Monsanto's GM Food Wins Could Help Organic Grocers

There's no company as uniformly hated around the world as Monsanto (NYSE: MON  ) . Whether that distinction is deserved is up for each reader to determine. The company is the face of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs -- crops that are designed in a lab to withstand extreme weather conditions, pests, and treatment by some chemicals.

For the first time in a while, Monsanto and its fellow GMO peers have been winning the public-relations battle. But in an odd way, this string of wins might actually help organic grocers such as Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM  ) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (NASDAQ: SFM  ) . Motley Fool contributor Brian Stoffel tells us what the past few months have revealed, and why these grocers could benefit.

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  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2013, at 7:28 PM, bike5389 wrote:

    Just wondering why you did not include STKL Sunopta in your talk about non GMO ,organic food manufacturers and distributors.

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2013, at 1:21 PM, getthetruth2 wrote:

    You have hit on the main reason why Organic food producers are behind many of the anti-Gm initiatives. They have to justify their higher prices - they don't seem to be able to convince people on merits alone. That's because they can't advertise organic food as safer and healthier because peer reviewed reprots show it is not.

    In fact organic food can kill people - it has - through bacterial contamination. Organic has killed and Gm food has not.

    They have to demonize GM food and since certified organic is expected to be non-GM (most is never tested) then people should move towards organic.

    Without GM food what would organic food's marketing strategy be?

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2013, at 3:44 PM, Farmhound wrote:

    What is so safe about Organic Food. How many have been killed by disease and organisms that comes with the "healthy" organic melons?

    Total # killed by GMO's past 30 years= 0.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2013, at 4:39 AM, bugmenot wrote:

    Look, all the Pro-GMO, Pro-Monsanto Shills have gathered here.

    Ok, I'm going to clear up some comments.

    Myth: Organic Foods kill people because of the bacteria

    Reality: There is no evidence of people dying because they consumed organic foods. And you need to wash any fruit/vegetable before consuming it.

    Information is useless without sources/references. That's Anecdotal Evidence.

    Organic Foods have more nutrition and aren't carcinogenic.

    Source:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/science/stanford-organic-f...

    Study is from Newcastle University, England.

    GM Foods is also the agenda in the Trans Pacific Partnership, which gives companies like Monsanto more control over the government to protect it's profits, and is being fought.

    The people commenting here are not with the people, and their main goal is to deceive others, hence Shills. One would simply research and they will find overwhelming opposition against Organic Foods, and the studies show that it's bad for us and increases risks of cancer etc.

    Not to mention that not all places sell organics expensive. Saying one or two stores are expensive doesn't make it all expensive. And 1 or 2 dollar difference, big deal. You support honest farmers, families or no families who do not plant poisonous seeds, and use poisons that makes them sick, and farmers who actually HAVE A RIGHT TO PLANT their own seeds as nature intended instead of Monsanto injecting a poison.

    But then you might argue that farmers crossed different plants. Well, what Monsanto is doing is not that, but injecting a poison so that it can create a resistance to the poison they are spraying.

    Good agricultural practice, not poisons, is the key to exporting good foods. And sadly, the government has neglected the rural sector.

    Also, Monsanto's seeds infects organic crops and makes them GM, and if you try to sue them in the US, they can put you in jail. Search for it.

    Look at Monsanto vs Farmer.

    http://thegranddisillusion.wordpress.com/monsanto-vs-farmer/

    Monsanto will loose, pack their bags and be out of business, mark my words.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2013, at 4:39 AM, bugmenot wrote:

    Overwhelming support against GMO's*

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2013, at 3:13 PM, brasled wrote:

    Conventional agriculture, including GMO, has made numerous people sick over the last few years, and is steadily, but slowly killing people, as evidenced by multiple peer reviewed studies done in Europe and elsewhere -- massive amounts of inflammation are occurring, and inflammation is what causes most of our degenerative diseases.

    Organic farming is far less likely to be contaminated by dangerous bacteria, but everything comes back to farming techniques. The bigger the industry, the more likely contamination will occur, in any type of faming produce. Have you forgotten the canteloupes, conventional, coming out of mexico, that made so many sick? Or the lettuces from 2 years ago, or many many more we don't here of, but exist on smaller scales. Stop using false reasons to push your GMO agenda.

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