Monsanto Loses a Battle, Refocuses on Seed Monopoly

The Organic Consumers Union has some good news.

Link: A Decade of Consumer Pressure Is Driving Monsanto’s Bovine Growth Hormone off the Market.

Monsanto announces its selling its posilac division that makes bovine growth hormone.

St. Louis-based Monsanto announced today it is selling the division that produces bovine growth hormone, also known as rBGH or rBST.

There’s no problem with the product, insists the company. During a conference call today, Monsanto’s Chrissie Chavis told reporters that Posilac, as it’s known commercially, is a "solid successful product of significant value to dairy farmers."

But nationwide a growing number of consumers and dairy processors feel otherwise. "No artificial growth hormones used" is now commonly displayed on store shelves from Florida to California.

The proposed sale, she said, allows the company to focus on genetically engineered seed. "Our long term growth platform is focused on corn, soybeans, cotton and vegetables.

Let’s not forget that Monsanto is almost a monopoly on seeds planted for food and crops.

Link: Kitchen Gardeners International, Where do your seeds come from?

The following companies use Seminis (owned by Monsanto) as a supplier:

– Territorial Seeds
– Totally Tomato
– Vermont Bean Seed Co.
– Burpee
– Cook’s Garden
– Johnny’s Seeds
– Earl May Seed
– Gardens Alive
– Lindenberg Seeds
– Mountain Valley Seed
– Park Seed
– T&T Seeds
– Tomato Growers Supply
– Willhite Seed Co.
– Nichol’s
– Rupp
– Osborne
– Snow
– Stokes
– Jungs
– R.H. Shumway
– The Vermont Bean Seed Company
– Seeds for the World
– Seymour’s Selected Seeds
– HPS
– Roots and Rhizomes
– McClure and Zimmerman Quality Bulb Brokers
– Spring Hill Nurseries
– Breck’s Bulbs
– Audubon Workshop
– Flower of the Month Club
– Wayside Gardens
– Park Bulbs
– Park’s Countryside Garden