Romney’s role in Monsanto’s rise

From Tom Philpott in Mother Jones:

Image via Mother Jones, photo credits: Romney: Chris Devers/WikiMedia Commons; Corn: Africa Studio/Shutterstock

Today, Monsanto looms over the global ag landscape like a colossus. It is the globe’s largest seed purveyor—and its dominant vendor of genetically modified traits. How dominant? Here’s NPR on the company’s mastery over the US GMO market: “More than 9 out of 10 soybean seeds carry [Monsanto’s] Roundup Ready trait. It’s about the same for cotton and just a little lower for corn.” It also sells nearly $1 billion worth of herbicides every three months

But for all its clout, Monsanto is a relatively new player in the Big Ag game. While fellow ag giants like ADM, Cargill, Bunge, and BASF have been in the game for a century or more, as recently as the late 1970s Monsanto was known mostly as a chemical company; herbicides were a relatively small sideline, and genetically modified seeds were just the gleam in the eye of a few scientists in the R&D department. And its flagship chemical business had plunged into crisis. In 1976, Congress banned the highly toxic industrial coolant PCB—the US production of which Monsanto had enjoyed what the Washington Post called a “lucrative four-decade monopoly.” According to the Post, Monsanto had been actively covering up the dangers of PCB exposure for years before the ban, opening the company to a thicket of lawsuits. To make matters worse, the company had also been heavily invested in the toxic pesticide DDT (banned in 1972) and the infamous Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange—both of which carried their own legal and public-relations liabilities.

How did Monsanto pivot from teetering, scandal-ridden chemical giant to mighty high-tech (though still quite controversial) agribiz firm? As the veteran investigative reporter (andMother Jones contributor) Wayne Barrett shows in a new Nation article, a young consultant called Mitt Romney helped push the firm on its highly lucrative new path. Monsanto first tapped the consulting services of the Boston-based consulting firm Bain in 1973, the same year Bain launched. When Romney joined Bain fresh out of Harvard in 1977, he quickly began working with the ailing chemical firm. Here’s Barrett:

Dr. Earl Beaver, who was Monsanto’s waste director during the Bain period, says that Bain was certainly “aware” of the “PCB and dioxin scandals” because they created “a negative public perception that was costing the company money.” So Bain recommended focusing “on the businesses that didn’t have those perceptions,” Beaver recalls, starting with “life science products that were biologically based,” including genetically engineered crops, as well as Roundup, the hugely profitable weed-killer. “These were the products that Bain gave their go-ahead to,” Beaver contends, noting that Romney was a key player, “reviewing the data collected by other people and developing alternatives,” talking mostly to “the higher muckety-mucks.”

In other words, Romney and Bain played crucial roles in shaping Monsanto’s strategy of selling off big chunks of its legacy chemical businesses and reinventing itself as ag-biotech firm….”

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  1. To stop the corruption check out canadiananticorruptionleague.org. This giant can be stopped both in Canada and USA.. First we have to end the corruption.

  2. thebovine

    Occupy Monsanto (Sept. 17) is a national day of action. All across the US there will be events and demonstrations expressing concerns regarding Monsanto’s increasing control of food and Monsanto’s continued aggressive development of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) technology. Many are also voicing demands for labeling foods that contain GMO’s. In Toronto, there will be a demonstration at Queen’s Park, Monday, Sept 17, starting at noon. — from a reader. Thanks SA!

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  4. bzzzzs13

    ROTHSCHILDS THROUGH MONSANTO, OBAMA, NATO,EUROPEAN UNION AND MERKEL PUSH FOR MONSTROUS TRANSATLANTIC STATE

    SOME LINKS ARE BROKEN. IS SUFFICIENT TO JOIN THEM.

    MONSANTO IS PUSHING SECRETELY FOR AN ECONOMIC UNION BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND THE EUROPEAN UNION ( Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP) BUT ALSO FOR Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) AND Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
    ” Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are grabbing headlines around the world. Meanwhile, Asia’s own mega-regional trade deal — the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) — is quietly being negotiated. But it deserves more press: the RCEP could create the world’s largest trading bloc and have significant implications for the world economy. So what would the RCEP cover and who will it benefit? ” http://ronmamita.wordpress.com/ 2013/05/20/tpp-ttip-and-rcep/
    ” The TPP is a proposed free trade agreement under negotiation by (as of August 2013) Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan,[9] Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Strategic_Economic_Partnership
    http://ronmamita.wordpress.com/ 2013/11/13/the-tpp-is-by-far-the-largest-and-most-oppressive-economic-treaty-devised-thus-far/

    ” The threat of the US-EU trade deal http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-6dea-The-threat-of-the-US-EU-trade-deal

