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Volunteer with the Yes On 522 Campaign

Posted: October 31st, 2013 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , |

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If you don’t live in Washington state you can still help pass ballot initiative 522 by phonebanking. Election day is November 5, so time is of the essence! Your support is needed to stop Monsanto.

Delivery of Monsanto’s Minions Awards and Money Drop

Posted: October 10th, 2013 | Filed under: Photos, Press, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |




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Anti-GMO Activists Block Entrance to Congressional Offices to Stop Corporate Lobbying During the Shutdown

Posted: October 9th, 2013 | Filed under: Press Releases | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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Anti-GMO Activists Block Entrance to Congressional Offices to Stop Corporate Lobbying During the Shutdown

Action Follows Delivery of Monsanto’s Minions Awards

WASHINGTON, DC – Activists posing as biotechnology industry lobbyists and processed food industry insiders are on Capitol Hill today delivering “Monsanto’s Minions Awards” to the members of Congress who have worked the hardest to keep their constituents in the dark about the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in America’s food supply.

The activists are representing the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) http://organicconsumers.org and Occupy Monsanto http://occupy-monsanto.com

Following the awards deliveries to Congressional offices, the anti-GMO activists, posing as the Biotechnology Industry Awards Committee (BIAC), will attempt to shut down entrances to the Congressional office buildings to stop corporate lobbying during the shutdown.

Today’s action, modeled on the one Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies did at the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange in 1967, involves dumping out briefcases of cash on the X-ray machines at the entrances where lobbyists are waiting in line to go through the metal detectors and enter the Congressional office buildings. The corporate lobbyists are expected to lunge for the fluttering bills just as the stock traders did, creating a melee that will shut down the entrance.

Lobbyists scurrying to grab dollar bills is an apt metaphor for what’s happening during the shutdown. They are here meeting with the Congresspersons they supported financially during the elections to create or protect federal laws that boost their profits.

“The legislative pressure-cooker created by self-inflicted deadlines and crises like the fiscal cliff, the shutdown and the debt limit are the worst way to write legislation. Corporate lobbyists are here to take advantage of the situation. That’s how we got the Monsanto Protection Act in March. We’re here to try to stop that kind of thing from happening again,” said Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director of the Organic Consumers Association, dressed for the day as Jennetta Kontamy-Nashun, Biotechnology Industry Awards Committee lobbyist.

Monsanto, the target of the anti-GMO activists’ ire, is a company that spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on campaign donations in each election cycle and millions of dollars every year lobbying. In exchange, Congress subsidizes its genetically engineered food and makes sure it isn’t labeled or safety-tested. Monsanto’s minions in Congress are also available to do special favors for the company when the opportunity arises. This is what happened in March when, in order to avert a government shutdown, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) allowed Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to attach a rider to the continuing resolution that took away the power of the judiciary to halt the planting of potentially dangerous new genetically engineered crops.

“Now, it’s the King Amendment. If the Farm Bill gets wrapped up in a budget deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt limit, the House and Senate won’t go to through the normal conference committee process and that will make it harder to keep the King Amendment out. Everything will be dealt with through backroom deals negotiated by the parties’ leadership and the President. It’s so undemocratic! The voters get shut out, while Monsanto and the rest of the big-money agribusiness lobbyists maintain their access,” said Adam Eidinger of Occupy Monsanto, posing as Haywood U. LaBallette, BIAC lobbyist.

The King Amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill was offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in an attempt to block the implementation of a law passed by overwhelmingly by California voters that says farm animals need to be given enough space to spread their limbs and turn around. The King Amendment is so broadly written that it could take away states’ rights to regulate food and farming. The anti-GMO activists are concerned that the King Amendment, or future modifications to it, could be used to take away states’ rights to label genetically engineered food, a proposal that has the support of 93% of the public.

“Congress needs to go back to business as usual and do its work of appropriations and reauthorizations through the normal process. As long as Congress continues to legislate from crisis to crisis, democracy is on hold and corporations have the upper hand. We’re anti-GMO activists, but we’re forced to be pro-democracy activists,” said Gene Crimes of Occupy Monsanto, stepping out of character, as BIAC’s Ralph Alover.

The activists support Rep. David Cicilline’s (D-R.I.) proposal to ban all lobbyists from Capitol Hill during the government shutdown. They want to see Citizens United overturned and the American Anti-Corruption Act passed. They fear that if we don’t get money out of politics, we’ll never be able to pass the laws that the majority of Americans support.

“The only way we can potentially win what Americans already want is by taking our cause directly to the voters at the state level, but Congress could take that away from us, too. We’re really worried that if Initiative 522 passes in Washington State, Monsanto will use one of these crises as an opportunity to slip language into some thousand-page bill to overturn it,” said Ariel Vegosen of Occupy Monsanto, taking a break from her role as BIAC’s Olive Lotta Pestasydes.

