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Intro: "Monsanto may soon be forced to pay as much as 7.5 billion dollars back to the farmers who say that the mega corporation took their rightfully earned income and taxed their small businesses to financial shambles."

Monsanto now faces charges that may exceed $7.5 billion to farmers. (photo: unknown)
Monsanto now faces charges that may exceed $7.5 billion to farmers. (photo: unknown)

Monsanto Faced With Paying 7.5 Billion Back to Farmers

By Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety

22 June 12


onsanto may soon be forced to pay as much as 7.5 billion dollars back to the farmers who say that the mega corporation took their rightfully earned income and taxed their small businesses to financial shambles. It all started with a monumental lawsuit launched by over 5 million farmers against Monsanto looking to recover financial losses from ridiculous seed taxes that bankrupted many families.

Back in April, a Brazilian court ruled that Monsanto absolutely was responsible for paying back the exorbitant amounts of cash back to the farmers, ordering the company to issue back all of the taxes collected since 2004 — a minimum of 2 billion dollars. Afterwards, Monsanto appealed the decision and the case is now suspended until a further hearing is initiated by the Justice Tribune of the local court stationed in Rio Grande do Sul.

Recently, however, the Brazilian Supreme Court declared that any decision reached in a local court case should apply nationally. The result? Monsanto now faces even larger charges, due to the larger legal application on a national level. Now, the charges total or exceed 7.5 billion dollars.

“The values involved could total 15 billion reais ($7.5bn),” said the Superior Tribunal of Justice on its website.

Lawsuits and criminal charges continue to hit Monsanto, scratching away at the financial foundation of the agricultural behemoth. Monsanto has been found guilty of chemical poisoning in France after their weedkiller product led to neurological problems, and the company has even dished out 93 million to victims of toxic dioxin. As Monsanto continues to be slammed with lawsuits, many of which are from multitudes of affected farmers and individuals, awareness spreads among the general public regarding the corporation’s true acts.

It was this same corporation that was caught running what has been labeled slave rings, in which workers were forced to work for 14 hours per day or more cultivating the fields and were not permitted to leave. Monsanto’s crimes are slowly coming to light, and the public is demanding action. your social media marketing partner


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+130 # Barbara K 2012-06-22 11:00
I've been signing petitions and doing all I can to stop Monsanto. Therefore, it is so gratifying to see these actions now being taken. They put poisons in our food chain and making people sick and causing death. Money is all they understand, so just keep on bringing the lawsuits, that is the only way to stop them from killing us.
+47 # John Locke 2012-06-22 13:54
Barbara: I also agree 100% with you, this company should be sued until they close their doors and seek chapter 7 liquidation! But I fear the government may come to their rescue!
They are so very tight with this administration! So the question is; Is Monsanto also too big to allow to fail?
+42 # Mrcead 2012-06-22 15:55
Monsanto is officially to big to care. That alone should doom them to the annals of history.
+13 # dovelane1 2012-06-23 08:29
What do you mean? Monsanto does too care - about Monsanto.

Monsanto cares - about their bottom line.

And most of the people in charge don't live next door to the outcomes of their priorities and decisions - yet. But if they keep on as they are, they will. Whereas, most of the rest of us already do.

We have to continue to keep getting the word out. Another good source of information is the Organic Consumers Association free weekly newsletter. They've been onto Monsanto for a long time. And there are other corporations like Monsanto who want to control our food source. Find out what companies they own, and boycott everything they sell. After all, if they only notice what affects their pocketbooks, that's how they will need to be spoken to.
+28 # KittatinyHawk 2012-06-22 19:28
30 years of fighting monsanto and creeps like them I hope this turns the tables on then worldwide. I am praying that Africa says NO that is where the newest batch of poison is planned 'to feed the world or kill it!"

Thanks for all you do.
+13 # soularddave 2012-06-22 22:15
And thanks for this very thoughtful conversation (keep reading).

Monsanto just became involved in the largest *BEE RESEARCH* laboratory. I fear for the future of bees around the world. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is no small thing, and I worry that Monsteranto will be attempting to create "Roundup-ready bees".
+7 # AMLLLLL 2012-06-23 14:23
I surmise that they are interested in the 'scientific evidence' they want to purchase.
+65 # paulrevere 2012-06-22 11:16
I share your hope and plight Barbara K.

Being realistic and trying to not be cynical though, they have so much money and so much political clout that 'swept under the rug' has been but hopefully won't continue to be the rule.

