Nekosan wrote:Just thought I'd mention for interest sake, pretty sure Monsanto actually owns Academi (Blackwater/xe) now, that's about the scariest thing imaginable.
Yeah I mentioned that in the news thread on this. Couldn't agree more.
FryzieDelta wrote:I've seen people mention Monsanto before. Can someone give me a TL:DR version of why they keep getting brought up? Quick google seach showed it as being a controversial internasional agricultural company so that's all I know.
Long story short is they are trying to patent many of the worlds basic foodstuffs, through genetic modification. They GM crops to be immune to Round-up (the pesticide they sell) but make the crops sterile so farmers have to continue buying seed stock from them rather than be self-sufficient. During the first gulf war, the Iraqi seed stock got bombed (funny that) then Monsanto were instrumental in supplying seed back to Iraqi farmers, on contract, of course.
There was also a famous case where a farmer who was not one of their customers had his corn fields cross-pollinated with his neighbour, who was... He was successfully sued by Monsanto for copyright infringement.