Monsanto also helped contribute to atomic bomb research and was one
of the several companies that produced Agent Orange, which caused half a
million Vietnamese children to be born
with deformities and poisoned over 3 million people. Agent Orange is
still used as a pesticide for genetically modified (GM) corn in the US.
After genetically modified crops were introduced in India by Monsanto
in 2002, poor Indian farmers became trapped in vicious debt cycles after
adopting GM seeds and herbicides. In 2009, the number of GM-debt
related suicides was so high that an Indian farmer was estimated to
commit suicide every 30 minutes.
Judges, witnesses and experts gather for the first session of the
People’s Assembly, the hearings of the Monsanto Tribunal at the Hague in
the Netherlands. (Photo: Monsanto Tribunal