Top Monsanto shareholders:
Hugh Grant - Chairman, President, and CEO
Richard Aster Jr
Bill Gates (hmmmm... he's also bent on vaccines)
Nicole M Ringenberg - VP and Controller
Jul. 14, 2011
CEO Of Monsanto Corp Hugh Grant Sells 150,000 Shares
Chairman, President & CEO of Monsanto Co. (MON) Hugh Grant sold 150,620 shares on 07/13/2011 at an average price of $75. The total transaction amount is $11,296,500. Monsanto is a global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products for growers and downstream customers, such as grain processors and consumers, in the agricultural markets. Monsanto Co. has a market cap of $39.87 billion; its shares were traded at around $74.39 with a P/E ratio of 24.3 and P/S ratio of 3.8. The dividend yield of Monsanto Co. stocks is 1.5%. Monsanto Co. had an annual average earnings growth of 19.2% over the past 10 years.
Hugh Grant is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Monsanto Company. He earned a B.S. in agricultural zoology and has an MBA from International Management Center in Buckingham, England. In March 2009, he was named one of the world’s 30 most respected CEOs on Barron’s annual list. He was also named 2010 CEO of the Year by magazine Chief Executive. His total 2009 compensation at Monsanto was $10.8 million.
Steve Mandel bought 2,323,792 shares in the quarter that ended on 03/31/2011, which is 1.34% of the $12.58 billion portfolio of Lone Pine Capital. Chris Davis owns 11,646,300 shares as of 03/31/2011, which accounts for 1.42% of the $59.34 billion portfolio of Davis Selected Advisers. Richard Aster Jr owns 211,900 shares as of 03/31/2011, which accounts for 0.46% of the $3.34 billion portfolio of Meridian Fund. Bill Gates owns 500,000 shares as of 03/31/2011, which accounts for 0.23% of the $15.54 billion portfolio of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. Mario Gabelli owns 177,897 shares as of 03/31/2011, a decrease of 68.74% of from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.09% of the $13.97 billion portfolio of GAMCO Investors.
Exec. VP Human Resources Steven Mizell sold 255 shares of MON stock on 07/12/2011 at the average price of 74.25. Steven Mizell owns at least 41,768 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 0.19% since. VP and Controller Nicole M Ringenberg sold 16,978 shares of MON stock on 04/12/2011 at the average price of 68.6. Nicole M Ringenberg owns at least 10,163 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 8.44% since. Many other insiders have also reduced their positions in the company.
Net sales increased $239 million, or 6 percent, in the three-month comparison driven by volume in both the seeds and genomics and agricultural productivity segments. Net income in the second quarter was $1 billion. Gross profit rose 10 percent in the quarter to $2.3 billion, with margins higher due to cost improvements. For the first six months, gross profit is up 10 percent or $288 million.
"We came into this year with an operational plan built around creating value for our customers," said Hugh Grant, chairman, president and chief executive officer for Monsanto. "It was a plan that was designed for balanced growth – across crops, across geographies and through a combination of mix and volume improvements. We exist to serve our farmer customers, and it is rewarding to see this plan is resonating with them. Given the tempo of the year, we are where we should be, and we have the right pieces and the right execution to feel very good that mid-teens earnings growth in 2011 is on track."
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Target: All humans and animals affected by GMO food contaminations and Monsanto chemical poisoning. genocides.
Sponsored by: Christian Blake Independant activist for all humanity and all living things!
