Hugh Grant, Brett Begemann, Consuelo E. Madere and a handful of Monsanto directors have near total control of the world’s food supply. They share this control with the directors of a few other corporations like Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and Tyson Foods. We didn’t elect them. Most of us have never heard of these people yet we are trusting them with our future. If allowed to continue their policies could lead to a global famine and the starvation of millions. While their control of seeds have already caused the price of food to increase so much if has forced over a billion people go hungry each day their genetically engineered food may also launch an epidemic of diseases or lead to the extinction of important crops such as corn, rice and wheat. The cost of seeds and the chemicals required for cultivation are driving millions of farmers into bankruptcy. Corn seed prices rose 32 percent and soybean seeds were up 24 percent in 2009. We now believe that Monsanto has control over as much as 90% of (seed genetics). This level of control is almost unbelievable,” said Neil Harl, agricultural economist at Iowa State University who has studied the seed industry for decades. “The upshot of that is that it’s tightening Monsanto’s control, and makes it possible for them to increase their prices long term. And we’ve seen this happening the last five years, and the end is not in sight.
Monsanto is not only buying a huge percentage of the world’s seeds they are forcing geneticly engineered seeds on the world. Geneticly engeneered seeds require activator chemicals and other expensive products forcing the cost of farming out of reach of millions. Thousands of farmers have gone how to start a seed bank trying to pay for these products. Many other farmers are being driven off their land by because of law suits by Monsanto. Farmers caught growing their own seed crops or discovered growing plants contaminated by Monsanto’s produces have been forced to stop cultivating safe organic food after facing expensive legal battles. Hundreds of farmers have committed suicide when faced with loosing their family farms.