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Monsanto Lobbying On Pace To New Records In 2010

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Monsanto Co. spent $4.64 million in the first two quarters of 2010 and it is on pace to set a new high for its lobbying expenditures. This has been fueled by lobbying on an increasing number of legal and legislative issues affecting the world's...

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Sally Ann G (256)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 5:47 pm
noted thank you

Mary C (148)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 6:42 pm
Mons-Anti-Humanity at its "best" as always---with their frankendrops like beets, corn, and cotton, as well as their stakes in rBGH and other chemicals, to their franken-fed bacon-slabs-on-the-hoof that they've recently tried to patent in other countries, is it any wonder that we're all going to either die of cancer or starvation due to our unwillingness to eat GMOs? backyard farming is the way to go, and ORGANIC, ORGANIC, ORGANIC, with nothing but HEIRLOOM, HEIRLOOM, HEIRLOOM seeds!!!!!

Gary C (5)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 8:29 pm
noted with extreme prejudice and hate for monsanto its' board of directors, scientists , lawyers ,workers and supporters. A POX ON ALL THEIR HOUSES......I really, really hate monsanto and all it stands for .

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 9:40 pm

Jacqueline O (4)
Friday September 3, 2010, 12:26 am
Thanks for the interesting read.

Mack David (100)
Friday September 3, 2010, 4:32 am

Past Member (0)
Friday September 3, 2010, 5:07 am
Money Santo
Thanks Tippers for forwarding, Great article Kathy!

Mike M (40)
Friday September 3, 2010, 5:21 am

gail dair (0)
Friday September 3, 2010, 5:40 am
noted ty

Patrizia S (315)
Friday September 3, 2010, 6:55 am
Thank you Tippers

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday September 3, 2010, 8:00 am
Thank you for the excellent post Kathy, every drumbeat regarding corporate greed and corruption of government, politics, media and public opinion is a drumbeat for every cause Care2 users hold dear!

Glamour Girlcat (32)
Friday September 3, 2010, 9:01 am
Monsanto, Go home!

Arielle S (313)
Friday September 3, 2010, 9:35 am
I'm with Gary - a pox on Monsanto. May they reap just what they sow.

patricia lasek (317)
Friday September 3, 2010, 10:52 am
I just hope they haven't destroyed all things natural yet. They seem to have their hooks into everything.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 3, 2010, 11:44 am
Noted, thanks....I guess... Monsanto news is usually bad.

tony lane (3)
Friday September 3, 2010, 12:42 pm
what is going on this monsanto should have been closed down years ago,these people pretend that when something goes wrong they act as if a mistake intheir reseach is the problem,none of this is truethey are directly responsible the suicde farmers in india and according to statistics it is a suicide every half hour, and so far it is over half a million,they deal in death and bio warfare is their game,can anybody actualy beleive that an outfitthat poisoned more than half of vietnam with agent orange is innocent of anything.

Friday September 3, 2010, 1:24 pm
If Monsanto gets stronger, we'll just have to scream louder and longer to get rid of them before they kill us all!

Friday September 3, 2010, 1:42 pm
Monstanto blows!! >:(

Fiona O (565)
Friday September 3, 2010, 2:14 pm
They will have control of the global food supply. They will misuse it. You can be sure of that.

Tierney G (381)
Friday September 3, 2010, 3:51 pm
The spammers seem to be only on this page i wonder if this is monsanto at work? i reported the past member spammers

Kathy B (106)
Friday September 3, 2010, 3:59 pm
Thanks Tierney, I don't mind blaming them on Monsanto :) I've reported them at least 4 times today they're everywhere - Care2 is working on it...

Bonnie B (103)
Friday September 3, 2010, 4:20 pm
I guess one thing we can do is to support the bill on transparency for lobbyists and our officials. And I hope you will do all you can to support Campaign Finance Reform. Not to mention how most of the people on this site are rigorous about signing petions and writing to officials about the issues our world faces. I don't know if it makes a difference, but I won't stop! and i know you won't either!

Charlene Rush (2)
Friday September 3, 2010, 4:50 pm
LOBBYING should be against the law!!!

