New Report on Monsanto details the power & influence of one of the most dangerous global corporations
Earlier today, the national organization Food & Water Watch released a new report on the multinational corporate Monsanto.
The new report provides an overview of the biotechnology giant that now holds 1,676 patents on seeds, plants and other agricultural applications. Monsanto’s products are grown on over 282 million acres worldwide, including 40 percent of all U.S. crop acreage. The report outlines Monsanto’s history and its undue influence over lawmakers, regulators, academic research and consumers.
“Even though you won’t find the Monsanto brand on a food or beverage container at your local grocery store, the company holds vast power over our food supply,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of the book Foodopoly. “This power is largely responsible for something else we cannot find on our grocery store shelves – labels on genetically engineered food. Not only has Monsanto’s and other agribusinesses’ efforts prevented the labeling of GE foods, but they spend millions to block grassroots efforts like California’s Prop 37 in order to keep consumers in the dark.”
Monsanto: A Corporate Profile provides a deep-dive into Monsanto’s history as a heavy industrial chemical manufacturer; a reality at odds with the environmentally friendly, feed-the-world image that the company spends millions trying to convey. The report offers a timeline of milestones in the company’s history including chemical disasters, mergers and acquisitions, and the first genetically engineered plant cell.
The 20-page report covers numerous aspects of the corporation, such its history, the tactics it uses to impose its will on the public, their global reach and the PR practices.
Other areas the report explores that this writer found valuable is Monsanto’s political influence with federal policy and the company’s relationship to other corporations, demonstrating an interlocking system of power, as you can see in the following graphics.