The Unofficial History of Neotame
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detailed history of Monsanto's toxic sweetener, aspartame, is
available to anyone who is interested in the abuse of the scientific
method by a company without any apparent concern for public health.
The history of neotame, however, is not yet known by independent
researchers. Based on past actions by Monsanto and their scientists,
I have put together a fictionalized, but not too far-fetched history
of neotame. Enjoy!
In 1993, a former Monsanto
scientist was working at a secret army chemical weapons plant when
there was accidental realease of a newly-developed chemical weapon,
neotox-II. After the alarm sounded, other workers ran to the
decontamination room. But this man, having learned at Monsanto
that chemicals are not something to be afraid of, stood his ground.
On the middle finger of his left hand, there had accummulated a
tiny amount of neotox-II.
He put his finger up to his nose to thoroughly investigate this
new chemical. It made him intensely nauseous, but there was also a
very strong sweet smell. Believing that sweet means safe, no matter
how toxic, he licked his finger. Neotox-II was incredibly sweet! The
nausea became intense and his body began to convulse. He didn't seem
to care, belting out, "I have found it! I have found it!" at the top
of his lungs.
When he was released from the army hospital three weeks later, he
knew what he had to do. He placed a call to several Monsanto/
NutraSweet executives telling them about the discovery. He had no
concern about divulging military secrets as he knew that these
Monsanto executives would have no trouble convincing government
officials to give the patent and use of neotox-II to Monsanto. "After
all," he reminded himself, "Monsanto executives have had so many
official government positions, we essentially run the government!"
Putting together safety data for the FDA was not a serious challenge.
The mixture of neotox-II with standard Monsanto fairy dust, led to
the production of volumes of safety data. The fairy dust did not
change the chemical structure of neotox-II, but did cause a name
change to "neotame".
All links between neotame and neotox-II were destroyed...except two.
Instead of presenting the aspartame-blinded Mr. Magoo as the
sweetener symbol, the symbol of neotame is a picture of the back
of the left hand of the former Monsanto scientist -- holding up the
finger where neotox-II was found and offering it to the world.
The only other link to neotox-II is a secret Monsanto source who is
relaying this story.