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Marchers in more than 400 cities across 52 countries took part in protests against Monsanto...

Marchers in more than 400 cities across 52 countries took part in protests against Monsanto (MON) today, calling attention to what they say are dangers posed by genetically modified foods. Monsanto is "poisoning our children, poisoning our planet," claims one of the organizers. The company says its seeds help farmers produce more from their land while conserving resources such as water and energy.
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  • caupachow
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    Strong stock, good dividend AND helps feed the world. I like MON. Do something worthwhile and go protest the IRS for a month or two then get a haircut and a job. Loser ass unintelligent losers.
    25 May 2013, 11:15 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Caupachow. The ones with no hair (shaved) and tats scare me more than the long hairs. 60's stereotyping.

     

    Chill......
    26 May 2013, 10:58 AM Reply Like
  • Marc Freeman
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    I heard that nasty bit about "get a job and a haircut" over 50 years ago from my father and his narrow minded right wing friends. It seems nothing really changes. My answer to you: "Drop Dead!"
    26 May 2013, 12:30 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    Putin warns Obama about outrage in Europe over Monsatan and the administrations protection. http://bit.ly/11vIxSV
    28 May 2013, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    Here's an 11 year old boy completely owning Monsatan. You won't see this in the stockholder packets

     

    http://bit.ly/10FFlzj
    28 May 2013, 06:02 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Fortunately, 99.5% of the population just wants good food, which Monsanto enables farmers to produce efficiently, and in abundance. The Monsanto corn crops here in SW Tennessee are looking great! Should start seeing some nice fields of Monsanto cotton and soybeans soon, too.

     

    I just wish they'd raise their dividend a little bit....
    28 May 2013, 06:42 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    Prince Charles is speaking out publicly against Monsatan

     

    http://bit.ly/10FL7Bd
    28 May 2013, 06:49 PM Reply Like
  • Transcend Asset
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    Dean, the world is divided. EU vs. US. US is about making money first. Health can be bought. The majority think that way. As today's stock action shows. GS activity is the same.

     

    The only way to bring them down is to shout "fraud" or "criminal investigation by DOJ/ SEC" -- there's nothing else that's effective, sadly.
    28 May 2013, 06:53 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    If you're so proud of your GMO's why won't you label them? GROW FOOD NOT EXTRA LIMBS. The root of all evil starts with Monsatan seeds.
    29 May 2013, 11:54 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Please link a credible source that suggests GMO's result in the growth of extra limbs. The reason they do not label them is because they are not required to do so by law. Why subject yourself to unnecessary expenses?
    29 May 2013, 12:17 PM Reply Like
  • VictorHAustin
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    Monsanto is correct that genetic engineering is the environmentally friendliest way to maintain yields.

     

    People have been watching too much science fiction.

     

    The much greater threat to world food security is the monoculture habit, GMO or not.
    25 May 2013, 11:20 PM Reply Like
  • KJP712
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    Poisoning is a strong word to use.I would hope these groups have proof to back up these claims.
    25 May 2013, 11:34 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    You mean unlike Monsatan which has no science whatsoever to back up their claims that this POISON is safe. It seems that buying Senators and FDA appointments is easier and more convenient than actually providing data.

     

    Aspertame by the way is a Monsatan product and its poison. I claim it is poison. What do you plan to do skippy? Want to come look at my science?

     

    Start with sa google search. Try "Monsanto Evil" Here's a nice link to get you started. May you reap the misery you sow. Every one of you.

     

    http://bit.ly/19eqwdA
    26 May 2013, 08:23 AM Reply Like
  • Transcend Asset
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    Good link -- that article deserves a reading by clueless Monsanto shareholders.
    26 May 2013, 09:33 AM Reply Like
  • Marc Freeman
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    Excellent comments Dean. By the way, why not add that the industrial use of corn to make corn syrup which is now found in almost all "food" is itself one of the culprits in our ill health. Also, industrial farming itself is anti social and has been destroying communities not only all over the world but right here in America.
    26 May 2013, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    Here's another link in the NY Times. Monsatan is modifying all the nutritional value out of food. http://nyti.ms/13WtPQO
    26 May 2013, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • hayekvonfriedman
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    By using the word "evil" to search, what hits do you think you are going to get? If you want reinforcement of your prejudices you will find it.
    Farmer's have been "GMOing" for millennia, it was and is still called breeding and cross-breeding so that the probability of desired phenotypes manifesting is enhanced by "engineering" the genotype.
    The only difference is it took the farmer several generations or more, perhaps even decades to do what science can now do in one with gene splicing.

