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Business is booming worldwide for US biotech giant Monsanto but in Germany the company has encountered fierce resistance....
Karl Heinz Bablok...
an amateur beekeeper.....
some of his bee colonies were collecting pollen from fields where the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture was growing GM corn for research purpose
Originally posted by spinkyboo
Thanks for this.
We need to stop these people and we need to stop them now.
They are basically taking over the entire worlds food seed source without fully testing their seeds - and causing regular farmers to be prosecuted and sued under patent laws.
This is a crime.
Obama has hired on the same Agricultural Chief as we had
when these people started taking over. This is not good.
Please watch - if you haven't already.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Monanto is no longer a corporation. It is a nation.
They control politician's and are knee-deep in regulatory agencies, especially the USDA, the FDA, and the World Trade Organization.
Their favorite tool is the courts. What does that tell you?
For nearly all of its history the United States Patent and Trademark Office refused to grant patents on seeds, viewing them as life-forms with too many variables to be patented. But in 1980 the U.S. Supreme Court allowed for seed patents in a five-to-four decision, laying the groundwork for a handful of corporations to begin taking control of the world’s food supply. Since the 1980s, Monsanto has become the world leader in genetic modification of seeds and has won at least 674 biotechnology patents, more than any other company. This is not surprising, considering they invest over $2 million a day on research and development! But Monsanto is not only patenting their own GMO seeds. They have also succeeded in slapping patents on a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time -- again without a vote of the people or Congress. By doing this, Monsanto becomes sole owner of the very seeds necessary to support the world’s food supply … an incredibly powerful position that no for-profit company should ever hold.
The “Seed Police” Monsanto employs an arsenal of private investigators and agents who secretly videotape farmers, snatch crop samples from their land and even fly helicopters overhead to spy -- all to catch farmers saving or sharing seeds. As of 2005 Monsanto had 75 employees and a $10-million budget solely to investigate and prosecute farmers for patent infringement. And until recently, Monsanto has even been known to sue farmers for GM crops growing on their land that got there via cross-contamination. In other words, a neighboring farm’s GM seeds blew over onto their land, and Monsanto slaps them with a lawsuit. I realize this seems incredible, but it is true.
Meanwhile, Monsanto is taking many other steps to keep farmers and everyone else from having any access at all to buying, collecting, and saving of normal seeds:
1. They’ve bought up the seed companies across the Midwest.
2. They’ve written Monsanto seed laws and gotten legislators to put them through, that make cleaning, collecting and storing of seeds so onerous in terms of fees and paperwork that having normal seed becomes almost impossible.
3. Monsanto is pushing laws that ensure farmers and citizens can’t block the planting of GMO crops even if they can contaminate other crops.
4. There are Monsanto regulations buried in the FDA rules that make a farmer’s seed cleaning equipment illegal because it’s now considered a “source of seed contamination.” Monsanto has sued more than 1,500 farmers whose fields had simply been contaminated by GM crops.