September 29, 2022
Monsanto 8: The Acquisition. The Antitrust Jubilee. The Awards.
WE'VE GONE AND DONE IT! EIGHT HOURS LATER, THE MONSANTO SEASON IS COMPLETE! This episode goes over Bayer's disastrous acquisition of Monsanto, how the antitrust division of the US government is simply set up to fail, and we have a look back on all of the hee-hees and haw-haws of the Monsanto season. After sitting in that studio for hours on end with Bluid and Amy, I think we deserve a little retrospective as a treat. I hope you're all feeling emotionally ok after this season. Drink some water. Hug your besties. I hope to see as many of you at the live show as possible this Saturday, and if not, I'll catch you in Season 4! Should be out by the end of 2022. Kissies! Follow @BlenderBluid and @HelloAmyDo LIVE SHOW TICKET LINK OCTOBER 1 PLEASE COME! PATREON LINK SOURCES: https://www.justice.gov/atr/case-document/file/1066656/download Bayer Tightens Control Over the World’s Food Supply, Carin Smaller, International Institute for Sustainable Development 2016. Bayer raises Monsanto cash takeover offer to $65bn, Rob Davies, The Guardian 2016 Justice Department approves Bayer-Monsanto merger in landmark settlement, Brian Fung and Caitlin Dewey, WP 2018 How Bayer-Monsanto Became One of the Worst Corporate Deals—in 12 Charts, Ruth Bender, WSJ Aug 2019 Bayer Investor Sues Top Officials for ‘Disastrous’ Monsanto Deal, Chris Dolmetsch, Claims Journal 2020 Seed monopolies: Who controls the world's food supply?, Charli Shield, DW 2021 ...
September 26, 2022
Monsanto 7: The Good Fight
Barehanded honeykeeping, moms-on-facebook, and deadly scientific coverups are all converging to form the final bell toll for Monsanto's mortal time. With all of the doom-and-gloom from past episodes, you're probably wondering how this company...doesn't...still exist, given its titanic political, scientific, and corporate influence. The answer is it's all of it and it's none of it. We're really going through the ringer this episode with a final act that is so heartbreaking that I was, in fact, crying while reading it. Check it out! Please rate and leave reviews on the podcast if you love it; it really helps me out :) Follow @BlenderBluid and @HelloAmyDo LIVE SHOW TICKET LINK OCTOBER 1 PLEASE COME! PATREON LINK SOURCES: The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice, Carey Gillam 2021 Leydy Pech, the "honey lady" who stopped Monsanto, Beatriz Garcia, Al Dia News 2020 https://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/leydy-pech/ Mayan Women Fought Monsanto—And Won, Christin Sandberg, Bitch Media 2014 Guatemalan protests against Monsanto Law, Rebecca Griest Swathmore College 2015 https://web.archive.org/web/20151226231418/http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/guatemala-indigenous-communities-prevail-monsanto/ I Won a Historic Lawsuit, But May Not Live to Get the Money, Carey Gillam, Time 2018 He was drenched in a weed-killer made by Monsanto in a workplace accident. Then he was diagnosed with cancer, Vanessa Caldwell, CBC Docs 2022 ...
September 22, 2022
Monsanto 6: PR and Philanthropy
What would you say the work-life balance is on the Death Star? This episode follows a path down the Monsanto communications rabbit hole. PRAD majors, get your forks! Come eat! Blender Bluid, Amy Do and I try to answer a key question throughout the episode: do the entry/mid-level Monsanto employees....know? Do they know the vibe? To answer that question, we talk about intra-company communication, PR strategies, and track a story straight out of an episode of a Nev Schulman TV show. Oh, we also break into a lengthy discussion on that Lockheed Martin twitter drama discourse; how much ire is appropriate to direct at somebody who works at an evil mega-company? Follow @BlenderBluid and @HelloAmyDo LIVE SHOW TICKET LINK OCTOBER 1 PLEASE COME! PATREON LINK SOURCES Missouri business groups divided on LGBT-discrimination ban, Summer Ballentine, Fulton Sun 2016 Gay? Transgender? Why You Might Want to Work for Monsanto, Lindsay Toler, RiverFront Times 2018 Monsanto Leading the Way for Women in Leadership, Sara Miller, LinkedIn 2018 The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy, Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer, Harvard Business Review 2002 Monsanto Discovers a New Social Media, Wilhelm Peekhaus, International Journal of Communications 2010 Monsanto archived website links: https://web.archive.org/web/20100205155240/http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto_today/for_the_record/default.asp https://web.archive.org/web/20091224173230/http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto_today/for_the_record/monsanto_business_practice_indonesia.asp https://web.archive.org/web/20100524063155/http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto_today/for_the_record/india_farmer_suicides.asp https://web.archive.org/web/20100113105313/http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto_today/for_the_record/agent_orange.asp https://web.archive.org/web/20100605174450/http://www.monsanto.com/who_we_are/history.asp 7. Haiti GM Food Aid is a ‘Trojan Horse’, Kristina Sorbach, The Epoch ...
