Showing posts with label Monsanto. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Monsanto. Show all posts

Monday, December 15, 2014



We started Babes Against Biotech in response to the blatant financial ties between elected officials and the agrochemical biotech companies poisoning the Hawaiian islands. Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Syngenta and DuPont/Pioneer use Hawai’i as an open air laboratory to test genetically engineered crop seeds for export. In developing pesticide resistant Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs,) these multi-national companies create zero local food sending profits off island, while exposing our communities to obscene amounts of restricted and general use pesticides up to ten times the national average. We already have two pesticide linked birth defects doctors estimate at ten times the national average in communities near GE test fields.

Hawai’i, technically a sovereign kingdom illegally occupied by the United States, is no stranger to pesticide abuse which began in the plantation era. Despite persistent toxic remnants, the poisoning continues with large scale GE agrochemical operations. The US formally apologized for illegally overthrowing the monarchy but it remains, subjecting us to war games, experimental bomb testing and military control of crown lands. The often called, “fake state,” continues to allow GE chemical experiments here at some of the highest levels worldwide, while agrochemical executives hold commanding regulatory positions in the FDA, USDA and EPA. The interests of wealthy foreign developers and corporations, have politically trumped our basic requirements of clean air, water, and a sustainable food system.

Our exhaustive efforts helped lead the passage of several county level measures to require stricter industry regulation. Unfortunately, the vast majority of our elected officials take money from the chemical companies and the laws we rightfully passed are not enforced. This year, Maui citizens passed a ballot initiative for a temporary GMO moratorium, requiring health and environmental safety studies before allowing continuing GE cultivation. We won by just over a thousand votes, despite Monsanto and Dow raising $8 million against it. Now Maui county joins Kaua’i and Hawai’i Island on the growing list of counties being sued by the agrochemical industry in an overt attempt to overturn the will of the people.

When BAB began, government, media and chemical companies were ignoring the movement and we had to take a drastic approach to command the attention this issue deserved. We have come a long way since, but the truth is, we have always been focused on GE chemical companies and not the entire biotechnology sector. As our group of passionate, dedicated women expands, naturally our vision and messaging is evolving. We are focusing on solutions since we are well aware of the problems. Our amazing creative director and Maui BAB Coordinator, Miss August and 2015 cover role model Lauryn Rego worked tirelessly to produce this calendar with Miss June, Debbie Hollomon, and we are forever in gratitude to them for elevating our representation of now over 38,000 BAB supporters.

This year's calendar, shot at organic farms on Maui, features Maui BAB leading change in their communities. Each month is an opportunity to discuss solutions to our agricultural crisis. Our intention was to promote community leaders, farmers and small business owners leading by example. It is our hope that this calendar inspires you to vote with your dollars daily, taking part in the food movement wherever you are. It is time to step it up, we have no choice, we must. Our food supply is at stake and our lessons come hard learned from a poisoned paradise. Aloha ‘āina.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cannabis profits eyed by Monsanto, Cargill, Warren Buffett and George Soros...

The Invisible Hand Cultivates Cannabis

By Staff News & Analysis - September 15, 2014

Warren Buffett's company subsidiary is marketing pot-growing spaces ... Talk about savvy marketing. Cubic Designs Inc., a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has sent hundreds of fliers to weed dispensaries in Colorado, Washington, and California. "Double your growing space," one flier reads in capital letters, while another page adds, "Grow your profits." – The Week

Dominant Social Theme: Here's a good business opportunity. Capitalism comes to cannabis.

Free-Market Analysis: This was predictable. Buffett is finally making a move.

What's a little puzzling is why he waited so long. But it had to come. We've already predicted that the industry is going to see corporate participation and sooner than later. Industrial giants are all going to want to operate in this space. Cannabis is the profit-opportunity of the 21st century, for sure.

Smaller firms will cash out and make a killing. Larger companies will rationalize the sector and create the usual mercantilist/regulatory structures that will benefit the biggest while constraining entrepreneurial activity.