I want to repeat this statement, until I'm blue in the face.

Eternal G (745)
Friday September 3, 2010, 6:59 pm
There being EXPOSED like never before.... hope we will live to see their demise! That will be a day of global celebration!

Nina Serman (108)
Friday September 3, 2010, 8:01 pm
Lobbying - often, but in Monsanto's case always, legalized bribery - talk about corruption, sanctified by the lack of real law - nor more, no less.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Friday September 3, 2010, 8:38 pm
Noted, thanks.

Penelope P (222)
Friday September 3, 2010, 9:55 pm
Look up
Alex Zorach
QUOTE:I’ve been researching Monsanto and their herbicide Roundup a lot in the past couple days, as background for writing about herbicide use by the city of Newark, Delaware.

Monsanto’s track record speaks for itself: they have been convicted twice of false advertising for overstating the safety. When I started delving into the scientific literature too, I found that there are some rather complex reasons for the misinformation surrounding Roundup’s safety. Monsanto often cites studies of the active ingredient alone, glyphosate. But in reality, the mixture as a whole is much more damaging to the environment and much more hazardous to human health, because of effects from other “inactive” ingredients. Check out my blog post if you want some more rigorous research and links to these studies.
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Penelope P (222)
Friday September 3, 2010, 10:02 pm
Actually it may also be worth noting that these Monsanto people are the main ones drafted in by Bill Gates to stop famine in Africa- We are currently having there the biggest famine since the eighties due to drought.

Peolle who were against Gates using Monsanto staas a source and advisor and actually employing Monsanto ex-staff on his foundation argued that the great leap forward in food production in the sixties was in fact just that China and a couple of other countries opened up new farmland and had nothing to do with the genetically engineered super rice released just then.

Penelope P (222)
Friday September 3, 2010, 10:24 pm
A recent government study found that 200,000 Indian farmers have killed themselves in the past ten years.

Well-known Bollywood filmaker Aamir Khan attributes this startling statistic to the fact that many unsuspecting farmers are convinced that genetically modified seeds, pesticides, and fertilizers from American companies like Monsanto will increase their profits. Khan is hoping to spread awareness about this disturbing trend in a new movie.

The film, called Peepli Live, is set in an Indian village named Peepli. A young debt-burdened farmer named Natha is talked into taking his own life after he learns that his family will be financially compensated through a government program created to alleviate the loss of farmers taking their own lives (Alternet).

To afford the supplies and steep licensing fees imposed by Monsanto, many farmers mortgage their farms just to survive to plant another year. The first bad yield due to drought or flooding plunges them so far into debt that many resort to suicide.

The Problem With Franken-Food

Supporters of genetially engineered foods often claim that bio-crops are the only way to feed the world's booming population in the future.

Unfortunately, a study from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that genetically engineered crops have never been proven to produce larger harvests. Crop yield increases in recent years have almost entirely been due to improved farming or traditional plant breeding, despite thousands of field trials of GM crops (Scientific American).

Seeds purchased from companies like Monsanto are also engineered with "terminator technology," which means plants produce sterile seeds after only one season. Farmers, already in debt because of the high price of "superior" GM seeds, are thereby forced to buy more seeds for the next harvest.

Read the entire Peepli Live interview with Aamir Khan here.

Sign the petitions!

Take GM Corn off the Shelves!

Bring Down The Monsanto Monopoly

Prosecute Monsanto for Crimes against Nature and all Life!

Penelope P (222)
Friday September 3, 2010, 10:32 pm
Monsanto, however, you most likely have or have had their products in your cupboards, basement, shed, or food.

Evil MonsantoPhoto: via Mediaenvironment

Monsanto began in 1901, deriving its name from founder, John Queeny’s, wife’s maiden name. The first product made and distributed was the artificial sweetener, saccharin, bought by the Coca-Cola Company. Monsanto quickly also introduced caffeine and vanillin to Coca-Cola, eventually becoming their main supplier. The company then established themselves in Europe by collaborating with Graesser's Chemical Works and produced vanillin, salicylic acid, aspirin and later rubber. By its third decade, they had expanded into basic industrial chemicals like sulfuric acid, and closing in on the 1940s, Monsanto became a leader in manufacturing plastics.

