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PESTLE Analysis - Monsanto

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Hyojin Kim

on 21 March 2014

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Transcript of PESTLE Analysis - Monsanto

"The politics of food"

Monsanto is deeply rooted and embedded within the U.S. government and it has a long history of corruption.
GM bio-technology can cause serious environmental problems
GMO food are considered not safe for human health and gene
"We want to make the world a better place for future generations. "

"As an agricultural company, Monsanto can do this best by providing value through the products and systems we offer to farmers."
Monsanto "Our Pledge"
www. monsanto.com
World's largest-selling agriculture herbicides

A leading purveyor of genetically modified(GM) crops

A global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that is focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from the natural resources, such as soil, water and energy
Need laws to protect local farmers

Keep from lobby politicians
Expand investigations on alleged lobbying incidents

World largest seed producer and technological market leader in the field of generically modified crops.
With an organization's environmental influence, you are able to audit its current environment and assess potential changes

It will be better placed than its competitors to respond to changes
In 1992, Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former attorney was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of FDA; a role that gave him the authority to expedite the approval of genetically modified organisms in our food supply. Later on Mike Taylor became the VP of Monsanto.

In 1993; Rufus Yerxa Monsanto’s Chief Counsel and one of the most powerful figures in the world international trade policies was nominated as U.S. deputy to the World Trade Organization.

In 1996, Michael Kantor who was on Monsanto’s Board of Directors became the US Secretary of Commerce.
In 2000, Carol Tucker Foreman who was a lobbyist for Monsanto was appointed as the “Consumer Advocate” on the international committee assessing genetically modified foods.

In 2001, Anne Veneman who was on Board of Directors of one of Monsanto’s biotech subsidiary called Calgene was appointed as head of USDA in charge of regulating genetically modified organisms.

In January 2001, Donald Rumsfeld the CEO of Searle pharmaceutical corporation acquired by Monsanto was sworn in as Secretary of Defense. Although Bush was a lame-duck president for 8 month soon after 9/11 he rediscovered his mission that was appointed to him by Gods to fight a good war on terror. Secretary Rumsfeld was in charge of the Defense Department during the 9/11 attack and the war on terror.

In 2001 Linda Fisher who was previously Monsanto’s VP of Government Affairs was appointed as Deputy Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency.

In 2002, George Poste the former Monsanto’s animal specialist was appointed as head of bioterrorism division of Homeland Security.

In 2008, Obama despite his promises to make changes and label GMO foods appointed Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former attorney and VP as Deputy Commissioner of FDA. He also gave his blessing to continue the use of aborted babies as flavor enhancer in sodas and soft drinks which means business as usual.
No wonder that Monsanto's stock performance has skyrocketed 400% since the 2008 recession.

Phamacia gave the firm much-needed breathing space, assuming most of its debt and leaving it to get on with cutting costs and integrating the many seed companies that it bought in the late 1990s

The upshot is that Monsanto is now liquid once more. By the end of this year, it expects to have free cash flow of at least $400m.
A great potential to cause serious environmental damage

"killer seeds"
Monsanto's operation in India

Copyright © Iqbal Ahmed, Global Research, 2012
If the company wishes to improve its image when it comes to environmental issues, it might want to start by adopting globally recognized best practices when it comes to environmental management and reporting.
GM crops are not proven safe

Killing local markets

Health problems
: cancer, birth defects, etc.

Monsanto protesters
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