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4/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Monsanto donates to local non-profits
The Blythe Cancer Resource Center received  funds to help support local cancer patients with expenses associated with cancer treatment. Pictured left to right are Blythe Cancer Resource Center volunteers: Monsanto representative Calvin Stover, Kathy Hightower; Danny Robinson, farmer; Denise Taylor, President Ted Arneson, Butch Hull and Dee Coats.
The Blythe Cancer Resource Center received funds to help support local cancer patients with expenses associated with cancer treatment. Pictured left to right are Blythe Cancer Resource Center volunteers: Monsanto representative Calvin Stover, Kathy Hightower; Danny Robinson, farmer; Denise Taylor, President Ted Arneson, Butch Hull and Dee Coats.

BLYTHE - The Blythe Cancer Resource Center and the Palo Verde College Foundation will now be able to continue providing services within the community thanks to the support of local farmer Daniel Robinson and America's Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

Riverside County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Robinson the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Robinson selected the Blythe Cancer Resource Center and the Palo Verde College Foundation.

The Blythe Cancer Resource Center will distribute the funds to help support local cancer patients with expenses associated with cancer treatment.

The Palo Verde College Foundation will put the donation towards the unmet needs of students and operational costs.

"I picked these organizations because they both touch so many lives in Riverside County," said Robinson.

This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.

In California, $62,500 is being given across 14 counties.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Article comment by: @ p rinaldi and others

Monsanto would have donated to any non profit of the recipients choice. So I guess in your minds the recipient should have chosen another group to give the money to instead of the cancer center. Or should the recipient of rejected the money all together because it came from monsanto and not injected $5,000 dollars into two groups that help those in the community that need it. Once again monsanto did not choose where to spend the money, the recipient of the award did.

Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Article comment by: Bee colony collapse

The Telegraph:
European Commission to ban pesticides linked to bee deaths!

ABC News:
The European Union is set to impose a two-year ban on three pesticides suspected of contributing to the global decline in the number of bees.


Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Article comment by: Monsanto Protection Act What are they afraid of

Anonymously added to a recent budget bill, the controversial rider would protect U.S. biotech companies from litigation if their GMO seeds turn out to be dangerous.
If they really believe GMO's are safe why push congress to put this in the new budget act?


Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: P Rinaldi

Monsanto is donating to a cancer fund?! Well played Monsanto...well played!

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: @ el lobo

So bees are being killed by what farmers are spraying? You once again need to go do your research. CCD or colony collapse disorder has been linked to a parasitic mite that attacks the colony and causes it to die. Remember farmers depend on those bees for their crops to pollinate and understand their importance. If you have a problem with monsanto that is fine. My suggestion to you is to take $2500 dollars to the cancer resource center and give it to them in return for them giving that money back to monsanto. People here in this town need their help and support and it takes finances for them to operate.

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: El Lobo

Chemical testing still goes on to this day within the Monsanto company and it's not going to stop any time soon. And unfortunately the only thing they test these chemicals on is bugs and produce. They never make any attempts to find out what effects these chemicals have on the human consumer of the produce. All they are worried about is making money, not saving lives. Remember, they started out coming up with ways to kill people.

Looks like the only things sustainable at Monsanto is their profits.

Believe it or not, I do know what I'm talking about. I researched GMOs for years in college. It started out as an assignment on a topic I had no clue about. And I still keep myself informed on the topic as the GMO technology develops.

Don't take my word for it. Do the research yourself. Google GMOs, Monsanto, Agent Orange, PCB pollution, Monsanto Protection Act, Food Inc.

Many Farmers and towns have stood up to Monsanto.. Blythe should join in. But unfortunately all the farmers here are already proudly working with Monsanto products.

Don't believe what anyone says on the internet, including me. Educate YOURSELF


Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: El Lobo

First of all, to whomever I'm talking to (possibly a farmer?), my problem is not with the farmers. My problem is with Monsanto, a GMO "sustainable agricultural" company that got its start designing the infamous Agent Orange (among many other chemicals) for use in chemical warfare in Vietnam, having the audacity now as a billion dollar "sustainable agricultural" company to donate $62,500 across 14 counties in California for non-profits in a pathetic public relations attempt to make the company look like it cares about the general public.

This company that started out making chemicals designed to kill people in warfare is now designing chemicals used to raise the crops we get from the grocery store? HA! That's like hiring a pedophile to be your baby sitter... That's how ignorant the public has become.

$2,500 of this goes to the Blythe Cancer Resource Center and makes it on the cover of PVVT with a big ol' check as if it's supposed to be some kind of huge significant contribution. I find it offensive as someone who still has unpaid medical bills just from trying to find out if I even had cancer or not a few years ago. $2,500 wouldn't even cover a small portion of the cancer treatment for a single person, much less their funeral.

