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Originally posted by Sleuth
Tybrus, what is really scary is that it appears to be too late. Our food supply is already corrupted including the original source corn in Mexico, which is very disheartening. How the devil are we going to rescue our food supply?
Monsanto is working on patenting a pig gene. If they're successful, everyone with a pig who has this gene will have to pay Monsanto for it and for any offspring it has. That is pure insanity.
Monsanto is trying to monopolize the food supply. This is a company without a conscience.
Monsanto Co on Monday said it has agreed to acquire Netherlands-based De Ruiter Seeds Group B.V., which operates De Ruiter Seeds, for US$860 million (546 million euros), to expand the agricultural biotech company's presence in the vegetable seeds business.
The move comes three years after Monsanto began aggressively moving into the vegetable seed arena with the $1.4 billion purchase in 2005 of California-based Seminis, which gave Monsanto control over more than 30 percent of the North American vegetable seed market, as well as more than 20 percent of the world's tomato seed market and more than 30 percent of the global hot pepper seed market.
Originally posted by roadgravel
I use to think the big companies were working for control by getting the land that the small farmers lost. I suspect they have acquired some of it and other farm lands are now malls and houses. For control they have side stepped the land issue and are just taking control of the seed stock. i truly believe they are working for near total control.
Originally posted by Sleuth
Big Business is bad news for everyone. To execs, money is more important than people. How do you fight that kind of attitude?
There's nothing they are leaving untouched.. they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it -- it's strategic. It's more powerful than bombs. It's more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world
The story starts in the White House. One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company's vice president for public policy.
US adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market. FDA even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.