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    Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:22 am

    This is really a follow up from the Silent Spring thread.

    Of course not all all followers of eugenics invented aliens to back up their population control agenda. Some perhaps are a bit more brazen.

    A quick google will reveal the links between Gate's father and Planned Parenthood, the regurgitated American eugenics movement that reared its head in alien cults and far right political ideologies around the world.

    Control the food and control the population?
    We all know about Bill Gates huge interest with Monsanto.

    This video is very interesting and concerns Monsanto and their Roundup Ready chemical and pcb's, which they claimed was biodegradable when it is actually far from it and they got done for false advertising. Then take into consideration the toxicity of this crap.
    Youll never look at a soy bean in the same way.

    Take the time to watch it if you can.



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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Micjer on Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:33 am

    Thanks Floyd.

    Very interesting.
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:07 am

    Micjer wrote:Thanks Floyd.

    Very interesting.

    Isnt it just Micjer.

    Basically Monsanto are criminals. It is an evil empire. I dont know how they sleep at night and that goes for the billionaires that fund them.

    This video should encourage everyone to grow your own food when and where you can and to have a good selection of non GM seeds available.

    In the meantime this GM watch website is very resourceful.
    http://www.gmwatch.org/
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Micjer on Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:28 pm

    Monsanto Faced with Paying 7.5 Billion Back to Farmers

    Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-faced-paying-7-5-billion-back-farmers/#ixzz1yTPhIEfF

    Back in April, a Brazilian court ruled that Monsanto absolutely was responsible for paying back the exorbitant amounts of cash back to the farmers, ordering the company to issue back all of the taxes collected since 2004 — a minimum of 2 billion dollars. Afterwards, Monsanto appealed the decision and the case is now suspended until a further hearing is initiated by the Justice Tribune of the local court stationed in Rio Grande do Sul.



    Recently, however, the Brazilian Supreme Court declared that any decision reached in a local court case should apply nationally. The result? Monsanto now faces even larger charges, due to the larger legal application on a national level. Now, the charges total or exceed 7.5 billion dollars


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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:24 am

    After it was exposed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the philanthropic brainchild of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, purchased 500,000 shares in Monsanto back in 2010 valued at more than $23 million, it became abundantly clear that this so-called benevolent charity is up to something other than eradicating disease and feeding the world’s poor (http://www.guardian.co.uk). It turns out that the Gates family legacy has long been one of trying to dominate and control the world’s systems, including in the areas of technology, medicine, and now agriculture.

    The Gates Foundation, aka the tax-exempt Gates Family Trust, is currently in the process of spending billions of dollars in the name of humanitarianism to establish a global food monopoly dominated by genetically-modified (GM) crops and seeds. And based on the Gates family’s history of involvement in world affairs, it appears that one of its main goals besides simply establishing corporate control of the world’s food supply is to reduce the world’s population by a significant amount in the process.
    William H. Gates Sr., former head of eugenics group Planned Parenthood

    Bill Gates’ father, William H. Gates Sr., has long been involved with the eugenics group Planned Parenthood, a rebranded organization birthed out of the American Eugenics Society. In a 2003 interview with PBS‘ Bill Moyers, Bill Gates admitted that his father used to be the head of Planned Parenthood, which was founded on the concept that most human beings are just “reckless breeders” and “human weeds” in need of culling


    http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/03/01/bill-gates-monsanto-and-eugenics-how-one-of-the-worlds-wealthiest-men-is-actively-promoting-a-corporate-takeover-of-global-agriculture/

    Read more on the Gates family and population control.
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Micjer on Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:40 am

    http://www.activistpost.com/2012/06/genetically-modified-grass-kills-cattle.html

    Another report of genetically modified creations taking the lives of livestock has hit the media, and this time genetically modified grass has been identified as the culprit according to CBS News.


    Shockingly (and quite disturbingly), the GM grass actually produced toxic cyanide and sent the cattle into a life-ending fit that included painful bellowing and convulsions. The deaths have led to a federal investigation centered in Central Texas, where the cattle had resided.

    Just east of Austin, the cows lived on an 80-acre ranch owned by Jerry Abel. Abel says that the fields were used for over 15 years for cattle grazing and hay, and that the genetically modified grass was ‘tested’ previously and should have been ‘perfect’. The GM grass however, known as Tifton 85, appears have been producing toxic cyanide.
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    The Gates foundation and Monsanto

    Post  Floyd on Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:03 am

    Thanks Micjer.

    Monsanto sound like one of these evil companies in a James Bond movie about to take over the world. Imagine Gates stroking a white cat in a grey suit. No he looks way too nerdy, but appearences can be deceiving.

    Well you can tell his quality by his buying shares in one of the worst comapnies that ever existed on the planet.

