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Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere

Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world's food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. This site is dedicated to empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & it's enablers like the FDA, USDA, EPA, GMA, BIO, and the processed food companies that use Monsanto's products.




Get Your Free Genetic Crimes Unit Action Kit

Posted: May 21st, 2012 | Filed under: Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

*** This offer expired August 17, 2012 ***


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In an effort to expose Monsanto’s greed and hold the Company accountable for their crimes, we are making Genetic Crimes Unit (GCU) Action Kits available for free to the first 100 groups who commit to Occupy Monsanto during the week of September 17th, 2012.

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Each GCU Action kit contains:

  • Hooded White Coverall (size: Medium or Large)
  • Goggles
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Respirator
  • Genetic Crimes Unit Badge
  • 50 Occupy Monsanto Bracelets
  • Stickers
  • Biohazard Crime Scene Tape
  • Occupy Monsanto Hazmat Manual

Please fill out our handy-dandy form below with your mailing address, email address, coverall size (Medium or Large), and basic information (date, time, and location) about your Occupy Monsanto plans for the week of September 17th.

We have created a GCU map, similar to the one on our Facilities page, showing global GCU locations. When visitors click on these locations on the map, anonymous contact information for your GCU will appear. You will be added to our GCU email newsletter so we can send you periodic updates. At this time, we cannot use @aol.com e-mail addresses for anonymous GCU contacts. If you have any problems, please email GCU@occupy-monsanto.com.


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Students, Alumni, & Families to protest Monsanto at Washington University in St. Louis Graduation Ceremony

Posted: May 18th, 2012 | Filed under: Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – “Richard Mahoney will get an honorary degree. He is the former CEO of Monsanto. But not everyone will be happy to see him receive this degree. A group emailed FOX 2 saying over 100 students and alumni will join their families in wearing buttons protesting the relationship between the company and the University. Washington University has several buildings named after Monsanto and the corporation funds several fellowships.”


UPDATE – Reporter Kim Hudson interviews a graduating student on why she is wearing anti-Monsanto button:

Monsanto’s Lobbying Expenses 2002-2012

Posted: May 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

occupy monsanto banner11 Monsantos Lobbying Expenses 2002 2012 Senate Money Lobbyist Lobbying Firm Lobbying Legislation House of Representatives Government Affairs Center for Responsive Politics Bribes Bills

Throwing around a few grand here & few grand there to buy off politicians is really nickels & dimes compared to the vast amount of money Monsanto has spent lobbying Congress.

Over the last 10 years Monsanto has spent over $52 million dollars making sure they get the most favorable legislation possible. Of that $52 million, nearly $11 million was paid to outside lobbying firms (listed below) to lobby on behalf of Monsanto, while the rest of the total (over $40 million) was spent on Monsanto’s staff lobbyists.

The results? More pesticides, more GMOs, and more of why we will Occupy Monsanto this fall!


monsanto lobbying 2002 2012 Monsantos Lobbying Expenses 2002 2012 Senate Money Lobbyist Lobbying Firm Lobbying Legislation House of Representatives Government Affairs Center for Responsive Politics Bribes Bills

Grand total spent by Monsanto: $52,499,730
Total spent on Monsanto’s own lobbyists: $41,786,230
Total paid to lobbying firms: $10,713,500
Recipient Total
Russell Group
(formerly Lesher & Russell &
Russell & Barron, Inc)
$1920000
Washington Tax Group
(formerly Angus & Nickerson)
$1050000
Sidley, Austin et al $930000
Bockorny Group
(formerly with Bockorny Petrizzo Inc)
$900000
Nickles Group $853500
Akin, Gump et al
(formerly with Parven, Pomper & Schuyler)
$780000
Crawford, Quilty & Mauro $750000
TCH Group
(formerly with Tongour, Simpson et al)
$690000
Ogilvy Government Relations $640000
Troutman Sanders $470000
Bergner, Bockorny et al $460000
Mayer, Brown et al $270000
American Continental Group $250000
Arent Fox LLP $240000
Noble Strategies $220000
Bryan Cave LLP
(formerly with Powell, Goldstein et al)
$200000
Baker, Donelson et al $60000
Barbour, Griffith & Rogers $20000
Gallatin Public Affairs $10000

