Friday, July 2, 2010

Monsanto and its Twisted Relationship with Farmers

Monsanto and its Twisted Relationship with Farmers Around the World.

Farming has been a tradition of many families and the very nature of that tradition is under attack through our Corporate Government and the Corporations Greed for more profits. The very seeds that have been nurtured for generations are being stolen out of the farmers fields and even from their seed cribs. Who would do such a thing to the American farmers, Monsanto is the Corporation that is doing these things, and not just to American farmers they spread their evil Globally.

They will seize any crop that has been cross pollinated by any of their crops which are (GMO) genetically modified organism. Our farmers have fed and clothed us for untold centuries and now Monsanto, a Monopoly, is doing more harm to traditional farmers than drought.

Farmers carefully chose the hardiest and most vigorous seeds to save developing selective traits that were best suited for their farm. Now farmers are being forced into buying Monsanto seed which is not likely suited for their farm. Once a farmer uses Monsanto seeds he can no longer save seed from his crops as Monsanto patents seed and even modifies some plants to produce sterile seed.

Trouble came knocking early at farmer Scott Good's door in August.
"They showed up at my door 6 o'clock in the morning. They flipped a badge
out," said Good, a Burlington County soybean grower. "It wasn't polite what
they were saying. They acted like FBI."

The two men were private investigators. They had been watching him.
Monsanto, the St. Louis agribusiness giant, had sent them. They wanted to
know about his beans.

Having grown up in a rural farming community and knowing the hard work that goes into a farm and the pride farmers take in their farms. It upsets me to see the FDA and our courts and that includes the Supreme Court all standing up for Monsanto.

Monsanto goes after a store owner who does not sale or plant soy seeds in Eagleville, Missouri, a small rural farming community poulation 350, which 100 miles north of Kansas City.

When the stranger persisted, Rinehart showed him the door. On the way out the man kept making threats. Rinehart says he can’t remember the exact words, but they were to the effect of: “Monsanto is big. You can’t win. We will get you. You will pay.” Scenes like this are playing out in many parts of rural America these days as Monsanto goes after farmers, farmers’ co-ops, seed dealers—anyone it suspects may have infringed its patents of genetically modified seeds.


The next story shows the reason are farmers are scared to death of Monsanto, why we need to stop the crimes that Monsanto is committing against our farmers.

Kem Ralph of Covington, Tennessee is believed to be the first farmer to have gone to jail for saving and replanting Monsanto's Roundup Ready soy seed in 1998. Ralph spent four months behind bars and must also pay the company 1.8 million dollars in penalties.

In total, U.S. courts have awarded Monsanto more than 15 million dollars, according to a new report by the Washington-based Centre for Food Safety (CFS) called "Monsanto vs. U.S. Farmers".

Court awards are just a fraction of the money the company has extracted from farmers. Hundreds of farmers are believed to have been coerced into secret settlements over the past eight years to avoid going to court.

I've heard the argument that GMO is the only way we will feed the planet, some believe that to be true, I don't!


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