What the hell was a drug war-affiliated, corporate criminal, chemical and GMO company like Monsanto doing at a hydroponics event popular with marijuana growers?!?
At the Maximum Yield Indoor Gardening Expo in Boston, I was shocked to discover that Monsanto (a convicted GMO corporate criminal known for making chemicals that kill marijuana plants and ecosystems) was at the expo!
Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised.
After all, Monsanto and Maximum Yield Magazine have one bad thing in common– they both love money more than they love ethics and honesty.
Here’s what I mean:
Everyone knows Maximum Yield is supported by advertising from manufacturers whose products are sold almost exclusively to marijuana growers.
But in their magazine and at their hydroponics trade shows they pretend they’re all about growing lettuce and tomatoes.
They demand that everyone who advertises with them, participates in their indoor gardening expos, and writes for their magazine engages in the same pretense.
Maximum Yield refuses to mention marijuana in its magazine and indoor gardening trade shows, even in states where marijuana is 100% legal.
The Maximum Yield expo logo shows tomatoes instead of a marijuana leaf!
Marijuana industry manufacturers and growers who’ve tried to do business with Maximum Yield people say Maximum Yield personnel are the ultimate hypocrites, profiting from marijuana growers while publicly shunning them.
Even worse, Maximum Yield bans marijuana-related hydroponics companies from its events, but welcomes Monsanto as a major sponsor and exhibitor!
But because Monsanto is a fundamentally dishonest company, it uses front companies to hide its actions.
So you didn’t explicitly see the name “Monsanto” at the Maximum Yield event in Boston. Instead, you saw a Monsanto front company called “Novozymes.”
Novozymes is an international GMO (genetically modified organism) company intimately teamed with Monsanto in a partnership called “The BioAg Alliance.”
When Monsanto and Novozymes set themselves up as “The BioAg Alliance,” they apparently were stealing the trademarked name of a natural-products agricultural company called BioAg™.
According to what insiders told me at the Maximum Yield Boston Indoor Gardening Expo, Monsanto and Novozymes were trying to co-opt the name of the existing company.
But after the real Bio-Ag company challenged the Monsanto front company, Maximum Yield was forced to ask the Monsanto/Novozymes people to leave the expo!
Monsanto and Novozymes reportedly are still trying to use the trademarked Bio-Ag name and even made a logo that looked like the BioAg™ logo.
A representative for the real Bio-Ag told me his company is aware of Monsanto’s attempt to steal its name and image, and is having its lawyers look into extended trademark protection.
And it’s especially ironic that the real BioAg™ is a company dedicated to finding alternatives to Monsanto industrial, chemical, poison, GMO agriculture.
Of course, being a greedy, dishonest, dangerous, deceptive company has always been the Monsanto way.
That’s how the GMO industry rolls.
Monsanto and its allies in the GMO and Big Ag industries are working hard to create a planetary monopoly so they control all the seeds for food crops.
Just read the compelling book Seeds of Destruction:The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
If you’re not aware of how evil Monsanto is, you’ll be interested in Monsanto’s scandalous track record.
Let’s take a look at Monsanto’s history of immoral, criminal behavior…
Monsanto: Narks Who Make Death Technology
Monsanto uses brutal intimidation tactics to make sure farmers buy new Monsanto seeds every year.
These same tactics would likely be used if cannabis is turned into a patented GMO crop, something GMO companies are pushing for.
In the famous case of Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser, pollen from Monsanto GMO canola blew onto Schmeiser’s canola plants from another farmer’s field.
And then Monsanto successfully sued Schmeiser for “pirating” Monsanto GMO canola genetics!
Monsanto uses aerial and satellite surveillance, narks, anonymous telephone tip lines, a private police force, CIA and DEA-derived spy techniques, informants, pay-offs, physical confrontations, and other nefarious methods in a worldwide campaign that aggressively monitors and attacks farmers and GMO critics.
Monsanto started more than a hundred years ago as a chemical producer, and has been involved in many immoral activities that harm people and the earth.
