Welcome!

News Feed Item

Socially Responsible Investor Demands Monsanto Company Allow Cameras Inside Annual Shareholder Meeting

GMO Food Protests Outside Monsanto 2013 Annual Shareholder Meeting

CREVE COEUR, Mo., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Occupy-Monsanto.com -- On Thursday, January 31, 2013, the Monsanto Company officers and shareholders will vote on a shareholder proposal to create a study of "material financial risks or operational impacts" associated with its chemical products and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  However, the public does not currently have the right to witness what will be the only democratic vote of accountability on Monsanto's leadership because the company bans cameras inside their Annual Shareholder Meeting.

"Monsanto pledges transparency, but provides very little," says Adam Eidinger, an organic food activist and Monsanto shareholder who organized a march from NY to Washington DC on behalf of honest food labeling in 2011.  For the second year in a row, Eidinger will present a shareholder resolution on behalf of Napa, California-based Harrington Investments (HII) with help from the Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA).

Monsanto Company's website has a page titled "Our Pledge" which includes a section that says: "Transparency: We will ensure that information is available, accessible, and understandable." ( http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/pages/monsanto-pledge.aspx )

"By keeping cameras out of their Annual Shareholder Meeting, Monsanto is not fulfilling its pledge to shareholders who are unable to attend, the majority of Americans who are eating the products created by Monsanto Company's patented technology, farmers who are keen to know about future plans of their seed & herbicide provider, and members of the media who report on the company," says Eidinger. 

Last year Eidinger was forced to sneak an undercover camera into the Annual Shareholder Meeting because safe food activists were concerned about Monsanto Company's lack of transparency.  The grainy footage has been viewed more than 50,000 times (see here)  "I shouldn't be required to break the rules in order to uphold Monsanto Company's pledge of transparency," says Eidinger.

The shareholder proposal Eidinger will speak for represents one of the strongest signals to date that the Monsanto Company is facing growing consumer, legal, and regulatory uncertainties.  From spending over 8 million dollars to prevent labeling of genetically engineered foods in California to the upcoming Supreme Court case Bowman v. Monsanto, the Company must become more transparent and that begins with being transparent with its shareholders. 

PROTESTS PLANNED

The Annual Shareholder Meeting itself is only open to shareholders but concerned citizens will be demonstrating outside the northeast entrance to Monsanto Company's Creve Coeur campus beginning at 12:00 noon.  The Monsanto Company headquarters is located at 800 North Lindberg Boulevard in St. Louis, MO.

"When people say 'evil corporation,' it's Monsanto that first comes to mind for many activists," says Gene Crimes, an anonymous activist with Occupy Monsanto.  "Until Monsanto changes its strong-armed tactics, they should expect more protests in the future."  In 2012 there were over 100 demonstrations against the Monsanto Company around the world, including protests on five different Hawaiian islands, three at Monsanto Company's headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri along with 60 others across the US.  In Argentina, Japan, Poland, Canada, Peru, Philippines, Spain, and numerous others countries people protested at Monsanto Company offices on September 17, 2012.  Seven people are currently facing criminal charges from blockading Monsanto Company's Oxnard, California facility from shipping GMO seeds to farmers for 6 hours.

"Last fall Monsanto showed that it can subvert the democratic process by spending millions of dollars to spread lies," says Gene Crimes.  By spending over 45 million dollars to prevent GMO labeling in California's Proposition 37, Monsanto and other biotechnology & processed food companies outspent their opposition by a factor of 5 to 1. "If Monsanto is so proud of its products, why are they spending millions of dollars to keep Americans in the dark about what they are eating."

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS

Eidinger will be available for interview before and after the Annual Shareholder Meeting, to which he will drive in a "Label GMO Foods" art car. Representatives from HII and PANNA will be also available for interview before and after the Annual Shareholder Meeting. Eidinger's remarks will be available by request.

In its statement recommending shareholders to vote against the HII resolution, Monsanto management said that, "Farmers should have the freedom to choose the production method best suited for their environments, markets and needs, whether organic, non-GM conventional, or products improved through biotechnology. All of the agricultural systems can and do work effectively side by side."

