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Victory!! Monsanto’s DARK Act (Barely) Blocked By Senate

The efforts of millions of concerned citizens, numerous phone and email campaigns, dozens of online petitions, and trips to D.C. to lobby for our right to know were not in vain.

Leading the charge today, Senator Jeff Merkely demolished the pro-industry talking points that many of our senators lean on in order to further their agenda. The Senate blocked Senator Pat Robert’s cloture, 48-49, that would have allowed for the advancement of a bill to deny Americans the right to know what is in the food that lines our store shelves.

 

“Do not crush state’s rights, do not steal consumer’s right to know, and try to do it in the dark of night while the nation is distracted by major primaries. It is wrong on policy, it’s wrong on process, and it’s an injustice to every citizen in our nation,” proclaimed Senator Merkley.

 

While today is a huge victory for the safe food movement and consumers everywhere, a dark cloud does hang over the vote as nearly half of our senators voted in favor of the bill rather than against it. The required 60 votes needs to move the cloture forward did not happen, so despite a corrupt attempt by nearly half of the Senate body, the bill was blocked.

Nearly 100% of Americans are in favor of a mandatory, on-package labeling standard, yet our elected officials are far more concerned with campaign finance money they are receiving from biotech and big food corporations. According to the FEC website, this week alone hundreds of thousands of dollars have been pumped into senate re-election campaigns. GMO labeling is a right afforded to citizens in over 60 countries, including Russia and China. In fact, numerous countries are making moves to ban GMOs, while our government officials are making every nefarious stride to ban GMO labeling.

I must commend Sen. Jeff Merkley’s courageous speech on the Senate floor today. He is a beacon of hope in a cesspool of biotech-loving scum. Senator Merkley called out the sham proposals offered by his associates which include a 1-800 number, QR codes, and social media investigating in order to obtain information on the food that lines our shelves. Calling it a “house of mirrors”, Merkley implored his fellow senators to honor the ‘one second test’ demanded by 9 out of 10 Americans. This ‘test’ would simply require a symbol or a few words to be mandated on food packaging so the average consumer can quickly determine if an item contains GM ingredients.

Senator Merkley went on to question his fellow senators, “Why is this bill before us? I ask you, why a bill that say the interests of a few titans in crushing a state laboratory are more important than the views of 90% of Americans?”

We must flex our muscle and show our politicians, as well as unethical corporations, that we the people have the power. Remember how your senator voted in November. It is time to clean house and get rid of career politicians who cashed in their morals long ago. Continue to vote with your wallets. Clearly, this is where our strength lies. They can take away our rights, but they cannot force us to buy toxic, chemical-laden products. Vote wisely with your dollars. Do not support companies who pump millions into denying our right to know.

Pledge to join March Against Monsanto’s global action on May 21, 2016. Hundreds of cities all across the globe will march in solidarity in an effort to raise community awareness about Monsanto, their atrocious crimes against humanity, and the complicity of our elected officials. Find your local event here. For questions or to register a city not on our list, please email addmymarch@gmail.com.

This fight is far from over.

Monsanto Settles With Wheat Farmers Over GMO Wheat Contamination

The Monsanto Company is well known for suing farmers, but they found themselves on the other side of the coin after wheat farmers were harmed by the discovery of a genetically modified variety at a farm in Eastern Oregon.

The incident led to costly market rejections from Japan and South Korea, who refused to import potentially contaminated wheat, as well as calls for tougher testing from the EU, which also rejects the crops.

The wheat finding occurred in 2013 despite the fact that there is no commercial GMO wheat on the market, and now Monsanto is settling up by paying out a sum of $350,000.

The donations will go to agricultural schools in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana; Monsanto will also pay to reimburse a portion of the farmers’ legal costs but did not announce the amount.

There was no admission of liability by Monsanto, according to this report from RT.

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Monsanto said that money will go into “research and development efforts for the wheat industry,” Monsanto’s chief litigation counsel said (no mention was made of whether or not that would include GMO wheat).

The company also said that an Arkansas farmers’ suit still has not been resolved.

Monsanto also paid about $2.4 million worth of damages for other lawsuits that happened as a result of the Oregon scandal; the company made about $2.74 billion in profits last year, however, with sales of $15.86 billion.

GMO Giant Fight: DuPont Files Lawsuit Against Monsanto

The DuPont company flies under the radar in comparison to Monsanto when it comes to drawing the ire of activists, but they’re also responsible in their own way for ongoing manipulation of our food supply.