    Friday 28th Februay 2014

    The TTIP will allow companies to control governments, writes JEREMY CORBYN
    An ominous veil of secrecy surrounds negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – a sweeping trade deal between the European Union and United States.
    Members of national and European parliaments, like their counterparts in the US Congress, have been kept in the dark about the details.
    What we do know is that its backers claim that the eventual agreement will boost economic jobs and create vast numbers of new jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.
    It is claimed that economic growth will be increased by 0.5 per cent a year by 2027 as a result of this deal.
    There is no hard evidence to back up such figures, but we know for certain that there are going to be big prices to pay along the way.
    In the Commons this week there was a rare discussion by parliamentarians on the potential impact of the TTIP.
    Front benchers were keen to press the idea that fewer barriers between the US and Europe would be an overwhelmingly good thing.
    But there were also serious concerns voiced on the power of corporate lobbyists to undermine parliamentary democracy because the deal will allow them to demand and exercise commercial “rights” that over-ride national sovereignty when it comes to public services and other areas of policy.
    Paisley & Renfrewshire North MP Jim Sheridan expressed concern that “the TTIP will allow companies to wield control over national governments and in the long run may not help those we’re told it will.
    “We should have an agreement that helps ordinary people and not big corporations,” he said.
    The disastrous experience of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) between Canada, Mexico and the US provides cause for deep concern about the TTIP.
    Then, as now, it was promoted as having the potential to create millions of jobs.
    In fact Nafta has resulted in job losses and a race to the bottom as US farm exports flood into Mexico and US companies transfer operations to their poorer neighbour to exploit lower wage rates.
    Today there is huge opposition in all three countries to Nafta.
    War on Want, in an excellent briefing on the TTIP, characterised the deal not as a negotiation between two competing trading partners, but as “an assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations seeking to remove regulatory barriers to their activities on both sides of the Atlantic.”
    This is not a traditional trade agreement but it is all about deregulating society, removing social standards and environmental regulations and ensuring that public services are opened up to private enterprise.
    The secrecy surrounding its contents is so great that not even government officials from EU member states have been allowed to see the documents up front.
    Eventually a final agreement will be released and will be imposed on citizens of EU member states and the US.
    The omens are not good.
    The negotiators see collective labour agreements as a challenge and restriction on business.
    The US has refused to sign most International Labour Organisation conventions on core standards including freedom of association and the right to organise, so it’s hard to see where the TTIP is leading to other than a transatlantic attack on trade unions.
    Rights at work, the working time directive, health and safety legislation, redundancy payments and employment protection were all hard-fought-for gains by trade unions on both sides of the Atlantic.
    Now all this may be put at risk in a levelling down of protections.
    Food standards are also threatened, with enormous pressure from US-based global brands to water down European legislation on GM crops, food safety and animal welfare.
    But the biggest prize of all for those who stand to gain from TTIP are our public services.
    Currently the NHS is required to provide health care free at the point of use for everyone.
    So far Britain’s Tories have retained that principle, but they have built on a lot of what new Labour was trying to do in “opening up” the NHS to private-sector companies.
    Already US health companies are lining up in the hunt for big profits by running sections of the NHS with fewer staff earning lower wages and on worse conditions.
    The threat posed to health services is similar in other European countries, yet tellingly the EU has not sought to exclude health from the TTIP negotiations.
    Public debate on the deal remains strangely absent, but it remains possible that strong trade union opposition to assaults on working conditions could significantly alter the process of negotiations.
    It’s also quite possible that the more isolationist elements in the US Congress will seek to block its passage.
    What’s certain, though, is that the stakes are extremely high.
    The EU is continuing to pursue its central goal of being a place where big business has free rein to operate.
    At the same time US corporations are eyeing up a greater global role.
    And from what little has penetrated the veil of secrecy surrounding negotiations, it appears increasingly that any potential positives for workers, and on environmental issues and public services are being sidelined in favour of greedy bankers and multinationals which see vast profits to be made.

    Jeremy Corbyn is Labour MP for Islington North. http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-threatens-democracy/

    ” The language that was written for the TTIP could open doors for companies like Monsanto, allowing them to push their genetically engineered food production overseas as well as in the United States.
    Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has been a very outspoken critic of the TTIP and the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP, had this to say about the Transatlantic deal:
    “US seed companies that for a decade have been struggling to break the deadlock over the authorization for the cultivation of their [GM] seeds now will be presented with the ultimate opportunity to change the entire process to suit their needs.” ”
    http://21stcenturywire.com/ 2013/07/09/transatlantic-trade-deal-being-pushed-in-secret-amidst-the-nsa-scandal/

    1) WHO CONTROLS MONSANTO ?

