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    March against Monsanto

    As world marches against Monsanto, senators protect it from labeling laws
    John Upton
    27 May 2013

    Any U.S. senators paying attention to what was happening in the entire world over the weekend may have noticed a teensy disconnect between their protectionist votes for Monsanto and global discontent with the GMO giant.


    Marching against Monsanto in San Francisco On Saturday, protestors in dozens of countries took to the streets to “March against Monsanto.”

    Steve Rhodes

    The coordinated day of action against genetic engineering and reprehensible business practices by the Missouri-based company came just two days after the Senate rejected a bid by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) to ensure that his state and others are free to mandate labels on transgenic foods.

    First, to those protests. Organizers tallied rallies in 436 cities across 52 countries, according to the AP:
    The ‘March Against Monsanto’ movement began just a few months ago, when founder and organizer Tami Canal created a Facebook page on Feb. 28 calling for a rally against the company’s practices.

    “If I had gotten 3,000 people to join me, I would have considered that a success,” she said Saturday. Instead, she said an “incredible” number of people responded to her message and turned out to rally. …

    Protesters [marched] in Buenos Aires and other cities in Argentina, where Monsanto’s genetically modified soy and grains now command nearly 100 percent of the market, and the company’s Roundup-Ready chemicals are sprayed throughout the year on fields where cows once grazed. They carried signs saying “Monsanto — Get out of Latin America.”

    In Portland, thousands of protesters took to Oregon streets. Police estimate about 6,000 protesters took part in Portland’s peaceful march, and about 300 attended the rally in Bend. Other marches were scheduled in Baker City, Coos Bay, Eugene, Grants Pass, Medford, Portland, Prineville and Redmond.

    Across the country in Orlando, about 800 people gathered with signs, pamphlets and speeches in front of City Hall. Maryann Wilson of Clermont, Fla., said she learned about Monsanto and genetically modified food by watching documentaries on YouTube.
    Now, to those senators. From The Guardian:
    The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

    Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said his amendment was an attempt to clarify that states can require the labels, as several legislatures have moved toward putting such laws into place. The Vermont house and the Connecticut senate voted this month to make food companies declare genetically modified ingredients on their packages.

    The Senate rejected the amendment on a 71-27 vote, during debate on a wide-ranging, five-year farm bill that includes generous supports for crops like corn and soybeans that are often genetically modified varieties. Senators from farm states that use a lot of genetically modified crops strongly opposed the amendment, saying the issue should be left up to the federal government and that labels could raise costs for consumers.
    The vote did not affect a bill introduced in April by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) that would mandate labeling of all products containing genetically ingredients sold in America. But it was a reminder that the labeling bill doesn’t stand a honey bee’s chance in a field full of Roundup of becoming law.

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    This company are scum, and no guesses as to which party has taken most (58%) of their filthy lucre in recent years - which is no excuse for the Dems taking what I consider to be bribes, by the way.

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    Their GM technology is way beyond current legislation and controls. These bastards own the world.

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    I hate to say it, and it's nothing new, but the corporations rule most of American politics. And it will be even worse as there now are no meaningful restrictions on their campaign contributions.

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    I came across this story about Monsanto, perhaps it deserves its own thread ?

    Hungary Destroys All Monsanto Crops - Fitlife.TV | Health Education | Fitness Education | Healthy Recipes | Fitlife.TV | Health Education | Fitness Education | Healthy Recipes

    Hungary Destroys All Monsanto Crops

    I love hearing stories like this. We need to step up in the US and do the same.
    Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.
    Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been ground with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he added.
    Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary. The checks will continue despite the fact that seek traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said.
    During the invesigation, controllers have found Pioneer Monsanto products among the seeds planted.
    The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary, but they will check where the goods can be found, Bognar said. Regional public radio reported that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to the thousands of hectares in the country. Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered they were using GMO seeds.
    With season already under way, it is too late to sow new seeds, so this years harvest has been lost.
    And to make things even worse for the farmers, the company that distributed the seeds in Baranya county is under liquidation. Therefore, if any compensation is paid by the international seed producers, the money will be paid primarily to that company’s creditors, rather than the farmers.
    Source: NaturalSociety.com by Anthony Gucciardi
    Read more at Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields | REALfarmacy.com | Healthy News and Information

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