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Homan saved seeds from one harvest year and planted them the next year, something Homan says is an ancient agricultural practice... with Monsanto demanding that he pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars for alleged technology piracy....
Over the past nine years, Monsanto has filed similar lawsuits 90 times in twenty five different states against 147 farmers and 39 agriculture firms.
Kem Ralph, a Tennessee farmer was sued by Monsanto and sentenced to eight months in prison for lying about a truckload of cotton seed he concealed for a friend. In addition to the prison sentence, the court ordered Ralph to pay Monsanto more than $1.7 million dollars. Anonymous tips pitting farmer against farmer, have been the mother lode for Monsanto in pursuing farmers using its seeds.
Company research is rigged, alarming evidence of health dangers is covered up, and intense political pressure applied.
"Scientists were offered bribes or threatened. Evidence was stolen. Data was omitted or distorted.
"Government employees who complained were harassed, stripped of responsibilities, or fired.
"Laboratory rats fed a GM crop developed stomach lesions and seven of the forty died within two weeks. The crop was approved without further tests.
"When a top scientist tried to alert the public about his alarming discoveries, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.
Monsanto, the world's biggest producer of GM crops was fined US$ 1.5 million for bribing at least 140 Indonesian government officials and their family members between 1997 and 2002. In 2002, while Monsanto was already running an internal investigation, a Monsanto employee in the US arranged a payment of US$ 50.000 in cash to repeal a decree of the Indonesian Ministry of Environment that demanded prior environmental impact studies of Bt cotton. The money was taken, but the decree staid in place.
After strong protests from farmers, as well as from the environmental minister, Monsanto got approval to grow Bollgard Bt cotton in the South Sulawesi province. 40 tonnes of GM seeds were flown into from South Africa under milatry protection. Only after 2 growing seasons with farmers protests, burning fields and harvest failures - and the failed attempt to buy itself out of the environmental stdies - Monsanto pulled out of Bt cotton in Indonesia.
The experiences match those of farmers in India where Bollgard is still grown, and Thailand which banned Bt cotton in 2000. Monsanto is now trying to introduce Bt cotton into West Africa.
Originally posted by twitchy
ou can be imprisioned for a violation of a civil contract?!?! Yes, if the seed police are involved...
sentenced to eight months in prison for lying
where Monsanto is completely unchecked by either competition or opposition
this company has sued farmers to saving the seeds that didn't know were cross pollinated
Monsanto has deleted all references about the BT Cotton from their catalogs, both on paper and on line.
Originally posted by twitchy
Originally posted by Flange Gasket
Aspartame is manufactured by Monsanto's...
Rumsfeld told Congress he has asked COW head George W. Bush to sign a special waiver allowing American forces to use biochemical weapons against Iraqi troops and civilians in the upcoming stampede into Iraq, UPI reported. What's more, the COW chemicals would be launched unilaterally, as part of the standard Rules of Engagement -- and not merely in retaliation for an attack with similar weapons by Hussein.
U.S. and Other Western Imperialists
Supplied Saddam Hussein’s Chemical Weapons