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With Friends Like These, Monsanto Doesn't Need Regulators...Does It?

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A quick look at the company's board of directors shows how tight it is with big food and big business.


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Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 10:36 am

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 10:37 am
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The fight over GMO labeling isn’t the first regulatory battle Monsanto has engaged in over the course of its 112 years in business. From PCBs to DDT to Agent Orange, the chemical company turned ag giant has manufactured numerous products that ended up all but disappearing—if not being banned outright—following high-profile public debates about environmental and health concerns.

Despite defeats for grassroots movements trying to have genetically engineered foods in California and Washington labeled, recent progress on state-level GMO labeling laws suggests that the tide is shifting against genetically engineered foods. Polls show that most Americans want to know if their food has been genetically altered. But despite the small steps made by some food corporations, the food industry—and corporate America on the whole—is still decidedly on Monsanto’s side regarding genetic engineering.

You don’t have to look much farther than the boardroom to see how deeply entrenched its ties to the rest of the food industry are: Janice L. Fields, a former president of McDonald’s USA, and C. Steven McMillan, a former CEO of Sara Lee Corporation, both sit on the board of directors. Other board members have ties to Procter & Gamble, Lockheed Martin, and Microsoft.

As a report from Food and Water Watch pointed out last year, the board’s connections—past and present—to big food and big business has helped build a friendly audience, in business and in government, for its products:

----Monsanto’s board members have worked for the EPA, advised the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and served on President Obama’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. They presided over multiple universities in various senior positions, including South Dakota State University (with whom Monsanto has a significant research agreement), Arizona State’s Biodesign Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.... The prevalence of Monsanto’s directors in these highly influential positions begs a closer look at how they’re able to push the pro-GE agenda within the government and influence public opinion. -----

But it's not like PCBs, DDT, and Agent Orange are contributing to the company’s bottom line any longer. For every regulator’s blind eye, there’s the eventual backlash and downfall.

Still, it helps to know who goes to bat for Monsanto.

By: By Willy Blackmore - Take Part |

Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor. He has written for The Awl, The New Inquiry, and elsewhere.

Marianne R (94)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 11:23 am
Monsanto needs to get out of our lives

Robert O (12)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 1:14 pm
Thanks Kit.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 1:34 pm
And money makes the world go round, the world go round, the world go round.....why worry about terrorism when we have companies like Monsanto covering us in their evil shadow?

Athena F (131)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 1:57 pm

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 1:57 pm

jan b (5)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 2:15 pm
Some people do believe it's their Constitutional right to drink poisoned water and breathe polluted air. ...The capitalists and DC republican supporters would love to see more deregulations and no pesky EPA either.

Michael S. (0)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 2:53 pm
Monsanto is about 14 years old not a hundred. The new Monsanto is a new company. Same name.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 4:12 pm
I shall share this Kit

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 4:25 pm

Thank you, Rose. The New Monsanto is very tied to the OLD Monsanto. Still working on ways to poison us at a profit.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 4:49 pm
Of course they don't want regulations. Regulations would quickly change the people on that board. I just read that France is booting out ALL GMO crops.....we need to do the same here in the US.

JL A (281)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 5:11 pm
Keeping track of the players can make a difference--like the oil company scandals out of a Colorado office that was supposed to regulate them a few years ago; let us hope something similar finally comes to pass on this one.

. (0)
Monday March 17, 2014, 10:02 am
Noted & posted

ewoud k (68)
Monday March 17, 2014, 2:30 pm
That's what friends are for....

In fact, ALL big companies are interrelated like this, the 200-families-interaction.

Thanks Kit!

Freya H (345)
Monday March 17, 2014, 3:56 pm
Grease the right palms and you can do anything. Big corporations are taking over this country. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways - peaceful and legal - to fight back. Buy at mom-n-pop type stores, use home remedies (such as vinegar or hot water to kill weeds), and above all, VOTE!

penny C (83)
Monday March 17, 2014, 9:20 pm
Thank you.

Craig Pittman (52)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 4:44 am
The game's rigged folks. No surprises here. Thanks Kit. We need to keep spreading the awareness.
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