March 15, 2013 - SALON
The inside story of how the government let one company dominate an entire industry... http://www.salon.com/2013/03/15/how_did_monsanto_outfox_the_obama_administration/
Last November, the U.S. Department of Justice quietly closed a three-year antitrust investigation into Monsanto, the biotech giant whose genetic traits are embedded in over 90 percent of America’s soybean crop and more than 80 percent of corn. One provision, for example, prohibited seed companies from combining Monsanto’s genetic traits with the traits controlled by its rivals, unless given explicit written permission from Monsanto. Since the vast majority of U.S. corn and soybean crops contain Monsanto’s genes, the company could effectively lock out competitors....
In another arrangement Monsanto stipulated its product Roundup as the only herbicide farmers could apply to its Roundup Ready crops. Competitors say this tactic blocked a cheaper, generic herbicide from the market.
Monsanto also promised significant rebates to seed companies that agreed to ensure its products made up at least 70 percent of certain lines of inventory. Many seed dealers have said Monsanto’s policies dissuaded them from promoting competitors’ products.... http://www.salon.com/2013/03/15/how_did_monsanto_outfox_the_obama_administration/
March 14, 2013 - Al Jazeera
WATCH: ARGENTINA'S BAD SEEDS - GENETICALLY-MODIFIED SOY BEAN CROPS AND THE AGGRESSIVE USE OF PESTICIDES http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2013/03/201331313434142322.html
MEET MONSANTO'S NUMBER ONE LOBBYIST : BARACK OBAMA http://sco.lt/98RKFN
THE GLOBAL BIOTECH CARTEL - AN UNPRECEDENTED POWER OF WORLD AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN HEALTH http://sco.lt/9MtkYL
GLOBAL SEED GIANTS PATENT SEEDS REDUCING FARMERS' SEED OPTIONS http://sco.lt/8027ZB
MANY PRO-GMO BIOLOGIST OWN GMO PATENTS, IN BED WITH MONANTO NationofChange http://www.nationofchange.org/many-pro-gmo-corporate-biologists-own-gmo-patents-bed-monsanto-1353859536
CUTTING BACK ON DOMINANT GMO CORN EASIER SAID THAN DONE - PATENTS, SEEDS, CORPORATE CONTROL http://sco.lt/5foMef
MONSANTO GMO TREES COULD DEVASTATE FOREST ECOSYSTEMS http://sco.lt/5G9P0L
AGRIBUS GMO GIANT, MONSANTO AWARDED FREE PUBLIC LANDS TO DEVELOP ADVANCED BIOFUELS BY DOE http://sco.lt/8bEMYT
THE POWER OF THE PESTICIDE INDUSTRY: BRITAIN HELP PREVENT BAN ON PESTICIDES LINKED TO BEE DECLINE http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/britain-helps-prevent-ban-on-pesticides-linked-to-bee-decline-8536994.html