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Monsanto: Big Guy on the Block When it Comes to Friends in Washington

Posted: February 19th, 2013 | Filed under: Genetic Crimes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Political heavyweight Monsanto took on an Indiana soybean farmer today in the U.S. Supreme Court over Monsanto’s patents of its Roundup-resistant seed.

And, once again, Justice Clarence Thomas was on the bench, hearing the case with the other justices. Thomas worked as a corporate lawyer for Monsanto in the 1970s. Thomas has participated in at least one other case involving the company, Monsanto v. Geertson, which resulted in a favorable decision for Monsanto; Thomas joined the majority in that case.

Some have criticized Thomas’ participation in cases involving a previous employer. Monsanto is so used to the question that it gets space on the company website.

Thomas knows something about the subject of today’s case: In 2001, he authored an important decision in this field, J. E. M. Ag Supply, Inc. v. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, which — while it didn’t involve Monsanto — held that new, developed plant breeds are patentable.

At issue today were Monsanto’s patents of its herbicide-resistant seed. Monsanto requires farmers to use its purchased seed for just one planting cycle; they must buy new seed every spring. Farmer Vernon Bowman has not reused any of the soybean seeds hepurchased. However, Monsanto’s patent does allow growers to sell second-generation seed to a grain elevator, where Bowman purchased his seed and has been planting it in some of his fields since 1999.

That’s where Monsanto took issue. It claims Bowman’s use of the second-generation seed infringed the company’s patent rights, even if it was sold by a third party and is not the original Monsanto seed, but descended from it. Monsanto won its case in a lower federal court.

Monsanto typically reaches a settlement with farmers it has sued for patent infringement. This time, The Guardian reports, the case traveled to the Supreme Court because 75-year-old Bowman — already bankrupt from an unrelated land deal — couldn’t pay damages and is fighting the case with literally nothing to lose.

Clarence Thomas aside, Monsanto has plenty of other ties to Washington. Eight lawmakers own stock in Monsanto, including Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Reps. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

Monsanto itself contributed more than $500,000 to federal candidates in the last election cycle, primarily favoring Republicans. Monsanto spent nearly $6 million on lobbying in 2012, down from its $8.8 million record in 2008. That’s still enough to keep Monsanto the big guy on the agribusiness block — it has spent the most on lobbying by far in the industry since 2008; the American Farm Bureau is the only other to even come close. The majority, by far, of Monsanto’s lobbyists have made at least one trip through the revolving door; in-house lobbyist Michael Holland, Jr., for instance, logged 13 years working for various House Republicans before he jumped to Monsanto in 2011.

Third on that agribusiness lobbying list is CropLife America, one of a number of political heavyweights that have jumped on board with Monsanto. CropLife submitted an amicus brief to the Court supporting Monsanto’s position. Other powerful groups that have filed amicus briefs on Monsanto’s behalf include Pioneer Hi-Bred International (from the 2001 plant patent case), Business Software Alliance, American Seed Trade Association, New York Intellectual Property Law Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Bayhdole25, Washington Legal Foundation, Biotechnology Industry Organization, CHS Inc. and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, as well as a number of soybean associations and economists.

The Obama administration pushed the Court not to take the case in the first place, echoing concerns of those filing briefs for Monsanto that a reversal of the lower court’s decision could adversely affect other patents involving DNA, nanotechnology or other self-replicating technology, according to the Huffington Post

A few parties have written amicus briefs in Bowman’s support, including the Center for Food Safety, Knowledge Ecology International, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association, the International Imaging Technology Council, the American Antitrust Institute, National Farmers Union, Food & Water Watch, the Organization for Competitive Markets, the National Family Farm Coalition and the Public Patent Foundation.