All that is in the future, though. Right now the cannabis business is still in its infancy. Thus, we'll see the beginnings of participation from people like Buffett – but nothing overwhelming. Not yet, anyway, though there are probably plans afoot ...

Here's more:

Cubic Designs builds additional platforms in warehouse spaces, allowing companies to expand usable areas of their holdings. A couple of marijuana growers independently contacted the company, inquiring about the "mezzanine systems." So, "we sold a few mezzanines into that market and decided internally, 'Why don't we do some marketing?'" Shannon Salchert, marketing coordinator for Cubic Designs, said. 
Contacting growers has been difficult because growing pot is "still secretive," Salchert notes, so the company has instead left the fliers at dispensaries. Warren Buffet did not respond to an interview request from Bloomberg Businessweek, but the 84-year-old billionaire is reportedly known for giving his company's offshoots a large amount of autonomy when it comes to operational decisions.

Cannabis as an industry has a long way to go to mature. But Buffett probably can't resist some minimal involvement. Perhaps he is aware that other corporate food giants are stirring as well.

Cargill is one such, as is Monsanto. Back in December 2013, we predicted that Monsanto would utilize Uruguay's cannabis legalization to take a foothold in that small country. We wrote:

Monsanto, under attack regarding its GMO seeds, may need a new market to re-establish credibility and even popularity – as marijuana will surely prove a more welcome crop than soy in the public mind. Monsanto's efforts as regards marijuana in Uruguay may be helped by the overwhelming government involvement in the cultivation, sales and marketing of marijuana. Monsanto Marijuana Initiative Grows in Uruguay?

And now we see this, from MarketWatch:

Monsanto and billionaire investor George Soros have gotten their hands dirty and pushed to get into the marijuana business. Now that Uraguay became the first country to legalize the production and sale of marijuana, Monsanto plans to launch production of genetically modified marijuana. Analysts are pondering if marijuana will become the next GMO (genetically modified organisms) crop, with patentable transgenic strains developed with increased active compounds for use in drugs. 
With its talent at bending smaller governments to its will, Monsanto may find a significant opportunity in Uruguay to establish an even more aggressive business beachhead. There is no doubt that the Uruguayan government will dominate marijuana production, at least in the short term.

How did we know enough to predict this? We didn't. We only knew that Soros and Monsanto are mercantile opportunists and that Uruguay would probably provide fertile soil for potential cannabis initiatives. Cargill is already a big presence in Uruguay, and no doubt Monsanto will leverage its relationships with such corporate colleagues.

Again, we're only at the beginning of this cannabis corporate emergence. In fact, Buffett's company hasn't fully figured it out. The real action regarding cannabis cultivation is going to take place in Latin America ... and out of doors. Buffett's initiative is an indoor one.

We can certainly see the day when vast cannabis plantations spread throughout the warmer parts of South and Central America, mimicking the banana and pineapple plantations that have become part of the lore about the history of the continent.


Buffett's emergence is just the beginning. This is going to be a long and profitable ride, with plenty of controversy and confrontation as well.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

China Rejects Over 1 Million Pounds Of U.S. GM Corn As Unsafe

China Rejects Over 1 Million Pounds Of U.S. GM Corn As Unsafe
By Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Posted Friday, December 20, 2013 at 03:39pm EST
Keywords: China, corn, Exports, GM Food, GMO Label Law
by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

Over 60 countries around the world either prohibit, restrict  or require genetically modified (GM) food to be labelled, excluding the United States.  In fact, one thing the U.S. government and the government of China have in common, is that they are both in favor of GM food.  To date China has even approved 15 different varieties of GM corn and is the world’s number 3 importer of corn.

