Monsanto Gets $2.5 Million Penalty For Misleading Cotton Farmers

Under the guise of “increased crop yields” and “a sustainable food system,” biotech giant Monsanto has been pumping dangerous genetically modified crops into the global agricultural industry for decades.

Now the EPA has announced that Monsanto has agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine to resolve misbranding violations related to the sale and distribution of cotton seed products containing genetically engineered pesticides.

Despite the fact that GMOs are banned in many countries, and real food advocates have been protesting the unfair distribution of these substances without proper labeling for years, few actions have been taken to protect consumers from the health risks posed by Monsanto’s seeds and plants.

The cotton seed products in question were Bollgard and Bollgard II, two genetically engineered varities known as plant incorporated protectants (PIPs), which are registered as a pesticidal product under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Because of the presence of PIPs, both Bollgard and Bollgard II the EPA forbid Monsanto from selling these seeds in 10 Texas counties in order to prevent pests from becoming resistant to Bt PIPs and other microbial products used in sprays and dusts.

Monsanto was supposed to control the sale and distribution of the cotton seed by including information on the planting restrictions in its labeling and grower guides.

Despite EPA regulations, Monsanto refused to include the warning information on the product packaging, and it was discovered that between 2002 and 2007, the company distributed or sold the cotton products more than 1,700 times nationwide, including the restricted Texas counties.

Although the fine might seem significant to us, it’s merely a slap on the wrist for this multi-billion dollar international corporation. If Monsanto agreed to pay the penalty to resolve the issue, it must mean the profit they made from selling the restricted seeds was far greater.

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Irene S.
Irene S5 years ago

They´d deserve much more payment!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Well said, Francine!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Such a small penalty for that poisoner?!

Melanie Wolfahrt
Melanie Wolfahrt5 years ago

MONSANTO is the biggest problem all around the world, so mighty, nobody could stop this monster of corruption

Abbey M.
Abbey McClain6 years ago

What we are doing to nature isn't right. Rachel Carson saw this coming years ago and we still haven't done enough to mitigate the consequences. The real tragedy is that we'll learn our lesson a day late.

Leszek P.
Leszek P7 years ago

This is scary. Thanks for article

Rob Probin
Rob P7 years ago
come on people join the fight we need every one to join and bring it to their door

Judith awaynomail

That fine was pennies to a corporation like Monsanto. What pain did that cause them given the money they have made from illegal sales. Please sign this petition against Monstanto and share. We are going to contaminate all our crops, soils, and animals. The letter within the petition is tellling, and was sent by a scientist under emergency warning to the Sec. of Agri, USDA has not responded after more than two months.

Francine P.
Francine P8 years ago

Thank you for this article. I am waiting for the day Monsanto's executives and main investors are brought to justice.

their actions are truly criminal.

Paul Blake ND
Paul Blake ND8 years ago

The fine is pathetic and does not even come close to the harm they have done with just this violation. One day Monsanto and their executives from the beginning will be called to account for harm they have done to this world and humanity. Like the Berlin wall coming down, I know it is going to happen it is just a matter of time. Here is just a thumbnail sketch of their nasty track record. Agent Orange, Aspartame, PCB’s, rBGH, DDT, Dioxins, Pesticides, Herbicides and of course GMO’s. Sums up why everyone should fear, hate and despise this despicable (I like that word) company, Monsanto.