    “The Foundation’s direct investment in Monsanto is problematic on two primary levels,” said Dr. Phil Bereano, University of Washington Professor Emeritus and recognized expert on genetic engineering. “First, Monsanto has a history of blatant disregard for the interests and well-being of small farmers around the world, as well as an appalling environmental track record. The strong connections to Monsanto cast serious doubt on the Foundation’s heavy funding of agricultural development in Africa and purported goal of alleviating poverty and hunger among small-scale farmers. Second, this investment represents an enormous conflict of interests.”

    http://powerpointparadise.com/blog/2010/08/bill-gates-foundation-invests-in-evil-monsanto/
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    Wikileaks Exposes Unholy Alliance of U.S. Government, Bill Gates, And Monsanto

    Post  Floyd on Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:10 am

    Many of us who have been fighting the wholesale introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the environment have known all along how the U.S. government was being influenced by the US-based transnational corporations that profit from genetic engineering and the export-oriented, agribusiness model of agriculture in general. Recently released Wikileaks cables document just how close that relationship has become, demonstrating clearly how the U.S. Department of State has become a virtual agency for brazenly promoting the private interests of Monsanto Corporation abroad. Other US government institutions, namely the FDA, the USDA and the US Trade Representative are also in lockstep and 'revolving door" with the interests of Monsanto as well as other corporations that promote the privatization of life, sell agro-chemicals and GMO and hybrid seeds essential to expand the agenda of capital-intensive agricultural industrialization across the planet.


    read more
    http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22521.cfm


    I feel for the Americans. Their government refuses to allow GM food sources to be identified on food packaging because they are basically just a bunch of corrupt numpties.
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    Monsanto pimp Bill gates funds GM in UK

    Post  Floyd on Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:30 am

    After causing the suicides of thousand of farmers in India and the ruination of mexican corn farmers, inspired by his beloved Monsanto, criminals against the world, Bill Gates has given £10 Million to UK researches to develop GM crops to 'assist' African farmers.

    Assist them in what exactly.


    British GM crop scientists win $10m grant from Gates
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18845282
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    Bill Gate's Philanthropy????

    Post  Floyd on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:00 am

    Bill Gate's Philanthropy????
    I think not.



    How the Gates Foundation's Unholy Alliances Affect You and Your Health


    By Dr. Mercola

    A recent commentary in Education Week takes a fresh look at the Gates Foundation's philanthropy. The money it spends on all kinds of projects around the world is no small chunk of change--$26 billion since its inception in 1994 has been donated to help developing countries and the United Nations fund world health goals1.

    Unfortunately, some of the chosen projects appear to clash with the Foundation’s underlying goals, such as its partnership with the biotech giant Monsanto. Besides questionable partnerships, the foundation and Gates himself also have personal investments in some of the projects they fund.


    Monsanto’s History Marred by Scandal

    In the following video, Elizabeth Wahl and Abby Martin discuss several of the biggest scandals linked to Monsanto, including:

    Aspartame, which was approved despite evidence linking it to potential health hazards
    Bovine growth hormone
    DDT, a toxic insecticide manufactured by Monsanto
    Genetically engineered foods, and Monsanto’s undue influence over legislation
    http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Healthcare/gates_0720120712.html


    You can add to that list Agent Orange its roll as the largest pollutants in the world.
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:49 am

    Thanks to Monsanto in part

    US starts Agent Orange clean-up in Vietnam
    Agent Orange victims are seen at a hospice in Danang Millions suffered deformities as a result of the herbicide sprayed over Vietnam
    Continue reading the main story
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    The US has begun a project to help clean up Agent Orange contamination at one area in Vietnam - the first such move since the war ended in 1975.

    The work is taking place at the airport in the central city of Danang.

    The US sprayed millions of gallons of the toxic defoliant over jungle areas to destroy enemy cover.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-19190509

    Vietnam says several million people have been affected by Agent Orange, including 150,000 children born with severe birth defects.


    God bless America and Monsanto.
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  TRANCOSO on Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:11 am

    There's a superb thread on Monsanto at GLP: MONSANTO # (GMO) FOOD 4 THOUGHT - Know What You Eat # (Ongoing Videos & Articles) - http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1466715/pg1

    It's really incredible how little interest people (there) have in what they eat.

    I started that thread 16 months ago, had it pinned at least 4 times, and it only has a little over 15.000 views, which is really nothing on GLP.

    (My 'Law Student Puts Cop In His Place After Being Unlawfully Stopped For Carrying A Gun In Maine (Video)' for instance, had 10.000+ views in two days.)

    Maybe I should change the title of my Monsanto thread into: 'Law Student Puts Cop In His Place After Being Unlawfully Stopped For Carrying A Genetically Modified Cucumber' to get a little attention...

    Personally I brought down my consumption of meat to 3-4 times a month & don't buy pre-packed supermarket food anymore - although there's a ban on GM food in Holland, I just don't trust 'm.




