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A lawsuit filed this week claims that the Monsanto corporation, “motivated by a desire for unwarranted economic gain,” knowingly poisoned farmers that were pressured to use the company’s chemicals.

Farmers from Argentina claim that agricultural giant Monsanto, along with Philip Morris and other major American tobacco companies, asked them to use chemicals on their crops that caused “devastating birth defects.” The plaintiffs say that the corporations being included in the suit were aware of the implications but failed to warn the farmers, instead acting “by a desire for unwarranted economic gain and profit.”

In the suit, filed this week at New Castle County Court in the state of Delaware, Monsanto, Philip Morris and others are said to have “wrongfully caused the parental and infant plaintiffs to be exposed to those chemicals and substances which they both knew, or should have known, would cause the infant offspring of the parental plaintiffs to be born with devastating birth defects.” A 55-page complaint filed in court alleges that those chemicals caused conditions to develop that include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, congenital heart defects, Down syndrome, missing fingers and blindness.

Monsanto, who is no stranger to legal trouble, is named in the suit along with Altria Group fka Philip Morris Cos., Philip Morris USA, Carolina Leaf Tobacco, Universal Corporation fka Universal Leaf Tobacco Company and others.

The plaintiffs in the suit — growers from mostly small, family-owned farms in Misiones Province, Argentina — say they were asked to use herbicides and pesticide produced by Monsanto that were proven to be poisonous. Many farmers insist that they were driven to replace native tobacco crops with a variant favored by Philip Morris which required more pesticides to harvest. From there they were pushed to use Roundup, a Monsanto-made herbicide that, while successful in killing weeds, has ghastly side effects due to its large concentration of the chemical glyphosate.

“Monsanto defendants, the Philip Morris defendants, and the Carolina Leaf defendants promoted the use of Roundup and other herbicides to tobacco farmers in Misiones even though they were on direct and explicit notice that at all relevant times farmers in Misiones, including the instant plaintiffs, lacked the necessary personal protective equipment and other safety knowledge and skills required to minimize harmful exposures to Roundup,” the complaint claims.

Also in the filing, attorneys argue that both Monsanto and Philip Morris “actively recommended and/or required that contracted tobacco farmers, including the instant plaintiffs, purchase excessive quantities of Roundup and other pesticides” while failing to recommend protective measures necessary to combat the health risks that were not made available to the farmers.

“The plaintiff tobacco farmers’ lack of training and instruction on the safe disposal of unused Roundup and other pesticides caused further exposure,” the complaint states. “Leftover pesticides were discarded in locations where they leached into the water supply.”

The farmers insist that that exposure to Monsanto’s pesticides, which they were compelled to use after urging from both the corporation and Big Tobacco firms, caused an array of defects in area children. The legal filing is asking for financial compensation, as well as punitive damages for negligence, product liability, breach of warranty, ultra hazardous activity, aiding and abetting, willful and wanton misconduct and violations of Argentine laws, reports the Courthouse News Service.

Monsanto made waves last week after RT reported that the corporation announced that it would sue the state of Vermont if legislators there approved a bill that would force companies to label food stuffs that are made from genetically modified crops. Following a warning from Monsanto, the state suspended voting on the measure.

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‘The truth has once again shaken the foundation of the ‘American Tower of Babel’ that is mainstream science, with a new study out of Harvard University showing that pasteurized milk product from factory farms is linked to causing hormone-dependent cancers. It turns out that the concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) model of raising cows on factory farms churns out milk with dangerously high levels of estrone sulfate, an estrogen compound linked to testicular, prostate, and breast cancers.’

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(NaturalNews) If the natural health community really wants to get serious about hitting evil corporations like Monsanto where it hurts, then it is time to start boycotting the companies that support, invest in, or otherwise have a relationship with Monsanto and its partner companies. And this includes dumping mutual fund and investment companies that hold a significant amount of shares in Monsanto.

Monsanto is a publicly-traded company, which means members of the public, including other large companies and investment firms, can buy shares in said company for investment purposes. This, of course, is one of the primary ways publicly-traded companies are able to raise needed funds and capital to keep on doing business.

While some investors make decisions on which securities to buy purely for financial reasons, others invest more consciously based on respect for a company and its products, for instance, or because they really want to see it succeed in the long-run. In either case, there are a number of investors in Monsanto that you may be interested in knowing about, if for no other reason than to pull your funds out of them because of their partnership with the world’s most evil and sinister corporation.

According to Yahoo! Finance, 83 percent of Monsanto’s shares are held by institutional and mutual fund owners. The top ten institutional holders and mutual fund holders in Monsanto as of the writing of this article are as follows:

Top Institutional Holders

The Vanguard Group, Inc. — 21,361,249 shares
State Street Corporation — 20, 096, 055 shares
T. Rowe Price — 17,442,437 shares
PRIMECAP Management Company — 14,933,282 shares
Jennison Associates LLC — 14,526,041 shares
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. — 12,775,828 shares
Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. — 11,426,858 shares
FMR LLC — 11,118,244 shares
Marsico Capital Managements, LLC — 11,079,586 shares
AllianceBernstein, L.P. — 9,876,978 shares

Top Mutual Fund Holders

Vanguard / Primecap Fund — 6,707,060 shares
Market Vectors ETF Tr-Agribusiness ETF — 6,624,107 shares
Davis New York Venture Fund — 6,600,196 shares
Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund — 6,204,474 shares
Fidelity Growth Company Fund — 4,789,978 shares
Vanguard 500 Index Fund — 4,771,300 shares
Vanguard Institutional Index Fund – Institutional Index FD — 4,378,112 shares
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust — 4,182,071 shares
College Retirement Equities Fund – Stock Account — 4,045,420 shares
Mainstay Large Cap Growth Fund — 3,857,600 shares

The top five Major Direct Holders in Monsanto include Hugh Grant, the company’s chairman, president, and CEO; William U. Parfet, chairman and CEO of MPI Research, a pharmaceutical company; Brett D. Begemann, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Monsanto; Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief technology officer; and Carl M. Casale, president and CEO of CHS Inc., a cooperative that supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, and business solutions.

If you or any one you know holds investments in any of these companies, be sure to ditch them as soon as possible in protest of their support for Monsanto. Doing so is a practical way to get the ball rolling in bringing about real grassroots change, and ending Monsanto’s reign of agricultural terror.

You can also view a more extensive list of Monsanto’s stockholders here:
http://investors.morningstar.com

Sources for this article include:

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/mh?s=mon

http://www.naturalnews.com/Monsanto.html

 

 

Sell Monsanto! List of top mutual funds to ditch because they own Monsanto shares.

January, 2012 update on GMOs from Jeffrey Smith, interviewed by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, from NaturalNews.com.


Topics covered include:

* Genetically modified mosquitoes
* The failure of GE crops that claim to be “drought-resistant”
* The regulatory demise of GMOs across Europe
* Monsanto caught lying in GMO marketing fraud & false advertising
* News on the collapse of honeybee pollinators
* Outrageous lies of Bayer scientists exposed
* How Roundup reduces soil nutrition and leads to deficiencies in crops
* News about Dow, 2,4-D chemicals, Agent Orange, Monsanto, DuPont and more

Learn more: ResponsibleTechnology.org

Jeffrey Smith GMO update January, 2012 – Monsanto, Roundup, Bayer, DuPont and more – YouTube.


The Health Ranger, Mike Adams, explains how studies in cell research have demonstrated the mechanism by which micro RNA from genetically engineered foods may alter organ function in humans.