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Monsanto, this company associated with a series of ecological, economic and health problems, has launched the proposal to create flowers that, once cut, can be kept longer. To prevent the flowers from wilting, the agrochemical company has developed a method that consists of temporarily modifying the function of certain genes linked to plant aging - RNA molecules - and thus blocking the ability of fresh flowers to produce ethylene gas .
The multinational explains that ethylene gas, the natural growth hormone, causes apples to rot and rose petals fall off, and accelerates the ripening of fruit harvested in an immature state, such as tomatoes and bananas. So by blocking the hormone, by doping vase water with RNA, Monsanto is altering the flow of nature.
With this discovery, Monsanto plans to bottle molecules that make plants flourish, and, in turn, use gene sprays that are capable of killing insects such as fire ants and alticines. For the multinational company, "the floral effort represents early detection work by teams that have tried to identify new agricultural applications for RNA."
For photographer Mathieu Asselin, whose project Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation you can see by clicking here, explains how the places where Monsanto has applied its products have been destroyed by their toxicity:
The most chilling part is that, even today, we still do not have a clear idea about how the health problems of the population will evolve, much less the effects they will have on future generations are known. And this is a pattern that in the early stages has been repeated with GMOs. It is simply that we do not know what the long-term or medium-term consequences of genetic manipulation will be. […] But Monsanto goes one step earlier by genetically modifying seeds such as corn, cotton, sugarcane, alfalfa, soybeans, to be resistant to Roundup (glyphosate-tolerant crops) called Roundup Ready Seeds. The consequences in humans have been shown in places like Argentina, where a large part of the population that lives near these crops sprayed with these herbicides have developed different types of health problems, among them malformations of newborns similar to children in Vietnam Contaminated with Dioxin (the most powerful chemical that has been created by man, and the main component of Agent Orange). […] As you can see, many of Monsanto's products were built in what I called a cascade of successful failures. The commercialization of these failures has had a successful work strategy for this American company.Ecoportal.net