Source: Center for Responsive Politics (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Note #1: When compiling this list it was shown that many of the lobbying firms no longer exist because many of the lobbyists merged their firms together. When a firm was found to have merged with another, the dirty money Monsanto paid them was added together in the table above.
Note #2: In 2000 Monsanto merged with Pharmacia & Upjohn and was later spun off into the “New Monsanto.” However, the data for 2002 includes Pharmacia as Monsanto’s parent company and show that there was lobbying money spent on the pharmaceutical industry. For the table above, only the lobbying money spent on Agricultural Services & Products was included.

Monsanto’s PAC Contributions to Members of Congress 2002-2012

Posted: May 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

occupy monsanto banner11 Monsantos PAC Contributions to Members of Congress 2002 2012 Senate Research politicians PAC Monsanto Citizenship Fund Money House of Representatives Data Congress Center for Responsive Politics Bribes
When you’ve got billions of dollars in your coffers, you can afford to pay off political candidates & members of Congress. The tables below from the Center for Responsive Politics show donations to U.S. politicians from Monsanto’s Political Action Committee known as Monsanto Citizenship Fund between 2002 and the first quarter of 2012. If your Senator or Representative is on this list, contact them and say that you don’t support Monsanto’s efforts to genetically contaminate the world’s food supply. Combine the totals below with the $50 million dollars Monsanto spent on lobbying and it’s easy to see why Monsanto deserves to be occupied this fall.


