BOYCOTT UNETHICAL PRODUCTS: Pledge To Go Without Monsanto Products For A Year

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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. [1] It is estimated that 88 percent of corn and 93 percent of soybeans are genetically modified, most of them by Monsanto. [2]

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. [3] Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto filed 144 lawsuits against family farmers and settled 700 cases out of court. [4] 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. [5]

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. [6] Scientific studies have linked the chemicals in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticides to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimers disease, autism and cancer [7] as well as to the decline of bee colonies around the world. [8]

There is power in our money. Let's use it to change business for the better. Take the pledge to boycott Monsanto products today.


This pledge is part of #smallactionsBIGCHANGE where we invite hundreds of Kiwis to commit to one small action throughout 2015 that when amplified by the many can create really big change. The more of us that commit to action, the more impact that action will have. We will track and measure the results to showcase the tangible, overall impact our individual actions are having.


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  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-01-13 13:30:47 +1300
    I just took a pledge to give up Monsanto products for a year #smallactionsBIGCHANGE
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-01-13 13:22:13 +1300
    I just took a pledge to give up Monsanto products for a year #smallactionsBIGCHANGE
  • signed 2015-01-13 13:21:30 +1300
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-01-12 10:52:25 +1300
    I just took a pledge to give up Monsanto products for a year #smallactionsBIGCHANGE
  • signed 2015-01-11 13:02:50 +1300
    Monsanto has a long history of arrogant abuse of people and the natural world, if anything can change their behaviour it is the power people have in large numbers, translated into a loss of profit. Money talks, let yours shout through ActionStation.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-01-07 15:18:54 +1300
    I just took a pledge to give up Monsanto products for a year #smallactionsBIGCHANGE
  • signed via 2015-01-07 15:15:57 +1300
    Please join me in boycotting Monsanto products for a year (forever seems better to me :)). They are the creators of poisons that kill bees and other pollinators; they create terminator seeds and they patent the genes for our food. It’s insidious and it affects everyone.
  • signed 2015-01-07 13:15:16 +1300
  • signed 2015-01-06 23:11:25 +1300
  • signed 2015-01-06 22:34:01 +1300
  • signed 2015-01-06 15:06:45 +1300
  • signed 2015-01-06 11:13:40 +1300
  • signed 2015-01-06 08:18:39 +1300
    Just a suggestion: a master list of Monsanto products that are available in NZ, so that people know which ones to boycott
  • signed 2015-01-06 03:48:28 +1300
    Could you tell us how to avoid Monsanto? I don’t think I buy anything of theirs but I could be wron.
  • signed 2015-01-06 03:30:56 +1300
  • @evdebeslenmeyen tweeted link to this page. 2015-01-05 23:32:50 +1300
    I just took a pledge to give up Monsanto products for a year #smallactionsBIGCHANGE http://www.actionstation.org.nz/boycottmonsanto?recruiter_id=27739
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-01-05 23:00:29 +1300
    I just took a pledge to give up Monsanto products for a year #smallactionsBIGCHANGE
  • signed 2015-01-05 22:58:05 +1300
  • signed 2015-01-05 22:34:59 +1300
  • signed 2015-01-05 21:44:29 +1300
  • signed 2015-01-05 19:26:58 +1300
    I’m in, how do I find a list of their products? Am I missing one here?
  • signed 2015-01-05 17:55:42 +1300
  • signed 2015-01-05 17:34:05 +1300
    I boycott Monsanto and have done so for years. I try and boycott most non-NZ goods and services and support NZ whenever I can.
  • signed 2015-01-05 16:52:58 +1300
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-01-05 16:45:37 +1300
    I just took a pledge to give up Monsanto products for a year #smallactionsBIGCHANGE
  • signed 2014-12-24 10:39:14 +1300

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