Is Monsanto trying to undermine opposition to GM crops in India by introducing them via India's neighbours?
Corporate brinjal & profit motive
When smooth operators can’t break in through the front entrance, they worm in from the back door. Even after a lawsuit was filed against Monsanto biopiracy, it took India’s civil society years to win a decade-long moratorium on Monsanto’s Bt brinjal last year, thereby buying time. Monsanto then moved onto Bangladesh, alerting alarmed activists as contamination would spread fast in a small country and across porous borders to India and Pakistan.
SUMMARY: "Following the announcement earlier this week that Washington State’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson had filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) for violating the state’s disclosure laws over the ‘no on I-522′ anti gmo labeling campaign, the GMA has been forced to reveal the full list of donors."
SUMMARY: "While Africa has long been intransigent in its stance against introducing genetically modified crops, cracks are forming in the opposition, and the world's leading biotechs -- DuPont , Monsanto , and Syngenta among them -- are poised to take advantage of the weakening stance and flood the market with seed, fertilizer, and pesticides. With Europe effectively closed off to GM crops, the seed and chemical giants are looking to Africa to be their next growth market."
SUMMARY: "On May 25, over two million people in 436 cities, spread out over 52 countries, came out to protest one company. Organizers of the massive march set out to call attention to the dangers of genetically modified food and how a small handful of companies are endangering the world."
On May 25, over two million people in 436 cities, spread out over 52 countries, came out to protest one company. Organizers of the massive march set out to call attention to the dangers of genetically modified food and how a small handful of companies are endangering the world.
With one major donation, Monsanto has become, by far, this year's largest campaign contributor in Washington state.
The Monsanto Co. has jumped into Washington state politics in a big way.
With a check for nearly $4.6 million, the St. Louis-based Fortune 500 company has more than doubled the money raised by opponents of Initiative 522, which would require labeling genetically modified foods.
The No on 522 campaign has now raised about $7.9 million, giving it a $3.5 million advantage over backers of the measure to label GMO foods.