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Massive Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California

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Who’s Really in Charge of GE Food Safety?

Who is ensuring the safety of Monsanto’s products? Not Monsanto.

“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job.” — Philip Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications (“Playing God in the Garden,” New York Times Magazine).

But neither is the US FDA…

The FDA has not conducted a single independent test of any genetically engineered product. The agency simply accepts the testing completed and provided by biotechnology corporations like Monsanto. The FDA makes this very clear:

“Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety” — FDA (“Statement of Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties” (GMO Policy), Federal Register, Vol. 57, No. 104, p. 229).

Does that make you a bit concerned about the integrity of our food safety system?

There are many variables to consider with these genetically engineered foods. GMOs are living, synthetic organisms that can reproduce and proliferate, and they can mutate and migrate. Can we trust a small group of chemical companies to control and monopolize our foods and restructure the world’s food system?

The USDA has implemented a new fast-track process that is a part of efforts by the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack (5), to “transform USDA into a high-performing organization that focuses on its customers,” namely big biotech bullies like Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, BASF, and Syngenta.

The USDA recently posted 12 new genetically engineered (GE) crop submissions for public comment, and nine are under the new fast-tracked process. It’s no coincidence that Vilsack was named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Association in 2001…

Former United States Secretary of Agriculture (who served from 1995 until 2001), Dan Glickman, was a big promoter for biotechnology and pushed for these products to be sold in Europe to secure profitable exports. He concluded after his USDA departure:

What I saw generically on the pro-biotech side was the attitude that the technology was good and that it was almost immoral to say that it wasn’t good because it was going to solve the problems of the human race and feed the hungry and clothe the naked. And there was a lot of money that had been invested in this, and if you’re against it, you’re Luddites, you’re stupid. There was rhetoric like that even here in this department. You felt like you were almost an alien, disloyal, by trying to present an open-minded view on some of the issues being raised. So I pretty much spouted the rhetoric that everybody else around here spouted; it was written into my speeches.”

“FDA Shouldn’t Order Costly GMO Labels Just to Satisfy Scientific Illiterates”

Arrogant biotech scientists make alarmingly dishonest blanket statements suggesting all scientists agree that genetically engineered foods are beneficial to us and our environment. I invite you to read GMO Myths and Truths if you’d like to completely debunk that lie.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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10:39AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thank you Dr. Mercola, for Sharing this!

8:27PM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

We have a two party system bought and paid for by corporations. For all the feigned differences and opposition, the two capitalist parties are united by a single corporate agenda. Much of that agenda has been dictated by Monsanto and other GMO corporations. We need to demand a complete ban on GMO. Getting that ban may require system change by voting out the Monsanto drones presently in office. We need a political party with a clear position against GMO, a party that isn't for sale to the highest bidders: that party is the Green Party of the United States.

4:26PM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

Monsanto is destruction, killers it is more evil than the devil itself Problem is what I want to write would take 13 boxes. So by now if anyone who has read this and researched it thinks GMO are safe its too late for you. We must stop this, personally if GMO's are not labeled in a couple years I'm moving to Europe because I want to live not die, its a matter of life and death in my opinion. I Love my country but I fear my government.....PERIOD!

9:51AM PDT on May 29, 2013

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7:11AM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:35PM PDT on May 15, 2013

To the Tune of Officer Krupke (Westside Story)

ACTION:

Dear Dr. Mercola,
You gotta understand.
Your potions are just cola
Your quackery's out of hand
Your patients are all junkies
For Holistics, should be banned.
Holy, Moses ! You're a scheister upon the land !

ACTION AND JETS:

Oh, Dr. Mercola, we're very upset
You gives us magic tonics in place of what we should get.
We ain't no dummies, it's really understood.
Deep down, you know they're no good !

ACTION:

They're no good !

ALL:

They're no good, they're no good
They are no damn good !
They never do anywhere near what they should !
They should put a halt, to your Himalyan salt!
Cause, deep down, you know it's no good !

10:27PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

Thank you!

2:17PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

In November California voters will consider Proposition 37 to establish if they wish to require labeling of food products containing GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).
Monsanto provides most GMO seeds which include Roundup Ready (RR) soy, corn, canola, sugar beets and more. Many RR crops are genetically engineered to survive insects and spraying with Roundup herbicide during weed abatement efforts.
Monsanto asserts that GMO laden food requires no labeling because ‘they have not been proven to be harmful’. Industry insiders, the FDA, EPA .et al remain so infused with employees from each other’s organizations that consumer safeguards are severely compromised. Example: The FDA recruited Michael Taylor, a Monsanto attorney, to manage the creation of its GMO policy, a policy in effect today that empowers biotechnology companies to establish if their GMOs are nontoxic. Taylor then departed the FDA to become Monsanto’s vice president.

Since the introduction of GMOs in the 1990s rates of autism, allergies, obesity, cancer and assorted health issues have soared. There is no definitive proof indicting GMOs; nevertheless the biotechnology industry is circumventing labeling that would facilitate the necessary research. Why? Is there a stench here reminiscent of tobacco companies?

Independent research and case studies raise alarms worldwide. Many RR GMO crops have genes inserted into their DNA structure that manufactures an insect-killing toxin known as B

5:17AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Boo on GMO's and Monsanto...Yes to labeling so we can make healthy choices!!!

7:23AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

$$$$$ rules the world.....

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