Monsatano Sues Many Small Family Farmers
Percy Schmeiser is a farmer from Saskatchewan Canada, whose Canola fields were contaminated with Monsatanos’s genetically engineered Round-Up Ready Canola by pollen from a nearby farm. Monsatano says it doesn’t matter how the contamination took place, and is therefore demanding Schmeiser pay their Technology Fee (the fee farmers must pay to grow Monsatano’s genetically engineered products). According to Schmeiser, “I never had anything to do with Monsatano, outside of buying chemicals. I never signed a contract.
Rodney Nelson’s family farm is being forced into a similar lawsuit by Monsatano.
Monsatano Brings Small Family Dairy to Court
Oakhurst Dairy has been owned and operated by the same Maine family since 1921, and Monsatano recently attempted to put them out of business. Oakhurst, like many other dairy producers in the U.S., has been responding to consumer demand to provide milk free of rBGH, a synthetic hormone banned (for health reasons) in every industrialized country other than the U.S.
Monsatano, the number one producer of the rBGH synthetic steroid, sued Oakhurst, claiming they should not have the right to inform their customers that their dairy products do not contain the Monsatano chemical. Given the intense pressure from the transnational corporation, Oakhurst was forced to settle out of court, leaving many other dairies vulnerable to similar attacks from Monsatano.
Monsanto has induced politicians to abdicate their responsibility to protect consumers through generous campaign contributions and heavy lobbying.
In 2005 Monsatano was fined $1.5 million for bribing officials in Indonesia.
No fines were levied for bribing American officials.
Monsatano has successfully lobbied for “Food Disparagement Laws”.
In some states it is now illegal to even talk about the hazards of genetically modified crops.