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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:44 am

    Monsanto and all those who sail with her are most definitely scum sucking sons of motherless goats

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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:30 pm

    GM crops are no way forward
    Satyarat Chaturvedi
    The Hindu, August 24 2012
    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3812825.ece?homepage=true

    Food security is not about production alone; it is also about bio-safety, and access to food for the poorest

    We are predominantly an agricultural economy, with the agricultural sector providing employment and subsistence to almost 70 per cent of the workforce. There have been some remarkable contributions from the agriculture sector to food grain production in the last six decades, when from a meagre 50 million tonnes in the 1950s, the country has been able to produce a record 241 million tonnes in 2010-2011. Despite these achievements, the condition of the farming community is pitiable considering that 70 per cent of our farmers are small and marginal, and there is a complete absence of pro-farmer/pro-agriculture policies which has led us to an environment of very severe agrarian distress.
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  mudra on Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:43 am

    PART 1 of 5 - Dr Robert Verkerk - GM and Codex talk - Natural Products Europe AprIl 2009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VizR_i3ix2U


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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:43 am

    Alarm at US-backed GM food trial on Chinese children


    Greenpeace alarmed at US-backed GE food trial on Chinese children
    Greenpeace International, 29 August 2012
    http://www.greenpeace-magazin.de/tagesthemen/einzelansicht/artikel/2012/08/30/greenpeace-alarmed-at-us-backed-ge-food-trial-on-chinese-children/

    Beijing – Greenpeace International has expressed alarm at a recent scientific publication (1) that suggests researchers, backed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) (2), fed genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice to 24 children (3) in China aged between six and eight years old.

    This study could not have taken place without a serious breach of scientific and medical ethics, and goes against a Chinese government decision to abort plans for the trial. It would be a scandal of international proportions if it is true that this trial, supported by the USDA, exposed children in China to genetically modified rice that had not yet been tested on animals.

    In response to this alarming news, Fang Lifeng, Sustainable Agriculture Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia, said:

    "It is incredibly disturbing to think that an American research body used Chinese children as guinea pigs for genetically engineered food, despite a clear directive against this very experiment issued by Chinese authorities in 2008.

    "How did these researchers apparently by-pass this emphatic decision? More importantly, did the children’s parents fully understand the potential risks that this trial was exposing their children to?"

    In 2008 Greenpeace East Asia first heard of this experiment and immediately informed the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. The Ministry confirmed with Greenpeace that no Golden Rice had been imported and the trial had been stopped; however these new findings reveal that not to be the case.

    The relevance of this study is questionable, as it tested the conversion of pro-Vitamin A from Golden Rice in the bodies of healthy, well-nourished children – not the target population of malnourished children, whose bodies might not in fact react similarly. Nor does high conversion rate solve all the technical, environmental and ethical issues around Golden Rice.

    This experiment might try and position Golden Rice as the golden bullet to vitamin A deficiency, especially for developing countries. However, Greenpeace East Asia believes that Golden Rice as a solution to Vitamin A deficiency is unnecessary and overrated. The vast sums of money spent developing Golden Rice (4) would be better channeled into programs that are working against vitamin A deficiency, such as pro-Vitamin A pills and supporting measures for more diverse diets.

    Lifeng concluded: "Greenpeace hopes the Chinese government will uphold its previous emphatic decision to stop this experiment. Greenpeace calls for a thorough investigation into this case and that adequate support be provided to the affected children and their parents."



    More on Monsanto and Golden Rice and its funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.
    http://fieldquestions.com/2011/05/30/golden-rice-soon-or-not/
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    Post  Floyd on Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:58 pm

    Rice genetically modified to produce Vitamin A could be the answer to some childhood health problems in the developing world. But some farmers, health advocates, and environmentalists are voicing concerns. In a story originally produced for “The DNA files” Julie Grant has our report.

    http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=09-P13-00005&segmentID=3

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    Bill Gates and Monsanto - Golden Rice

    Post  Floyd on Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:15 am

    ‘Golden Rice’ or Trojan Horse? NGO misled by Gates, Monsanto and Syngenta

    http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/golden-rice-or-trojan-horse/

    Farmers, Indigenous people and rural communities around the world celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity last week. But casting a long shadow was the news that big funders and new NGOs are teaming upwith the pesticide-biotech giant, Syngenta, in a renewed effort to push genetically engineered rice forward in Bangladesh and the Philippines.

    Nicknamed “golden rice,” this untested, highly controversial GE crop threatens biodiversity across the region and risks bringing economic and ecological disaster to Asia’s farms.

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has approved $20 million in new monies towards the development of “golden rice.” Meanwhile, Helen Keller International (HKI), a New York-based health and nutrition NGO, has also jumped on board.

    Speaking from Malaysia, Sarojeni V. Rengam, Executive Director of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) called on the donors and scientists involved to wake up and do the right thing:

    Golden Rice is really a ‘Trojan horse’; a public relations stunt pulled by the agri-business corporations to garner acceptance of GE crops and food. The whole idea of GE seeds is to make money.

    On this International Day for Biological Diversity, we want to send out a strong message to all those supporting the promotion of Golden Rice, especially donor organizations, that their money and efforts would be better spent on restoring natural and agricultural biodiversity rather than destroying it by promoting monoculture plantations and genetically engineered (GE) food crops.

