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Monsanto Enters Hydroponics & Marijuana Growing Industries Thanks to Maximum Yield Magazine

By Steve Davis

What the hell is a drug war-affiliated, corporate criminal, chemical and GMO company like Monsanto doing at a hydroponics event popular with marijuana growers?!?
I joined other marijuana growers at the Maximum Yield Indoor Gardening Expo in Boston and was shocked to discover that Monsanto, a convicted GMO corporate criminal known for making chemicals that KILL marijuana plants and ecosystems, was at the expo!
But maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised. After all, Monsanto and Maximum Yield have one big thing in common– they both love money more than they love doing what’s right and being honest about their business.
Let me make it very clear for you:
Maximum Yield could win a gold medal for being a pretender.
They pretend in their magazine and at their expos that they’re all about growing lettuce and tomatoes, and they demand that everyone who advertises with them, participates in their indoor gardening expos, and writes for their magazine engages in the same pretense.
Their utter hypocrisy and fearfulness is revealed when you realize that Maximum Yield Magazine is a hydroponics gardening magazine supported solely by advertising from manufacturers whose products are sold almost exclusively to marijuana growers.
Yet, Maximum Yield Magazine never mentions marijuana. 
And it doesn’t allow marijuana to be mentioned at its indoor gardening trade shows, even in states where marijuana is 100% legal.
The Maximum Yield expo logo shows tomatoes instead of a marijuana leaf!
Many marijuana industry manufacturers and growers who’ve tried to do business with the Maximum Yield people say that Maximum Yield personnel are the ultimate hypocrites, profiting from marijuana growers while shunning them publicly.
Even worse, Maximum Yield bans marijuana-related hydroponics companies from its events, but welcomes Monsanto as a major sponsor and exhibitor!
Because Monsanto is a fundamentally dishonest company, however, you didn’t see the name “Monsanto” at the Maximum Yield event.
Instead you saw a Monsanto front company called “Novozymes.”
Novozymes is an international GMO (genetically modified organism) company intimately teamed with Monsanto in a partnership called “The BioAg Alliance.”
When Monsanto and Novozymes set themselves up as “The BioAg Alliance,” they apparently were stealing the trademarked name of a natural-products agricultural company called BioAg™.
According to what I saw and heard at the Maximum Yield Boston Indoor Gardening Expo, Monsanto and Novozymes were trying to co-opt the name of the existing company.
But after the real Bio-Ag company challenged the Monsanto front company,  Maximum Yield was forced to ask the Monsanto/Novozymes people to leave the expo!
Monsanto and Novozymes reportedly are still trying to use the trademarked Bio-Ag name and even made a logo that looked like the BioAg™ logo.
A representative for the real Bio-Ag told me his company is aware of Monsanto’s attempt to steal its name and image, and is having its lawyers look into extended trademark protection.
And it’s especially ironic that the real BioAg™ is a company dedicated to finding alternatives to Monsanto industrial, chemical, poison, GMO agriculture.
Of course, being a greedy, dishonest, dangerous, deceptive company has always been the Monsanto way. It’s how the GMO industry rolls.
Monsanto and its allies in the GMO and Big Ag industries are working hard to create a planetary monopoly so they control all the seeds for food crops, and all the food supply.
Just read the compelling book Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
If you’re not aware of how evil Monsanto is, you’ll be interested in Monsanto’s scandalous track record.
Let’s take a look at Monsanto’s history of immoral, criminal behavior…

