Philadelphia's own FMC Corporation announced a $100,000 dollar grant to local hunger-fighting organization Philabundance as part of a new partnership. Part of the grant supported Philabundance's Second Annual Hunger Symposium, which "brings together thought leaders and passionate individuals from across the northeast to collaborate on innovative ways to combat the growing issue of hunger," says their press release.
At the symposium, FMC marketing manager John Kasper discussed ways in which new technologies can help to ameliorate rising impediments facing food supply in the country. Additionally, Kasper emphasized the importance of fostering productive relationships between businesses such as his FMC and Philabundance.
While the corporation celebrates its "adoption" of Philabundance's south Philadelphia location, one important question arises for Philadelphians: who the heck are these guys? And if "more than half of FMC’s Agricultural Products business is devoted to helping match the global demand for food," how do they spend the rest of their time?
Take a look at some of the other press FMC has gotten recently. When they aren't matching "the global demand for food," they are patenting, distributing, and defending the use of Furadan: one of the most toxic insecticides known to contemporary science.
Otherwise known as carbofuran, Furadan inhibits an enzyme "involved in virtually all physiological responses in insects, mammals and birds," according to C&I Magazine. Though extensive documentation insists that the insecticide hurts "non-target species, especially birds, with some deaths taking places several months after application," FMC, the US's only lonely producer of Furadan, has gone to the mat with the EPA to prevent them from banning it.
Despite the fact that Furadan is currently illegal in both Canada and the European Union, FMC wrestled with the "EPA to allow continued use of carbofuran on five crops — cotton, corn, potatoes, melons, and sunflower" as recently as 2009, according to Chemical and Engineering News.
Makes you wonder what, exactly, went into the "week’s worth of food for each person who attended the symposium" that FMC provided for Philabundance's conference.
Here's a thought experiment to try if you're curious about where else FMC Corporation might shoot a few philanthropy fun bucks in the future: Imagine what you'd do to draw attention away from the fact that you manufacture poison.