U.S Citizens Fight For GMO Labeling – Monsanto Still Fights to Poison Us!

Food Democracy Now! (a non-profit for the labeling of GMO foods, chemical use on/in foods Monsanto, and other organic food related fights) is a great place to learn about what is going on with GMO labeling in the United States. It’s a downside of capitalism (Not that I’m against capitalism).
Sadly, I think our government feels the need for population control and Monster-santo jumped to the front of the line to provide it!
Although they’re is a huge outcry from the citizens of the U.S., our government still votes in benefits or protections for labeling and the use of carcinogenic chemicals in our food.
All we citizens are asking for is a label. We don’t expect ALL citizens to care what they are eating (Come-on! McDonald’s & fast food joints are pulling in the bank $$).
If you’re in the U.S. and have a few moments, please take a few moments to write/tweet/call/visit your Senators.
I’m still curious about how Monsanto was shut down in other countries. I think labeling is required in Australia, France and many other countries. Please comment about this if you’re not in the U.S., I’m curious.
I admit to fully plagiarizing this email, sent to me from Food Democracy Now!… I couldn’t write it better!

RED ALERT: Right now a handful of Senators are trying to pass another Corporate Loophole for Monsanto to escape from complying with common sense state GMO labeling laws! – Stop Monsanto’s GMO Trolls in the Senate – Every voice counts!

If you thought Congress couldn’t get any more corrupt, we’re going to have to ask you to sit down when you read this. When we woke up this morning, we almost fell over when we read a New York Times front-page story about how Monsanto received extra legal protection from the House of Representatives last year when it passed a bill to update the 40-year-old Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), which leaves millions of Americans vulnerable everyday to more than 1,000 hazardous chemicals still in sale across the country.

In the process of writing this bill, an unknown member of the House of Representatives slipped a one-paragraph provision in the TSCA bill that exempts Monsanto from ALL financial liability from lawsuits and financial settlements sought for PCB contamination and cleanup sites.

This is essentially a Get-out-of-Jail-Free card for Monsanto, exempting them from BILLIONS of dollars of legal liability from lawsuits for damages which have been filed in several major cities, including Seattle and San Diego and a lawsuit filed last year from individuals seeking damages for diagnoses of a form of cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The St. Louis-based chemical and biotech seed giant is now claiming they “had nothing to do” with this new “Monsanto Clause”, even though Monsanto was the only company that made this toxic chemical.

According to the New York Times, “the provision does not mention the company by name, but between the early 1930s and 1977, Monsanto manufactured almost all of the 1.25 billion pounds of PCBs sold in the United States.”

That’s right, a member of Congress intentionally slipped in a provision to protect Monsanto’s toxic profits over those of individuals with cancer and major U.S. cities seeking millions in legal fees for cleaning up the cancer-causing PCBs, which are now pervasive in the environment.

Now, Monsanto is seeking extra legal protection from the Senate so it can continue to deny America’s their basic right to know what’s in their food by making state GMO labeling laws illegal.

Now Monsanto Seeks Special Legal Protection from State GMO Labeling Laws!

FDN_MonsantoGMOTrollsSenate_1Tomorrow the Senate Agriculture Committee will vote to outlaw state GMO labeling laws in order to give extra legal protection for Monsanto and the biotech industry once again and we can’t let them get away with it!

Right now, Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) are desperate to try to prevent the state of Vermont’s GMO labeling law from going into effect on July 1st of this year and your Senator could go along with it! Last summer the House passed a similar Dark Act bill by a vote of 275 to 150 and we can’t let the Senate pass this outrageous bill!

Rumors from DC are that they are trying to wrap up negotiations and votes this week!

We need to make sure they hear – Loud and Clear – that we won’t allow them to steal our basic democratic rights to protect Monsanto’s toxic profits.

Make a call today! This corrupt deal – the ultimate Monsanto Protection Act – will be voted on tomorrow in the Senate Ag Committee and your Senators need to hear from you today!

Tell your Senators to support mandatory GMO labeling and to stand up for your rights and the Constitution.

Click here to send a letter to your Senators today! Every voice counts!
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/end_the_corporate_hypocrisy_on_gmos/

After spending more than $100 million to defeat us in GMO labeling ballot initiatives in California, Washington, Colorado and Oregon, Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association are once again trying to get Congress to violate our basic Constitutional rights by making it illegal for states to pass reasonable and common sense GMO labeling bills like we did in Connecticut, Maine and Vermont.

Then SHARE this image far and wide to Stop Monsanto’s GMO Trolls in the Senate!

Facebook link here – https://fdn.actionkit.com/go/1606?t=10&akid=1818.971594._Lqc-h

Deja Monsanto Vu ~ 2013 Congress Passes The Monsanto Protection Act

A little History Lesson: We’ve been here before! A little over 2 years ago, Monsanto lobbyists successfully snuck in a rider, which Food Democracy Now! called the Monsanto Protection Act, into an emergency must pass spending bill, a continuing resolution (CR) that only funded the government for 6 months because Congress now is so broken it can’t even accomplish its basic business functions, like creating a budget, without the help of corporate lobbyists. They then use these intentionally manufactured spending emergencies to attach outrageous corporate loophole protections like the Monsanto Protection Act.