That vote on the Ag bill yesterday in Congress kind of illustrates how deep their purchase has gotten to be.
+42 # Barbara K 2012-06-22 12:01
paulrevere: I believe in the old saying "The Devil gets his dues". It keeps me fighting for what is right. I've been ill with digestive problems over 2 years and now they find that what is making me ill is the poisons in our food. I know I am not alone. I hope they go bankrupt. When Monsanto starts losing so much money from these lawsuits, Congress will stop backing them, as they will see their payoffs dwindle. The wife of Monsanto is a U.S. Congresswoman in the House of Reps. and has unlimited access to lobby and bully fellow Congresspeople.
+32 # paulrevere 2012-06-22 13:00
could you provide that wife's name? Let's soak all of her communications pipelines with the reality of what her husband's soulless grope for profit is doing.
+12 # Barbara K 2012-06-22 17:37
paulrevere: I wish I could. The articles about her surfaced a couple of years ago, and if they released her name, I didn't see it. It was widely reported when Monsanto started rising and info began to surface about Monsanto expanding its "business". The reports said it was Monsanto's wife and told about her influence in the H of R.
+15 # KittatinyHawk 2012-06-22 19:31
Under Right to Know Act they have to disclose.

Casey of Pa whose father did tremendous work signed on with Monsanto. I wish he would get voted out but that means more reds in this sickeningly red state Pa
+26 # John Locke 2012-06-22 13:56
The wife of Monsanto is a U.S. Congresswoman? Now not only are corporations people, but they can marry!
+2 # AMLLLLL 2012-06-23 15:30
I searched Representatives in Missouri, but came up empty. Just a thought.
+1 # mdhome 2012-06-24 19:05
I will be glad to see Monsanto go down but "The Devil gets his dues" may be fine for you, but I don't believe in the devil.
+45 # reiverpacific 2012-06-22 11:54
Now if the courts and farmers of India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and many others globally would follow Brazil's example, we might see Monsanto's Evil Empire crumble into dust.
Pity that the US Congress won't follow suit but this is after all, the last refuge of rouge corporations maintained and driven by their huge staffs of attorneys and lobbyists (especially Monster-anto). But if the rest of the world goes after M' successfully, these scabious, scurvy rats will no doubt desert, or be cast from the decks of their formerly lucrative sinking ship; power-reinforce ment, manipulation and money is all they live for after all.
+17 # John Locke 2012-06-22 14:01
reiverpacific: I would like to believe you on this matter, but I have a question in my mind, will congress find a way to immunize Monsanto from these lawsuits?
+24 # reiverpacific 2012-06-22 14:51
Quoting John Locke:
reiverpacific: I would like to believe you on this matter, but I have a question in my mind, will congress find a way to immunize Monsanto from these lawsuits?

Well, they've started by folding on a US one already and as long as M's corporate lobbyists and lawyers have such unfettered access to the beltway crews, it's going to have to come from other countries, the grassroots and alternative media. As I stated, the US is their last refuge and we need to make ourselves heard, possibly through a branch of "Occupy".
And as others have pointed out here, Monsanto is just one -Union Carbide comes to mind too (remember Bhopal?). Unfortunately, the Indian government (where Monsteranto have done so much of their global harm) is pretty corrupt and purchasable too.
We just have to keep pluggin' away at them from inside and loudly support actions outside the country.
Don't expect much support-in-trut h from the owner media either.
The Jim Hightower (formerly the Texas Agricultural Commissioner and now radio and print populist activist) has his Commonsense Newsletter and daily short piece on many community radio stations nationwide, is a good source of ongoing information, as is David Barsamean's "Alternative Radio" (he was recently forbidden entry to India and still doesn't know why) and Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now"; they miss nothing, are courageous in speaking truth to power and don't quit!
+11 # KittatinyHawk 2012-06-22 19:35
I do not think they will be able to afford to.

I am hoping the Feed the World now see what is happening and pulls out of the seeds from Monsanto and other Poisoners.

Remember you, your family and your animals are eating this food. Our water...well, enough said
+14 # KittatinyHawk 2012-06-22 19:33
What we need to see is the Food to Feed the World Program say NO to Monsanto and buddies now.

Africa is the next Victim and it is time for others to show Africa this is not the way to go. Get the word out ... let's prevent more disease, more poisons
+6 # Barbara K 2012-06-23 07:24
KittanyHawk: Did you see the article about how Haiti burned all the tree seedlings and seeds from Monsanto, who threatened to sue them, because they didn't want their farmlands contaminated permanently? It was also on the news, about a year or two ago. A couple of other countries did the same thing too, but I don't recall which ones they were right now, but maybe someone else will. Some foreign countries can't be bought by Monsanto, we should take a lesson from them.
+2 # John Locke 2012-06-24 08:53
KittatinyHawk: Obama has just opened the Door to Africa for Monsanto to have access to their farmers.
+38 # MidwestTom 2012-06-22 12:05
Dow is just as bad.
+36 # hobbesian 2012-06-22 12:22
and ADM - Archer Daniel Midland - ugh!
+32 # Texas Aggie 2012-06-22 13:06
And Cargill.
+30 # MendoChuck 2012-06-22 12:19
One can only hope as other countries take up the missing leadership that once was supplied by the United States of America.

