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Investigate Monsanto's Takeover of USDA - INTERNATIONAL ACTION !

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Monsanto, Obama, Comgress, USDA, Protection Act, law, GMO, labeling, protest, corruption, investigation )

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Monsanto, the world's largest biotech corporation, has monopolized our food system largely by taking over regulatory agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Join us in demanding a Congressional investigation

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JL A. (282)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 11:52 am
signed earlier, noted now

Fiona Ogilvie (981)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 12:10 pm
Done. Thanks.

Christeen Anderson (647)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 1:17 pm

Rose Becke (138)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 4:17 pm

Animae C. (507)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 5:36 pm
3 signatures

Thank you for asking Congress to investigate Monsanto's takeover of the USDA.

Debbie G. (306)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 6:47 pm
S&N. Something needs to be done. Monsanto has way too much influence over Big Ag, and has no conscience at all.

Kathy B. (105)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 7:47 pm
Posted to the Global Allliance to Ban GMOs Group

Spirit Spider (86)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 10:46 pm
Done. Thanks Angelika!

jeanne schreurs (205)
Friday May 10, 2013, 3:00 am

Mike S. (86)
Friday May 10, 2013, 7:17 am
SS&N. Thank you Angie.

Ben Oscarsito (291)
Friday May 10, 2013, 8:15 am
Signed 20 minutes ago...

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:41 am
Thank you for asking Congress to investigate Monsanto's takeover of the USDA
Noted and signed. Thanks Angie.

Yasmeen E. (1)
Friday May 10, 2013, 3:01 pm

Effie Ligon (57)
Friday May 10, 2013, 6:11 pm
Fraud of the highest order!

Katie D. (90)
Friday May 10, 2013, 6:48 pm
They sure aren't thinking of our health!
THANK YOU! Angelicka!

Larry S. (391)
Friday May 10, 2013, 9:21 pm
Like I've been saying for a couple years now, U.S. Government is nothing but BIG BUSINESS!
This is one of the many things that need to be stopped ASAP!
In fact there's a saying; America is not a country, it's a business...

S S. (0)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:34 am
Signed, thank you.

. (0)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:42 am
Signed and noted, Monsato is pure evil.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:43 am
Signed and noted thanks

. (0)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 10:37 am
petition signed

Robert O. (12)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 11:26 am
Thank you for asking Congress to investigate Monsanto's takeover of the USDA.

Signed. Thanks very much!

Angelika R. (145)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 12:30 pm
monsanto has taken over the usda

Lois Jordan (64)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 1:58 pm
Gladly signed. Noted. Many thanks, Angelika.

Birgit W. (156)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 3:01 pm

Natalie V. (27)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 3:19 pm
noted / signed

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 4:40 pm

Vicky P. (476)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 6:09 pm
signed, noted, shared

Nyack Clancy (533)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 6:16 pm
Will sign-

Ronald Regan signed an executive order as his first day as president to allow Monsato in 1981 and prevent the FDA to ban it.

In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame's clouded past, including the report of a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it "might induce brain tumors." The FDA had previously banned aspartame based on this finding, only to have then-Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld vow to "call in his markers," to get it approved.

Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president January 21, 1981. Rumsfeld, while still CEO at Searle, was part of Reagan's transition team. This team hand-picked Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., to be the new FDA commissioner. Dr. Hayes, a pharmacologist, had no previous experience with food additives before being appointed director of the FDA. On January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan's inauguration, Reagan issued an executive order eliminating the FDA commissioners' authority to take action

Susie S. (4)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:00 pm
signed and shared

Birgitta S. (198)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:33 pm
Vielen Dank, Angelika~

Debra Tate (17)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 10:47 pm

Gloria Morotti (1)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 10:54 pm
Signed you bet. Down with Mondanto.

Angelika R. (145)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 6:50 am
Nyack thanks for reminding all of that. but after RR obviously no other POTUS has made an effort to undo that, on the contrary it seems.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 7:14 am
Ronald Reagan didn't simply prevent the FDA from banning Monsanto. What he did was allow a pseudo-scientific precept to be approved by the FDA (& the USDA, EPA, etc) as fundamental US doctrine on GMOs, and this has prevented any serious RESEARCH into and STUDY of GMOs by either the FDA or the EPA. Basically, they approved an unscientific postulate that 'what looks the same IS the same' ("Substantial equivalence") & this became a matter of officially approved --unquestioned & unquestionable-- dogma! The US FDA declared that GE foods do not require “special regulation,” so no need to study any GMO seeds or crops before approving them for release onto the market, into the fields, & into our unprotected organisms.