Monsanto: Manufacturer of Death Technology
Monsanto uses brutal intimidation tactics to make sure farmers buy new Monsanto seeds every year.
Monsanto encourages farmers to nark on each other regarding “unauthorized” use or sale of GMO seeds.
These same tactics would likely be used if cannabis is turned into a patented GMO crop, something GMO companies are pushing for.
In the famous case of Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser, pollen from Monsanto GMO canola blew onto Schmeiser’s canola plants from another farmer’s field.  And then Monsanto successfully sued Schmeiser for “pirating” Monsanto GMO canola genetics!
Monsanto uses aerial and satellite surveillance, narks, anonymous telephone tip lines, a private police force, CIA and DEA-derived spy techniques, informants, pay-offs, physical confrontations, and other nefarious methods in a worldwide campaign that aggressively monitors and attacks farmers and GMO critics.
Monsanto started more than a hundred years ago as a chemical producer, and has been involved in many immoral activities that harm people and the earth.
For example, Monsanto scientists helped create the first nuclear weapons.
The company manufactured deadly chemicals such as DDT and PCB, which were later banned because they create birth defects, other health problems, and serious environmental harms.
Monsanto is seen as primarily an agricultural and GMO company, but it’s also been heavily involved in the pharmaceutical industry and in war profiteer industries.
Monsanto partnered with IG Farben, the German chemical firm that was the financial core of Hitler’s regime.
Farben was the primary supplier of the Zyklon-B poison gas the German government used during the extermination phase of the Holocaust.
During its peak involvement in pharmaceuticals, Monsanto marketed harmful pharmaceutical “medicines” such as the “arthritis drug” Celebrex.
Celebrex competes with medical marijuana, but cannabis is a far safer medicine that more effectively treats the same conditions as Celebrex, which has a huge list of negative side-effects that cannabis doesn’t have.
Monsanto manufactured the infamous Vietnam War chemical warfare herbicide Agent Orange that  killed hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine forests, and poisoned lakes, rivers, and land.  Agent Orange caused severe health problems including birth defects in tens of thousands of Vietnamese citizens, and it also injured thousands of American soldiers.
To this day, Monsanto refuses to admit that Agent Orange caused any harms.
Monsanto and its corporate partner Scotts Miracle-Gro make and market the environmentally-harmful glyphosate “weed-killer” Roundup.
Monsanto pushes GMO crops in part because GMO crops require the increased use of pesticides and herbicides made by Monsanto and other poison manufacturers.
Monsanto pays off governments and media to say that glyphosate is safe, but a whistleblower who reviewed Monsanto’s own internal documents has exposed how glyphosate is a dangerous chemical that shouldn’t be allowed anywhere, especially in agricultural uses.
And they’ve partnered with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) contractors to supply an extremely-concentrated  version of Roundup sprayed on cannabis and coca plants, and people, in South America.
Although Monsanto’s massive public relations department claims it’s no longer a chemical company, the company’s GMO crops are designed to sell chemicals—farmers have to use tons of Roundup and other chemicals to control weeds on Monsanto’s GMO “Roundup Ready” crops
In partnership with Novozymes in the BioAg project, Monsanto is marketing GMO microbes and other organisms and materials.
Monsanto and a handful of other GMO companies control nearly 100% of the seed stock for most of the world’s fundamental food crops.
Monsanto and the rest of the GMO industry claim that GMOs are safe and wonderful, but the “proof” they have for that claim are studies conducted by scientists and university researchers paid off by Monsanto to say GMOs are harmless.
Monsanto buys or partners with more and more corporations, and provides millions of dollars in political donations, gifts, and “legal” bribes to political parties, politicians, and regulators.
Monsanto is also in business with Scotts Miracle-Gro, another corporate criminal, which recently infiltrated the hydroponics nutrients industry by being General Hydroponics. Read more here.

