BIO products: how they fell into the hands of multinationals

John Brunner’s Blind Flock (published in 1972) is the masterpiece of ecology-fiction. It was for the time a book of terrifying pessimism, the most dramatic of all literary genre as for its poignant descriptions of pollution and environmental destruction. 1972 is also the year of publication of “The Anguish of the Year 2000” by Roger Heim, and the creation of the magazine “The Open Gueule”, “the Journal announcing the end of the world”. The English title of “The Blind Flock”, “The Sheep look up”, is borrowed from verse 125 of John Milton’s poem Lycidas: “Hungry sheep raise their heads (and are not fed)”. In this ecology-fiction novel, humanity is dying either of hunger or cancer caused by food and environmental pollution. John Brunner did not see the coming, it is true, the widespread nuclear pollution and delusions of the genetic chimera: cherries poisoned on the toxic cake, excuse it of the little. What he saw very well in “The Blind Herd”, on the other hand, is the redemption of the bio, the piracy of the bio, the adulteration of the bio … Forty years later, the blind herd, in Quest for wellness and nutrition worthy of the name, rush into the “bios” supermarkets without the least suspicion of the identity of those who pull a lot of strings.

In my essay “Gaia’s drums woke up”, in November 2013, I definitely launched a big pad in the pond by writing:

“In Europe and North America, most of the” organic “food distributors have been bought by the big agribusiness cartels: Nestlé, Cargill, Coca-Cola, etc. In France, for example, Lima and Danival were bought by Hain Celestial, in the USA, behind which hides money from Monsanto, Walmart, Philipp Moris, City Group and Martin Lockeed. In France still, buy the organic products of Bonneterre, Bjorg, Evernat, Allos, Tartex, Alter Eco … it is to participate in the prosperity of the Dutchman Royal Wessanen, one of the big European groups of the food.

In France, 95% of organic vegetables marketed are produced from seeds of F1 hybrid varieties; which means that the organic consumer, for example, has a “chance” out of two to buy an organic melon “Monsanto / Bayer / Syngenta” since these three groups of chemistry have half of the 250 varieties of melons listed in the catalog National GNIS which means that many organic market gardeners are complicit in the destruction of food biodiversity. In France again, the Kokopelli association is certified organic by Qualité France, which was bought by Bureau Véritas, one of the world leaders in industrial control. In the Third World, the IFOAM (the international federation of organic agriculture) flap the poor peasant to produce organic, and even more bio, serving export to rich countries, serving the world. organic industry, and therefore at the service of the industry. Ad nauseam. “

Since then, some activists urge me to publish my sources. Today, I dare to put online part of the file that I began to write on the subject of pirated bio. With a lot of reluctance, however, so much of it is all very depressing. It is possible, a starry day, that I continue to write the results of this survey that we launched. For now, however, I devote all my energies to the constructive and fertile restructuring of Kokopelli in the Pyrenees of Ariège and it is a great pleasure. I therefore invite all activists very interested in this sad subject – that of the recovery of a large part of the bio – to pursue this investigation themselves. It takes very little to know how to speak English and follow the money trail.

In November 2012, when the State of California put to the popular vote Proposition 37 to make the labeling of GMOs obligatory, it was an outcry from agro-chemistry that financed a campaign to reject this proposal: Monsanto ($ 7 million), Dupont de Nemours ($ 5 million), BASF ($ 2 million), Bayer ($ 2 million), Dow ($ 2 million), Pepsico ($ 1.7 million) dollars), Nestlé ($ 1.2 million), Coca-Cola ($ 1.1 million), Syngenta ($ 1 million), General Mills ($ 1 million), Del Monte, Kellog, Kraft, Heinz, Mars, Cargill, etc., etc. [1].

It was then that the organic consumers were shocked to learn that a hundred or so companies offering organic food were in fact in the agri-food cartel or agrochemical cartel and started to deselect these companies from their cart. There is even, in the US, a downloadable application for mobile phones to know the identity of these companies to boycott them. [2]

Bonneterre, Distriborg, France Alter Eco, Evernat …

In France, too, a number of organic companies are subsidiaries of one of the largest European agri-food groups, the multinational Royal Wessanen employing 2100 people: Distriborg (Bjorg, Biodistrifrais and Bonneterre) bought in 2000 and whose total buyout was finalized in December 2009; Evernat; Whole Earth; Zonnatura; Kallo; Clipper acquired in March 2012; Ekoland; Of Rit; Allos; Tartex; Culinessa; Biorganic; Bioslym; Merza; Fertilia; Kalisterra (the latter, sold in July 2011). The same is true of France Alter Eco (the leader in the fair trade of organic products), which has just been bought by Distriborg in 2013 by Royal Wessanen and who boasts of it. [3] “France Alter Eco is therefore backing a group with greater financial means. The brand will keep its name, we will just become a subsidiary of Distriborg, which is itself a subsidiary of the Dutch group Wessanen “says Laurent Murat, the director of marketing. Distriborg is also the brands: Vivis Fructose, Pleniday, Gayelord Hauser, Schär, Yao Tea, Wakama, Tuocha, Florystelle, Ephynea, Krisprolls, Tien Shan, Agnesi, Patak’s, Thai, Amoy, Grand’Italia, Kara and Skippy [18].

