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May 18, 2010

Monsanto plant shut down by activists Rotterdam
, May 17 2010

Bergeschenhoek – The action group ‘Round Up Monsanto’ successfully shut
down the main Monsanto plant in the Netherlands, formerly De Ruiter
Seeds. Forty activists chained themselves to the entrance gate at
daybreak and prevented personnel from entering the office buildings and
greenhouses. Thierry Boyer, head of Monsanto’s European vegetable
division, contacted his superiors and decided not to press charges. As a
result the police will not interfere. “The company will be effectively
closed for the day”, the police chief in charge confirmed. Clearly
Monsanto is afraid of more negative publicity connecting the company to
a police eviction, and prefers to close down the plant where 350 people
are employed. Many employees welcomed the action and said they were not
happy with the take over of De Ruiter Seeds by Monsanto in 2008. This
action is part of the growing world wide resistance against Monsanto and
other multinational agro-businesses. Banners on the gates and on the
Monsanto logo on the premises said: “Monopoly on food and toxic
agriculture – the world according to Monsanto” and “Imagine a world
without poison and without GMOs – a world without Monsanto”. De Ruiter
Seeds is the 3rd Dutch vegetable seed company that was bought up by
Monsanto in recent years. With these acquisitions the company aims to
monopolise the vegetable seed market. Monsanto is part of the ‘Round
Table of Responsible Soy’ (RTRS), a greenwash initiative to label
RoundupReady GM soy as ‘responsible’. The label will be launched in June
this year. Earlier Press Release: Blockade of Monsanto’s Bergschenhoek
Location in The Netherlands

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