Initiative 522 is a Washington State voter initiative on the ballot on November 5 that would label genetically engineered food. The biotech and processed food industries led by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) are spending more than $17 million to trick voters into defeating the initiative. If they don’t succeed, they’ll turn to Congress. They have many allies, including progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) who have championed Monsanto and the GMA’s proposal for voluntary rather than mandatory labels.


Monsanto’s Minions Awards Vote Results

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Boycott the Grocery Manufacturers Association Member Companies

Posted: October 1st, 2013 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Smucker Company The Integer Group The Hillshire Brands Company The Hershey Company The Coca Cola Company The Clorox Company The Boston Consulting Group Texas Department of Criminal Justice Tetra Pak Terra Technology Teradata Corporation TelerX Marketing Tata Consultancy Services Tasty Baking Company Target Corporation Syngenta Corporation Sunny Delight Beverages Company Suncore Products Sun Maid Growers of California Strategic Solutions Stericycle ExpertRECALL Starbucks Coffee Company Southern Classic Food Group Sonoco Products Company Solae Snyders Lance Smithfield Foods Silliker Silgan Containers Corporation Signature Brands Siemens AG Shook Shearers Foods SellEthics Marketing Group Sealed Air Corporation Seafood Products Association Schawk Saticoy Foods Corporation SAP Americas salesforce.com Safeway S.C. Johnson & Son RW3 Incorporated Ruiz Foods Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Roka Bioscience Rockwell Automation Robert Rothschild Farm River Run Foods Rich Products Corporation Retail Solutions Resource Reily Foods Company Rehrig Pacific Company Reckitt Benckiser Ralston Foods QMI SAI Global QAD Protest Procurian PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP POWER Engineers Post Foods Pinterest Pinnacle Foods Group Pharmavite Pfizer Nutrition Perrigo Nutritionals Peravia Industrial Pepsico PECO Pallet PBM Products Paradise Tomato Kitchens Oy Transmeri Ab Owens Illinois Oregon Fruit Products Company Oracle Old Dominion Freight Line Ocean Spray Cranberries Nu Tek Food Science North America Nielsen Niagara Bottling Nestle National Fruit Product Company Nampak Musco Family Olive Co. Mosaic Sales Solutions Morton Salt Morgan Foods Moody Dunbar Monterey Mushrooms Monsanto Company Mondelez Global MOM Brands Microsoft Corporation Michael Foods Merisant Company MeadWestvaco Corporation Mead Johnson Nutrition Company McKinsey & Company McIlhenny Company McDonalds Corporation McCormick & Company McCain Foods Martek Biosciences Corporation Mars Mariani Packing Company Marakon Lowenstein Sandler PC LLamasoft LDS Church Large & Singer Lang Pharma Nutrition Land OLakes Lakeside Foods Kraft Foods Group KPMG LLP Knouse Foods Cooperative Kikkoman Foods Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Kellogg Company Kane Is Able Kagome Jyoti Natural Foods Jones Hamilton Company Johnson Foods JOH JDA Software JBT FoodTech Jasper Products IRI Inventure Foods Intermec Technologies Corporation Inmar Infor Idahoan Foods icix I 522 Hussmann Corporation Hunt Executive Search HRCP House Autry Mills Hormel Foods Corporation Hoopeston Foods Hirzel Canning Company Hewlett Packard Company Harlow HRK Sales & Marketing Hardy & Bacon LLP Hanover Foods Corporation H.J. Heinz Company Grocery Manufacturers Association Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Grant Thornton LLP Grandma Browns Beans Goya Foods Great Lakes Goya de Puerto Rico Gossner Foods Golden Specialty Foods Godiva Chocolatier GMO Labeling gmo GMA Giorgio Foods Georgia Pacific General Mills GENCO GE Furmano Foods Freight Handlers Foster Clark Products Ltd. Flowers Foods Florida Products Ferrero USA Faribault Foods Exponent Eurofins Scientific ES3 Ernst & Young LLP Energizer Holdings Elanco El Encanto Ecolab USA E. & J. Gallo Winery Durrset Amigos dunnhumby USA DSM Nutritional Products DSC Logistics Dow AgroSciences Dole Packaged Foods Company Diamond Foods Deloitte Consulting LLP DelGrosso Foods Del Monte Foods Company Decernis Dean Foods Company Daymon Worldwide D.D. Williamson & Co. Cyba Stevens Management Group Crown Holdings CROSSMARK Creative Foodworks CRA Covance Laboratories Corporation Continental Mills Consorcio Cítricos Dominicanos ConAgra Foods Colgate Palmolive Company Clemmys Clement Pappas & Company Clabber Girl Corporation Chiquita/Fresh Express CHEP CEO Search Partners Catalina Carlton Fields Cargill Capgemini Consulting Can Corporation of America Campbell Soup Company California Natural Products C.H. Robinson Worldwide C.B. Powell C. H. Guenther & Son Buycott Bush Brothers & Company Burris Logistics Burdette Beckmann Bunge North America Bumble Bee Foods Bruce Foods Corporation Boycott Booz & Company Blue Diamond Growers bioMerieux Bimbo Bakeries USA Big Island Candies Beverage House Bemis Company Bellisio Foods Bell Carter Foods BeaconUnited Bayer CropScience Basic American Foods Barilla America Ball Corporation Bain & Company B&G Foods Azuma Foods International Aurora Organic Dairy Ardagh Group Aon Risk Solutions Andros UK Limited AmeriQual Foods American Spoon Foods Aimia Advantage Sales and Marketing Acosta Sales & Marketing Company ACH Food Companies Accenture Abbott Nutrition AB SCIEX A.T. Kearney 522 3M Company 3M Below is the current list of companies that are fighting to stop GMO labeling through their membership with the Grocery Manufacturers Association. As October 1, 2013, the GMA has spent $7,222,500.00 in the state of Washington to prevent the passage of Initiative 522.

