Monsanto: Land Grabbing and Community Displacement

NGOs and farmers worldwide criticize Monsanto’s controversial business practices, its monopoly of the seed and food commodity markets, and its connections to the US government. RepRisk – an international screening organization – reported that Monsanto cleared hundreds of thousands of acres of land in order to plant genetically modified soybeans in South America. The report also states that Monsanto is responsible for instances of deforestation, violence, and displacements, as well as for using toxic herbicides that are detrimental to public health.[1] Monsanto’s reputation has earned it a spot on the Global Exchange’s 2012 list of “Most Wanted Corporate Criminals.” This U.S. NGO accused the company of being “one of the most egregious abusers of the human rights of food sovereignty, access to land, and health.”[2]

[1] Reprisk (2013): Monsanto, Company Profile, 4 July, offline.

[2] Global Exchange (2013): Top 10 Corporate Criminals Alumni (accessed 27.08.2013).

Affected topics
  • Human and Labour Rights
  • Environmental and Climate protection
Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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