Thanksgiving at Monsanto

This is a Call to Action for a
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.

Rally for States’ Rights to Label GMOs!

Posted: December 5th, 2014 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The following Call to Action is from the Organic Consumers Association:

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The battle for the right to know if your food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could come to a screeching halt with the signing of one bill in Congress.

We need to stop that bill in its tracks.

H.R. 4432—the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) ACT—was introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) at the bidding of Monsanto, Big Food and the Koch Brothers.  If passed, H.R. 4432 will strip your state of the right to pass a GMO labeling law.

The DARK ACT will have its first hearing on Capitol Hill, on December 10. If we don’t turn out in numbers to protest this bill, our voice could be silenced.

The Organic Consumers Association, with help from Friends of the Earth, Credo, Cornucopia Institute,  Maine Sierra Club, Weston Price Foundation, Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, Green America, and other groups, is organizing busloads of people to attend the hearing, followed by a rally and an organic lunch. But if we want to have an impact, if we want to attract the attention of Congress and the media, we need a minimum of 1000 people to be there.

Here’s how you can help. 

  • Organize a bus from your area. OCA will help pay for a bus from your state to Washington D.C., if you can fill the bus. Call us at 218-226-4164 or email if you want to organize a bus.
  • Get on one of the buses that have already been organized. We have bus captains trying to fill buses in in Pennsylvania (one in Lancaster, one in Philadelphia), Boston, Central New Jersey, Detroit, Chicago, Indiana, West Virginia, New York City, Maine, Florida, S. Carolina, N. Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. If you live in one of those areas, please use the links below to find bus schedules and reserve seats.

Here’s what will happen on December 10.
  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. The hearing on Pompeo’s DARK ACT is scheduled to take place at 10:15 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW. We will gather there, with signs and banners, beginning around 8 a.m. As many people as can possibly fit into the hearing will attend.
  • 10:15 a.m. When the hearing begins, everyone who didn’t get into the Rayburn Building will move to our permitted rally spot on the Capitol grounds, at the corner of Independence and 1st St. SE. There we will have a number of speakers who will address the crowd and the media.
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. After we wrap up the rally and speakers, we’ll move to the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE (4th and Independence Ave, SE).

If you can attend, please read:

  • Bring a black and red blindfold, to symbolize being kept in the dark. Red and black will tie in with our Stop Monsanto’s Attack on Democracy/Stop Sign image.
  • Please try to schedule (in advance) a meeting with the staff of your state representative or senator. Download this flyer, fill in the name of your state, and leave it behind with the staff to deliver to your member of Congress. (Find your senator;  Find your representative.)
  • Please make a hand-made sign that says: [NAME OF YOUR STATE] Against Monsanto’s Attack on Democracy! We want to show Congress and the media that people have come from all around the country to protest this bill.

If you can’t attend:

  • Sign our petition asking Congress to reject Pompeo’s DARK ACT here.
  •  Help flood the phone lines on Capitol Hill on December 10. We’re asking everyone who can’t be there in person to call their Congress members on December 10, beginning at 9 a.m. When you are connected with a staff person, you can say: “Hello, my name is [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME] and I live in [CITY, STATE]. I couldn’t attend today’s protest against H.R. 4432, a bill that would preempt states’ rights to label GMOs, but I am calling to ask [NAME OF CONGRESS PERSON] to reject H.R. 4432 and to support states’ rights to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws. Thank you.”
  • Make a donation to help offset the cost of buses, speakers, the press conference and organic lunch.

States that are already organizing buses:

Additional buses may yet be organized, so please check back. If you want to organize a bus, please email, or call OCA at 218-226-4164.

This could be the most important action you’ve taken yet to protect your right to know about GMOs. Come to Washington D.C. on December 10. Meet other activists! Hear some great speakers! And help us send a clear message to Congress that states should have the right to pass GMO labeling laws!

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir Confront Corporate Giant Monsanto on Thanksgiving Day at Its World Headquarters in St. Louis

Posted: November 21st, 2014 | Filed under: Press Releases | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

November 19, 2014

CONTACT: Stefanie Spear 216-387-1609

St. Louis, MO — On Thursday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. EST, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir will enjoy an organic Thanksgiving meal on the lawn of the world’s largest biotechnology seed company—Monsanto.

