The Ultimate Crime Syndicate: the GMO Industry, Bribes, Racketeering, and More
Make no mistake about it the industry behind genetically engineered foods (GMOs) is a crime syndicate. The leader in this criminal activity is St. Louis, Missouri’s Monsanto.
Monsanto truly does cheat its way into the marketplace. It’s success should never be envied, rather, despised. None of what it has achieved is legitimate. Evidence of its criminal acts is extensive. Consider the 2011 SEC probe into the entity’s dealings, specifically the systematic bribing of foreign officials and potential customers. It was Monsanto’s former Chief Financial Officer who attempted to explain it away, admitting that the agri-giant had planned to infuse $150 million in cash into Latin America, before the products were approved. According to Monsanto’s own admission the SEC probe involves customer-incentive programs.
Yet, what was it incentivising? It was to buy loyalty for the sale of Monsanto’s goods, including the herbicide Roundup, by giving people cash in-advance. Calling this “incremental price concessions or trade incentives,” the company would give Latin American farmers, agri-business owners, and likely public officials tens of millions of dollarsi. This was, the probe determined, to “establish he brand” not just in Latin America but also globally. An immense amount of money $150 million is strictly bribe money for Monsanto to create market share.
There is no accountability regarding how such foreign companies or public officials would use the money. However, there is a track record, created by the entity itself. In 2005 Monsanto was forced to pay $1.5 million in fines after admitting to paying more than $700,000 in bribes in Indonesia, a country where it was consistently losing money. Since it could not penetrate the market legitimately, the only option was coercion. The Department of Justice and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Monsanto with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits the use of cash bribes to fraudulently gain market control.
What was the exact nature of the bride(s)? Monsanto specifically bribed an Indonesian government official with a suitcase full of cash to waive a strict environmental requirement needed to plant its controversial genetically modified cotton seeds. The bribe money was procured by radically inflating the price to the Indonesian government of Monsanto’s Roundup. It becomes readily apparently that the entire culture of this corporation is one of filthy corruption. From 1997 to 2002 the $700,000 in illicit payments was spread between an incredible 140 or more Indonesian government officials.
Even the family members of some of these officials were beneficiaries. The largest sum, $373,990, was to buy land and build a house in the name of a wife of S. Solahudin, a senior Ministry of Agriculture official. It was Solahudin, who was agriculture minister from 1998 to 1999 and visited the company’s US headquarters at its invitation, where he was lobbied to allow the cultivation of GM crops in Indonesia. Yet, again, what choice did Monsanto have, since it can only achieve market share through such corrupt acts? Just as the case was being settled in a Jakarta courtroom that very same GM cotton, which another recipient of bribes, agricultural official Monagro Kimia said was resistant to the pest of concern, Helicoverpa armigera, was being attacked by precisely that pest. In fact, hundreds of hectares of the miracle Monsanto GM cotton was being destroyed throughout that year while in contrast the non-GM varieties not only survived but were being harvested.
The SEC complaint also described another bribe committed by Monsanto when meeting resistance from new laws. See how Monsanto is: merely a vicious bully. Arising after the change of a new government the law would make it more difficult for the entity to gain approval for such projects. When Monsanto’s efforts to repeal the law through lobbying failed, it resorted to chicanery. According to the SEC suit, “When it became clear that the lobbying efforts were having no effect on the Senior Environment Official, the Senior Monsanto Manager told the Consulting Firm Employee to ‘incentivize’ the official with a cash payment of $50,000.”
How was this done? In February 2002 an employee of the consulting firm visited the senior official at his home and gave him an envelope containing $50,000 in $100 bills. The official took the money, saying he couldn’t promise he could get the law repealed, the SEC claimed. Yet, it was well known that the decree would adversely affect Monsanto, while having a protective result for the environment.
The corporation was relentless. According to the SEC the Monsanto manager then contrived a scheme, creating “false invoices.” This was to hide the bribe, ostensibly from the Indonesian government. This involved a $66,000 payment to the consulting company to cover the bribe plus the taxes it would have to pay on its falsely reported income. However, the Monsanto-inspired repeal was never achieved.
By its own hands Monsanto destroyed itself. It’s GMO crops pushed out of the country, it was left with at the end of 2003 merely the sales of its noxious herbicide Roundup plus conventional corn seeds. As is standard consequence for whatever it does great corruption was sewn. Farmers who purchased the experimental seeds on credit became indebted to Monsanto–one of its primary tactics. According to Friends of the Earth International said one Sulawesi farmer, Santi: The company didn’t give the farmers any choice, they never intended to improve our well-being, they just put us in a debt circle, took away our independence and made us their slave forever. They try tomonopolize everything, the seeds, the fertilizer, the marketing channel and even our life.”
Are there still those who claim that GMOs are scientific and that they are the perfect blend of industry and science? Consider the consequences of a Chinese study, where Chinese authorities sacked all officials involved in the study. It was cheating yet again. The study involved testing different children through the consumption of different types of rice. However, the officials who approved the study failed to tell the parents that the test subjets, school children from China’s Hunan Province, were being fed GM rice. The research team had informed parents of the tested children about the experiment but withheld the truth that GM rice would be used.
At least in China there are laws against this. The officials were punished for “violating relevant regulations” as well as “scientific ethics and academic integrity…” The guilty parties included Yin Shi’an from China CDC (Center for Disease Control), Wang Yin from the prestigious Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences, and Hu Yuming from Human provincial CDC. The research involved the feeding of so-called Golden Rice, which contains genes which code for beta carotene production within the rice cells. Some 25 children, aged six to eight, were tested experimentally. Shi’an’s and Yin’s connections to the GMO industry are particularly telling. It was they, along with T. Guangwen, who in 2008 did the original research at Tufts University regarding GMO-infested Golden Rice. The research, approved by the NIH, involved 80 Chinese students in Hengnan County, Hunan Province, and was intended to explore ways to prevent vitamin A deficiency in children. When it was discovered that the researchers withheld the truth that GM rice would be used, that’s when the Chinese government took action.
Yes, the Chinese were able to catch the rig. However, will Americans be able to do so? Now, it has been found that Monsanto could well have rigged more than a few research studies but, rather, an entire election, California’s Prop 37. This was a vote of either yes or no for mandatory labeling of GMOs for all foods in the state. A team of investigators has determined that yes votes have been purged from a variety of districts, with the no votes gaining illicitly. It could well be determined that the proposition truly prevailed if it were not for fraud.
The world is becoming fed up with these GMO perpetrators, Syngenta’s unethical research, placing human beings at risk through deception, Bayer’s contamination of the American rice crop and the knowingly selling of AIDS-tainted blood, and Monsanto’s illicit bribes and coersion. No wonder the world is fighting GMOs in every way possible.