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You Know What Monsanto Can Go And Do To Itself?

Their entire company strategy is built upon patents, ownership, and rights: it's no wonder Monsanto are so litigious.

13 July 2003

Monsanto has a charitable arm, it's called the Monsanto Fund.


The front of the Monsanto Fund humbly quotes Ghandi: "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." And no one wants to change the world as much as Monsanto does. They want to create a new world in their own (patented) image.

Charming that a vast multinational corporation whose primary aim is to own and alter the genetic structure of our foodstuffs (and control third world farming markets) is quoting a man who lived on nuts, fruits and seeds - who preferred to live on foods that were freely given by the plant.

Freely given? Not in Monsanto's vocabulary.

So anyway...

Oakhurst Dairy Inc. is a company based in Maine. The company's milk cartons carry the slogan: "Our farmers pledge: no artificial growth hormones."

Monsanto make Posilac, the most widely used artificial growth hormone. It is used on roughly a third of America's 9 million dairy cows. The use of such hormones is banned in Canada and the EU.

Monsanto has filed a suit against Oakhurst, to try and get an injunction preventing the company from using their labels saying "no artificial growth hormones."

In a statement, Monsanto said: "these misleading representations directly disparage Monsanto's Posilac bovine somatotropin product and the milk from cows supplemented with bovine somatotropin."

Well, if Monsanto are so damned proud of their growth hormones, why don't they urge milk producers who *do* use milk from cows given Posilac to say so on their cartons. Why hide their light under a bushel? They need their own slogans. Something snappy:

"Guaranteed: contains Posilac bovine somatotropin! Yummy!"

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