Europe, Nations Around The World Rejecting Monsanto

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Likely the most hated corporation in the world, Monsanto definitely isn’t winning any popularity contests. But like the delusional “mean girl” in high school, they still think they have a chance at being crowned prom queen purely on the basis of their money. According to MarketWatch, Monsanto announced last week that they will not be seeking approval for new genetically modified seeds in Europe because no one there seems to want it.

A spokesperson for the huge company says it makes no sense to fight for approval when there is such little demand for their products in the region.

“As long as there’s not enough demand from farmers for these products and the public at large doesn’t accept the technology, it makes no sense to fight against windmills,” said Ursula Luettmer-Ouazane.

In reality, we are seeing major movements against Monsanto like never before. As Anthony Gucciardi detailed last week after he was the only one covering the March Against Monsanto in Philadelphia, activism has hit new highs against Monsanto and GMOs — the media just fails to cover it! But, Monsanto—not surprisingly blind to the extreme dislike the majority of people have towards them—seems to think Europeans just need more time to warm up to the idea of genetically modified, tumor-causing crops.

“It’s obvious that Europe needs more time, while other regions have embraced our concepts more readily,” added Luettmer-Ouazane.

The decision to not seek approval isn’t new, really. As a matter of fact, Monsanto hasn’t sought approval in Europe for two to three years due to the same lack of interest. And with protests against them taking place around the world, the needed-demand isn’t likely to rise anytime soon.

Eight governments of the E.U. have banned Monsanto’s GM corn and other forms of genetically modified crops. In Europe, the corn is only being grown in Spain, Portugal, and a few Eastern European countries. As a matter of fact, Europe only accounts for 12% of the company’s $13.5 billion in global sales.

Monsanto isn’t the only company in the genetically-modified game, however, their competition is also feeling the cold shoulder overseas. BASF, Syngenta, and Bayer AG’s CropScience unit have all “largely pulled out” of the markets of Western Europe.

One thing these countries have going for them are governments who see the dangers of these franken-foods and are standing by their citizens. In the United States, on the other hand, we can’t even get our government to tell us which foods contain GMOs and which do not. Monsanto is getting the feeling they aren’t welcome in Europe, but when will they get the same vibe from Americans?

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8 Responses to "Europe, Nations Around The World Rejecting Monsanto"

  1. Lucie Pellerin  June 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Monsanto and company can have arrogance all they want. Attitude will not sell their food. Bravo to Europe for refusing o poison themselves, their enviroment and their citizens. Monsanto cannot make money without consumers. We have chosen not to consume Period end of story.
    Power to our God given right to free will and the peoples choice. The peoples choice award is saying no to GMO

  2. Clair Ivimey  June 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    This is great news, but there is plenty of GMO in the UK’s animal feed, so all our meat, poultry, eggs and milk is pontentially contaminated. There is no labelling for this as yet, the only option to avoid it is to buy organic, which can be more expensive.
    I think consumers have the right to know what they are eating!
    There is work to be done with the supermarkets , the fight goes on!

  3. Sam Ohu Gon III  June 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Hmm 12% (Europe’s part of Monsato’s portfolio) is actually a hefty piece of a global picture. I wonder what Spain and Portugal’s stance is?

  4. Al fasuli  June 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I doubt there will be a like response from the US given that Monsanto has unlimited support from the government and their agencies. Also, the average North American is not concerned and/or is not informed of the consequences of the biotechnology. Main stream media is also gagged by virtue that by now most major food staple contains GMO. Monsanto has internally made sure that networks do not air any messages detrimental to the hand that fed them..god have merci on all of us..

  5. joan  June 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    yuck enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. FeroxX  June 6, 2013 at 3:36 am

    My country bans GMO, im proud of that! Hungary rulz \m/

  7. Ian  June 6, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Al fasuli, I completely disagree that the average North American is uninformed about this issue. Furthermore, all of whom I’ve met who are informed, and there are many, are vitally concerned. American apathy is an image non-Americans will always seem to shout about without fully realizing how incredibly powerful and influential the American government has been and continues to be- live here a lifetime and find out. I’m an informed American and I’ll always eat organic, I’ll fight for gmo labelling, but even more, I’ll fight gmo’s, and I’m one of many- lead us, Europe!


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