Published on July 30th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe5
Monsanto is Having a Bad Month
A couple of interesting pieces about Monsanto have popped up in the last few weeks, so I thought I’d share them with you together.
Monsanto Official Beaten in India
A few weeks ago, a Monsanto official was beaten up in India because of frustration there about the company’s genetically modified cotton seeds. Our sister site, Planetsave, has the whole story, but the gist is that Bt corn has ruined the lives of many cotton farmers in India. Farmers have been seeking reparations for years, and a couple of weeks ago, a group of farmers took a Monsanto agent to the fields to show him the damage that the GMO cotton was doing to their land. When he refused to admit that the company had made a mistake, they beat him.
I do not advocate violence, even in a situation where it might feel like the only recourse, but at the same time I feel for these farmers who are in such bad shape because of this corporate giant’s policies. What do you think about this one?
Anonymous Takes Down Monsanto Website
Internet hacking group Anonymous is fed up with Monsanto’s growing monopoly on our food supply, too, and they recently released a couple of videos before hacking the company’s website, crashing it, and stealing contact information for 2500 employees.
The first video explains their frustration with the ag giant:
The second video actually shows them taking down the site:
Do you guys think these incidents will have any impact on how Monsanto conducts its business?
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