After a banner year of bringing attention to big corporations’ role in climate disruption, Reverend Billy will conclude 2014 by confronting the company that is responsible for Agent Orange, PCBs, GMOs, Bovine Growth Hormone, Glyphosate and more.

Known by millions as the most environmentally destructive corporation on the planet, Monsanto, for nearly two decades, has been controlling political campaigns and affecting the regulatory process of agricultural systems all over the world. In the U.S. alone, more than 90 percent of soybeans and 80 percent of corn are grown with seeds containing Monsanto-patented genetics.

“Monsanto must be stopped,” said award-winning Reverend Billy, who has been jailed more than 50 times protesting social and environmental injustices. “Monsanto is the devil and what better day than Thanksgiving to remind the world that eating local, organic food is one way to stop this profit-mongering, biodiversity-destroying monopoly.”

Industrial agriculture and the entire globalized food system, which is becoming more large-scale and centralized every day, destroys biodiversity, soils and local food systems, and is responsible for accelerating climate change by contributing more than 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir will premier their new show, Monsanto Is the Devil, with the Not Buying It Band on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Joe’s Pub at The Public in New York City. Then the troupe will travel by bus to St. Louis, meet at a local park on Nov. 27 and march one mile to Monsanto’s world headquarters to have a festive organic Thanksgiving day meal where they will perform songs from their new show. The choir will be dressed in stylish Pilgrim and honey bee costumes.

This event is organized in collaboration with Organic Consumers Association, GMO Free Midwest, Gateway Garlic Farms and The Greenhorns.

“Despite its various marketing incarnations over the years, Monsanto is a chemical company that got its start selling saccharin to Coca-Cola, then Agent Orange to the U.S. military, and, in recent years, seeds genetically engineered to contain and withstand massive amounts of Monsanto herbicides and pesticides,” said Ronnie Cummins, executive director of Organic Consumers Association. “Monsanto has become synonymous with the corporatization and industrialization of our food supply.”

In addition to the Thanksgiving day meal, an online campaign has been launched encouraging people to take a pledge to cook an organic and local meal on Thanksgiving.

Monsanto’s world headquarters is located at 800 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63167.

Follow #NoMonsanto hashtag for updates.


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Support the Occupy Monsanto Legal Defense Fund

Posted: June 20th, 2014 | Filed under: Genetic Crimes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

We need your help to pay for the Occupy Monsanto activists legal bills. Can you donate some money to help them out?

Back on September 12, 2012, Occupy Monsanto activists conducted a bold direct action on Monsanto’s Oxnard, California facility. Nine activists shut down California’s largest GMO seed distribution facility for a full day and were ultimately arrested. You can watch the inspiring video of the action here:

Fast forward a year and a half, the city of Oxnard, California is figuratively throwing the book at these intrepid activists and charging them with over $8,300 in restitution & fines! This means they are being forced to pay Monsanto & the city of Oxnard or they’ll be arrested & forced to go jail! We can’t let this happen!

This direct action made international news and helped inspire countless activists to begin their crusade against the evils of the Monsanto Corporation. Now these courageous activists need your help. Please donate as much as you can to help keep them out of jail.

Photo taken on the evening of September 12, 2012 after the Occupy Monsanto activists were released from jail:

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March Against Monsanto, May 24, 2014

Posted: April 24th, 2014 | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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On Saturday, May 24, 2014, March Against Monsanto in your community! Below is a spreadsheet export made on May 21, 2014 that lists all of the upcoming marches with Facebook Event invites. For the latest spreadsheet of planned marches, check out the official listing on the March Against Monsanto website.

