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Got Hormones? Maine farmers watching Monsanto/Oakhurst settlement

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From the Dec. 22, 2003 issue of TIME magazine

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Got Hormones? The simmering issue of milk labels boils over when an agrochemical giant sues small farmers in Maine By MARGOT ROOSEVELT LEEDS

Monday, Dec. 22, 2003 Down a dirt road, tucked in rolling fields, John Nutting's farm is a picture of tranquillity. A wintry breeze sighs through the forest. Black-and-white Holsteins chew their cuds in a lazy rhythm. Only the large sign hammered onto a red barn attests to the defiant mood in Maine dairy country: OUR PLEDGE — NO ARTIFICIAL HORMONES.

Hormones are a hot issue in these parts. As do at least 85% of Maine's milk producers, Nutting signs an affidavit each year vowing not to inject his cows with recombinant bovine somatotropin (RBST), a genetically engineered growth hormone. "We're proud of the way we farm," says the third-generation dairyman. "Consumers have the right to know how their milk is made."

Not necessarily. A food fight has erupted in New England between those who would label their produce as they see fit and those who argue that some of those labels give customers a false impression. Chief among the latter is Monsanto Corp., the agrochemical giant that markets RBST and is fighting a rearguard action to quell consumer resistance to its product.

The St. Louis, Mo., multinational demanded last year that Maine suspend its official Quality seal, which is granted only to milk from uninjected cows. When the state refused, Monsanto took another tack, suing one of Maine's leading dairies in federal court in Boston. The suit charged that Oakhurst Dairy, the company that buys Nutting's milk, is misleading consumers by advertising a no-artificial-hormone pledge, implying that its milk is safer and healthier. "Milk is milk," says Janice Armstrong, Monsanto's director of public affairs.

That sets the stage for the latest chapter in a battle that has raged for more than a decade. Critics claim — although studies are inconclusive — that using synthetic bovine growth hormone could lead to such health problems as premature puberty or even cancer. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) studied the issue before it approved RBST in 1993, when it reported that tests showed no significant difference between the milk from treated and untreated cows.

Several groups, including Consumers Union and the Center for Food Safety, say the tests did in fact reveal worrisome differences and that the FDA incorrectly interpreted the data. Activists campaigning against genetically modified (GM) food want the U.S. to ban RBST outright, as Europe and Canada have. As for Maine, "we would rather be safe than sorry," says assistant attorney general Francis Ackerman, who is preparing the state's brief to intervene on Oakhurst's behalf.

Today one-third of U.S. dairy herds are injected with RBST, which stimulates cows to produce as much as 15% more milk. Lawsuits over labeling have forced the repeal of a Vermont hormone-disclosure law and stopped dairies in Illinois and Texas from touting their milk as RBST-free. Earlier this year the FDA took up the fight, warning producers in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Minnesota against using labels that say "no hormones" or "hormone-free." The agency has said nothing, however, about labels like Oakhurst's that refer only to farmers avoiding "artificial" or "synthetic" hormones. Monsanto would like Oakhurst to emulate Ben & Jerry's and Stonyfield Farm, whose no-synthetic-hormone labels also carry language noting the FDA's approval of RBST. But Stanley Bennett, whose family built Oakhurst from a two-horse outfit in 1921 into an $85 million modern processor, says he won't be "bullied" by the $4.7 billion biotech behemoth. "We are in the business of marketing milk," he says, "not Monsanto's drugs."

Is the battle over the milk of Maine about free speech? Or is it about dairies using scare tactics to sell more product? "Oakhurst's marketing campaign is based more on fear than on facts," says Monsanto's Armstrong. Consumer groups say if farmers can't label their milk as coming from cows free of artificial hormones, it could set a precedent for challenging such popular labels as "MSG-free," "no artificial flavors," "free-range" and "GM-free." Maine attorney general Steven Rowe plans to ask Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts to help him fight Monsanto when the suit goes to trial in January. "We in New England are into purity," he says. "The FDA may not have a problem with artificial growth hormones, but many consumers do." That's what farmers like John Nutting are counting on.