For example, Monsanto scientists helped create the first nuclear weapons.
The company manufactured deadly chemicals such as DDT and PCB that were later banned because they create birth defects, other health problems, and serious environmental harms.
Monsanto knew about the dangers of its products, but continued to manufacture and promote them.
Read here to see internal Monsanto documents that prove it.
Monsanto is seen as primarily an agricultural and GMO company, but it’s also been heavily involved in the pharmaceutical industry and in war profiteer industries.
Monsanto partnered with IG Farben, the German chemical firm that was the financial core of Hitler’s regime.
Farben was the primary supplier of the Zyklon-B poison gas the German government used during the extermination phase of the Holocaust.
During its peak involvement in pharmaceuticals, Monsanto marketed harmful pharmaceutical “medicines” such as the “arthritis drug” Celebrex.
Celebrex competes with medical marijuana, but cannabis is a far safer medicine that more effectively treats the same conditions as Celebrex, which has a huge list of negative side-effects that cannabis doesn’t have.
Monsanto manufactured the infamous Vietnam War chemical warfare herbicide Agent Orange that killed hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine forests, and poisoned lakes, rivers, and land.
Agent Orange is said to have caused severe health problems including birth defects in tens of thousands of Vietnamese citizens, and it also injured thousands of American soldiers.
Monsanto recently invaded Vietnam financially, throwing lavish parties and offering other bling to farmers and government officials to convince them to plant GMO crops.
To this day, Monsanto refuses to admit that Agent Orange caused any harms.
It even goes so far as to deny its own corporate heritage.
“Monsanto today, and for the last decade, has been focused solely on agriculture,” Charla Lord, a spokesperson for the company, said when asked to comment on the company’s past history in the country. “But we share a name with a company that dates back to 1901. The former Monsanto was involved in a wide variety of businesses including the manufacture of Agent Orange for the U.S. government. The U.S. courts have determined that the contractors who manufactured Agent Orange for the government are not responsible for damage claims associated with the military use of Agent Orange because the manufacturers were government contractors carrying out the instructions of government.”
In a convenient refusal to accept responsibility, Monsanto says it isn’t to blame for what Agent Orange did to Vietnam because it was “only following orders” from the U.S. government.
The U.S. government refuses to admit that Agent Orange harmed anyone or anything.
And nobody seems to remember that Monsanto voluntarily entered into a contract to produce the war chemical. It wasn’t forced to do so.
Monsanto: The DEA’s Favorite Weed Killer Company
Monsanto and its corporate partner Scotts Miracle-Gro make and market the environmentally-harmful glyphosate “weed-killer” Roundup.
Monsanto pushes GMO crops in part because GMO crops require the increased use of pesticides and herbicides made by Monsanto and other poison manufacturers.
Monsanto pays off governments and media to say that glyphosate is safe, but a whistleblower who reviewed Monsanto’s own internal documents has exposed how glyphosate is a dangerous chemical that shouldn’t be allowed anywhere, especially in agricultural uses.
And they partnered with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) contractors to supply an extremely-concentrated version of Roundup sprayed on cannabis and coca plants, and people, in South America.
Although Monsanto’s massive public relations department claims it’s no longer a chemical company, the company’s GMO crops are designed to sell chemicals—farmers have to use tons of Roundup and other chemicals to control weeds on Monsanto’s GMO “Roundup Ready” crops
In partnership with Novozymes in the BioAg project, Monsanto markets GMO microbes and other unnatural organisms and materials.
Monsanto and a handful of other GMO companies control nearly 100% of the seed stock for most of the world’s fundamental food crops.
Monsanto and the rest of the GMO industry claim that GMOs are safe and wonderful, but the “proof” they have for that claim are studies conducted by scientists and university researchers paid off by Monsanto to say GMOs are harmless.
Monsanto buys or partners with more and more corporations, and provides millions of dollars in political donations, gifts, and “legal” bribes to political parties, politicians, and regulators.
