Monsanto Slashes Jobs as Confidence in Future of Company is Shaken

Posted on Oct 7 2015 - 5:08pm by Sustainable Pulse

Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of  genetically-modified (GM) crops and their associated pesticides, including the probable carcinogen Roundup, has announced that it will shed 2600 jobs worldwide in an attempt to save the collapsing company.

In a full portfolio report on Wednesday Monsanto released figures that shook its share price, leading to a 4% fall in morning trading.

Monsanto stated; “…plans also include an expected separation of approximately 2,600 employees over the next 18-24 months. The company is developing further plans to reduce its operating spending by an additional $100 million, which would bring the total annual expected savings to potentially $400 million.”

Monsanto said its loss widened to $1.06 a share for the fourth quarter ended on August 31 from a loss of 31 cents a year earlier.

Sales of corn seeds and traits, Monsanto’s key products, fell to $598 million from $630 million. And sales at the company’s agricultural productivity unit, which includes Roundup herbicide, dropped to $1.1 billion from $1.25 billion in the quarter.

Shares of Monsanto were down 4 percent at $84.00. The stock had fallen roughly 30 percent from a high set last February, and its growth strategy has under intense investor scrutiny after its attempted takeover of Swiss rival Syngenta AG failed.

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Monsanto has also been struggling for investor confidence following the announcement in March that the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency had declared the world’s most widely used weedkiller – glyphosate – a “probable human carcinogen”.

Glyphosate is the base of Monsanto’s whole business model;

a) the glyphosate-based herbicide ‘Roundup’ is Monsanto’s leading product.

b) Roundup is the herbicide that the majority of Monsanto’s GM crops are designed to be grown with.

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  1. Robert Bright October 7, 2015 at 20:36 - Reply

    Good news! I’d be a lot happier if they officially brought up on criminal charges and forced to compensate all those they have harmed. These corporate criminals have no legitimate right to exist.

    • wendy October 8, 2015 at 13:29 - Reply

      Wow! Miracles do happen. Gladly shared everything against Monsanto! And have opend eyes on what’s going on oh so very drastically in the u.s. Hopefully the percentages continue to fall! Fukishima has had it’s toll on the u.s already. I have higher hopes that word of chemtrails will be braught up to discontinue them.

  2. Kathy Beaverson October 9, 2015 at 10:59 - Reply

    This company who produced Agent Orange, KILLED my husband!!

  3. omar October 9, 2015 at 16:20 - Reply

    how much you guys wanna bet they get “taken down” or “disbanded” and then just reform as another company and re-branded?

  4. tom October 10, 2015 at 06:10 - Reply

    It’s actually not a surprise that Roundup causes cancer (least of all to Monsanto). Monsanto’s own studies from decades ago, when they originally got the pesticide approved by the EPA, showed all sorts of cancers and problems caused by exposure. Then the EPA sealed the documents as confidential business secrets.

    This is very enlightening article:

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