In it’s efforts to place patents on life and control the global food market, Monsanto is not only feared by farmers, but by consumers as well.
- Yesterday we ran an article entitled Report: Monsanto Corn Causes Organ Damage in Mammals. That article created a flurry of Internet activity with over 500 Twitter ReTweets, 100 Facebook Shares, over a dozen websites picking it up (Including the Huffington Post) and thousands of people coming to our site.
But this latest news is just the tip of the iceberg. Monsanto, an industry agri-business seed giant has been on our radar screen for quite a while.
- We were one of the first ones to run the full length feature documentary “The World According To Monsanto,“ for free on our website.
This is one of the most powerful, must see films for anyone interested in the behind the scenes world of the food industry, and how just one world dominating corporation holds the keys and patents to much of the worlds food supply.
- We also told you about how Monsanto is Betting on the Hungry to Double its Profits by 2012.
In a world with only so many food acres, the trend is being able to increase the yield of crops per acre. This is often accomplished by genetically modifying the seeds that Monsanto’s owns and patents.
Most of these seeds are created so that after planting, the resulting crops do not seed. This ensures that farmers have no more seeds to plant the following year, and are forced to buy again from Monsanto.
Now, the company is saying that they plan on doubling their profits by 2012, and as part of it’s marketing strategy, the company said it will also distribute seeds to African farmers “royalty-free.” Chief Executive Hugh Grant, said “Satisfying the demand curve is a great business opportunity.”
In other words, Monsanto plans to feed them for free the first year so they will have to come back to back for more.
- How far is Monsanto willing to go for world domination of its Frankenfood? Monsanto Seed Company Sued a Farmer After its Seeds Blow Into His Field, Genetically Altering His Crop.
Monsanto seeds cross pollinated with the farmers crops, producing plants that carry genes that are patented. Mansanto maintains that regardless of what happened, it now owns the farmers crops, and if the farmer wants to sell those crops, he owes them money.
We reported on an interview between Monsanto’s C.E.O Hugh Grant and National Public Radio’s Kai Ryssdal. The most interesting part of the interview came during the last five seconds, where Mr. Grant was quoted as saying that he actually buys organic!
But don’t take our word for it, check out another documentary about Monsanto and the food industry called “Food Inc.” The link to that article also includes an interview with the the documentaries producer, Robert Kenner.