All of these are significant factors, but a major one noticeably absent was the collective impact of food activists around the world struggling against Monsanto and calling attention to their numerous crimes against humanity and the planet, much of which was well documented in the film “The World According to Monsanto” (screened by AGRA Watch at Southside Commons on 10/29).
An indication of the threat that food activism poses to the company is the fact that Monsanto hired notorious paramilitary contractor Blackwater to spy on activists, as reported by Jeremy Scahill in a recent Nation article.
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According to Scahill, in 2008 Cofer Black, the chair of Total Intelligence (a Blackwater subsidiary), went to Zurich to meet Kevin Wilson, Monsanto’s security manager. In an internal email he sent out after the meeting, Black said that Total Intelligence “would develop into acting as intel arm of Monsanto” and that Wilson “understands that we can span collection from internet, to reach out, to boots on the ground on legit basis protecting the Monsanto name…. Ahead of the curve info and insight/heads up is what he is looking for.”