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Taxpayer Dollars Are Helping Monsanto Sell Seeds Abroad

Environment  (tags: corporate, dishonesty, Monsanto food labeling, politics, society, environment, ethics, consumers, business, americans, finance, economy, money, world, SustainableDevelopment, sustainabledevelopment )

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The US State Department has been essentially acting as of de facto global-marketing arm of the ag-biotech industry, along with high-ranking figures like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mouthing industry talking points as if they were gospel

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Teresa W (782)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 8:37 am

David C (131)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 8:37 am

Nancy C (806)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 9:49 am
from another article..."Meanwhile, the US style of input-intensive commodity agriculture has succeeded in creating mountains of cheap food, but has has given rise to a massive crisis in diet-related disease, contributes mightily to climate change, and routinely trashes the ecosytems it touches." We've gotta get these folks where it hurts in the money belt (and the corn, soy belt). But how?

Carmen S (611)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 11:56 am
thanks Cal, wish I could say I couldn't believe this is happening

S J (130)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 12:22 pm
noted, thanks Cal.

Andreya B (26)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 12:23 pm

Julie P (154)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 1:24 pm
In addition to the promotion of GMOs, consider the following;

1- Since the 1900's, 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost.

2- In 2010, The Ecologist reported that "Since the mid-1990s just five biotech giants - Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont - have bought up more than 200 other companies between them to dominate our access to seeds....

Howard says the increasing power of seed companies is 'incompatible' with renewable agricultural practices such as saving and replanting seeds. He says one solution to restricting their control would be through banning the practice of granting patents on seeds, plants and genes.

A patent gives a company exclusive rights to sell and develop a new invention. In the case of patents on plants and genes it grants them temporary monopolies and bans farmers from saving seeds, forcing them to buy new seeds from the company each year or pay a license to use patented seeds they have saved.

3- "Nigella sativa -- more commonly known as fennel flower -- has been used as a cure-all remedy for over a thousand years. It treats everything from vomiting to fevers to skin diseases, and has been widely available in impoverished communities across the Middle East and Asia.

But now Nestlé is claiming to own it, and filing patent claims around the world to try and take control over the natural cure of the fennel flower and turn it into a costly private drug."

4- "On Monday May 6th a draconian new law was put before the European Commission, which creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe.

The "Plant Reproductive Material Law" regulates all plants. It contains immediate restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees. (It also creates powers that can be used to restrict any other plants in the future, but the details of how this will work are left for later.)"

Ponder the potential impacts on access to heirloom seeds, natural remedies, self-sufficiency, biodiversity and organic agriculture.

I have posted an AVAAZ petition requesting closure of "the loopholes that allow corporations to patent plant varieties and conventional breeding methods." Please consider signing.


Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 3:40 pm
Noted. Just makes me sick, too. And, this is literally making people sick....and another reason I'd vote for Elizabeth Warren in 2016.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 7:16 pm
Terrible , they make us pay for something we do not want or need !!!!!

Saturday May 18, 2013, 11:20 pm
Monsanto has made some of the worst chemicals in the twentieth century. None of them were safe. All cause medical problems. And now our government wants to help them take over the food supply. If that isn't the very definition of crazy, what is?

Virginia Belder (35)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 11:25 pm

Lynn D (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:13 am
Noted with pure disgust and needs to be stopped! Thanks!

Kip Mapes (28)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 4:05 am
Yeah but according to my brother (Opion Not shared) the bigger problem is welfare and forign aid and on fare taxes.Can't seem to get him to Look at the numbers.Way more money goes for corp welfare than people.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 4:55 am
When you have boated governments they have to do something.

. (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 5:52 am
That's terrible! Our taxpayers should stop encouraging Monsato.

TOM T (246)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 6:36 am
Signed, Noted & Shared
This is outrageous!

Yasmeen E (1)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 7:23 am

Frances Darcy (133)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:00 am

Arielle S (313)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:06 am
Say what? Monsanto is a black hole that sucks the light out of the earth - we are now discovering that GMO's cause organ failure - I'm sure they don't eat that crap.

Andrs Yokers (6)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:07 am
Lack of knowledge by our own government!

Charlie m (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:36 am
not good

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:44 pm
I just posted this same article a couple of days ago. Monsanto has no conscience, none whatsoever.

Ryan Yehling (49)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 5:33 pm

Carol H (229)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:26 am
this is bullhockey!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:30 am
noted thanks

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 10:07 am
Why is this story not on the front page?
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