    In agreement, hundreds of farmers, scientists, consumers and workers protested in the Philippines. But instead of listening to the thousands of Asian family farmers saying “NO to GMOs,” the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which is receiving $10.3 million of the Gates funds, created a promotional video highlighting their delight in having found new partners like HKI.
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:24 am


    http://www.gmwatch.org/gm-firms-mobile/10595-monsanto-a-history

    Monsanto: a history



    Monsanto was created in 1901. The company's first product was the artificial sweetener saccharin. In the 1920s Monsanto expanded into basic industrial chemicals. During the Second World War Monsanto contributed to research on uranium for the Manhattan Project, which lead to the atomic bomb. Monsanto continued to operate a nuclear facility for the U.S. government until the late 1980s. During the 1940s Monsanto also become a leading manufacturer of synthetic fibres and plastics, including polystyrene - ranked fifth in the EPA’s list of chemicals whose production generates the most total hazardous waste. From the 1940s onwards Monsanto was one of the top 10 US chemical companies.

    Following the Second World War, Monsanto championed the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture. Its major agrochemical products have included the herbicides 2,4,5-T, DDT, Lasso and Agent Orange, which was widely used as a defoliant by the U.S. Government during the Vietnam War and which was later shown to be highly carcinogenic. The Agent Orange produced by Monsanto had dioxin levels many times higher than that produced by Dow Chemicals, the other major supplier of Agent Orange to Vietnam. This made Monsanto the key defendant in the lawsuit brought by Vietnam War veterans in the United States, who faced an array of debilitating symptoms attributable to Agent Orange exposure. Internal Monsanto memos show that Monsanto knew of the problems of dioxin contamination of Agent Orange when it sold it to the U.S. government for use in Vietnam.

    Agent Orange contaminated more than 3 million civilians and servicemen, and an estimated 500,000 Vietnamese children have been born with deformities attributed to Agent Orange, leading to calls for Monsanto to be prosecuted for war crimes. No compensation has been paid to Vietnamese civilians and though some compensation was paid to U.S. veterans, according to William Sanjour, who led the Toxic Waste Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "thousands of veterans were disallowed benefits" because "Monsanto studies showed that dioxin [as found in Agent Orange] was not a human carcinogen." An EPA colleague discovered that Monsanto had apparently falsified the data in their studies. Sanjour says, "If [the studies] were done correctly, they would have reached just the opposite result."

    The success of the herbicide Lasso had turned around Monsanto's struggling Agriculture Division, and by the time Agent Orange was banned in the U.S. and Lasso was facing increasing criticism, Monsanto had developed the weedkiller "Roundup" (active ingredient: glyphosate) as a replacement. Launched in 1976, Roundup helped make Monsanto the world's largest producer of herbicides.

    The success of Roundup coincided with the recognition by Monsanto executives that they needed to radically transform a company increasingly under threat. According to a recent paper by Dominic Glover, "Monsanto had acquired a particularly unenviable reputation in this regard, as a major producer of both dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) - both persistent environmental pollutants posing serious risks to the environment and human health. Law suits and environmental clean-up costs began to cut into Monsanto's bottom line, but more seriously there was a real fear that a serious lapse could potentially bankrupt the company."

    Such a fear was not misplaced. By the 1980s Monsanto was being hit by a series of lawsuits. It was one of the companies named in 1987 in an $180 million settlement for Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange. In 1991 Monsanto was fined $1.2 million for trying to conceal the discharge of contaminated waste water. In 1995 Monsanto was ordered to pay $41.1 million to a waste management company in Texas due to concerns over hazardous waste dumping. That same year Monsanto was ranked fifth among U.S. corporations in EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory, having discharged 37 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air, land, water and underground. In 1997 The Seattle Times reported that Monsanto sold 6,000 tons of contaminated waste to Idaho fertilizer companies, which contained the carcinogenic heavy metal cadmium.

    Then in 2002 the Washington Post ran an article entitled, "Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution, PCBs Drenched Ala. Town, But No One Was Ever Told". Monsanto began production of polychlorinated biphenyls in the United States in 1929. PCBs were considered an industrial wonder chemical - an oil that would not burn, was impervious to degradation and had almost limitless applications. Today PCBs are considered one of the gravest chemical threats on the planet.

    Monsanto produced PCBs for over 50 years and they are now virtually omnipresent in the blood and tissues of humans and wildlife around the globe. These days PCBs are banned from production and some experts say there should be no acceptable level of PCBs allowed in the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says, “PCB has been demonstrated to cause cancer, as well as a variety of other adverse health effects on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system and endocrine system.” But the evidence of widespread contamination from PCBs and related chemicals has been accumulating from 1965 onwards and internal company papers show that Monsanto knew about the PCB dangers from early on. For instance, toxicity tests on the effects of two PCBs in 1953 showed that more than 50% of the rats subjected to them died, and all of them showed damage.

