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Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont If Legislators Pass a Bill Requiring GMO Food to Be Labeled


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Barbara
- 875 days ago - alternet.org
What it really comes down to this: Elected officials are abandoning the public interest and public will in the face of corporate intimidation. "The world's most hated corporation is at it again, this time in Vermont



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Barbara W. (342)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 5:54 pm
"Despite overwhelming public support and support from a clear majority of Vermont’s Agriculture Committee, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if the bill passes.

The popular legislative bill requiring mandatory labels on genetically engineered food (H-722) is languishing in the Vermont House Agriculture Committee, with only four weeks left until the legislature adjourns for the year. Despite thousands of emails and calls from constituents who overwhelmingly support mandatory labeling, despite the fact that a majority (6 to 5) of Agriculture Committee members support passage of the measure, Vermont legislators are holding up the labeling bill and refusing to take a vote.

Instead, they’re calling for more public hearings on April 12, in the apparent hope that they can run out the clock until the legislative session ends in early May.

What happened to the formerly staunch legislative champions of Vermont’s “right to know” bill? They lost their nerve and abandoned their principles after Monsanto representative recently threatened a public official that the biotech giant would sue Vermont if they dared to pass the bill. Several legislators have rather unconvincingly argued that the Vermont public has a “low appetite” for any bills, even very popular bills like this one, that might end up in court. Others expressed concern about Vermont being the first state to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill and then having to “go it alone” against Monsanto in court.

What it really comes down to this: Elected officials are abandoning the public interest and public will in the face of corporate intimidation.

Monsanto has used lawsuits or threats of lawsuits for 20 years to force unlabeled genetically engineered foods on the public, and to intimidate farmers into buying their genetically engineered seeds and hormones. When Vermont became the first state in the nation in 1994 to require mandatory labels on milk and dairy products derived from cows injected with the controversial genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone, Monsanto’s minions sued in Federal Court and won on a judge’s decision that dairy corporations have the first amendment “right” to remain silent on whether or not they are injecting their cows with rBGH - even though rBGH has been linked to severe health damage in cows and increased cancer risk for humans, and is banned in much of the company’s stranglehold over politicians and regulatory officials is what has prompted activists in California to bypass the legislature and collect 850,000 signatures to place a citizens’ Initiative on the ballot in November 2012.

The 2012 California Right to Know Act will force mandatory labeling of GMOs and to ban the routine practice of labeling GMO-tainted food as “natural.” More at link.....
 

Patrick Donovan (319)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 7:09 pm
Barbara, thank you for the heads up.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 7:31 pm
Vermont, just tell Monsanto to F-OFF! Sue 'em for trespassing on human DNA and sue to take back the environment under Eminent Domain--for the public good. The public suing for the public good, instead of corrupt corporations for a change.
 

Betsy Bee (1050)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 8:54 pm
Vermont is not backing off at all. I just talked to my husband on his way to Montpelier. Vermont will be the first state to have single payer health insurance. Vermont is the only state to have laws to arrest GW Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes if they ever come into the state. If Vermont cannot protect the health of Vermonters. it very likely will be the first state to secede from the union. The Second Vermont Republic, the secessionist movement, is supported by 22% of the population. Which means - that more Vermonters support secession than colonists supported the American Revolution
 

Barbara W. (342)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 9:06 pm
Thank you for the heads up Bee. Vermont has done the nation proud. I was so proud when they took a stand against the treasonous acts of the Bush administration.. Occupy will really swing this Summer..America can bet on that.. Heavy duty moments of truth are in the air..
 

Betsy Bee (1050)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 10:41 pm
Vermont is so far ahead of Occupy, truly.

Just because a court told dairy producers they could hide Bovine Growth Hormone in their products, does not mean Vermonters drank the swill or ate the yogurt. . Vermonters immediately statewide boycotted all stores carrying the tainted products. All of them cracked except Walmart where upon, Vermonters boycotted all strip malls that contained a Walmart, leaving only one Walmart in the whole state.

Now to the great amusement of Vermonters that Walmart in South Burlington is waging a PR campaign that poor little it is David and the people of Vermont are Goliath. They have been doing it since 1998, losing money daily. For some silly reason, Mighty Walmart wants to keep a toe in Vermont and is willing to lose big bucks to do it.

