posted on Apr, 2 2013 @ 06:06 PM
Is Unilevers Wiki I have been doing a bit of research.
I have been checking the company Unilever PLC and it is a company that owns a lot of other companies.
Anyway since it is a PLC it is owned publicly, so anyone can buy stocks in it. I took the liberty of checking its biggest stocks and shares holders
and I mean biggest the people who have most power over a company and guess what, Monsanto didn't show up. check for yourself
mostly owned by
'Black-rock inc' and 'Merrill Lynch & co inc' I can only check US stock at the moment as UK ones are a bit more of a tedious process that involves
me paying out some cash.
I have only done it for one company but it makes me query the accuracy of the list provided in the OP.
Okay I have done a tiny bit more digging and have found a list of stock holder fro the LSE (London Stock Sexchange) and the people who have majority
of the stocks here are 'Black-rock' and 'Leverhulme Trust' Black-rock is a investment company/bank and Leverhulme is a trust for research funding
and grants all above board since it has a UK .ac (academic) domain. The only thing i can see of them 2 companies together is they have done some joint
biotechnology research as can been seen here
AKA GMO research infact unilever was the first to
use GMO products in there products, here is a quote from website above.
Support for biotech research Unilever played its part in the ‘Big Biotech Project’ of secretly flooding the food supply chain with GMOs. [Unilever
was the first multinational company that started using genetically modified (GM) products. Their "Beanfeast" range (which is now being sold)
contained GM soya. A tiny asterisk attached to the ingredient list was the only mark to warn consumers.] Stakeholders in biotechnology tried to slip
genetically engineered food into the food supply, hoping people wouldn’t notice or object, until the point of no return. This strategy has been
quite successful. Within just a few years GMOs found their way to supermarket shelves on a massive scale. No proper public debate and no assessment of
public support for GMOs preceded the influx of GMOs in the food supply. There was no proper regulation in place to protect the health of humans and
the environment, and to protect the interests of farmers and consumers. But even after public opposition to GMOs had grown, Unilever kept using GMOs
in its food products. Now that the company cannot possibly ignore consumer resistance any longer, Unilever is taking a country to country position on
GMOs. ‘We will continue to respond to demands in our different local markets to provide products that meet consumer’s expressed needs. This is why
some of our companies have removed ingredients derived from GM plants from their products.’ Unilever is a major advocate of biotechnology (the
company became the first major manufacturer to put its weight behind the controversial area of genetically modified foods), and claims to support
‘independent’ research in this field. It’s obviously very convenient for all big corporations dealing with food processing to purchase
standardised, uniform, easy-to-process products with long shelf lives. The application of biotechnology in agriculture is a very helpful tool in
meeting this end. In addition, Unilever hopes to boost its profits by producing so-called functional food products – foodstuffs with enhanced
nutritional value and/or health benefits. A special team within Unilever is concentrating on a maximisation of the opportunities provided by
functional food products, within all brands and categories. Niall FitzGerald, writing in Financial Times, stressed the necessity of ‘state
guidance’ of public opinion if Britain wants to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities offered by biosciences. Basically, FitzGerald
believes that science will eventually convince (ignorant) people of the benefits of biotechnology . In addition, regulation is considered a very
important instrument to regain and boost public trust in GMOs. (Assuming that the lack of public support for GMOs in Europe is mainly caused by lack
of proper regulation) FitzGerald has this future ambition of changing the character of foods and personal care products through genomics, in order to
make these products suit the needs of every single individual. Speaking at the opening of a £10 million Biosciences Laboratory at Unilever’s
research establishment in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, FitzGerald said: ‘Ultimately, the complete picture of the genome will allow us to offer people
life-enhancing functional foods and personal care products through their entire lifetime.’ Isn’t this an exciting prospect! [49-50].