House
Total to Democrats: $237,202
Total to Republicans: $364,000
Total Recipient
$22499 Peterson, Collin C (D-MN)
$22000 Thompson, Bennie G (D-MS)
$22000 Carnahan, Russ (D-MO)
$20000 Lucas, Frank D (R-OK)
$20000 Graves, Sam (R-MO)
$19500 Clay, William L Jr (D-MO)
$18500 Boehner, John (R-OH)
$17000 Simpson, Mike (R-ID)
$16000 Hastert, Dennis (R-IL)
$16000 Blunt, Roy (R-MO)
$15500 Cantor, Eric (R-VA)
$14500 Camp, Dave (R-MI)
$12500 Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA)
$12000 Akin, Todd (R-MO)
$11000 Smith, Adrian (R-NE)
$11000 Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO)
$10500 King, Steven A (R-IA)
$10500 Barrow, John (D-GA)
$10000 Fincher, Steve (R-TN)
$9750 Berry, Marion (D-AR)
$9000 Hayes, Robin (R-NC)
$8500 Hulshof, Kenny (R-MO)
$8000 Hare, Phil (D-IL)
$7500 Latham, Tom (R-IA)
$7000 Shimkus, John M (R-IL)
$7000 Boswell, Leonard L (D-IA)
$6500 Rogers, Hal (R-KY)
$6000 Loebsack, David (D-IA)
$6000 Courtney, Joe (D-CT)
$5500 Schock, Aaron (R-IL)
$5500 Cleaver, Emanuel (D-MO)
$5500 Braley, Bruce (D-IA)
$5000 Minnick, Walt (D-ID)
$5000 Hirono, Mazie K (D-HI)
$5000 Bright, Bobby (D-AL)
$4500 McCrery, Jim (R-LA)
$4500 Kingston, Jack (R-GA)
$4500 Gardner, Cory (R-CO)
$4500 Boyd, Allen (D-FL)
$4000 Stutzman, Marlin (R-IN)
$4000 Skelton, Ike (D-MO)
$4000 Michaud, Mike (D-ME)
$4000 Melancon, Charles (D-LA)
$4000 McIntyre, Mike (D-NC)
$4000 Kissell, Larry (D-NC)
$4000 Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (D-SD)
$3500 Stenholm, Charles W (D-TX)
$3500 Ross, Mike (D-AR)
$3500 Long, Billy (R-MO)
$3500 Landry, Jeff (R-LA)
$3500 Kinzinger, Adam (R-IL)
$3500 Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS)
$3500 Huelskamp, Tim (R-KS)
$3000 Schilling, Bobby (R-IL)
$3000 Salazar, John (D-CO)
$3000 Ryan, Paul (R-WI)
$3000 Rush, Bobby L (D-IL)
$3000 Johnson, Timothy (R-IL)
$3000 Herger, Wally (R-CA)
$3000 Hanabusa, Colleen (D-HI)
$3000 Goode, Virgil H Jr (R-VA)
$3000 Chabot, Steve (R-OH)
$3000 Bruun, Scott (R-OR)
$3000 Bonilla, Henry (R-TX)
$3000 Berg, Rick (R-ND)
$2500 Rokita, Todd (R-IN)
$2500 Nunes, Devin Gerald (R-CA)
$2500 Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD)
$2500 Etheridge, Bob (D-NC)
$2500 Causey, Chad (D-AR)
$2500 Case, Ed (D-HI)
$2500 Blackburn, Marsha (R-TN)
$2000 Pombo, Richard W (R-CA)
$2000 Hartzler, Vicky (R-MO)
$2000 Halvorson, Deborah (D-IL)
$2000 Gard, John (R-WI)
$2000 Foster, Bill (D-IL)
$2000 Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN)
$2000 Dooley, Cal (D-CA)
$2000 Donnelly, Joe (D-IN)
$2000 Childers, Travis W (D-MS)
$2000 Boucher, Rick (D-VA)
$2000 Boehlert, Sherwood (R-NY)
$1500 Walden, Greg (R-OR)
$1500 Tauzin, Billy III (R-LA)
$1500 Pickering, Charles (Chip) Jr (R-MS)
$1500 Holden, Tim (D-PA)
$1500 Dingell, John D (D-MI)
$1500 Costa, Jim (D-CA)
$1250 Tanner, John (D-TN)
$1000 Tiberi, Patrick J (R-OH)
$1000 Thompson, Stan (R-IA)
$1000 Thompson, Glenn (R-PA)
$1000 Tauzin, Billy (R-LA)
$1000 Sensenbrenner, F James Jr (R-WI)
