Monsanto and Ethics

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:   It takes courage to stand on principles.  I salute Robert Cohen. 

 

I Lack Courage
  
"Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage!
What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage!
What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty
mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard
his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh
wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like
thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot?
What puts the "ape" in apricot? What have they got that
I ain't got?" 
 - Cowardly Lion

"Courage!"
 - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman

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Tomorrow is an important day for members of the
Jewish Faith. Tomorrow we confess our sins of the
previous year. Tomorrow is our Day of Atonement,
Yom Kippur. My sin is one of regret. My greatest
regret is that I lack courage.

I have accomplished all that I am capable of. I
possess the secret study in which every laboratory
test subject got cancer from Monsanto's genetically
engineered bovine growth hormone. That study was 
authored by Richard, Odaglia, and Deslex, and if
I release the study I will go to jail.

On October 11, 1996, the Economic Espionage Act 
was signed into law by President Clinton. That
law was enacted in the middle of my federal lawsuit
seeking the legal release of that study and sent a
clear message to me. If I revealed Monsanto's trade
secret I would be committing treason and be subject
to a $10 million dollar fine and 15 years incarceration
in a federal prison. A few months after the law was
signed, President Clinton delivered his State of the
Union address and praised Monsanto as a company to
lead America into the 21st century. I have offered
this study to Marian Burros of the New York Times
and will agree to take my chances if it is published
on the front page.

Is going to jail worth revealing the horrors of what
happened to lab animals? Is going to jail worth
preventing a poison from entering the bodies of my
children and yours? I would do so, only if my act
became more than just a scream in the darkness. I
will not "urinate into the wind," for who would bear
witness to my anguish? Just myself.

I have attempted to work within "the system," relying
upon the ethics and morality of unbiased FDA reviewers.
Unfortunately, there exists no such creature.

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"I'm touched by the idea that when we do things
that are useful and helpful - collecting these
shards of spirituality - that we may be helping
to bring about a healing."
 - Leonard Nimoy

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