Genetically Modified Crony Capitalism, The Monsanto Infographic

Monsanto has done a particularly good job of working its way into the nooks and crannies of government. They are right up there with GE and Goldman Sachs.

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SandraJoNyberg
SandraJoNyberg

I wonder people, why do you find it scarier to wake up,

than to be faced with it, with no knowledge .

Rosalie Stanfield
Rosalie Stanfield

The farmers in my shop went up in flames when Congress said it was ok to send their one crop only & then sterile. Wasn't supposed be here: 5 years later women & women were taking shots to become fertile.

Theodore Rhode
Theodore Rhode

These are the Monsanto flunkies that enable the poising of the U.S. population, as well as other people around the world.

Jim Vanderheiden
Jim Vanderheiden

How can this not be a big problem that must somehow be stopped?

Rich Purtell
Rich Purtell

I'd like to see a similar chart for DuPont (which owns Pioneer). I think they are about as bad as Monsanto. Just better PR.

Kathy Ellenberger
Kathy Ellenberger

Read the 5000 Year Leap. It should be required for every high school and college teacher and student!!!

Bill Stocks
Bill Stocks

It is a matter of these people's behavior and results, if they are more corporate influenced more than they are in the citizen best interests. Keeping an eye on them and who appoints them is necessary.

Daniel DuCharme
Daniel DuCharme

oh god. please don't start with the monsanto conspiracy theories. I'm not saying the organization is run by saints, just that biotech is not inherently unsafe and is completely necessary to sustain our population.

Matthew J Ricketts
Matthew J Ricketts

Let's take this a step farther. I like breathing oxygen. Plants create oxygen. Bees pollinate plants. Monsanto products kill bees. Dead bees can't pollinate plants. Plants, unpollinated, can't reproduce. Less plants reproducing means less oxygen. Less oxygen means death. We shouldn't mess with genetics like this folks...

John Avvie Hughes
John Avvie Hughes

I think there's a LOT of misinformation and outright slanders from the anti-Monsanto crowd, but I can also see how they affect my own community on this small island and it's a fair microcosm of the all the concerns represented in this thread.

Emerson White
Emerson White

No doubt Monsanto (a chemical company) makes some carcinogenic products, but GMOs are not carcinogenic, nor are they particularly toxic. Glyphosate is about 2/3rds as toxic as salt.

Matthew J Ricketts
Matthew J Ricketts

Mr. White evidently only reads studies done by the company in question, which had attempted to silence and/or prevent third-party, objective testing altogether... Read some new, unbiased material, sir.

Matthew J Ricketts
Matthew J Ricketts

Former or current business people should NOT be allowed in office. This is an OBVIOUS conflict of interest.

Emerson White
Emerson White

Many of the people on the list so not hold those positions, some not for decades, so that is an inaccuracy.

John Avvie Hughes
John Avvie Hughes

It doesn't concern you, Mr. White, that all of this discussion centers around the power and influence of only ONE company? In my nearby town of Kihei, an unnecessarily large police station/jail was recently built on the border of Monsanto property and fully financed by the USDA. Does this not seem questionable to you? Btw Kihei is only 5 square miles.

Emerson White
Emerson White

Patents expire. Monsanto a patents have already started to expire, you can now plant their gm soy and spray it with off rand glyphosate to your hearts content.

Emerson White
Emerson White

Do you mave a tinfoil hat to go with that? I've never met a life scientist who put any truck with the Anti-GMO crowd, and I've met lots of them. There are thousands of papers on GMO safety, and every major legitimate science organization in the world (public and private) recognizes them as safe.

John Avvie Hughes
John Avvie Hughes

Emerson: do you not see a problem with the inevitability of one corporation owning a patent on the world's food supply, backed by the force of a cronyist world power?

BenWilson1
BenWilson1

So we have an extremely successful, large company with about 22,000 employees, and undoubtedly thousands more people who have been associated with Monsanto as sub-contractors -- such as being their attorney, lobbyist, etc. 


So what is your solution here. . . prohibit anybody who has ever been associated with Monsanto from ever working for the government?  Is that really your solution -- prohibit anyone who has ever worked for a private company from ever working in government? 


But there's more. . . what about all those farmers out there who seem to think that Monsanto's products are pretty good and want to continue to be able to use them. . . shouldn't they be prohibited from influencing the governmental process too?? 

Emerson White
Emerson White

The popular perception that they are abusing patent law comes largely from David Vs. Monsanto, a "documentary" about how a farmer had his multigenerational farm destroyed after some seeds blew into a ditch. The problem is that Percy Schmeizer collected the seeds from the ditch and systematically went about covering his whole farm in them. If you agree that IP is a real thing than Monsanto hasn't actually done anything wrong in terms of it.

Emerson White
Emerson White

The problem is that the only people who actually have pitchforks are farmers, who overwhelmingly support Monsanto.

Emerson White
Emerson White

It's not cross pollination that they are watching for, it's spraying the fields with roundup. If a farmer sprays their field with roundup but hasn't paid a license fee on roundup ready seed, Monsanto checks to see if they just destroyed their livelyhood, or if they are pirating their IP. Monsanto is enforcing their patents. Patents aren't necessarily part of pure capitalism, but they aren't exactly crony capitalism either. Wind blown pollen does not cause a farmer to spray roundup. Food inc is about as reliable as Daily Kos, or Raw Story, full of basic science errors and distortions.

Lisa Poissenot
Lisa Poissenot

Watch food inc Monsanto is bulling farmers. They have people that watch the farms that don't comply and if any of their crops get pollinated by Monsanto plants, which is easy since the farms are right next to each other, they go after those farmers.

Brian Fuller
Brian Fuller

Lisa Poissenot do you mean actually poisoning us? As in, Monsanto products are carcinogenic? Source please.

Lisa Poissenot
Lisa Poissenot

They are poisoning us with government approval how are they not bad

Ed Braun
Ed Braun

The worst is yet to come !

John Avvie Hughes
John Avvie Hughes

Its partially the technology; it's mostly the manipulation of intellectual property law and the patent office. These guys are patent trolls who own both ends of the process.

Jerry Aggen
Jerry Aggen

No inaccuracies, the Bs is the fact that this is happening the way it is. Govermnent officials elected or appointed should not be working for any businesses period.

JBK007
JBK007

Give them the choice, but don't make it government mandated so Monsanto's products must be used by everyone and yes, stop the revolving door between Pennsylvania avenue and K Street!