$1000 Paulsen, Erik (R-MN)
$1000 Noem, Kristi (R-SD)
$1000 Neugebauer, Randy (R-TX)
$1000 Musgrave, Marilyn (R-CO)
$1000 Murphy, Scott (D-NY)
$1000 Lamberti, Jeffrey (R-IA)
$1000 Labrador, Raul (R-ID)
$1000 Kennedy, Mark (R-MN)
$1000 Hultgren, Randy (R-IL)
$1000 Hill, Baron (D-IN)
$1000 Guthrie, Steven Brett (R-KY)
$1000 Emerson, Jo Ann (R-MO)
$1000 Diedrich, Larry William (R-SD)
$1000 Crawford, Rick (R-AR)
$1000 Conyers, John Jr (D-MI)
$1000 Conaway, Mike (R-TX)
$1000 Clyburn, James E (D-SC)
$1000 Cardoza, Dennis (D-CA)
$1000 Cannon, Chris (R-UT)
$500 Putnam, Adam H (R-FL)
$500 McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (R-WA)
$500 LaHood, Ray (R-IL)
$500 Coble, Howard (R-NC)
$500 Callahan, Sonny (R-AL)
$500 Alexander, Rodney (R-LA)
$250 Ford, Harold E Jr (D-TN)
$100 McVey, Brose (R-IN)
Senate
Total to Democrats: $106,953
Total to Republicans: $201,100
Total Recipient
$21500 Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA)
$20000 Blunt, Roy (R-MO)
$20000 Bond, Christopher “Kit” (R-MO)
$17000 Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR)
$15000 McCaskill, Claire (D-MO)
$15000 Talent, James M (R-MO)
$14000 Grassley, Chuck (R-IA)
$13000 Harkin, Tom (D-IA)
$13000 Nelson, Ben (D-NE)
$11500 Baucus, Max (D-MT)
$11000 Crapo, Mike (R-ID)
$9000 Roberts, Pat (R-KS)
$8000 Lugar, Richard G (R-IN)
$7000 Bennett, Robert F (R-UT)
$7000 Coleman, Norm (R-MN)
$7000 Hatch, Orrin G (R-UT)
$7000 Inouye, Daniel K (D-HI)
$6000 Vitter, David (R-LA)
$6000 Wicker, Roger (R-MS)
$5500 Risch, James E (R-ID)
$5000 Allard, Wayne (R-CO)
$5000 Burr, Richard (R-NC)
$5000 Durbin, Dick (D-IL)
$5000 Hoeven, John (R-ND)
$5000 McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)
$5000 Moran, Jerry (R-KS)
$5000 Portman, Rob (R-OH)
$4500 Melancon, Charles (D-LA)
$4000 Coburn, Tom (R-OK)
$3500 Akin, Todd (R-MO)
$3000 Hutchinson, Tim (R-AR)
$3000 Johanns, Michael O (R-NE)
$3000 Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI)
$2500 Thune, John (R-SD)
$2000 Cochran, Thad (R-MS)
$2000 Dole, Elizabeth (R-NC)
$2000 Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY)
$2000 Landrieu, Mary L (D-LA)
$2000 Pryor, Mark (D-AR)
$2000 Sessions, Jeff (R-AL)
$2000 Smith, Gordon H (R-OR)
$2000 Specter, Arlen (R-PA)
$2000 Sununu, John E (R-NH)
$1500 Casey, Bob (D-PA)
$1000 Bayh, Evan (D-IN)
$1000 Bunning, Jim (R-KY)
$1000 Burns, Conrad (R-MT)
$1000 Campbell, Ben Nighthorse (R-CO)
$1000 Carper, Tom (D-DE)
$1000 Conrad, Kent (D-ND)
$1000 Craig, Larry (R-ID)
$1000 Daschle, Tom (D-SD)
$1000 Dodd, Chris (D-CT)
$1000 Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN)
$1000 Enzi, Mike (R-WY)
$1000 Hagan, Kay R (D-NC)
$1000 Hagel, Chuck (R-NE)
$1000 Hirono, Mazie K (D-HI)
$1000 Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)
$1000 Jones, Bill (R-CA)
$1000 Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN)
$1000 Kyl, Jon (R-AZ)
$1000 Leahy, Patrick (D-VT)
$1000 Thomas, Craig (R-WY)
$500 Welch, Bob (R-WI)

