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Huff reports: "Now that the two companies have agreed to partner together, the world faces a much larger threat in the form of a massive GMO cartel controlled by Monsanto."

A farmer is seen holding Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybean seeds at his family farm. (photo: Dan Gill/AP)
A farmer is seen holding Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybean seeds at his family farm. (photo: Dan Gill/AP)


Monsanto Has Created the World's Largest GMO Monopoly

By Ethan A. Huff, Natural News

12 April 13

 

pparently discontent with its more than $13.5 billion-plus in annual sales, genetic modification kingpin Monsanto has been trying for the past four-or-so years to extract billions more dollars from rival DuPont for alleged patent infringements involving its genetically-modified (GM) Roundup-Ready soybean technology. And the agri-giant has apparently achieved this goal, having recently settled its longstanding feud with DuPont in exchange for a massive $1.75 billion royalty payout to be delivered over the course of the next 10 years, according to reports.

As we covered last year, Monsanto has been waging war against DuPont since at least 2002, when the corporate monolith decided that DuPont had violated its licensing agreements by borrowing a Roundup-Ready trait for use in its rival soybean product, known as Optimum GAT. Following the initiation of a lawsuit by Monsanto against DuPont for this alleged infringement, DuPont counter-sued, alleging that Monsanto had illegally obtained its patent on the Roundup-Ready trait in question, rendering it unenforceable.

But the two companies have finally agreed to call it quits, according to Phys.org, presumably because both of them are in the wrong and are trying to avoid encountering any further obstacles in their mutual GMO-propagating Ponzi scheme. The two companies will now work together, in other words, to spread more GMOs around the world, and utilize each other's technologies for the implied purpose of maximizing corporate profits in the process.

Joint agreement between Monsanto, DuPont has created the world's largest GMO monopoly

For years, DuPont has alleged that Monsanto is a threat to innovation, as the biotechnology bully dominates large and growing segments of industrialized agriculture. And DuPont has been correct in this assessment, which became the crux of its legal argument against Monsanto. But now that the two companies have agreed to partner together, the world faces a much larger threat in the form of a massive GMO cartel controlled by Monsanto.

"DuPont is the last of the big four to sign up to use Monsanto's genetically engineered herbicide resistant soya (soy) bean traits," explains gmeducation.org, referring to Monsanto, DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta, and Dow AgroSciences, which collectively own roughly 80 percent of the U.S. corn market and 70 percent of the soybean market.

"[DuPont] will pay Monsanto $1.75 billion over the next 10 years ... A good deal for Monsanto but even more significant is that DuPont is to drop its antitrust lawsuit against Monsanto ... given that currently more than 80 percent of U.S. corn (maize) and more than 90 percent of soya (soy) beans contain Monsanto licensed gene traits, it must have had a good chance of winning and curbing Monsanto's virtual monopoly of a key part of the U.S. seed industry. This deal puts an end to that, and instead puts Monsanto in a position of massive strength."

What this means for the average consumer, of course, is more GMOs hitting the market in the future with less regulatory hoops through which they have to jump. It also puts Monsanto in an even more opportune position financially and politically to thwart efforts at GMO labeling, for instance, which have grown substantially at the grassroots level all across the country in recent years.

 

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+32 # pushingforpeace 2013-04-12 23:24
Too big to fail? Why don't they say that about the planet Earth??? Screw them and the horse they rode in on. NEVER eat soy, canola or carn if it's not organic. Boycott all foods containing GMOs and watch Monsanto die!
 
 
+10 # A_Har 2013-04-13 12:02
There is a good reason many people call the company MONSATAN!
 
 
+24 # angelfish 2013-04-12 23:39
WHY do none of the Fools in our Congress recognize WHAT these Cretins are doing to our food supply? Not content to destroy us with their toxic Tar Sands and other types of Oil spills into our environment, they are genetically altering our food and killing off the beneficial insects that pollinate our fruits and vegetables! WHERE is outrage from the general public? WHY isn't ANYTHING being addressed by the Fools we elected to PROTECT our interests? The only ones I see doing ANYTHING are Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders! WHERE are the rest of them? Our SCOTUS has seen fit to make Big Business, as well as these Agricultural Conglomerates PEOPLE, with even MORE rights than the humans who will be poisoned by them! Is anybody there? Doesn't ANYBODY care? I'm old. My days are already numbered as I approach my Three Score and Ten, however, I fear for the rest of you who have lives and families to enjoy and watch, hopefully, get older too. Our Political system is so crippled they don't give a damn about us or ANYTHING of importance EXCEPT the Mighty DOLLAR! They make me embarrassed to be an American.
 
