Monsanto’s Shocking Power Grab Continues

Monsanto GMO Genocide

Monsanto Moves Towards Total Dominance of the World’s Food Supply, and They’re Making Sure You’re None the Wiser

On Friday, we reported that agribusiness behemoth Monsanto was in the position to become immune to USDA oversight—as did a few food activist blogs, and essentially no mainstream sources—outside of a middle-of-the-road report on NPR.

Mainstream blogs are also conspicuously silent—yesterday saw a stunning pro-GMO apologia from io9, a blog in the Gawker network, which I’ve also seen running what appears to be utterly obnoxious paid content for McDonald’s at their Lifehacker blog (they have a whole McDonald’s section).

io9 had this to say: “opponents of genetically modified organisms have been labeled the climate skeptics of the left, and for good reason: many of these criticisms are largely unfounded, and most miss the real issue entirely.”

You have got to be kidding me.

The article shouts the praises of GMO potatoes, by the way—one of Monsanto’s big products. Monsanto supplies the potatoes to McDonald’s for their french fries—how odd, then, that the same blog network that would consistently run McDonald’s ad content at Lifehacker would also run PR spin for GMO potatoes at io9.

It’s all coming on the heels of a very public hit campaign against prominent seed activist Vandana Shiva, who was torn down by the media for comparing GMOs to rape on her Twitter.

Well, when you own 90% of the world’s GMO food supply, paying off the media isn’t a problem, one guesses. Especially when you’re getting in position to own the rest of the 10% you don’t control yet.

It’s small potatoes compared to buying the government, for instance, as we saw in Monsanto’s power-jockeying over the USDA. And—how “odd” is this?—the very same week that Monsanto makes its move with the USDA, the Obama administration is pushing out Kathleen Merrigan, the USDA’s deputy secretary—the administration’s biggest and most powerful supporter of local and organic food. Her departure was described as “abrupt,” and could lead to “the end of local food at USDA.” How… strange.

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But pocketing the government and public opinion are minor efforts compared to the even bigger battle Monsanto won today: Reuters reports that Monsanto has settled with its main competitor, DuPont, over GMO seed technology, and that the two behemoths are now planning collaboration (with Monsanto driving). DuPont will now be allowed to produce Monsanto’s seeds, and have to pay royalty payments to do so; their stock dropped while Monsanto’s rose.

Via Reuters:

Monsanto Co and DuPont have settled a bitter legal battle over rights to technology for genetically modified seeds and will drop antitrust and patent claims against each other while forging a new collaboration, the companies said on Tuesday.

The deal tosses out a $1 billion jury verdict DuPont was ordered to pay Monsanto last August. Instead, the companies agreed that DuPont would make at least $1.75 billion in royalty payments over several years in exchange for broad access to develop products using Monsanto’s leading genetic technology.

Monsanto shares rose nearly 4 percent on the news, while DuPont shares fell nearly 1 percent.

All this means that Monsanto may soon control literally everything you eat—and no, io9, GMO products are not god’s gift to world hunger. Take a recent study of GMO corn—of which Monsanto owns 85% of worldwide, and growing. When fed to rats, the corn disrupted and destroyed their kidneys and livers in every instance.

Seems legit.

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Monsanto vs. the World
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  • http://twitter.com/HipGnosis23 HipGnosis

    GMOs *could be* “God’s git” to world hunger, but only when it’s not one corrupt company in control. DIY biohacking anyone?

    • MDillenbeck

      *could be* is the key there – however, it most likely is not. The notion that a single strain of a genetically modified “supercrop” is the universal solution is actually rooted in the notion that expert knowledge is often vastly superior to local knowledge (refer to “Citizens, Experts, and the Environment: the Politics of Local Knowledge” by Frank Fischer if you are curious to know more). What makes a food crop resistant to blights is genetic diversity, but genetically modified monocrops are often prized because of the short term bounty at the cost of long term stability.

      Please understand, I am not one for saying any or all modifications are bad. However, I will say applying the precautionary principle to our food supplies would seem to be the more prudent approach – and I agree with you it should definitely not be allowed when companies are given the right to patent life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1630511468 Betty Eyer

      Monoculture is the biggest threat of world famine, and Monsanto is creating that situation either accidentally or deliberately.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ravyn.blood Ravyn Blood

      Im still stuck on the first part of your comment.. How can GMOs cure world hunger???