We the people of earth call for the immediate arrest and detailed investigations of Monsanto Corporation CEO, Hugh Grant, President and all board members, investors involved in the chemical and GMO production of food and animals around this planet of ours. For millions of dead farmers in India and all over the world who have committed suicides, been affected by serious health issues due to chemical and gene mainpulations of our food and agriculture industry, for transgenic manipulations of all living thing's, for the purposeful genocide and deterioration of health of all living things including dairy cows, with BST or rBGH growth hormones which we now know causes severe breast, colon and prostate cancer in humans, for contaminating all food crops and farms around the world with transgenic, RoundUp ready soy and crop seeds after which RoundUp ready chemical sprays are purposely spread which have been known to contaminate other crops, wildplants by cross pollination. Also for developing "Terminator " technology, Monsanto holds a patent for 'terminator' technology. Terminator technology involves the genetically engineering of plants to produce sterile seeds thus forcing farmers to buy new seed every year, rather than saving their own seed from year to year. Monsanto has said it will not use this technology but still holds the patents and may use it in future . For more info. see this site link http://www.corporatewatch.org.uk/?lid=210
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Monsanto Nation: Exposing Monsanto's Minions
By Ronnie Cummins
Organic Consumers Association, Feb 3, 2011
Straight to the Source
My expose last week, "The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now?" has ignited a long-overdue debate on how to stop Monsanto's earth killing, market-monopolizing, climate-destabilizing rampage. Should we basically resign ourselves to the fact that the Biotech Bully of St. Louis controls the dynamics of the marketplace and public policy? Should we seek some kind of practical compromise or "coexistence" between organics and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? Should we focus our efforts on crop pollution compensation and "controlled deregulation" of genetically engineered (GE) crops, rather than campaign for an outright ban, or mandatory labeling and safety-testing? Should we prepare ourselves for a future farm landscape where the U.S.'s 23 million acres of alfalfa, the nation's fourth largest crop, (93% of which are currently not sprayed with toxic herbicides), including organic alfalfa, are sprayed with Roundup and/or genetically polluted with Monsanto's mutant genes?
Or should we stand up and say Hell No to Monsanto? Should we stop all the talk about coexistence between organics and GMOs; unite Millions Against Monsanto, mobilize like never before at the grassroots; put enormous pressure on the nation's grocers to truthfully label the thousands of so-called conventional or "natural" foods containing or produced with GMOs; and then slowly but surely drive GMOs from the market?
Of course "coexistence" and "controlled deregulation" are now irrelevant in regard to Monsanto's herbicide-resistant alfalfa. Just after my essay was posted last week, the White House gave marching orders to the USDA to allow Monsanto and its Minions to plant GE Roundup-resistance alfalfa on millions of acres, from sea to shining sea, with no restrictions whatsoever.
"Bill Tomson and Scott Kilman of the Wall Street Journal reported that Vilsack's rejection of a compromise proposal - partial deregulation, which was vehemently opposed by biotech companies and only tepidly accepted by non-GE interests - was the result of an Obama administration review of "burdensome" regulations."
"Sources familiar with the negotiations at USDA, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Food Safety News they believe the White House asked Vilsack to drop proposed regulations so the administration would appear more friendly to big business." - Helena Bottemiller, Food Safety News
This post-holiday gift to Monsanto from the White House is ominous. After the deliberate contamination of 20 million acres of U.S. alfalfa, we can then expect Monsanto and corporate agribusiness to call for GMOs to be allowed under the National Organic Standards. But of course let us hope we get another temporary reprieve from the same federal judge in California who halted the planting of GE alfalfa previously, since the USDA has still failed to demonstrate in their current Environmental Impact Statement that Monsanto's alfalfa is safe for the environment.
Monsanto's Minions: Retail Grocery Stores, Factory Farms, Restaurants, and Garden Supply Stores
It's important to understand where GMOs are sold or consumed, and who's selling them. Twenty-five percent of GMOs end up in non-labeled, non-organic processed food, the so-called conventional or "natural" foods sold in grocery stores or restaurants; while the remaining 75% are forced-fed to animals on non-organic farms, factory farms, or CAFOs (Confined Animal Feedlot Operations); or else sold internationally, often without the informed consent of overseas consumers. This means we need to identify and boycott, not only so-called conventional or "natural" foods containing soy, soy lecithin, corn, corn sweetener, canola, cottonseed oil, and sugar beet sweetener, but all non-organic meat, dairy, and eggs that come from factory farms or CAFOs. Once Truth-in-Labeling practices are implemented it will be relatively easy for consumers to identify and avoid products that are labeled "May Contain GMOs" or "CAFO."
Although most of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide sales are directly to farmers, a considerable amount of Roundup is sold in garden supply stores, supplying backyard gardeners, landscapers, and golf courses. Municipal and state governments also spray Roundup in parks and along roadways, while the DEA sprays large amounts of Roundup in rural villages in Colombia and the Andes, part of the insane and murderous War on Drugs.
