Monsanto is bailing out of Europe. Protests work!

  • Published on June 3rd, 2013

Monsanto: I am not a science experimentWhen thousands marched last month to protest Monsanto’s dominance of agriculture in the US with their dangerous GMO seeds, a lot of people didn’t even bother. Everybody knows protests and demonstrations don’t actually accomplish anything, right?

Well guess what? Sometimes they work. Monsanto admitted yesterday that they are not going to apply for approval of any new genetically modified (GMO) seeds in Europe. Folks over there just don’t like the poor ol’ chemical/agricultural behemoth, and they just aren’t nice to them.

“As long as there’s not enough demand from farmers for these products and the public at large doesn’t accept the technology, it makes no sense to fight against windmills,” the company’s German spokeswoman, Ursula Luettmer-Ouazane, said Sunday. “It’s obvious that Europe needs more time, while other regions have embraced our concepts more readily.”

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Europe is way ahead of the US, where Monsanto’s seeds for corn, soybeans, sugar beets and other crops control more than 90 percent and higher of the market, and the company also dominates the regulators at the FDA and the Department of Agriculture who should be controlling it (See: Monsanto employees in the halls of government, part 1 and part 2) and courts consistently rule in Monsanto’s favor.

InEurope, in contrast:

  • Eight governments have banned Monsanto products
  • Courts are completely unsympathetic
  • Farmers have rejected Monsanto’s seeds, and the chemicals and restrictions on business freedoms that come with them

Other GMO companies are backing out of Europe, as well, but Monsanto is the 500-pound gorilla of the business world, so this could make a big difference. And this despite our own government’s pathetic efforts to shill for Monsanto (and arm-twist their European counterparts over GMOs).

The big question: Is it simply too late to mobilize Americans in the same way? Or are we just waking up to the risks of feeding our children questionable GMO food?

If Europe can do it, so we can….




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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.


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