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Today, we honor the lives of the fallen and pay tribute to their extraordinary sacrifice.
We must also honor the sick, the dying and the dead who were poisoned by Monsanto, as this heinous corporation is responsible for horrible atrocities committed against soldiers and their families in the U.S. and abroad.
Monsanto’s involvement in weapons of war began in the 60s with the manufacturing of Agent Orange. The incredibly toxic herbicide/defoliant was the primary chemical of choice for the U.S. military and was used in an herbicidal warfare program known as Operation Ranch Hand. Agent Orange ravaged the health of civilians and soldiers alike, and the devastating legacy continues today with severe birth defects, cancers and other serious ailments afflicting second and third generations in both Vietnam and the states.
People who weren’t alive to see this war are suffering the ramifications of Monsanto’s poison. A report by The Institute of Medicine, determined a link between the exposure to Agent Orange and illnesses including soft-tissue sarcoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma and chloracne.
These heartbreaking diagnoses have been documented in astonishing numbers in the children and grandchildren of those who served in this war.
The following is a brief compilation of testimonials of victims suffering Agent Orange-related health issues as reported by chicagonow.com:
“I had a radical hysterectomy at 28 years old, after more miscarriages than I can count.”
“I’ve always wondered if I had been exposed to something, ‘cause it made no sense that all my teeth just fell out by the time I was 35.”
“The doctors can’t tell me what is wrong. They call it peripheral neuropathy, but I don’t have diabetes. All I know is there are no drugs that can counter the pain, and it is getting worse.”
“I’ve had two different cancers. Now, there is something weird with my bones, they seem to be just dissolving. The doctors said this is not a reaction to the chemo. In fact, they discovered the issue with my bones when they first started me on chemo and radiation.”
“I have something called spinal stenosis.”
Monsanto is unfazed by the suffering and strife caused by its harmful chemicals, and their war crimes weren’t left in the 70s. Redacted army documents confirm that Monsanto is the sole producer of white phosphorous (WP), a chemical weapon of war that is used on civilian populations in places like Syria and Gaza, including the Israeli invasion in 2008, infamously known as the Gaza Massacre.
White phosphorous causes multiple, deep burns and severe injuries, commonly leading to death. The particles will continue to burn unless deprived of oxygen, which makes it particularly nasty because white phosphorus burns until it disappears…burning the victim right down to the bone. Absorption through the skin can cause damage to internal organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. Victims often suffer from long-lasting health problems, including birth defects and neurological damage.
“The use of white phosphorus is not in and of itself a war crime, and is generally considered acceptable as a means of obscuring troop movements or illuminating areas,” wrote Jason Ditz ofAntiWar.com. “Its use in civilian areas however, even if not directed at the civilian population, is banned under the Geneva Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.” Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
Monsanto is also responsible for poisoning soldiers and their families inside U.S. borders.
Fort McClellan is the former home of the U.S. Army Military Police and U.S. Army Chemical Schools. Tens of thousands of men and women, along with their families, were assigned to the base for basic training in the fort’s 82-year history.
From 1933 to 1999, the soldiers and civilians of Anniston were routinely exposed to bio-chemical toxins as a result of Monsanto’s criminal disposal of toxic waste into creeks and dumping millions of pounds of PCBs into open-pit landfills. Soldiers laid on PCB-soaked fire ranges, drank them in their canteens, and inhaled them during operational training. Children played in the creeks on hot days, drinking and swimming in the toxic water.
Although Monsanto claimed it was unaware of the toxicity of PCBs, their own documents prove that extraordinary lengths were taken to conceal the extreme harm, including the manipulation of scientific studies and the coercion of researchers to alter their findings to downplay the dangers of PCB exposure.
The town of Anniston was awarded a 700 million dollar settlement from Monsanto due to PCB poisoning. However, the Veterans stationed at Fort McClellan were not included. It was assumed that the Veterans Administration would take care of their own. This never happened.
The Army closed the base after it was deemed a toxic site by the EPA. Every government entity, including the Department of Defense and the VA, acknowledges the disturbing effects PCBs have on the human body, yet the soldiers who were stationed there are denied the care they so desperately require as a result of Monsanto’s poisoning.
It’s Time To Stand Up For Those Who Stood For Us.
March Against Monsanto would like to invite everyone to join Operation Stand Together, which is the collective effort to unite our military Veterans from all branches, their families, DoD/Civilian employees, and sympathetic supporters for one day in Washington D.C. at the National Mall on May 20, 2017.
May 20th, 2017 is symbolic as it is Armed Forces Day, the anniversary of the closure of Fort McClellan and the 5th global May March Against Monsanto.
Goals of this action include seeking legislative reform for chemical toxin exposures, which have caused chronic illness, disability, and death for not only our Veterans, but their dependents as well.
These are only a few examples of the crimes committed against our brave military, but there are many more stories of contamination (air, water, and soil), for which there are no benefits or acknowledgment by the federal government.
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