Monsanto of course is the poster child for the chemicalized food and GMO movement (for good reason) and often seen as a monopoly, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t faced competition at times.

Recently both companies made headlines when it was announced that DuPont had filed a lawsuit against Monsanto claiming that its competitors did not pay them royalties over a specific technology used to develop GMO soybeans.

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The technology in question, gene-gun based, is used to develop soybeans that can withstand even large-scale sprayings of synthetic herbicides.

Genetically modified soybeans account for at least 90% of the crop in the U.S., with many activists continuing to bemoan the lack of choices for eaters who wish to avoid the GMO variety.

For more information on the lawsuit by DuPont and the history of the disagreement between the two companies, check out the original article from Delawareonline.com here.

5 Companies Against Genetically Modified Foods

As consumers become more health conscious and knowledgeable about what they are eating and where it comes from, more are demanding to know if the food they eat contains GMOs. That's resulting in both national and state-specific movements.

Roughly 37 states are proposing that food labels contain whether the product contains GMOs, according to Right to Know GMO - A Coalition of States, which of course are meeting resistance from companies like Monsanto (MON_), DuPont (DD_) and others that create GMO seeds for large commercial crop growing. Many countries already have similar labeling.

We've already seen smaller natural foods and specialized companies move to taking out foods sourced from GMOs from their products - Popcorn Indiana's Fit Popcorn, Trader Joes' health and beauty products and Clif Bars, for instance, but it's notable when a large company moves to making food without GMOs, given that sourcing actual food products not made from GMOs is easier said than done. (The working percentage of corn seeds that are from GMOs, for example, is about 90%.)

Here's a list of some notable companies taking a stand. http://www.scribd.com/doc/213141061/Taking-a-Stand-Against-GMO

Food & Water Watch and GMO Free Florida Host February Event

With bills in both the Florida House and Senate, Food & Water Watch and GMO Free Florida are calling for a statewide day of action next Thursday. See Also: Jeremy Ring Sponsors GMO-Labeling Bill in Florida Senate

The groups will be setting up camp in from of Representative Katie Edwards' office in Sunrise from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 27.  Their goal is to get Edwards, who is on the agriculture committee, to cosponsor House Bill One, filed by Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda.
Food & Water Watch and GMO Free Florida have already reached out to Edwards office, and are awaiting response on her position.

"She's waiting for it to come up in committee to decide," says Food & Water Watch local representative Vickie Machado. "We met with her secretary in January. We were able to give her a lot of information concerning GMO food risks involved and implications for farmers and consumers."
The demonstration will include signs, street theatre, and a chance for concerned individuals to voice their opinions.

Read More:  http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cleanplatecharlie/2014/02/food_water_watch_and_gmo_free.php

Food Safety Expert: GMO products cause cancer and obesity’

Russia is firm: no genetically modified organisms in food production, the head of Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture Nikolay Fyodorov stated at the All-Russian Meeting of Agrarians. GMO-foods controversies between scientists, ecologists and producers have a long history. Russia, which is now going organic, has faced these problems just recently. 

The battle is being waged by two camps: while scientists lack arguments and evidence that GMO is harmful, huge and powerful production corporation have resources and political links. Scientists say they will need another couple of decades for a comprehensive research, but some threats are obvious already now, says Biology Professor and international expert on eco and food safety Dr. Irina Ermakova:

"These organisms are all dangerous because the very technology of their production is far from being perfect ­– it features pathogenic bacteria and viruses. When scientists tested the aftermath of GMO-produce on animals, they were horrified with the results – cancer and obesity. So the best things would be to ban such foods at all, as European countries do".


http://www.scribd.com/doc/208176037/GMO-Products-Cause-Cancer-and-Obesity

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_02_14/GMO-in-Russia-access-denied-1843/

Glyphosate. The Cause Of Celiac Epidemic?

by Tami Canal


Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are a rising problem with an estimated 350 million suffering from symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes and depression. It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies and reproductive issues as well as an increased risk of kidney failure, thyroid disease and cancer.




New studies are pointing to glyphosate, the main component in Monsanto's best selling herbicide Round Up, as the culprit. In the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology (Vol. 6(4): 159-184) Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff point to the pervasive use of glyphosate as a crop desiccant which is infiltrating the food supply and making people sick. Glyphosate is used on all grain crops, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes and sugar cane.