Monsanto is also in business with Scotts Miracle-Gro, another corporate criminal, which recently infiltrated the hydroponics nutrients industry by buying General Hydroponics.
Read more about that here.
Monsanto: Buying Politicians, Bullying Opponents
In the Obama administration and previous administrations, officials in charge of food safety, crop safety, environmental protection, and agricultural policy are former Monsanto employees.
That’s why American government officials dismiss the real and potential harms of GMOs.
There’s a revolving door: Monsanto execs work for government and vice versa.
That’s why the U.S. government has long fronted for Monsanto in trade disputes and in commerce lobbying to ensure Monsanto gets maximum market penetration and profits for its products worldwide.
In 2012, a French court found Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a farmer who was injured by one of the company’s herbicides.
In India, Monsanto’s marketing and patent enforcement of GMO cotton led to huge crop failures for small-scale Indian farmers, many of whom committed suicide due to loss of their farms and income.
In 1986, a federal jury in Texas found Monsanto guilty of negligence when a Monsanto employee died after being exposed to benzene at a Monsanto chemical plant.
Monsanto initially refused to pay compensation to the worker’s family.
Monsanto is linked to payment of starvation wages to agricultural laborers, especially women, and the use of child labor.
Monsanto paid more than a million dollars to workers damaged by chemicals at a Monsanto plant in West Virginia.
In 2005, Monsanto paid fines for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by making illegal payments to government officials in Indonesia.
Monsanto paid a $2.5 million fine for selling mislabeled bags of genetically engineered cotton seed.
Monsanto spends millions of dollars to block citizen-sponsored legislation that would require accurate labeling of food products so we know which foods contain GMOs.
In Maui County, Hawaii, where Monsanto tests its GMO seeds by spraying massive amounts of harmful chemicals that harm people and the environment, local citizens sponsored a successful 2014 ballot measure that bans GMOs unless scientific tests prove absolutely that GMOs are safe.
True to its bullying corporate persona, Monsanto spent millions of dollars creating campaign ads full of lies in an effort to defeat Maui citizens.
When voters approved the anti-GMO measure, Monsanto sued to have the law overturned, and it has never been implemented.
To this day, Monsanto and its allies in the GMO and poison industries are still terrorizing Maui County.
Paid Trolls, Internet Liars, Propaganda Twits
No surprise Monsanto spends a lot of money trying to sanitize its history.
It censors and manipulates the Internet, search engine results, YouTube, and other media to prevent people from finding out about its corporate crimes, affiliations, and agenda.
Monsanto has a fleet of paid sock puppet trolls and shills who post pro-GMO, pro-Monsanto comments on Internet sites.
Monsanto even hired “re-branding” experts in an attempt to make Monsanto more popular with young people.
As soon as I started roving the Boston indoor gardening expo, a friend told me Monsanto/Novozymes were sponsoring and exhibiting at the Maximum Yield event.
I asked Maximum Yield, Sunlight Supply, and cannabis growers what they think about Monsanto front companies entering the hydroponics and marijuana growing industries.
I found out that Maximum Yield and Sunlight Supply weren’t worried that a notoriously criminal, environmentally-damaging corporation produces dangerous poisons and GMOs, violates laws, and tramples peoples’ rights.
The only thing they care about is that Monsanto and its front companies are willing to kick down big money to sponsor Maximum Yield indoor gardening expos.
They’re happy that Monsanto/Novozymes makes products sold in hydroponics stores, because the distributor (Sunlight Supply) makes big money off of those products.
A majority of marijuana growers I talked to said they had no idea Monsanto was involved in the hydroponics industry or was sponsoring the Maximum Yield show.
When they were told that Maximum Yield had facilitated Monsanto’s entry into the hydroponics industry, the overwhelming majority of cannabis growers I spoke to said they’re opposed to Monsanto because it’s a greedy, criminal corporation that helps the war on marijuana.
Even now, when it appears that Maximum Yield was forced to evict the Monsanto/Novozymes representatives from the expo due to the BioAg™ controversy, Maximum Yield still defends its decision to welcome a Monsanto front company as an indoor gardening expo sponsor and a member of our hydroponics marijuana-growing community!
