A MONSANTO MOMENT
by Beth Schoeneberg
October 12, 2013
There are many who might not know or understand the true business practices of a company named Monsanto – in fact there might be many who have never heard of them at all. Monsanto is a chemical and seed company (simply put) based in the eastern part of Missouri.
It was late April 2008 when my former boss brought to the airwaves a story from Vanity Fair, “Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear.” This was breaking news regarding Monsanto using Gestapo tactics against a Missouri elevator and the local farmers: The elevator is owned by a local co-op, the Pilot Grove Cooperative Elevator, which buys soybeans and corn from farmers in the fall, then ships out the grain over the winter. The co-op has seven full-time employees and four computers. One of the services practiced by the elevator (a long-time practice of farmers across the world) is cleaning seeds.
Monsanto was demanding all the names of those farmers having their seed cleaned. Now, cleaning seeds has been done for decades… but with this procedure it’s more likely (not necessarily) that a person is planning to keep seed back to plant another season. Farmers used to practice this all the time; grow a crop, sell some and save some back. However, with Monsanto’s patent protection, farmers do not own the seed they harvest; Monsanto does.
When this story hit the air my late boss, Derry Brownfield (founder of The Brownfield Network) was approached by his partner. I remember hearing the conversation from Derry’s office as his partner told him, “You have to stop talking about Monsanto.” Derry explained to his then partner, “They are an evil company.” But… the bullying and threats were more than his partner and multi-network company could handle. Monsanto told him to get that Brownfield off the air or they were pulling all their advertising money…. So, we were given 30-days notice and Derry Brownfield and his Common Sense Coalition program were out the door.
As Derry’s “Good-guy-Friday,” I went out the door too. He wasn’t going to quit though. With help from an engineer we started all over again in a new location. It set the show back substantially, financially; we also lost affiliates over the stand for truth.
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Monsanto will do whatever it takes to prosper, pillage and abuse their way up the ladder of wealth. They are as my late boss put it, an evil company; driven by a lust for money and power, they care not who or how many the casualties left behind in the wake of increasing their large monopoly in the seed & chemical business.
My boss passed away in March of 2011. His family chose to close everything down! I have since picked up the torch for truth. Believing in my heart that Rural America is under attack and that ALL America will suffer if we lose this fight; I started CSC Talk Radio to stand in the gap for American Independence and Liberty.
Each day I’m more convinced that this nation is in deep trouble: Greed for money and power dictate the decisions of those we’ve elected. NOW it’s up to us to hold them accountable.
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