monsanto PAC donations Monsantos PAC Contributions to Members of Congress 2002 2012 Senate Research politicians PAC Monsanto Citizenship Fund Money House of Representatives Data Congress Center for Responsive Politics Bribes


Source: Center for Responsive Politics (2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002)

Occupy the Monsanto Company’s Mobile Advertising Unit

Posted: May 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , |

In order to convince America’s hardworking farmers that Monsanto’s patented genes & toxic chemicals are safe, Monsanto has created a mobile advertising “Unit” that will be spreading lies & pro-GMO propaganda around the United States this year. If your Genetic Crime Unit needs a good location to protect against further genetic contamination, look no further:

DATE EVENT CITY State or Region
May 17-20 Chowchilla County Fair Chowchilla CA
May 24-29 Sacramento County Fair Sacramento CA
June 1, 2012 RAGA Event (Republican Attorneys General Association) Colorado Springs CO
June 7-10 Thumb Soybean Festival Brown City MI
June 14-15 Sangamon County Fair New Berlin IL
June 19-22 Ag in the Classroom Annual Convention Loveland CO
June 27-30 The Linn County Fair Central City IA
July 4-7 St. Joseph County 4-H Fair South Bend IN
July 11-14 Caroline County Agricultural Fair Richmond VA
July 18-21 Great Jones County Fair Monticello IA
July 24-26 Johnson County Fair Iowa City IA
July 27-29 Adams County Fair Quincy IL
August 1-4 McLean County Fair Bloomington IL
August 5, 2012 Minier Corn Days Minier IL
August 9-12 Missouri State Fair Sedalia MO
August 16-19 53rd Annual Steam, Gas & Threshing Show Pinckneyville IL
August 25-28 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul MN
Aug 31 – Sept 3 Old Threshermans Mt. Pleasant IA
Sept 6-9 TN Soybean Festival Martin TN
Sept 14-15 Norman Borlaug Harvest Festival Cresco IA
Sept 19-22 OK State Fair – PENDING Oklahoma City OK
Sept 27-30 The Big E West Springfield MA
Oct 4-6 Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Goldsboro NC
Oct 10-14 SC State Fair Columbia SC
Oct 19-21 Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival Nashville TN
Oct 24-26 National FFA Convention Indianapolis IN


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Take the Flour Back – May 27th, 2012

Posted: May 8th, 2012 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |
take the flour back Take the Flour Back   May 27th, 2012 wind pollination Wheat UK Rothamsted Park Rothamsted Protest organic Genetically Modified Wheat genes Farmers Direct Action decontamination

Stop the open-air release of GM Wheat that contains genes ‘most similar to that of a cow’

Rothamsted have planted a new GM wheat trial designed to repel aphids. It contains genes for antibiotic-resistance and an artificial gene ‘most similar to a cow’.

Wheat is wind-pollinated. In Canada similar experiments have leaked into the food-chain costing farmers millions in lost exports. There is no market for GM wheat anywhere in the world.

La Via Campesina, the world’s largest organisation of peasant farmers, believe GM is increasing world hunger. They have called for support resisting GM crops, and the control over agriculture that biotech gives to corporations.

‘Take the Flour Back’ will be a nice day out in the country, with picnics, music from Seize the Day and a decontamination. It’s for anyone who feels able to publically help remove this threat and those who want to show their support for them.

Meet Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, Herts (30 mins from London by train) 12 noon on 27th May.

Why a decontamination?

This open air trial poses a real, serious and imminent contamination threat to the local environment and the UK wheat industry. We’re calling on the Government and Rothamsted to remove the GM plants themselves, but if they fail to do so then May 27th is the last weekend action can safely be taken before pollination.

We’d rather not have to clean it up, but there simply aren’t any other avenues open to us. Despite expert representations urging caution the government has never refused any request for GM trials in the UK. Given that the current head of the responsible department (DEFRA) is a former biotech industry lobbyist this is hardly surprising.

The coalition have no mandate for forcing GM into our countryside, they’re acting against the express outcome of the democratic process by doing so. The government conducted the largest public consultation in recent history on Genetically Modified crops in 2003 (GM Nation) which found that the majority of the British public were “cautious, suspicious or outright hostile” towards GM crops.

Anyone who feels compelled to take this step with us will be in good company. Across the channel farmers, families, and local mayors have taken part in similar daytime decontaminations, and as a result France is currently in the process of banning its only commercially grown GM variety. In Belgium last year a mass public decontamination removed the GM potato trial in question, and is likely to have been instrumental in biotech giant BASF deciding to pull out of Europe.

This crop is a threat to our thriving wheat industry and our food security. This action is for anyone who feels able to help take it out, and all those who wish to support them.


Statements of support:
African Biodiversity Network and Gaia Foundation statement
Community Food Growers’ Network statement
Karnataka Farmers’ Association statement
Real Bread Campaign statement

gcu corn field agents Take the Flour Back   May 27th, 2012 wind pollination Wheat UK Rothamsted Park Rothamsted Protest organic Genetically Modified Wheat genes Farmers Direct Action decontamination

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