to all of us.  Be a good citizen.  You are not better than us.  You are us.   In killing us you kill yourselves.  WEAREALLONE. 

I don’t like bullies.  I don’t like how you’ve treated this country’s, and the world’s farmers.  I don’t like how you treat plants and animals, and your customers, and the environment.  You poison us.  You are Toxic.  You have killed the bees, your nasty systemic pesticides have been proven to be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder.  We are your brothers and sisters, like it or not.  Some day you will come to know this.  ”As ye sow, so shall ye reap”  It’s that simple, chemical mongers.  Mother Nature is Sacred.  Repent, stop your evil ways, and make it up to all of us.  Be a good citizen.  You are not better than us.  You are us.   In killing us you kill yourselves.  WEAREALLONE. 

One message…please stop killing me and my family with your toxic chemicals and gmo seed. Enough is enough. I fear for my new grandson and what a destroyed nature he will inherit!! Just stop…

As I am sure your ethics are totally compromised or nonexistent- my message speaks to your bottom line- profit. I will not buy your products and in conjunction with Millions Against Monsanto will spread the word of your poisonous business practices. No products with corn, soy, sugar, or canola oil are safe to consume in the US unless they are organic. Terminator seeds threaten the very food web all life on this planet relies on. I cannot even fathom the depths of your depravity all for the love of profit.

Your technological attempts to bring greater yield, feed more people, decrease pesticide use and help farmers have failed. Your seeds are not good for soils, nor for watersheds, nor for biodiversity. Your seeds are not leading to resilience amidst climate change, are not supporting the majority of the world’s farmers, and are not feeding people.  You are contaminating indigenous seeds. You are degrading the world’s topsoil. You have record profits at a time of record hunger. And with all that said, your model of exploiting the world’s people and resources for the profit of the few of you under the guise of bringing a product to feed people and help farmers is a myth that I am sure you know is a myth. Please acknowledge this, and that the continuation of your model of business is playing a significant role in the killing of this sacred earth. And we all, including you, depend on and are part of this earth.

Your technological attempts to bring greater yield, feed more people, decrease pesticide use and help farmers have failed. Your seeds are not good for soils, nor for watersheds, nor for biodiversity. Your seeds are not leading to resilience amidst climate change, are not supporting the majority of the world’s farmers, and are not feeding people.  You are contaminating indigenous seeds. You are degrading the world’s topsoil. You have record profits at a time of record hunger. And with all that said, your model of exploiting the world’s people and resources for the profit of the few of you under the guise of bringing a product to feed people and help farmers is a myth that I am sure you know is a myth. Please acknowledge this, and that the continuation of your model of business is playing a significant role in the killing of this sacred earth. And we all, including you, depend on and are part of this earth.

Your technological attempts to bring greater yield, feed more people, decrease pesticide use and help farmers have failed. Your seeds are not good for soils, nor for watersheds, nor for biodiversity. Your seeds are not leading to resilience amidst climate change, are not supporting the majority of the world’s farmers, and are not feeding people.  You are contaminating indigenous seeds. You are degrading the world’s topsoil. You have record profits at a time of record hunger. And with all that said, your model of exploiting the world’s people and resources for the profit of the few of you under the guise of bringing a product to feed people and help farmers is a myth that I am sure you know is a myth. Please acknowledge this, and that the continuation of your model of business is playing a significant role in the killing of this sacred earth. And we all, including you, depend on and are part of this earth.

Your technological attempts to bring greater yield, feed more people, decrease pesticide use and help farmers have failed. Your seeds are not good for soils, nor for watersheds, nor for biodiversity. Your seeds are not leading to resilience amidst climate change, are not supporting the majority of the world’s farmers, and are not feeding people.  You are contaminating indigenous seeds. You are degrading the world’s topsoil. You have record profits at a time of record hunger. And with all that said, your model of exploiting the world’s people and resources for the profit of the few of you under the guise of bringing a product to feed people and help farmers is a myth that I am sure you know is a myth. Please acknowledge this, and that the continuation of your model of business is playing a significant role in the killing of this sacred earth. And we all, including you, depend on and are part of this earth.