|Freedom Industries President enjoying bottled water|
To better understand what makes a company evil though, we really need to understand the purpose of a company. Legally (and I do mean legally) a company exists only to make money for shareholders. Many companies exhibit some modicum of social responsibility by contributing tax deductible money to non-profits or allowing employees to volunteer on company time - again, tax deductible. When it comes to changing the way the company operates however, most will perform a cost-benefit analysis. If it is cheaper to deal with the consequences of inaction than it is to change, do nothing. One of the biggest examples of this happened with the Ford Motor Company and their Ford Pinto.
This type of corporate corruption has continued for many years. Think back to ads in which cigarette smoking was considered healthy; claims of "4 out of 5 doctors prefer" whichever cigarette brand. Companies also lie in advertisements in order to increase sales under false pretenses. Dannon Activia Yogurt, branded as a probiotic that helps relieve bowel irregularity was found to have the exact same ingredients as all other Dannon branded yogurts, but were sold at a 30% premium. Frosted Mini-Wheats at one time claimed that its cereal improved kid’s attentiveness by 20%. A year after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stopped them from making those false claims, Rice Krispies, also owned by Kellogg, began claiming that it contained "25% Daily Value of Antioxidants and Nutrients," another claim the FTC eventually shut down. Kashi Company's "All Natural" products were found to be full of prescription drugs and federally-classified hazardous substances... all natural indeed.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. The issue at hand is that no one is held accountable for all of this deception and misdirection. In fact, there are instances where our government sides with the money rather than with the people. Monsanto won a court case allowing them to sue farmers whose fields were inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials. On Monsanto's own website you can find a FAQ with the question, "Are foods and ingredients developed through biotechnology (or GMOs) safe to eat?" Their answer? "Yes." Of course, it doesn't take long to find a multitude of reasons not to consume GMO products. Now, it is true that the GMO field is still relatively new and much research must still be done but we should learn our lessons and not allow companies to fund the research for the products they want to continue selling (cigarette anyone?).
But this isn't a stab at Monsanto; it is talking about the bigger picture. As long as profits, and therefore, money for stockholders, are all that matter to corporations and as long as social irresponsibility remains a criminal free crime nothing will change. Just some non-GMO food for thought.