     

    If we are going to feed soon to be 6 billion people we better embrace science and technology and quit allowing the least knowledgeable but loudest and most vulgar to starve the world of food and energy becuae of their shrill, crude, ignorance.
    26 May 2013, 03:44 PM Reply Like
  • dcfleck
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    There is not a single mention of Monsanto in that whole article. It does not say what you imply it does.
    26 May 2013, 03:55 PM Reply Like
  • Bryce_in_TX
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    Agree with dcfleck. Not one mention of Monsanto in the article you provided a link to, Mr. Scarpinato. Your posts are full of anger, and claims of Monsanto evil, but I only find one source thus far that you have provided showing some possible impropriety by Monsanto. Where are the links for the evidence that Monsantos products are poison? Where's the overwhelming data to show this? Don't tell me to do searches. They are your claims. Provide the proof of your claims.

     

    BTW, any inappropriate anger directed against me will get swiftly reported to SA. I'm interested in the claims, but thus far you have provided no evidence that Monsanto's products, including aspertame, are poison. Show me some research from respected private or government studies, multiple ones, showing this.

     

    Why would I believe you are anyone else about claims without authoritative support backing them up? That's total nonsense. Don't you agree?
    26 May 2013, 11:22 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    http://bit.ly/11vIxSV
    28 May 2013, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • Marc Freeman
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    Bryce, As for Aspartame, Candace Pert who discovered neuro receptors in the brain and elsewhere and the neuro peptide chains that are signals to the body flat out calls Aspartame poison. She is one of the leading scientists alive and worked for many years at the NIH.
    28 May 2013, 08:17 PM Reply Like
  • Bryce_in_TX
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    Marc, the problem is that no one has apparently been able to prove from a scientific basis that it is harmful, else why would it still be sold and the companies who put it into products not be sued? When I say sued, I mean successfully and required to stop putting it into products. I realize there are folks who may sue companies claiming it is harmful.
    28 May 2013, 10:03 PM Reply Like
  • The EconomicJoker
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    Quit deluding yourself. That GMO food is killing people.. just like DDT..
    25 May 2013, 11:35 PM Reply Like
  • srrams76
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    Banning DDT led to the deaths of millions of people in Africa.

     

    "Silent Spring" takes on a new meaning
    26 May 2013, 12:17 AM Reply Like
  • sethmcs
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    DDT almost wiped out bedbugs. I think we need to bring it back and while we are at it leaded gasoline too.
    27 May 2013, 12:52 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I would PAY the county to spray our property with DDT. I'd sign a waiver and everything. The ditch along our road frontage breeds mosquitoes. LOTS of mosquitoes. Risk vs. reward says spray 'er down. I don't want kinder, gentler pesticides...
    27 May 2013, 01:29 AM Reply Like
  • Transcend Asset
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    You obviously don't know what you are talking about. DDT causes diabetes, pregnancy difficulties and miscarriages, sperm count issues, and abnormal male genital development.

     

    Look it up before you speak. Maybe you want to become extinct.
    27 May 2013, 07:53 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I don't want to bathe in it, use it as a lotion, or apply it near to the house... A perimeter spray would be nice, and would cut down the number of bugs by a bunch. As an alternative, gasoline and a match will fix it for a little while.
    27 May 2013, 04:04 PM Reply Like
  • VictorHAustin
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    Leaded gas turns out to have been the cause of the crime waves of the 60s and 70s. It wasn't ghetto poverty or black racial culture. It was high levels of lead in inner cities.

     

    The correlation has been verified in several nations. We have very good records of levels of lead in air and violent crime. It happened several places. Different time periods, same pattern. Lead first, then crime. Reduced led, falling crime rates.
    27 May 2013, 04:35 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    They must still sell leaded gasoline in most of the nation's inner city neighborhoods, then.
    27 May 2013, 04:45 PM Reply Like
  • WisPokerGuy
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    These are the same people who will scream the loudest when the world's population is 15 billion and there isn't enough food for everyone - especially the pampered European elitists. Like Victor said above... too much science fiction. Last time I looked it wasn't that easy to develop more planable land. Therefore, you better increase crop yields - or starve.
    25 May 2013, 11:36 PM Reply Like
  • VictorHAustin
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    Without some miracle, which turned out to be corn syrup and cardboard manufactured food, we were headed for world wide famine.

