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Monsanto Fined for Bribery in 2005 Yet Still Major US Food Supplier

monsanto fined for briberyAs the debate over Genetically Modified foods rages on between GMO supporters and deniers, even the mere definition of credible science has been debated.

There are several reasons why GMO’s haven’t been independently tested, but the main struggle for independent researchers has been getting a hold of strains and seeds of GMO plants still in test phase.

This is mostly because new strains and designs of GMOs are highly protected industry trade secrets in an age where corporate espionage is not beyond the ethics of competitors.

Supporters of GMOs use science as a shield to protect their industry, while opponents claim that a lot of GMO science has been done strictly by that same industry, and is twisted or distorted to fit industry needs, whether it be safety, or promotion of a new product.

It difficult to sort out all of the word-smithing done by well educated folks on both sides of the proverbial GM coin.  That’s why, for me, one of the biggest arguments to be made regarding Monsanto’s international promotion of GMO’s is an ethical argument.

Monsanto has almost always had a shady history; however bribery in particular is one of the most frowned upon ethical red flags when it comes to corporate behaviour.

Monsanto Fined for Bribery in Indonesian Case

One of the prime examples of Monsanto’s GMO agenda was the Indonesian bribery scandal.

According to the US authorities, from 1997 to 2002 Monsanto made some $700,000 in illegal “donations” to at least 140 current and former Indonesian government officials and family.

$373,990 was used to purchase land and build a house for the wife of Ministry of Agriculture, Soleh Solahudin.  Mr. Solahudin was Minister of Agriculture from 1998-99 and was able to waive strict cultivation guidelines.  Due mostly to the efforts of this persuasion, the cultivation of GM crops was eventually allowed in Indonesia in 2000.

The most laughable part about the revelation of this bribery scandal is the fact that it all started with Monsanto itself.  The bribery was uncovered through poor documentation and overstated sales of Monsanto’s pesticides and herbicides in Indonesia.  After Monsanto’s shares rose 4.5% in January of 2005, Indonesian investigators began taking in officials suspected of involvement.

Monsanto was fined for bribery to the tune of $1.5 million after their admission.  This admission was accompanied by Monsanto’s claim of responsibility for its employee’s actions.  Legally they were let off the hook; as fines can reach a cool $2million per offense (remember up to 140 officials were allegedly bribed).

Additional Claims of Monsanto Bribery

But wait, this is not an isolated event.  After doing some digging, I uncovered other claims, closer to home, of Monsanto’s financial persuasion.  The Ottawa Post reported:

Veterinary scientists from Health Canada’s Human Safety Division testified yesterday that they are being pressured to approve a controversial hormone intended to boost milk production in dairy cattle. “We have been pressured and coerced to pass drugs of questionable safety, including rBST,” Dr. Shiv Chopra told the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.

Health Canada scientists were allegedly offered between $1 and $2 million dollars by Monsanto Inc. representatives.  Dr. Margaret Haydon stated that it was an offer that could only be interpreted as a bribe.

Monsanto’s shady and underhanded dealings do not revolve only around bribery.  Monsanto has attempted to test and grow modified crops in countries that do not allow GM crops, by promising unknowing farmers free seed to grow a new variety of crop.

This was the case with cotton farmer Basanna Hunsole, who was promised wonderful results, but not told that he was growing a banned GM crop.  Hunsole was shocked to find out that, in a government report listing test sites for Monsanto’s BT-Cotton, that his farm was listed among them.

The cotton was pulled from the ground, stacked in the middle of the field and set on fire, ‘sparking’ a grassroots movement aptly named ‘Operation Cremate Monsanto’.

Oh, and lastly we can’t forget the recent Wikileaks cable that distinctly showed the US ambassador Craig Stapleton threatening retaliation against EU countries that resisted GMO crops.  An article from the Guardian regarding that cable also discussed the pressure put on the pope to back GMO crops, and Spain’s involvement with the US in the GMO agenda..

Monsanto is a National Security Threat

monsanto fined for briberyWhy are most of Monsanto’s public statements apologies, or defensive statements regarding the safety or science of their products?  How are they continually allowed to pass new strains of foods onto the public without sufficient independent testing?

The answers lie in their agile ability to integrate and adapt into government in all parts of the world.

Every country has a department of Agriculture, and it’s a field that has been fairly unwatched by the general public. It is also a field that has become completely infiltrated and overwhelmed by Monsanto’s political weight.  At some point the public will need to demand more exposure of this grand issue on mainstream media sources.

Regardless of all the scientific debates revolving around the GMO issue, political backpedalling shouldn’t be the norm with a corporation that already controls 85%-90% of all food produced in the US.  That just indicates that the systems set up for our vulnerable food safety needs an immediate assessment.

–>    htm

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