Hackers Declare War On Monsanto
Anonymous is at it again.
The hacker collective known as “Anonymous” has been wreaking havoc against the biotech behemoth Monsanto for months now in retribution for a series of attacks against organic farmers.
This time, Anonymous hacked into Monsanto’s mainframe and published an old database, which included current employee email addresses, onto a website. This latest attack was in response to Monsanto suing 9,000 organic dairy farmers that don't use bovine growth hormone, and label their products accordingly.
The battle between Anonymous and Monsanto began July 2011 when 270,000 members of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) filed suit against Monsanto for the right to keep a portion of the world’s food supply organic. The fact that this basic right even needs to be argued and defended is absurd. But when Monsanto freely roams the halls of Congress, that's what you get.
Also, the organic farmers wanted to make sure that Monsanto couldn’t file suit against them for “stealing” their patented genetically modified seeds that easily drift into neighboring crop fields. These Frankenfoods have made organic produce extremely hard to farm on a large scale. The invasive nature of these seeds have threatened heirloom tomato crops and rendered heirloom canola oil extinct.
Anonymous sided with the organic farmers and the hacking began slowly by releasing the personal data of 2,500 employees of various agricultural companies, including Monsanto.
Now on February 27th, 2012 a federal judge sided with Monsanto over OSGATA. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald’s entire decision can be read here:
While the Anonymous attacks may seem to have gone overboard for some, it’s very difficult to feel sorry for an organization that has spent a considerable amount of time and money towards taking organic farmers to court over allegedly stealing their genetically-modified crops that have actually invaded other farmer’s food crops.
Since the 1990s, more than 800 farmers have either been taken to court or forced to settle out of court for “infringing” on Monsanto’s patent.
You can learn more about Monsanto, its bully tactics and its heavy influence in Washington in the documentary below. . .