13 deadliest corporations
These corporations, if they were individual human beings, would be locked
up for life. Instead, they continue raking in the big bucks. Human rights
abuses, murder, war, eco disasters, and animal exploitation keep these evil
in the green.
Prepare to be disgusted.
Big Agra makes the list with Monsanto, pushers of genetically modified
foods, bovine growth hormones, and poison. Monsanto’s list of evils
includes creating the “terminator” seed which creates plants which never
fruit or flower so that farmers must purchase them anew yearly, lobbying
to have “hormone-free” labels removed from the labels of milk and infant
milk replacer (through bovine growth hormone is believed to be a
cancer-accelerator) as well as a wide range of environmental and human
health violations associated with use of Monsanto’s poisons — most
notably “Agent Orange.” Between 1965 and 1972, Monsanto illegally dumped
thousands of tons of highly toxic waste in UK landfills. According to
the Environment Agency the chemicals were polluting groundwater and air
30 years after they were dumped. Alabama sued Monsanto for 40 years of
dumping mercury and PCB into local creeks. Plus, Monsanto is infamous
for sticking it to the very farmers it claims to be helping, such as
when it sued and jailed a farmer for saving seed from one season’s crop
to plant the next.
Several big oil companies make this list, but Chevron deserves a special
place in Hell. Between 1972 to 1993, Chevron (then Texaco) discharged 18
billion gallons of toxic water into the rain forests of Ecuador without
any remediation, destroying the livelihoods of local farmers and
sickening indigenous populations. Chevron has also done plenty of
polluting right here in the U.S.: In 1998, Richmond, California sued
Chevron for illegally bypassing waste water treatments and contaminating
local water supplies, ditto in New Hampshire in 2003. Chevron was
responsible for the death of several Nigerians who protested the
company’s polluting, exploiting presence in the Nigerian Delta. Chevron
paid the local militia, known for its human rights abuses, to squash the
protests, and even supplied them with choppers and boats. The military
opened fire on the protesters, then burned their villages to the ground.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — unless she lives in the Ivory Coast.
“Blood” or “conflict” diamonds are the name given to minerals purchased
from insurgencies in war-torn countries. Prior to 2000 when the U.N.
finally took a stand against the practice, DeBeers was knowingly funding
violent guerrilla movements in Angola, Sierra Nevada, and the Congo with
its diamond purchases. In Botswana, DeBeers has been blamed for the
“clearing” of land to be mined for diamonds — including the forcible
removal of indigenous peoples who had lived there for thousands of
years. The government allegedly cut off the tribe’s water supplies,
threatened, tortured and even hanged resisters.
Even if you don’t care about the horrendous animal abuse that has been
documented in Tyson’s factory farms, you have to flinch at Tyson’s
appalling environmental abuses and workers’ rights violations, as well
as the fact that on several occasions, Tyson has allowed e coli tainted
beef to enter the food supply. A recent study showed that Tyson’s
chickens were the most salmonella-and-campylobactor
filled poultry of all the major suppliers. As if that wasn’t gross
enough, Tyson has been sued repeatedly for illegally dumping untreated
wastewater into Tulsa’s water supply; after they were sued the first
time, they simply paid the fine and continued the practice. Tyson has
made people seriously ill with the ammonia from their factory farms.
Tyson is infamous for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and has even
been accused of human trafficking to supply themselves with cheap labor.
5. Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris is the largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the U.S.
Cigarettes are known to cause cancer in smokers, as well as birth
defects in unborn children if the mother smokes while pregnant.
Cigarette smoke contains 43 known carcinogens and over 4,000 chemicals,
including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, nicotine,
ammonia and arsenic. Nicotine, the primary psychoactive chemical in
tobacco, has been shown to be psychologically addictive. Smoking raises
blood pressure, affects the central nervous system, and constricts the
blood vessels. Discarded cigarette butts are a major pollutant as
smokers routinely toss their slow-to-degrade filters on the ground. Many
of these filters make their way into salt or fresh water bodies, where
their chemicals leech out into the water. Then again, cigarettes make
you look cool.
Any corporation that has Dick Cheney as a CEO has got to be evil.
Haliburton, a huge “oilfield services” company, profited big time from
the U.S.’s invasion of Iraq when Cheney called in his boys to quell
burning oil wells — and to “help” the Iraq oil ministry pump and
distribute oil. Haliburton has also been implicated in countless oil
spills, including the BP disaster of 2010.
