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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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USDA: Faster Approvals For GMOs: Good for Biotech, Bad For People.

Dow, Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and other biotech firms must be jumping for joy because the USDA is making it easier for GMO crops to be approved more quickly. 

Biotech Lobbying Expenditures 1999-2009

The USDA is allowing public comment at the start of the approvals process which is a reversal of the old method.  It looks good on paper but what it really does is allow the biotech firms chances to address the public’s concerns early on – and find ways to dismiss them. Reading between the lines: Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, Bayer, Du Pont and BASF can pull out all the stops and showcase their slanted evidence in their “studies” to have the voice of the American people effectively discounted and silenced. 

Bloomberg News  reports that  it’s a rubber stamp approach by the USDA to speed the crops into approval, thus allowing the GMO seed companies faster profits. 

“They are trying to work the system so they can dismiss public comments more quickly and easily, in order to speed things up,” Bill Freese, a policy analyst at the Center for Food Safety, told Bloomberg. “It’s a rubber-stamp system. A real regulatory system will occasionally reject something.”

The most recent application by Dow Agro Science for its 2-4-D GMO corn had an initial 2 month comment period.  Just days ago the USDA extended it to April 29th.  of this year.  By then there will undoubtedly be thousands more comments by consumers.  Is this the test run for the new application system?  Will the USDA approve this new 2-4-D “Agent Orange” corn to hit the market?  Time will tell.  I’m not hopeful, though, that the USDA will be interested in doing its job:  protecting the people and rejecting this latest GMO product. 

Despite mountains of evidence in independent studies to the contrary, Monsanto insists that GMO foods are safe. The USDA seems to be in agreement, based on their past performance with GMO approvals.  Monsanto has even convinced billionaire Bill Gates of this also. He’s become their poster child of GMO promotion in philanthropic dealings with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation across the globe.  He’s got the “We CAN feed the world with GMOs,” schpeel down pat and funding Monsanto with millions to prove it.  Now Listen to geneticist, Dr. Mae Wan Ho, PhD,  tell why it can’t work:  http://www.5min.com/Video/Dr-Mae-Wan-Ho-on-Genetic-Engineering-Safety-516926292

Consumers are up in arms about GMOs, demanding them to be labeled in foods where they exist, which is just about everything in the grocery store.  The whole GMO agricultural process from start to finish is being called out by writers and activists like myself all over the world.  We’re screaming, “Look at the independent studies!” but the USDA doesn’t seem to be listening! 

 I want to know:  If I know about this, if I’ve read and seen reports of the danger of GMOs in all aspects;  if millions of others know from media, medical and independent reports contrary to the safety of GMOs, WHY doesn’t the USDA and all other federal agencies possibly involved with this agricultural aspect — why don’t they question it further?  Why don’t they listen to WE THE PEOPLE and stop it?

This new approval process is a ruse designed to placate the American public and continue to “poison” as usual.

Read More:

 

http://natural.tv/2012/01/19/3-approved-gmos-connected-to-organ-damage/  

 


Occupy Biotech Lies: How Monsanto Poisons Us

Two captivating articles caught my eye today: one on the biotech giant Monsanto; the other on VISIONS, what we can do, from AlterNet on the web.

I hope the following article in Vanity Fair is long but worth the read.  I hope it makes you mad.  I hope it makes you see how chemical companies have lied and poisoned this planet:  all of us!

 MONSANTO:  Harvest Of Fear

The second article was written on the website, Alternet which pushes the envelope (a good thing!) in alternative journalism. It gives us all hope.  A new radicalism is needed and the author hits the nail on the head.  A good read!

New Rules For Radicals:  10 Ways To Spark Change in a Post-Occupy World


BASF On Its Way To U.S. After Vacating Germany

The largest chemical company in the world, BASF, has decided to move out of Germany.  Opposition to their GMO seeds was so great that the company decided better pickings were – where else? – in the United States! As if we don’t have enough problems battling Monsanto and Dow with chemicals and GMOs!  To be sure, this will be a cause for vigilance against these companies who are determined to have their genetically modified way! 

Lobbying by chemical and biotech giants has taken a tremendous jump in the last 5 years.  Back in 1999, a paltry $35 million was spent.  According to the data available at OpenSecrets.org which tracks money in politics, in 2006 funds spent for lobbying was about $43  million.  2007  was around $57 million; 2008 was  just about at $70 million.   2009 showed slowed growth at a hair over $70 million. 

Biotech Lobbying Expenditures 1999-2009

The money is bad enough.  The so-called revolving door between the chemical industry and government is busier than Macy’s on 42nd Street on Christmas Eve!  Pesticide Action Network reports:

Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice & former Monsanto lawyer who did not recuse himself in a recent case involving his former employer.

Islam Siddiqui, former pesticide lobbyist for CropLife America, currently the lead Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Office of Trade – despite record opposition to his appointment.

Roger Beachy, founding president of the Danforth Plant Science center (Monsanto’s de facto nonprofit research arm), currently heads the USDA’s National Institute for Food & Agriculture.

Michael Taylor, former Monsanto lawyer & Vice President for Public Policy, currently serving as at the FDA. Taylor is famous for having engineered the U.S. government’s favorable agricultural biotechnology policies during the Clinton administration.

Elin Miller, former heard of Arysta’s North American division, installed by George W. Bush as head of EPA’s Region 9 Office. Arysta is the largest private pesticide company in the world, and sole producer of methyl iodide.

Ramona Romero, former corporate counsel for DuPont, appointed in 2010 to serve as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Organic Consumers has another list of biotech meets government.

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