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Seeds of doubt: 5 Million Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto
« on: June 04, 2012, 01:01:56 PM »
http://www.rt.com/news/monsanto-brazil-seed-soy-908/

Seeds of doubt: Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto

Published: 4 June, 2012, 13:05
Edited: 4 June, 2012, 13:05

Five million Brazilian farmers are locked in a lawsuit with US-based biotech giant Monsanto, suing for as much as 6.2 billion euros. They say that the genetic-engineering company has been collecting royalties on crops it unfairly claims as its own.

The farmers claim that Monsanto unfairly collects exorbitant profits every year worldwide on royalties from “renewal” seed harvests. “Renewal” crops are those that have been planted using seed from the previous year’s harvest. While the practice of renewal farming is an ancient one, Monsanto disagrees, demanding royalties from any crop generation produced from its genetically-engineered seed. Because the engineered seed is patented, Monsanto not only charges an initial royalty on the sale of the crop produced, but a continuing 2 per cent royalty on every subsequent crop, even if the farmer is using a later generation of seed.

"Monsanto gets paid when it sell the seeds. The law gives producers the right to multiply the seeds they buy and nowhere in the world is there a requirement to pay (again). Producers are in effect paying a private tax on production," Jane Berwanger, lawyer for the farmers told the Associated Press reports.

In the latest installment of the legal battle erupting in South America, the Brazilian court has ruled in favor of the Brazilian farmers, saying Monsanto owes them at least US$2 billion paid since 2004. Monsanto, however, has appealed the decision and the case is ongoing.

In essence, Monsanto argues that once a farmer buys their seed, they have to pay the global bio-tech giant a yearly fee in perpetuity – with no way out.

At stake is Brazil’s highly profitable and ever growing soybean production. Last year, Brazil was the world's second producer and exporter of soybean behind the United States, according to the AFP report. The crops can be used for anything from animal feed to bio fuel, and worldwide demand is growing.

Genetically engineered soy first appeared illegally in Brazil in the 1990’s, smuggled in from neighboring Argentina. The Brazilian farmers found the seed attractive despite the ban in place from the Brazilian authorities because Monsanto had specifically designed the seed to be resistant to its own immensely powerful and popular herbicide Roundup.

When used in tandem, the strong herbicide will kill the weeds while allowing the soy crops to grow unimpeded. After the ban was lifted, genetically modified seed flooded the Brazilian market, and now 85 per cent of the Brazilian soy crop is genetically-engineered. Soy has been extremely successful in Brazil, currently making up 26 per cent of the country’s farm exports last year and netting Brazil a total of $24.1 billion, according to AP. However, Brazil’s farmers were apparently unaware there would be a heavy price to pay.

To make a deal with Monsanto is to make a deal with a company that is one the most powerful and pervasive food giants in the world. It is the world’s number one seed developer, and its patented genes have been inserted into 95 per cent of all American soy, and 80 per cent of all American corn crops. Monsanto has repeatedly levied large damage suits against independent farmers that have unknowingly or unwittingly used their seed.

And Monsanto’s reach goes far beyond agriculture.

Monsanto is also the world’s largest manufacturer of synthetic bovine growth hormone, injected into cows in order to stimulate greater milk production. The widespread pressure by the company to use the chemical and the subsequent measures taken by Monsanto to suppress information regarding the potential health risks sparked uproar among American farmers.

When dairy producers that did not use Monsanto’s products began labeling their products as “Hormone Free” or “Organic”, Monsanto slapped them with a lawsuit as recently as 2008, claiming the labels amounted to negative advertising against hormone-produced milk.