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Got Posilac?(

Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2003 22:50:21 -0800
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http://www.gmwatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=1391 Got Posilac?

A good article from Monsanto's home town rag on how the corporate giant is trying to stop labelling of milk from cows treated with its genetically engineered cattle drug rBST, aka 'Posilac'.

It's worth remembering that this GE drug failed to win approval in any other major industrial country outside the US. Even Prof Jonathan Jones, who works on GM crops at the UK's John Innes Centre, was moved to write to the press to warn that rBST 'appears suspect both on animal welfare and human health grounds'.

Meanwhile, Dennis Avery at the Hudson Institute, the article tells us, 'has launched an all-out war' in support of Monsanto, one of the Hudson Institute's funders. 'The campaign [attacking BST labelling]... is intended to "prevent the loss of biotechnology in agriculture. There is no indication that natural is better than biotech," said Avery.' --- Got Posilac? By ALLYCE BESS St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 08/10/2003 http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/NewsWatch/D60B0C844B8BA9DF86256D7E00488AC7?OpenDocument&Headline=Got+Posilac%3F&highlight=2%2Callyce%2Cbess

With trade issues over genetically modified foods on a back burner, Monsanto Co. and other biotechnology adherents are heating up a long-simmering battle over dairy labeling in the U.S.

Labels that say what's in dairy products - but also what's not in them - are at best confusing and, at worst, misleading, critics say. One industry group's battle cry: 'The simple truth: Milk is Milk.'

Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, for its part, is suing family-owned Oakhurst Dairy in Maine for a label that reads: 'Our Farmers Pledge: No artificial growth hormones.'

Monsanto makes rBST, or Posilac, an artificial growth hormone that when injected into cows increases milk production up to 15 percent. The FDA's position is that there is no significant difference between the milk produced by treated and nontreated cows, so dairies should not say their milk is 'rBST-free'; for example, but can say their milk is 'from cows not treated with rBST'; But the agency warned that such statements could be misleading without proper scientific context.

Monsanto spokesman Lee Quarles said the company believes Oakhurst's label strays from the FDA's guidance, duping consumers into thinking milk from non-rBST-treated cows is healthier.

"If Oakhurst labels reflected the scientific conclusions (about rBST) as well as its pledge, consumers could make choices based on their own personal preferences," said Quarles.

Scott Kieff, an assistant law professor at Washington University, said that, legally, a person can prefer milk made from non-rBST-treated cows, but companies cannot falsely lead people to believe it's healthier. "Why are customers buying (Oakhurst's milk)? Because it tastes better? Fine. Because they think it's cool? Fine. If they're buying it because they think it's healthier, and it turns out not to be, then they are being harmed," Kieff said.

But many consumer groups, such as the Consumers Union, have always been skeptical about rBST's safety.

They fear the product harms cows, and produces milk that accelerates puberty in children and increases cancer risks. Its use is restricted in numerous countries, and is effectively banned from use in Canada and the European Union.

"We think (the lawsuit) is outrageous and that it will backfire," said Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association. "The FDA guidance clearly states that dairies can truthfully label that they are not using rBST. . . . Clearly (Monsanto) doesn't have a leg to stand on."

Since rBST was approved by the FDA in 1993, and entered the U.S. market in 1994, numerous dairies - and some states - have shown disdain for the product.

Monsanto and some food trade groups have mounted a vigorous campaign in response.

In 1994, Monsanto settled out of court with two dairies over their labels concerning rBST. The terms of those settlements are confidential.

In 1996, several trade groups, including the International Dairy Foods Association and the Grocery Manufacturers of America, succeeded in getting a federal judge to halt Vermont from enforcing a state law requiring that dairy products from rBST-treated cows be labeled as such.

Now, though, Monsanto faces a tougher opponent.

Oakhurst is based in Maine. Maine has a 'Quality Trademark Seal' program. One of the requirements for the seal for milk is that dairy farmers cannot inject their cows with rBST. Monsanto asked the state to suspend use of the seal for milk, to reconsider its appropriateness. Maine refused, and then Monsanto filed a lawsuit against Oakhurst. In a statement, Monsanto said it is not seeking monetary compensation, just a change in Oakhurst's label.

