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What Is the 'Monsanto Protection Act'?

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Anonymously added to a recent budget bill, the controversial rider would protect U.S. biotech companies from litigation if their GMO seeds turn out to be dangerous.

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Lynn D (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 11:09 am
If their seeds are no good, they should and need to be held responsible!!!!! This is so very sad....

Malgorzata Zmuda (198)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:45 pm
Nasiona GMO są niebezpieczne dla ludzi i dla zwierząt.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:13 pm
No Monsanto please

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 2:46 pm
What is wrong with our us?
Do we pay close enough attention, to what our politicians are doing?
These 'riders' can be immensely dangerous and in this case, the point is proven.
Can't we stop this practice?

Could this be our NEW attention -getting movement?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 2:49 pm
Thats bad why protect someone that might be poisoning people Have they been paid a backhander for doing this


Gloria p (304)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 4:06 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 5:01 pm
Thank you.

Jean C (18)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 5:39 pm
Now that's transparency for you...

Joy Catalan (95)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 5:57 pm
so they want to control the world...and who could be behind them?

Robyn Vorsa (4)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 12:05 am
Monsanto has to be one of the worst corporate citizens in the world. They show no concern for the world's populace at all.

Susanne R (235)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 12:21 am
Why is it always a win-win situation for the wealthiest corporations in this country?

As stated in the article: "From the perspective of citizens who want open, transparent government that serves the people, however, the so-called 'Monsanto Protection Act' ... is one heck of a special interest loophole for friends of Congress."

Now that we're starting to feel the horrible effects of Dick Cheney's "Halliburton loophole," which exempted energy companies from the Safe Water Act by not requiring them to disclose the contents of the "chemical cocktails" used in the hydraulic fracturing process, we should be very wary of ANY "loopholes" that benefit powerful corporations.

Audrey B (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 8:28 am
We don't need toxic products in this Country in any form.

David King (3148)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 9:11 am
Genetically modified seed giant Monsanto likes to trumpet its "commitment to sustainable agriculture." The story goes like this: by generating novel, high-tech crop varieties, Monsanto will wean farmers off of synthetic chemical poisons. The company even markets its flagship product, seeds genetically engineered to survive its own Roundup weed killer, as a tool they can use to to "decrease the overall use of herbicides."

But as I've shown before, herbicide use has actually dramatically ramped up as the Roundup Ready technology conquers vast swaths of US farmland. That's because weeds quickly developed resistance to it, forcing farmers to apply ever-larger doses and resort to older, more toxic herbicides to combat resistant weeds. And while the company has tried hard to leave behind its past as a purveyor of toxic chemicals and rebrand itself as a technology company, those toxic chemicals remain central to its growth and profitability, as its latest quarterly profit report shows.

Note that the company consists of two main segments: what it calls "Seeds and Genomics," which involves sales of seeds, obviously, plus licensing fees on genetically modified traits; and "Agricultural Productivity," which means, essentially, chemicals, mainly Roundup in a variety of forms. Seeds and Genomics is by far the largest of the two in terms of contribution to overall sales, but good old Agricultural Productivity is still really important. Indeed, its sales shot up from $824 million in second-quarter 2012 to $1.12 billion in the same time period of this year—that's an amazing 36 percent jump.

By contrast, Seeds and Genomics sales went from $3.92 billion to $4.35 billion over the same time span—just a 10 percent rise.

Overall, the herbicide contribution to Monsanto's total sales went from 17 percent in second-quarter 2012 to 20 percent in the the same period of 2013.

Let's dig a little deeper into the Seeds and Genomics part of the above chart. Note that for every business line but one—corn seed and traits—sales declined in second-quarter 2013 compared to the same period of a year before. Monsanto's corn business is booming—sales went from $2.816 billion to $3.28 billion—a 16 percent gain. Everything else, though—soybeans, cotton, vegetables, etc.—stagnated. (And the same trend holds true when you look at the six-month comparison).

