Corporate pesticide maker Monsanto, which has faced several recent lawsuits against its products, is paying farmers to use its controversial weedkiller XtendiMax with VaporGrip, an herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, Yahoo News reported.
The incentive to use XtendiMax aims to refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray it on soybeans that Monsanto engineered to resist it, according to company data.
‘We believe cash-back incentives for using XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology better enable growers to use a management system that represents the next level of weed control,’ said Ryan Rubischko, Monsanto product manager.
Monsanto faces bans and restrictions of its pesticides in several states due to damaged crops from its product which affected 3.1 million acres in nearly two dozen states, according to Reuters.
XtendiMax costs about $11 per acre to buy, and Monsanto is offering an extra $6 per acre in cash back to farmers when they apply it on Xtend soybeans, rather than using another seed-and-chemical combination to control weeds.
The rebate means farmers can receive up to $11.50 per acre in cash back next year when they use XtendiMax along with other approved chemicals, such as one called Intact that aims to prevent drift and costs $2.40 per acre, according to Monsanto.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 14, 2017.
Forget spraying pesticides on your food, now they’ll be genetically engineered to be in your food, thanks to Monsanto’s latest quiet approval via the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA just told Monsanto they could go ahead and bypass spraying our crops with carcinogenic chemicals like Round Up and just go ahead and breed them right into the crops themselves. Using a process called RNA interference, Monsanto’s RNAi plant will supposedly kill pesky rootworms when they come along to chomp on them- but what else will these genetically modified crops do to beneficial bugs, the soil, and human health? The EPA has no idea, because they haven’t done a single trial on RNAi-altered crops.
Nonetheless, the EPA quietly gave Monsanto a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card by allowing them to move forward with their genetically modified corn strain. Some are calling this a genetic weapon, in its infancy. Others are concerned that RNAi will have ramifications for the biosphere that – just like all of Monsanto’s other products – don’t come to light for years to come.
For instance, the National Honey Bee Advisory Board said in comments submitted to the E. P. A. before a ‘meeting’ in which this controversial genetic technology was to be reviewed,
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JULY 13, 2017.
In a transaction that will allow Bayer to command more than a quarter of the combined world market for seeds and pesticides, not to mention is set to be the biggest M&A deal for 2016, Reuters reported that Bayer has won over Monsanto’s management with a $128 per-share cash offer to acquire the global seed market leader, in a deal worth $66 billion.
Bayer has signed a deal that includes a fee of $2 billion should the transaction fail to get regulatory clearance as planned, the Reuters source said. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2017, the source told Reuters on Wednesday.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 14, 2016.
A little over a year ago, GMO giant Monsanto was furious at the World Health Organization for linking glypshophate, the chief ingredient in weed killer Roundup, to cancer. As a result Monsanto immediately demanded that WHO retract said report, saying that the report was biased and contradicts regulatory findings that the ingredient, glyphosate, is safe when used as labeled.
A working group at WHO said after reviewing scientific literature it was classifying glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Howeber Monsanto was relentless and said that “we question the quality of the assessment,” according to Philip Miller, Monsanto vice president of global regulatory affairs. “The WHO has something to explain.”
In retrospect it may have been Monsanto who had something to explain, which it did, indirectly, when last week another report was released, this time from the U. N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), according to which Roundup’s glyphosphate is unlikely to cause cancer in people. Continuing the explanation, diazinon and malathion, two other pesticides reviewed by the committee, which met last week and published its conclusions on Monday, were also found to be unlikely to be carcinogenic.
“In view of the absence of carcinogenic potential in rodents at human-relevant doses and the absence of genotoxicity by the oral route in mammals, and considering the epidemiological evidence from occupational exposures, the meeting concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet,” the committee said.
As Reuters itself notes, the conclusions appear to contradict the abovementioned finding by the WHO’s Lyon-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which in March 2015 said glyphosate is “probably” able to cause cancer in humans and classified it as a ‘Group 2A’ carcinogen. This is when the alarm bells at Monsanto went off and, according to some, the company’s spending on favorable reports shot through the roof. The result was immediate.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/22/2016.
An oligopoly takes shape to corner the human food supply.
The hunter, it seems, has become the hunted. After wresting control of roughly a quarter of the global seeds market by acquiring a massive portfolio of seed companies, including Agroceres, Asgrow, Cristiani Burkard, Dekalb, Delta & Pine and the seeds division of Cargill North America, Monsanto now suddenly finds itself on the menu of two very powerful, much bigger rivals.
On Thursday, it was reported that Germany’s two chemical-industry titans Bayer and BASF, both of which have a market capitalization more than double Monsanto’s, are mulling a takeover bid.
Reaping a Whirlwind
In many ways, Monsanto has only itself to blame. When it launched a hostile bid for Swiss-based pesticides behemoth Syngenta last year, it sparked a massive consolidation race in the agrochemical industry. In the end it was the Chinese state-owned giant ChemChina that walked away with the spoils, at a dizzying price of 43 billion.