    MONSANTO AND BLACKWATER ARE LINKED WITH BILL GATES.
    ” Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The Nation, the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which with this action completed the outing of the mask of “philanthropy.” ”
    http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/12581-machines-of-war-blackwater-monsanto-gates
    http://larouchepac.com/node/27742http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2010/sep/29/gates-foundation-gm-monsanto http://whale.to/a/monsanto_h.html http://whale.to/c/cartels.htmlhttp://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-gmo-seeds-farmer-suicides-every-30-minutes/
    http://larouchepac.com/node/27469http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Monsanto

    BILL GATES IS LINKED WITH THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY AND WITH GOLDMAN SACHS BOTH FRONTS OF THE ROTHSCHILDS.
    http://www.nwrage.org/content/bill-gatess-so-called-philanthropic-foundation-buys-monsanto-and-goldman-sacks-stocks
    ” Gates was made an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates
    ” Lord JACOB ROTHSCHILD, the behind-the-scenes controller of the Inter-Alpha Group, was a partner at Rothschild at the time he set up the Inter-Alpha Group in 1971, using its resources and then leaving in 1980 to continue his special mission, which includes advising the genocidal British Crown and managing the funds of Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall, to finance his kooky, “green” schemes.” http://unitednationsoffilm.com/?p=1728
    ” Prince Charles already played polo with EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD in his student years and later set up the Interfaith consultations with him. ”
    http://www.gnosticliberationfront.com/people_with_the_endless_bios.htm
    EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD ” In 1989, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II,[2] for whom he serves as a financial adviser. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Robert_de_Rothschild
    THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY HAS THE CONTROL OF THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND.
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-charles-dumps-rbs-boss-372885
    BUT THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND IS RELATED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild ).FOR EXAMPLE THROUGH THE PERSONS OF LAURA SCOLAN AND MARK PHILLIPS,ETC..
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/laura-scolan/a/ba1/7b7 http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-phillips/4/5b9/772 http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fortunes-de-France/Benjamin-de-Rothschild-206941

    MONSANTO IS LINKED ALSO WITH COCA COLA, PEPSI, NESTLE AND KRAFT.
    http://fracturedparadigm.com/2013/04/02/boycott-monsanto-a-simple-list-of-companies-to-avoid/
    THEREFORE ALSO COCA COLA, PEPSI, NESTLE AND KRAFT ARE CONNECTED WITH JACOB ROTHSCHILD, BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD, ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD AND EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD.
    ” Pepsi, Nestle scandal – flavour ‘enhanced’ by aborted foetal cells ”
    http://www.investigatemagazine.co.nz/Investigate/2437/pepsi-nestle-scandal-flavour-enhanced-by-aborted-foetal-cells/
    http://truthseeker1313.com/2013/12/04/coke-supports-gmos-sign-the-petition/

    2) ALSO NATO, MERKEL, OBAMA AND EUROPEAN UNION PUSH FOR TRANSATLANTIC DICTATORSHIP.
    http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/us-ambassador-to-germany-trans-atlantic-cooperation-is-indispensable
    http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/__pr/P__Wash/2013/06/19-TTIP-Berlin.html

    ” Talks on the Atlantic portion of the secretive, dictatorial “free trade” policy being pushed by the Obama Administration, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), were cancelled yesterday, just after the cancellation of Obama’s Asian trip dealt a major blow to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.
    Discussions with the EU over the TTIP were supposed to take place in Brussels tomorrow, after a first round of talks was successfully completed in Washington in July. But European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said yesterday that his U.S. counterpart Michael Froman called to say that Washington would not be able to send its delegation because of the government shutdown.
    And over in Bali, Indonesia, U.S. officials battled to put a positive spin on the country’s trade relations with Asia in the wake of President Barack Obama’s no-show at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, the Singapore Straits Times reported.
    Both the TTP and the TTIP remove control of the participating country’s economy, placing it in the governing international trade body, similar to how the Brussels-based European Union usurped sovereignty of the captive European nations. Both treaties are treated as secret, but it is known that provisions of the governing body will override individual nations’ laws on critical matters such as health care, trade flows, and government run or assisted industries. ” http://larouchepac.com/node/28447

    NATO AND MERKEL ARE CONTROLLED BY DEUTSCHE BANK.
    ” Opposition lawmakers and German media have accused Ms. Merkel of hosting a private party at taxpayer expense for the birthday of Mr. Ackermann [FORMER CEO OF DEUTSCHE BANK], an influential but controversial figure in Germany. ”
    ” A German official confirmed that Mr. Ackermann proposed guests’ names to the chancellery. Guests included executives from big German companies such as BASF AG and Siemens AG, as well as media publishers and some leading academics. ” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125133086245062187.html

    NATO THAT IS CONTROLLED BY THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL HAS STRONG RELATIONS WITH DEUTSCHE BANK
    CAIO KOCH-WESER, VICE CHAIRMAN OF DEUTSCHE BANK IS ALSO CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS ADVISORY GROUP (BEAG) OF THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL.
    http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/about/advisory-groups
    ” On April 28 the Atlantic Council held its annual awards dinner at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. where the U.S. State Department is also situated.
    The honorees were headed by former President Bill Clinton, who was given the Distinguished International Leadership Award for his intervention in the Balkans in the 1990s, expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and launching the North American Free Trade Agreement. Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank AG, was presented with the Distinguished Business Leadership Award. ”
    ( Atlantic Council: Securing the 21st Century for NATO http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/74126 )

    WHO CONTROLS DEUTSCHE BANK ?

