It looks like Monsanto has managed to increase its profits...a 5% increase per share. Lucky them, but I'd say not so lucky for everyone else. Monsanto has a history, and not one I would be proud of. It looks like they are increasing sales by infiltrating Latin America with its GM corn. That's right, genetically modified. Now, I'm sure several people hear about this corn and about how farmers can produce more because it has built-in chemicals to ward off and kill insects, but this also has devastating effects. Not only does Monsanto keep very tight control of their seed ( they don't allow farmers to "save seed" and if their seed is cross-pollinated to a neighboring farm then they go after that farmer), but they are also killing insects that are harmless and creating new bugs that are resistant to their corn. Any time we use pesticides and herbicides, there is runoff that can contaminate our water, aid in creating the dead zones, and the degradation of the land. Also, many of our factory farms use corn to feed the animals, even though corn is not what they are meant to consume. For example, the cows we raise for beef who are meant to eat grass, hay, etc. and can't really digest corn, and geese that are force-fed to fatten up their liver. For those of you who enjoy your organic products like I do, GM corn and other foods can threaten organic farms through cross-pollination. It's another huge corporation in the food/ag business that's taking control.
A little side note: Ever heard of Bovine Growth Hormone, BGH, or rBGH? This is a hormone, created by Monsanto, that is injected into our milk-producing cows to make them produce more milk than is natural. Since the cows are producing more milk than normal, they release more pus into the milk, more antibiotics, and even a cancer-accelerating hormone. The European Union has banned the use of BGH because of the health risks to humans and animals. Amazing how the U.S. seems to lag in areas when it comes to animal welfare and the health of its people.