- According to News Hour, the large corporation Monsanto deceived uneducated Indian farmers into purchasing genetically engineered (Bt) seeds while not providing for access to the proper conditions (namely, "expensive fertilizer and pesticides (Monsanto, again) and irrigation"). The resulting debt was compounded by Monsanto having patented the genes in question.
- The Clintons' connection to this company was through the Rose Law Firm, where Bill had hiring clout. Corruption was also involved (elaborated upon in the letter).
- Through hiring practices, Monsanto personnel came to hold posts in the FDA (not a good sign!).
- Concerning a bovine growth hormone (rBGH, reportedly associated with "bovine illness and death"), ethical missteps included lack of both warnings and milk labels, intimidation of non-complying farmers, and dubious changes in organic-food standards (see reason 6 in the letter).
- Besides similar missteps in foodstuffs like cottonseed oil, grains, meats, poultry, and milk, the letter notes issues with feeding growth hormones to cows that wouldn't show external signs of mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephaly, or BSE) until after the "useful lifespan" of the animal, thus resulting in unwittingly spreading the pathogen that causes it to the general population.
- Here is one telling paragraph (quotes in the original):
Terminator genes, developed by DP&L, a Rose Firm client, prevent seeds from “working” after only one season. Farmers “must” repurchase (patents and suing not certain enough control, it seems). Those “killing” genes pose the apocalyptic risk of breaking out into nature. Natural seeds could fail, too. Nature could fail.
- Remaining problems the letter mentions: child labor (compounded with long-term exposure to pesticides) and numerous diseases associated with effects of ingested growth hormones (breast cancer, kidney toxicity, and liver toxicity, among others).