    WE CAN NOTICE RELATIONS AMONG LORD JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK.
    https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Jacob_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    DAVID HAYSEY HEAD OF PUBLIC EQUITIES AT RIT CAPITAL PARTNERS AND IN THE PAST DIRECTOR AT J ROTHSCHILD CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, BOTH OWNED BY JACOB ROTHSCHILD, HAS BEEN MANAGING DIRECTOR AT DEUTSCHE BANK. http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/david-haysey/1b/470/bb3
    THERE ARE ALSO LINKS AMONG EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK. https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Evelyn_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    LYNN FORESTER DE ROTHSCHILD, THE WIFE OF EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD, IS A DIRECTOR OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
    ” In addition, she serves as a Trustee of the ERANDA Foundation (a Rothschild family foundation), the Outward Bound Trust, the Alfred Herrhausen Society of International Dialogue of Deutsche Bank and the Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank. ”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Forester_de_Rothschild
    DEUTSCHE BANK IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE
    ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild ). http://in.linkedin.com/pub/nicolas-hindi/31/912/265
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-29/728-trillion-presenting-bank-biggest-derivative-exposure-world-hint-not-jpmorgan

    3) EUROPEAN UNION AND OBAMA ARE WELL CONTROLLED BY GOLDMAN SACHS.
    http://prof77.wordpress.com/politics/ an-updated-list-of-goldman-sachs-ties-to-the-obama-government-including-elena-kagan/
    OBAMA IS ALSO A FRIEND OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY, FRONT OF THE ROTHSCHILDS. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13489879
    GOLDMAN SACHS CONTROLS ALSO THE EUROPEAN UNION BECAUSE MARIO DRAGHI, THE CHIEF OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, IS A MAN OF GOLDMAN SACHS. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/what-price-the-new-democracy-goldman-sachs-conquers-europe-6264091.html

    WHO CONTROLS GOLDMAN SACHS ?
    GOLDMAN SACHS IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH WARREN BUFFET A FRIEND OF JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD.
    “Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is the largest shareholder in New York-based Goldman Sachs.”
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aQWV0pN.Y1LQ&pos=1
    Lord JACOB ROTHSCHILD “Hosted the European Economic Round Table conference in 2002 at Waddesdon Manor, attended by such figures as James Wolfensohn, Nicky Oppenheimer, Warren Buffet, and Arnold Schwarzenegger ” https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Jacob_de_Rothschild_bio.htm https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Evelyn_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    GOLDMAN SACHS IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD. http://uk.linkedin.com/in/ruperttipler
    http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Christoph-Ladanyi/23971288
    THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD IS OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild )
    http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fortunes-de-France/Benjamin-de-Rothschild-206941
    ” Benjamin de Rothschild, only son of the late Edmond de Rothschild, was a classic case of great expectations gone astray. Despite being groomed for greatness from a young age, as a teenager he skipped university and instead headed for Los Angeles with dreams of being a film producer. In LA he started taking drugs, and ended up on heroin. Meanwhile, he failed to make it into Hollywood’s charmed circle and bombed as a film-maker. ” http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/poor-little-rich-boys-1097744.html
    http://wikimapia.org/6825620/fr/Chateau-de-Pregnyhttp://www.panoramio.com/photo/77169200https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddesdon http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/http://www.thefullwiki.org/Waddesdon_Manorhttp://www.thefullwiki.org/Ascott_House http://www.breathingenglishair.blogspot.fr/2012/04/ascott-house-buckinghamshire.html

    THESE DANGEROUS ECONOMIC UNIONS ( TTIP TPP RCEP ) HAVE ECONOMIC NATURE BUT, VERY PROBABLY, IN THE FUTURE WILL BECOME ALSO MONETARY UNIONS AND AT THE END WE WILL HAVE A GLOBAL CURRENCY. ALSO THE EUROPEAN UNION STARTED LIKE ECONOMIC UNION BUT THEN BECAME A TOTALITARIAN MONETARY UNION. http://www.singleglobalcurrency.org/documents/ArticleEconomist1988GetReadyforthePhoenix_001.doc

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