Monsanto, one of the most reviled and corrupt agricultural businesses in the world, has been having a rough go of it lately. The company and its leaders are starting to take their own medicine, as nations around the world are flatly rejecting their genetically modified seed.
In early February, Chinese officials decided to no longer accept genetically modified rice. During that same week, British activists succeeded in getting Monsanto to withdraw from the UK. The public’s ire against the agribusiness giant was so intense, they’re liquidating their entire UK operations, and even contemplating pulling out of France, Germany, and the Czech Republic due to similar opposition. These are just the latest in a long string of citizen protests and legal actions taken by the public against the monolith.
In March 2011, a group of organic farmers filed a lawsuit against Monsanto, accusing the company of contaminating their crops with GMO seeds. This is a move that turned the food producing industry on its head. Since 1997, Monsanto has sued more than 144 family farmers for “stealing” their GMO seeds, when in fact the farmers’ crops were contaminated by them. Another 700 farmers have settled out of court against the company. The fact that this corrupt and arguably evil corporation has put hundreds of farmers out of business is enough motivation for anyone to finally say, “Enough!”
But China and the UK aren’t the only problems Monsanto’s been having during the past year. In August 2011, India filed a lawsuit against it for using local eggplant varieties in an experiment using genetically modified eggplant cultivation, which they were not given permission to do.
The growing opposition to Monsanto is as vocal and fierce as the Occupy Movement, and it’s gaining thousands of supporters every day. The biotechnology giant’s ultimate goal is seemingly to dominate the world’s food supply by patenting plant DNA, which would be laughable if it weren’t such a serious issue.
So why are other countries having more luck ousting this vile excuse of a business, but the citizens of the United States are stuck with largely GMO foods? Politics. Plain and simple. In the graph below, you’ll see how intertwined the company is with the U.S. government. It’s only in everyone’s best interest (at least those in charge) if Monsanto succeeds in getting a monopoly on the food market.
Kudos to China, the UK, and India for having the wherewithal to tell this company to leave your food alone! Perhaps the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto will make some headway in forcing the biotech company to stop acting so evil.
Â©2011 Reno Berkeley for Gather News.