Cutting Through the Hell of the Medical-Industrial Complex
Thursday, January 22, 2015
When Monsanto makes a bad decision, its CEO only answers....to himself!
And the award for Most Evil Company of the Year, based on your votes, goes to… **drumroll**... Monsanto!
This award is well deserved -- this year alone,
Monsanto sued a tiny U.S. state for daring to label GMOs, and terrorized
Guatemalan farmers because they were saving seeds to plant on their
own. And as usual, Monsanto continues to use its massive profits to fund
an army of lobbyists, corrupting democratic processes all over the
Now, Monsanto is facing a new obstacle -- but this time, from its own shareholders.
A group of SumOfUs members submitted a shareholder resolution demanding
change. They want to make Monsanto’s CEO accountable to an independent
chair of the board of directors, hopefully preventing even more disastrous decisions without accountability.
Shareholders have just a few days to vote on the proposal in the lead-up to Monsanto’s annual meeting, and the company is throwing everything it can to stop the proposal from passing. We don’t have much time -- ask investors to vote in favor of the proposal now!
Monsanto assumes that most of its victims -- especially poor farmers in the Global South -- will never be able to confront it. But together, we can finally hold it accountable.
This is a game-changer. Right now, Monsanto’s CEO is
his own boss -- a nifty trick CEOs use to centralize power -- and as
long as this structure of impunity continues, Monsanto will continue to jeopardize our resources, our water, land, seeds -- and ultimately, our survival.
Shareholders are sick of Monsanto spending their money on lobbying, campaign contributions, and filing frivolous lawsuits against
governments and farmers. They’re already starting to vote on the
proposal before Monsanto’s shareholder meeting next week, so we need to get our message to them now while they’re voting.
We know our pressure is working. A recent report by
The Guardian says Monsanto’s profits dropped by 34% in 2014, and that
drop was ascribed to global protests and communities like ours holding
it accountable. Undoubtedly, Monsanto’s profits have taken a hit partly thanks to the persistence of the SumOfUs community.
Last year, we delivered over 170,000 signatures at the same shareholder
meeting, supporting farmers and investors as they demanded Monsanto be
transparent about the risks to GMOs. Tens of thousands of SumOfUs
members chipped in to support Vermont against Monsanto’s frivolous
lawsuit, and we continue to hold it accountable for terrorizing farmers
in Guatemala, Mexico, India and the rest of the world.
If we act now, we could strike a big blow to Monsanto.
We know Monsanto has to listen to its shareholders. And because of this
brave group of SumOfUs members and Monsanto shareholders, we have an
opportunity to finally force change at Monsanto.
Can you imagine it?! Monsanto being forced to change its shady business practices from the inside!