|"Then Abimelech and the
companies with him rushed forward and took their stand at the entrance of the
The other two companies rushed against all who were in the
fields and struck them down.
All that day Abimelech fought against the
city until he had captured it and killed its people.
Then he demolished
the city and sowed the fields with salt.
On hearing of this, all the
leaders in the tower of Shechem entered the inner chamber of the temple of
Abimelech was told that all the leaders in the tower of
Shechem were gathered there, he and all his men went up to Mount Zalmon.
Abimelech took his axe in his hand and cut a branch from the trees,
which he lifted to his shoulder, saying to his men, Hurry and do what you
have seen me do.
So each man also cut his own branch and followed
Then they piled the branches against the inner chamber and
set it on fire above them, killing everyone in the tower of Shechem, about a
thousand men and women.
went to Thebez, encamped against it, and captured it.
There was a strong
tower inside the city, and all the men, women, and leaders of the city fled
They locked themselves in and went up to the roof of the tower.
When Abimelech came to attack the tower, he approached its entrance to
set it on fire.
A woman dropped a millstone on Abimelech's head,
crushing his skull.
He quickly called his armor-bearer, saying,
Draw your sword and kill me, lest they say of me, 'A woman killed
So Abimelech's armor-bearer ran his sword through him, and
When the Israelites saw that Abimelech was dead, they all went
home." - Judges 9:44-54
"Combination of agriculture with manufacturing
Point 9 Communist Manifesto,
Karl Heinrich Marx
"The atrocious system of poisoning, by poisons so
slow in their operation, as to make
the victim appear, to ordinary observers, as if
dying from a gradual decay of
nature, has been practiced in all ages." - Charles MacKay
"The Committee of Research and Information on
Genetic Engineering and Universities of Caen and Rouen studied Monsanto's
90-day feeding trials data of insecticide producing Mon 810, Mon 863 and
Roundup® herbicide absorbing NK 603 varieties of genetically modified
The data "clearly underlines
adverse impacts on kidneys
and liver, the dietary
detoxifying organs, as well as different levels of damages to
heart, adrenal glands,
spleen and haematopoietic
system." - Gilles-Eric Séralini,
at the University of Caen
in soil competes with glyphosate for sorption, which ultimately affects the
retention and degradation of glyphosate.
The pre-sorption of phosphates
almost eliminates the chances of glyphosate sorption in some soils. Though in
some soils the availability of phosphate is found to accelerate the degradation
Glyphosate targets 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate
Inhibition of EPSPS by glyphosate retards the
synthesis of essential secondary metabolites and proteins; additionally, it
curbs the vital energy pathways in soil microbes and plants.
residual concentrations harmful effects cannot be ignored.
reveals alteration of soil texture and microbial diversity reducing the
microbial richness and increasing phytopathogenic fungi.
1901 Monsanto Chemical Works founded by
John Francis Queeny, a member of the Knights of Malta.
product is saccharin, sold to Coca-Cola® as an
This is a patent infringment as
saccharin is only
manufactured in Germany.
Department of Agriculture investigates whether replacing
sugar with saccharin violates the Pure Food and Drug Act, a consumer
a saccharin consumer, objects.
Department of Agriculture states food with saccharin
"adulterated" banning it except for use by medical patients who must avoid
1914 World War I starts, and sugar shortages
prompt the government to lift saccharin restrictions.
1915 Caffeine and vanillin are added to Monsanto
product line, and with Coca-Cola as a chief
customer, sales reach $1 million.
1917 Monsanto begins producing
aspirin, becoming the top
producer in the US, a title it held until the 1980s.
1928 Queeny passes on the incorporation to his
son, Edgar M. Queeny.
Monsanto flourishes under the protection of high
biphenyls (PCBs) begin to be distributed.
Total global production of
PCBs on the order of 1.5 million tons - US over 600,000 tons through
European region follows with nearly 450,000 tons through
1933 Expanding, the
incorporation rebrands itself Monsanto Chemical.
One of its products,
styrene, is critical to the US during World War II.
1964 The variety of product offerings prompts a
rebrand as Monsanto.
a government contractor
Monsanto manufactures Agent Orange,
a highly toxic herbicide used
by the US military in Operation Ranch Hand during the
Vietnam War to clear jungles,
starve North Vietnamese
soldiers and South Vietnamese
1974 Monsanto introduces Roundup
1982 Monsanto scientists
are the first to genetically modify a plant cell.
Monsanto acquires the Jacob Hartz Seed known for its soybean
The soya bean (Glycine max) is a species of legume native to East
Jacob Hartz produced the first soybean crop in Arkansas in 1925.
The fact the soybean plant grew well in the nitrogen depleted cotton
and rice fields of Arkansas County led to the growth of the soybean
1984 Vietnam veterans
settle a lawsuit with Monsanto for its role in exposing troops to Agent Orange,
a 50:50 mixture of 2,4,5-T and
2,4-D contaminated with
Vietnamese Ministry of
Foreign Affairs estimates the US military exposed 4.8 million people to
Agent Orange causing 400,000 deaths and
congenital defects in 500,000 babies.
