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by Nick Meyer

A white phosphorus shell exploding. The shells’ use in Gaza constitutes a war crime according to Human Rights Watch.

A white phosphorus shell exploding. The shells’ use in Gaza constitutes a war crime according to Human Rights Watch.

The Monsanto Company is far from just a seed and pesticide corporation: it also has a long history of being involved with chemical weapons, as anyone who’s read about the terrifying history of Agent Orange in Vietnam knows.

Monsanto has long sought to deny accusations and disassociate itself with its history of Agent Orange involvement, but the truth is undeniable. Now, redacted U.S. Army documents have surfaced linking Monsanto to another horrific chemical weapon of war: white phosphorus, which has been used against people in the Gaza Strip (most recently), El Salvador, Lebanon, and other countries including in Vietnam during the war.

White phosphorous is a chemical-based weapon that is capable of “sticking” to skin, and can burn through many types of surfaces causing horrific injuries to all who come in contact with it; it’s characterized by large clouds of toxic smoke as seen above. It is officially (and unfortunately) still not recognized as a chemical weapon, but it is considered an incendiary weapon, one that causes fires widespread collateral damage where it is dropped. That makes it internationally banned for use in civilian areas, and yet that’s exactly what has happened in the Gaza Strip which is currently under an occupation and has suffered terrifying injuries and infrastructure damage.

According to the documents, Monsanto provided both the Israeli and U.S. militaries with white phosphorous as early as 2009. Thedocuments were recently published by the website Current Events Inquiry and show that Monsanto provided Israel with 180,000 pounds of white phosphorous which was used in Gaza on Palestinians in 2008 and 2009. The site linked to the U.S. Federal Business Opportunities website where the documents are hosted.

Israel’s use of white phosphorous in densely populated civilian areas also constitutes a war crime according to a 71-page document from the international Human Rights Watch non-profit:

The 71-page report, Rain of Fire: Israel’s Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza,” provides witness accounts of the devastating effects that white phosphorus munitions had on civilians and civilian property in Gaza. Human Rights Watch researchers in Gaza immediately after hostilities ended found spent shells, canister liners, and dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets, apartment roofs, residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school. The report also presents ballistics evidence, photographs, and satellite imagery, as well as documents from the Israeli military and government.

Monsanto, a company that remains prominently involved in the production of our food, is the sole provider of this horrific weapon according to documents shown at the bottom of this article.

Once again Monsanto, the company that is responsible for a large portion of the our food supply through its seed production and farming operations, has been linked to widespread death and misery (just search “Gaza white phosphorus” if you’d like to see how horrifying these weapons are when used in civilian areas, but be warned, the images may be graphic).

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