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The State of Vermont Arm Wrestles the GMO Cartel – the Biggest Showdown in U.S. Food History

Touch the Soil News #116 –– includes 1 video   Over the last 20 years, the GMO cartel has scored success after success in controlling seeds, promoting chemical agriculture through plants resistant to pesticides, high level lobbying in Congress, the USDA and the FDA and spending millions to block state referendums to have foods labeled that contain GMO crops. In the process of getting their way, the Monsanto Corporation – the lead organization in creating GMO agriculture – has become popularly labeled as the most hated corporation in the world. Over the last three years, several key states have initiated referendums to label foods containing GMOs only to be marginally…

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Is Monsanto Perceived as the World’s Number 1 Villain Corporation? (Part 2 of 2)

Touch the Soil News #110 –– includes 1 video While the world protests Monsanto, the question often arises: Who is Monsanto? This is a difficult question to answer. Monsanto reported that as of year-end 2014, it has assets of $22 billion and a whopping debt load of $14.1 billion. In this regard, Monsanto’s creditors are indirectly large stakeholders. So in some ways, the creditors are one of the faces of Monsanto. However, Monsanto’s creditors do not have a voting voice and are therefore more interested in Monsanto’s earnings, not what the company does to get its earnings. Stockholders use their votes to influence the business practices employed. We can also…

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Is Monsanto Perceived as the World’s Number 1 Villain Corporation? (Part 1 of 2)

Touch the Soil News #109 includes 1 video There is an old saying – opposition strengthens your enemy against you. In this case, Monsanto is learning the hard way what fighting against the public will can do. The more Monsanto fights and employs political lobbying and lawsuits against farmers to get its way, the more the people are growing in opposition. Depending upon the poll, it is common knowledge that approximately 90 percent of Americans want foods labeled that have GMO ingredients. Monsanto’s official position (from their Website) on this issue is as follows: “We oppose current initiatives to mandate labeling of ingredients developed from GM (genetically modified) seeds in…

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