Wednesday, July 23, 2008

During a world food crisis, Monsanto just raised the price of corn seed $100 a bag.

July 23, 2008

by Linn Cohen-Cole

And as the greater yield PR, I suggest you read: about the Bt-cotton fraud in India while Monsanto claims to have increased yield by 160%. click here do Indian farmers say? Indian farmers call Monsanto's Bt-cotton seeds, the Seeds of Death.
Beyond India, there are also problems. click here to believe?
Isn't this the same Monsanto that for four decades denied that PCBs caused cancer, while sitting on thousands of documents to the contrary? features/2008/05/monsanto200805

But the important thing to understand - EVEN IF genetically engineered seeds created greater yields and EVEN IF genetically engineered crops were safe to eat and EVEN IF they were not just designed to be used only with Monsanto's pesticides - is that genetic engineering is dangerous because it is imperialism via DNA, given Monsanto power field by field, farm by farm, country by country.

It works like this: Monsanto gets George HW Bush to put one of its employees on the Supreme Court. From there, Clarence Thomas is in time to rule that genetically modified organisms are no different from normal organisms. Science by legal decision. Pandora's box of endlessly mutant organisms being let loose onto the world by Monsanto's influence over Bush and via one single law.

Clarence Thomas also ruled for an extreme extension of the intellectual property laws that allow Monsanto (and other biotech companies) to call their scrambling of DNA, "inventions" and through that, patent them. So, when a farmer buys GE-seeds, he doesn't buy just buy seeds, he buys himself into a deep, deep trap. For after buying the seeds and planting them and tending the plants all season, when the harvest comes and the farmer goes to collect seeds from those plants, Monsanto steps in and says "those are mine." Monsanto, in effect, claims to own biology itself, not just the process by which it screwed with the seeds, but all seeds forever from those seeds. In this way, this Monsanto as god way, it turns farmers into tenant farmers on their own land.

The two main crops in America, corn and soy - the basis of most our food, and now grains that are used for biofuels - are controlled by Monsanto. 90% of soy is GMO and of that, 90% of those traits "belong" to Monsanto. And for corn, the largest crop, 60% is GMO, nearly 100% are Monsanto "owned" traits.
click here to hegemony. And it is increased by such things as Monsanto buying up other seed companies so there aren't other seeds available. And for those who save their own normal seeds? Ask Percy Schmeiser. click here Ask the seed cleaners in Ohio. click here Ask the seed cleaners in the small town of Pilot Grove, Missouri. click here
Now maybe the news that Monsanto is raising the price of its GE-corn by $100 a bag will have its due significance, since farmers have lost other seed companies, are threatened in saving their own seeds, and thus are left not only with a massive monopoly but one that then through patents, "owns" the farmer.

Notice, too, that Monsanto is drastically raising prices while it is making phenomenal profits, while food prices are rising dramatically (related often to its grains), leading to food riots around the world, and while fuel is skyrocketing and Monsanto's corn is now the basis of biofuel, and while our economy is tanking. All the while Monsanto claims that genetically engineering is a wonder - the way to help farmers around the world and to feed the hungry.

Monsanto is not just seeking control over grains, but is genetically engineering vegetables and trees, bought Delta and Pineland in order to own its (and its partner, the USDA's) terminator technology click here to go sterile after one season, establishing TOTAL control over seeds it sells while risking cross-pollination and thus seeds in nature going sterile, too), is buying up fish farms and privatizing water.

It has been very hard to reach the liberal and urban community about farming. Not many, for instance, in opposing the war in Iraq, noticed what Bremer got sent there to do for Monsanto.

Kissinger said that if you control food, you control populations. That's what's happening. Fascism is arriving through food. click here fight for farmers here and abroad is not some happy-go-lucky interest in organic and better tasting food. It is a fight against worldwide totalitarian control over land and food and animals and water and all natural substances by multinationals. Farming is at the heart of everything and is deeply political.

It's time to pay serious attention.

With that as lead in, maybe the following press release will not land with the yawns and boredom it might have, given that it comes out of Lincoln, Nebraska, and is "only" about corn seed. Maybe now it will arrive with awareness of the centrality of corn to life itself and into the intense political and human rights interest the article deserves.

Now, let me introduce an organization that progressives need to know about and support as strongly as possible:

Organization for Competitive Markets
P.O. Box 6486
Lincoln, NE 68506

For Immediate Release: July 22, 2008


Fred Stokes,, 601-527-2459
Michael Stumo,, 413-717-0184

Lincoln, NE - The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) says
Monsanto's market power is driving up seed prices and devastating
farmers and their communities. OCM sent a letter explaining the economic
implications of Monsanto's seed prices on rural communities to 23 state
attorneys general today. The organization continues to encourage several
state attorneys general to expand their antitrust investigation into
Monsanto's suspected anticompetitive practices in the U.S. seed industry

"Monsanto's market power has been quietly accruing over several years
and has now begun materially impacting price," said Keith Mudd, OCM's
board president. "The lack of competition and innovation in the
marketplace has reduced farmers' choices and enabled Monsanto to raise
prices unencumbered."

Monsanto executives recently told DTN that they expect to raise the
price of some seed corn varieties to $300. The Monsanto executives
consider themselves only restrained by the "red-face test." "There is no
competitive restraint to this price hike," said Mudd.

OCM points to a specific quote from the DTN article:

Even the list price on seed corn will topple the $300 per bag barrier
starting this fall, up about $95 to $100 per bag, or 35 percent on
average, according to Monsanto officials who met with DTN and
Progressive Farmer editors this week.For 2009, 76 percent of the
company's corn sales will be triple stack, 'so we think we can get the
pricing right to show farmers the benefits,' John Jansen, Monsanto's
corn traits lead. 'We can pass the red-faced test from the Panhandle of
Texas to McLean County, Ill.'

"A $100 price increase is a tremendous drain on rural America," said
Fred Stokes, OCM's executive director. "Let's say a farmer in Iowa who
farms 1,000 acres plants one of these expensive corn varieties next
year. The gross increased cost is more than $40,000. Yet there's no
scientific basis to justify this price hike. How can we let companies
get away with this?" continued Stokes.

The lack of innovation and choice in the seed industry, as well as
increased prices, will only get worse over time. "If and when the
ethanol boom subsides, Monsanto will not lower its prices, farmers will
be forced into bankruptcy, and the lack of an effective remedy for
antitrust in crop seed will be a substantial cause," added Stokes.

OCM is a nonprofit organization working for open and competitive markets
and fair trade for American food producers, consumers and rural
communities. OCM's Seed Concentration Project aims to foster
competition, innovation and choice in the crop seed industry.

Source: opednews

1 comment:

  1. I can't agree with you more about how evil Monsanto is. GE foods are dangerous and it is incredibly irresponsible for Monsanto to release these organisms into the environment.