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2012 Farm Bill: Monsanto Writes Rules For GMO Approvals

 

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Monsanto may finally get its wish on future approval of GMOs.  Nothing short of a miracle regarding final passage of the 2012 Farm Bill when it goes to the Senate will stop Monsanto.  In short, it has used its tentacles of influence deep into government spending about 1.4 million to lobby the USDA, FDA and the EPA, not to mention various politicians. 

What’s wrong with the farm bill?  Lots, according to the Environmental Working Group’s assessment.  —> READ HERE

Source: Open Secrets.org

Monsanto and its supporters tucked many assurances favoring GMOs into this bill.  What does this secret farm bill manipulation tell us? Political corruption at its finest.  As Jack Lohman writes in his article posted in Reader Supported News, while gaming the system is present on both ends of the spectrum (wealthy vs. poor), it’s the influential who have the most to gain.  This certainly is the case with Monsanto. It’s a rubber stamp guaranteeing GMO approval and making certain that Monsanto, and other biotech firms like Dow, Syngenta, DuPont, BASF, get to do what they’ve long wanted:  control the world’s food supply and decimate the organic industry.

The Center for Food Safety’s Andrew Kimball states, “There is no doubt that the objective of this explosive Appropriations bill insertion is to empower a single corporation and a few of its industry friends to move beyond the control of the U.S. courts, USDA and public review to make their own rules and profit from slippery backdoor politics.”

Dean Hoff, VP of the National Family Farm Coalition states:   “This provision has nothing to do with farmers, and everything to do with the biotech industry’s sales,” said Dena Hoff, vice president of the National Family Farm Coalition. “Far from safeguarding farmers, it evades the law of the land and endangers their way of life and their livelihoods. The only parties whose interests would be assured are the corporations developing biotech crops.”

Already in the 2013 farm bill is a provision, again, guaranteed to strengthen biotech’s grip on American farming.  Correspondence sent to the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations by the Center For Food Safety lists various arguments on why this “farmer’s assurance provision”  is a farce.  —> READ HERE.  It is also no accident that this provision was buried deep within the bill.

My own level of disgust has hit an all time high.  It is clear that all the safeguards written into our government have failed. Although our founding fathers did a decent job of drawing up the basics of our government, they never could have envisioned the evil so present and pervasive today.   We no longer have a “government,” but a bunch of prostitutes running this country.  Except for a few like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, the desires of the American public are silenced by money.  Our government does not work for the people but for itself and the good of the highest bidder.  Monsanto is a clear example of this.

I am not in the position to suggest a solution.  I keep hoping, however, that there is SOME safeguard, a monkey wrench thrown into the cogs of Monsanto’s ruthless progression of total food takeover, will come to pass.  Unless there is some miracle, our food is destined to become totally laden with GMOs.  Our environment and total planetary ecosystem will be eventually destroyed further by massive use of chemicals; populations poisoned and sickened by their own food. The organic industry will wither and die due to GMO contamination, and refusal of other world food markets to accept our GMO-laden food.     

What can we do?  Sign On.org has a STOP MONSANTO RIDER.  I urge everyone to sign it and pass it on.  Also, VOICE YOUR OPINION to your lawmakers! 

Our voices, however, are one thing what we still have left!

 

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Imagine This: Corporate Patriotism, Government Involvement = A Better U.S.A.

 

Imagine the gov’t listening to us!

Can you take a minute to dream with me?  Imagine this: Corporate America actually creating jobs here in the United States.  Imagine this, too: The U.S. government actually listening to the people of America instead of the whims of corporate America. Those two things could transform this country in ways we’ve never seen!

What would happen if some of these mega-corporations decided to say, “Let’s help out our nation and put people back to work.  We’ll take some of our profits and invest in America. We want people to have pride in our country again and we want the citizens to see that we really are a good American company! After all, we have the resources to make great changes all across America.” 

Suppose the United States government actually did its job and worked FOR the American people:  listening, protecting, advocating for the citizens of this land.  Isn’t that what the plethora of government agencies are for:  the FDA, USDA and the EPA? What about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution? Weren’t these entities established to protect the people from governmental abuse? 

Ralph Nader recently proposed what he termed “Corporate Patriotism” in an article written in Reader Supported News.  Excellent ideas and something that could turn this country around.

Instead of greed, why not compassion toward the millions of us without full-time jobs?  We don’t want handouts:  welfare, food stamps, unemployment insurance – we want decent jobs!  We want to work, to feel useful, not used or forgotten or unworthy. Bring those jobs back home from China, India, Pakistan, Thailand and see what could happen to this economy! We want to work at real work, not at service jobs paying just over the minimum wage with no benefits.

In lieu of the news that the Supreme Court decided not to take another look at Citizens United, which is a shameful misnomer.  There is nothing “united” for “citizens” in this.  It’s all about favoritism and opportunity for corporate America.  If anything, it’s corporations uniting against America:  using their vast monetary resources to buy and influence government to do their bidding.  It should be declared illegal. The Supreme Court has its head up its ass!    

The United States government continues to ignore the American people.  Polls show that 93% want labeling on GMO ingredients in food. GMOs are benned in many countries and any GMO food must be labeled in about 50 places worldwide.  Alas, here in the United States – where GMO ingredients are in about 90% of our food,  the government backs down again and again.  Why?  The all-fearsome Monsanto!  It is so powerful that nobody wants to take it on.  Why?  Because nobody has had enough balls to bring them down.  Why?  Our justice system, the USDA, the FDA and the EPA have wimped out time after time:  there’s no teeth in the laws to hold these companies accountable.  Money, influence, threats of lawsuits cause even our own GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES to tuck their tails between their legs, whimper and run the other way.  How can this be that companies like Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, DuPont and others have so much power, so much influence that our own government is afraid of them?  Where are the LAWS to protect the citizens of this country?  Sen. Bernie Sanders (below) puts forth a reasonable argument which, alas, was not adopted in the Food Bill of 2012.

WE THE PEOPLE built this nation.  It was on the backs of our ancestors that this country was founded. Our fathers, grandfathers, great and great-great grandfathers toiled to build the cities of this nation.  Brave enough to go into the unknown, they ventured across this vast continent to the opposite sea.  Their dream was to have a home, land and be free of oppression.

Today we see that dream has failed. Our government — and I might add, NOT just this present administration  — has morphed into a puppet of corporate America.  No longer do WE THE PEOPLE have any say.  Oh yes, we can vote – but it means nothing because elected officials are not working for the American people but the corporations.

What would happen if our elected officials were paid according to what they did for their constituents?  No automatic salary, perks, benefits.  If they could stop bickering like little children and realize that IT IS THEIR JOB to work for the American people, not against them!

Imagine this:  America becoming great again.  People honestly being proud to be  Americans.  A compassionate, human government that works for the people and with the people of this nation.  Companies that are made by law to tow the line, invest IN America and proudly say, “Look what we’ve done.” 

……. what a dream and it could come true…..if…..