Occupy will need to learn some things from Vermont. Occupy will need to learn to be frugal- the best way to fight corporate greed. Vermont is frugal. If Vermont does not like a federal law, Vermont does not take the money. They hate that.

I am beginning to understand Vermont so much better while I am living in Arizona while completing my PhD in Internet Security.
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Monday April 9, 2012, 4:26 am
scary
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Monday April 9, 2012, 4:27 am
go away,Monsanto, you're a threat to humanity
 

Peace Monger (185)
Monday April 9, 2012, 9:54 am
Monsanto... don't they realise the more they use temper-tantrum antics such as this, the less credibility they have? You just can't fix st00pid.
Stroll on Vermont, be the beacon of light to the rest of the USA.
Thanx for the article Barbara.

Peace
 

Arielle S. (317)
Monday April 9, 2012, 11:55 am
What a silly big bully Monsanto is - I'm happy to hear Vermont is going forward and if Monsanto sues, I think we should all counter-sue for the damage they've done to the earth and the human race.
(now how do we get Dick Cheney to visit Vermont?)
 

Tom Sullivan (99)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:20 pm
The Feds will step in and back Monsanto,
 

Barbara W. (342)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:21 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Bee because you have done so within the last week.
 

Barbara W. (342)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:27 pm
Tome said: "The Feds will step in and back Monsanto, " Then it's time the 99% step in and back down the feds! There are many ways to beat this poisonous game plan. Stop buying prepared foods that list more the a few ingreds. The long list of ingeds. added to prepared foods is enough to blow your socks off.

This abusive practice has been allowed to grow and prosper. Our fault! Now "We" need to fix what "We" let get away from US!
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:27 pm
Roseann, I couldn't agree more and that was going to be my comment. Vermont has always been ahead of the curve and the other States should look to them as an example of progress and not follow the States that would have us going back to the 11th Century.

Vermont is a pretty State, I always enjoyed my visits there and if it wasn't so cold I'd live there. However the actions there give me real hope. The People of Vermont did well when they elected Bernie Sanders, someone that truly DOES represent THE PEOPLE.
 

Barbara W. (342)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:31 pm
"The People of Vermont did well when they elected Bernie Sanders, someone that truly DOES represent THE PEOPLE. "

"WE" could use more Bernie Sanders and should be looking to fill the Congress with people like Sanders, Kucinich, Grayson, Rocky Andersons, They're out there but they need the support of the masses to get beyond the dangerous corporate monsters. OUR CALL!
 

Barbara W. (342)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:32 pm
Forgot a very special lady: Elizabeth Warren!
 

Barbara W. (342)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:32 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last week.
 

Ellen Emerson (14)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:59 pm
Can't believe VT is going to take that kind of crap from Monsanto!! Where is Bernie Sanders when we need him? This is his kind of battle :) Will be following this one for sure, was a Vermonter for nearly 40 years before moving to NY :)
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 1:47 pm
Bravo Vermont!...wish the rest of the states would follow suit as it is apparent the feds will do nothing. Thanks Barbara.
 

Betsy Bee (1050)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:03 pm
Alas, I am not allowed to give any green stars today. For that, I am grateful. It means that I get to read so many good comments. Thanks each and all.
 

leslie c. (18)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:16 pm
Thanks, noted. Already read. I miss Vermont so much
& can't wait to move back to those beautiful Green
Mtns. There is no place like it in the country. The most
progressive state of all. Thanks, Barbara.
 

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Monday April 9, 2012, 3:47 pm
Thanks for the heads up Barbara I pray Vermont stands strong against the Bully Monsanto.
 

Kate Kenner (200)
Monday April 9, 2012, 3:49 pm
Vermont may be peaceful but it is not backwards or wimpy. All the members of the bottom of the Barrel club see to be together-Monsanto, Bank of America (pervious article), and Walmart. Is that so we can e nauseous all at once and get over it quickly? Keep fighting Vermont. Monsanto should never win.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Monday April 9, 2012, 4:07 pm
May Monsantos teams of lawyers all get the runs from eating Monsanto enhanced corn.. May all Monsanto's stock holders lose their chips. Keep up the good work Vermont!
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 5:32 pm
Everyone is entitled to know what is in the food we are eating. This only proves Monsanto is trying to hide the dangers of GMO foods. I blame our Federal government for not requiring the labeling of GMO foods.
 

