Monsanto Cartoons Add Much Needed Humor to Some Not So Funny Issues

Monsanto, the multinational agricultural giant who sells 90% of the world’s genetically engineered seeds, has been in the news a lot this month… and as usual, it’s not the kind of press they’d like to have.

We usually post a funny image, video, or story on Fridays. For that reason, we’re going to chuckle over some incredible Monsanto illustrations by the talented cartoonist, Joe Mohr.

…but we’re still going to file this one in the [not-so] funny Friday folder.

Read on below the cartoons to learn more about what they’re alluding to.





Cartoon #1: Monsanto Claus

This cartoon originally appeared on Wend Magazine’s Wendblog. It’s making a pretty blatant point about the multiple ways Monsanto is holding the world’s seed supply hostage.

As the Monsanto Wikipedia page says,

“Monsanto is frequently described by farmers as ‘Gestapo’ and ‘Mafia’ both because of these lawsuits and because of the questionable means they use to collect evidence of patent infringement.”


Cartoon #2: Africa’s Agricultural Woes = Profit (for others)

This cartoon appeared on Ecopolitology a couple of days ago.

Millions of Africans (and people in countless other 3rd world countries) are suffering and dying from failed agricutural ventures. Monsanto has the seeds that could help feed the masses but instead chooses to “let them eat cake”, as it were.


Cartoon #3: Monsanto Corn Causes Organ Damage in Mammals

This cartoon was seen on Twilight Earth — who, along with Organic Lifestyle magazine, is one of THE authorities on all things Monsanto.Twilight Earth recently reported on a December 2009 study that was published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences which shows that 3 varieties of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn cause organ damage in mammals.

The report says,

“The data “clearly underlines adverse impacts on kidneys and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, as well as different levels of damages to heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system,” reported Gilles-Eric Séralini, a molecular biologist at the University of Caen.”

This, of course, means that maybe those African’s with agricultural troubles should be glad that Monsanto won’t help out with free or low-priced seeds.


What Can WE Do About All Of This?


What other ways can you think of to help cut the Monsanto noose that holds the world’s agriculture in a strangle hold?



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  • Jess @OpenlyBalanced

    Thanks for these! I needed a little bit of [not so] funny in my Friday. They made me go “heh :-/”.

  • Jim

    Lynnette I watched the movie Food Inc. – lots of stuff in there about how Monsanto controls the seed market. Interesting stuff for sure