     

    If we want a better environment we will have to give up the addiction to economic growth. Somebody tell the Fed.
    27 May 2013, 04:38 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    There's a couple billion starving people that must not have received this miracle. As for me I'll pass on the corn syrup and the cardboard.
    28 May 2013, 08:41 AM Reply Like
  • KJP712
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    Do not delude yourself.Do some research on the topic first.
    25 May 2013, 11:45 PM Reply Like
  • Ron Myers
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    To tell the truth I don't have any proof either way that MON food is safe or not. My guess is that it's probably no worse for you than non-GMO versions as long as the herbicides used are fully removed, but I don't really know.

     

    Unfortunately since the chief regulator who decides whether their food is safe worked at MON I can give the FDA no credibility on this issue. Just from the Baynesian standpoint, it's tough to get one of your "people" into a position of power like that, so they probably have at least something to hide. In addition their business practices are despicable.
    25 May 2013, 11:53 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    Yeah what happened to the scientific method?
    26 May 2013, 08:29 AM Reply Like
  • Seth Walters
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    Genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe. They could easily be made to be much better for you than unmodified foods. For example, imagine GMO soybeans tweaked to produce most of their oils as omega-3 instead of omega-6. That one change would add years to the average American lifespan. Protestors are ignorant.

     

    EDIT: I doubt Monsanto would ever do this because there isn't a strong economic incentive to do so, but if our government were smart they would be ponying up $5 or $10 billion dollars to make this happen. Sadly, the government isn't much smarter than the protestors.
    26 May 2013, 12:13 AM Reply Like
  • bjamesh
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    Monsanto is one of the companies (and my list is not long) that I will not invest in. Because this is an investment site, I won't belabor this, but do look up "superweeds" that are increasingly resistant to glyphosate (RoundUp). They appear to be threatening the food chain not enhancing it. Read the article in the periodical Scientific American if you place any credence in their research.
    26 May 2013, 12:18 AM Reply Like
  • Transcend Asset
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    I am glad this investment site mentions Monsanto. Protests from the grassroots level have not seemed to work for years. Now that the information on Monsanto has gone viral, the next step is for shareholders to raise concern. Truthfully, as investors, we try to do a lot of research. Now, what happened to researching Monsanto? Institutional ownership is over 80%. When I worked in the retail sector, my protests were ignored and it was my job at the brokerage house to buy Monsanto along with other items for people's retirement accounts, TFSA accounts, etc. The chart looks good, the analysts upgrade the stock. I was powerless to do anything about it. I'd fill all the orders for the day then circle back to filling the orders to buy Monsanto. People should wake up and call their advisors to tell them to remove this stock from their portfolio.

     

    Wake up and ask yourself: why is this company spending so much money -- over $5 million per year -- lobbying?! If it's so great, why must they lobby? When Coca Cola lobbied the most, they were actually trying to stop people from finding out they had the most unhealthy drinks. Years later, their lobby spend has gone down. The fight against obesity is a done deal now that Michelle Obama is waging the war. Good! We need to wake up and realize that the total spending on lobbying is a horrendous waste of monies. Lawyers and lobby groups are NOT always working for your good. Just because they work for a company whose stock you buy doesn't mean that you SHOULD buy the stock. $$ without health is worthless.
    26 May 2013, 09:45 AM Reply Like
  • Marc Freeman
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    Thank you Transcend.....
    26 May 2013, 12:48 PM Reply Like
  • Deja Vu
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    I think the protesters know too little science to know that genetic modifications take place all time, that is how evolution works. Just so happens some naturally occurring modifications equip a plant or animal to survive better, so what if Monsanto speeds the process. So when they protest GM food, I wonder, do they know how they got here from the primeval soup?
    26 May 2013, 12:19 AM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    REally? How many naturally occurring "suicide genes" have survived evolution? And what happens when those genes cross pollinate? Do you even know the vile evil monstrosities this company forces on people? Deja Vu, may you reincarnate in a war torn land and gain 1st hand experience of the weapons of Monsatan. Remember that little Viet Namese girl scarred by Napalm. What if that was your child?

