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How Monsanto Is Using Cronies in Congress to Take Away States' Rights to Label Genetically Modified Foods


Health & Wellness  (tags: diet, environment, ethics, food, genetically modified labelling, right to know, politics, risks, nutrition )

Lynn
- 333 days ago - alternet.org
Sources report that Monsanto has begun secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach amendments to the Farm Bill that would preempt or prohibit states from requiring labels on GE foods.



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Tim C. (1514)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 1:15 pm
ty
 

Sue Matheson (62)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 2:06 pm
thanks
 

Arielle S. (313)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 4:42 pm
Apparently Monsanto would kill, chop up and sell their mothers to avoid labeling GMO's......we should all wonder why they are so afraid of this and what they are really hiding (besides their despicable minds).
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 9:00 pm
"...an amendment (the King Amendment) to the House version of the Farm Bill, inserted under the guise of protecting interstate commerce, passed out of the House Agricultural Committee. If the King Amendment makes it into the final Farm Bill, it would take away states’ rights to pass laws governing the production or manufacture of any agricultural product, including food and animals raised for food, that is involved in interstate commerce. ... policy analysts emphasize that the amendment, broadly and ambiguously written, could be used to prohibit or preempt any state GMO labeling or food safety law."

So it would appear that Iowa's King is putting profits before people, but doing it in such a way that he hopes he won't get caught.

"Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have admitted privately that they’ve “lost the battle” to stop GE food labeling at the state level, now that states are aggressively moving forward on labeling laws. "

Can't go under them.! Can't go around them! So Monsanto will try to go over them! And they are trying.

"If Monsanto can’t stop states from passing laws, then the next step is a national preemptive measure. And all signs point to just such a power grab. ... During the June 2012 Farm Bill debate, 73 U.S. Senators voted against the right of states to pass mandatory GE food labeling laws. Emboldened by these votes, and now the House Ag Committee’s vote on the King Amendment, Monsanto has every reason to believe Congress would support a potential nullification of states’ rights to label."

Is this what the Republican/Teabagger dominated Congress calls smaller government? I call it being a "bought and paid for political whore" for Monsanto!

I hope that those that don't notice the petition in the article will see it here. Please sign and join the fight against GMOs. "Tell Congress: Don't Pass a Farm Bill that Lets Monsanto Wipe Out State GMO Labeling Laws!"
 

Genoveva M M. (323)
Friday May 17, 2013, 12:21 am
Thanks Lynn very interesting article.
 

Edwin M. (366)
Friday May 17, 2013, 4:34 am
I can't help but feel that those in government that are accepting favors in any form from Monsanto are committing a form of treason. They are putting their own selfish interests over those that they were elected to represent. What has happened to common sense, these actions should be considered as a form of bribery which is criminal.
 

Eternal Gardener (700)
Friday May 17, 2013, 4:40 am
Yes, Monsanto tends to spread like a malignant cancer...
 

tasunka m. (333)
Friday May 17, 2013, 6:33 am
S.O.P for the dirty tricks party.
Thanks Lynn
 

Jaime A. (30)
Friday May 17, 2013, 7:13 am
Thanks.
 

Line M. (2)
Friday May 17, 2013, 7:20 am
The U.S. embassies also lobby for Monsanto to convince other countries not to pass labelling laws.
 

Arielle S. (313)
Friday May 17, 2013, 8:11 am
You're right, Edwin - accepting money from Monsanto over doing what is best for the people IS treason - Of course, now that Monsanto owns Blackwater.....
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Friday May 17, 2013, 8:48 am
My congressman, Mike Quigley - D IL, just emailed me he is on this and on our side.
 

pam w. (187)
Friday May 17, 2013, 8:50 am
What DO they have to hide?
 

John De Avalon (35)
Friday May 17, 2013, 9:48 am
People have a right to know what's in the food they're eating and how it was produced...
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Friday May 17, 2013, 10:20 am
Uggg!!! I'm so sick of Monsanto and all of their dirty, underhanded, sneaky, and down right disgusting tactics and their blatant lack of conscience for the people and the environment. I hope one of their plants in a lab somewhere bites of a head or two.
 

Kathy B. (99)
Friday May 17, 2013, 12:44 pm
Guess it's cheaper to buy a congresscritter than to spend millions in advertising in each state that has either proposed legislature for labeling or a voters initiative coming up on the ballot. They must also be afraid that if they took all the states to court that they might lose.
 

Farah Hage Ali (146)
Friday May 17, 2013, 12:45 pm
noted, thank you for sharing
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday May 17, 2013, 1:30 pm
Will someone PLEASE void all Monsanto's patents an shut the fraud down! Also, the offencive advert on the site should be cancelled; it's the Dummycrat party committing the most vote fraud and repression, not the Repulsivans!
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Friday May 17, 2013, 1:57 pm
Thanks, Lynn. Petition gladly signed.
 

Mitchell D. (123)
Friday May 17, 2013, 2:02 pm
Signed, with comment, and noted.
The conservatives and Teabaggers are so full of manure, about small gov't, that farmers could use them for top dressing and grow phenomenal goods without any help from monsanto.
 

Debbie Tate (17)
Friday May 17, 2013, 4:40 pm
They are trying every which way to get us to eat their GM food!And this is just the thing we have got to keep our eyes on "secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach one or more “Monsanto Riders” or amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill that would preempt or prohibit states from requiring labels on genetically engineered (GE) foods. " If their product was as good as they say it is for us, WHY are they trying to sneak amendments into the farm bill? They should have to feed this GM food to their families for 20 years and then report back to us how SAFE it is! We are being killed off and sold out by our government!
 

Birgit W. (135)
Friday May 17, 2013, 5:12 pm
Corporations like Monsanto are criminals in my view. Unfortunately they get away with everything buy just buying our politicians. NO GMO FOOD1
 

Darlene W. (297)
Friday May 17, 2013, 5:26 pm
Noted and signed. They are all criminals - that is why the government and them are in cahoots. I say 'frack 'em all' -- they need to be locked up.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 17, 2013, 7:38 pm
Noted! I just did a story on Monsanto as well. They are heartless criminals.
 

Nancy Black (296)
Friday May 17, 2013, 9:26 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared. No surprises here, big business use lobbyists. Politicians want the money and they are willing to sell themselves.
 

Pat A. (117)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 1:28 am
Stars to Lynn Price and others - Monsanto are heartless and they are criminals - to invade other people's farms with your products and then sue them is like stealing something and then suing the householder!
 

Sherri O. (256)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 12:10 pm
Yuk!!!! I am lucky there is a Farmer's Market just a walk away. The grocery shops sell organic fruits and vegetables.
 

Sheila D. (24)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 5:45 pm
Thanks for the article, Lynn. Just means we have to be more diligent.
 

Christine Daniels (11)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:05 am
thank you
 

James Maynard (62)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 1:06 pm
They might just as well have credit card readers
attached to their foreheads....zip!.......ca-ching!
Bought and paid for.........
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:40 am
Thx Lynn, signed and shared. BTW-it would be best to always include in the post's headline that there's ACTION inside. Or try to put that on top in the very first comment box for all to see. :)
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:48 am
ANOTHER PETITION FOR THIS:
Tell Congress: Don't Pass a Farm Bill that Lets Monsanto Wipe Out State GMO Labeling Laws!
 

Ruth R. (209)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 11:12 pm
Signed petition on the link on the 4th page of the article. Thank you for the posting.
 
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