Eternal Gardener (740)
Monday April 9, 2012, 5:56 pm
Let the BULLIES throw their tantrum... STAND UP!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 7:34 pm
I read this article on ALTERNET. Yes, it is true that Vermont already lost to Monsanto once before on another Fed case, and we wonder if the judge was paid off. Now, Vermont is being intimidated by the threat of lawsuit BIG MONSANTO bully. Monsanto has been doing this to farmers, when the farmers need to sue Monsanto...The way to get around Monsanto's legal manipulations and big spending is for people in every state of this nation to sign petitions so as to get an initiative on the ballot to VOTE for labeling to reveal every GMO, pesticide, and ingredient. California managed to round up enough signatures to get the initiative on the upcoming ballot to label GMOs. All states must follow this lead. This eliminates Monsanto's trickery.
 

Betsy Bee (1050)
Monday April 9, 2012, 8:13 pm
Leslie, a green star to you for missing those Green Mountains as much as I do... Barbara, thank you again for this great article.
 

Barbara W. (342)
Monday April 9, 2012, 8:26 pm
Yvette that's certainly one way that this monster company can be put on ice. But "We" have to do more to put an end to this trickery that is far reaching and one of the worse terrorist acts ever conceived and perpetrated on the entire human race; less the 1%. Thank you for your input Yvette.

Thank you all for your comments and commitment to this pernicious issue that will not go away unless "We" the people make it so! And "We" will!
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 4:03 am
thanks
 

Jan W. (1)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 7:26 am
Stay strong Vermont!
If I were to move to another state, it would be Vermont, hands down. Bernie Saunders is an American hero and we need many more like him.
Don't let the fear of Monsanto stop good laws from going forward. It is worth the fight.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 7:46 am
Kudos to Vermont--Monsanto believes they should be allowed to trounce on everyone else's rights, like destroying others' property, and uses their money to intimidate--time to treat them as if they are a thug with criminal prosecution for intimidation tactics (should be the outcome since SCOTUS declared them a person).
 

John Gregoire (255)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 7:51 am
Interesting that big companies become bullies when they lose an argument. true for this one with monanto, the oil and gas fracking bunch, etc. The gas people have municipalities in NY scared to death that they will be sued should they ban the practice. So far we've won two court cases and one of those under final appeal. If we don't stand up to bullied -we lose!
 

l Butcher (92)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 8:01 am
For a very long time IMHO the federal government of the USA has been little more than a pimp for big business, big pharma, etc. Bravo to Vermont for saying ``Enough``.

Monsanto has proven to be a plague upon the entire world with the collusion of the American government. (ie - via wikileaks emails- urging the state department to impose sanctions because of Frances refusal to allow Monsanto toxic dumping in their country) We the people of that world have had enough of the threats and bullying to last several lifetimes. I hope the people can rein in this out of control government before the entire world is infected.

Thank you for a good news story with which to have my morning coffee. There are far to few victories such as this as of late.
 

Reggie Thomas (5)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 9:54 am
All States needs their Legislators to Pass a Bill Requiring GMO Food to Be Labeled.The American people have the right to know.Vermont Legislators have chosen the correct decision for its citizens of Vermont.
 

Sadie L. (2)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 11:21 am
We need to keep the pressure on!!! Contact our government representatives + let them know we will vote them out if they do not agree with us!! We the PEOPLE control the government--- We just have to UNITE..
 

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 6:18 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Charlotte S. (12)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:28 pm
Monsanto should be put before the world court for murder and trying to wipe out all native plants so they can make more money. The murder part is because of all the places they've turned into toxic waste dumps including Ft. McClellan, AL where from 1935 to 1999 (when it was shut down and made a Superfund cleanup site) soldiers were exposed to toxic waste. The kicker is that NONE of these soldiers were notified that they had been exposed. Who knows how many are sick and dying because our government feels they have no obligation to notify people they have been exposed. This is Agent Orange all over again, For more information go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ft-McClellan-Toxic-Exposure-For-Veterans/187387634605816 I hope each of you sign the petition mentioned there. We have a bill that is stalled (HR 2052) We need to get this passed so the people poisoned can be notified. If you know of anyone who served at Ft. McClellan or lived around it have them go to the link on facebook.
 
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