I’ve discovered that Monsanto is the recipient of something called the “Angry Mermaid Award.“ The award was handed out Tuesday evening in Copenhagen, the host city for of the United Nations climate talks.
I guess someone forgot to send the invitation to the awards ceremony.
Then again, maybe we didn’t get a ceremony invitation since we were nominated as a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), which does have representatives from some members companies and organizations attending the climate talks.
In the case of the latter, to be recognized for our participation in RTRS is an honor. The Roundtable on Responsible Soy is an international, multi-stakeholder dialogue that includes a large group of producers, companies and NGOs focused on promoting responsible soy production, processing and trade. As the RTRS Web site explains, the group is “working to define what is responsibly-grown and processed soy and to promote the best available practices to mitigate negative impacts throughout the value chain.”
Some prominent members of the group include Conservation International, the Nature Conservancy, WWF, in addition to a long list of private-sector companies such as Carrefour, Marks and Spencer, Rabobank, BANCO Real, Unilever, etc. Sounds like a good match for Copenhagen.
We thank the Angry Mermaid award organizers for drawing attention to the important work that the Roundtable is addressing.
P.S. This story did peak my interest in why the mermaid was so angry. Contrary to what the award’s organizers say, I think she’s pretty angry due to this long list of atrocities. (Decapitation and amputation?)