Criminal activity but no criminals


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. March 6 that alleges, in 2002, Charles M. Martin, then Monsanto Company’s “government affairs director for Asia, authorized and directed an Indonesian consulting firm to pay a bribe totaling $50,000 to a senior Indonesian Ministry of Environment official.”
The payment, the filing continues, “was made to influence the senior environment official to repeal language in a decree that was unfavorable to Monsanto’s business in Indonesia.”
Assessment. Later the Securities and Exchange Commission explains the “unfavorable” decree was a mid-2001 government ruling that required “bio-technology products


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Alan Guebert was raised on an 800-acre, 100-cow southern Illinois dairy farm. After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1980, he served as a writer and editor at Professional Farmers of America, Successful Farming magazine and Farm Journal magazine. His syndicated agricultural column, The Farm and Food File, began in June, 1993, and now appears weekly in more than 70 publications throughout the U.S. and Canada. He and spouse Catherine, a social worker, have two adult children.