What most people don’t realize is that all of these big ag companies are “public”, which means you can buy and sell shares of their stock on a stock market exchange. If you have a diversified 401K or stock portfolio you may be inadvertently contributing to the success of the very firms you’ve chosen not to support.
Why is it important to avoid buying stock in these companies? Because buying stock is buying ownership in a company. That in and of itself is bad enough. You could be an owner of Monsanto and not even know it! In addition, the more people that own a company’s stock the higher the price goes. Higher stock price translates into a greater ability for Monsanto to force GM seeds on farmers, sue and intimidate farmers, bribe others, hire away employees from decent corporations, pay for more “research” and “trials”, and generally wreak havoc on the world’s food system.
So what to do in real life? Research your investments! All of this information is publicly available. If you invest in mutual funds, request to see a prospectus or go online and research their investments. Some good sites include:
Some of the bigger, publicly traded companies that you may want to keep an eye out for:
Here’s a list of fund providers that currently invest in big ag companies that you may want to look into:
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