After many months of various negotiations and offers, the German-based medicine company Bayer, along with Monsanto, have sealed a deal on the purchase of a massive seed operation. The costs totaled around $66 billion dollars and is now the largest cash deal on record.
This purchase comes with many implications, however, none of them are good for the consumer. With this deal comes a monopoly on the global food supply. On top of that, it means an increasing amount of genetically modified organisms (a.k.a GMOS) and the chemicals that cover them.
Monsanto, along with Scott’s Miracle-Gro recently announced their interest in taking over the marijuana growing and equipment industries. In the past year alone, the company has purchased General Hydroponics, Botanicare, and Gavita. And according to the CEO of Scott’s Miracle-Gro, Jim Hagadorn, they aren’t even close to being finished. His intentions are to spend as much as a half a billion dollars to buy out the industry entirely.
One lighting manufacturer for hydroponics told BigBudsMag.com that,
“They indicated they want to bypass hydroponics retail stores,” the hydroponics lighting rep told us. “When we said we won’t get in bed with them to hurt the hydro industry, they said, ‘Well, we could just buy your whole company like we did with Gavita and do whatever we want.’”
Of course, they would, considering reports that indicate that in each state where marijuana has been decriminalized or legalized, Scott’s Miracle-Gro has worked to capitalize on the ever-expanding cannabis industry. They already have their hands in every other plant-based industry, so why not marijuana?
Bayer, on the other hand, sells many of GW Pharmaceutical’s products, including Sativex, which is an expensive spray for cannabis that has been reported to work less effectively than naturally grown marijuana.
Then, there is also the fact that both Monsanto and Bayer have been known for their hand in the production of toxic products which have doubled as chemical weapons, including Agent Orange, PCB’s, DDT, and Roundup.
If the two corporations have now merged as one, meaning that they will now be sharing trade secrets, goals, and ideas, this can only mean one thing: a corporate takeover of the marijuana industry. Furthermore, if this is done, you can guarantee that any purity left in the cannabis industry will be eliminated and therefore replaced with toxic pesticides and genetically modified strains. Sadly, with this one act could also come the very end as we know it to any future hopes of a purely holistic approach to medical marijuana.