    With experts at the company in no doubt that Monsanto's PCBs were responsible for contamination, in 1968 the company set up a committee to assess its options. In a paper distributed to only 12 people but which surfaced at the trial in 2002, Monsanto admitted "that the evidence proving the persistence of these compounds and their universal presence as residues in the environment is beyond question ... the public and legal pressures to eliminate them to prevent global contamination are inevitable". Monsanto papers seen by The Guardian newspaper reveal near panic. "The subject is snowballing. Where do we go from here? The alternatives: go out of business; sell the hell out of them as long as we can and do nothing else; try to stay in business; have alternative products", wrote the recipient of one paper. In 1969 the company wrote a confidential Pollution Abatement Plan which admitted that "the problem involves the entire United States, Canada and sections of Europe, especially the UK and Sweden".

    The problem was particularly severe in the town of Anniston in Alabama where discharges from the local Monsanto plant meant residents developed PCB levels hundreds or thousands of times the average. As The Washington Post reported, "for nearly 40 years, while producing the now-banned industrial coolants known as PCBs at a local factory, Monsanto Co. routinely discharged toxic waste into a west Anniston creek and dumped millions of pounds of PCBs into oozing open-pit landfills. And thousands of pages of Monsanto documents -- many emblazoned with warnings such as 'CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy' -- show that for decades, the corporate giant concealed what it did and what it knew."

    Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group says that based on the Monsanto documents made public, the company "knew the truth from the very beginning. They lied about it. They hid the truth from their neighbors." One Monsanto memo explains their justification: "We can't afford to lose one dollar of business." Eventually the company was found guilty of conduct "so outrageous in character and extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency so as to be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in civilized society".

    But by the time that the Anniston pollution case came to court, Monsanto had already managed to hive off the old core of its business into a new company called Solutia. Although Monsanto and Solutia eventually agreed to pay $600 million to settle claims brought by more than 20,000 Anniston residents, Monsanto had by then relaunched itself as an agricultural biotechnology company.

    Solutia was spun off from Monsanto as a way for Monsanto to divest itself of billions of dollars in environmental cleanup costs and other liabilities for its past actions - liabilities that eventually forced Solutia to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to a spokesman for Solutia, "(Monsanto) sort of cherry-picked what they wanted and threw in all kinds of cats and dogs as part of a going-away present," including $1 billion in debt and environmental and litigation costs. Some pre-bankruptcy Solutia equity holders allege Solutia was set up fraudulently as it was always doomed to fail under the financial weight of Monsanto's liabilities.

    The key to Monsanto's metamorphosis into a biotechnology company was the run away success of the herbicide Roundup. Within a few years of its 1976 launch, Roundup was being marketed in 115 countries. According to Glover, "Sales grew by 20 per cent in 1981 and as the company increased production it was soon Monsanto's most profitable product (Monsanto 1981, 1983)... It soon became the single most important product of Monsanto's agriculture division, which contributed about 20 per cent of sales and around 45 per cent of operating income to the company's balance sheet each year during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today, glyphosate remains the world's biggest herbicide by volume of sales."

    By 1990 with the help of Roundup, the agriculture division of Monsanto was significantly outperforming Monsanto's chemicals division in terms of operating income, and the gap was increasing. But as Glover notes, while "such a blockbuster product uncorks a fountain of revenue", it "also creates an uncomfortable dependency on the commercial fortunes of a single brand. Monsanto's management knew that the last of the patents protecting Roundup in the United States, its biggest market, would expire in the year 2000, opening the field to potential competitors. The company urgently needed a strategy to negotiate this hurdle and prolong the useful life of its 'cash cow'."

    Biotechnology was increasingly seen not just as a valuable complement to Monsanto's chemical technology but as a way of enabling it to further expand into agriculture and secure its "cash cow". This lead to Monsanto selling off its plastics business to Bayer in 1996, and its phenylalanine facilities to Great Lakes Chemical Corporation (GLC) in 1999. Much of the rest of its chemicals division was spun off in late 1997 as Solutia, as already noted. This helped Monsanto distance itself to some extent not only from direct financial liability for the historical core of its business but also from its controversial production and contamination legacy.

    By 2000 the current Monsanto had emerged from various transactions, including a merger for a time with Pharmacia, as a legally different corporation from the Monsanto that had existed from 1901-2000. This was depite the fact that both Monsantos shared not just the same name, but the same corporate headquarters near St. Louis, Missouri, and many of the same executives and other employees, not to mention much of the responsibility for liabilities arising out of its former activities.

    As Monsanto had moved into biotechnology, its executives had the opportunity to create a new narrative for the company. They begun to portray genetic engineering as a ground-breaking technology that could contribute to feeding a hungry world. Monsanto executive Robb Fraley, who was head of the plant molecular biology research team, is also said to have hyped the potential of GM crops within the company, as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Monsanto to dominate a whole new industry, invoking the monopoly success of Microsoft as a powerful analogy. But, according to Glover, the more down-to-earth pitch to fellow executives was that "genetic engineering offered the best prospect of preserving the commercial life of Monsanto's most important product, Roundup in the face of the challenges Monsanto would face once the patent expired."

