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Watch--Elanco is Becoming the Monsanto of the Animal Drug Industry

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6) Lack Of Biotech Foods Is Causing World Hunger

It takes a lot of gall for Biotech, which patents foods, corners markets and annihilates indigenous farmers and small farms to accuse its critics of causing world hunger. But in the Elanco report, critics of Biotech "innovation" are blamed for world hunger even though the World Food Program, a more credible source, puts the blame squarely on climate change, poverty, unstable markets, war and displacement. The World Food Program also affirms that "the world produces enough to feed the entire global population of 7 billion people." But of course by "hunger" Elanco means lack of meat, milk and eggs which are its profit centers thanks to the antibiotics, growth producers, hormones, vaccines and other chemicals it seeks to sell.

Without Biotech, "consumers in Asia, Africa and Latin America will lack choices and have diminished ability to nourish their families with high quality animal protein," warns Elanco, thought animal protein is often not a big part of indigenous food traditions. (For example the Kenyan runners who consistently win U.S. marathons eat little meat.) Like the controversial Christian live animal charity Heifer International which Elanco supports, "food shortages" really means lack of animal food which is deemed "better" than other sources of protein. But better for whom? Countries that currently lack the heart disease, diabetes and obesity that come from the Western diet? Or better for Biotech?

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)

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