Keep Monsanto Activity Book Out of Elementary Schools

Target: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Goal: Do not support the inclusion of book designed to teach benefits of biotechnology in elementary school curricula

As the public becomes more and more educated about the dangers of genetically modified foods, the outcry against biotechnology giants like Monsanto has grown louder and louder. Facing a future decline in profits, Monsanto has done what any savvy conglomerate would do: begun targeting future generations of consumers.

In partnership with Dow, Bayer Pharmaceuticals and five other major biotech companies, Monsato has released the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book. This 16-page book includes word scrambles, fill-in-the-blank puzzles and matching games that are designed to teach children the “benefits” of biotechnology, despite the recent findings of scientists from all disciplines. Genetically modified foods have been linked to autoimmune diseases, reproductive problems and organ damage, among others. The use of “factory farms” (a side effect of the “higher yield” biotech industry) is causing devastation to family farmers across America and irreparable damage to the environment, and yet the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book proclaims: “…biotechnology is helping to improve the health of the Earth and the people who call it home,” on its very first page.

The inclusion of a teacher’s guide in Monsanto’s activity book suggests that this guide is intended for inclusion into elementary school curricula across the country. The implementation of this book into school programs implies that the information contained within it is true. This is not the case. Our children should not be exposed to the lies of a company unconcerned with the health or well-being of our environment or society and purely driven by their own bottom-line.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Mr. Duncan:

More and more scientific findings support the claim that genetically modified foods are dangerous not only to our health, but also to our environment. It would be irresponsible to include any information into school curricula that would proclaim otherwise.

Recently, Monsanto, Dow and Bayer Pharmaceuticals partnered to create the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book, targeted towards elementary school children. This book flies in the face of scientific findings and proclaims that GMOs are not only safe, but healthy.

The inclusion of a teacher’s guide in Monsanto’s activity book suggests that this guide is intended for inclusion into elementary school curriculum across the country. The implementation of this book into school programs implies that the information contained within it is true. This is not the case. Please help to ensure that our children are not exposed to the lies of a company unconcerned with the health or well-being of our environment or society and keep the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book out of schools.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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14 Comments

  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    Anywhere Mon(ster)santo has a presence, trouble is soon to follow. They are one of the definitions of corporate evil and have every intention of bullying their way around since if you control the food supply, you control the people.

    • Penny Rand says:

      Apparently Nestle has dibs on the water supply… their CEO issued a statement that no one has a right to water… I’ve bought my last Pellegrino and Poland Spring… sorry… Perrier as well… all owned by Nestle…

  2. Hay I hate you Monsanto for everything! You make evil i know I am ment to be evil but you are way to evil

  3. Oh Lord God, has Monsanto not already done enough harm to people!
    It is up to all of us to stay informed and take action against this evil company that is backed by our government!

  4. Enough arguing! There should be a system to test peoples’ opinions, not to just accept Monsanto’s.

  5. J Davidson says:

    We’re all sick from this concocted junk.

  6. America The Evil says:

    These disgraceful excuses for human beings, both the democrats and republicans (don’t believe that either is not the same) are going to push this world to the brink of destruction.

    How long can we stand to sit by and watch them destroy the world for profit? This government is NOT what we want. This government is A TINY, MICROSCOPIC PORTION of this country. This government is PAID FOR BY OUR TAXES. This government is PAID FOR BY CORPORATE CHARLATANS.

    When will we stop paying our taxes? Sorry, this product was not what I paid for, I want a refund.

  7. KIDS SHOULD BE LEARNING HOW TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES NOT FED HISTORY THAT IS ONE SIDED AND BIASED. NOW WE HAVE THESE SOCIOPATHS TRYING TO GET KIDS ACCEPTANCE FOR FRANKENFOODS..OMG, WILL IT EVER END?

  8. Jen Galton says:

    My child will NEVER be taught by Monsanto- period.

  9. Ginger White says:

    Monsanto is evil and can do no good for anyone. They are too corrupt to ever become a decent company. Their employees have the stench of greed and blood on them of many generations. They need to be brought to justice.

  10. melinda power says:

    Morally wrong. Schools are not the place to flog particular views.

  11. hardyfarmer says:

    Monsanto’s K-12 grant program will fund $15million for math & science education, and as troubling as this sounds, with plans “To Make The Best Better”, with 4-H groups around the country, and with youth in more than 80 countries.

    Purdue University—Biotechnology 101, DNA extraction for children with 4-H program
    https://ag.purdue.edu/agricultures/Pages/April2013/Features/Shaking_Up_Science.aspx#.UbuseOuf-63

    4-H biotechnology project:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151639216577486&set=a.124431152485.103509.63489887485&type=1&theater

    Monsanto Math & Science Education Grant K-12:
    http://www.monsantofund.org/grants/math-science-education/

    Monsanto and 4-H:
    http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/Pages/Monsanto-and-4-H.aspx

  12. Absolutely disgusting. We need an amendment to separate corporation and state.

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