Monsanto: Buying Politicians, Bullying Opponents
In the Obama administration and previous administrations, officials in charge of food safety, crop safety, environmental protection, and agricultural policy are former Monsanto employees.
That’s why American government officials dismiss the real and potential harms of GMOs, which are created via a Frankenstein process that toys with the very building blocks of Nature.
There’s a revolving door: Monsanto execs work for government and vice versa.
That’s why the U.S. government has long fronted for Monsanto in trade disputes and in commerce lobbying to ensure Monsanto gets maximum market penetration and profits for its products worldwide.
In 2012, a French court found Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a farmer who was injured by one of the company’s herbicides.
In India, Monsanto’s marketing and patent enforcement of GMO cotton led to huge crop failures for small-scale Indian farmers, many of whom committed suicide due to loss of their farms and income.
In 1986, a federal jury in Texas found Monsanto guilty of negligence when a Monsanto employee died after being exposed to benzene at a Monsanto chemical plant.
Monsanto initially refused to pay compensation to the worker’s family.
Monsanto is linked to payment of starvation wages to agricultural laborers, especially women, and the use of child labor.
Monsanto paid more than a million dollars to workers damaged by chemicals at a Monsanto plant in West Virginia.
In 2005, Monsanto paid fines for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by making illegal payments to government officials in Indonesia.
Monsanto paid a $2.5 million fine for selling mislabeled bags of genetically engineered cotton seed.
Monsanto spends millions of dollars to block citizen-sponsored legislation that would require accurate labeling of food products so we know which foods contain GMOs.
In Maui County, Hawaii, where Monsanto tests its GMO seeds by spraying massive amounts of harmful chemicals that harm people and the environment, local citizens sponsored a successful 2014 ballot measure that bans GMOs unless scientific tests prove absolutely that GMOs are safe.
True to its bullying corporate persona, Monsanto spent millions of dollars creating campaign ads full of lies in an effort to defeat Maui citizens.
When Maui’s anti-GMO measure passed anyway, Monsanto sued to have the law overturned, and it has never been implemented.
To this day, Monsanto and its allies in the GMO and poison industries are still terrorizing Maui County.
No surprise that Monsanto spends a lot of money trying to sanitize its history.
It censors and manipulates the Internet, search engine results, YouTube, and other media to prevent people from finding out about its corporate crimes, affiliations, and agenda.
Monsanto has a fleet of paid sock puppet trolls and shills who post pro-GMO, pro-Monsanto comments on Internet sites.
Monsanto even hired “re-branding” experts in an attempt to make Monsanto more popular with young people.
As soon as I started roving the indoor gardening expo, a friend told me Monsanto/Novozymes were sponsoring and exhibiting at the Maximum Yield Boston event.
I asked Maximum Yield, Sunlight Supply, and cannabis growers what they think about Monsanto front companies entering the hydroponics and marijuana growing industries.
I found out that Maximum Yield and Sunlight Supply weren’t worried that a notoriously criminal, environmentally-damaging corporation produces dangerous poisons and GMOs, violates laws, and tramples peoples’ rights.
The only thing they care about is that Monsanto and its front companies are willing to kick down big money to sponsor Maximum Yield indoor gardening expos.
They’re happy that Monsanto/Novozymes makes products sold in hydroponics stores, because the distributor (Sunlight Supply) makes big money off of those products.
A majority of marijuana growers I talked to said they had no idea Monsanto was involved in the hydroponics industry or was sponsoring the Maximum Yield show.
When they were told that Maximum Yield had facilitated Monsanto’s entry into the hydroponics industry, the overwhelming majority of cannabis growers I spoke to said they’re opposed to Monsanto because it’s a greedy, criminal corporation that helps the war on marijuana.
Even now, when it appears that Maximum Yield was forced to evict the Monsanto/Novozymes representatives from the expo due to the BioAg™ controversy, Maximum Yield still defends its decision to welcome a Monsanto front company as an indoor gardening expo sponsor and a member of our hydroponics marijuana-growing community!
Do I have a personal grudge against Monsanto? The answer is an emphatic yes!
It’s not just that Monsanto is a dangerous corporate criminal.
It’s that my neighbor sprayed Roundup near my legal outdoor marijuana plants on a windy day.  Those plants were nearing harvest time and would have given me about at least a pound of sticky buds per plant.
But the god damned Roundup drifted over to my  marijuana plants and killed them.  It also killed lawn grass nearby. And to this day, a year later, NOTHING will grow on those patches of dead lawn where the Roundup hit.
I’ll have to dig those areas out, remove the poisoned soil, put in new soil, and replant.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg for why I’m one of many marijuana growers who hates Monsanto and anyone who allies with them, including Maximum Yield Magazine!
Before Monsanto and Novozymes were kicked out of the Maximum Yield event, I spoke to a Monsanto scientist deeply involved with Monsanto’s “Bio-Ag Alliance” project.
The scientist reported that Monsanto and its genomic research partners have hundreds of millions of dollars, some of the world’s top scientists, and a marketing and research sector focused on total domination of all agricultural crops, including marijuana.
If things go the way Monsanto wants, the future of marijuana growing would be similar to the current reality of GMO field crop farming:

  • Monsanto and its partners will create GMO marijuana that only grows well with Monsanto crop inputs and protectants.
  • Marijuana growers using patented GMO marijuana will be legally prohibited from creating their own seeds. They’ll have to buy new Monsanto seeds for every new crop they grow.
  • Monsanto will do proprietary research into marijuana fertilizers, biological protectants, soil, and other cannabis cultivation in an attempt to take over the lucrative market for marijuana fertilizers, supplements, and crop protectants.

