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Old 03-28-2013, 10:49 PM  
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Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act Into Law After Promising GMO Labeling in 2007

Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act Into Law After Promising GMO Labeling in 2007

President Obama has signed into law the notorious Monsanto Protection Act legislation hidden inside of the Continuing Resolution spending bill, which protects Monsanto and its genetically modified creations from federal courts.

by Anthony Gucciardi
NaturalSociety.com
March 28, 2013

Passing up the chance to veto the bill in favor of stopping Monsanto’s increasing monopoly on the food supply, Obama pushed the bill through into a law in a move that reminds us of his failed 2007 promise to ‘immediately’ label GMOs upon his election.

Contained in the rider (Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) of HR 933, Monsanto is now even protected (at least under this law) from the United States government.

As I pointed out in a previous article, the Monsanto Protection Act’s success actually proves how corporations have more power than even the United States federal government. Monsanto’s lobbyists managed to slip the rider into the major bill, which — despite the rider — has virtually nothing to do with the topic.

This is a typical and routinely practiced move by lobbyists to insert an incognito line of legislation into a bill generally viewed as favorable overall. One that has proven to be effective for Monsanto.


2007 Promise to Label GMOs

The result is now major outcry against Obama for signing the bill into law and protecting the biotech juggernaut Monsanto. Many fail to remember, however, that Obama first decided to allow Monsanto to continue pulverizing the food supply and the health of the nation back in 2008 when he went back on his promise to ‘immediately’ label GMOs. It was in 2007, during a campaign speech, that Obama first stated his support of non-GMO and GMO labeling activists, in which he promised to swiftly label GMOs.


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For a brief period before the bill was passed by the Senate and now signed into law by Obama, both myself and many others in the alternative news community crusaded tirelessly to alert politicians and activists in order to stop the Protection Act from going through. Unfortunately, time was not on our side. The hasty vote by the Senate and the news blackout from the mainstream media were enough to break through the warnings of concerned activists (and people who just want real food). Now, however, renewed interest in the GMO labeling campaign and the fight against Monsanto brews.

With such a blatant and cocky act against the United States and its people, Monsanto has set itself up to fail. Let’s remind Obama of his promise to label GMOs he made many years ago.

http://intellihub.com/2013/03/28/oba...ing-in-2007-2/
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:37 AM   #2
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I really, really dislike this company. And I really really dislike this law.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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This whole thing pisses me off. ****ing insane.

They have free reign to make as much Frankenfood as possible with zero potential for litigation, if they **** up?
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:07 PM   #4
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This whole thing pisses me off. ****ing insane.

They have free reign to make as much Frankenfood as possible with zero potential for litigation, if they **** up?
Yeah, because somehow calculated genetic engineering introducing known genes is less precise then bombarding seeds with radiation or selective breeding.

You know, the two ways we developed new strains of crops before genetic engineering.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:50 PM   #5
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I really, really dislike this company. And I really really dislike this law.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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Yeah, because somehow calculated genetic engineering introducing known genes is less precise then bombarding seeds with radiation or selective breeding.

You know, the two ways we developed new strains of crops before genetic engineering.
You're not factoring in the "being exempt from litigation, laws and regulations" part... I guess.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:59 PM   #7
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You're not factoring in the "being exempt from litigation, laws and regulations" part... I guess.
And that these are patented and owned crops...while they buy up the seeds around the world. Power hungry and greedy rolled into one.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:04 PM   #8
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And Michael Taylor, former V.P for Public Policy at Monsanto, is now the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the FDA. No conflict of intrest there.

You have to scroll to the bottom of the page below to find that little nugget.

http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/centerso.../ucm196721.htm

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Mr. Taylor began his career as a staff attorney at FDA, holding various positions including deputy commissioner for policy. He was involved in issuing regulations to address seafood safety and in carrying out nutrition labeling requirements.

Other positions held by Mr. Taylor include senior fellow, Resources for the Future; professor, School of Medicine, University of Maryland; partner, King & Spalding law firm; and vice president for public policy, Monsanto Company.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:40 PM   #9
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I'm not a big fan of Monsanto at all. And I do think they overstepped their bounds with some of this. But at the same time, there was a lot of good things in this bill as well.

I would like to point out that also included in this bill is:

• Money to pay for food inspectors who would have been furloughed because of budget cuts required under the Budget Control Act.
• Increase in funding for the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in order that every low income person at nutritional risk can be served by this program.
• Prevented the ending of the Conservation Stewardship Program, which rewards famers and ranchers for engaging in practices that are environmental beneficial.

So it wasn't all bad. The litigation and regulation aspects sound sneaky and evil. But with everything in the government, you have to take quite a bit of bad with whatever good they actually manage.

Regarding GMOs. People are very fearful of GMOs for the most part. And a small bit of that is certainly justified. But we've been using GMOs for decades now. The higher yields, resistances, reduced insecticide usage, etc. have actually saved millions of lives already in poorly developed countries. Many poorer nations are already very dependent on the benefits these GMOs provide. And with the ever rising population of the world, that dependence is going to keep increasing. GMOs will likely play a big part in managing to feed our future population.
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One of those instances where you wish a line-item veto was still possible.
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One of those instances where you wish a line-item veto was still possible.
Dear Leader loves him some Monsanto. Line-item veto would've been worthless.
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I'm as disappointed as the next Liberal but looking on the bright side it must be very reassuring that Obama might be a Socialist/Communist but he is corrupt enough to do the right thing for big american companies.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:41 AM   #13
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We need this type of movement here. I like that sign with the blue lettering. "The seed belongs to the Farmer."

Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/beverl..._b_578807.html

http://www.peopleofcolororganize.com...nto-aid-seeds/

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I'm as disappointed as the next Liberal but looking on the bright side it must be very reassuring that Obama might be a Socialist/Communist but he is corrupt enough to do the right thing for big american companies.
Which makes him a fascist, on this anyway, by protecting markets ...'er giving them markets.
But fascism is the sister of socialism/communism sharing six of its planks.
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allowing copyrights on seed stock resources is criminal. it is the same as licensing oxygen copyrights to foresters. this gov't is completely corrupt.
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