     

    What if it didn't even have to be someone you knew for you to give a damn? What if you started thinking about something beyond your worthless money and tried to feed your soul and have empathy and compassion?

     

    What if you just had a conscience and demanded that this company follow the law not just destroy the democratic process re-writing it to fit their own scumbag schemes?

     

    You want to rise and fall with Monsanto? You will soon regret that decision. The whole world hates you. You are on your knees to a demon and you think that you are rich. The tables have already turned. You are simply printing currency to avoid the disaster which is inevitable and at your doorstep. Repent or reap what you sow.
    26 May 2013, 08:37 AM Reply Like
  • smarton
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    Whether their foods directly kill people or not, their business practices do. Monopolizing foods, genes, treatments (bioengineering at large), putting natural farmers out of business does kill people.

     

    You can either buy our seeds and we'll bankrupt you, or you don't buy our seeds and you go bankrupt. Even if the wind blows our seeds onto your land, we'll bankrupt you. Think you can use this year's seed to pant next year? Nope, engineered to be infertile, you gotta buy new ones.

     

    A model for the world!

     

    You might say genetic engineering helps yields, but using that excuse to encourage destructive business practices is inexcusable. This corporation has to go. Looks like people are waking up.
    26 May 2013, 12:20 AM Reply Like
  • Transcend Asset
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    I would gladly have joined the protest. Open your eyes, people! Monsanto is evil. GMO is one thing but to make seeds that make a piece of land impossible to use for ANY other crop caused many farmers in India to commit suicide. We in North America still rely on farmers in 3rd world nations for our foods. The least we can do is to be considerate that they need to make a livelihood too. Monsanto is a monopoly. Do some research before you buy into the Monsanto hype. Just because the deaths are not at your backdoor doesn't mean you should not care. Monsanto's seeds blow from one farmer's land onto another's -- causing widespread immunity to other seeds. If you are a neighbor not using their seeds, your land can be destroyed just for being adjacent to a property that uses it. Over the years, as MON spreads across continents, we may have a serious toxic substance in our hands. Sure, it kills unwanted bugs. But some of those insects are actually a necessity for our ecosystems.

     

    Closer to home (North America), if you will recall, farmers lost out in the war against Monsanto in the courts. Traditional farming methods are at risk. A different way of mass producing clothing and furniture is one thing -- a different way of farming?! Are you really ready to be completely under the control of one company? Their seed spreads everywhere, and farmers unwilling to use their seeds have no choice or are put out of business. What does this say about freedom of choice? There is none.

     

    Your land, their seed -- but your land is useless once their seed lands on it. Wow. Great. A great big piece of wasteland -- unless you buy seeds -- you can't even use last year's seeds because they self-destruct. You are completely a SLAVE to Monsanto if you are a farmer. In the long run, the farmer is a slave but so is the city person like me and you who is far removed from farming. Everything we touch is contaminated. Everything will be priced as Monsanto wishes to price it. How about a $20/lb watermelon? Far fetched? Well, not if they control things and have the ability to name their price. Some day.... you get the idea. And as for organic foods, those prices will just get even higher. All food prices will go up. Do not delude yourself into thinking that Monsanto allows for food prices to be cheap. That's just now. They're fooling you.

     

    We've got problems with obesity and cancer right now. We don't need more headaches. Let's short Monsanto. It does not deserve to have a market cap of $55 billion. It is a silent killer.
    26 May 2013, 12:37 AM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    "We in North America still rely on farmers in 3rd world nations for our foods."

     

    Last time I checked, the U.S. exports more food than it imports.
    26 May 2013, 01:34 AM Reply Like
  • Transcend Asset
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    By the numbers, yes - 2012, $141.342 billion export and $102.871 import. But beyond numbers, use your eyes the next time you are at the grocery store. The number of items that come in from a foreign country, or available to you while it's not in season -- that says more than a spreadsheet ever will.

     

    The problem with GMOs is they are killing bees. Without bees, plants that require pollination are in trouble. How would you like to say goodbye to the following? Kiwi, onion, cashew, celery, strawberry, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, turnip, coconut, hazelnut, cucumber, lemon, lime, carrot, soyabean, walnut, lychee, apple, mango, avacado, almond, guava...