7. Coca Cola
Check out my other article “Coca Cola” Supporting The Regime of
Swaziland Dictator King Mswati III
America’s favorite soft drink, deadly? Well, even if you choose to
overlook the childhood obesity epidemic and how soft drinks market to
children to get them to buy something really, really bad for them, Coca
Cola corporation has wrought devastation in India, where its factories
use up to one million liters of water per day, leaving tens of thousands
of nearby residents dry during the drought months. Then the factories
dispose of the wastewater improperly, contaminating whatever water is
left. A lawsuit in 2001 accused Coca Cola of hiring paramilitaries in
Columbia which suppressed unionization in the cola plant there through
intimidation, torture and murder.
Big Pharma gets rich when you get sick. Pfizer, the largest
pharmaceutical corporation in the U.S., pleaded guilty in 2009 to the
largest health care fraud in U.S. history, receiving the largest
criminal penalty ever for illegally marketing four of its drugs. It was
Pfizer’s fourth such case. As if Pfizer’s massive use of animal
experimentation wasn’t heart wrenching enough, Pfizer decided to use
Nigerian children as guinea pigs. In 1996, Pfizer traveled to Kano,
Nigeria to try out an experimental antibiotic on third-world diseases
such as measles, cholera, and bacterial meningitis. They gave
trovafloxacin to approximately 200 children. Dozens of them died in the
experiment, while many others developed mental and physical deformities.
According to the EPA, Pfizer can also proudly claim to be among the top
ten companies in America causing the most air pollution.
Another oil company that makes the list, ExxonMobil is perhaps best
known for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill which resulted in 11 million
gallons of oil contaminating Prince William Sound. But they have also
been responsible for a huge oil spill in Brooklyn and for aiding in the
decline of Russia’s critically endangered grey whale because of drilling
in its habitat. The Political Economy Research Institute ranks
ExxonMobil sixth among corporations emitting airborne pollutants in the
United States. ExxonMobil counters not by cleaning up its act, but by
funding scientific studies which refute global warming. ExxonMobil was
targeted by human rights activists in 2001 when a lawsuit alleged that
ExxonMobil hired Indonesian military who raped, tortured and murdered
while serving as security at their plant in Aceh.
10. Caterpillar Company
Caterpillar sells all kind of tractors, trucks and machinery — including
many of the vehicles, ships and submarines used by the U.S. military.
Caterpillar also supplies the Israeli army with bulldozers which are
used to demolish Palestinian homes — sometimes with the people still
inside. In 2003 a Caterpillar bulldozer ran over and killed Rachel
Corrie, an American protesting in Gaza who stood in front of the tractor
to prevent the destruction of a Palestinian home.
Sticky-sweet image aside, Nestle’s crimes against man and nature include
massive deforestation in Borneo — the habitat of the critically
endangered orangutan — to grow palm oil, and buying milk from farms
illegally-seized by a despot in Zimbabwe. Nestle drew fire from
environmentalists for its ridiculous claims that bottled water is
“eco-friendly” when the exact opposite is true. Nestle attracted
worldwide boycott efforts for urging mothers in third-world countries to
use their infant milk replacer instead of breastfeeding, without warning
them of the possible negative effects. Supposedly, Nestle hired women to
dress as nurses to hand out free infant formula, which was frequently
mixed with contaminated water, or the children starved when the formula
ran out and their mothers could not afford more and their breast milk
had already dried up from disuse. Nestle, of course, denies contributing
to the death of thousands of infants.
12. British Petroleum
Who can forget 2010′s oil rig explosion in the Gulf Coast which killed
11 workers and thousands of birds, sea turtles, dolphins and other
animals, effectively destroying the fishing and tourism industry in the
region? This was not BP’s first crime against nature. In fact, between
January 1997 and March 1998, BP was responsible for a whopping 104 oil
spills. Thirteen rig workers will killed in 1965 during one explosion;
15 in a 2005 explosion. Also in 2005, a BP ferry carrying oil workers
crashed, killing 16. In 1991, the EPA cited BP as the most polluting
company in the U.S.. In 1999, BP was charged with illegal toxic dumping
in Alaska, then in 2010 for leaking highly dangerous poisons into the
air in Texas. In July 2006, Colombian farmers won a settlement from BP
after they accused the company of benefiting from a regime of terror
carried out by Colombian government paramilitaries protecting the Ocensa
pipeline. Clearly, there is no way BP will ever “make it right.”
This privatized military company is often hired by the U.S. government
to protect American interests overseas — and so the government can claim
no responsibility for Dyncorp’s actions. Dyncorp is best known for its
brutality in impoverished countries, for trafficking in child sex
slaves, for slaughtering civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for
training rebels in Haiti. Among some stiff competition, mercenary
Dyncorp may be the deadliest and most evil corporation in the United