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Monsanto – In Trouble Again

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Touch the Soil News #752 (feature photo – chemical diagram of Dicamba) The problem of dicamba drift – when an herbicide chemical put on one farm drifts over to another – has mushroomed in the past few years. The technical name for dicamba is 3,6 – dichloro-2-methoxybenzoic acid. The recent sale by Monsanto of dicamba-resistant cotton and soybeans resulted in farmers being able to use the more powerful dicamba over the standard Roundup (glyphosate). So when farmers plant dicamba-resistant cotton and soybeans, they can use the more powerful chemical dicamba. The problem is that the product has a tendency to drift after spraying onto other non-dicamba resistant crops. The damages…

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The Economic Value of Agricultural Toxins?

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Touch the Soil News #477 If we mention the organization Copa Cogeca most people would just shrug their shoulder. Copa Cogeca is one of the world’s largest farmer organizations. It represents 23 million European farmers which serve a population of 500 million Europeans. The consuming public in Europe (and the world)is increasingly wary of toxins in food. Recently some 60 members of the European Union Parliament – in protest against the renewal registration of glyphosate – had their urine tested. Every one of them showed positive to levels of glyphosate in their bodies. Now, several months later, it seems the Copa Cogeca felt obliged to defend the use of toxins…

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The Titans of Chemical/GMO Agriculture – Who Are They? (Part 1 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #446 (Feature Photo: Orin Hargraves – CC 2.0) One trend is clear around the world, people are more concerned about chemical agriculture and the GMO crops that drive chemical use. Today there are seven (7) big players in the agricultural chemical / GMO industry. They are: Syngnta (Swiss) – annual sales $13.4 billion, 28,704 employees Monsanto (USA) – annual sales – $15 billion, 25,500 employees DuPont (USA) – annual sales – $25.3 billion, 52,000 employees ChemChina – annual sales – $42 billion, 140,000 employees Dow Chemical Company (USA) – annual sales – $48.8 billion, 51,635 employees Bayer AG (Germany) – annual sales – $51 billion, 116,800…

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The Dow & Dupont Merger – Are the Giants Faltering?

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Touch the Soil News #254 When investors want more money, Katy bar the door. The recent merger announcement by two of the world’s largest farm chemical companies suggests that it was masterminded by behind-the-scenes investors pushing for an unusual merger and subsequent restructure into three (3) companies. Both Dow and Dupont are giants in the farm chemical industries (chemical factory painting by Carsten Eggers) So who are the biggest stockholders in the two companies? Actually they are the same. They are not individuals, but two (2) different investment management firms. The first is Blackrock, Inc. which owns 6.3 percent of Dupont and 5.5 percent of Dow. The Vanguard Group owns…

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