Do I have a personal grudge against Monsanto? Hell yes I do!
It’s not just that Monsanto is a dangerous corporate criminal in bed with the DEA.
It’s that my neighbor sprayed Roundup near my legal outdoor marijuana plants on a windy day.
Those plants were nearing harvest time and would have given me at least a pound of sticky buds per plant.
But the god damned Roundup drifted over to my marijuana plants and killed them.
It also killed lawn grass nearby.
And to this day, a year later, NOTHING will grow on those patches of dead lawn where the Roundup hit.
I’ll have to dig those areas out, remove the poisoned soil, put in new soil, and replant.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg for why I’m one of many marijuana growers who despises Monsanto and anyone who allies with them, including Maximum Yield!
Before Monsanto and Novozymes were kicked out of the Maximum Yield event, I spoke to a Monsanto scientist deeply involved with Monsanto’s “Bio-Ag Alliance” project.
The scientist reported that Monsanto and its genomic research partners have hundreds of millions of dollars, some of the world’s top scientists, and a marketing and research sector focused on total domination of all agricultural crops, including marijuana.
If things go the way Monsanto wants, the future of marijuana growing would be similar to the current reality of GMO field crop farming:
- Monsanto and its partners will create GMO marijuana that only grows well with Monsanto crop inputs and protectants.
- Marijuana growers using patented GMO marijuana will be legally prohibited from creating their own seeds. They’ll have to buy new Monsanto seeds for every new crop they grow.
- Monsanto will do proprietary research into marijuana fertilizers, biological protectants, soil, and other cannabis cultivation in an attempt to take over the lucrative market for marijuana fertilizers, supplements, and crop protectants.
It’s hard to get hydroponics industry businesspeople to talk openly about Monsanto’s entry into the marijuana hydroponics industry via the Maximum Yield expo, and via Sunlight Supply’s distribution of products made by Monsanto partners like Novozymes.
Maximum Yield, Sunlight Supply, and Hydrofarm use financial incentives and bullying methods to discourage hydroponics stores from carrying hydroponics products made by manufacturers who are honest about marijuana growing, such as companies like Lush Lighting and Advanced Nutrients.
One person willing to comment about the Maximum Yield-Monsanto controversy is Michael Straumietis, founder and owner of hydroponics manufacturer Advanced Nutrients.
His company was the most popular exhibitor at Maximum Yield events many years ago, until Maximum Yield banned Advanced Nutrients because Advanced Nutrients is the only company making nutrients for marijuana.
Straumietis says Advanced Nutrients has a 100% No-GMO policy that ensures the safety and effectiveness of all its products.
He strongly objects to Maximum Yield helping Monsanto front companies buy into the marijuana hydroponics industry.
“Monsanto is way more concerned with profits than with long-term negative effects of their products and business practices on the environment, farmers, and citizens,” Straumietis explains. “Cannabis growers deserve better than than to have Maximum Yield welcome Monsanto front companies into our community.”
Monsanto GMO crops and chemical products have been fast-tracked by regulators without adequate research into the long-term health and environmental effects of those products, he notes.
Straumietis asks that people pay attention to Monsanto’s “hidden agenda.”
“Monsanto and its corporate partners such as Scotts Miracle-Gro want total capture of our hydroponics industry,” he warns. “Based on their past history, Monsanto would do buyouts of hydroponics manufacturers and distribution channels. They’ll develop marijuana growing products and market them via Home Depot.”
The end result, Straumietis worries, could be Big Ag corporate domination of hydroponics supplies, loss of grow shops, and less freedom for marijuana growers to breed their own strains.
“These mega-corporations only care about profiting from the hydroponics industry,” Straumietis says. “Maximum Yield, Sunlight Supply, and hydroponics retailers should realize it’s not worth the risk to welcome Monsanto into our hydroponics industry. We should all say no to Monsanto.”