In short, Monsanto's growth now depends largely on corn and Roundup.
But Roundup isn't Monsanto's only strategy triggering an surge in chemical use. Most of the corn seed Monsanto sells is engineered to contain a gene from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a soil bacteria that's toxic to bugs. Widespread use of Bt corn did indeed reduce insecticide use on corn for several years, but as I've reported before, certain insects are developing resistance to it. Predictably, farmers are planning to react by resorting to chemical pesticides, according to Michael Gray, an entomology professor at University of Illinois who polls farmers on planting decisions. Here's the trade magazine Ag Professional:

Gray also said that in 2013, he anticipates a sharp increase in the use of planting-time soil insecticides with corn rootworm Bt hybrids. On average, nearly half the producers indicated they intend to use both a soil applied (at-planting) insecticide with their corn rootworm Bt

Far from ushering in an era of widespread sustainable agriculture, Monsanto and its products are keeping farmers stranded on what ecologists call a "pesticide treadmill"—never-ending chemical warfare against fast-adapting ecosystems.

reft h (66)
Friday April 12, 2013, 11:12 pm
noted. and thanks for the extra info David King

Carol H (229)
Tuesday April 16, 2013, 5:57 am
noted, thanks Cal

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday April 16, 2013, 7:07 pm

Michela M (3964)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 4:46 pm

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David King (3148)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 4:49 pm
There are few issues that unite Americans as much as our desire to know what's in our food. Thanks to your hard work, an exciting development will be taking place in our nation's capitol in the fight for GE labeling.

Next week, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will be introducing the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, legislation that will require food manufacturers to inform consumers if a product contains genetically engineered ingredients.

Let you members of Congress know how important this issue is to you and your family by telling them to support this new legislation.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your members of Congress to support the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act!

More GE foods, such as salmon engineered to produce growth hormones year round and apples engineered to keep from browning, could soon end up in the food supply without any independent or long-term studies, and most importantly, without labels.

Americans deserve the same right as citizens in 64 countries around the world that already require mandatory labeling of GE foods. More than 90% of consumers want to know about the food we put in our bodies and our children's bodies, yet most of us have no way of knowing what is in the food we eat.

Will you take a minute to tell your members of Congress to support your right to know?

Thank you for your continued support.

Stacey S (27)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 5:05 pm
Plain & simple it means they can kill you no questions asked!!! Sign the petition at Avaaz they are talking about truly doing something about this see it here They really need help from every single person. Lets stop Monsanto together, NOW!!!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 9:29 am

Stacey S (27)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 5:49 am
UPDATE!! Nation of Change emailed me this... As you know, we have set out to expose the crimes of Biotech Giant and Corporate Killer MONSANTO. Over the past twelve months we have launched national billboard and television commercial campaigns as well as boots-on-the-ground activism in an effort to enlighten the people.

On May 25, activists in cities around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.

Why do we march?
Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.

In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.

Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.

For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.

Monsanto's GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world's bee population.
What are solutions we advocate?

Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
Repealing relevant provisions of the US's "Monsanto Protection Act."
Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto's secrets.
Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won't take these injustices quietly.
We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.
As a special incentive, leading Monsanto investigative reporter, Anthony Gucciardi has donated his electronic book set: “The New Health Paradigm" as well as a “Shopping guide to GMOs and additives” yours free with any donation of $50 or more to this campaign. Here is the link to join

Stacey S (27)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 6:02 am
2 more things. These are the countries participating in the world wide march against Monsanto link to
Also one other site working to protect us from Monsanto with fantastic info is
Spread the word everyone!

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 1:25 pm
TY, Michela & Cal.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 1:54 pm
When the issues can be that dangerous, it is simply irresponsible to allow the use of GMOs. Monsanto wants to sell its seeds but first of all, it should repair the damage it is responsible for.

James Wright- Fisher (1)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 7:03 am
Typical -just like hydaulic fracturing was allowed. I bet some people in the government are on the board of the company.

Frances Darcy (133)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 5:03 am
noted with dismay..
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