What IS strictly regulated in the US is RESEARCH into GMOs!!

* "Substantial equivalence" is a starting point for the safety assessment for GM foods that is widely used by national and international agencies, but is rejected by the anti-GMO community.

From Wikipédia - "Regulation of the release of genetic modified organisms":
"A quote from FAO, one of the agencies that developed the concept, is useful for defining it: "Substantial equivalence embodies the concept that if a new food or food component is found to be substantially equivalent to an existing food or food component, it can be treated in the same manner with respect to safety (i.e., the food or food component can be concluded to be as safe as the conventional food or food component)".[22] The concept of substantial equivalence also recognises the fact that existing foods often contain toxic components (usually called antinutrients) and are still able to be consumed safely - in practice there is some tolerable chemical risk taken with all foods, so a comparative method for assessing safety needs to be adopted. For instance, potatoes and tomatoes can contain toxic levels of respectively, solanine and alpha-tomatine alkaloids.[5][23]"

In 1999, Erik Millstone, Eric Brunner and Sue Mayer argued in a commentary in Nature that the 'substantial equivalence' standard was pseudo-scientific and was the product of politics and business lobbying—they claimed it was created primarily to reassure consumers and to aid biotechnology companies in avoiding the time and cost of more rigorous safety testing. They suggested that all GM foods should have extensive biological, toxicological and immunological tests and that the concept of substantial equivalence should be abandoned.[41] From Greenpeace: BEYOND 'SUBSTANTIAL EQUIVALENCE' - "Showing that a genetically modified food is chemically similar to its natural counterpart is not adequate evidence that it is safe for human consumption" (pdf)

An opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times in 2001 by Barbara Keeler and Marc Lappe supported legislation in the US Congress to set aside the 'substantial equivalence' standard and instead mandate that safety studies be performed.[46]

Greenpeace has done quite a bit of research on this issue & their site is full of information. To simplify the most, they explain that

GE is crude technology, because:
• it deliberately interrupts and violates the tightly controlled
network of DNA
• it alters genetic information and the expression of genes
• it eliminates cell’s ability to self-regulate its function
• it is not possible to control the place where the gene is
incorporated, the number of copies that are incorporated,
or the effects of its interaction with other genes.
• the often forcible insertion of DNA into a tightly controlled
genetic regulatory network is likely to produce
unintended effects.

See Greenpeace: "50 Years of Double Helix: Genetic engineering = Living on a Flat Earth!" (pdf)

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 7:16 am
Do you think I signed?

Angelika R. (145)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 8:02 am
do you think anyone-other than myself-has or will read all this?

Angelika R. (145)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 8:05 am
furthermore, Lucy, do you have any other or better suggestion how to solve this "unsolvable" issue?? I doubt there is any.. but at least labeling could help us avoid risks and if even THAT can be reached - Vermont just did!- it is a great success.

Dagmar P. (10)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 8:23 am

Israel Valdez (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:54 am

Ludger W. (71)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:43 pm

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:14 pm

Mariette G. (172)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:00 pm
Thank you for asking Congress to investigate Monsanto's takeover of the USDA.
Thanks Angelika!

Vera Taylor (46)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:03 pm
I signed it and posted it on Face Book. BIG deal, do you really think it's going to make ant difference??

Angelika R. (145)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:15 pm
No Vera, I don't and I didn't create this petition either, just posted it.

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 5:38 pm
Signed and noted. Not sure how much help it will be-kind of like asking the fox to check on the chickens since our government is pretty much "owned" by Monsanto, GE, the 1% and their ilk, etc.

Ruth R. (253)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:55 pm
Noted and signed.

Katie D. (90)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:18 pm
Thank You for this Article Angelicka

Herbert E. (10)
Monday May 13, 2013, 1:41 am
m-Unsanto ought to be shut down. Signed of course.

Scott Johnson (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:46 am
Yet another example of corporations running our government and not the people.

Susan Clay (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:54 am
We can not longer tolerate the fox watching the hen house style regulation.

Dandelion G. (388)
Monday May 13, 2013, 3:43 pm
Already signed, but thanks for getting this out there on this scurge of the earth.

Laurie H. (814)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:00 pm
Glad to sign & share, our health is riding on this. Monsanto the Monster.~ Thanks Angelika~~

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 5:41 am

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 11:13 am
I signed with a message! Thanks Angie!

Melania Padilla (197)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 10:56 am
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