hile opposing any request to be open about the risks of GMOs.
But this time, it’s Monsanto’s own shareholders who are asking questions. Their simple request is that Monsanto stops keeping them in the dark on genetically-modified food -- and they need our support.
After over 5,000 of us chipped in, SumOfUs organizers are headed to St Louis for the crucial shareholder vote -- working tirelessly to win the support of the big investment funds. But unless Monsanto and its shareholders feel the massive community opposition to their agenda, they’ll conclude they can ignore us and vote against GMO transparency. That’s why we need to act now.
Sign the petition to tell Monsanto: don’t hide the costs of GMOs from your shareholders and the public. We’ll deliver our voices at Monsanto’s annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday.
The brave group of shareholders who will present this resolution at Monsanto’s annual meeting want the company to be straight with its shareholders. They’re asking Monsanto to report on the costs and business risks of GMOs -- from the contamination of non-GMO crops, to the effect on bees and other “non-target” organisms, and more. These are real risks and costs, and it’s a sensible proposal -- for anyone other than a corporation that thinks that suing family farmers and fighting truth-in-labelling laws is business as usual.
Monsanto is trying to defeat this shareholder vote -- using the same tactics it uses to defeat all opposition to its agenda. Its business model is based on keeping us all in the dark. It has fought against every effort to label genetically modified ingredients, spending $15 million to defeat laws in California and Washington alone. Monsanto can feel the tide turning against it -- already, numerous US states and countless countries have restrictions on GMOs and their labelling. But instead of recognizing the community sentiment and business risk, Monsanto is still fighting. And now, its shareholders are starting to wake up to the risks.
That’s why it’s crucial that we support these shareholders who are taking a stand at Monsanto’s annual meeting, and demand that Monsanto study the risks and costs of GMOs and come clean to their shareholders and the public. Unless they know we’re watching, many of Monsanto’s biggest shareholders will feel free to support Monsanto’s management and vote against the shareholder resolution.
Sign the petition now to demand that Monsanto come clean on the costs of GMOs, and support the brave shareholders behind this proposal.
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Monsanto: Listen to your shareholders and study the risks of GMO."
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not seeing or hearing anything about it would give us the first impression that it isn’t true. But so many people queried the Times-Union about this, that we decided to address it.
An undated blog post published by Healthy Holistic Living asserted in a headline that “Whole Foods Join[ed] Monsanto.” It linked to a June 28, 2016, Food Democracy article that used some of the same language, Snopes.com reported.
Some of the partial headlines used as the story made its way across social media caused widespread misinterpretation and inferences that Monsanto and Whole Foods had merged. But the Food Democracy article was about a dispute over a legislative bill that would allow the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs) through Quick Response (QR) codes, not about a corporate merger.
In early 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to deregulate genetically modified alfalfa without restrictions. This did not sit well with organic grocers such as Whole Foods, which advocated strongly for deregulation with restrictions to preserve the ability of non-GE and organic growers to avoid contamination of the seeds.
There was no option for an outright ban on GE alfalfa, so Whole Foods wound up having to accept the USDA decision. Some consumer groups, according to media outlets, said that meant Whole Foods was now supporting GM foods. The Organic Consumer Association published an article titled “Whole Foods Caves to Monsanto” in 2011, which was the start of Monsanto buys Whole Foods rumors, Snopes.com found.
On the Whole Foods website, Libba Letton posted in February 2012:
“Stop the insanity! I help with customer inquiries here at Whole Foods Market and we’ve been hearing some wild, off-base stories from folks around the country lately.
“For brevity’s sake, I’m going to list them here in hopes of dispelling these rumors.
“Rumor No. 1: Whole Foods Market has been bought by Monsanto. No! What crazy talk! We’ve never had any affiliation with that company. We are publicly traded; our majority shareholders are listed in documents filed with the SEC and, I promise, Monsanto is not on the list and never has been.
“Rumor No. 2: Whole Foods Market made a secret deal with Monsanto to support the deregulation of GMO crops like alfalfa. Again, no way! This ridiculous rumor started over a year ago in January 2011 because of the Organic Consumer Association’s misleading article titled ‘Whole Foods Caves to Monsanto.’
“... Whole Foods Market has no ties to Monsanto and did not have any interaction with the company concerning this or any other issue.
“Rumor No. 3: Whole Foods Market recently decided to start selling food with GMOs. Wrong again! As long as GMO crops have been in this country, GMOs have been in the U.S. food supply. The most effective action we can take now is to label the food that DOESN’T include GMOs. That’s why we’ve enrolled our 365 Everyday Value and 365 Organic product line in the Non-GMO Project Verification Program, and have encouraged our branded vendors to do the same — and many, many have.”
This old rumor was not true back in 2011 and, although it is getting another hearing on social media in 2016, it still has no basis in fact.
Carole Fader: (904) 359-4635
HOWEVER:Monsanto Controls both the White House and the US Congress…
g independent safety checks on GMO products? One of the key people responsible for taking that line was Michael Taylor, the number two at the FDA, a former attorney to Monsanto and later a Monsanto Vice-President for Public Policy.
Taylor was also at the US Department of Agriculture between 1994 and 1996 and in his government roles he was highly influential in the decision not to insist that GMO had to be labelled which has denied the public the free choice to eat or not eat GMO food.
All this must have cost the lives of multiple millions of people and animals since then and caused suffering to untold numbers who have had their health devastated by GMO. It was also Taylor at the FDA who ensured that Monsanto's genetically-engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH/rbST) could be injected into cows to increase milk production without any labelling for people to make a choice.
He also wrote a paper saying that if producers of milk without the growth hormone labelled their milk as such they should be mandated to include a disclaimer from the FDA saying that there was no difference between milk with bovine growth hormone and milk without it.
Taylor has been described as possibly being responsible for 'more food-related illnesses and deaths than anyone in history'.
This man should be in jail with the key thrown mid-Atlantic, but where is he now? He was appointed by Obama to be his 'food safety czar' in charge of all United States food safety policy at the FDA and is now Senior 'Advisor' [yeah, right] to the Commissioner of the FDA. Taylor's policy is Monsanto's policy and there can be no greater confirmation that corporations control governments than Taylor's career with Monsanto and government agencies which are supposed to protect us from Monsanto.
This is why Big Biotech is getting virtually all that it wants from the FDA while organic farmers and growers and small farms in general are being destroyed by a mass of new and ludicrous laws on the grounds of 'food safety' imposed by FDA SWAT teams made up of monumental goons with guns in their hands and air in their heads.
Food fascism isn't coming - it's here.
Obama's 'food safety czar': Taylor-made for Monsanto.…
entist who publishes research that shows that GMOs are in fact dangerous to human health.
If GMOs are safe, why do the chemical companies that want to ram them down our throats have to resort to such savagery?
It's amazing that crimes like this can take place in broad daylight and the perpetrators act with impunity.
This can only happen in the dark. Spread the word.
Make them label GMOs in food in California, in the US and all across the world
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ney and domination of global crop, animal production is their primary goal. That is why heirloom, garden grown seeds are the only insurance against consumption of untried, untested GMO's. The affect and effect on the next generation, our children, grandchildren is the greatest risk in all this 'pseudo-science.'…