John Harrington, CEO of Harrington Investments questions the veracity of Monsanto's statement: "While I am heartened by Monsanto's sudden concern for the freedom of farmers, the unfortunate reality facing American farmers right now, is that genetic drift from GMO crops is contaminating their conventional and organic crops. This can be disastrous because many GMO crops cannot be sold to important markets, such as Europe, China and Japan. The potential legal implications for Monsanto are staggering.  With the rise of Round-Up resistant 'superweeds' the company is simply telling farmers to spray even more toxic herbicides including 2,4 D, the main ingredient in Agent Orange. Many people are struggling to avoid GMO's and chemicals used on them in the food they eat due to serious health and environmental concerns, yet Americans have no right to know what we are eating largely due to the close ties Monsanto has to President Obama's USDA, EPA, and FDA, which have not satisfied more than 1 million Americans who have signed on to the JustLabelIt.org's petition to the FDA."

More information at http://Occupy-Monsanto.com .

SOURCE Occupy-Monsanto.com

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Regardless of what business you’re in, it’s increasingly a software-driven business. Consumers’ rising expectations for connected digital and physical experiences are driving what some are calling the "Customer Experience Challenge.” In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Marco Morales, Director of Global Solutions at CollabNet, will discuss how organizations are increasingly adopting a discipline of Value Stream Mapping to ensure that the software they are producing is poised to o...
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @CloudExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
For financial firms, the cloud is going to increasingly become a crucial part of dealing with customers over the next five years and beyond, particularly with the growing use and acceptance of virtual currencies. There are new data storage paradigms on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive financial data around the world without touching terrestrial networks. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Cliff Beek, President of Cloud Constellation Corporation, w...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that EARP Integration will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EARP Integration is a passionate software house. Since its inception in 2009 the company successfully delivers smart solutions for cities and factories that start their digital transformation. EARP provides bespoke solutions like, for example, advanced enterprise portals, business intelligence systems an...
IBM helps FinTechs and financial services companies build and monetize cognitive-enabled financial services apps quickly and at scale. Hosted on IBM Bluemix, IBM’s platform builds in customer insights, regulatory compliance analytics and security to help reduce development time and testing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Tom Eck, Industry Platforms CTO at IBM Cloud, will discuss how these tools simplify the time-consuming tasks of selection, mapping and data integration, allowing developers ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Progress, a global leader in application development, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enterprises today are rapidly adopting the cloud, while continuing to retain business-critical/sensitive data inside the firewall. This is creating two separate data silos – one inside the firewall and the other outside the firewall. Cloud ISVs oft...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outscale, a global pure play Infrastructure as a Service provider and strategic partner of Dassault Systèmes, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2010, Outscale simplifies infrastructure complexities and boosts the business agility of its customers. Outscale delivers a secure, reliable and industrial strength solution for its customers, which in...
Interested in leveling up on your Cloud Foundry skills? Join IBM for Cloud Foundry Days on June 7 at Cloud Expo New York at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Foundry Days is a free half day educational conference and networking event. Come find out why Cloud Foundry is the industry's fastest-growing and most adopted cloud application platform.
In order to meet the rapidly changing demands of today’s customers, companies are continually forced to redefine their business strategies in order to meet these needs, stay relevant and continue to see profitable growth. IoT deployment and development is integral in this transformation, and today businesses are increasingly seeing the value of investing their resources into IoT deployments. These technologies are able increase ROI through projects such as connecting supply chains or enabling sm...
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloud Academy is the industry’s most innovative, vendor-neutral cloud technology training platform. Cloud Academy provides continuous learning solutions for individuals and enterprise teams for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most popular cloud computing technologies. Ge...
When NSA's digital armory was leaked, it was only a matter of time before the code was morphed into a ransom seeking worm. This talk, designed for C-level attendees, demonstrates a Live Hack of a virtual environment to show the ease in which any average user can leverage these tools and infiltrate their network environment. This session will include an overview of the Shadbrokers NSA leak situation.
As cloud adoption continues to transform business, today's global enterprises are challenged with managing a growing amount of information living outside of the data center. The rapid adoption of IoT and increasingly mobile workforce are exacerbating the problem. Ensuring secure data sharing and efficient backup poses capacity and bandwidth considerations as well as policy and regulatory compliance issues.
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.