Upward and Onward through the Fog . . . .
+40 # Citizen Mike 2012-06-22 12:20
Why has nobody been able to ferret out and make public the names and addresses of the individual Monsanto execs who could be held morally responsible and held up to public contempt for these disgusting actions?

They should be deluged with hate mail and have their accounts hacked and disabled. People should be able to hold mass demonstrations against them in front of their homes and embarrass them before their neighbors, to hold them morally accountable for their wrongdoing.

They should be investigated and their lives written up in the press to hold them to public shame.

The worst evil of the corporate structure is that it shields individuals from moral responsibility.
+21 # DHa7763100 2012-06-22 12:56
I'm with you Mike. Yeah, I would like to know these peoples names. But it's not surprising that they are keeping this hidden, because they are managing to get states to pass laws keeping people off of their farm lands. To make it a crime for a news organization or anyone to try to take pictures of their evil deeds and expose them for what they are.
+12 # KittatinyHawk 2012-06-22 19:38
Federal Attorney General under the Right to Know Act and Public Information has to tell us.

Perhaps some of the authors of articles against should get the list.
+21 # DHa7763100 2012-06-22 13:13
I found this...along with the "slime" they put on their meat here is another good reason to boycott McDonalds burger joint.

Janice L. Fields

Janice L. Fields, 56, is president of McDonald’s USA, LLC, a subsidiary of McDonald’s Corporation, the world’s leading global foodservice retailer. She served as executive vice president and chief operating officer, McDonald’s USA from 2006 to 2010, and became president in January 2010. Her career with McDonald’s USA spans more than 30 years. Ms. Fields was elected to the Monsanto board in April 2008 and is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and of the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Ms. Fields has been elected to a term that expires in 2015
+11 # DHa7763100 2012-06-22 13:19
Here is a link to the Board of Directors.

A link to the Monsanto Leadership
+10 # gda 2012-06-22 13:26
Here is a link to the complete Monsanto board of directors
+16 # John Locke 2012-06-22 14:36
Citizen Mike: Monsanto is a public company...Monsa nto Company (NYSE)-MON- currently trading @ $78.44 up today $0.66 with news of the added problems. Current officers and members of the board of directors of Monsanto are: Monsanto officers and directors

Jennifer L. Woods… Assistant Secretary
Hugh Grant… Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Pierre Courduroux… Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Nicole M. Ringenberg… Vice President and Controller
Robert J. Stevens… Lead Independent Director
Laura K. Ipsen… Independent Director
Gwendolyn S King… Independent Director
Steven C. Mcmillan… Independent Director
Dr. George H. Poste,D.V.M.,Ph D… Independent Director
Janice L. Fields… Independent Director
William U. Parfet… Independent Director
Jon R. Moeller… Independent Director
Arthur H. Harper… Independent Director
Dr. David L. Chicoine,PhD… Independent Director
Gerald A. Steiner… Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs
Steven C. Mizell… Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Robert T. Fraley,PhD… Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Brett D. Begemann… Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
David F. Snively… Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Janet M. Holloway… Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff and Community Relations
+5 # Todd Williams 2012-06-22 16:08
I'm willing to bet none of these jerkoffs live near me, that's for sure!
+3 # soularddave 2012-06-22 22:24
I'm willing to bet a LOT of them do live near me.

St. Louis, Mo.

