Monsanto is the world's biggest seed company and is the conglomerate behind many of the pesticides and genetically engineered seeds that pervade farm fields around the world. Monsanto produces the world’s top-selling herbicide; 40 percent of US crops contain its genes; it spends millions lobbying governments each year; and several of its factories are now toxic Superfund sites.  It is estimated that 88 percent of corn and 93 percent of soybeans are genetically modified, most of them by Monsanto. 
Building a monopoly and putting farmers out of work.
Monsanto are well-known for patenting everyday vegetables, such as broccoli, onions, melons, lettuce and cucumber. They own a huge array of patents for seeds and look after their vast patches with an iron fist. Watchdog Thinkprogress reports that they budget $10 million and 75 staff for enforcing their patents.  Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto filed 144 lawsuits against family farmers and settled 700 cases out of court.  Exploiting their patent on transgenic corn, soybean and cotton, Monsanto asserts an insidious control of those agricultural industries in the US, effectively squeezing out conventional farmers (those using non-transgenic seeds) and eliminating their capacity to viably participate and compete on the market. 
Environmental damage and hazards to human health
Monsanto produce the herbicide that its seeds are resistant to. "Roundup Ready" soy and corn seeds are flooding the market and their toxic weed-killer is now flooding the wetlands, streams, lakes and rivers nearby.  Scientific studies have linked the chemicals in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticides to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimers disease, autism and cancer  as well as to the decline of bee colonies around the world. 
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