Royal Wessanen, for many years, owned Tree of Life, one of two companies that controls 80% of organic distribution in the US (the other being United Natural Foods). Tree of Life is also the No. 1 organic distributor in the UK. Royal Wessanen sold Tree of Life USA in 2010 to KeHE Distributors (USA) for $ 190 million and resold Tree of Life UK in July 2011. Royal Wessanen also owns Kallo Foods Ltd (Kallo and Whole Earth) in the UK. .

Royal Wessanen is listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Some of its major shareholders are [5]:

  • Delta Partner LLC, a Boston-based Hedge Fund in the US that owned 25.61% of Royal Wessanen’s shares in December 2012.
  • Sparinvest SE, a Danish Luxembourg-based international asset manager with 3.17% of Royal Wessanen shares in July 2013. Its main shareholders are Danske Andelskassers, Nykredit, Investeringsforeningen Sparinvest and Pension Pensionskassen. for Farmakonomer. In 2012, Sparinvest SE signed a partnership agreement with the Chinese Haitong International Holdings whose head office is located in the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands.
  • Invesco Ltd, an international asset manager located in Atlanta, USA, headquartered in the Bermuda tax haven. He owned 2.62% of the shares of Royal Wessanen in September 2013. The group employs more than 6,200 people in more than 20 countries, and managed $ 632 billion in June 2012. In 2004, the company paid $ 450 million. fine in the US for practices of “trading” non-compliant, a euphemism in this environment for mafia banking practices. (4) Invesco is listed on Nasdac. Its 5 main shareholders are Vanguard Group, Black Rock Fund, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and Thornburg Investment.
  • Global Thematic Partners LLC. He owned 2.25% of the shares of Royal Wessanen in September 2013. He is listed on Nasdac and its main shareholders are Dow Chemical, Bunge (one of the four major agribusiness multinationals with Cargill, Glencore and the Group). Louis Dreyfus), Mosaic Company (world leader in Potash and Phosphate), Potash Corp Sask (potash potash, phosphate and nitrate fertilizer) and CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (agricultural fertilizer).
  • Vanguard Group. He owned 0.65% of Royal Wessanen shares in September 2013. The analysis of the multinationals hiding behind Vanguard Group is presented below in connection with the takeover of Lima and Danival.
  • Black Rock Fund. He owned 0.63% of Royal Wessanen shares in September 2013. The analysis of the multinationals hiding behind Black Rock Fund is presented below in connection with the takeover of Lima and Danival.

Lima et Danival

Danival, bought in 2000 by the French drugstore group, Viva Santé, has just been sold in 2011 to the Belgian Lima which itself is bought by Hain Celestial in 2002. After consultation with Nasdac, it turns out that Hain Celestial’s top five shareholders are the following bank funds: Vanguard [17], Goldman Sachs, Jennison Associates, Black Rock Fund, and Coatue Management. Behind the Vanguard banking fund are Monsanto (from the orange agent to the genetic chimeras to RoundUp), Philip Morris (cigarettes), Martin Lockheed (armaments), ExxonMobil (oil), Walmart (# 1) supermarkets), Pfizer (pharmacy), Merck (pharmacy), City Group, Bank of America, etc. Behind the Goldman Sachs banking background lie: Apple, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Vanguard, Google, General Electric, JP Morgan, Pfizer, Merck, etc. Behind the Black Rock banking fund are hiding: Apple, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Coca Cola, Chevron, Procter and Procter, Philip Morris, etc. Ad nauseam. The good company here is!

