EXTRACT: Many employees welcomed the action and said they were not happy with the take over of De Ruiter Seeds by Monsanto in 2008.
NOTE: Earlier Press Release: Blockade of Monsanto's Bergschenhoek Location in The Netherlands
Monsanto plant shut down by activists
Rotterdam, May 17 2010
Bergeschenhoek - The action group 'Round Up Monsanto' successfully shut down the main Monsanto plant in the Netherlands, formerly De Ruiter Seeds. Forty activists chained themselves to the entrance gate at daybreak and prevented personnel from entering the office buildings and greenhouses.
Thierry Boyer, head of Monsanto's European vegetable division, contacted his superiors and decided not to press charges. As a result the police will not interfere. "The company will be effectively closed for the day", the police chief in charge confirmed.
Clearly Monsanto is afraid of more negative publicity connecting the company to a police eviction, and prefers to close down the plant where 350 people are employed.
Many employees welcomed the action and said they were not happy with the take over of De Ruiter Seeds by Monsanto in 2008.
This action is part of the growing world wide resistance against Monsanto and other multinational agro-businesses.
Banners on the gates and on the Monsanto logo on the premises said: "Monopoly on food and toxic agriculture - the world according to Monsanto"
and "Imagine a world without poison and without GMOs - a world without Monsanto".
De Ruiter Seeds is the 3rd Dutch vegetable seed company that was bought up by Monsanto in recent years. With these acquisitions the company aims to monopolise the vegetable seed market.
Monsanto is part of the 'Round Table of Responsible Soy' (RTRS), a greenwash initiative to label RoundupReady GM soy as 'responsible'. The label will be launched in June this year.
Earlier Press Release: Blockade of Monsanto's Bergschenhoek Location in The Netherlands