     

    The list can go on, but I think I have made my point. We cannot let Monsanto run rampant. This thing is a MONster.
    26 May 2013, 03:33 AM Reply Like
  • PEhrlich
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    There are a lot of theories for bee die offs. The evidence that it is related to GMOs is pretty sketchy. The best supported theories relate to the use of nicotinoid pestacides (made by Bayer and Syngenta, not Monsanto) and an epidemic of bee mites carrying a virus that is lethal to bees.

     

    Nor is there any reliable data suggesting that GMOs cause cancer.
    26 May 2013, 04:13 AM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    Actually the data is clear as to why the bees are dying. That is why that particular pesticide has been banned in Europe. What isn't clear are the implications of GMO's and that is bc MONsatan doesn't have to test these Monstrosities bc they bought Congress and the FDA. Otherwise you'd have very reliable data.

     

    THe standard by which a new food comes to market is not "Well lets just put it out there and see if people die." You're an idiot if you eat this crap based on that logic. And you're an evil selfish pr!ck if you profit from it.

     

    How about you just start selling cocaine? While you're at it put in some chemicals that add to the destructive addictive qualities. I'm sure God will reward you in heaven.

     

    Be sure to feed your children and grandchildren GMO baby food.
    26 May 2013, 08:44 AM Reply Like
  • Bryce_in_TX
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    "GMO is one thing but to make seeds that make a piece of land impossible to use for ANY other crop caused many farmers in India to commit suicide."

     

    I respectfully disagree that loss of use of land caused suicide. It is dysfunctional thinking (thinking that doesn't work) that causes suicide, assuming it is psychological in nature. It is blowing a situation up out of proportion, catastrophizing , distorting reality, believing that things are far worse than they actually are, that causes suicide, if the issue is psychological in nature. (meaning no human biological problem)

     

    Life events DO NOT cause suicide. Cans don't fall off the shelves in the grocery store and cause our mental anguish. Nothing can cause us mental anguish unless we allow the thoughts. It is our own distortions of thinking and our own thoughts which cause us the emotional pain which leads to suicide. It is unfortunate that people suffer, but this is the truth. Been there, done that.
    26 May 2013, 11:25 AM Reply Like
  • Transcend Asset
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    Bryce, the farmers were in debt and could not use the land for anything else. Monsanto had fooled farmers and they had a royalty on the seeds that trapped the farmers.

     

    Since it appears you refuse to read the links suggested by some of the commenters, here is the key points quoted from http://bit.ly/19eqwdA:

     

    The entry of Monsanto in the Indian seed sector was made possible with a 1988 Seed Policy imposed by the World Bank, requiring the Government of India to deregulate the seed sector. Five things changed with Monsanto’s entry: First, Indian companies were locked into joint-ventures and licensing arrangements, and concentration over the seed sector increased. Second, seed which had been the farmers’ common resource became the “intellectual property” of Monsanto, for which it started collecting royalties, thus raising the costs of seed. Third, open pollinated cotton seeds were displaced by hybrids, including GMO hybrids. A renewable resource became a non-renewable, patented commodity. Fourth, cotton which had earlier been grown as a mixture with food crops now had to be grown as a monoculture, with higher vulnerability to pests, disease, drought and crop failure. Fifth, Monsanto started to subvert India’s regulatory processes and, in fact, started to use public resources to push its non-renewable hybrids and GMOs through so-called public-private partnerships (PPP).
    26 May 2013, 11:59 AM Reply Like
  • Bryce_in_TX
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    " Bryce, the farmers were in debt and could not use the land for anything else. Monsanto had fooled farmers and they had a royalty on the seeds that trapped the farmers."

     

    What I am saying is life events do not cause us emotional pain, it's how we perceive the events. What we tell ourselves. I am sympathetic to what happened to them. But, I've learned this the hard way. It is thinking that causes emotional pain, not the events themselves. Doesn't matter what it is. Thinking, with love and aid, can be overcome. To think life is over is fatalistic, unfortunately, and I can understand why someone would think like that. I've been there. I sympathize with the pain. But I do not agree with the decision to take your life. I never will.

     

    Monsanto may have precipitated the crisis, but it is the individual's responsibility as to how they deal with it. Monsanto did not kill them. They chose that route of their own volition.