It’s hard to get hydroponics industry businesspeople to talk openly about Monsanto’s entry into the marijuana hydroponics industry via the Maximum Yield expo, and via Sunlight Supply’s distribution of products made by Monsanto partners like Novozymes.
Maximum Yield, Sunlight Supply, and Hydrofarm use financial incentives and other methods to discourage hydroponics stores from carrying hydroponics products made by manufacturers who’re honest about marijuana growing or critical of monopolistic industry consortiums.
One person willing to comment about the Maximum Yield-Monsanto controversy is Michael Straumietis, founder and owner of hydroponics manufacturer Advanced Nutrients.
His company was the most popular exhibitor at Maximum Yield events many years ago, until Maximum Yield banned Advanced Nutrients for being honest about the fact that marijuana growers are the primary source of funding for the hydroponics industry.
Straumietis says Advanced Nutrients has a 100% No-GMO policy that ensures the safety and effectiveness of all its products.
He said he strongly objects to allowing Monsanto front companies into the marijuana hydroponics industry.
“Monsanto is way more concerned with profits than they are with long-term negative effects of their products and business practices on the environment, farmers, and citizens,” Straumietis explains. “Cannabis growers deserve better than than to have Maximum Yield welcome Monsanto front companies into our community.”
Monsanto GMO crops and chemical products have been fast-tracked by regulators without adequate research into the long-term health and environmental effects of those products, he notes.
Straumietis asks that people pay attention to Monsanto’s “hidden agenda.”
“Monsanto and its corporate partners want total capture of our hydroponics industry,” he warns. “Based on their past history, Monsanto would do buyouts of hydroponics manufacturers and distribution channels. They’ll develop marijuana growing products and market them via Home Depot, just like Scotts markets Miracle-Gro.”
The end result, Straumietis worries, could be Big Ag corporate domination of hydroponics supplies, and less freedom for marijuana growers to breed their own strains.
“These mega-corporations only care about profiting from the hydroponics industry,” Straumietis says. “I invite Maximum Yield, Sunlight Supply, and hydroponics retailers to realize it’s not worth the risk to welcome Monsanto into our hydroponics industry.”
Original article at Big Buds Magazine

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lmao, he has his eyes fully open to what Monsanto are doing. They should all be put in jail for crimes against humanity. I would not touch any of their or their partners products.

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I live in Saskatchewan, farming is all we do.  When I was young we used to drive around the country side a lot, and stopping along side a slough was always an event. The life and noise was something special to say the least. Never a dull moment and always a whirlwind of activity near any body of water no matter the size. It really was like a movie right in front of your eyes.


Today there is not a sound to be heard and not an animal to be seen. All water is totally void of life and left with a green scum over the top. Sure is quiet out there now, not a peep. Funny I don't remember it that way.


I ask my friends.... most don't notice at all... or at least they won't admit it. My favorite comment is "How do you create a dessert?... Carry on."


The last farmer I tried to work for payed $655 for 1 bag of seed but yet thought I would be happy to take $450 to be on call for six months so I could come and shovel his bins out and tear out his bathroom floor whenever he had the urge. He would pick me up though because I couldn't afford insurance on my car.... or my house for that matter.


Cheap food came with a price, some did not get paid or they got paid very very little. In my case I have many many years of work in for basically zero... I got $200 once a long time ago, this was after many years of "helping out"


Sustainable living?.... ya sure.

Do I blame monsanto..... ya, mostly anyway.


It starts at the top, we can not let these corporations buy their way through our lives.


Who the hell takes a job and then says I need funding FFS, political funding has been/is killing us and I wouldn't say slowly anymore this needs to stop. Off the top of my head one solution would be maybe give each party the exact same predetermined funds and go to work you fools. The one who does the best may or may not be chosen by the people to do OUR work. Get caught cheating and go to jail just like everyone else not?

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well hopefully people like us ,will still save good genetics to trade, so we don't have to ever deal with these scum.

the only part that doesn't worry me, is that it likely won't effect the small growers like us as much as they really have no way to control us.

i'm sure most people who have grown for awhile has some sort of seed bank stocked up,i probably have 20 -30 different strains  myself.

i guess my point is ,i don't think i'll ever have to buy seeds from these guys as there is enough available locally to keep me going.

they will be able to control the bigger players, but as far as us little fish go, i can't see it.

so fxxx them , they are going to do it anyway.if they can catch us all  ,good luck










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