Archive for June, 2013


June 30, 2013



Name Age Since Current Position

Hugh Grant

54 2012 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Brett Begemann

52 2012 President, Chief Commercial Officer

Pierre Courduroux

47 2011 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Robert Fraley

59 2000 Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

David Snively

58 2010 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Steven Mizell

52 2007 Executive Vice President – Human Resources

Kerry Preete

52 2012 Executive Vice President – Global Strategy

Gerald Steiner

52 2008 Executive Vice President – Sustainability & Corporate Affairs

Janet Holloway

58 2007 Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff and Community Relations

Nicole Ringenberg

51 2009 Vice President, Controller

Tom Hartley

53 2008 Vice President, Treasurer

Consuelo Madere

51 2011 Vice President – Global Vegetable and Asia Commercial

Robert Stevens

61 2011 Lead Independent Director

Gregory Boyce

58 2013 Independent Director

David Chicoine

65 2009 Independent Director

Janice Fields

57 2008 Independent Director

Arthur Harper

56 2006 Independent Director

Laura Ipsen

48 2010 Independent Director

Gwendolyn King

72 2001 Independent Director

C. Steven McMillan

66 2000 Independent Director

Jon Moeller

48 2011 Independent Director

William Parfet

66 2000 Independent Director

George Poste

68 2003 Independent Director

Bryan Hurley

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“Monsantos Grip” An Avaaz Email Dictated to Music – 2013 Political Song about evil Monsanto

Posted: 29 April 2013

One mega-company is gradually taking over our global food supply, poisoning our politics and putting the planet’s food future in serious danger. To stop it we need to expose and break up Monsanto’s worldwide grip.

Monsanto, the chemical giant that gave us poisons like Agent Orange and DDT, has a super-profitable racket. Step 1: Develop pesticides and genetically modified (GM) seeds designed to resist them, patent the seeds, prohibit farmers from replanting their seeds year to year, then send undercover agents out to investigate and sue farmers who don’t comply. Step 2: Spend millions lobbying government officials and contributing to political campaigns, get former Monsanto bigwigs into top government jobs, and then work with them to weaken regulations and push Monsanto goods into markets across the world.

As long as US law allows corporations to spend unlimited sums to influence policy, they can often buy the laws they want. Last year, Monsanto and biotech giants spent a whopping $45m to kill a bill that would have labelled GMO products just in California, despite 82 percent of Americans wanting to know if they are buying GM. And just this month, the company helped ram through the “Monsanto Protection Act,” that blocks courts from stopping the sale of a product even if they’ve been wrongly approved by the government.

Monsanto’s power in the US gives them a launch pad to dominate across the world. But brave farmers and activists from the EU, to Brazil, to India and Canada are resisting and starting to win.

We’re at a global tipping point. Donate now to join forces to break Monsanto’s grip on our politics and our food and help stop the corporate capture of our governments.




Any decision by the Labour leadership to support arming the Syrian opposition “would spark internal warfare”

June 25, 2013

Kate Devlin
UK Political Correspondent
Tuesday 25 June 2013

Labour MPs warn Miliband over Syria



One senior Labour MP said any decision by the Labour leadership to support arming the Syrian opposition “would spark internal warfare”.

He estimated 90% of the party’s MPs were vehemently opposed to such a move, with just 10% supportive.

Downing Street yesterday denied Mr Miliband had been invited to the NSC meeting as part of a “softening up” exercise ahead of any Commons vote on Syria.



US Senator John McCain wants to send Yemeni Jihadists to Syria

June 8, 2013


According to several Yemeni-based local newspapers, US Senator John McCain, who briefly visited Yemen earlier this week to offer his support to the coalition government and discuss political and security developments is rumored to have directly urged President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi to facilitate the transfer of Jihadists to Syria.

As the Free Syrian Army is struggling to secure its advances against Syrian President Bashar al-Assas, whose lists of supporters while thin remains mighty in military might, Washington and its allies in the region are said to be looking at ways to swell the ranks of the opposition by allowing foreign fighters to enroll against Assad regime.

In a move which analysts have already qualified as dangerous given the repercussions a similar policy led to in the 1980s, when Jihadists where send to fight off Russian troops in Afghanistan, security experts are worry al-Qaeda will use this opportunity to increase its recruitment pool while offering precious ground experience to its militants, which experience would be use later on against Yemen central government.

A source told several newspapers, “Senator McCain’s visit was to drum up support for Jihadist groups fighting Bashar al-Assad regime.”

While the government has so far refused to comment on the issues, quite understandably since its military is still locked in an on-going military struggle against Islamic operatives in its southern provinces, all the while preparing for the return of some Gitmo terror prisoners.

Yemeni officials would have a difficult time reconciling the idea of Jihad in one place while fighting off the same rhetoric in its own backyard.


Senator John McCain has called for sending Patriot missiles to Syria. According to the Voice of Russia’s correspondent, one of the top foreign policy hawks has offered his view on resolving the Syrian crisis which has nothing to do with diplomatic efforts or attempts to establish a peaceful dialogue between the government and the opposition.


McCain’s statements came just weeks before an international conference on Syria in Geneva.

As if by coincidence, Syrian opposition representatives have suddenly refused to take part in peace talks.

This could hardly be accidental. Whatever the case, these kinds of announcements on the part of a high-ranking Washington official reduce all diplomatic efforts to zero.

Paul Salem of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said in a NPR interview that he is skeptical about the Geneva II Conference on Syria.

“The second conference will not help to resolve the crisis. Even the 10th won’t change anything. It will take years to sort this crisis out.

The Assad government has no intention of starting serious talks while the opposition is split and unprepared for compromise.

Our priority is to end the bloodshed, or if that is not possible, to reduce its scope and ease tension”.

The While House has issued no comment in connection with McCain’s statements. Washington’s policy regarding Syria will be made public during the Geneva conference in July.

Roman Mamonov



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