  • http://www.facebook.com/eveningprim Amy Nicole

    EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THE 40 MIN DOC CALLED “GREEN GOLD” IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE CAUSES OF AND SOLUTIONS TO “WORLD HUNGER” ARE. IT’S ON YOUTUBE- WATCH IT NOW.

  • http://twitter.com/biotwist Jonah block

    I’m cool with the science but not cool with the idea of copyrighting living self replicating organisms. how can you solve world hunger if you own all the food and jack up the price?

  • Christopher Kahn

    My problem isn’t with GMO food, it’s with the patents and the system that’s designed to allow companies like Monsanto to dominate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wrenja-Czaczkes/100000276829636 Wrenja Czaczkes

    io9 is the perennial GMO apologist. That’s all they do, it’s really fucking obnoxious to be quite honest. I love them to death, but that part pisses me off. Science for science sake isn’t always a great thing.

  • sampmamp

    Dude sure does seem to know which way is up. Wow.

    AnonBig.tk

  • Mark Baldwin-Smith

    “Take a recent study of GMO corn—of which Monsanto owns 85% of worldwide, and growing. When fed to rats, the corn disrupted and destroyed theirkidneys and livers in every instance.

    Seems legit.”

    I don’t want to be a party pooper, but ‘naturalsociety.com’ is to medical science what The Onion is to journalism, except it’s not joking. Monsanto’s dominance should certainly be challenged, but resting such criticism on junk science only works in their favour. Besides, you can make a perfectly compelling case without it…

  • Michael Hall

    billy gates supports mansanto

  • http://stormgrass.com stormgrass

    Giving power to a corporation like Monsanto in that manner is definitely a problem. BUT: using it to argue against GM food is simply bad research. Especially when linking to a study that is more than dubious, to say the least. This is what the EFSA has to say about your reference: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/121128.htm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ForwardTwo Dylan Colon

    This article isn’t sensationalist at all.

    *seems legit*

  • Brandon Pisani

    Alright, a few things… GMO has been happening for centuries, even before Mendel’s peas. Granted, in the past it hasn’t been direct genetic modification, but a controlled form of “evolution”. Maize is a perfect example of this as it generally doesn’t reproduce true without a lot of human help. So, is GMO bad? Not necessarily, and probably not at all. Second, petitions are great, and informing people is fine, but come up with an alternative. Don’t just sound angry, frustrated, and sarcastic in an obscure (someone had to show me this page) article. Come up with a viable program for heirloom agriculture. Come up with a plan to affect the economy to make such a program viable. I don’t like Monsanto either, and I occasionally try (when I have time) to grow some of my own food. Oh, and I advise not to simply do a petition to the President of the U.S. Talk to your Congressmen and -women. That’s what they were elected for, whether you like them or not.

  • free2b1956

    I have two issues, seeds naturally blow in the wind to unintended places. In all of the Supreme Court cases in the US and Canada. Farmers who do not choose to use GMO seeds have lost their organic status because of seeds blowing into their organic crops. We are quickly losing non GMO food. In Hawaii there are no longer any Pineapples that are not owned by Monsanto. If one company owns the food chain we loose. Another issue I have is the method of modifying food. It is not a natural process, It is done with massive amounts of super antibiotics. Where I am going with this is, this process is helping to make superstrains of disease that cannot be controlled as seen in MRSA. We have superbugs and plant disease that now developed as a result of surviving Monsanto’s process.

  • http://www.facebook.com/magdolene.devoe Magdolene DeVoe

    last i checked they too GMO potatoes off the market. something to so with growth problems. do your homework? or should i have done mine better…

  • http://www.facebook.com/magdolene.devoe Magdolene DeVoe

    but also monsanto has a lot of people in the high up governments who have worked for them or after they resign from their position go directly to monsanto. their power hold is ever growing and i’m glad more people are becoming aware. since the introduced GMO soy the soy allergies in the US have risen dramatically, they and dangerous and need to be stopped. i live on a farm, my family farms and i don’t mean to bite the had that feeds me but if it means protecting my children, i will 100%…

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  • Mona

    has Obama defended or explained his Monsanto decision?