Activist Investor to Challenge Monsanto CEO to be More Transparent at January 31 Annual Shareholder Meeting

Activist Investor to Challenge Monsanto CEO to be More Transparent at January
                        31 Annual Shareholder Meeting

PR Newswire

Jan. 29

Anti-GMO Protests Expected Outside

CREVE COEUR, MO – On Thursday, January 31, 2013, the Monsanto Company officers
and shareholders will vote on a shareholder proposal to create a study of
"material financial risks or operational impacts" associated with its chemical
products and patented genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Activists in
favor of the measure will demonstrate outside the meeting to raise awareness
that the public does not currently have the right to witness what will be the
only democratic vote of accountability on Monsanto's leadership because the
company bans cameras inside their Annual Shareholder Meeting.

WHO: Anti-GMO Food Activists, Adam Eidinger, Monsanto Shareholder

WHAT: Protest at Monsanto Annual Shareholder Meeting

WHERE: Monsanto Global Headquarters, Creve Coeur, MO, East Campus Entrance on
Olive Blvd.

WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 2013, Noon to 3:30PM

"Monsanto pledges transparency, but provides very little," says Adam Eidinger,
an organic food activist and Monsanto shareholder who organized a march from
NY to Washington, DC on behalf of honest food labeling in 2011. For the
second year in a row, Eidinger will present a shareholder resolution on behalf
of Napa, California-based Harrington Investments (HII) with help from the
Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA).

"Companies like Starbucks, Walmart, The Washington Post, Oracle, Apple and
Coca-Cola among many others provide the public and media access to their
shareholder meetings in one form or another, but Monsanto, a company who's
patented genetically engineered products are in most people's food, meets in
secret," says Eidinger.

Monsanto Company's website has a page titled "Our Pledge" which includes a
section that says: "Transparency: We will ensure that information is
available, accessible, and understandable." (
http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/pages/monsanto-pledge.aspx .)

"By banning cameras from their Annual Shareholder Meeting, Monsanto is
flouting its pledge to shareholders who are unable to attend, the majority of
Americans who eat the products created by Monsanto Company's patented
technology, farmers who are keen to know future plans of their seed &
herbicide provider, and members of the media who report on the company," says
Eidinger.

Last year Eidinger was forced to sneak an undercover camera into the Annual
Shareholder Meeting because safe food activists were concerned about Monsanto
Company's lack of transparency. The grainy footage has been viewed more than
55,000 times http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvMauD9w5B4 "I shouldn't be
required to break the rules in order to uphold Monsanto Company's pledge of
transparency," says Eidinger.

The shareholder proposal Eidinger will speak for represents one of the
strongest signals to date that the Monsanto Company faces growing consumer,
legal, and regulatory uncertainties. Public pressure for transparency in the
marketplace in the form of GMO food labeling is leading to new battles for
Monsanto Company, which spent over $8 million dollars in 2012 to prevent
labeling of genetically engineered foods in California. Next month, on
February 19, Bowman v. Monsanto, a landmark case on GMO patent exhaustion,
will be argued before the US Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court rules against
the Monsanto Company many its patented products face an uncertain future.

PROTESTS PLANNED

The Annual Shareholder Meeting itself is only open to shareholders but
concerned citizens will demonstrate outside along Olive Blvd. near the East
Campus entrance to Monsanto Company's Creve Coeur facilities beginning at
12:00 noon. The Monsanto Company global headquarters is located at 800 North
Lindberg Boulevard in Creve Coeur, MO.

In 2012 there were over 100 demonstrations against the Monsanto Company around
the world, including protests on five different Hawaiian Islands, three at
Monsanto Company's headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri along with 60 others
across the US. In Argentina, Japan, Poland, Canada, Peru, Philippines, Spain,
and numerous other countries people protested at Monsanto Company offices on
September 17, 2012.

Last fall Monsanto and its business allies showed they can subvert the
democratic process by spending more than $45 million dollars to spread lies in
order to prevent GMO labeling in California's Proposition 37. Monsanto and
other biotechnology & processed food companies outspent their opposition by a
factor of 5 to 1. In 2013 numerous states, including Missouri, have pending
GMO labeling legislation. Washington State is expected to have a GMO labeling
initiative on the ballot later this year. Efforts are already underway in
California for a new 2014 labeling initiative.

John Harrington, CEO of Harrington Investments, questions the veracity of
Monsanto's GMO crops, "With the rise of Round-Up resistant 'superweeds' the
company is simply telling farmers to spray even more toxic herbicides
including 2,4 D, the main ingredient in Agent Orange. Many people are
struggling to avoid GMO's and chemicals used on them in the food they eat due
to serious health and environmental concerns, yet Americans have no right to
know what we are eating largely due to the close ties Monsanto has to
President Obama's USDA, EPA, and FDA, which have not satisfied more than 1
million Americans who have signed on to the JustLabelIt.org's petition to the
FDA."

Adam Eidinger will be available for interview before and after the Monsanto
Shareholder Meeting, to which he will drive in a "Label GMO Foods" art car
called the Fishycorn Car ( http://www.facebook.com/fishycorncargmo )

More information at http://Occupy-Monsanto.com .

CONTACT: Adam Eidinger 202-744-2671
gmo@occupy-monsanto.com

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Jan. 29, 2013/

SOURCE Occupy-Monsanto.com