90 Percent of Corn Seeds Are Coated With Bayer's Bee-Decimating Pesticide | Mother Jones: "When a company dominates markets and can buy lobbying power in Washington, its products don't actually have to work, I suppose."
When seed companies decided to begin genetic storage of all the seeds in the world, it was ground breaking news. Now it has become a capitalists' domination of the market: Genetically Engineered [GE] Seeds. The first and largest player is Monsanto:
" ... The Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world's leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed in the Roundup brand, and in other brands. Monsanto is also the second largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed; it provides the technology in 49% of the genetically engineered seeds used in the US market. It is headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri.Monsanto has been one of top ten chemical companies since 1940's ...
("Monsanto CFO to retire." St. Louis Business Journal. Wednesday 12 August 2009. Retrieved on 19 August 2009.) ... "
The 1940s saw Monsanto become a leading manufacturer of plastics, including polystyrene and synthetic fibers. Since then, it has remained one of the top 10 US chemical companies. Other major products have included the herbicides 2,4,5-T, DDT, and Agent Orange used primarily during the Vietnam War as a defoliant agent (later found to be contaminated during manufacture with highly carcinogenic dioxin), the artificial sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet), bovine somatotropin (bovine growth hormone (BST)), and PCBs....Also in this decade, Monsanto operated the Dayton Project, and later Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio, for the Manhattan Project, the development of the first nuclear weapons and, after 1947, the Atomic Energy Commission. ("Monsanto Held Liable For PCB Dumping". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 April 2010.)In 2009 Monsanto is still very large and dominant in chemical markets, but anti-trust rules are being scrutinized by the Department of Justice, and litigation from around the world has made Monsanto a different kind of headliner.
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Since 1982 Monsanto has developed GE seed and experimented with crops of them in use.
In January 2010, Monsanto was named company of the year by Forbes.
Monsanto is the largest producer of glyphosate herbicides through its popular brand, Roundup. A report released in June 2011 linked glyphosate to birth defects in frog and chicken embryos at dilutions much lower than those used in agricultural and garden spraying. (Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark? by Michael Antoniou, Mohamed Ezz El-Din Mostafa Habib, C Vyvyan Howard, Richard Jennings, Carlo Leifert, Rubens Onofre Nodari, Claire Robinson, John Fagan. Earth Open Source, 2011)CONCLUSION: Monsanto has its finger in everyone's soup ... worldwide.