This post was published at Wolf Street by Don Quijones ‘ May 17, 2016.
Earlier today, one of the most hyped M&A deals currently on the block was unexpectedly yanked, when seed giant Monsanto announced that it would drop its $46 billion takeover bid for Swiss pesticides firm Syngenta. While the deal was strongly resisted, it was largely expected it would pass as a result of the near-monopoly agri- biotech that would be formed as a result, and that MON would sweeten the offer enough until it got the target’s approval. It did not and as a result, Syngenta stock crashed earlier today, tumbling as much as 20%.
As WSJ reminds us, Monsanto, the world’s largest seller of seeds, proposed in late April a deal that would have created a world leader in both seed and pesticide sales. The St. Louis-based company says the new entity would be better equipped to formulate new products and bring them quickly to farm fields.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/26/2015.
Dan Romig, who along with his father co-founded Trigen Seed LLC in 1993 and bloodstresold to Limagrain Cereal Seeds in 2010, is an insider in the seeds industry. His father was head of R&D at Northrup King, a subsidiary of Syngenta, which Monsanto is currently trying to acquire.
The combined Monsanto-Syngenta behemoth would control a third of the globe’s seed and pesticides markets.
Among the controversies surrounding Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship product, and largest selling weed killer in the world, there is this one: the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a component of the UN’s World Health Organization, declared that glyphosate, one of the active ingredients in Roundup, is ‘probably carcinogenic.’
Don Quijones, in his article on WOLF STREET, Monsanto Bites Back, vivisected the implications of the Monsanto-Syngenta deal and issues surrounding glyphosate.
This post was published at Wolf Street by Wolf Richter ‘ May 26, 2015.
(Nutritional Anarchy.com) It seems the entire food safety system is based around Nietzsche’s dubious assumption of ‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger.’
Maybe that’s decent advice for certain tests and trials of endurance, but it hardly applies to the cumulative effects of chronic exposure to toxins slowly consumed over time.
And yet, even a basic look into the crony capitalist world of the FDA, the USDA and the major manufactures of pesticides, crops, food products and other industrial ingredients makes clear that this understanding was not factored in – deliberately – into the food regulatory system.
For a brief qualification of that, there’s the creation of the 1958 Delaney Clause – which bans known carcinogens from being in food. Pretty straight forward, good idea, but it shook the foundation of the food establishment. As technology allowed detection of more known toxins and lower levels, the de minimusinterpretation was introduced, exempting the application of this law from applying to most low level contamination even of known carcinogens – despite the fact that studies have shown many of these chemicals, metals and otherwise unholy constituents often can cause cancer or disease even at low levels.
So, we have obviously been wary of the many chemical food additives, and laboratory sounding names lurking in boxes and packages of foods throughout the grocery store, at every convenience store… and, of course, restaurants, too, where an ingredients label is not typically offered, and educated guessing or on-the-spot interrogation of underpaid servers must suffice.
What is really in the food?
Who has tested it, and what did they test?
This post was published at NutritionalAnarchy on March 10, 2015.
The year is 2055…
Mutant fish-pigs have taken over the planet and hoarded the world’s food supply.
Entire cities have been taken over.
Lady Liberty has been replaced by an even bigger effigy…
It’s an unspeakably ridiculous downfall of humanity.
And we have one company to thank. Take a wild guess.
Yep. You got it.
Like most man-made disasters, good intentions and a heavy helping of stupidity were at the genesis.
The goal, you see, was to create a ‘super fish-pig.’
(It sounds dumb even saying it.)
In 2033, you see, Monsanto publicly merged with the United States government. Now, with billions of dollars at their disposal, the experiments got real weird.
Though GMOs were completely out of favor by this time (but eaten because that’s all that was left), Monsanto kept on its relentless path. It kept trying to show the world how innovative GMOs were.
Maybe it was guilt. Maybe it was a need to be loved.
But Monsanto should’ve known that it was time to throw in the towel. The Great Food Crisis was still fresh in everyone’s minds.
No one would dare publicly support them. Aside from the crooks and cronies within the government, of course.
Oh, you haven’t heard of the Great Food Crisis?
Well, here’s how it played out.
First, all the bees died. And then all the small farmers were sued or forced out of existence. Yep. All of them.
Then, the superbugs started to get out of control. These little steely-eyed bastards could handle all the pesticides we threw at them. They’d adapted beyond anything Monsanto even thought possible.
In only a few years, the superbugs ravaged through 75% of the United States’ crops before the National Guard could contain them.
Meanwhile, while we devoted all our resources to killing the bugs, the super weeds gained traction.
And just like that… food was scarce. And the rationing began.
This post was published at Laissez Faire on Feb 24, 2015.