The SEC is investigating Monsanto's tactics for defending the market
for its herbicide, Roundup. The news emerged just before the July 4
holiday weekend, during Monsanto's press conference about its quarterly
financial earnings. Company execs boasted of a 77 percent increase in
profit before dropping a mini-bombshell, The Wall Street Journal
Monsanto said it was cooperating with a previously undisclosed
US Securities and Exchange Commission probe into its customer
incentive programs for herbicides in fiscal years 2009 and 2010,
and had received a subpoena to provide related documents.
A subpoena sounds like a start.
If they do a real investigation I wouldn't be surprised if they find
enough evidence to pull some licenses.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to officially remove the
wildflower by Sept. 2, from its list of plants that are near extinction.
“The Tennessee coneflower’s recovery is an example of what can be
achieved through the combined efforts of dedicated partners,” said
Cindy Dohner, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director, in an emailed
Echinacea tennesseensis was thought extinct until
Dr. Elsie Quarterman
rediscovered it in 1969 in the cedar glades which are her academic specialty.
She was 59 then.