 
+6 # Kathymoi 2013-04-14 10:44
I thoroughly believe that people in congress and the senate are well aware of what they are supporting and that they are happy to be on the winning side. Bernie and Elizabeth are, as you said, almost completely alone in actually representing humans. The rest represent corporate profits, their own bank accounts, and the interests that their political party and other donors want them to support, not us.
 
 
+12 # cafetomo 2013-04-12 23:43
Does Thalidomide ring a bell?

We'll just have to wait for some endemic poisoning to occur, with no clear culprit held responsible. The general degradation of health in the populace will be an arguable indication, while the more obvious effects in particular individuals will be tied up for years in courts as they argue over nuances of culpability. In the end, those who manage to prove their case become so impoverished that they exchange the first decent sum they are offered, for silence. You could blame them, but they fight sick and alone for so long it is understandable that they feel to owe the rest of us nothing.

So it continues, as the multi-mega corporation makes their billions from poisoning people on the cheap. Once, factoring in the lawsuits was another cost of doing business. Now, they have learned to get ahead of all that, and just change the laws.

Seems that's progress.
 
 
+9 # James Marcus 2013-04-13 03:53
But their 'Monopoly' is on a 'non-food substance!'
What a ploy. Who is eating this stuff?. I eat neither corn, soy, nor their by-products.
 
 
+10 # James Marcus 2013-04-13 03:56
Don't forget their Toxic pesticides which also lay waste to animals and persons, alike
 
 
+8 # NOMINAE 2013-04-13 19:17
Quoting James Marcus:
Don't forget their Toxic pesticides which also lay waste to animals and persons, alike


Indeed so, not to mention the fact that their neonicotinoid pesticides are already killing bees by the millions, and birds
by the thousands.
 
 
+4 # da gaf 2013-04-13 09:57
as often said,



"birds of the feather flock together"- but in this situation - it more like cockroaches swarming together-ugly-u gly-ugly! i guess we the consumers will have to seek sources of organic seeds- and plant them ourselves in our back yard and hope for the best.
 
 
+6 # Eliza D 2013-04-13 16:24
My friends and family are already planting our own, although some years our corn appears to have been contaminated by GMO seeds. As long as you can walk, join every anti-GMO rally you can and write e-mails and snail mail protesting the Monsanto rider recently sneaked into legislation by Sen. Mikulski and her cohorts, demanding that pesticide use be severely curtailed and GMO food be labeled. Our representatives do not care about anything except lining their own pockets, the health of the planet be damned. Maybe they think they will live in the underground city in Pueblo, like the scenario depicted in the online sci-fi novel, Wool. We are on our own, folks. Try to save our children and grandchildren by taking action now.
 
 
+3 # NOMINAE 2013-04-13 19:25
Quoting Eliza D:
My friends and family are already planting our own,....... Our representatives do not care about anything except lining their own pockets, the health of the planet be damned. Maybe they think they will live in the underground city in Pueblo, like the scenario depicted in the online sci-fi novel, Wool. We are on our own, folks. Try to save our children and grandchildren by taking action now.


Yeah, not to mention those that think they will be "Raptured" as soon as they can get WWIII going in the Middle East as "required". This explains a lot of the unquestioning support for Israel as these clowns push for the "End Times" Rapture.

And, even in an "underground city", don't people have to eat ?
I know the city of Pueblo, and I can see why they would *prefer* the "underground" option ! :D

I know that BOTH the above scenarios are Sci-fi, but really !
 
 
+5 # Eliza D 2013-04-14 07:22
Nominae-Don't you know there IS an underground city under Pueblo for congressman and a few other necessary bigshots with five years of food and water, as well as hydroponic farms, boutiques and restaurants? The government has been using our tax dollars for years to add to this treasure house, first because of fear of nuclear war and now because they know environmental devastation is approaching.
 
 
+3 # Kathymoi 2013-04-14 10:39
What anti trust laws do we have? Given that Monsanto owns 80 percent of U.S. corn (maize) and more than 90 percent of soya (soy) beans, what anti trust law allows this? And what anti trust law further allows Monsanto and Dupont to now cooperate in, essentially, a merger?
If there is an anti trust law, why isn't the public at large charging Monsanto with anti trust violation? If there is a law against owning 80-90% of corn or soybean seeds, let's use it. If there isn't one, surely there ought to be.
 
 
+2 # tbcrawford 2013-04-15 13:05
Beware the Trans Pacific Partnership...D emand disclosure.

Then engage at the Grassroots Level! 350.org a huge inspiration. Learn about it, how it works and get involved.
 

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