On top of that, Blythe has one of the highest cancer rates in the state... hmmm I wonder why... Crop dusters anyone? According to one of the comments, farmers here use BT Round Up which is designed by Monsanto. Let's just forget about all the PCB pollution and cancer that has popped up around a Monsanto plant in Alabama related to Round Up. Google it. No wonder why they're trying to save face here in Blythe.


Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: El Lobo

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: To @ el lobo

If this statement is true "Integrated Pest Management, crop rotation and new chemicals that have been designed that target specific pests, leaving beneficials, and those chemicals are much less toxic."
Then why are we losing our Bees???



Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: @ el lobo

IF you only knew what you were talking about. So the produce you buy at the store has had gene splicing done to it to resist mold and pests? Please tell me what fresh produce has had that done to it. Obviously you need some help at the store buying ripe fruit. Please tell me where you are buying produce that does not mold so I can go buy it there since the produce I buy begins to go bad within a week or so and ends up getting cut up and the good parts fed to my animals. Most produce is grown using conventional varities and the rest are hybrids. All a hybrid is is a plant that was breed with another plant to create an offshoot of that same plant that hopefully takes on the best characteristics of the parents. This has been done for many many years and is not something that just recently popped up. If you really want to blame someone for your produce tasting like cardboard then blame the supermarket you shop at. They are the ones that have set the standards for what they will accept and they typically reject dead ripe ready to eat produce due to its short shelf life. The real reason that farmers spray less chemicals is because they have become more aware of Integrated Pest Management, crop rotation and new chemicals that have been designed that target specific pests, leaving beneficials, and those chemicals are much less toxic. This whole thing about evil farmers is so ridiculous. They eat the same food, drink the same water and breathe the same air everyone else does. Go 100 percent organic and watch the global food shortage that would happen.

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: @ El Lobo Re

Amen!

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: El Lobo Re: @shame on monsanto

So it takes less chemicals to grow and produce more food but what you didn't mention is that it is because the food is now genetically altered to resist not only pests but mold and slows down the rotting process so that it can sit on the grocery store shelves longer.

The farmers might be making cheaper produce and using less pesticides but the produce tastes like cardboard.

These genetic changes also take away from the nutritional value. Sure those oranges were 'cheap' but they usually taste bland compared to organic ones.

Remember when fruit would grow mold if you didn't eat it fast enough? Just go to the local grocery store and buy some strawberries and leave them in the fridge. Now look at how long they'll last without growing any mold. Reminds me of fries from Mc Donalds... they'll last forever. You know what else lasts that long? Plastic.

Plastic is also chemically engineered. I wouldn't eat plastic. I want to eat food that my body can easily break down and absord all the proper nutrients from so i'm not malnutritioned and having to take pills and vitamins to make up for a bad diet.



Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Crazy Town

Wow, there is intelligent life out there. I agree with the first two comments. Monsanto invented cancer and all the other diseases we have due to these chemicals. I decided to go completely organic in my garden and it's impossible to get most of the products used in organic gardening in this area. It's very sad how uneducated most people are. I'm so sick of hearing how we could not feed the populace if not for chemicals. That's a lie they feed the ignorant masses to excuse their greed. Shame on them indeed!

In case someone is reading this and cares. Miracle grow is a Monsanto product and it is straight poisen, don't use it. Google organic and get educated. It's better, it's cheaper and less labor involved than gardening with chemicals. I don't have bugs on my tomatoes and my squash tastes like butter.


Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: @ shame on monsanto

If you want to educate the people then let's do so. Before the introduction of BT round up ready cotton farmers were spraying their cotton on a weekly basis for 3 months straight to try and supress the cotton boll weevil. They were typically using organophosphates and carbamate pesticides which are much more toxic than what is used now. I would venture to estimate that it cut down pesticide use by 90 percent. The same applies for herbicide use. All this while doubling production. People complain about the cost of food and clothes already. Just imagine what the cost would be without all the technological advances. So shame on the american farmer for cutting down on pesticide use, keeping our food cheap and for being good stewards of the enviornment. As for the cancer center, take that money and keep putting it to good use helping those in the community that need the help and support you give. You guys do a great thing and this town should be grateful for the kindness and hope that you give. You have helped many battle thru what is probably the toughest time in ones life and those of us that have friends and family that have received your support will be forever grateful.

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: I Agree

Monsanto is an ex war chemical company who now makes pesticides and has thoroughly convinced the american farmer of what he 'needs' to succeed . I believe one day they will link these pesticide companies to the increase in cancer , adhd , and autism we've seen in the past 15 -20 years. How ironic indeed.


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