But Monsanto has a steadfast foe in Oakhurst Dairy's president, Stanley Bennett III.

"We have no interest in settling," said Bennett in a phone interview. Neither would he qualify his label with a statement that rBST is not harmful. That, Bennett said, would be an advertisement for Monsanto. "It's absurd, because we're in the business of marketing milk, not Monsanto's drugs. . . . Consumers have told us that it's something they don't want. . . . We make no claims about whether the product is harmful."

A routine scheduling conference between lawyers for both sides and a judge in Boston, Mass., where Monsanto filed the lawsuit, is scheduled for Aug. 13.

"In a perverse way, I'm sort of happy this happened," said Michael Hansen, a research associate at the Consumer Policy Institute in Yonkers, N.Y., a division of the Consumers Union. Hansen hopes the publicity will stimulate a debate about the safety of rBST.

In a letter Hansen wrote to Maine's attorney general regarding Monsanto's request that Maine suspend use of its quality trademark seal for milk, Hansen said there were still unanswered questions about rBST. He said Monsanto's own studies on rBST indicate that it increases levels of IGF-1, or Insulin-like Growth factor, in the milk. Hansen cited studies that indicated higher levels of IGF-1 increase cancer risks in humans.

"All this new research on IGF-1 . . . clearly show there are unanswered health questions associated with the consumption of milk from (rBST)-treated cows," Hansen wrote.

Monsanto's lawsuit is part of a general backlash against increasingly successful milk-producers, such as organic dairies, that some in the conventional dairy industry say are exploiting unfounded consumer fears.

Robert Byrne, vice president of regulatory affairs at the National Milk Producers Federation, a trade association that represents 60,000 conventional and organic dairies and has no position on the use of rBST, said dubious labels have increased since rBST entered the U.S. market.

"At first, most people followed the FDA guidelines to the letter," said Byrne. "But over the past 10 years, you've had people pushing the envelope."

The Center for Global Food Issues has launched an all-out war against milk labels it claims are misleading. The group is an arm of the Hudson Institute, which has received funding from Monsanto and other agrochemical companies.

It places ads with slogans like "Milk is Milk" and "Stop Labeling Lies" in various print outlets. The campaign, says the center's president, Dennis Avery, is intended to "prevent the loss of biotechnology in agriculture."

"There is no indication that natural is better than biotech," said Avery.

Avery called the campaign a "guerrilla effort" aimed at companies like Horizon Organic Holding Corp., of Colorado, which controls about 70 percent of the U.S. organic milk market.

"This is not Aunt Jemima against the big, bad plantation owner," said Avery.

Horizon's milk label reads: "This milk was produced without the use of hormones, antibiotics or pesticides." Avery points out that all milk is produced with hormones, because they naturally occur in cows.

Horizon was recently acquired by Texas milk giant Dean Foods, the leading nonorganic producer of fluid milk in the United States. In an e-mailed statement, Horizon affirmed its commitment to not use rBST.

Dan Benedetti, president of Clover Stornetta, Inc., an organic dairy in Northern California, actively markets his products as having been produced without rBST. Benedetti said Monsanto should do more to educate the public about rBST to gain skeptical consumers' trust.

"I'm not certain that the time, effort and money was spent upfront to allay the concerns of consumers," said Benedetti. When rBST came out, Monsanto pitched the product to numerous dairies, including Clover Stornetta, said Benedetti. "Our request was that they inform the public (about rBST) and don't leave it up to the dairy industry and ranchers to do their education for them," said Benedetti."The best road toward the consuming public is openness."

Reporter Allyce Bess writes about business issues for the Post-Dispatch.

