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Old 03-16-2013, 08:40 PM
 
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New 'Monsanto Protection Act' Gives Monsanto Power Over US Government


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There truly is no rest for the wicked, and Monsanto is at war once again against health conscious consumers with the latest ‘Monsanto Protection Act‘, managing to sneak wording into the latest Senate legislation that would give them blanket immunity from any USDA action regarding the potential dangers of their genetically modified creations while under review. The USDA would be unable to act against any and all new GMO crops that were suspected to be wreaking havoc on either human health or the environment.

It’s a legislative weapon that could be passed as early as next week if we don’t gather enough support to force our Senators to eliminate the section. It all started in the late hours of Monday night, when lobbyists working for the Monsanto-fronted biotechnology industry managed to slide a ‘rider’ (through the deceptively worded Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill that is currently on the table of the Senate.

Here is the Bill in its entirety

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-1...12hr5973rh.pdf

And the relevant section in question is section 733.

 
Old 03-16-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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Just think if health / food safety was a state issue how much harder it would be for crony corps like monsanto to purchase favorable legislation.
 
Old 03-16-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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Just think if health / food safety was a state issue how much harder it would be for crony corps like monsanto to purchase favorable legislation.
Agreed.
It would literally be a whole different country for the better.
 
Old 03-16-2013, 08:53 PM
 
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Here is another article I came across about Monsanto whilst reading about their latest cronyism.

Monsanto and the banality of evil

Monsanto and the banality of evil | MyFDL

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My great uncle was one of the original chemists of Monsanto… the boss had no money for the payroll and he paid them in shares… my great aunt had to work in a sweatshop for two years so that they could eat…. they all ended up rich. In those days there was a rotating board of directors, so every so often my relative, like the other original chemists, was chairman of the board…only in America, eh what? He was a lovely old guy, when I was a little kid.

I just mention this so you could understand how painful it is for me to know that Monsanto is one of the most villainous, monstrous, harmful corporations to ever have existed, which is causing thousands of Indian farmers to commit suicide (this is just a tiny sample). For me this is like discovering that my dear old, Horatio Alger of an uncle was Heinrich Himmler. Watching the wonderful “Food Inc.” made my skin crawl and spoiled a hundred lovely, childhood memories for me.

There is a Spanish saying, “con las cosas de comer no se juega”, which translates literally as “don’t play with your food”, but in Spanish “jugar”, “play” also means to gamble.

The heart of our humanity in civilization is born in agriculture and naturally, being so fundamental to our deepest needs, physical, cultural and spiritual, it has a religious aspect… seen that way Monsanto is beyond blasphemy.

A few years back incensed by what I was reading about the old family “milch cow” and giving free rein to my dark journalistic arts, I used a social-hack to fool then WTO head Mike Moore into giving me the private email address of then Monsanto CEO, Bob Shapiro, the creator of the field to dinner plate “Roundup” concept. We carried on a civilized dialog for several years.

Shapiro is a very pleasant person to correspond with and I came to the conclusion, which I communicated to him, that he was an idiot-savant like the Dustin Hoffman character in “Rainman”. A commercial genius, but completely tone deaf politically… When he got canned more or less for this defect, he was inclined to agree with my analysis.

He didn’t seem to see the connection to his business model of thousands of Indian farmers, on losing their lands because of debt incurred by Roundup, committing suicide by drinking the stuff and that millions of other Indian country folk who have been forced by this agriculture to flee to cities with poor sanitation, where they defecate in the streets, threatening a worldwide 14th century style pandemic. He couldn’t see what a storm this would raise.

My impression from my dialog with Bob Shapiro was that he saw his mission on earth solely to “create value for shareholders” and could see no other responsibility to humanity and mother earth than that… I am much reminded of Hannah Arendt’s theory of the “banality of evil”.

Finally I think if Monsanto could they would patent oxygen and charge us all to breathe. It’s like something out of Kurt Vonnegut.

The irony of all this is that I have heard classic Marxists maintain that this is an inevitable stage in the completion of the capitalist cycle and that simply by nationalizing Monsanto and Walmart we would have a perfect, planned economy… in other words we are all dressed up and waiting for Lenin.
 
Old 03-16-2013, 08:53 PM
 
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Just think if health / food safety was a state issue how much harder it would be for crony corps like monsanto to purchase favorable legislation.
But the 10th amendment is the racist amendment that would bring back Jim Crow. Just ask a liberal, he'll tell you.
 
Old 04-01-2013, 09:35 AM
 
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Not many people know what GMO crops are, or how dangerous Monsanto is. Too many other popular things to worry about, who cares about the threat to the world food supply?

Here is a little video that explains it so even the most clueless can understand:


GMO A Go Go! - YouTube
 
Old 04-01-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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Like I needed another reason to despise Monsanto.
 
Old 04-01-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Frank DeForrest View Post
Just think if health / food safety was a state issue how much harder it would be for crony corps like monsanto to purchase favorable legislation.
Crony corps make crony crops.

Corny, I know.
 
Old 04-01-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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Default Educate yourself!!


Scientists Talk About, Inside Monsanto, The Truth. - YouTube


Genetically Modified Foods in America | Health Documentary - YouTube
 
Old 04-01-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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What's funny is that this issue goes back to last summer (June 2012) but everyone was so focused on the election and social issues that this went undetected by the masses.

It was in the House Appropriations Bill (Section 733).

Article dated 6/29/2012 urging people to contact their representatives.
Language from the FY 2013 House Ag Appropriations Bill Detailing the The "Farmer Assurance Provision" AKA the Monsanto Protection Act
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