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How Monsanto Bought the Election

Deceptive advertising is nothing new in political campaigns, sure. But let’s point out some of the problems: the farmer in this video would not have been affected at all by the proposition — the labeling burden was placed on retailers. The scientist in this video, Henry I. Miller, is a fellow at the right-wing thinktank Hoover Institute, which is located on Stanford’s campus. Before the ad was pulled at the request of lawyers, Miller was given the credential of, “Stanford University, founding dir. FDA Office of Technology.”

Another issue? Monsanto’s campaign claimed that the food labels would cause the price of groceries to soar — perhaps the biggest clincher in changing the minds of voters. The problem, though? Well, we have plenty of case studies, to compare it to. The European Union’s food prices never went up as a result. Independent research, not funded by the deep pockets of Monsanto, saw no projected increase. The study they cited was not even performed by economists, but big-industry consultants.

The only donations to the “No on 37′ campaigns came from corporations. And, in the end, the corporate interests, not the interests of the people, won out in California. The “Yes on 37″ campaign was outspent 5-to-1.  But there’s always next time — efforts are underway to put a similar measure on the ballot in Washington state.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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2:38PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

thank you for the article! i have a petition against Monsanto, please support by signing!

Aside from the fact that 91% of the population oppose genetically modified foods and all that the corporation Monsanto represents, The EU Bank is still to give Monsanto $40,000,000 of E.U. funds. This is a criminal act against the people! This Financial support would be better used on organic farming! We need to support small farms that will replenish the soil and use seeds that are not genetically modified . The future of our planet depends upon it! Monsanto does not need financial aid, it is a profit-making enterprise! Monsanto spent $7,100,500 defeating California's Prop 37, ONLY TO BE GRANTED PUBLIC FUNDS OF 40MILLION DOLLARS? "Monsanto would fail if it wasn't for government-sanctioned secrecy and 'too big to fail' bailouts!!! Now is the time to be angry! please sign and share the petition.

petition link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/668/278/722/stop-monsanto-from-receiving-public-fund-from-the-eu-bank/

8:38AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

sad.

8:13AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Sorry, I got bummed out again without showing my complete comment, why do I waste my time. Sorry, CA. I tried, there was more.

7:18AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Monsanto will try to engineer anything they like, elections, politicions, banks etc.all for huge profits and some small expenses: bribes and corruption, and more.
But the people will decide Monsanto's future and boycot them as I do. I have not bought a corn product for several years, US GMO's or otherwise. I would kill for a carton of popcorn during a movie, but I resist by not going to the movies at all and wait for the movie on my TV. Sure, no mega screen, but I have healthy snacks while watching comfortably in a recliner, I am getting used to that. Red lip Kellogs has also been dumped by us, and until they are honest to reveal the origin of their product I will forever boycot and condemn that product. As for CA. they not defeat the resolution (surely Monsanto the manipulator and its hangsmen had a big word in that). I was so disappointed. CA. was a respected pioneer to force the world to rewrite pollution laws in the automotive industrie. Look at our lean burn cars now, it was not without the help of CA. and their strict pollution laws.You set responsible targets to help CA. and also the USA and the rest of the world. But unfortunately in this instance, I am very disappointed in CA.
Yes, it was more money for a few. For starters, the oil industrie hates you, they are sucking on very thin straws, CA. was a hope for the world, emission pollution standards, objecting to tar sands and now again GMO. Come on CA. be an example to the US and the world again. If you cannot do i

8:43PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

If Monsanto et. al, bought the election, why isn't Rmoney president?

1:41PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

the video is down, please update the link

7:29AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

So, again, does the FDA go after Monsanto for its improprieties??

9:03PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

thanks

9:47AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

You can bet on one thing: Bill Gates and the rest of their ilk don't eat anything that is GMO.
I don't watch TV. I was aware of the amount of misinformation that was paid for by Monsanto et al. They count on people blindly accepting their crap. Frank Zappa was correct when he wrote the following:
I am gross and perverted; I'm obsessed 'n deranged. I have existed for years
but very little had changed. I am the tool of the government and industry too.
For I am destined to rule and regulate you.
I may be vile and pernicious but you can't look away.
I make you think I'm delicious with the stuff that I say.
I am the best you can get. Have you guessed me yet?
I am the slime oozin' out from your TV set.

5:13PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

When it comes to big corporations and making a buck they will do anything to try to further dumb down Americans.

Don't we care what we are putting in to our bodies anymore? I guess some of us don't.

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