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Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world's leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed as its flagship product, Roundup. Numerous studies have shown that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor. Monsanto is also by far the leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed, holding 70%–100% market share for various crops. Agracetus, owned by Monsanto, exclusively produces Roundup Ready soybean seed for the commercial market. In March 2005, it finalized the purchase of Seminis Inc, making it also the largest conventional seed company in the world. It has over 15,000 employees worldwide, and an annual revenue of $5.4 billion US reported for August, 2004.
Board of Directors
Robert Shapiro is Monsanto's president (he named aspartame NutraSweet). John Reed is a member on the board of directors of Monsanto and was a former assistant of Ernst Hanfstängl, a friend of Hitler. Reed is also chairman of Citibank and a confederate of the CIA. Reed was an instigator of the Purple Ink Document in the 1980s. Dr. Charles Thomas was chairman of the Monsanto board. He directed a group of scientists during WW II in the refinement of plutonium for use in the atomic bomb. Another Monsanto director was William Ruckelshaus, also a director of the FBI under Nixon during COINTELPRO. Other members of the Monsanto board include Stansfield Turner and Earle Harbison. Both were CIA counterintelligence. Harbison is also a director of Merrill Lynch.
None of these people currently hold positions on Monsanto's board of directors.
Monsanto was founded in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1901, by John Francis Queeny, a 30-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry. He funded the start-up with his own money and capital from a soft drink distributor, and gave the company his wife's maiden name.
Monsanto's first product was the artificial sweetener, saccharin, which it sold to the Coca-Cola Company. It also introduced caffeine and vanillin to Coca-Cola, and became one that company's main suppliers. In the 1920s, Monsanto expanded into basic industrial chemicals like sulfuric acid.
In 1928, Queeny's son Edgar Monsanto Queeny took over the company.
In the 1940s, it became a leading manufacturer of plastics, including polystyrene, and synthetic fibers. Since then, it remained one of the top 10 US chemical companies. Other major products have included dioxin (in the herbicides 2,4,5-T and Agent Orange), aspartame (NutraSweet), Bovine somatotropin (bovine growth hormone; BST), and PCBs.
In the 1940s, Monsanto operated Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Manhattan Project, the development of the first nuclear weapons.
In 1947, ammonium nitrate fertilizer made by Monsanto and loaded on the French ship S.S. Grandcamp was responsible for the Texas City Disaster in Galveston Bay. It is considered the largest industrial accident in US history, with the highest death toll.
In 1949, Monsanto acquires American Viscose from England's Courtauld family.
In 1967, Monsanto enters into a joint venture with IG Farben, the key supplier of poison gas to the Nazi racial extermination program.
In 1980, thirty-three years after the accident, which happened during the tenure (1928–1960) of Edgar M. Queeny (1897–1968) as chairman, and twelve years after his death, Monsanto established the Edgar Monsanto Queeny safety award  in his honor, to encourage accident prevention.
Through a process of mergers and spin-offs between 1997 and 2002, Monsanto has made a transition from chemical giant to biotech giant.
In 1999, Monsanto sold their Phenylalanine facilities to Great Lakes Chemical (GLC) for $125 million.
In 2000, GLC sued Monsanto for the $71 million dollar shortfall in expected sales.
In 2001, retired Monsanto chemist William S. Knowles was named a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on catalytic asymmetric hydrogenation, which was carried out at Monsanto beginning in the 1960s until his 1986 retirement.
Pharmacia Corporation | Who Manufactures:
AROMASIN - Breast Cancer Treatment
AXERT - Medication for the Treatment of Acute Migraine
AZULFIDINE/ALAZOPYRIN - Ulcerative Colitis & Reumatoid Arthritis Treatment
CAVERJECT - Erective Dysfunction Treatment
CLEOCIN/DALACIN - Infections & Acne Treatment
DEPO-PROVERA - Injectable Contraceptive
DETROL/DETRUSITOL - Overactive Bladder Medication
EDRONAX - Depression Treatment
FRAGMIN - Thrombosis Treatment
FREEDOX - Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Treatment
GENOTROPIN - Growth Hormone
GLYNASE - Diabetes Treatment
GLYSET - Type II Diabetes Medication
HALCION - Insomnia Treatment
HEALON - Surgical Aid for Cataracts
HELPS - Cough/Throat Drops
LUDEN'S ELITE - Cordial Cherries
LUDEN'S THROAT DROPS - Cough/Throat Drops
LUNELLE/LUNELLA - Injectable Contraceptive
MEDROL - Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma & Inlammation Disease Treatment
MICRONASE - Diabetes Treatment
MIRAPEX - Parkinson's Disease Treatment
MIRAPEXIN - Parkinson's Disease Treatment
NAXCEL/EXCENEL - Antibiotic for Treating Cattle, Pig, Horse & Sheep Respiratory Infections
NICORETTE/NICOTROL - Tobacco Dependency Therapy
PHARMORUBICIN - Cancer Treatment
PROVERA - Hormone Replacement
RESCRIPTOR - HIV Infection & AIDS Treatment
ROGAINE/REGAINE - Hair Loss Treatment
SERMION - Senile Dementia Treatment
UNICAP - Line of Test Systems
XALATAN - Glaucoma Medication
XANAX - Anxiety & Panic Attack Treatment
ZYVOX - Gram-Positive Infections Treatment
"These are indeed extremely high levels for adducts of formaldehyde, a substance responsible for chronic deleterious effects that has also been considered carcinogenic.
"It is concluded that aspartame consumption may constitute a hazard because of its contribution to the formation of formaldehyde adducts."
[Life Sci. (scientific journal), Vol. 63, No. 5, pp. 337+, 1998]
Originally posted by Dulcimer
Wow, what a history. Anytime HITLER is mentioned you know something evil is up.
If the farmers don't want to sign the disclaimer that says they can't plant the seed the next year, then they shouldn't buy the products. Fact is, they do buy the products because even with the added cost of paying for new seeds every year, they're making more money with better yields and less insect/drought problems.