In 1944, being one of fifteen companies licensed to do so, Monsanto began manufacturing DDT, a synthetic pesticide which was used for agriculture to help rid of insects and to help aid disease control - until findings proved it to be toxic to wildlife, the environment and our health.

Agent Orange DefectPhoto: Mother Jones Magazine

Monsanto was also one of a very few companies to produce the defoliant, Agent Orange, during the Vietnam War, which caused over 900,000 deaths, disabilities and birth defects. In total, over 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to this highly lethal chemical, as well as 20% of the Southern Vietnamese jungle, over a nine-year period.

Monsanto has become the world’s largest chemical company and in recent years has begun producing a product known as, Roundup - the number one herbicide worldwide since 1980, which means that you have most likely used it or been exposed to it. This herbicide contains the active ingredient glyphosate, and began life as just another scientific word, until the 1970’s, when Monsanto developed a patent on the glyphosate molecule until the beginning of the millennium.

Monsanto were also involved in developing another ingredient known as the surfactant, POEA (polyethoxylated tallow amine), which has been proven harmful to wildlife. Still the FDA approved it and allowed continued use of this product without divulging such important user information. Monsanto also had the word 'biodegradable' written on the front of Roundup’s first packaging, which scientists proved untrue and proclaimed to be a misrepresentation and false advertising. This caused Monsanto to remove it from their bottles, although they left the toxic ingredients untouched.

Although Monsanto may not be a common household name, Scotts Brand is. Since 1999, when the Scotts Brand finalized the purchase of the remainder of Monsanto’s lawn and garden business, including the continued distribution of Roundup, Monsanto has ultimately sustained itself within our homes.

HousePhoto: MyEyesSees

A Deadly Cover Up

In 1929, Monsanto was the only American company to produce the highly toxic man-made chemical, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, better known as PCB. This 209 group of various chemicals, which share a common structure but vary in the number of attached chlorine atoms, filled the air for many years prior to its banning. PCB has a high exposure resistance, which means that it does not readily breakdown due to heat or chemical exposure. Once PCB enters an animal or human body it is absorbed within the fat and stays there. This than causes the PCB to build up and produces a chain reaction that contaminates land and wildlife - a process known as bioaccumulation.

A horrific example was made of the people of Anniston, Alabama, when the Monsanto Factory hid PCB toxins in wetlands and polluted a near by creek. The contamination was so devastating that when scientists released fish into the creek to test toxicity, the majority died in three and a half minutes. And that was just the wildlife - think about the soil and the contamination caused by this non-biodegradable chemical that will linger on in our environment forever.

Warning PCBPhoto: USGS

The community of Anniston have the highest PCB levels in the world. This toxic chemical can cause cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, skin problems and the list goes on. It is a travesty that the amount of money paid to the victims and to clean up the area was insignificant, and till this day none of the Monsanto executives have ever been held to account in this case. This is only one example; many others across the globe have similarly been affected by PCB distributed by Monsanto.

This entails the beginnings of what was yet to come. One may think that this would only lead to the demise of Monsanto; instead, it began a process of reformation that turned the old company into what we now know as the 'new' Monsanto.

The 'New' Monsanto – Multinational Agricultural Biotechnology Corporation

Monsanto’s headquarters are located in Creve Couer, Missouri, and sell 90% of the US’s Genetically Engineered (GE) seeds. It is also the world leader in Biotechnology, owning 9% or more of the world’s GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). GMO entails the genetic altering of an organism’s material using genetic engineering techniques. Recombinant DNA uses DNA molecules from a variety of sources, combining them into one molecule to produce a new set of genes. Monsanto owns Agracetus, which produces 'Roundup Ready Soybean' for commercial use. They also own Seminis Inc, making them the world’s largest socially accepted seed company.

FarmingPhoto: Andrew Stawarz

In 1982, Monsanto’s scientists were the first to genetically modify a plant cell and by 1987, they were the first to conduct a field test of genetically engineered crops. They then transformed themselves from the world’s largest chemical giant into a biotech powerhouse in the years from 1997 to 2002. Monsanto has created patent-protected food crops, which are resistant to commercial herbicides; with the handy use of their previous invention, Roundup.

