Monsanto Stock in Danger, Investor Warns

I was shocked to read a story in Canada’s highly conservative national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, a couple of days ago in which well-known investor and columnist Chris Umiastowski, P.Eng., MBA, warned of the risk in holding Monsanto stock.  It was refreshing to read the views of an investor who is not just concerned about the bottom line but also the potential health and environmental risks in such a conservative paper. I knew that this was a victory-of-sorts for all of us who share a concern over the increasingly genetically-modified nature of our food supply.

In his column, “Monsanto:  A food stock with a bad aftertaste,” he shares: “it’s just as important to know what stocks to avoid as it is to know which ones to invest in. Most growth trends don’t last forever and you don’t want to be stuck holding the bag when growth disappears or reverses.” Here is an investor who is recognizing the “battle raging between consumers and Monsanto” that could leave fallout for investors left holding the bag when consumers take back their right to know what is contained in the food they eat.

While labelling of GM-foods is not legally required in Canada or in the United States, consumer groups are gradually certifying an increasing number of foods as “GM-Free” as a way to take back a right that regulators are not recognizing that we deserve. Consumers are waging a peaceful revolution against Monsanto and other GM-food suppliers as well as the government agencies that turn a blind eye to the environmental and health ramifications of GM-foods and crops. As an aside:  European governments have been more progressive in recognizing the human right to know when our food supply has been tampered with and many countries there consider labeling of GM foods standard practice.

But back to the article I read:  This investor admits that he normally writes about technology stocks and trends, adding “you may not realize that what we feed ourselves and our families has a lot of biotechnology baked into it.” Corn, soy, canola, and many other crops are increasingly genetically-modified. Even tomatoes are turning into Frankenfoods at the hands of agribusiness (Check out my article 11 Reasons to Love Tomatoes, no genetically-engineering is not one of them).

Mr. Umiastowski adds that “the trend will be toward more ingredient labeling, not less. And, this poses a big danger to Monsanto.”  Equally important, he continues, “personally, I’d rather own a business that is not only growing at a solid clip, but feels good to hold in my portfolio.  For me, Monsanto doesnt cut it.

Most of these thoughts may not sound like news to environmentalists and health-conscious readers of, but having both a top national investor and a leading conservative paper publish these views is what makes this article stand out for me.

And since not enough people are really aware of the stocks held in their pension plans, mutual funds, and other investment portfolios, it’s a call to action to literally, put your money where your mouth is, so to speak.

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Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapaabout a year ago

Thank you

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapaabout a year ago

Thank you

Leslie O.
Leslie Owen2 years ago


Patricia H.
Patricia H.2 years ago

thanks for posting

Claudia Acosta
Claudia Acosta2 years ago

Good to know. I have a dream...a dream where all GMO's products do not exits.

Berny p.
Berny p.2 years ago



Kyle N.
Kyle N.2 years ago

Seen a few more mindless comments in here... Main cause of Farmers going out of business in the 80's was due to high interest rates, low prices for product, followed by severe drought and top it off with farmers retiring. There was another large amount of farmers getting out of farming from 95 through 2006 due to rising cost of equipment and low prices for products along with retirement. Government regulations are the main cause of farmers getting out of the business now. I have no issue with GMO products. I have dealt with them the past 15 years and have seen crop yields rise with introduction of GMO, seen lower pesticide use as well. Still waiting on something to stop the soybean aphid which destoys yields if not sprayed. I would like genetics to solve the aphid issue. With current production costs, commodity prices, GMO is the most viable option. There is no profit at all in Organic, will not deal with it ever. Non GMO soybeans are an absolute nightmare for weed control, causes a 20% yield loss. don't want to deal with that stress again. Hoping for drought tolerant crops soon.

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog2 years ago

Good, it's about time! Here's to hoping that the company loses all and shuts down - it's one of the major evils on this planet...

Don Swanz
Don Swanz2 years ago

Nothing would please me more than to see Monsanto and it's entire Board "tank". But then I'm reminded of a saying that I've heard many, many times over the years and continues to give me pause today: Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it." I hope that we do not jump out of frying pan into the fire. Don and I CAN! :-))

Mary K.
Molly D.2 years ago

Monsanto=satan. Really, what is the difference?