A little history. Hain Pure Food is established in 1926 in California. It was acquired in 1981 by Ogden Corporation (currently Covanta Energy Corporation which specializes in industrial waste recycling and power generation). It is then bought in 1986 by IC Industries (currently Whitman Corp, the subcontractor of Pepsi who bought Pepsi Americas in 2000). Hain Pure Food was finally acquired in 1994 by Irwin Simon, the owner of Kineret Acquisition Corp (food specialties) who then borrowed the money from Argosy Group LP (a software company). At the end of 1994, the group was renamed Hain Food Group. In 1996, George Soros, the billionaire predator psychopath, bought 16% of the shares of the company. For the record, George Soros is at the head of the CFR, the Council for Foreign Relations [16], he is a member of the Bilderberg Group and he funds the militarist clique of Avaaz. In 2000, Hain Food Group acquired Celestial Seasonning and changed its name to Hain Celestial. Celestial Seasonings is a famous company in the USA (since 1969) for its range of herbal teas, non-organic, with poetic packaging, adorned with wisdom axioms, small flowers and buns. Recently, and finally, (March 2013), it is also in the line of sight of consumers warned by the very high content of biocides (Propachlor, a Monsanto herbicide, and Propargite, a miticide sold under the names of Omite et Comite) of some of its herbal teas, which exceeds the standards allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is saying something! Hain Celestial is also accused of selling organic pasta containing MGK-264 (a carcinogenic synergist in pesticides) and pyperonil butoxide (a carcinogenic synergist in insecticides). Hain Celestial is also accused of marketing fake cosmetics “bios” under the brands Jason and Avalon Organics. [7] One of the cosmetics in the Jason range, for example, has only one “bio” component out of nineteen. [8]

In 2003, the Heinz Company (founded in 1869 in Pittsburgh) bought 19.5% of the shares of the Hain Celestial Group. It sells them at the end of 2005. And for the record, this year, in February 2013, Heinz is bought by the American billionaire Warren Buffett (third fortune of the world) which combines, for the occasion, to the chain Burger King (whose owner is the Brazilian investment fund 3G Capital). All that makes no difference because Heinz’s shareholders are the same as Hain’s, with the heiress of the family, the wife of the new US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

In conclusion, behind Hain Celestial, with or without Heinz (the famous Ketchup), hides the money of Monsanto, Walmart, ExxonMobil, etc … Bon appétit.

Provamel

Provamel is one of the brands with Belsoy and Alpro Soya of Alpro, a subsidiary created in 1980 of the Vandemoortele Group. Alpro is the European leader [15] of soy products, organic and non-organic. Alpro was sold in 2009 for $ 455 million to Dean Foods, the world leader in milk distribution that controls 90% of milk in the US. Alpro distributes its products in about thirty countries.

Dean Foods is also the owner of Horizon, the largest distributor of organic milk in the US, as well as WhiteWave / Silk, one of the leaders in organic soy milk and its derivatives in the US, which it bought in 2002. In 2009, the Organic Consumers Association called for a boycott of Silk because some of its soybeans came from Brazil (deforestation from the Amazon) and China in conditions that were more than dubious from an ethical point of view. According to the Star Telegram and other sources, Silk reportedly used organic soy milk until 2009, when Dean Foods decided to switch to non-organic soy milk by keeping the same bar-codes and replacing the term organic. by natural.

Rachels Organic, in UK, is also owned by Dean Foods.

In July 2013, Dean Foods began to divest itself of WhiteWaves [9] in exchange for debt held by JP Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Merrill Lynch. On June 26, 2013, WhiteWave announced that Dean Foods committed to getting rid of its remaining 19.9% ​​stake in the company within 18 months. [10]

In conclusion, Horizon, Silk, Alpro and Provamel remain partly in the shareholding of Dean Foods until the end of 2015. In addition, that Provamel is in the bosom of Dean Foods or WhiteWave Food Company, it makes no difference when Five of the top financial funds that control WhiteWave Food Company are analyzed: Vanguard Group, Price T Rowe Associates, Shapiro Capital, FMR LLC, and Wellington Management.

On the ethical side, it should be remembered that in November 2012, Dean Foods donated $ 253,000 to fight proposal 37 in California to make GMO labeling mandatory. In 2009, the Cornucopia Institute accused Dean Foods (Horizon), Abbott Laboratories (Similac) and Nurture, Inc. (Happy Baby) of deliberately contaminating the organic food chain by introducing it into organic foods (13), such as milk and baby foods, oils processed with synthetic solvents by Martek [11]. These oils are processed into a cocktail of synthetic and various substances from which are derived dietary supplements, marketed under the names DHA (docosahexaenoic acid / omega-3) and ARA (arachinodic acid / omega-6). In addition, these oils are made with highly toxic solvents such as hexane and isopropyl alcohol [14]. The Cornucopia Institute complained [12] that certain oils (Life’sDHA ™ and Life’sARA ™) were made from soil fungi and algae genetically modified by radiation-induced mutations or the use of very harmful chemical substances. Life’sDHA ™ is produced from Crypthecodinium cohni or Schizochytrium algae. Life’sARA ™ is produced from the fungus Mortierella alpina.

In April 2010, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared Martek’s oils illegal for the organic sector, but the Obama / Vilsak administration (a Monsanto straw man) blocked the implementation of the decision for a while. 18 months, especially under pressure from Dean Foods lobbyists.