Despite overwhelming opposition, both chambers of Congress allowed the Monsanto Protection Act to pass and President Obama signed it into law in March of 2013.

Food Democracy Now! members like you were so outraged that you made more than 100,000 phone calls to the Congress and the White House and generated more than 250,000 signatures opposing the Monsanto Protection Act, which we then flew to DC and delivered to the White House. It was a moment that captured the attention of the White House and Congress and the world and made it clear that the People would not tolerate special interests, like Monsanto, to write our laws. Six months later, this unconstitutional loophole protecting Monsanto’s profits was removed from the next budget bill – all thanks to action by people like you!

We can do this again – this our moment – It’s all hands on deck! We are in the final hours to protect our right to know what’s in our food and states’ rights so we can achieve mandatory GMO labeling. Please share with your friends and call Congress today! Every voice counts!

Remember, democracy is like a muscle, either you use it or you lose it!

Thanks for participating in food democracy,

Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team

Sources:

  1. “Monsanto Could Benefit From a Chemical Safety Bill”, The New York Times, Eric Lipton, February 29, 2016
    http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1605?t=15&akid=1818.971594._Lqc-h

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

12 thoughts on “U.S Citizens Fight For GMO Labeling – Monsanto Still Fights to Poison Us!

    • Yup! I agree!!
      I haven’t done a lot of research outside of the US, but isn’t France a bit stricter about labeling?
      Maybe I could find a common product that is world wide and see how the labels differ!
      I’ll bug you about it later =-)

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  1. Thank you for posting this! I will do what I can.

    This highlights the crisis in safe food supply that brings to the forefront the need for everyday people to divest from Big Grocery.

    Urban gardening projects have never been more critical. Wasting valuable vegetable gardening space by planting ornamentals…sorry, Ilex, but this space needs to be used to grow food. Community workshops on safe food preservation (drying, canning), urban chickens, safe milk cooperatives–all this can and has been done successfully.

    The big problem is grain. As you highlighted in a previous post, organic grain fields are being contaminated by neighboring Monster Farms.

    I don’t think Rachel Carson is still among the living, but it’s all coming true….

    I don’t think the monster can be stopped, but at least we can put up a fight. Grow what we can grow. Use potatoes as a staple starch. Lots of people don’t eat bread. Me, for instance. I do eat rice, but maybe the Chinese and Japanese don’t poison their rice paddies? Do you know?

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    • I agree that we need to either grow our own food, urban garden or anything but Big Grocery!
      There’s so many problems in our food web right now, I don’t know where to start. I will defend my ornamentals (;-) and answer with take it down a notch on the corn!! Pesticided or not, we grow too much corn and it’s wasteful of the environment.
      Sadly yes, Rachel isn’t with us anymore, breast cancer took her. Ironic, huh?
      I don’t know about the rice situation. I know they need a buttload of water to grow it, even if there is no pesticides used, where’s the H2O coming from? The fraking mine down the road? (I hear that is where they get the water for “cuties” clementines.)

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  2. Our government is so corrupt that I see no future in getting anything within reason to keep Monsanto from continuing to poison us and the environment. We are fast becoming a country that is no longer a democracy. Every last one on capital hill is a crook. I don’t see any hope for our country. It’s on a rapid decline in decency and democracy. Huge companies could bring back jobs that were out sourced overseas but yet greed of the wealthy dominates and permeates our existence. I think in a few years that we’ll literally explode with evil people killing American citizens- the same thing that is happening in the Middle East and elsewhere. I know I have strayed from the gist of your post but this is how I see things. Nothing is going to change and that includes Trump getting elected. He, after all, is one of the big guys and the super wealthy do not give a fig about little people. So Monsanto will continue to poison us and fracking will continue to poison underground water. And the list goes on. The planet is rapidly being killed and we are helpless to stop the government who could intervene if our politicians had any sense and would refuse to give in to giant corporations.

    Sorry but that is how I see things. Feel free to delete my rant.

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    • Oh heck no! No deleting here!
      I think you just described “Going to hell in a handbasket”!
      We are waaaay past overdue arriving at our destination. I really love this quotation. It somewhat calms me knowing that no matter how hard we fight, this same situation has been going on since the beginning of time…
      Alexander Fraser Tyler, Cycle Of Democracy (1770)
      A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

      The average age of the world’s greatest civilisations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.

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      • Thanks and I think the quotation is spot on. Actually I was going to compare our current situation to how Hilter came into power. It went from freedom to bondage. Folks are so riled up an angry about just about anything and everything. Most of the folks that are ga-ga over the GOP frontrunner are filled with hate an prejudice. They blame all our problems on the Democrats and don’t like minorities and giving anybody help that truly needs it. One great country north of us thinks our citizens that are behind that one rare candidate, are as nuts as that one guy who seems to be a bullying buffoon.

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          • Yea, you might be right. But I just wish he would reign himself in some and not piss off any counties that need to remain in the good graces of the US. He is such a bully but I don’t think you’ll need to pack up and move north. She will not get elected if she becomes the donkey’s nominee.

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            • I know he’s an ass. Truly a horses butt. But…. I go back to how I vote. I vote for the candidate I hate least. I surely don’t like him. . However I hate the H-bomb more 😉😉😉
              (Hate is a strong word… used for emphasis here!)

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