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Monsanto Corporation Sucks ... Anniston Alabama:-Monsanto Liable for the World's Worst PCB Contamination:- 22nd Feb, 2002 - - UPDATED 28th October on Cleanup. www ... Description: Monsanto uses biotechnology to genetically engineer our food and not label it. Category: Society > Issues > ... > Allegedly Unethical Firms > Monsanto http://www.monsantosucks.com/ - 11k

CNN.com - Jury finds Monsanto guilty in PCB contamination case ... ... Monsanto made PCBs in Anniston for about 40 years. The St. Louis-based food and biotechnology company spun off its chemical business in 1997, forming Solutia. ... http://www.cnn.com/2002/LAW/02/22/monsanto.pcb.verdict/ ?related - 27k

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Monsanto pays out big! ... Monsanto stopped producing them in Anniston in 1971 amid mounting evidence of environmental problems. PCBs were banned by the federal government in 1979. ... http://cwpp.slq.qld.gov.au/vvsq/news_details.asp?news_id=242 - 10k

[Plf-discuss] urpmi.addmedia info incorrect ... slough off, like a blood blister on the bottom of your foot." - -Mack Finley, member of 1966 fish studies in Snow Creek near Monsanto Anniston plant In 1998, a ... http://zarb.org/pipermail/plf-discuss/2002-July/000545.html - 4k

[Plf-discuss] Important: changes on plf.zarb.org ... slough=20 off, like a blood blister on the bottom of your foot." -Mack Finley, member of 1966 fish studies in Snow Creek near Monsanto Anniston plant In 1998 ...

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Chemical Weapons Working Group: Alabama ... Currently, Monsanto Company, which has been in Anniston since 1939, is trying to buy out the surrounding toxic land on which Cobbtown and Sweet Valley are ... http://www.cwwg.org/Alabama.html - 9k

Anniston Star 08/24/03 ... executive officer of Solutia, the company sharing the burden of the settlement with Monsanto, lauded each other and the people in western Anniston for their ... http://www.cwwg.org/as08.24.03.html - 6k [ More results from http://www.cwwg.org ]

Solutia.com - Anniston - PCB History ... Beginning in 1971, Monsanto voluntarily stopped producing PCBs at the Anniston plant and limited PCB sales to electrical equipment manufacturers who gave ... http://www.solutia.com/pages/anniston/pcbhistory.asp - 16k

Rural Updates - 1-8-02 ... According to the "Washington Post," Monsanto's Anniston, Alabama PCB plant annually leaked 50,000 gallons of PCBs into creeks where the town's residents swam ... http://www.familyfarmer.org/updates/010802.html - 13k

long_lannon_techcomm_9|Student Resources|Projects and Case Studies ... ... Related Links. PCB Pollution Suits Have Day in Court in Alabama New York Times article on the Monsanto pollution of Anniston, Alabama. ... http://wps.ablongman.com/long_lannon_techcomm_9/ 0,7046,414824-,00.html - 8k

Nachrichten | Monsanto Contributes to Global Settlement of ... - [ Translate this page ] Monsanto Contributes to Global Settlement of Anniston, Alabama, PCB Litigation: FinanzNachrichten.de bietet die wichtigsten Nachrichten aus dem Bereich Aktien ... http://www.finanznachrichten.de/nachrichten/ artikel-2387491.asp - 33k

Saccharin ... barbarous skin deep indifferent self serving double talk new speak free radical kidney failure liver failure two faced Viadent Monsanto Baycol Merida Fen-Phen ... earthrenewal.org/saccharin.htm - 17k

Protecting Our Health: Newest additions ... More... Florence Daily Times: Scandal envelopes EPA over Monsanto, Anniston PCBs. A former EPA lawyer, Janet MacGillivray, has revealed ... http://www.protectingourhealth.org/newest.htm - 101k

AGR Online/ Environment ... million to dredge PCBs out of the Hudson River in New York, and scientists say the PCB contamination from the former Monsanto plant in west Anniston is far ... http://www.agrnews.org/issues/167/environment.html - 19k

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | The people v Monsanto ... Many people Jeremiah Smith's age are old enough to remember Monsanto's glory days in Anniston. The company provided well-paid jobs ... http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,328155,00.html - 45k