Monsanto's Minions: Consumers
Millions of health, climate, and environmental-minded consumers are starting to realize that we must vote with our consumer food dollars if we want health, justice, and sustainability. Unfortunately, millions of others are still mindlessly consuming and over consuming processed foods, junk foods, and cheap, contaminated meat and animal products. The only guaranteed way to avoid GMOs completely is to buy organic foods or to grow your own, and stay away from restaurants (unless they are organic) and fast food outlets. Otherwise, if you are contemplating the purchase of a conventional or "natural" food check the ingredients panel carefully. Avoid all non-organic products that contain soy, soy lecithin, corn, corn sweetener, canola, cottonseed oil, and sugar beet sweetener.
How to Stop Monsanto for good
Monsanto's business model is built upon a strategy of lies, exploitation, and strong-arm tactics when it doesn't get what it wants.
You don't have to look very hard in your favorite search engine to dig up dirt on how Monsanto's practices have savaged the livelihoods (and even the lives) of farmers all over the world.
In India, for example, Monsanto peddles GM cotton seed, which they say yields more bushels of cotton per acre than the indigenous cotton varieties that Indian subsistence farmers have been growing for literally thousands of years.
Except, what they don't say, is that to actually get those yields the farmers will need to coddle those mighty Monsanto seeds with huge quantities of petrochemical fertilizers and much higher levels of irrigation than farmers in those areas are accustomed to - or even able to - provide.
Sustainability? Not, apparently, a concept Monsanto gives a damn about.
The end result is that these farmers get tricked into spending what little money they have on Monsanto seeds that, when the chips are down, end up producing less cotton than the traditional crops.
And little wonder: those indigenous varieties have had thousands of generations of human-aided selective breeding to become attuned to the natural soil composition and irrigation levels in the places where they are grown.
The farmers end up with failed crops, economic ruin, and end up committing suicide in vast numbers.
Evil? Not, apparently, something Monsanto has a problem with.
That's Monsanto's business model: Spend lots of money developing special seeds that you can only get from them, which supposedly have some miracle property like blight resistance or high yields or whatever, then force-market the seeds on unsuspecting farmers who have no real means to find out that they're being duped.
At least not before it's too late. And when the farmers resist, Monsanto's lobbying arm goes into action, buying laws and regulations that make it ever more difficult for farmers anywhere to go organic.
If a few small-scale farmers go bankrupt or kill themselves, what does Monsanto care? That land will probably end up being sold to a larger farming corporation that, because of its economies of scale and need to perform industrial agriculture (as opposed to sustainable agriculture), will be willing to take Monsanto's seed, spray it with pesticides, drown it with fertilizers, and soak it with more water per acre than Noah's flood.
It's a business model that is diametrically opposed to the very ideas of sustainable living that will enable humanity to survive the next 100 years. Monsanto's business practices are, quite literally, making it harder for my children and their (future) children to live on this planet.
They're lowering the chances that our species will live to see the year 2100.
That's not okay.
But what, as individuals, can we do about it? After all, odds are nobody reading this post is on Monsanto's board of directors.
But we could be.
Monsanto's stock (NYSE: "MON") closed today at $82.31 per share, with a market capitalization of 44 billion dollars, and 545,749,000 shares outstanding.
That's a lot of shares, and that's a lot of money.
But if we imagine that there are maybe 100 million people in the United States who care about sustainability (probably a conservative estimate), and another 50 million or so in Europe who care, then for $300 per person we could literally buy enough of Monsanto's stock to control the company.
In reality, it wouldn't even take that much. If some group were to come into existence to lead this effort, if they were to do it publicly, loudly, and in the open, it would probably cause a precipitous drop in Monsanto's share price.
After all, the people holding Monsanto stock now are the ones betting on that evil business model. If we come along and say "we're going to force that model to change," then their bet becomes a bad bet and they'll dump the stock.
If nothing else, it signals long term uncertainty about Monsanto's profit margins, which achieves the same effect.
When we take over, we can re-organize Monsanto into a non-for-profit sustainability company, working to preserve seed diversity worldwide and subsidize seed acquisition for subsistence farmers in underdeveloped nations.
What a beautiful dream: turn the world's worst enemy of sustainable agriculture into its biggest supporter.
All it would take is the collective power of the masses to put their money where their mouths are, before Monsanto ends up doing to the worldwide food production system what the mortgage bankers and other greedy financial types did to the worldwide financial system.
here's a list of disgusting Monsanto brands
Fielder's Choice Direct
Gold Country Seed
Jung Seed Genetics
Roundup PRO Concentrate
Stone Seed Group