Country State/Province City Facebook Event URL
Bolivia Cochabamba Cochabamba
Argentina Buenos Aires La Plata
Australia Western Australia Perth
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Australia Victoria Torquay
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Australia South Australia Adelaide
Australia Victoria Bendigo
Australia Queensland Brisbane
Australia New South Wales Newcastle
Austria Vienna Vienna/Wien
Austria Vorarlberg Bregenz
Austria Kärnten/Carinthia Klagenfurt
Belgium Belgium Bruxelles
Bosnia-Herzegovina Banja Luka Banja Luka
Brazil Rio De Janeiro Rio De Janeiro
Canada Québec Montréal
Canada Ontario Hamilton
Canada Nova Scotia Yarmouth
Canada British Columbia Kelowna
Canada Alberta Cold Lake
Canada British Columbia Penticton
Canada Saskatchewan Saskatoon
Canada Ontario London
Canada Nova Scotia Halifax
Canada Alberta Edmonton
Canada British Columbia Chase
Canada Alberta Grande Prairie
Canada Ontario Oshawa
Canada British Columbia Vancouver
Canada Alberta Calgary
Canada British Columbia Dawson Creek
Canada Ontario Newmarket
Canada British Columbia Victoria
Canada Ontario Blind River
Canada Manitoba Winnipeg
Canada Prince Edward Island Charlottetown
Canada Alberta Lethbridge
Canada Ontario Windsor
Canada British Columbia Vernon
Canada Québec Québec City
Canada Manitoba Brandon
Canada Ontario Toronto
Canada Ontario Barrie
Canada Ontario Ottawa
Canada Ontario Sault Ste. Marie
Canada Ontario Brantford
Canada New Brunswick Bathurst
Canada Alberta Red Deer
Costa Rica San Jose San Jose
Croatia Zagreb Zagreb
Cyprus Nicosia Nicosia
Czech Republic Prague Prague
Denmark Copenhagen Copenhagen
Denmark Fyn Svendborg
France Strasbourg Strasbourg
France Rhône-Alpes Lyon
France Guingamp Guingamp
France Paris Paris
France Languedoc-Roussillon Montpellier
France Bretagne Brest
France Toulouse Toulouse
France New Caledonia Island Nouméa
Germany Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart
Germany Niedersachsen Hannover
Germany Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf
Germany Ostfriesland Leer
Germany Baden-Württemberg Mannheim
Germany Bayern München (Munich)
Germany Krefeld Krefeld
Germany Ingolstadt Ingolstadt
Germany Berlin Berlin
Germany Frankfurt/Main Frankfurt/Main
Germany Baden-Württemberg Freiburg im Breisgau
Germany Saarland Saarbrücken
Germany Hamburg Hamburg
Ghana Accra Accra
Greece Athens Athens
Greece Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
India Tamil Nadu Trichy
India New Delhi New Delhi
India Tamil Nadu Madurai
India Tamil Nadu Erode
India Tamil Nadu Chennai
Ireland Cork Cork
Ireland Dublin Dublin
Ireland Ulster Donegal
Israel Tel Aviv Tel Aviv
Italy Emilia-Romagna Bologna
Mexico Guanajuato Leon
México Guerrero Acapulco de Juárez
México Chiapas San Cristóbal de las Casas
México Distrito Federal Mexico City
México Ciudad de México Ciudad de México
Namibia Windhoek Windhoek
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam
Netherlands Den Haag Den Haag
Netherlands Zwolle Zwolle
Netherlands Groningen Groningen
North Island Bay of Plenty Tauranga
North Island Wellington Wellington
North Island Waikato Hamilton
Norway Kristiansand Kristiansand
Norway Oslo Oslo
Norway Hordaland Bergen
Portugal Lisbon Lisbon
Portugal Porto Porto
Puerto Rico San Juan San Juan
Romania Cluj Cluj-Napoca
Serbia Novi Sad, Niš, Belgrade Novi Sad, Niš, Belgrade
South Africa Western Cape Cape Town
South Africa Gauteng Johannesburg
South Africa Kwazulu-Natal Durban
South Africa Western Cape Khayelitsha
South Africa Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth
South Africa Mpumalanga Pilgrim’s Rest
South Korea Seoul Seoul
Spain Spain Spain
Spain Cataluña Barcelona
Sweden Skåne/Öresund Malmö
Sweden Värmland Molkom
Sweden Göteborg Göteborg
Sweden Stockholm Stockholm
Sweden Halland Falkenberg
Switzerland Zürich Zürich
Taiwan Northern Taiwan Taipei
Taiwan Western Taiwan Taichung
Turkey Istanbul Istanbul
U.K England Southampton
U.K England Brighton
U.K England London
U.K England Torquay
U.K England Nottingham
United States Missouri Kansas City
United States North Carolina Charlotte
United States Massachusetts Chicopee
United States California San Francisco
United States Maryland Easton
United States Florida Jacksonville
United States Pennsylvania West Chester
United States California Alameda
United States Missouri Columbia
United States South Carolina Charleston
United States Minnesota Duluth
United States West Virginia Charleston
United States Wisconsin Green Bay
United States Illinois Chicago
United States Florida Ft. Myers
United States Missouri St. Louis
United States Colorado Longmont
United States Colorado Pueblo
United States Florida Orlando
United States Nevada Las Vegas
United States Tennessee Knoxville
United States Massachusetts Boston
United States Georgia Atlanta
United States New Hampshire Concord
United States California Oxnard/Ventrua
United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia
United States California Laguna Beach/OC
United States Florida West Palm Beach
United States Arizona Tucson
United States Michigan Ann Arbor
United States Wisconsin Fond du Lac
United States Maryland Westminster
United States Colorado Denver
United States Florida Kissimmee
United States Florida Amelia Island
United States Mississippi Starkville
United States Texas Houston
United States Maine Portland
United States Virgin Islands St Thomas USVI