1985 Monsanto buys pharmaceutical firm
patent holder of aspartame -
NutraSweet® artificial sweetener .
a recombinant version of
bovine somatotropin, a bovine growth hormone (BGH, bST and BST) brand-named
Posilac, a synthetic supplement for dairy cows.
"We are going to have to get biodiversity into
gardens and fields, and then eat it.
Biodiversity is not on the edge of
the field or just outside my garden." - Tim Lang
time immemorial to 1994
maize originated in southern Mexico where it was
domesticated from teosinte, a wild
Scientists at four universities analyzed the
DNA sequences of
774 genes in strains of
teosinte and corn.
They found that
a small group of
these genes were alike in all corn strains, but far more varied in teosinte
This implies that these genes, because they shaped corn like
traits, were bred for during domestication.
directed over the course of 10,000
years by human genetic manipulation,
represents some of the most precious and
These landraces will
survive only as long as
the farmers who cultivate
Small Mexican farmers who grow corn in southern Mexico are
responsible for maintaining the genetic diversity of the species.
1994 A river of cheap
American corn begins flooding into
Mexico after NAFTA takes effect.
While US industrial farm
corporations raise a small handful of genetically nearly identical hybrids,
Mexico's small farmers in the past grew hundreds of different, open pollinated
varieties, commonly called landraces.
Carnegie Endowment says this
flood of subsidized
corn has washed away 1.3 million small farmers.
Unable to compete,
they left their land and
immigrated to the US to pick crops - former farmers have become
illegal alien day
1996 to 2004
modified plantings expand to 167 million acres, a 40-fold increase on 25%
of global arable land.
Over two-thirds of American
arable land grows genetically modified plants on more than 106 million
Argentina has 34 million acres,
and production is expanding in Brazil,
2006 Presidential election reveals for every
maquiladora job made (job made by NAFTA) there are
four jobs lost in the
Mexican agricultural sector.
"Biotech companies are keeping university
scientists from researching the effectiveness and
environmental impact of
genetically modified crops." - Andrew Pollack
"If a company can
that appears in the public
domain, they can reduce the potential negatives that can come out of any
research." - Ken Ostlie
"Nearly all of the crops in the US Department of
Agriculture's database of approved genetically engineered varieties have been
modified for résistance to certain insects or to tolerate applications
None increase intrinsic crop yields, nor have traits for
Biotechnologists are finding
drought tolerance to be a major
farming systems have effectively raised yields and improved drought
tolerance; they should receive the lion' share of attention as a route
to increasing food
production." - Doug Gurian-Sherman
Roundup Ready seeds genetically engineered to tolerate Roundup
herbicide are introduced.
Roundup Ready soybeans, corn,
cotton, and other
crops have since dominated every market.
Monsanto licenses corn and
soybean seeds from DeKalb Genetics and buys the
cotton and biotech corporation
Cetus of Madison, Inc. was founded by Winston Brill in
Cetus of Madison, Inc. was focused on finding a rhizobium
species, nitrogen fixation and nodulation in legumes, in the hope of some day
using horizontal gene
transfer to enable maize to have the ability to fix nitrogen.
is a literally insane idea and I thought so at the time.
In 1984 Cetus
sells half of its interest in Cetus of Madison, Inc. to the WR Grace
Co. to become Agracetus, Inc.
Agracetus Campus of Monsanto
Company with 21,700 employees worldwide in 2008 is the largest soybean
transformation laboratory on Earth.
(C20H19NO3), a pyridine based pesticide, is
found effective in protecting cotton crops against whitefly.
Latin American Doctors Suggest Monsanto Larvicide Cause
1998 Under the
leadership of lawyer and former urban affairs professor Robert Shapiro (former
head of NutraSweet® operations), the corporation spins off its chemical
Monsanto then commits to biotech, with the official goal of
helping people "lead longer, healthier lives, at costs that they and their
nations can afford and without
1999 After an $8
billion licensing and buying spree, Monsanto becomes the foremost producer of
genetically modified seeds.
"No truly independent research can be legally done
on many critical questions." - 26 corn insect specialistsMonsanto now produces nearly identical genetically modified corn
The seed from genetically altered hybrid corn is unviable and will
Each year a new supply of seed must be purchased from
Monsanto's MON 810 corn
according to studies published by the Austrian Government.
MON 810 corn contains the Cauliflower Mosaic Virus which, when ingested, lowers
the bodies CD 4 cells to a point which, on immune tests, indicate that a person
The lowered CD 4 cells results from eating genetically
modified corn, the staple of the diet in many parts of Black Africa.
MON 810 is grown in Europe for animal feed and in many places,
including the US, around the world for human food.
agreement from Syngenta not only prohibits research in general but specifically
says a seed buyer cannot compare Syngenta's product with any rival
2000 StarLink®, a GM corn containing two
modifications - a gene for résistance to glufosinate, and a variant of
the bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)
called Cry9C, accidentally gets mixed into human food stock.
StarLink®, Plant Genetic Systems, became Aventis
DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta
control the biotech seed market.
Pioneer, owned by
DuPont, develops a strain
of GM corn containing a toxin to resist corn rootworm.