    Monsanto eventually achieved this by introducing into crop plants genes that give resistance to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup). This meant farmers could spray Roundup onto their fields as a weedkiller even during the growing season without harming the crop. This allowed Monsanto to "significantly expand the market for Roundup and, more importantly, help Monsanto to negotiate the expiry of its glyphosate patents, on which such a large slice of the company's income depended." With glyphosate-tolerant GM crops, Monsanto was able ìto preserve its dominant share of the glyphosate market through a marketing strategy that would couple proprietary "Roundup Ready" seeds with continued sales of Roundup.

    Although the first of Monsanto's biotech products to make it to market was not a GM crop but Monsanto's controversial GM cattle drug, bovine growth hormone - called rBGH or rBST, Monsanto's corporate strategy led them for the first time to acquire seed companies. During the 1990s Monsanto spent $10 billion globally buying up seed companies - a push that continues to this day. It has purchased, for example, Holden's Foundations Seeds, Seminis - the largest seed company not producing corn or soybeans in the world, the Dutch seed company De Ruiter Seeds, and the big cotton seed firm Delta and Pine. As a result, Monsanto is now the world's largest seed company, accounting for almost a quarter of the global proprietary seed market.

    Monsanto's biotech seeds and traits (including those licensed to other companies) accounted for almost 90% of the total world area devoted to GM seeds by 2007. Today, over 80% of the worldwide area devoted to GM crops carries at least one genetic trait for herbicide tolerance. Herbicides account for about one-third of the global pesticide market. Monsanto's glyphosate-resistant (Roundup Ready) seeds have reigned supreme on the biotech scene for over a decade - creating a near-monopoly for the company's Roundup herbicide - which is now off patent. Roundup is the world's biggest selling pesticide and it has helped make Monsanto the world's fifth largest agrochemical company.

    This concentration of corporate power drives up costs for farmers and consumers. Retail prices for Roundup have increased from just $32 per gallon in December 2006 to $45 per gallon a year later, to $75 per gallon by June 2008 - a 134% price hike in less than two years. Because gene technologies can be patented, they also concentrate corporate power - by 2000 five pesticide companies, including Monsanto, controlled over 70% of all patents on agricultural biotechnology. And this concentration again drives up costs. According to Keith Mudd of the U.S.-based Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM), "The lack of competition and innovation in the marketplace has reduced farmers’ choices and enabled Monsanto to raise prices unencumbered."

    At a July 2008 meeting, Monsanto officials announced plans to raise the average price of some of the company's GM maize (corn) varieties a whopping 35 percent, by $95-100 per bag, to top $300 per bag. Fred Stokes of OCM describes the implications for farmers: "A $100 price increase is a tremendous drain on rural America. Let's say a farmer in Iowa who farms 1,000 acres plants one of these expensive corn varieties next year. The gross increased cost is more than $40,000. Yet there's no scientific basis to justify this price hike. How can we let companies get away with this?" What holds good for maize, also holds good for other GM crops. The average price for soybean seed, the largest GM crop in the US, has risen by more than 50% in just two years from 2006 to 2008 - from $32.30 to $49.23 per planted acre.

    Patenting also inhibits public sector research and further undermines the rights of farmers to save and exchange seeds. Monsanto devotes an annual budget of 10 million dollars to harassing, intimidating, suing - and in some cases bankrupting - American farmers over alleged improper use of its patented seeds.

    Recent price hikes have taken place in the context of a global food crisis marked by rapid food price inflation, which has exacerbated extreme poverty and hunger, and increased social tensions. The World Bank attributes 75% of this global food price inflation to "biofuels", and Monsanto has been at the very heart of the "biofuels" lobby, particularly the lobby for corn ethanol. Monsanto has been accused of both contributing to and benefiting from the food crisis, while simultaneously using it as a PR platform from which to promote GM crops as the solution to the crisis.

    In 2008 the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations condemned corporate profiteering: "The essential purpose of food, which is to nourish people, has been subordinated to the economic aims of a handful of multinational corporations that monopolize all aspects of food production, from seeds to major distribution chains, and they have been the prime beneficiaries of the world crisis. A look at the figures for 2007, when the world food crisis began, shows that corporations such as Monsanto and Cargill, which control the cereals market, saw their profits increase by 45 and 60 per cent, respectively."
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  magamud on Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:12 am

    incredible stuff, and there are more corporations like this. Open justified culling under the guise of science,
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:09 am

    UK Government rejects tighter control over GM crops


    Latest news from GM Watch

    http://gmwatch.org/latest-listing/51-2012/14188-government-rejects-tighter-controls-on-gm

    1.Government Rejects Environmental Audit Committee Call for Tighter GM Controls
    GM Freeze, 12 September 2012

    The Government response [1] to the Environmental Audit Committee's (EAC) Report on Sustainable Food [2] today rejected all of the Committee's recommendations for tighter regulation and scrutiny of GM food and crops including:

    *"Additional conditionalities applied to GM crops beyond those which form part of the EU environmental risk assessment and authorisation procedure."
    *"A new independent body should be established to research, evaluate and report on the potential impacts on the environment of GM crops, and their impacts on farming and on the global food system."