United States Colorado Colorado Springs
United States Texas Fort Worth
United States Pennsylvania Lancaster
United States Ohio Cincinnati
United States Oregon Portland
United States Massachusetts New Bedford
United States Kentucky Louisville
United States Michigan Traverse City
United States California Ventura
United States New Jersey Atlantic City
United States Kansas Wichita
United States Texas Austin
United States Hawaii Oahu
United States New York Albany
United States Vermont Montpelier
United States Louisiana New Orleans
United States Washington Seattle
United States Florida Lee County
United States Alaska Anchorage
United States California Fresno
United States Ohio Maumee
United States Alaska Fairbanks
United States Montana Great Falls
United States Michigan Port Austin
United States Arkansas Mountain View
United States Mississippi Bay St. Louis
United States New York New York City
United States Massachusetts Amherst
United States California Sacramento
United States Maryland Ocean City
United States California Los Angeles
United States California Santa Cruz
United States Washington Longview
United States California Antelope Valley
United States New York Lake Grove
United States Florida Merritt Island
United States California San Luis Obispo
United States Oregon Madras
United States California Riverside
United States Ohio Columbus
United States Michigan Madison Heights
United States Florida Marathon
United States Pennsylvania Easton
United States Minnesota Twin Cities
United States New York Long Island
United States California Eureka
United States Michigan Cheboygan
United States Kentucky Florente
United States Michigan Mt. Pleasant
United States Hawaii Kailua-Kona
United States California Sonora
United States Florida Tampa
United States California Nevada City
United States Connecticut Mystic
United States Texas Temple
United States Colorado Boulder
United States Arkansas Fayetteville
United States Washington Spokane
United States Hawaii Waikiki
United States Hawaii Kauai
United States Massachusetts Fitchburg
United States South Carolina Greenville
United States California Rancho Cucamonga
United States Ohio Cleveland
United States New York Glens Falls
United States Oregon Salem
United States Texas Aberdeen
United States Missouri Orrick
United States Missouri Springfield/Branson
United States Ohio Dayton
United States California Sebastopol
United States Wisconsin Kenosha
United States Iowa Davenport
United States Colorado Vail Valley
United States Florida Melbourne
United States Rhode Island Providence
United States Alabama Huntsville
United States South Carolina Regina
United States Nebraska Omaha
United States Indiana Evansville
United States Florida Hollywood/Ft Lauderdale
United States California Temecula
United States Texas McAllen
United States Indiana Fort Wayne
United States Oregon Eugene
United States Oregon Coos Bay
United States California South Lake Tahoe
United States Virginia Norfolk
United States California San Diego
United States Maine Rockland
United States California Redding
United States Florida St. Petersburg
United States Michigan Detroit
United States Illinois Springfield
United States Illinois Urbana
United States Arizona Phoenix
United States Massachusetts Hull
United States New York Buffalo
United States Florida Cocoa Beach
United States Idaho Twin Falls
United States Utah Provo
United States Illinois Rockford
United States Texas Dallas
United States Idaho Boise
United States West Virginia Martinsburg
United States Kansas Pittsburg
United States Kansas Lawrence
United States Colorado Loveland
United States Texas El Paso
United States Washington Bellingham
United States Michigan Petoskey
United States Florida Pensacola
United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh
United States Michigan Kalamazoo
United States Washington Olympia
United States Tennessee Memphis
United States California Morgan Hill
United States Maryland Hunt Valley
United States Florida Ormond Beach
United States Iowa Des Moines
United States California San Jose
United States California Monterey
United States Georgia Savannah
United States Texas Lubbock
United States Florida Winter Haven
United States Washington Spokane
United States Florida Tampa
United States Florida North Port
United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.
United States Washington Vancouver
United States California Los Angeles
United States California Victorville
United States Michigan Gwinn
United States North Carolina Fayetteville
United States Indiana Indianapolis
United States Missouri Jefferson City
United States North Carolina Asheville
United States Michigan Eastpoint
United States Montana Bozeman
United States Utah Salt Lake City
United States South Carolina Columbia
United States Oklahoma Oklahoma City
United States Wisconsin Appleton
United States Oklahoma Tulsa
United States California Van Nuys
United States Montana Missoula
United States Montana Kalispell
United States Virginia Richmond
United States Washington Bremerton
United States Texas San Antonio
United States California Long Beach
United States Florida Springhill
United States Florida Miami
United States Alabama Birmingham
United States Florida Naples
United States Georgia Athens
United States California Beaumont
United States New Mexico Silver City
United States New York Rochester
United States California Atwater
United States New Mexico Albuquerque