Source: The Center for Responsive Politics

Eat-In at the FDA to Label GMOs

Posted: February 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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Many different versions of the fable “Stone Soup” have been written throughout history. One story is about a hungry soldier who, when passing through an impoverished village, announced that he would make ‘Stone Soup’. The promise of mysterious Stone Soup persuaded the small village to pool its resources and offer up its hidden onions, carrots, and spices to feed everyone in town. By working together, with everyone contributing something, a greater good can be achieved.

Today, America can be a food desert, devoid of healthy options and corporate transparency, but with our resources combined, we can move toward a more informed, healthy, and just food system. Mandatory GMO Labeling, Testing and Regulation is a BIG step along the way to an honest and sustainable food democracy in the USA.
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  • Jump on an action-bound bus from your region to the FDA!
  • Pack a picnic, bring an arm full of (vegetarian) ingredients (herbs, spices, veggies, stock) from your region to add to the (Giant) “Stone Soup”.
  • Join a demonstration at the FDA and enjoy a day of sunshine and picnic-style protest.
    Are YOU hungry for some food democracy?

On Monday, April 8th, Americans will head to the FDA, to face down the institution that chooses Monsanto’s industrial interests over policy transparency and public health. Join this historic event to make your voice heard as we begin to take back our food system.

Who: Concerned Citizens, Farmers, Families, Students, Safe Food Activists, Food Justice Organizations

What: Eat-In for GMO Labeling at the FDA, Stone Soup Style.

Where: Outside of the Food And Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, MD 20740

When: Monday, April 8, 2013, 8am – 6pm

Why: The FDA is supposed to be the watchdog that protects us. Their purpose is to safeguard the consumer against industry, but instead they often seem to do the absolute reverse. The FDA has failed in its core purpose. FDA policies have lead to: a Lack of Transparency, Revolving Door with Industry, Market Bullying, Widespread Illness, Seed Privatization and Well Documented Risks to our Health: Lets take back our Food System!

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Become a Bus Captain

The Occupy Monsanto team is eager to work with you on scheduling and filling a bus from your region to College Park, MD (Washington, D.C.). We are able to offer limited financial support for buses that register early and our organizers can offer helpful guidance and advertise your bus on this page.

Bus coordinators are responsible for:

  • Helping reserve their bus
  • Working with organizers to recruit riders
  • Assisting with logistics like rider payment and pickup locations

Our national organizers are here to help with all of these steps.

[UPDATE] – Please email these bus captains with any questions:
Ann Arbor, MI –> MichiganFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.com
Asheville, NC –> AshevilleFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.com
Atlanta, GA –> AtlantaFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.com
Boone, NC –> BooneNCFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.com
Boston, MA –> BostonFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.comReserve your seat today!
Burlington, VT –> VermontFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.comReserve your seat today!
Chicago, IL –> ChicagoFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.com
Madison, WI –> MadisonFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.com
Hartford, CT –> HartfordFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.comReserve your seat today!
Morgantown, WV –> MorgantownWVFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.com
New York City, NY –> NYCFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.comReserve your seat today!
Central New York –> CentralNYFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.comReserve your seat today!
Newark, NJ –> NewarkFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.comReserve your seat today!
Northampton, MA –> NorthamptonFDAbus@occupy-monsanto.comReserve your seat today!
Pennsylvania –> RightToKnowPA@gmail.com

Please click here to Signup as a Bus Captain

As buses to the Eat-In are scheduled, we will list them above along with contact and sign-up information. This page will be frequently updated.

To see if there is a bus publicly announced in your area, please check back here frequently. If you have any other questions about buses, please email StoneSoup@Occupy-Monsanto.com or call Gene at 202-805-1603.