"A group of
university scientists, working at Pioneer's request, found that the corn also
appeared to kill a species of beneficial ladybug, which indicated that other
helpful insects might also be harmed.
According to a report in the
journal Nature Biotechnology, DuPont research showed no ladybug problems,
and it prohibited the scientists from making the research public." - Doug
Gurian-Sherman, plant pathologist and senior scientist at the Union of
Concerned Scientists in Washington
Monsanto becomes a publicly traded corporation.
2003 EPA approves a version of the corn, known as
The report showing beneficial insect die off is
"The Bt (bacillus
thuringiensis) corn and soy plants that are now everywhere in our
environment are registered as
These insecticidal plants are regulated but are
tested for safety?
Not by the federal departments in charge of food
safety, not in Canada and not in the US." - Thierry Vrain
thuringiensis (or Bt) is a Gram-positive, soil-dwelling bacterium, commonly
used as a biological pesticide.
B. thuringiensis occurs
naturally in the gut of caterpillars of various types of moths and butterflies,
as well on leaf surfaces, aquatic environments, animal feces, insect-rich
environments, and flour mills and grain-storage
2006 Trace amounts of
genetically modified rice are found in US long-grain stocks.
decline in rice futures
costs US growers about $150 million when the European Union, Japan, Russia, and
other markets refuse to purchase rice.
Department of Agriculture
deregulates one of the two grains implicated in the lawsuits in an attempt to
salvage the contaminated rice.
Over 30% of ricelands have been
contaminated with LibertyLink strains of rice designed to be resistant
to the Liberty (gluphosinate) herbicide.
"Traces of LL601
rice were discovered in the rice grain merchandising system in Europe, Africa
and Asia in August 2006." - E. Neal
"Aside from the risks involved in the process of developing this
genetically modified rice residues of the powerful herbicide -
LibertyLink (gluphosinate) - also put at risk those who will be
consuming it on a daily basis and at least two times a day.
should never be allowed to enter Philippine shores again and threaten our rice
supply in the future." - Danny Ocampo
Over 1200 farmers in Texas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri file separate lawsuits against
Bayer CropScience AG.
The total costs incurred throughout the
world as a result of the contamination are estimated
to range from $741 million to $1.285 billion.
Monsanto agrees to pay
$100 million to the University of California for patent infringement of the
bovine growth hormone
2009 Federal jury rules in
re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, 06-MD-01811, US District Court,
Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis) that Bayer
CropScience AG is responsible for the contamination of farmers Ken Bell and
Johnny Hunter long grain rice crops with GMO.
AG admits it is unable to control the spread of GM organisms despite 'the
best practices' to stop contamination.
Bayer CropScience AG is ordered to pay $2 million in
compensatory damages as a cross-pollination event occurred mixing regular and
2010 Haitian farmers burn genetically modified
corn seeds donated by Monsanto after the
National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay call the
charity "a very strong
attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on Creole seeds and on what is left of
environment in Haiti."
Control of World Food Production
Public Patent Foundation, which consists of 60 farmers, seed
businesses, and organic agricultural organizations, files a lawsuit challenging
Monsanto's patents on genetically modified seed.
September 2011 Monsanto collects $85,000 from
Vernon Bowman, an Indiana soy farmer, for patent infringement.
September 2012 A contested study finds that
Roundup herbicide and genetically modified corn cause tumors and organ damage
October 2012 A television
spot opposing Proposition 37, California's genetically engineered food labeling
initiative, is pulled.
It features a fellow from a conservative
think tank posing as a
Stanford University professor and a founding director of the
FDA Office of Tech.
November 2012 Prop. 37 is defeated
corporations are responsible for nearly
90% of the global trade in grain
- ADM, Bunge, Cargill, and Louis Dreyfus.
2013 President Obama signs the
Monsanto Protection Act, which requires the Department of
Agriculture to approve genetically modified crops even if courts have ruled
May 2013 Nine Supreme Court justices
award a patent case to Monsanto against Indiana soybean farmer Vernon
Bowman, ruling that patent exhaustion doesn't apply to Roundup Ready soybean
According to the New York Times, "The
ruling has implications for many aspects of modern agriculture and for
businesses based on vaccines, cell lines and
Zombie wheat prompts
Monsanto to issue a "We're here to help!" statement.
June 2013 Connecticut passes the nation's first
GMO labeling law.
3 weeks later, Monsanto EVP and chief technology
officer Robert T. Fraley wins the World Food Prize, with two other
scientists who work on GMOs.
Monsanto is one of the World Food
Prize biggest sponsors.
Monsanto expands weed-management
which come with cash, for farmers.
Washington state's GMO labeling initiative defeated.
after it ran, the journal that published the study linking GMOs with cancer in
mice, Food and Chemical Toxicology, retracts the paper as the publisher
is purchased by a pro-GMO publisher.
February 2014 The Natural Resources Defense
Council petitions the EPA to review its rules for glyphosate use to save
Monsanto partners with
MIT to form Preceres
LLC, to develop new biological products for pest,
virus, and weed
June 7, 2018 Bayer
CropScience AG completes acquisition of Monsanto.
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