An anonymous tip was the basis for a warrant for a SWAT team
to hold small farmers at gunpoint in handcuffs while the cops
took their okra and tomatoes and code compliance officers mowed the grass.
Is your grass mowed to code?
If sometimes not, maybe you’ll agree police militarization has gone too far.
Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for
marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden
farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a
Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law
enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The
police seized “17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, Continue reading →
The agricultural giant was found to have been selling genetically modified cotton seeds without labeling them as such. Between 2002 and 2007, Monsanto’s seeds were illegally sold in several Texas counties where the seeds are explicitly banned.
The seeds — known as Bollgard and Bollgard II — were genetically engineered to produce the insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), and Texas officials were concerned that using the seeds would lead to pest resistance.
But that didn’t stop Monsanto from bamboozling buyers into purchasing the illegal seeds.
Here’s the bad news: Monsanto’s market cap is $29.5 billion,
so the fine is less than a hundredth of a percent of that.
Still, the fines keep going up. Maybe eventually they’ll get big enough to sting.
Or we could just trust the company that made Agent Orange and DDT.
Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.’s business practices
reveal how the world’s biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors,
controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the
multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated
Press investigation has found.
Why should you care?
Declining competition in the seed business could lead to price hikes
that ripple out to every family’s dinner table. That’s because the corn
flakes you had for breakfast, soda you drank at lunch and beef stew you
ate for dinner likely were produced from crops grown with Monsanto’s