Occupied: Monsanto Shareholder Meeting
On Tuesday, January 28, anti-GMO activists and activist-stockholders occupied Monsanto’s annual shareholder’s meeting. Their goal? Push shareholders to pass a resolution to label foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). No surprise that the resolution failed. But this might surprise you. More than 4 percent of Monsanto’s shareholders, who collectively own more than $2 billion worth of Monsanto stock, voted to support the labeling resolution.
Meanwhile, protests outside the meeting, complete with fishy-food cars blocking the entrance to Monsanto’s campus, resulted in the arrests of 10 activists. The protests also caught the attention of CEO Hugh Grant, who responded by saying Monsanto needs to do “a better job of communicating” about GMOs.
Or maybe Monsanto needs to do a better job of, if not cleaning up its act, at least labeling its soil-destroying, genetically manipulated, pesticide- and herbicide-saturated crops?