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Monsanto found guilty of ... ... bought Monsanto in 2000, was also found liable. The chairman of Solutia, John Hunter, said he was disappointed by the verdict. "We understand that Anniston ... http://www.guardian.co.uk/gmdebate/ Story/0,2763,656453,00.html - 33k [ More results from http://www.guardian.co.uk ]

ClassActionAmerica.com: Residents of Anniston, Alabama v Monsanto ... ... Residents of Anniston, Alabama v Monsanto Company. CASE INFO. Posted by vondah 12/13/2001 11:39:10 AM just call 1-800-898-2039 to ... http://www.classactionamerica.com/message_boards/ mb_viewmessageBoard.asp?messageBoardId=582 - 34k

What Monsanto Knew ... -Memo from Monsanto committee studying PCBs, 1969. People Jeremiah Smith's age are old enough to remember Monsanto's glory days in Anniston. ... http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml%3Fi=20000529&s=beiles - 17k

pl.net business: 25-2-2002 US Jury Finds Against Monsanto Michael Grunwald, Washington Post 23feb02, photo shows Anniston Monsanto factory An Alabama jury has found that Monsanto Co. ... http://www.pl.net/6business/usjfin.htm - 22k

The Confluence ... In a recent court settlement, Solutia (the chemical company spun off from Monsanto in 1997) and Monsanto agreed to pay over 17,000 Anniston residents a total ... http://www.confluenceweb.org/article.asp?articleID=120 - 13k

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center: newswire/12977 ... Environmental Working Group: http://www.ewg.org Coverage on Google News: http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&edition=us&q=monsanto+anniston. ... http://www.ucimc.org/newswire/display/12977/index.php - 22k

PANNA: Monsanto Corporate Fact Sheet ... 5. PCBs PCB contamination from a Monsanto factory in Anniston, Alabama has produced widespread health and environmental consequences. ... http://www.panna.org/resources/documents/monsanto.dv.html - 18k

[PDF] *monsanto factsheet File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML ... 5 PCBs PCB contamination from a Monsanto factory in Anniston, Alabama has produced widespread health and environmental consequences. ...

http://www.panna.org/resources/documents/monsanto.pdf

MONSANTO LITIGATION SETTLEMENT PRESS RELEASE ... Monsanto was the only company that produced PCBs in the country and the Anniston plant was the first of only two in the country. PCBs were outlawed in 1978. ... http://www.ejrc.cau.edu/MONSANTOpressrel.htm - 15k

Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution PCBs Drenched Ala ... dog that died after a sip from Snow Creek, the long-abused drainage ditch that runs from the Monsanto plant through the heart of west Anniston's cinder-block ... http://courses.albion.edu/Archived_Summer2002/%20phil303/0102Monsanto.html - 14k

Schoolhouse News: Monsanto Confident After Landmark Settlement ... 8/22/03 Anniston, AL -- In a landmark case involving approximately 18,000 plaintiffs, Monsanto Co., the world's biggest developer of pesticides and genetically ... http://worldwide.typepad.com/schoolhouse/ 2003/08/monsanto_optimi.html - 12k

S/R 7/8: The Political History of Dioxin (Barry Commoner) ... earlier. Again, there is a Missouri connection, for the discovery was made in the 1930s in Monsanto's Anniston, Alabama, plant. Within ... http://www.greens.org/s-r/078/07-03.html - 37k

Sustainable Development: Communities by Choice ... from the town of Anniston when initially filed, but the trial focused on claims by 16 residents and one business that said Monsanto’s Anniston plant had ... http://www.communitiesbychoice.org/news.cfm?a=585 - 20k

PCBs Lawsuit News Articles - Find Trial Lawyers and Attorneys with ... ... liable for PCB contamination at an Anniston plant, a circuit judge ordered nine Monsanto executives to attend a meeting with lawyers to discuss a settlement ... http://www.injuryboard.com/articles.cfm/Topic=142/Type=News - 26k

CL&M -- PCB Contamination (CERCLA): Solutia Inc. v. McWane Inc. ... ... The companies have already spent more than $54 million in cleaning up the Anniston site. Monsanto manufactured PCBs in Anniston from 1935 until 1971. ... http://www.clm.com/news/new-hwlr06202003.html - 19k

