Malsanto Corporation does not belong in Wilbur County

by Rachel Angeli­na Valazques

Many of you know me as the cus­to­di­an at Old Paiute High School. I have not lived in Ger­maine for very long –about two years– so I hope you do not think me too for­ward about com­ment­ing on com­mu­ni­ty affairs.

It has come to my atten­tion that a very bad cor­po­rate cit­i­zen has set up a research facil­i­ty in Wilbur Coun­ty. This com­pa­ny, a huge transna­tion­al con­glom­er­ate, is called Mal­san­to. Let me tell you about Mal­san­to.

My grand­par­ents on my mother’s side of the fam­i­ly farmed for many years in the area around Ontario, Ore­gon. They grew alfal­fa and corn and mel­ons, among oth­er things. They are dead now, but my uncle kept the farm going until three years ago, when he took his own life, and those of his wife and three chil­dren.

Why did he kill him­self and his fam­i­ly? One word: Mal­san­to. Now you may think that this is hyper­bole, but let me tell you what Mal­san­to did.

You see, my uncle was strug­gling, as most small farm­ers do. Six years ago, the com­pa­ny which sells him seed offered to give him some mel­on seed at half price, if he would try this new vari­ety.

Now, my uncle is not the most well read man, and he is a farmer, not a lawyer. So he didn’t read the fine print, which said that the crops would yield ster­ile seed. Now that is not such a big deal with mel­ons, as many vari­eties are seed­less.

But my uncle was a poor man. A por­tion of his crop always goes to seed pro­duc­tion. They didn’t tell him that although the seed was ster­ile, the pollen was not. And that when the new vari­eties cross-pol­li­nat­ed with his seed crop, then all of his seed would be ren­dered ster­ile.

My uncle’s busi­ness, and his life, were ruined by this com­pa­ny, Mal­san­to.

And his cousin in Ida­ho was dri­ven from busi­ness when his organ­ic corn crop was con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed by Malsanto’s genet­i­cal­ly-engi­neered corn from his neighbor’s field. Not only did it destroy his organ­ic farm, but Mal­san­to then sued him for “steal­ing” their G-E seed stock.

This is evil, and it is uncon­scionable. But let me tell you one more thing about Mal­san­to which you might not know.

This com­pa­ny is not only in the seed busi­ness. For decades they have pro­duced pes­ti­cides and chem­i­cal defo­liants which have been tied to can­cers and oth­er human ail­ments. They have pro­duced hor­ri­ble weapons for use in war. This is not a com­pa­ny which is out to bet­ter human­i­ty. They are not a com­pa­ny which we should wel­come here in Wilbur Coun­ty.

If you care about this, then you should join a group of peo­ple who will be dis­cussing Mal­san­to at the Ger­maine Pub­lic Library on March 3rd at 1 pm.

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