Go to and have a look around. THAT'S what big corporations look like!
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2012-06-22 19:39
Thanks for the research
0 # mdhome 2012-06-24 19:15
Nope,None of them are my relatives or neighbors, go get'em
+28 # cordleycoit 2012-06-22 12:22
Monsanto is the global mad scientist spreading death and destruction. More dangerous than Nukes due to the corruption they bring with them. The old style Mafia called themselves corruptors. People who seduced the politicians to take the shoddy deals and drugs.Then the poor were enslaved by drugs and terror. Monsanto has for years used the old mustache Pete's tactic on poor farmers. Emerging economies have learned that corruption simply starves the people and oppression brings revolution. Monsanto is the roach caught in the headlights and the people want their money back.
+36 # jwb110 2012-06-22 12:26
Monsanto may get protection from the gov't of the US but not in foreign countries. The foreign countries may go about setting the record straight in the US. I salute them.
+21 # DHa7763100 2012-06-22 12:51
Monsanto is doing the same things to our farmers here in the US. Europe has pretty much told them and their poisons to get lost. For those of you who haven't yet, please email your local, state and national Congresspeople and tell them to police Monsanto. I don't know who all Monsanto has paid off in Congress and the FDA, but they have to be a little worried.
+7 # KittatinyHawk 2012-06-22 19:42
Time they get real worried I have suggested they eat the food and drink frack water. They could pop that agent orange corn and enjoy with a family movie...first laugh is they have family movie night. Second would be they could actually know how to pop popcorn....but I would be happy to volunteer They could eat what we eat, only on Diane Sawyer perhaps. Drink up boys and girls...
+14 # Gibbous 2012-06-22 13:04
+17 # Texas Aggie 2012-06-22 13:12
The business model that Monsanto has followed would warm the cockles of Milton Friedman's cold heart. It is to be fervently hoped for that they get what is coming to them. Working your customers and your workers over for the benefit of your stockholders and CEO's deserves the death penalty.
+15 # Torvus 2012-06-22 13:29
"Monsanto may soon be forced to pay . . ." - I'll believe some sort of justice has been served when it reads ". . . has paid . . ." What bets are on that slithery Monsanto wriggles out of this and the 7.5 billion is whittled down to a mere 0.5 billion dollars (if that)??
+9 # KittatinyHawk 2012-06-22 19:44
I do not believe the other Countries are so rivh that they could afford to whittle down anything.
Who will farm for them, who will they buy seeds from with no money Monsanto?
+20 # Kathymoi 2012-06-22 14:32
Is Fox covering these facts? How about ABC, NBC, CNN, and CBS?
+17 # DHa7763100 2012-06-22 15:03
I don't know about Fox...I try to listen to their so called news, but I can ony take so much of the twisted half truths and their lies.
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2012-06-22 19:44
+10 # tanis 2012-06-22 15:07
this needs to be watched to make sure the farmers get their just desserts. All the corps mentioned need to be sued by people too. However it works best. Exxon is opening a chemical-plasti c plant in Texas, is everybody ready?
+13 # Buddha 2012-06-22 16:20
Let's face it, there is little chance of any action being taken against companies like Monsanto or BigOil by courts or politicians in America, we are already a full corporatocracy and owned lock, stock and barrel by them. But other countries are not so corrupted yet. If companies like Monsanto are going to have global reach and engage in such practices globally, they are going to have to buy a lot of governments. I guess THIS is how we'll finally get to a "World Government", it will unfortunately be a Corporate one!
+10 # Doll 2012-06-22 17:21
OK, they have alienated most consumers, many countries and now they are alienating the farmers!

Who is left to buy their crap?
+12 # KittatinyHawk 2012-06-22 19:45
+5 # ronaldbosch 2012-06-23 08:16
Quoting KittatinyHawk:
I do not believe the other Countries are so rivh that they could afford to whittle down anything.
Who will farm for them, who will they buy seeds from with no money Monsanto?

The whole world has lived without Monsanto's seeds (of inequity) for thousands and thousands of years. There are perfectly accetable and adaptable seeds in the heritage banks.
Maybe the yields are a little less and maybe they are not insect repelling but their are healthier ways (integrated pest managemt for instance, organic farming to address these issues rather messing with mother Nature like monsteranto does. Putting a lid on population growth would help too..
+5 # ronaldbosch 2012-06-23 08:18
Quoting KittatinyHawk:

Congress is already full of millionairs and this band of thieves stick together
like a nest of vipers
+2 # tigerlille 2012-06-23 01:01
Um, I hate to say this, but how exactly is Brazil going to force Monsanto to pay up?
+1 # Breathless 2012-06-23 01:02
Here is why you are all wasting your time: Monsanto is the Rockefeller family.
+8 # ronaldbosch 2012-06-23 07:43
from all these comments one thing becomes clearer and clearer. It's not just Mosteranto that's killing us. How about the frackers, how about all the other greedy slimeballs who take advantage of the system and act like pigs at the trough. What is clear to me is that we HAVE to change and get the money out of politics. One change like that and we'll become a democracy again, for/with and by the people!
+2 # Beverly 2012-06-23 15:17
This article makes me VERY HAPPY!!!! In my very small way I have been trying for some years to reveal the disgusting disdain Monsanto has for any control over their harmful and illegal products.
BRAVO! for RSN!!!
Beverly Smith
0 # fixerguy G 2012-06-24 20:15
All I can say about this is "About Damn TIME!" When does the USA get theirs?

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