CornPhoto: via foodwithkidappeal

There are over 8.5 million farmers with biotech growing crops to-date and according to International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), 90% of them are resource-poor farmers. Monsanto owns approximately 86% of the United States corn planted areas, 90% of soybean planted areas, and 93% of cotton planted areas.

However, with their seeds being patented that means that if any genetically modified plant grows on a farm that Monsanto does not give permission to, they will than sue the farm and force them to buy equipment and chemicals to keep the crops growing. This has put farmers in a corner in which they have to comply, effectively giving up their farm to Monsanto, yet they still do all the work on their farm. Alternatively, they will go bankrupt from either continuously fighting this monster of a company in court or continuing to buy the needed goods to continue farming by Monsanto’s standards - either way the outcome is disastrous for our farmers.

Since wind can carry these seeds, which is what seems to be what Monsanto hopes for as they have instructed people to spy on farmers in neighboring areas, even asking farmers to snitch on each other, which will then force a family owned farmer - from generations of hard work - to become a slave to Monsanto’s greed.

Greedy MoneyPhoto: via Frugal Yankee

They are continuously suing farmers around the world and rapidly owning farm after farm, producing genetically engineered foods that are finding themselves on our dinner tables more than we are aware - and it does not stop there.

Got Monsanto Milk?

Monsanto has also found their way onto our dairy farms. They have created a GMO that, inserted into a cow via a syringe or a gene gun, causes the cattle to produce more milk by 10% in 300 days. The Bovine Growth Hormone or BGH is a protein hormone that Monsanto has marketed as POSILAC since 1994. It’s called the recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), or artificial growth hormone, since it is derived from recombinant DNA Technology. This chemical is extremely hazardous to the health of the cow.

needlesPhoto: via Dvorak Uncensored

The use of this chemical has been banned from New Zealand, and most of Europe since the year 2000. It has been banned in Canada as well, although bulk milk products from the United States that have been produced with rBST are still allowed to be sold and used in food such as cheese and yogurt. Dairy farmers in the U.S. are still using this product; only since last year have many consumers demanded "no artificial growth hormones", which caused many milk products to become rBST-free - but not all. Monsanto, on the other hand, has lobbied governments to ban the distinction between rBST and non-rBST milk products.

Sick Bovine CowPhoto: PETA via Advocacy for Animals

How Has Monsanto Gotten Away With So Much?

You would think that by now a demonstration would have taken place against the growing power and global control of Monsanto. Many have wondered why it hasn't and research suggests this is down to the constant 'revolving door' nature of Monsanto’s employees, which consist of powerful players and influential people. Many people who have been or currently are employed by Monsanto have also worked in government.

Revolving DoorPhoto: Amanda B. Cashin

Knowledge IS Power

When visiting the Monsanto website they try hard to paint a pretty picture with a variety of photos showing happy families. The truth is, Monsanto has changed our world by destroying our wildlife, health and environment, and are continuing everyday unbeknown to us. We are using products and eating foods laced with their chemicals and we unintentionally also provide these to our families.

Knowledge is PowerPhoto: Your Daily Motivation via Torontonian Online
They are taking control of our farmers and changing the way we eat. Without the labels, we are unclear of what has been created with the help of Monsanto or not. We cannot undo their legacy of contamination - that will still lie within the soil and in our damaged wildlife - but we can change the future, by taking a stand on demanding no more injections into our cows and by sharing the knowledge of what they have done to our family owned and operated farmers. After all, we are the consumers.

Penelope P (222)
Friday September 3, 2010, 10:37 pm

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday September 3, 2010, 10:39 pm
Thanks Kathy.

