Monsanto Goes after DuPont

Pot and KettleIt’s a case of the pot and the kettle really.

Monsanto – long famous for strong-arming farmers and deceptive advertising for their oh-so earth friendly GMO seeds – has accused their chief competitor in the seed business, DuPont, of covert attacks on Monsanto’s business practices.

The chairman of Monsanto, Hugh Grant (no, sorry, not the actor), has accused DuPont of using third parties to attack Monsanto, saying these activities “were misleading to the public and a serious breach of business ethics far beyond honest competitor behavior.” He also accused DuPont of being “dishonest, disingenuous and downright deceitful.”

Now didn’t his mama tell him if you can’t say something nice, ….?

This is but one more “skirmish” in the battle between the two corporate giants. In 2006 and 2007, DuPont tried to block Monsanto from buying Delta & Pine Land Co., the then largest cotton seed supplier in the U.S.

This past May, Monsanto filed a lawsuit against DuPont for patent infringement. DuPont countersued, accusing Monsanto of being anti-competitive.

Between falsifying documents, name calling and mud-slinging, watching these two beheamuths is like watching a decent “B” movie without the popcorn.

For more details on this somewhat amusing story, see http://3.ly/mGR.