    The Government claims to "strongly support" consumer choice, saying, "Defra will implement pragmatic and proportionate measures to segregate these from conventional and organic crops, so that choice can be exercised and economic interests appropriately protected," but provides no indication aa to how they think producers will be protected.

    The Government wants to "Leave the normal operation of the market to determine whether or not an approved GM product gains acceptance" but without necessary protection from the problems GM crops cause, food and farming businesses producing non-GM products face technical and financial complications and potentially loss of their businesses altogether. Australia is experiencing significant GM contamination incidents involving oilseed rape, despite Government assurances there would be none, and farmers have been forced to go to court because of lack of clear liability legislation. [3]
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    Mitt Romney and Monsanto

    Post  Floyd on Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:04 am


    Mitt the Twit and his ties to Monsanto from GM watch

    http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/51-2012/14191-mitt-romney-monsanto-man


    Mitt Romney, Monsanto Man


    Wayne Barrett
    The Nation, September 12 2012
    http://www.thenation.com/article/169885/mitt-romney-monsanto-man

    *This article was reported in collaboration with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, where Barrett is a reporting fellow.

    Though Mitt Romney has been campaigning for president since 2006, it’s alarming how little is known about critical chapters of his business biography. Nothing spells that out more clearly than his ties to Monsanto—the current target of a mid-September Occupy nationwide action—whose dark history features scandals involving PCBs, Agent Orange, bovine growth hormone, NutraSweet, IUD, genetically modified (GM) seed and herbicides, reaching back to the 1970s and '80s. That's when Monsanto was the largest consulting client of Romney's employer, Bain & Company, and when Romney helped move Monsanto from chemical colossus to genetic giant, trading one set of environmental controversies for another.

    This history matters not just because of the light it sheds on Romney's self-ballyhooed business experience but because of the litany of Monsanto corporate objectives that clash with planetary concerns. If Romney is elected, this bête noire of environmentalists will have a very old friend in a very high place.

    The romance between Romney and Monsanto began back in 1977, when the recently minted Harvard Law and Business School graduate joined Bain, the Boston-based consulting firm launched in 1973, the same year Monsanto became one of its first clients. One of Bain's founding partners, Ralph Willard, described to the Boston Globe in 2007 how “Romney learned the technical aspects of the chemical business so thoroughly that he sounded as if he had gone to engineering school instead of business school,” and that Monsanto executives soon began “bypassing” him to go directly to Romney.

    John W. Hanley, the Monsanto CEO at the time, has said how “impressed” he was with the 30-year-old Mitt. Hanley became so close to Romney that he and Romney’s boss Bill Bain devised the idea of creating Bain Capital as a way of keeping Romney in the fold. Unless Mitt was allowed to run this spin-off venture firm, Hanley and Bain feared, he would leave. Hanley even contributed $1 million to Romney’s first investment pool at Bain Capital. Monsanto’s Hanley is in fact the only business executive outside of the Bain founding family to so shape Romney’s career—jumpstarting the two companies, Bain & Company and Bain Capital, that account for all but two years of Romney’s much-ballyhooed business experience. Bain and Romney whispered in Monsanto’s ear until 1985, when Hanley’s successor Richard Mahoney says he “fired” them and when Romney moved on to Bain Capital.

    A year before Romney began to work with Monsanto, Congress passed a 1976 bill banning PCBs, a liquid chemical monopoly of Monsanto’s, exposing the company to an onslaught of litigation throughout the Bain years. Monsanto was also besieged by charges that its decade of Vietnam War defoliation with Agent Orange dioxins—branded by a Yale environmentalist “the largest chemical warfare operation” in human history—had contaminated as many as 10 million Vietnamese and American people, leading to a $180 million settlement covering the claims of 52,000 troops in 1984.

    Dr. Earl Beaver, who was Monsanto’s waste director during the Bain period, says that Bain was certainly “aware” of the “PCB and dioxin scandals” because they created “a negative public perception that was costing the company money.” So Bain recommended focusing “on the businesses that didn’t have those perceptions,” Beaver recalls, starting with “life science products that were biologically based,” including genetically engineered crops, as well as Roundup, the hugely profitable weed-killer. “These were the products that Bain gave their go-ahead to,” Beaver contends, noting that Romney was a key player, “reviewing the data collected by other people and developing alternatives,” talking mostly to “the higher muckety-mucks.”

    But Beaver, who left Monsanto and eventually became chair of the Institute for Sustainability in New York, said that the Monsanto/Bain teams “did not put an adequate emphasis on esoteric or societal factors” because they were “focused on this quarter or that quarter or next year’s financials.” People who have a long-term horizon, Beaver concluded, “consider different factors than what’s going to be reported in the stock section of the newspaper.”