SOURCE: March Against Monsanto — May 21, 2014

Operation: Monsanto Stock Plunge and Panic

Posted: April 8th, 2014 | Filed under: Events, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sign the Food Democracy Now! petition

Music by Caught A Ghost

March on Fidelity, Vanguard & State Street – May 9th at 3PM

Divestment Instructions:
Here are three ways to boycott the mutual funds that own Monsanto

1. Close your account.

2. Tell your advisor to sell your funds that own Monsanto stock and hold your money in either a money market or as cash.

3. Tell your advisor to sell your funds that own Monsanto stock and opt for funds that do not invest in Monsanto.

If your company has a 401K plan that you cannot opt out of, call your advisor and tell them you will only invest in funds without Monsanto.

Source: Organic Spies

Biz Asia America: Activist fights Monsanto

Posted: January 10th, 2014 | Filed under: Press, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

CCTV’s Jessica Stone reports on Adam Eidinger, an activist and Monsanto shareholder who wants the company to provide full disclosure of food made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

SOURCE: Biz Asia America, CCTV

Monsanto Rejects GMO Labeling Shareholder Proposal in SEC Proxy Statement

Posted: December 9th, 2013 | Filed under: Genetic Crimes, Research, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Proxy Item No. 4: Shareowner Proposal One

This proposal was submitted by Adam Eidinger, Washington, D.C. As of July 30, 2013, Mr. Eidinger indicated that he held 75 shares of Monsanto common stock. The proposal has been carefully considered by the board of directors, which has concluded that its adoption would not be in the best interests of the company or its shareowners. For the reasons stated after the proposal, the board recommends a vote “Against” the shareowner proposal.

The proposal and supporting statement are presented as received from the shareowner proponent in accordance with the rules of the SEC, and the board of directors and the company disclaim any responsibility for its content. We will furnish, orally or in writing as requested, the address of the proponent of this shareowner proposal promptly upon written or oral request directed to the company’s Secretary.

Information regarding the inclusion of proposals in Monsanto’s proxy statement can be found on page 82 under Shareowner Proposals for 2015 Annual Meeting.

Shareowner Statement

  • 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.
  • 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 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 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:


Food is one of the most important and significant facets of our world. It is a critically important issue to everyone and is the focus of debates and dialogues from the halls of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, to the grocery store aisles in Buenos Aires, to the open markets in Cairo. There are diverse points of views on everything from food security, to subsidies, to sustainable intensification, to loss and waste, to distribution systems and even to labeling. It matters to people where food comes from, how it is produced, and how food safety is ensured. As a seed company that participates in the agriculture food value chain, we are actively listening to and participating with others in this dialogue about food. In addition:

  • Our work in agriculture represents just one component of a broad and diverse food value chain that involves many parties. The proponent is seeking a report about the impact of the company’s working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to effect a change in labeling on consumer food products. These are not Monsanto products nor are they manufactured, controlled, packaged or labeled by our company. We sell seed to farmers, who often sell their crop harvest to a grain processor, who sells grain or ingredients to a food company, who may further process the ingredients, then manufacture the food item, which it then sells to a retailer, who ultimately sells the finished product to a consumer. As a company that is focused on agricultural productivity and which sells products to farmers our position in the chain does not afford us the expertise that would inform an assessment of consumer food packaging information.
  • Genetically modified (GM) crops are but one important tool that farmers may choose in engaging in sustainable agriculture. Farmers, whether they adopt conventional, GM or organic seeds, employ a variety of production practices to control weeds and pests and improve the yield of their crops. In order to reduce the need for topical controls or other practices, millions of farmers around the world choose to control weeds and pests, and protect their crops’ yield, through GM seeds, which incorporate a new gene in the seed, such as a protein from a bacterium that is commonly applied over the top of conventional and organic crops to control pests.
  • We support current FDA guidance on food labeling which is based on the attributes of the food itself. In the United States, the FDA regulates the safety and labeling of foods and food products derived from crops (conventional, GM, and organic), and all must meet the same safety requirements. FDA guidance requires labeling of food products containing ingredients derived from GM crops if there is a meaningful difference in composition, nutrition or safety between that food and its counterpart derived from conventional crops. In the absence of such a difference, the FDA has determined that mandatory labeling is not required. The American Medical Association (AMA) supports the FDA’s approach and approved a formal statement asserting that there is no scientific justification for special labeling of foods containing GM ingredients. FDA guidance does not require labeling of production practices used by farmers employing conventional or organic methods to control weeds and pests and improve their yields.
  • We support voluntary labeling to support consumer choice, provided the label is truthful and not misleading. We recognize that some consumers may prefer to avoid foods that contain GM ingredients. Food companies recognize this as well, and are providing these customers the choices they prefer through organic offerings or by voluntarily labeling their products “non-GM”. People who prefer to purchase non-GM foods can easily find such products. The FDA allows food manufacturers to label their products voluntarily to indicate certain attributes or production methods (e.g., organic, conventional or GM), provided the label is truthful and not misleading. We support this approach and are pleased to sell our seed products to farmers employing any of these production methods. For more information about our views on consumer choice and proposals that would mandate labeling of food products containing GM ingredients, please visit
  • We believe that mandatory labeling of GM ingredients where there is no meaningful difference in nutrition or safety could confuse and mislead consumers. Demands for mandatory labeling of GM ingredients as a matter of consumer choice may instead lead to a reduction in consumer choice by misleading consumers into thinking products bearing such a label are not safe, are less nutritious or are otherwise inferior to similar products without the label. Indeed, the pejorative connotation of a mandatory label could result in consumers viewing it as a warning statement that could scare them about the foods they have come to like and trust. The suggestion advanced in the proposal is that the company should advocate for the proponent’s preference for labeling consumer food products, which is contrary to the position we have stated publicly and contrary to the views of our customers and the food value chain.
  • We support transparency and dialogue about biotechnology and our products, both with our customers and with consumers. In the United States, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, of which the company is a member, recognizes that some consumers may have questions about GM production methods and food ingredients and is providing information through a dedicated website, This site informs readers that if the ingredient label on a food or beverage in the U.S. indicates that the product contains corn or soy, the product most likely contains ingredients derived from GM seeds because a very high percentage of corn and soy in the United States is grown from GM seed products. In addition,, provides extensive information about biotechnology benefits and safety, generally, and Monsanto’s genetically modified seed products, specifically. Recently, Monsanto has worked with other seed companies to make additional information about agricultural biotechnology available to interested consumers. The website GMOanswers ( invites consumers to ask questions about agricultural biotechnology. General safety and benefits questions are addressed by independent experts; company-specific questions are addressed by company representatives.
  • Assessing the inclusion of U.S. patent numbers related to biotechnology on American food labels is unrelated to our business and such labeling would likely be disruptive to the food supply chain. The consumer food product labels that the proposal suggests analyzing are unrelated to our business of selling seed products to farmers. The proposed assessment would provide no meaningful information to shareowners. The proposal appears to suggest that the inclusion of patent numbers on product labels might serve as indicia that a product contains ingredients derived from GM seeds. The food manufacturer would then be burdened with significant compliance challenges if required to specifically identify the variety of seeds that produced grain that was ultimately processed in the food. Given the extensive pre-commercial food safety assessment and regulatory reviews by government officials, the U.S. food system operates effectively and efficiently in managing commodity crops, such as corn, soy and cotton. A separate program would be required to harvest, crush, store, transport and process by particular seed varieties, in order to enable labeling to that level of specificity, and would undermine the system.


SOURCE: Page 76, Monsanto Company Proxy Statement, Securities and Exchange Commission

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