Samsel and Seneff have conducted extensive research on the known effects of glyphosate as well as the known pathologies of Celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and gluten intolerance. Chemical and biological pathways have been discovered that point to glyphosate as the cause including the breakdown in junctions of the intestinal wall, depletion of vital nutrients and minerals, and disruption of the gut bacteria.

Despite a dramatic outcry from the public, this past July the EPA raised the maximum allowable residues of glyphosate allowed in food. It has been speculated this was done to accommodate levels already present. The rise in tolerance levels for glyphosate residue came as a result of a petition prepared by Monsanto in early 2012.

While the FDA did not perform independent tests on whether higher residue levels of glyphosate were dangerous to humans or the environment, it relied on tests and data provided by Monsanto.

Dr. Samsel and Dr. Seneff have concluded their research with a plea for government to reconsider policies surrounding the safety of glyphosate and human consumption.

Directions To Organize A March Against Monsanto In Your Area

Organize A March Against Monsanto In Your Area

Be sure to check our current event list to make sure there is not an event already planned for your city.

Step 1:

Decide whether to do a march or a single rally. If you can get at least
10 – 15 people, a march has the potential to reach a lot more people
than a rally.


Step 2:
Create a MAM community page for your city. Once you have that up and
running, send us the page link. MAM will be creating events for 24 May 2014.

Those who have already created events, should please make MAM a host of the event. March Against Monsanto will then appear next to, "Created by:..."E-Mail which we can send to Public that ppl can reach their organizer
for helping u with organization etc.

NOW SEND A FRIEND REQUEST TO THE MAM PAGE ADMIN YOU ARE WORKING WITH TO BE ADDED INTO THE LOCAL ORGANIZERS GROUP Also choose your short Twitter hashtag, example: #MAMdc for Washington DC or #MAMnyc for New York City

Step 3:
Pick a good location. For a rally, a large park or other public area
with a lot of traffic is a good spot. If there are any GMO-related
headquarters or corporations in your city, that’s another good spot.
If you’re doing a march, pick two well-known locations to start and end
your march. You can do mini-rallies at each location. Keep in mind
walking distance; around a mile is a good distance.

Step 4:
Research which permits may be necessary to make your event legal, if
you so choose. You can research this on the Internet by looking on city
government websites or calling their offices. Requirements are usually
different depending on whether you’re doing a march or a rally.


Step 5:
Reach out to potential speakers if you plan to have a rally or
mini-rallies along with a march; this is a great way to increase the
turnout and get media coverage. Try reaching out to organizations in
your city that oppose GMOs and/or Monsanto like farmers and
organizations that promote organic foods. If there are politicians in
your city/state who advocate GMO labeling, that’s another good idea as
well. Note: If you’re having speakers, you may need to get additional permits for a PA system and/or a bullhorn.


Step 6:
Once you have all of the details worked out for your rally, it’s time to promote it! This is done by use of flyers, including large ones to post to telephone poles and small ones to handout. Also send a press release to your local media alerting them to the event, to be sent out two days before and the night before or morning (around 6:00am) of your event.

If you’re doing a march, be sure to create a banner to carry so people
know why you’re marching. Also, make signs and have attendees bring
their own as well. Set up Flyer Actions! Thank you for participating

Avoid Eating Genetically Engineered Foods


This blog is part of a series that explores the themes and issues raised in Farmed and Dangerous, a 4-part satirical web series exploring issues related to the food system and industrial agriculture.

Why are thousands of physicians advising patients to avoid eating GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) [1] and how did these high-risk foods get onto the market in the first place? The answers are disturbing, even shocking, but may help you get healthy and stay healthy.

Foods with added bacterial or viral genes were quietly slipped into your diet two decades ago. Using the excuse that GMOs weren't that much different, the FDA didn't require labels or even a single safety study from GMO makers like Monsanto. But a lawsuit forced the agency to release their files and the truth finally came out.

FDA scientists repeatedly warned that GMOs could create allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems, and that rigorous safety testing was needed. But the White House had instructed the FDA to promote biotechnology, and Michael Taylor, Monsanto's former attorney, was put in charge of FDA policy. (Taylor later became Monsanto's chief lobbyist, and has returned to FDA as US Food Czar.)

Can you trust Monsanto with your family's health? That company that told us that Agent Orange, DDT and PCBs were safe.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/avoid-eating-genetically-_b_4784390.html