Leslie Stoddard talks about the unethical practices of Monsanto. Part 1 in a series call "Unethical Agriculture".
Monsanto hid Decades of Pollution in Anniston, Alabama (Video, 6mins)
U. S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
SUPERFUND FACT SHEET
Amended Agreement for Removal Action
ANNISTON PCB SITE
Toxic Secret, A 60 minutes report on Anniston, Alabama
Today, parts of Anniston are so contaminated that residents have been told not to grow vegetables in the soil, kick up dirt, eat food, chew gum or smoke cigarettes while working in their yards.
"Our children have to play in the streets, on the sidewalks, because they can't play in the grass because it's contaminated," says resident David Baker.
"We have to wear masks if we cut our grass. Where else in the United States of America are people doing that?"
The problem is polychlorinated byphenyls - PCBs - one of the most pervasive and profitable industrial chemicals of 20th Century America.
They were used as insulators in electric transformers, and mixed into everything from paint to newsprint.
They were invented in Anniston in 1929 and manufactured here by Monsanto for almost 40 years - a source of wealth and jobs until the 1970s, when it became clear that PCBs were doing more harm to the environment than good for industry.