Notwithstanding, even China was compelled to reject the import of 545,000 tonnes of U.S. GM corn, as it contained an unapproved GM strain MIR162.  The unapproved strain was detected in 12 batches of corn at 6 different inspection stations.  China’s Product Safety Agency (PSA) stated that the MIR162 GM strain is still being reviewed and as such has not been certified as safe for consumption.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Senate to Kill Monsanto Protection Act Amid Outrage

Victory: Senate to Kill Monsanto Protection Act Amid Outrage
Anthony Gucciardi by Anthony Gucciardi
September 25th, 2013
Updated 09/25/2013 at 2:59 am

In a major victory brought upon by serious activism and public outrage, new legislation changes will shut down the Monsanto Protection Act rider that granted Monsanto protection from legal action and was set to renew on September 30th.

monsanto protection act stopped 263x164 Victory: Senate to Kill Monsanto Protection Act Amid OutrageThis unprecedented move shows the true power of the anti-GMO, anti-Monsanto movement, and how elected officials are now being forced to side with the concerned population over the money-spewing Monsanto. After all, it was Monsanto who purchased its way into the initial Senate spending bill legislation via a rider dubbed the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’  through Senator Roy Blunt.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Illinois illegally seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens

Illinois illegally seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens

By Global Research News
Global Research, May 24, 2013

The Illinois Ag Dept.  illegally seized privately owned bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram, without providing him with a search warrant and before the court hearing on the matter, reports Prairie Advocate News.

Behind the obvious violations of his Constitutional rights is Monsanto. Ingram was researching Roundup’s effects on bees, which he’s raised for 58 years.  “They ruined 15 years of my research,” he told Prairie Advocate, by stealing most of his stock.

A certified letter from the Ag Dept.’s Apiary Inspection Supervisor, Steven D. Chard, stated:

“During a routine inspection of your honeybee colonies by … Inspectors Susan Kivikko and Eleanor Balson on October 23, 2011, the bacterial disease ‘American Foulbrood’ was detected in a number of colonies located behind your house…. Presence of the disease in some of your colonies was confirmed via test results from the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland that analyzed samples collected from your apiary….”

Ingram can prove his bees did not have foulbrood, and planned to do so at a hearing set in April, but the state seized his bees at the end of March. They have not returned them and no one at the Ag Dept. seems to know where his bees are.

The bees could have been destroyed, or they could have been turned over to Monsanto to ascertain why some of his bees are resistant to Roundup. Without the bees as evidence, Ingram simply cannot defend against the phony charges of foulbrood.

Worse, all his queens died after Kivikko and Balson “inspected” his property, outside of his presence and without a warrant.

Of note, Illinois beekeepers are going underground after Ingram’s experience and refuse to register their hives, in case the state tries to steal their private property on phony claims.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto's Genetically Modified Maize (Corn)

Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto's Genetically Modified Maize (Corn)

Following the anti-Monsanto activism launched by nations like France and Hungary, Poland has announced that it will launch a complete ban on growing  Monsanto’s  genetically modified strain MON810. The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations. In addition to being linked to a plethora health ailments, Sawicki says that the pollen originating from this GM strain may actually be devastating the already dwindling bee population.

“The decree is in the works. It introduces a complete ban on the MON810 strain of maize in Poland,” Sawicki stated to the press.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tumors As Big As Ping-Pong Balls Developed On Rats Fed With GMO Corn From American Giant Monsanto

Tumors as big as ping-pong balls developed on rats fed with GM
maize American giant Monsanto.  Picture: AFP PHOTO / CRIIGEN

Translated from French at this Swiss Website:

A French Study Causes Shock and Stimulates Controversy Over GMOs
Updated at 7:03 p.m. 10 Comments

In the greatest secrecy, researchers at the University of Caen followed for two years a group of rats fed  corn from GMO giant Monsanto. Huge tumors occurred in guinea pigs.

"For the first time ever, a GMO and pesticide were evaluated for their impact on health and longer completely by governments and industry. But the results are alarming, "said Gilles-Eric Seralini, professor at the University of Caen, pilot study.

His team followed two years a group of control rats and rats 200 they divided into three main groups. The first was fed with GM maize NK603 alone, the second with the GMO corn treated with Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world, and the third with non-GM maize treated with the herbicide.

Maize was introduced in a balanced diet in proportions representative of the American diet.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Monsanto Influence in the FDA, USDA and EPA

Click on the graphic for the details of  the people who frequent the revolving door between Monsanto and