    The first Monsanto biotech product, bovine growth hormone, became another headache for the firm, crippling cows, alarming parents concerned about the health effect on kids, meeting with rejection among developed countries outside the United States and sparking bans by American retailers from Starbucks to Walmart. Monsanto announced it invented the hormone in 1981, midway through the Bain period, but didn’t get FDA clearance for it until 1993. By 2008, the company got out of the business altogether, ostensibly selling it for far less than it invested in the technology.

    Now the king of GM corn, soybean, alfalfa and other seeds, engineered to resist Roundup and increase yield, Monsanto is awash in global disputes, having lost two recent, at least $2 billion, court decisions in Brazil, for example, where 5 million soy farmers sued them. The Brazilian farmers’ issue is also a source of frustration for US farmers—the contracts farmers are forced to sign pledging not to save seeds for future harvests, a common farm custom that resale-fixated Monsanto has hired a seed police army to stop.

    While Monsanto can trot out its own and FDA findings to support its seed safety claims, there are independent studies linking its corn to organ damage, obesity, diabetes and allergies. The company’s profits plunged in 2010 as evidence mounted that GM seeds, 90 percent of which originate with Monsanto, weren’t boosting yields as promised. Consumer resistance has already forced Monsanto to retreat from the GM potato, tomato, wheat, rice, flax seed and bio-pharmaceutical crops. Peru recently banned GM products for ten years and Hungary destroyed all its Monsanto cornfields, joining ninety countries that aggressively monitor and restrict, or ban, GM imports, according to the Center for Food Safety.

    The Union of Concerned Scientists criticized the absence of independent and long-term research findings on GM safety, charging that we are placing “a huge wager” on this little-examined technology. Monsanto’s onetime communications director shrugged his shoulders to this kind of concern, telling the New York Times: “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” In fact, Monsanto pressured the Reagan administration, starting during the Bain years, to develop a friendly regulatory framework it could exploit as a seal of approval.

    The critical shift to “life sciences” started in 1979, when Monsanto installed a University of California biologist, Howard Schneiderman, as its research director and began investing hundreds of millions a year in biotech hormones and seeds. Monsanto’s website reports that by 1981—when Bain was intimately involved in determining the company’s strategic direction—biotech was “firmly established as Monsanto’s strategic research focus.”

    Roundup Ready seeds, of course, are inextricably tied to the success and safety of Roundup itself. But “super-weeds” are developing a Roundup tolerance, requiring more and more spraying to work, which is harmful ecologically and financially damaging for farmers. Introduced in the Bain years with Bain boosting, Roundup’s supposedly “biodegradable” and “nontoxic” claims have led to false advertising findings in France and by the Attorney General of New York. Studies are also now beginning to link Roundup to cancer and birth defects, the first indication that it may be going the way of Lasso, another Monsanto herbicide endorsed by Bain that was forced from the market because of health hazards.
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:28 am

    Its not difficult to understand that those who work to promote the interests of Monsanto of their own volition are ethnically retarded, morally bankrupt and interested primarily in the generation of money over the health of the planet, her citizens and the environment.

    Hence the likes of Mitt Romney and Bill Gates


    Mitt Romney & the Monsanto connection Documents & news articles Romney investigation 8

    original upload and report by investigations2012 (you can't delete us all) George Bush is known for having special interest with Monsanto. Bush sr. and Monsanto - www.youtube.com Multiple members in the Bush family have endorsed Mitt Romney for president. Mitt Romney_ Bilderberg, CFR, Goldman Sachs & Federal Reserve questions- Romney investigation part 1 - www.youtube.com Rand Paul has endorsed Mitt Romney for president also. Rand Paul among Senate members who voted against GMO labeling amendment..

    http://www.firstpost.com/topic/organization/federal-reserve-mitt-romney-the-monsanto-connection-documents-news-artic-video-s6VnpfxBqCw-42919-1.html
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Micjer on Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:16 am

    I am in the agriculture industry. I have noticed this year a tremendous amount of earmold in the corn crop. It has something to do with the drought, for sure, but is GMO corn more susceptible? Makes one wonder.

    Farmers on the Lookout for Aflatoxin as Drought Continues

    http://www.agweb.com/article/farmers_on_the_lookout_for_aflatoxin_as_drought_continues/



    The season-long drought and extreme heat have created conditions prime for Aspergillus ear rot to develop in corn, so growers should scout their fields and inspect their grain, a Purdue Extension plant pathologist says.


    The fungus, which infects corn ears through the silks or wounds, produces aflatoxin, a toxic carcinogen that also can cause health problems for livestock that consume contaminated corn.
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    Re: Monsanto, Roundup Ready and Bill gates

    Post  Floyd on Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:13 am

    Micjer wrote:
    The fungus, which infects.


    I think in many ways Monsanto is like a giant fungus growing and spreading over the surface of the Planet.

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