Genetically Modified Food Giant Monsanto Gives Up In Europe

Business Insider | June 1, 2013

By Wolf Richter

The “March Against Monsanto” in 52 countries, an unapproved strain of its genetically modified wheat growing profusely in Oregon, cancelled wheat export orders … it’s been a rough week for Monsanto.

But now it threw in the towel in Europe, where its genetically modified seeds have faced stiff resistance at every twist and turn.

Even its deep corporate pockets and mastery of lobbying have failed: “It’s counterproductive to fight against windmills,” its spokesman told the Tageszeitung.

The propitious week started last Saturday with the “March Against Monsanto,” when people in over 400 cities in 52 countries protested against the company, its influence over governments, and its GMO seeds.

Much of it was focused on the mundane issue of labeling. Protesters wanted GMO ingredients in food to show up on the label, just like fat or protein. A simple solution to the controversy: Let consumers decide.

 

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