     

    And I am not sympathetic to Monsanto. That is just reality. To not accept that as fact, then I can blame my wife's behavior for why I drink or do whatever it is I do. ( I don't drink, btw) Personal responsibility comes into play. I can't blame my wife or anyone else for my challenges.

     

    These folks deserved love and compassion, I have to assume. But, they made a poor decision, imo.
    26 May 2013, 03:29 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    "The problem with GMOs is they are killing bees."

     

    Sheesh. First it was toxins produced by GMOs. Now it is that they kill bees. The honey bee is dying because the killer bee, African origin, is wiping them out.
    28 May 2013, 09:47 PM Reply Like
  • PEhrlich
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    yeah, its been banned in Europe. But the EPA sees it very differently, as do the UK authorities.

     

    As for the "we''ll just put it out there and see if people die" logic, its really not that simple. By that logic no one would ever try anything new. Should we have indoor plumbing? No, we don't have proof its safe! Should we vaccinate against smallpox? No, it might make things worse!

     

    Inaction is not the correct response to every situation in which there is not absolute proof of zero risk. The theoretical arguments against GMOs are not compelling, and the empirical evidence shows no harm.

     

    If you're worried about your health, exercise, eat your food raw, and stay out of the sun. Practice safe sex. Saturated fats, and malaria (natural not genetically modified) are known to kill millions every year. The number of deaths reliably attributed to GMOs is zero.
    29 May 2013, 07:50 PM Reply Like
  • Caiman Valores
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    Who manufactured Agent Orange? Who manufactures the chemicals used in coca defoliation that have been linked to poisonings and birth defects in Colombia? Sadly the protestors have forgotten about the people who suffer at the hand so of these companies in developing countries. I am not a leftist and in fact many of you may find my right-wing views extreme and repugnant but human beings and sustainable development must come before short-term profits, spin and corporate bonuses.
    26 May 2013, 01:02 AM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    I don't think the protestors forgot these facts at all. Try coming out to a rally and stop relying on Lame Stream Media for your info. As for left/right that's over. ITs Freedom or Fascism. The Left and the Right are one now. Let the Left bring the weed and the Right the guns. The servile satists can cower behind their doors and pray for Obama or Bush to come save them.
    26 May 2013, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    I am too busy choking on the jet fumes left behind by Al Gore's private plane to contemplate MON poisoning food.

     

    All these people helping me are killing me :-)
    26 May 2013, 01:27 AM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    I'm an environmentalist, but sorry, there are far worse things "poisoning our children." How about start with coal companies making the air dirtier and increasing lung problems. What about (KO) and (MCD)? What about (GSK) and how they pushed a drug which they knew had health issues. Plus, there has been no studies proving genetically modified foods are bad in the long run, primarily because they haven't been here long enough.

     

    But you have the right to not eat genetically modified foods. Just remember, there would be a lot more starving people in the world if there were no genetically modified foods. 99% of all corn and wheat grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. This is probably why we are the bread basket of the world.
    26 May 2013, 01:29 AM Reply Like
  • Transcend Asset
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    Michael,

     

    I have trouble believing more people would starve. The people who have starved in the past, will continue to starve (Africa). Nobody seems to give them enough food for free. Don't see that as about to change.

     

    Sorry to inform you, but US is no longer the breadbasket of the world. See: http://bit.ly/13V4oPF

     

    GMO does not have much support in EU. Interesting to note that BASF (a Monsanto-like company of German origin) moves headquarters to the USA as per details here: http://bit.ly/16hKPrV

     

    In North America, waste is a problem. Good bread is thrown in the garbage at the end of the day as grocery stores refuse to sell it for cheap or give it away citing the fear that people won't buy from them if they drop prices or give away day-old stuff.
    26 May 2013, 02:05 AM Reply Like
  • caupachow
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    Transcend, just a little side note to why grocers throw food away. The largest grocer where I live use to donate its out of date food to shelters but after the 3rd time being sued for giving "bad" food they said screw it. Throw the shit away and let them starve.
    26 May 2013, 09:43 AM Reply Like
  • Transcend Asset
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    caupachow, thanks for that info. Sad how our world is. I used to work with a coworker that always donated his Mondays to helping the Food Bank. He could not understand why the Food Bank refuses perfectly good cheese buns from Safeway. Perhaps, it's back to the lawsuit squabbles. =(
    28 May 2013, 08:26 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    What is killing America is too many lawsuits. Medical costs are rising because of too many lawsuits.
    28 May 2013, 09:53 PM Reply Like
  • bjamesh
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    The one justification for GM foods I find suspect is the population explosion factor. It seems reasonable, and has historical precedence, that once a plentiful supply of food has been established for the current population, another cycle of increased birth begins anew. It is a continuous cycle. China, whether you agree with their 1 child policy or not, proves that population control can be achieved on a massive scale, notwithstanding the fact that a stagnant population growth creates its own set of problems.