Democratic Underground Forums - Monsanto?? ... Here is a site with an extensive amount of information on the Anniston suit against Monsanto: http://www.ewg.org/reports/anniston/. ... http://www.democraticunderground.com/forum_archive_html/ DCForumID35/12201.html - 78k

COPA - PCBs and Superfund in Bloomington, Indiana ... They knew PCBs were harmful to humans, said not one word about it. (Footage of Monsanto confidential documents; factory in Anniston). ... http://www.copa.org/2003/news/anniston2.html - 18k

PCB Pollution Suits Have Day in Court in Alabama ... It is one of at least four major Anniston-related lawsuits against Monsanto and Solutia that have been filed by a total of 25,000 plaintiffs. ... http://www.calisafe.org/_disc1/00000022.htm - 9k

John Bennet and Monsanto - Article follows - ... 17, 2002) states that Monsanto knew about PCB contamination in Anniston as early as 1966 when "a scientist dropped 25 perfectly healthy fish into Snow Creek ... http://www.nbenrenb.elements.nb.ca/environews%20files/ media/mediaarchives/03/sept/jbl.htm - 8k

theSpleen - Monsanto Manufactures Malice ... The story details the decades of deception, arrogance, lies, and ignorance that characterized Monsanto's behavior in Anniston, Alabama. ... http://thespleen.com/sustainability/willtolive/ index.php?artID=521 - 32k

STLtoday - Business - Story ... The old Monsanto Co. produced PCBs in Anniston for decades, until the chemical was phased out by the federal government in the 1970s. ... http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/0/ 9A9A569960DE7E5686256DDD0020A13B?OpenDocument&Headli... - 66k

Welcome to Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, PC ... During a significant part of their operations in Anniston, Monsanto knew they was causing pollution of the land around the plant and the waters below the plant ... http://www.beasleyallen.com/cases/enviromental%20lit/ monsanto.htm - 27k

Solutia ponders filing bankruptcy: Anniston PCB damages are ... ... of Anniston and nearby areas with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which were manufactured from the 1930s to 1970s at an Anniston plant owned by Monsanto. ... http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/ news/030819/solutia.shtml - 20k

PCB deal may help Solutia avoid bankruptcy ... It should mark the beginning of the end of Monsanto's toxic legacy in Anniston.". Monsanto invented PCBs in Anniston in 1929, lawyers for the homeowners said. ... http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/ news/030821/pcbs.shtml - 20k [ More results from http://www.decaturdaily.com ]

Forbes.com: Toxic Waste ... Solutia can't pay. That deal has already cost Monsanto $390 million, the bulk of the Anniston settlement. Monsanto also recently gave ... http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2003/1222/064a.html - 66k

[Imc-houston] monsanto / pcb ... residents. The chemical contamination allegedly was spread by the Monsanto Co., which manufactured PCBs in Anniston until 1972. Monsanto ... http://lists.indymedia.org/mailman/public/ imc-houston/2001-April/001146.html - 5k

ajc.com | Metro | 00 million deal on Anniston PCBs ... In 1996, one of Monsanto's PCB dumps in Anniston started leaking, and residents began to learn of the extent of the contamination. ... http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0803/21anniston.html - 56k

washingtonpost.com: In Dirt, Water and Hogs, Town Got Its Fill of ... ... manner. She was the star witness for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought against Monsanto by 1,600 Anniston residents. According ... http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/ A46744-2001Dec31?language=printer

The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods: Monsanto Files ... Anniston: The people vs. Monsanto -- Guardian (UK), June 5, 2000. ... 10, 2002. Report: Anniston's Monsanto discharged mercury -- AP, July 23, 2001. ... http://www.thecampaign.org/monsantofiles.php - 97k

EcoParis - Le cours de l'action Monsanto monte après le ... - [ Translate this page ] ... Monsanto avait cessé leur production à Anniston en 1971 alors que s'accumulaient les indices de contamination de l'environnement. ... http://www.ecoparis.org/breve.php3?id_breve=9671 - 12k