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Other Transportation Options

Carshare: You can also find or offer a carpool to D.C. by joining our group at Ridebuzz.org

By Metro: The Eat-In will be located one block East of the College Park-U of MD Station (Green Line)

By Train: Amtrak railroad service to Washington, DC’s Union Station is served by the Metro’s Red Line. At the Union Station Metro, take a Shady Grove-bound train two stops to Gallery Place-Chinatown Station, exit train, go downstairs, and take the next Greenbelt-bound Green Line train to the College Park-U of MD Station

By Plane: Local airports include Reagan National (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), and Dulles International (IAD). Only DCA & BWI have connections to mass transit options. From DCA take a Fort Totten-bound Yellow Line train to Fort Totten Station, transfer to Greenbelt-bound Green Line train, get off at College Park-U of MD Station. From BWI, take the B-30 MetroBus ($6 cash fare) to the Greenbelt Metro Station, then take the next train one stop to College Park-U of MD Station.


Questions? Check our FAQ page

Eat-In at the FDA to Label GMOs – Volunteer Signup

Posted: February 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Thank you for your interest in helping fill up a bus of safe food activists!


The Volunteer Signup form is currently closed

Eat-In at the FDA to Label GMOs – Bus Captain Signup

Posted: February 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Occupy Monsanto team is eager to work with you on scheduling and filling a bus from your region to College Park, MD (outside of Washington, DC). We are able to offer limited financial support for buses that register early and our organizers can offer helpful guidance and advertise your bus on this page.

Bus coordinators are responsible for:

  • Helping reserve their bus
  • Working with organizers to recruit riders
  • Assisting with logistics like rider payment and pickup locations

Our national organizers are here to help with all of these steps.


The Bus Captain Signup Form is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Eat-In at the FDA – Frequently Asked Questions

Posted: February 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , |

Where and When is the Eat-In at the FDA?

What are the Demands?

What is Stone Soup?

What should I bring?

How can I get to College Park, MD (Washington, DC)? Are carpools or buses available?

Can I coordinate a bus from my area?

Where can I find housing in Washington, D.C.?

How can I volunteer for the Eat-In?

What if it rains?

Will there be direct action or civil disobedience?

My organization would like to get involved. Who do I talk to?

How do I get around Washington, D.C.?

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Where and When is the Eat-In?

Where: Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, MD 20740 (Just outside of Washington, D.C.)
When: April 8th, 2013, 8am-6pm

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What are the Demands?

On Monday April 8th, Americans will head to the FDA, to face down the institution that chooses Monsanto’s industrial interests over policy, transparency, and public health.

As Citizens We Demand:
1) Obama uphold his campaign promise to Label GMO Food
2) Former Monsanto employee & current ‘Food Czar’ Michael Taylor to resign immediately
3) The Obama Administration end the Revolving Door between corporations like Monsanto and the FDA
4) Long-term testing of GMO foods on humans before any new approvals
5) Long-term testing of pesticides & herbicides on humans before any new approvals
6) Invalidate seed patents of Monsanto and other agritech companies

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What is “Stone Soup”?

Many different versions of the fable “Stone Soup” have been written throughout history. One story is about a hungry soldier who, when passing through an impoverished village, announced that he would make ‘stone soup’. The promise of mysterious Stone Soup persuaded the small village to pool its resources and offer up its hidden onions, carrots, and spices to feed everyone in town. By working together, with everyone contributing something, a greater good can be achieved. Today, America can be a food desert, devoid of healthy options and corporate transparency, but with our resources combined, we can move toward a more informed, healthy, and just food system. Mandatory GMO Labeling, Testing and Regulation is a BIG step along the way to an honest and sustainable food democracy in the USA.
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What should I bring?

Bring a bowl, spoon, mug, and Organic fruits & vegetables from your community.
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How can I get to Washington, D.C.? Are carpools or buses available?

