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Monsanto: Harvest of Paranoia?

In my previous post, I allotted myself one major rant about Monsanto, and was prepared to move on. Yes, I suppose the title “Monsanto: My Arch Nemesis” was a tad provocative. Within 3 hours of posting, at least one representative of Monsanto had visited my backwater, podunk blog.

Don’t they have better things to do, like destroy the agriculture of third world countries or squash some U.S. food labeling legislation?

Following is the account of their visits; thanks to StatCounter for the fabulously detailed info:

  • Within 3 hours of going live, there was a visit from a BlackBerry in St. Louis, with an IP labeled “Monsanto”
  • 7:30 a.m. this morning, from a computer in St. Louis, IP labeled “Monsanto”
  • 9:11 a.m. from a computer in New York, IP labeled “Monsanto”
  • At 9:32 someone labeled as Husch and Eppenberger, shown coming from Plano, TX, but the link here shows them with an office in St. Louis
  • Then one more Monsanto visit at 10:16 a.m. this morning from St. Louis
  • The last relevant entry to date is from a business called Edelman PR, a public relations firm with a branch in Washington D.C.

You know, I am sure there are some wonderful people working directly and indirectly for Monsanto. It’s easy for the human brain to rationalize the body’s behavior, particularly when the idol of money is involved. I am speaking out, not unlike the Lorax, to protect seed diversity from genetic rape.

But I believe they can turn it around if they want to. I have some suggestions that might help, but I’ll have to save those for another time.

And to everyone who would LOVE to hit Monsanto in their pocketbook, I encourage those of you with Mutual Funds or 401K’s to do a little digging. Find out which companies are in those mutual funds. Pull your money out of funds which carry Monsanto. I did, and it feels good! And keep buying those heirloom seeds that haven’t had their genes raped. Say NO to Monsanto!


Monsanto: My Arch Nemesis

I promise I’m not going to rant on and on about Monsanto, though they will be mentioned when I can think of something snide enough. Monsanto is my arch nemesis, however.

Here’s a great Vanity Fair article about Monsanto’s tactics regarding rBGH (Bovine Growth Hormone).

Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear
by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele May 2008

…Farmers say that some Monsanto agents pretend to be surveyors. Others confront farmers on their land and try to pressure them to sign papers giving Monsanto access to their private records. Farmers call them the “seed police” and use words such as “Gestapo” and “Mafia” to describe their tactics.

When asked about these practices, Monsanto declined to comment specifically, other than to say that the company is simply protecting its patents…

Yee Haw! It’s a veritable Roundup round-up! Compilation of Monsanto news articles, fact sheets and scientific studies. Tons of links covering pharmaceuticals, food additives, seeds etc.

Just say no to Monsanto. Get your seeds from an heirloom seed distributor, not one who thinks they can own life.

Here’s a LONG list of GMO-free seed distributors. Or check out the links in the sidebar, as well as the previous post on heirloom seeds.

Happy growing!

Heirloom Seeds Entrepreneur

Here are some links where you can read about one of my heroes, Jere Gettle. He is an inspiration and I have had great success with Baker Creek seeds.

Jeremiath Gettle of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed company wanted to be a seedman from the time he was a young boy. He worked it out brilliantly, and has built an empire of heirloom seeds. Regular festivals feature folk music and plenty of old-timey goodness, and are drawing more people from around the US and the world each year…

Thanks, Jere and company, for being one of the few alternatives to Monsanto seeds of death!

Enjoy, and happy growing!