Now I have more. Much more.
Judge Kurren is overseeing the Monsanto/Dow lawsuit against Maui, where the people recently voted to halt Monsanto/Dow GMO research.
Does the Judge have a conflict of interest?
Is the Pope Catholic?
Until at least the fall of 2011, Judge Kurren’s wife, Faye, was a trustee of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (twitter), a 6-billion-dollar environmental group.
TNC specializes in working with mega-corporations, who donate major money, in return for receiving TNC’s “good housekeeping seal of approval” as friends of the environment.
It’s all very cozy.
In 2011, TNC leveraged a blockbuster deal. Dow pledged a $10 million donation. In exchange, Dow could forthwith use the TNC logo on its site and all its products.
That’s like painting a cobra’s hood with Mr. Rogers’ face.
This would be the same Dow whose GMO/pesticide experiments on Maui the voters decided to stop.
The voter stoppage provoked the lawsuit from Dow and Monsanto.
Faye’s husband Barry is the Judge in the case.
Faye was a trustee at TNC, who took $10 million from Dow.
So…what are the chances Faye’s husband will step on Dow’s face in the lawsuit?
Getting the picture?
TNC’s business council includes luminaries like Monsanto, Coca Cola, and of course, Dow.
Among TNC’s corporate funders: again, Dow; Coke, DuPont, Pepsi.
Could the ban-GMO movement ask for more vicious enemies?
Search the extensive TNC website and try to find one negative mention of GMOs or toxic pesticides in their “championing of the environment.”
And what about the boss at TNC?
The CEO is Mark Tercek, former managing partner at what Matt Taibbi calls the “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money”:
Tercek is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the vampire squid’s brother.
Tercek writes: “We would also be smart to put more focus on making GMO technology available to lower-income farmers, given the potential benefits that climate-resilient GMO crops could bring to the developing world.”
“Climate-resilient.” Sure. What’s wrong with those damn crops that keep demanding decent weather? Fix them with new genes from Dow. Can’t wait for food that doesn’t need water or topsoil.
To repeat: Faye Kurren, Judge Kurren’s wife, was a TNC trustee.
Find a new Judge.
This one’s tainted.