Martek Biosciences Corporation was acquired in December 2010, for $ 1.1 billion by a Dutch conglomerate, Royal DSM NV, with a turnover of 12 billion dollars. Martek Biosciences Corporation produces fluorescent algae proteins for medical research.

Martek Biosciences Corporation is partnering with Monsanto to produce genetically modified soybean oil with high omega 3 content. According to some sources, the incriminated oils in organic products were in fact products developed by Monsanto in the 1990s for which Martek had not yet the technical rights.

Pronatura

Let’s take a look at the case of ProNatura, the French leader in the distribution of vegetables and organic fruit with a turnover of 84 million euros in 2010. Its company is 51% under the control of Activa Capital since July 2005.

Activa Capital (pension funds, insurance companies, private investors, etc.), like all investment companies, plays Monopoly. In 2003, it organized the takeover of the Mont Blanc Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé, which remained a shareholder until 2005. In October 2005, Activa bought back from Nestlé the remaining 19% of shares in Mont Blanc when it was bought. from another Nestlé subsidiary, Gloria. In 2012, Activa Capital acquired majority shares in Financière Taoris, the holding company controlling the outsourcer Armatis.

Pro Natura acquired Bioprim (a major player in the organic fruit and vegetable market) in October 2007. The company was owned by its two managers as well as the investment funds IRDI and Soridec.

This was his second major acquisition because, in August 2006, he bought the Belgian leader Biomarché, based in Sombreffe, which became ProNatura-Belgium. By acquiring Biomarché from Hain Celestial (the current owner of Lima and Danival !!), ProNatura became the European leader in organic fruit and vegetables. But in 2008, ProNatura Belgium lost a major customer, the Delhaize Group which it fed 300 stores, under the brand Delhaize Bio. It was a dry waste because, in Belgium, one-third of organic fruits and vegetables go through Delhaize supermarkets. In 2010, ProNatura decided to take over the supply of some distribution stores like Système U and Cora France that it had previously entrusted to Pronatura Belgium. On 19 April 2010, Libre Belgique wrote: “The trade union leaders will go, this Monday or in the week, to the office of the Walloon Minister for the Economy, Jean-Claude Marcourt (PS) to sensitize him to the situation of the Nivelloise company which we are assured that it is not unworthy. But it seems that it knows problems of profitability, which would not be the taste of the pension fund Activa Capital, the majority shareholder of the ProNatura group, created by Henri de Pazzis. He is still the president. ” Its Belgian subsidiary was subsequently put into liquidation in 2010 by dismissing some fifty people.

We understand very well that ProNatura / Activa Capital did not want to plug the holes of a subsidiary deficit while he redoubled his efforts to develop its production subsidiaries in Africa. Moreover, there are no union representatives in Togo.

Tradin Organic

Let’s look at the case of Tradin Organic (The Organic Corporation BV), which is one of the largest wholesalers of European organic food. This wholesaler sells sunflower from Bulgaria, beans from China, sesame and coffee from Ethyopia, sugar and coconut oil from Indonesia, orange juice from Mexico, rice from Indonesia , red berries from Serbia, pineapples from Vietnam, etc., etc. In 2008, Tradin Organic was acquired by the Canadian multinational SunOpta [6], which announced a turnover of one billion dollars. SunOpta owns 66% of the shares of Opta Minerals Inc. (recycling, production and distribution of industrial minerals) and a minority interest in Mascoma Corporation, which specializes in nano-fuels.

SunOpta is listed on Nasdac. Its five main shareholders are: FMR LLC; West Face Capital; Connor, Clark and Lunn; Global Thematic Partners LLC; Gruber and MacBaine.

  • FMR LLC, SunOpta’s main shareholder, is one of its major shareholders: Monsanto, Coca Cola, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Amgen (world leader in biotechnology), Biogen Idec (biotechnology), Gilead (biotechnology), Actavis (pharmacy), Merck (pharmacy), Pfizer, (pharmacy), Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, (pharmacy), Alexion Pharmaceutical (pharmacy), Procter and Gamble (pharmacy, cosmetics), Johnson and Johnson (pharmacy), Wells Fargo, JP Morgan, Citygroup, Facebook, Apple , Microsoft, Google, General Electric, etc.
  • Connor, Clark and Lunn. Its shareholders are mainly banks and companies involved in energy, in industrial minerals (gold mines, for example), in oil, in synthetic fertilizers …
  • Global Thematic Partners LLC has already been introduced in the shareholders of Royal Wessanen.
  • Gruber and MacBaine. Its shareholders are mainly telecommunications companies, computer …

In conclusion, Tradin Organic / SunOpta, one of the largest wholesalers of organic European, is financed by the money of the same multinationals who finance Hain Celestial in the USA or Royal Wessanen in Holland. And this, to go to plunder the Third World of its biomass since the “sourcing” of its products “bios” is strictly in the poorest countries of the planet.

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