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Ever notice that there is very little news about Monsanto in the press even though the company is doing things that are very worthy of coverage, like promoting corporate immunity with the Monsanto Protection Act. Thanks in large part to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the Act was not extended we are safe — for now.

However, Monsanto continues to try  to rig the game at every level. Barbara Peterson at the website for Farm Wars has offered a laundry list of the company’s current activities which include:

  • buying Climate Corporation  have control over tools that allow farmers to predict local weather
  • attempting to discredit research that calls into question the safety of its GMO corn
  • buying Beeologics LLC, a company dedicated to addressing Colony Collapse Disorder which has been linked to Monsanto’s Roundup product
  • buying off universities (you know, where the non-corporate researchers have their jobs)
  • promoting the  Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) in an attempt to hinder GMO labeling worldwide
  • bolstering its lobbying efforts by hiring a former U.S. senator.

Monsanto appears to be employing a corporate full spectrum dominance approach predicated on seeking protection through legal immunity, research tampering, and preventing GMO labeling laws at the multi-national, national, state and local level. In other words, either you won’t be able to sue Monsanto by law, or you wont be able to find an expert, or even if you find a willing expert there won’t we the necessary data to make it past a daubert hearing.

It is a bold strategy by Monsanto to place itself above the law. If they succeed, other mega-multi-national corporations will follow suit.

We’ve seen too big to fail. Welcome to too big to sue.

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