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Monsanto Takeover? Corporate Cabal's Control of Food Supply Continues

Monsanto Takeover? Corporate Cabal's Control of Food Supply Continues
Mergers like Bayer's rumored takeover of Monsanto 'would make it even harder for farmers, consumers and communities to build a vibrant, sustainable food system' German chemical giants Bayer AG and BASF SE are both considering takeovers of U.S. seed behemoth Monsanto, according to news reports on Thursday. Of the potential Bayer takeover of Monsanto, valued at roughly $40 billion, Bloomberg noted that it "would create the world’s largest supplier of seeds and farm chemicals."
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Big Ag Plays Hardball, Why Shouldn't Progressives?

Big Ag Plays Hardball, Why Shouldn't Progressives?
MoveOn.org's script for people to use when asking legislators to push for GMO-labeling is weak. Here's something with a little more teeth to use when calling your representatives.
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VT to Become First State Requiring GMO Labeling on Foods

VT to Become First State Requiring GMO Labeling on Foods
The American public overwhelmingly approves labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods, but so far powerful lobbying has stifled any regulations. Until now. Vermont's legislature approved a measure to require GMO labeling that the Governor has promised to sign.
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How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It

How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It
Monsanto is valued at $60 billion in the marketplace with 525 million shares outstanding, but the three largest mutual fund shareholders, Vanguard, Fidelity and State Street, own nearly 16 percent of Monsanto stock. By comparison, the seed giant’s CEO Hugh Grant owns less than 1 percent.
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France Stands Up to Monsanto in a Big Way

France Stands Up to Monsanto in a Big Way
France’s agriculture ministry has moved to temporarily banned the sale, use and cultivation of Monsanto’s MON 810 genetically engineered (GE) corn—the only variety that had been authorized in the European Union (EU).
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Everything You Wanted/Didn't Want to Know About GMOs ('Cause They're Scary and You Eat Them)

Everything You Wanted/Didn't Want to Know About GMOs ('Cause They're Scary and You Eat Them)
Mother Jones contributing writer Tom Philpott explains what GMOs actually are, what the industry claims about GMOs, why measuring the health effects of GMO foods is difficult, dangerous implications of GMO on the very idea of food, the danger of food patent rights, how the agriculture companies failed to deliver innovation through GMO innovations, why GMOs lead to more intensive industrial agriculture and the real way to cut the use of chemicals in farming.
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Supreme Court Sides With 'Notorious Patent Bully Monsanto'

Supreme Court Sides With 'Notorious Patent Bully Monsanto'
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a group of farmers the right to challenge Monsanto's seed patents, a decision critics charge allows the biotech giant's "reign of intimidation" to continue.
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Terminator-Strength Soybean Seeds Propel Monsanto to Sky-High First Quarter Earnings

Terminator-Strength Soybean Seeds Propel Monsanto to Sky-High First Quarter Earnings
Monsanto reported better-than-expected first quarter earnings Wednesday on higher sales of the company's insect-repelling and herbicide-resistant soybean seeds in Latin America. Monsanto, which has dominated the bioengineered-seed business for more than a decade, expects earnings growth in the "mid-to-high-teens" for fiscal 2014, based largely on international seed sales in Latin America, Asia and other emerging markets.
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Maize of Ambiguities: EU Moves Closer to Approving GMO Corn

Maize of Ambiguities: EU Moves Closer to Approving GMO Corn
The European Union moved closer to approving the cultivation of a second genetically modified corn on the continent despite years of objections by environmental groups and widespread apprehension about GMO food among European consumers.
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Raf Casert
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Monsanto Reports Loss as Seed Sales Decline; Buys Weather Data Firm for $930M Cash

Monsanto Reports Loss as Seed Sales Decline; Buys Weather Data Firm for $930M Cash
Monsanto reported worse-than-expected losses for its fiscal fourth quarter on Wednesday, due to lower sales of its genetically engineered seeds. The company forecast for fiscal 2014 also came in below Wall Street expectations, and it revealed plans to buy farming software and data firm The Climate Corporation. The combination sent shares lower in premarket trading.
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Matthew Perrone
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