Debbie G (306)
Friday September 3, 2010, 11:01 pm
What can we do to alleviate this problem or stop it? I sign all petitions I see that are for stopping Monsanto's chemicals, GMOs, RHGBs, etc. I live in MO, where Monsanto is headquartered. I write to my legislators consistently about this, but at least one of MO's US senators, and probably my district senator to MO State is in Monsanto's pocket. Monsanto is way too powerful and our politicians have allowed it to be this way. I have also read about the problems Monsanto caused in India with their so-called helpful seeds, that eventually had to had Monsanto's pesticides applied, which the India farmers were not aware of when they purchased the seeds. Then, when there was a drought, Monsanto advised these farmers that irrigation was required. Duh, there is no irrigation method available there for most farmers. Farmers went bankrupt, many committed suicide and this is just a travesty. Cut and paste:

Evelina Zaharieva (9)
Saturday September 4, 2010, 12:35 am
Jeez! I wonder what kind of people REALLY are they. I knew they are mons-ters, but to such an extend to even force their wicked production to other countries. Who the hell they think they are? Even the US government can't force other countries to do something. I knew Monstanto are pulling the strings even in the US govt, but to reach that far... it's scary! So the Monster wants a world dominion... unless it falls in its own traps.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 4, 2010, 2:34 am
Monsanto is like a bad dream you can't wake up from! Just when you think it can't get any worse....

Bennett F. (0)
Saturday September 4, 2010, 3:44 am

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Saturday September 4, 2010, 6:06 am
I understand from an article that if only 5% of US citizens would reject to buy GMO, i.e. would change to buy organic food, then the profit margin for GMO would be lowered so much that the shops would focus on presenting organic food, and hence take home less GMO food. That again would limit the demand for the corporation made GMO food. Monsanto know that they are weak, and they are trying with all the money they have to force this poison down our throat. But if we refuse to chew it, what can they do?

Mary W (31)
Saturday September 4, 2010, 10:21 am
A corporation that spends that much money on lobbying must assuredly be doing something wrong. When the Congress must be paid off to 'look the other way', well, it's apparent that there's big money involved and all ethics go out the window. Factory farming (of both animals and crops) is unethical, is not concerned for the environment, lacks compassion for animals, is not concerned for consumers' health, and most definitely cares nothing for the eventual consequences of its impact on the planet. Europe is way ahead of the US in understanding the dangers of GM food and restricting its encroachment into their food supply.

Sophie T. (0)
Saturday September 4, 2010, 4:24 pm
Noted and amen Mary Coleman!

Ronald N (3)
Monday September 6, 2010, 11:13 am
As much as I hear about Roundup Ready GMO's, it is becoming more apparent of it's use in the area where I live. We have agri-friendly representatives,that are in bed with Monsanto. It is plain to see that many of their products are being used by the local area farmers. Really the big excuse is that they are no different than other giants as Bayer, and BASF who are never mentioned and Monsanto is being singled out. But a giant such as Monsanto are simply not given enough publicity for using other products that can be harmful to humans. We have to know about Monsanto's many other products that have been in the American market. All of these products seem to be approved by the FDA and we are no worse for having total cooperation of these agencies to allow these things to happen.

Within my area there are countless GMO products being grown. It is a total shame that the people who grow these plants haven't a vague idea other than the ease of production for ridding of weeds. In many ways these farmers are complicit as well as antagonistic towards anyone who would contest their way of farming. They consider conservationists and others who want a sustainable form of agriculture, as nothing more than radicals who want to destroy farming. This is the terrible hype that is being disseminated by corporate system.

If you would like to hear more about those on that side of the fence in our area, you can tune in to KMJ radio located in Fresno, CA. They are our local right wing radio station. KMJ 580 AM. The also have it on FM, but you can tune in on the internet and hear them support our local farmers without mentioning a word of GMO's!

Michela M (3964)
Monday September 6, 2010, 7:04 pm
Noted!! Thanks!! Ciao!! Michela

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Monday September 6, 2010, 10:43 pm
Thank you Kathy.
Great article!
Good, Tippers forwarded.

Jennifer M (78)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 12:27 pm

Gail Lopez (65)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 2:10 am
Great post! I saw the link to Alex Zorach's blog. LOTS of info on Monsanto, etc. I like this guy!

SusanNoMailPls D (30)
Thursday September 9, 2010, 3:00 am
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