September 19, 2022
Monsanto 5: Bovine Growth Hormone
This one's a banger, no way around it. This one will give a detailed history of Monsanto's relationship with the FDA -- spoilers, it literally goes ALL the way back -- and how the FDA was complicit in the expediting of Bovine Growth Hormone. We also go on a very long tangent on if the father of food safety was a fellow homosexual (Because it's my podcast! And I get to do whatever I want!) This episode is full of such compelling characters; it's a shattering reminder that there are always people fighting the good fight. Hope you're enjoying the season so far! My description-writing game has dramatically weakened. Need to redirect my brain power into the episodes lol. But if you like this podcast, please keep telling your friends! I can tell a lot of you have been already!! Follow the mysterious and hilarious @BlenderBluid and @HelloAmyDo LIVE SHOW TICKET LINK OCTOBER 1 2022 PATREON LINK SOURCES: The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, Deborah Blum 2018 Harvey W. Wiley: An Autobiography, Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, New York: Bobs-Merrill Company 1930 The 19th-Century Fight Against Bacteria-Ridden Milk Preserved With Embalming Fluid, Deborah Blum, Undark Magazine 2018 The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin 2008 Bovine Somatotropin (bST), FDA.gov April 2022 Pushing RBST: How the Law and the Political Process Were Used to Sell Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin to America, David Aboulafia, ...
September 15, 2022
Monsanto 4: The Roundup Episode
This is the birth of Modern Monsanto, and it takes quite a turn from the previous episodes. Instead of talking about the diseases and human suffering as a result of the products (like we've been doing at length), we're going to be looking at the sexy, muscular legal arm of Monsanto. Clarence Thomas comes back in this one! PokeMonsanto collection growing every day! :D Thanks again for tuning in and for all of your support. It means the world to me. Follow Amy Do and Blender Bluid on all the social medias @BlenderBluid and @HelloAmyDo LIVE SHOW TICKETS OCTOBER 1 PLZ SUPPORT MY PATREON SOURCES: Monsanto’s Bet, Linda Grant and Alicia Moore, CNN Money 1997 The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin 2008 Monsanto’s Technology Agreement, 2008 Safe Or Scary? The Shifting Reputation Of Glyphosate, AKA Roundup; Dan Charles, NPR 2019 Monsanto Vs. US Farmers, Center for Food Safety report 2005 Monsanto vs. US Farmers, 2010 Update, Center for Food Safety Down and Out in Covington, Andy Meek, Memphis Daily News 2006 Monsanto wins $7.7b lawsuit in Brazil – but farmers’ fight to stop its ‘amoral’ royalty system will continue, Beth Daily, the Conversation 2019 WIKIPEDIA PAGES FOR THE FOLLOWING: Flavr Savr JEM V PIONEER HI-BRED ...
September 12, 2022
Monsanto 3: Superfund Sites and Slag
Hello again, y'all! This episode's all about the ENVIRONMENT and it is a real doozy. If you choose for some reason to start with this one, understand that we'd been in the studio for hours at this point. Blender Bluid, Amy Do and I were all simply transcending the mortal form. Anyways, in this riveting episode we talk about Times Beach Missouri, Anniston Alabama, and Soda Springs Idaho's separate disasters connected to Monsanto. There's a surprising amount of horses and Ronald Reagan, but not related to one another despite the fact that he was really into horses. Fun fact for ya. Cheers! LIVE SHOW TICKETS OCTOBER 1 PLZ SUPPORT MY PATREON SOURCES: Baptized in PCB’s: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town, Ellen Griffith Spears 2014 The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin 2008 Missouri's Costly Dioxin Lesson, Marjorie Sun, Science VOL. 219, NO. 4583 pp. 367-369, 1983 Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution, Michael Grunwald, Washington Post 2002 Pollution, Poverty and People of Color: Dirty Soil and Diabetes, Brett Israel, Environmental Health News, 2012 Monsanto’s Superfund Secret, Bart Elmore, Dissent Magazine 2017 Roundup’s Other Problem: Glyphosate is Sourced from Controversial Mines, Gosia Wozniacka Civil Eats, 2019 Residential zoning at former Monsanto site dangerous for future homebuyers, Sue Stevenson Columbia Daily ...