     

    So instead of looking at Monsanto as the "savior" of a global food crisis, I would look to Church and Dwight (CHD) and one of their products as a more sustainable solution. :)
    26 May 2013, 03:47 AM Reply Like
  • WisPokerGuy
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    Wow! That is truly CLASSIC.

     

    I'd really like to thank you for making my point about the "whack jobs" on the other side of this argument. Your above post made it clearer then I ever could have.

     

    By the way... a "true" hell would be having to spend any more time reading your propaganda type messages on this subject. I'm perfectly ready to take my chances that just because I've disagreed with you I won't "burn in hell". Of course, that is always the retort of the simple minded - kind of like losing an argument and saying "ohhhh yeah!".

     

    Just another silly meaningless post.
    26 May 2013, 10:39 AM Reply Like
  • KJP712
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    If you feel so strongly against MON,short the stock....
    26 May 2013, 10:54 AM Reply Like
  • Whitehawk
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    I'll take all the GMO food that people are throwing out. This is hysteria and ignorance at its best. Typical for societies where science is taught by those who didn't really pass any science courses. RIP Norman Borlaug: http://bit.ly/12Wxa4S.
    26 May 2013, 11:14 AM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    I wonder if the scientific work of Austrian monk Gregor Mendel is still taught in schools. I never heard of Norman Borlaug before, though I am now impressed by his accomplishments in Africa.

     

    http://saa-safe.org

     

    At least his legacy lives on through Sasakawa Africa Association.
    26 May 2013, 04:50 PM Reply Like
  • JANFA
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    Dean S. : Judging by your one-sided comments somebody has already pissed in your gene pool.
    26 May 2013, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • jeezuz30
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    First learned about Monsanto and their ways back in high school when I had to write an essay and I choose genetically modified foods as the topic.

     

    Probably the only stock that I would not invest a penny in, since I don't really consider myself to be morally conscious but this company just crosses the line between good and evil in so many obvious ways that it's hard to just turn the cheek and look the other way.
    26 May 2013, 03:11 PM Reply Like
  • dcfleck
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    "the whole world disagrees with you and you are an asshole"

     

    You realize that you sound like a raving lunatic in these comments, right?
    26 May 2013, 03:16 PM Reply Like
  • Continental Kid
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    I don't disagree with him.....those who are against Monsanto in 20 years may not even be able to eat cake.....think about it.....
    26 May 2013, 08:12 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    Monsatan and the bio rape of India http://bit.ly/10xG60V
    28 May 2013, 11:12 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I wish Monsanto sold their seeds at the retail level. Barely have to water Monsanto crops and they are lush and produce well. I'd buy the stock, but the dividend is currently below my entry threshold.

     

    But yeah, I'd like to get my hands on a sack of Monsanto corn seeds. It just grows, and grows good.
    26 May 2013, 07:33 PM Reply Like
  • smarton
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    Try getting your hands on the precious seed, and prepare to be sued out of existence.

     

    Can't compete with the farmer next door who's in bed with the devil? Die ;)
    27 May 2013, 02:41 PM Reply Like
  • Continental Kid
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    Serious ...Seeking Alpha at one time was a place where we debated stock prices and trends.......with calm thought out reasons....now the politicos....conspiracy nuts ....fight starting trolls have moved in....I guess reading comments is now more of a waste of time....sigh
    26 May 2013, 08:21 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    http://bit.ly/10xG60V
    28 May 2013, 11:12 AM Reply Like
  • dcfleck
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    "We know it is Monsatan's pesticides that are killing the bees. It has been banned all over Europe"

     

    Actually, the pesticides banned by the EU are not made by Monsanto, as somebody else has already pointed out... they are made by Bayer and Syngenta (http://buswk.co/144gJkJ).
    28 May 2013, 08:26 PM Reply Like
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