Director of corporate communications for Monsanto, Phil Angell, summed up Monsanto’s take on the issue in a report by food author Michael Pollan for New York Times Magazine in 1998: "Monsanto should not have to vouch for the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is FDA's job."
And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

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Re: Seeds of doubt: 5 Million Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 03:43:24 PM »
The last few lines are a grabber:
When dairy producers that did not use Monsanto’s products began labeling their products as “Hormone Free” or “Organic”, Monsanto slapped them with a lawsuit as recently as 2008, claiming the labels amounted to negative advertising against hormone-produced milk.
Director of corporate communications for Monsanto, Phil Angell, summed up Monsanto’s take on the issue in a report by food author Michael Pollan for New York Times Magazine in 1998: "Monsanto should not have to vouch for the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is FDA's job."
  SAY,Global Monopoly.                               The FDA has their nose up Monsantos backside.

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Re: Seeds of doubt: 5 Million Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2012, 03:48:49 PM »
Good for them! Good luck.
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Re: Seeds of doubt: 5 Million Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 04:11:47 PM »
"OMFG! 5 million Brazilian farmers are tin foil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists! Obama, save us!"

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Re: Seeds of doubt: 5 Million Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2012, 04:15:17 PM »
http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-puts-monsanto-lobbyist-in-charge-of-food-safety.html

Obama Puts Monsanto Lobbyist In Charge Of Food Safety

Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq.
Organic Consumers Association
Friday, July 24, 2009

Genetically modified foods are not safe. The only reason they’re in our food supply is because government bureaucrats with ties to industry suppressed or manipulated scientific research and deprived consumers of the information they need to make informed choices about whether or not to eat genetically modified foods.

Now, the Obama Administration is putting two notorious biotech bullies in charge of food safety! Former Monsanto lobbyist Michael Taylor has been appointed as a senior adviser to the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner on food safety. And, rBGH-using dairy farmer and Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff is rumored to be President Obama’s choice for Under-Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety. Wolfe spearheaded anti-consumer legislation in Pennsylvania that would have taken away the rights of consumers to know whether their milk and dairy products were contaminated with Monsanto’s (now Eli Lilly’s) genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH).

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0uls507hvM (The World According To Monsanto)





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Re: Seeds of doubt: 5 Million Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2012, 04:32:52 PM »
 The irony of it all. Monsanto created genetic seed that is invunerable to roundup weed killer.
 Roundup is an offshoot of agent orange.
 Have I become dillusional or what!, crops are sprayed with roundup, therfor we end up eating the carrier of roundup, the produce are roundup resistant are humans, NO.
 You folks probably were aware of this, I have detested this corp for the past 50 years or so, but this angle, well, I just caught on to this aspect of their carnage.
  The Monsanto coproration and their partner the FDA, and all the little suckings in between.$$ & the silent kill.
 

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Update! - Brazilian farmers win $2 billion judgment against Monsanto
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2012, 09:27:49 PM »
http://foodfreedomgroup.com/2012/06/13/brazilian-farmers-win-2-billion-judgment-against-monsanto/

Brazilian farmers win $2 billion judgment against Monsanto

By Subodh Varma
Times of India

Five million Brazilian farmers have taken on US based biotech company Monsanto through a lawsuit demanding return of about 6.2 billion euros taken as royalties from them. The farmers are claiming that the powerful company has unfairly extracted these royalties from poor farmers because they were using seeds produced from crops grown from Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds, reports Merco Press.

In April this year, a judge in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, ruled in favor of the farmers and ordered Monsanto to return royalties paid since 2004 or a minimum of $2 billion. The ruling said that the business practices of seed multinational Monsanto violate the rules of the Brazilian Cultivars Act (No. 9.456/97).

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Re: Seeds of doubt: 5 Million Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2012, 07:19:50 PM »
Here's a more realistic take on Monsanto:

ROUNDUP
Roundup and chemically castrate 'em.
Roundup and kill 'em.

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Re: Seeds of doubt: 5 Million Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2012, 11:53:08 AM »
Here's a more realistic take on Monsanto:

ROUNDUP
Roundup and chemically castrate 'em.
Roundup and kill 'em.
 Hi Femacamper, its slow death in small doses, I have Agent Orange the effects take a while. Large doses don't and they continue to the next generation.