How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It

This post was written by Brandon Baker and originally appeared on EcoWatch

Monsanto didn’t achieve $11.8 billion in sales and 404 facilities in 66 countries all on its own.

The companyis valued at $60 billion in the marketplace with 525 million shares outstanding, but thethree largest mutual fund shareholders, Vanguard, Fidelity and State Street, own nearly 16 percent ofMonsantostock. By comparison, the seed giant’s CEO Hugh Grant owns less than 1 percent.

This all means there’s a solid chance that the toxic law manipulator may be nestled somewhere in your mutual fund or 401(k) plan. Those findings are part of a six-month investigation byFood Democracy Now! that results in the launch of aglobal divestment campaign against Monsanto.

Whether it’s by contacting a financial advisor to dump Monsanto investments or strategically opting into funds that aren’t linked to Monsanto or otherchemical or biotech companies, the organization is encouraging people around the world to divest.

“Monsantois a ruthless corporation that operates beyond the ethical boundaries of what is acceptable for a healthy democratic society, said Dave Murphy, founder and Executive Director of Food Democracy Now!, said in a statement. “For decades its executives lied about the harm of its toxic chemicals, intimidated scientists and bullied farmers to put profits over human health and public safety.

“It’s time to broaden socially responsible investing to confront the significant harms thatMonsanto has caused.”

The organization likens Monsanto totobacco corporations like Philip Morris and RJR Reynolds that most never knowingly invest in.

Last year, Monsantospent $4.5 million in opposition of a Washington State bill to requiremandatory labeling ofgenetically engineered foods. In February, anInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health study linked Monsanto’sRoundup weed killer to a fatal chronic kidney disease impacting poor farming areas around the world.

Food Democracy bills its campaign as a way for people to stop unknowingly profiting from such activities and stop “financing them as they poison the planet, contaminate our food supply and corrupt our democracy.” Here’s an excerpt from theletter to executives at Fidelity, Vanguard and Street State that the organization is asking people to sign:

As the manufacturers ofAgent Orange,DDT, andPCBs, Monsantos corporate executives intentionally ignored the warning of their own scientists for decades regarding the harmful and even deadly effects these products had on their workers, communities where the chemicals were manufactured and even Americas veterans

Remove Monsantos stock from any open-ended fund under your management.

I urge you to take this important step for people and the planet.

Its time to take a stand for future generations.

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Mark Donners
Mark Donnersabout a year ago

Kyle: "farmers: only a few comment while the rest laugh"

There is nothing sacred about farmers. They can be criminals too. If they can't do anything beyond their own criminal greed, they should have their land ripped away from them and forced into homelessness in some ghetto. I have no sympathy for criminals disguised as farmers and ranchers, and I have no interest in their income made from destruction. Apparently you and the corrupt USDA/Congress/FWS have vested interests. They can all go take a flying leap.. they should be jailed every one of those earth destroying monsters.

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompsonabout a year ago

Farmers have no time for a real life. It is always work, work, work. But they do pay attention to valid informative information. They are pretty darn smart in my opinion.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padillaabout a year ago


Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz1 years ago

Thank you

Kyle N.
Kyle N.1 years ago

Is that so Geoff? Farmers do read this stuff, but only a few comment while the rest laugh. Nobody lives in the real world more than farmers, nobody gambles every year with crops more than Farmers figuring what to plant, what variety to plant. No matter what it is, the choice is the best selectable variety to plant, where to plant it. To pick the right variety for each field, the varieties with the best disease resistance, insect resistance and in most cases herbicide tolerance. Don't want to injure the crop in any way as is common with conventional herbicides, that reduces yield, conventional doesn't have the best weed control, so most often the variety picked is some form of GMO Trait.

Alan Lambert
Alan` Lambert1 years ago

If you wind up investing in a company you don't intend as part of a mutual fund, donate that portion of the profits to a charity that fights against what the company does.

Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson1 years ago

How do we successfully prosecute Monsanto?

Nils Anders Lunde


Steve Clewlow
Steve Clewlow1 years ago

I knew about this evil satanic company already, but I felt I wanted to thank you for helping to spread the information.

Geoff P.
Geoff P.1 years ago

Obviously their are not many farmers on care2 that have to live in the real world and produce food for the Monsanto haters.