Monsanto, Solutia Settle PCB Claims ... Last year, an Alabama jury found that Monsanto had engaged in "outrageous" conduct in Anniston, finding it and its corporate successors liable for the PCB ... http://www.nrdc.org/news/newsDetails.asp?nID=1067 - 21k

[PDF] ANNISTON – A COMMUNITY CRYING FOR JUSTICE File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML ... For approximately 40 years, Monsanto (now Solutia) produced PCBs in Anniston and released this chemical into waterways and landfills. ... http://alabama.sierraclub.org/AnnistonEJ.pdf

Pacific Views: Monsanto Gets Nailed ... The town of Anniston, Alabama is considered the most toxic in the country, and ... even after the harmful nature of the chemicals was well known to Monsanto. ... http://www.pacificviews.org/archives/000138.html - 10k

Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution ... In a letter that April, Monsanto’s Anniston superintendent thanked Siegelman — who is now the state’s Democratic governor — for addressing the Alabama ... http://www.toxics.net/monsantohiddecadesofpollution.htm - 39k

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Got Serial Murder? Anniston, Solutia, Monsanto, Pharmacia, Pfizer(

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Got Serial Murder? Anniston, Solutia, Monsanto, Pharmacia, Pfizer "If Monsanto hid what it knew about its toxic pollution for decades, what is the company hiding from the public now?"

http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/dirtysecrets/annistonindepth/intro.asp http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/dirtysecrets/

Anniston's PCBs in the press http://www.ewg.org/news/news.php?reportid=115

The story of Anniston is a cautionary tale. Monsanto's internal documents, many of which are being posted here for the first time for the world to finally see, uncover a shocking story of corporate deception and dangerous secrets. As The Washington Post revealed [Monsanto Hid Decades of Pollution" (front page, Jan. 1, 2002) and "In Dirt, Water and Hogs, Town Got Its Fill of PCBs" (Jan. 1, 2002).], Monsanto hid its advanced knowledge of the health effects and vast PCB pollution problems from the public and - most importantly - from its closest neighbors, the people of Anniston. While the documents provide a glimpse into Monsanto's corporate culture, a spokesperson for a Monsanto spin-off corporation, Solutia, has repeatedly asserted that the company is "really pretty proud of what we did" and that Monsanto "did what any company would do, even today."

The Monsanto-Solutia public relations propaganda being used to counter these revelations is replete with assertions that press coverage has been unfair, based on comments from its documents "taken out of context."

Now, the world can read the story of Anniston, in context, and in Monsanto's own words.

The Monsanto documents posted on this website surfaced from a series of lawsuits brought by Anniston residents, including Owens v. Monsanto, 96-CV-440, (N.D. Ala.). The Owens case settled in April 2001 for $43 million dollars. The current case Abernathy v. Monsanto, CV-2001-832 (now called Bowie v. Monsanto), Etowah County Circuit Court, is in trial now. Besides questions of who will pay to clean up Anniston, these court cases, and the documents emerging from them, raise a more contemporary question:

If Monsanto hid what it knew about its toxic pollution for decades, what is the company hiding from the public now?

This question seems particularly important to us as this powerful company asks the world to trust it with a worldwide, high-stakes gamble with the environmental and human health consequences of its genetically modified foods.

Anniston, Alabama: Pollution, Contamination, and Betrayal

* Monsanto knew about PCB toxicity for decades http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/dirtysecrets/annistonindepth/toxicity.asp

* Pollution Problems in Anniston http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/dirtysecrets/annistonindepth/pollution.asp

* Monsanto responds to PCBs in wildlife http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/dirtysecrets/annistonindepth/wildlife.asp

* "Appropriate Research Efforts" http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/dirtysecrets/annistonindepth/research.asp

* Browse the Anniston Archive http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/search/anniston.asp

* Printable version of Anniston In-depth in Adobe Acrobat Format (PDF) http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/dirtysecrets/annistonindepth/indepth.pdf

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