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Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
800 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO-63167
Dear Mr. Grant:
We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about the direction Monsanto Company has taken in the past decade with respect to sustainable agriculture and farmers’ rights. Right now we are at a critical crossroads in history, and I fear that Monsanto Company is not contributing to the nation’s welfare with a “profits over people” attitude.
Monsanto Company has embarked on a vicious campaign against family farmers in the North American heartland, as well as across the world. These hardworking farmers are the backbone of our nation’s food supply and national security. The current climate of insecurity has been exacerbated by your company’s policies of intimidation, lawsuits and defamation.
Monsanto’s legal actions against Percy Schmeiser, the Rodney Nelson family, and the Oakhurst Dairy for example, are deplorable attacks, and do not reflect your “Stake in the Ground” pledge to honesty and decency.
The North American farm sector is becoming a veritable wasteland. Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered crops have increased pesticide use, destroyed key export markets and threaten global food safety. Over 90% of American consumers want genetically engineered foods labeled, while 60% or more want GE-Free food for themselves and for their families.
Family farmers have the right to produce the safe, sustainable food without fear of intimidation and litigation. Consumers have the right to choose food that guarantees their families’ health and safety. I demand that Monsanto change course by adopting the following practices:
1. Stop intimidating small family farmers
2. Stop force-feeding untested and unlabeled genetically engineered foods on consumers
3. Stop using billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to subsidize genetically engineered crops- cotton, soybeans, corn, and canola.