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Re: B-GE: CEO Shapiro, and Meditation: Monsanto in tune with Nature ?

Hey, come on, my wondering whether Shapiro was doing TM was clearly a joke!
Basically I am not a fan of TM. I prefer other meditations. Of course it's funny to see that they are "meditating, but who really cares? If they claim
they are, all the more reason for us to ask some good questions. Let's get on with the real work

Peter M. Ligotti wrote:

> CEO Shapiro, and Meditation:
> Monsanto in tune with Nature ?
> It would seem highly unlikely that Shapiro does
> TM. (although Mr. Shapiro might have an off-the-wall
> definition of TM). And it's totally preposterous to think
> that he might be a member of the Natural Law party.
> A major part of the NLP platform is to promote labelling
> and long-term testing of these experimental food products.
> Shapiro and NLP are not quite a good match right now.
> May I point out that the article on Shapiro said
> that HE was LEADING the retreat for his executives.
> If he is the expert, leading his group, then you can
> be fairly sure that he doesn't practice Maharishi Mahesh
> Yogi's Transcendental Meditation technique. It could
> be anything, it could any "technique" -- worshipping the
> "gods" of genetic engineering or whatever. (Emphasis on WHATEVER)
> It could be actively visualizing Monsanto leading the world
> with global domination of the food supply, etc.
> Whatever it is, I was always taught to evaluate a meditation
> technique by the effects it produces in life, by the effects
> that it produces in activity.
> I want to remind people that Monsanto is a multi-national
> corporation, a legally separate non-human entity incorporated
> in Delaware for example, (or some other state) and Shapiro, even
> as CEO, just simply works there. If Shapiro increases Monsanto's
> profits, he keeps his job, if not, the shareholders will vote
> a new CEO. So even if Shapiro was "pure and holy and without
> blemish," (very very doubtful) he has to somehow increase
> Monsanto's profits, or else he's out of there. Personally
> I think Monsanto's best bet now is to totally turn, totally change,
> and go into the organic food business. (yaaa right. dream on.....
> who could trust them anyway ?)
> There's no evidence that Monsanto wants to produce
> natural products in harmony with Nature. Just because
> someone does SOME KIND of meditation technique, certainly doesn't
> mean for sure that 1) that the technique is a good technique
> or 2) that the technique brings verifiable good results.
> Also EVEN in the very unlikely case that he DOES properly
> practice the TM technique, even in that best possible case...
> 1) he either doesn't practice it properly, or
> 2) he leads seminars for others although he is not qualified and/or
> 2) he has truly almost infinitely bad karma being
>    CEO of Monsanto and/or
> 3) he doesn't listen to Maharishi, the founder of
>    the TM movement, who has clearly indicated that
>    genetically engineered food is very, very dangerous
>    for both individual health, future personal and collective
>    karma, and for the environment.
> Whow!!!! Shapiro ... Won't we in the Natural Law Party be happy if it turns
> out to be TM!!!!  Maybe a trick by his PR Dept to try and ruin our
> campaign..... judging by the continuing controvesy in the UK and spreading
> unease elsewhere - I would say too late!!!! Better still he should join our
> campaign!!!
> Nestle are now under pressure in Germany following their announcement that
> they are withdrawing GM in the UK. In Germany they introduced a snack bar
> 'Butterfingers' as their main push on GM products and it was aimed at young
> people. So far it has been a flop and they are starting to remove it from
> shelves!!!! A spokesman has said 'We will react to what the consumers want.
> Butterfingers is our trial to test the market.' TEST OVER!!! 76% of youg
> people in Germany do not want GM food.
> The largest frozen food company in Germany, Frosta, is following the lead
> of Iceland (UK company) and removing all GM ingrideants - they obviously
> saw the good increase in Iceland's profits!!!
> And finally - once more well done to Friends of the Earth for uncovering
> the 'spin' behind yesterdays Government manouevors...
> (report from the BBC)
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