Environment Boycott Monsanto

Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Scott Cooney


Boycott Monsanto: Ten Easy Steps to Avoid GMO Foods & Subvert Agribusiness


Each year Newsweek/The Daily Beast compiles and ranks the largest companies in the United States for their transparency, good neighbor policies, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, and environmental performance. And every year Monsanto is just about dead last. If the corporation was actually clubbing baby harp seals and using their flesh to poach Bald Eagle eggs, the business would probably be more popular than they presently are.

Boycott Monsanto

Monsanto is the ugly face of the GMO epidemic. It may not be entirely fair to the company to characterize them as such, as there are other players (Syngenta, Pioneer, BASF, etc.), but the fact is, Monsanto is the 800 pound mutant gorilla. They have consistently pushed the ethical envelope as far as it can go, with fatuous lawsuits against farmers, millions spent on misleading advertising to derail GMO labeling laws and the like.

Worse yet, we’re all subsidizing this travesty (here’s ten ways you are subsidizing Monsanto). These massive and largely unaccountable companies have been economically ravaging our world by externalizing the hidden costs of their dirty business and decades of environmental destruction. There is no way around it, Monsanto is a company that does little to no good, and a whole world of bad.

So what’s a concerned citizen to do? Here’s how to hurt Monsanto in the only place that they care about: their wallet.


Top Ten Ways to Hurt GMO Companies:


  1. Stop eating factory farmed meat. Each Big Mac you buy financially supports 16 pounds of GMOs. That 99 cents has a ton of subsidies from your tax dollars that keep its price so artificially low. To create 1 pound of beef, you need 16 pounds of grains. In fast food, most of what you are eating is actually genetically modified soy and corn.
  2. Start a garden. Plant some organic seeds. Grow some of your own food.
  3. Buy organic. Anything labeled organic is by definition not GMO. If you can’t afford organic, here are four apps for your smartphone to help you avoid GMO food.
  4. Change your grocery store. Shop at Farmer’s markets or your local food co-op, where workers know what a GMO is, and actively avoid selling such products.
  5. Avoid processed junk food and sodas (assume it’s all GMO). Eat more vegetables and whole grains. Your Mom was right about that.
  6. Support the Center for Food Safety. They’ve got some great publications and educational materials.
  7. Support GMO labeling laws wherever they are, and help mobilize action mandating that your state label GMOs.
  8. Get to know the big offenders: corn, soy, and cotton, and look for organic alternatives. Products like Wesson are all GMO, despite their deceptive labels marking them as “100% natural”.
  9. Boycott the players. Many companies that make packaged foods do just about everything GMO. For example, look for ConAgra foods and never buy them again. Be aware of companies that oppose GMO labeling laws, and always avoid their products.
  10. Educate your friends and family about GMOs (have them check out other organized actions against Monsanto, and direct them to the Center for Food Safety or the NonGMO Project). The toxic foods and deadly products that these huge corporations are trying to sell are very dangerous, and are extremely bad business for us all.
photo via Millions Against Monsanto on Flickr Creative Commons

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About the Author

Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on

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