Daily Archives: January 1, 2010

Forbes.com names Monsanto ‘Company of the Year’

Monsanto has just been named “2009 Company of the Year” by Forbes Magazine. It’s an interesting read of a rather slanted version of the great things Monsanto does for the world, while leaving out the realities Monsanto has to deal with on a daily basis. Forbes obviously ignores the ruthless tactics of Monsanto, is afraid of losing ad revenue, or simply chooses to dish out frivolous content.

A comment from the article sums it up nicely:

This article is nothing more than a blatant PR attempt to divert from the fact that two circuit appeals court rulings stopped the planting of GM alfalfa and GM sugar beets.

It failed to address farmer suicides due to poverty brought on by the high prices of BT cotton and the contracts and patents on these seeds that bind poor farmers to them, causing many to commit suicide by drinking Round Up.

It fails to address the exacerbation of climate change and pollution through the deforestation of the Amazon and other Latin American countries to grow GM soy which is pushing small farmers off their land in lieu of creating mega monocultures that are not providing stable economies for poor farmers.

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How many seeds have patents? How far has Genetic Modification gone?

By April Reeves

I found a great site and PDF on which vegetables have patents, and the level of diversity in patents. While the patent community argues that this is nothing, in my world one is too many, given there are no real solid studies on human effects and casualty (and I have asked Monsanto and all the others, by email and phone conversations). The whole idea of patenting plants and allowing them to roam free over our world is greed and insanity at its best. But then, I had no problem with food before Monsanto. The industry wasn’t broke; there was nothing to fix. If only they had used their ingenuity in other ways, Monsanto could have been our best friend.