We are working with local activists to coordinate buses throughout the country. If you are interested in coordinating a bus from your area, please sign up here. For a list of existing buses, please visit our bus page. For any other bus-related questions, please email StoneSoup@occupy-monsanto.com


Carshare: You can also find or offer a carpool to D.C. by joining our group at Ridebuzz.org

By Metro: The Eat-In will be located one block East of the College Park-U of MD Station (Green Line)

By Train: Amtrak railroad service to Washington, DC’s Union Station is served by the Metro’s Red Line. At the Union Station Metro, take a Shady Grove-bound train two stops to Gallery Place-Chinatown Station, exit train, go downstairs, and take the next Greenbelt-bound Green Line train to the College Park-U of MD Station

By Plane: Local airports include Reagan National (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), and Dulles International (IAD). Only DCA & BWI have connections to mass transit options. From DCA take a Fort Totten-bound Yellow Line train to Fort Totten Station, transfer to Greenbelt-bound Green Line train, get off at College Park-U of MD Station. From BWI, take the B-30 MetroBus ($6 cash fare) to the Greenbelt Metro Station, then take the next train one stop to College Park-U of MD Station.

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Can I coordinate a bus from my area?

ABSOLUTELY! To be a bus coordinator, please sign up here and an organizer will be in touch with you shortly. Bus coordinators are responsible for reserving their bus, working with organizers to recruit riders, and taking care of logistics like payment and pickup locations.
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Where can I find housing in Washington, D.C.?

You can find personal or group housing in the D.C. area through the Washington Peace Center’s website — please contact the churches, hostels, etc. listed to find out their availability, not the Peace Center.
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How can I volunteer at or before the Eat-In?

Volunteers will be critical to making this day a success. To volunteer for the Eat-In @ the FDA on April 8th, sign up here and an organizer will be in touch with you shortly. From Bus Captains to Sign Painters, Phone Bankers to Set-up/Clean-up crews, we will not be able to do this without your help.

We really need help spreading the word to everyone about the Eat-In on April 8th! We will soon have fliers, posters and other materials so please look for those soon, either here or in your e-mail. For now, please share the FB Event Page and make a point to talk to 3 or 5 or 10 or 100 friends!

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What if it rains?

Come anyway! As with any event in April, be prepared for any kind of weather. The FDA will continue forming policies that are not in our best interest unless we show up to have our voices heard rain or shine. We will be sure to have plenty of hot drinks for everyone in order to keep our spirits high! But don’t forget to bring your own mug, spoon, and bowl!

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Will there be direct action or civil disobedience?

No, in planning for the April 8th event, we have made the strategic decision that the Eat-In itself is the most powerful way to get our message across to the FDA, Federal Government, Media and General Population. We believe that many different tactics, including Non-Violent Direct Action and Civil Disobedience, are needed to win the campaign for Food Safety, Transparency and Justice in America. But today we’ll be Eat-In.

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My organization would like to get involved.

Who do I talk to?

That’s great — thank you! From recruiting to co-sponsoring the rally, the climate needs all the help it can get. Please email StoneSoup@Occupy-Monsanto.com and an organizer will be in touch shortly.

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How do I get around Washington, D.C.?

The Washington Metro is the best way to get around Washington, DC and out to College Park, Maryland. You’ll want to buy a SmarTrip fare card (either online or in a Metro station once you’re here) and be sure to stand right, walk left when using the escalators (trust us, the locals are really cool but they’re pretty touchy about this one). SmarTrip fare cards are the most convenient way to use the system and though they cost $5, their fares are cheaper and will save you money after your fifth ride. The city also has an extensive bus system and one of the best bikeshares in the country. For more information about how to get to and from the Eat-In from DC please go to “How do I get to DC” section above.

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March in March to Evict Monsanto

Posted: February 7th, 2013 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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On every Saturday during the month of March safe food activists throughout the state of Hawaii will be marching on 5 of the major islands to evict Monsanto.

  • March 2 – Hale’iwa, Oahu
  • March 9 – Kaua’i
  • March 16 – Big Island
  • March 23 – Maui
  • March 30 – Moloka’i

STOP the Chemical Poisoning of Hawai’i!

“We personally invite Dee Jay Mailer the CEO of Kamehameha Schools to discuss why they are leasing 1,033 acres of land to Monsanto in Hale’iwa.”


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Source: Babes Against Biotech & Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition


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