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Boycott the Grocery Manufacturers Association Member Companies

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

boycott the gma Boycott the Grocery Manufacturers Association Member Companies Yes on 522 Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Wm Bolthouse Farms Wipro Technologies WhiteWave Foods Company Welch Foods Waters Corporation Waste Management VWR International Vanee Foods Company University of Phoenix Unilever U.S. Bank Two Chefs on a Roll TreeHouse Foods Tree Top Traitor Brands Tip Top Canning Company Thomas Thermo Fisher Scientific The United States Pharmacopeial Convention The Sun Products Corporation The Procter & Gamble Company The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley The National Food Laboratory The Mushroom Company The J. M. 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 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.



March Against Monsanto – Worldwide, October 12, 2013

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

Occupy Monsanto proudly supports the March Against Monsanto.

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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: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

Adam Eidinger
Activist Shareholder


  • 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.


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:

15 Monsanto Video Revolt Videos

Posted: July 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Video | Tags: , , , , , , |


Guest Post: Trans-Pacific Partnership and Monsanto

Posted: July 20th, 2013 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Trans-Pacific Partnership and Monsanto

by Barbara Chicherio

Something is looming in the shadows that could help erode our basic rights and contaminate our food. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has the potential to become the biggest regional Free Trade Agreement in history, both in economic size and the ability to quietly add more countries in addition to those originally included. As of 2011 its 11 countries accounted for 30% of the world’s agricultural exports. Those countries are the US, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Recently, Japan has joined the negotiations.

Six hundred US corporate advisors have had input into the TPP. The draft text has not been made available to the public, press or policy makers. The level of secrecy around this agreement is unparalleled. The majority of Congress is being kept in the dark while representatives of US corporations are being consulted and privy to the details.

The chief agricultural negotiator for the US is the former Monsanto lobbyist, Islam Siddique. If ratified the TPP would impose punishing regulations that give multinational corporations unprecedented right to demand taxpayer compensation for policies that corporations deem a barrier to their profits.
There appears not to be a specific agricultural chapter in the TPP. Instead, rules affecting food systems and food safety are woven throughout the text. This agreement is attempting to establish corporations’ rights to skirt domestic courts and laws and sue governments directly with taxpayers paying compensation and fines directly from the treasury.

Though TPP content remains hidden, here are some things we do know:

· Members of Congress are concerned that the TPP would open the door to imports without resolving questions around food safety or environmental impacts on its production.

· Procurement rules specifically forbid discrimination based on the quality of production. This means that public programs that favor the use of sustainably produced local foods in school lunch programs could be prohibited.

· The labeling of foods containing GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) will not be allowed. Japan currently has labeling laws for GMOs in food. Under the TPP Japan would no longer be able to label GMOs. This situation is the same for New Zealand and Australia. In the US we are just beginning to see some progress towards labeling GMOs. Under the TPP GMO labels for US food would not be allowed.

· In April 2013, Peru placed a 10-year moratorium on GMO foods and plants. This prohibits the import, production and use of GMOs in foods and GMO plants and is aimed at safeguarding Peru’s agricultural diversity. The hope is to prevent cross-pollination with non-GMO crops and to ban GMO crops like Bt corn. What will become of Peru’s moratorium if the TPP is passed?

· There is a growing resistance to Monsanto’s agricultural plans in Vietnam. Monsanto (the US corporation controlling an estimated 90% of the world seed genetics) has a dark history with Vietnam. Many believe that Monsanto has no right to do business in a country where Monsanto’s product Agent Orange is estimated to have killed 400,000 Vietnamese, deformed another 500,000 and stricken another 2 million with various diseases.

Legacies of other trade agreements that serve as a warning about the TPP. Trade agreements have a history of displacing small farmers and destroying local food economies. Ten years following the passage of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) 1.5 million Mexican farmers became bankrupt because they could not compete with the highly subsidized US corn entering the Mexican market.

In the same 10 years Mexico went from a country virtually producing all of its own corn to a country that now imports at least half of this food staple. Mexican consumers are now paying higher prices for Monsanto’s GMO corn.

With little or no competition for large corporations Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta now control 57% of the commercial food market.

While the TPP is in many ways like NAFTA and other existing trade agreements, it appears that the corporations have learned from previous experience. They are carefully crafting the TPP to insure that citizens of the involved countries have no control over food safety, what they will be eating, where it is grown, the conditions under which food is grown and the use of herbicides and pesticides.
If the TPP is adopted the door will be open wider for human rights and environmental abuse. Some of the things we should expect to see include:
· more large scale farming and more monocultures;
· destruction of local economies;
· no input into how our food is grown or what we will be eating;
· more deforestation;
· increased use of herbicides and pesticides;
· more industrial pollution;
· increased patenting of life forms;
· more GMO plants and foods; and
· no labeling of GMOs in food.

Together these are a step backwards for human rights and a giant step towards Monsanto’s control of our food.

Please pass the word to others about the TPP as most Americans are unaware of this trade agreement or its ominous effects if passed.

Barbara Chicherio is treasurer of the Gateway Green Alliance and National Committee member of the Green Party USA.

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