BOYCOTT THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES UNTIL THEY CANCEL THEIR MEMBERSHIP WITH THE GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION!


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March Against Monsanto – Worldwide, October 12, 2013

Posted: September 16th, 2013 | Filed under: Events, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Occupy Monsanto proudly supports the March Against Monsanto.

Below is the most recent listing of the 404 confirmed events:
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Monsanto & Seed Patent Laws

Posted: September 12th, 2013 | Filed under: Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Aasif Mandvi learns that greedy farmers have threatened the livelihood of Monsanto’s heroic patent attorneys.


Source: Comedy Central

New Monsanto Shareholder Resolution Supports GMO Labeling

Posted: August 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Research, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

TO:
Monsanto Company
Corporate Secretary
David Snively
800 North Lindbergh Blvd.
Mail Stop A3NA
St. Louis, Missouri 63167

RE: Shareholder Proposal

Dear Corporate Secretary,

As a beneficial owner of Monsanto Company stock, I am submitting the enclosed shareholder resolution for inclusion in the proxy statement for the 2014 meeting in accordance with Rule 14a-8 of the General Rules and Regulations of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”). I am the beneficial owner, as defined in Rule 13d-3 of the Act, of at least $2,000 in market value of Monsanto common stock. I have held these securities for more than one year as of the filing date and will continue to hold at least the requisite number of shares for a resolution through the shareholder’s meeting. I have enclosed a copy of Proof of Ownership as well. I or a representative will attend the shareholder’s meeting to move the resolution as required.

Sincerely,
Adam Eidinger
Activist Shareholder



WHEREAS:

  • Genetic engineering is the direct manipulation of an organism’s genome using biotechnology.
  • For thousands of years, mankind has modified plants through grafting, artificial selection, and without the use of genetic engineering.
  • Transgenic DNA produced through modern genetic engineering is not found in natural foods and was not in the food supply of previous generations of mankind.
  • Americans have the right to know what they are eating.
  • U.S. law does not require the labeling of patented biotechnology in foods sold in grocery stores.
  • The Company stands by its products and believes they are safe.
  • Due to the uncertainty regarding the potential negative side effects of genetic engineering on humans, animals, and the environment, it is imperative that the Company be transparent with customers concerning our labeling efforts.
  • The Company’s Pledge [1] says that we will ensure that “information is available, accessible, and understandable.”
  • Transparency provides consumers the power to decide what kind of foods are grown on farms and served on dinner tables.
  • Over 60 countries around the world have regulations concerning the labeling of foods produced using genetic engineering.
  • In 2002, the Company said “Food Labeling. It has Monsanto’s Full Backing” in regards to the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the United Kingdom.
  • In 2013, there was legislation introduced in over two dozen U.S. state legislatures concerning the labeling of foods created using genetic engineering.
  • The state legislatures of Connecticut and Maine have passed legislation requiring foods sold in those states to be labeled if they were produced using genetic engineering, but only after 4 or more other New England states pass similar legislation.
  • The Company spent $8,112,866.55 in 2012 to prevent California residents from voting to increase transparency in their state’s food labels.
  • As of July 2013, the Company has spent $242,156.25 to prevent Washington state residents from voting to increase transparency in their state’s food labels.
  • The money spent by the Company to prevent legislation that discloses whether food produced using genetic engineering dilutes shareowners earnings per share.
  • The Company believes that nationwide regulations are needed to prevent 56 different state & territory food labeling laws.

RESOLVED:

The Monsanto Board shall prepare a report, at reasonable expense and omitting proprietary information, assessing any material financial risks or operational potential impacts on the Company in order to:

  • Work with the FDA to develop food labeling guidelines for American consumers that discloses whether genetic engineering was used to produce the food;
  • Work with the FDA to develop a standard threshold of 0.9% or higher for foods created with genetic engineering;
  • Analyze the inclusion of U.S. patent numbers on American food labels where patented biotechnology was used to produce the food;

The report shall be available by July 1, 2014 and be posted online on our Company’s website.

In order to ensure that our Company upholds its pledge of transparency, we urge a vote FOR this resolution.

[1] “Our Pledge” – Transparency: http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/Pages/monsanto-pledge.aspx


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