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    The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week - including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.

    The rider, which is officially known as the Farmer Assurance Provision, has been derided by opponents of biotech lobbying as the “Monsanto Protection Act,” as it would strip federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns.

    The provision, also decried as a “biotech rider,” should have gone through the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees for review. Instead, no hearings were held, and the piece was evidently unknown to most Democrats (who hold the majority in the Senate) prior to its approval as part of HR 993, the short-term funding bill that was approved to avoid a federal government shutdown.

    Senator John Tester (D-MT) proved to be the lone dissenter to the so-called Monsanto Protection Act, though his proposed amendment to strip the rider from the bill was never put to a vote.

    As the US legal system functions today, and largely as a result of prior lawsuits, the USDA is required to complete environmental impact statements (EIS) prior to both the planting and sale of GMO crops. The extent and effectiveness to which the USDA exercises this rule is in itself a source of serious dispute.

    The reviews have been the focus of heated debate between food safety advocacy groups and the biotech industry in the past. In December of 2009, for example, Food Democracy Now collected signatures during the EIS commenting period in a bid to prevent the approval of Monsanto’s GMO alfalfa, which many feared would contaminate organic feed used by dairy farmers; it was approved regardless.

    Previously discovered pathogens in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn and soy are suspected of causing infertility in livestock and to impact the health of plants.

    So, just how much of a victory is this for biotech companies like Monsanto? Critics are thus far alarmed by the very way in which the provision made it through Congress -- the rider was introduced anonymously as the larger bill progressed through the Senate Appropriations Committee. Now, groups like the Center for Food Safety are holding Senator Mikulski (D-MD), chairman of that committee, to task and lobbing accusations of a “backroom deal” with the biotech industry.

    As the Washington Times points out, the provision’s success is viewed by many as a victory by companies like Syngenta Corp, Cargill, Monsanto and affiliated PACs that have donated $7.5 million to members of Congress since 2009, and $372,000 to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    It remains unclear whether the bill’s six-month expiration means that the provision will be short-lived. Regardless, Food Democracy Now has begun a campaign calling on US President Barack Obama to veto the Continuing Resolution spending bill, which seems unlikely as HR 933 includes a sweeping amount of government funding.
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    This is why drawing and quartering publicly should be brought back into fashion.
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    We need to pass the bill first, then read it to know what's in it...

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    I have mixed feelings about this. We now have crops that are better able to withstand drought, bugs, etc. And we able to feed more people than ever.
    Looks like Whole Foods is gonna require their suppliers to label GMO stuff, and maybe that is the way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SBjet View Post
    I have mixed feelings about this. We now have crops that are better able to withstand drought, bugs, etc. And we able to feed more people than ever.
    Looks like Whole Foods is gonna require their suppliers to label GMO stuff, and maybe that is the way to go.
    Mixed feelings on GMO or mixed feelings on whether or not Monsanto should be protected from litigation?



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    Monsanto is a band of thieves. They are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too big and powerful!

    Several years ago when the Roundup Ready patent hadn't run out, they were selling Roundup and Roundup ready seed to other countries without charging them a technology fee. And also selling the Roundup (glyphosate) to them for cut rate. Mean time they were hammering the farmers here in the US with technology fees and expensive chemical prices. I have no love for them what so ever!
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    So you're saying Monsatin isn't the Farmers "friend"?

    They should be force fed their seeds until they explode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forkin' Crazy View Post
    Monsanto is a band of thieves. They are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too big and powerful!

    Several years ago when the Roundup Ready patent hadn't run out, they were selling Roundup and Roundup ready seed to other countries without charging them a technology fee. And also selling the Roundup (glyphosate) to them for cut rate. Mean time they were hammering the farmers here in the US with technology fees and expensive chemical prices. I have no love for them what so ever!
    I have no love for Monsanto but I have mixed feelings on all this stuff. It seems backwards to me that an organic farmer has to pay money and fill out a ton of paperwork to use an organic label yet farmers can add all kinds of chemicals to the soil, crops etc.....and they aren't required to label what they've used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBjet View Post
    I have mixed feelings about this. We now have crops that are better able to withstand drought, bugs, etc. And we able to feed more people than ever.
    Looks like Whole Foods is gonna require their suppliers to label GMO stuff, and maybe that is the way to go.
    You are kidding right? You should research this. The insect resistant properties do not work. The seeds cost a fortune and farmers still have to spray the crops.

    Monsanto is a horrible company. They gave us Napalm Skydrol hydraulic flluid etc. A corn farmer that saves any seeds from his corn will be sued into bankruptcy. You cannot save any seed from anything planted from Monsanto seed. They will come to your farm protected by law take any seeds they find and if they test positive for Monsanto DNA you are done.

    Plus genetically modified = the plant no longer grows like God made them. It's no longer a naturally occurring plant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Infomaniac View Post
    You are kidding right? You should research this. The insect resistant properties do not work. The seeds cost a fortune and farmers still have to spray the crops.

    Monsanto is a horrible company. They gave us Napalm Skydrol hydraulic flluid etc. A corn farmer that saves any seeds from his corn will be sued into bankruptcy. You cannot save any seed from anything planted from Monsanto seed. They will come to your farm protected by law take any seeds they find and if they test positive for Monsanto DNA you are done.

    Plus genetically modified = the plant no longer grows like God made them. It's no longer a naturally occurring plant.
    Plus, they really do not know the full effects it has on the entire food chain. Cows eat the corn, we eat the cow and drink the milk. Its like birth control hormones showing up in drinking water.
    Antibiotics given to cows showing up in the meat and milk.
    You can screw over an entire food chain starting at the bottom.

    Cross breeding specie has been done for centuries. Every apple you ever ate is a hybrid apple. But this stuff would never exist through cross pollenation or grafting. Thats why they can patent it. It cannot happen naturally no matter how hard you try. Thats how Monsanto can hold the farmers liable if they "steal it" You can't steal something nature can done, even with help.

    It might be the answer for world hunger, but I would perfer if they grew it there for the people that have nothing and altered food is better than none.
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    World hunger keeps the human populations down. Can you imagine what Earth would look like if everyone had all the resources they wanted? People who want to solve world hunger and save the environment or other species are contradicting themselves.

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    Man is the only specie on earth that will reproduce in the face of continual starvation. Shows you how "evolved" we are

    Must be our belief that the "government" will provide.



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    To me this is HUGE!!! We have gone past what mother nature intended with food science. This is not a good idea.... There is more research coming out that GMO's are causing the Autism/Aspergers symptoms spike we see in children. Why do we always have to muddle with perfection of what mother nature gave us?? We will be our own demise from our stupidity and narcissism!!

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    Something like this would have resulted in blood in the streets 150-240~ years ago. It doesn't bother me anymore because I already know what the inevitable is and have already accepted it. They use "Sneaks by" when Dems fuck over their followers. It's hilarious Neither party is representing the average tax paying none government citizen anymore no matter the party.

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