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#1 Kurb

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:00 PM

http://www.ibtimes.c...ovision-1156079

1.) The "Monsanto Protection Act" effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future. The advent of genetically modified seeds -- which has been driven by the massive Monsanto Company -- and their exploding use in farms across America came on fast and has proved a huge boon for Monsanto's profits.
But many anti-GMO folks argue there have not been enough studies into the potential health risks of this new class of crop. Well, now it appears that even if those studies are completed and they end up revealing severe adverse health effects related to the consumption of genetically modified foods, the courts will have no ability to stop the spread of the seeds and the crops they bear.




A small provision that slipped into last week’s Agricultural Appropriations Bill is raising the ire of food, health, and farming activists who see it frightening victory for Big Agriculture. Dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by opponents, it aims to shield biotech giants from litigation in the face of health risks associated with genetically-modified crops. Critics also say the provision was snuck in with the larger bill without appropriate review by congressional Agriculture and Judiciary Committees.
Today the International Business Times wrote a piece titled “5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision” which details what the protection act does; how Monsanto colluded with lawmakers to write the bill; and why President Obama seemed to do nothing to stop it.

http://blog.fora.tv/...rom-litigation/

H.R. 5973 (otherwise known as The Monsanto Protection Act) carries a small rider in section 733 that grants biotech companies free reign with little oversight. The legal team at the Center for Food Safety translates section 733 as a "dangerous assault on fundamental federal and judicial safeguards" and "would create a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review." Food Democracy Now states that, if allowed to pass, The Monsanto Protection Act "fundamentally undermines the concept of judicial review and would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment."

Learn more: http://www.naturalne...l#ixzz2OrHSrJaK



http://www.snopes.co...usiness/mpa.asp


Of course CNN.com has it covered...http://www.cnn.com/search/?query=%22The%20Monsanto%20Protection%20Act%22&sortBy=relevance

and Fox is on top of it as well... http://www.foxnews.c...Protection Act"



Anyone know any better info on this?

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:03 PM

You should look up the legislation in question, to see what it says.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:03 PM

Monsanto can sue farmers who are not customers but get the pollen from their crops. Corporate greed and joined at the hip with Washington out of control. Pharma companies and the FDA are also an equal perversion.

Just quit eating GMO foods..of course the FDA prevented GMO labeling on foods. Wonder why.


http://www.guardian....rs-seed-patents

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:23 PM

gah... saw this a few days ago... didn't want to be reminded of it.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:28 PM

And the world is worried about North Korea, Terrorists, Zombie apocalypses, but we have an actual monster in the room and the general public knows nothing about them.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:48 PM

Monsanto can sue farmers who are not customers but get the pollen from their crops. Corporate greed and joined at the hip with Washington out of control. Pharma companies and the FDA are also an equal perversion.

Just quit eating GMO foods..of course the FDA prevented GMO labeling on foods. Wonder why.


http://www.guardian....rs-seed-patents

I vaguely remember hearing about the labeling... What exactly did they prevent though? I check things that you expect to be full of junk, like a bag of Doritos, for instance, to see if their ingredients list GM corn and such and I haven't been seeing anything in those.

And I still see some things, like taco shells, that have a label on the front of the box that says "GMO Free."

Oh well, I already know Monsanto is an evil arm of elitists looking to poison and kill off the bottom (and middle) feeders, so no surprise there. fug them.

We already buy a lot of our produce and meats from Whole Foods, so with stuff like this being blatantly on the horizon, we'll just go ahead and start buying all of our stuff from there. If everyone goes that route, laws won't matter... Farmers won't buy their seeds/products, and they'll slowly wither away because no one will want to purchase from them. Hopefully...

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:09 PM

Tobacco industry should have gotten this deal.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:01 PM

Wow...... That's seriously messed up and dumb as poo. Then again this is America and money talks so it doesn't really surprise me at all.


Also not surprised that it isn't being reported by news channels either, just propaganda machines owned by larger companies that probably have a lot to gain from this.






http://www.nbcnews.c...=1&st=1&sm=user


Nothing there by the news channel, the automatic bing search pulled up information though.


http://abcnews.go.co...Protection Act"


Nothing there either.. lol


http://search.usnews... Act"&x=48&y=11


or there....

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:26 PM

Had to go down to MSN news...lmao

http://news.msn.com/...geous-dangerous

In a statement to MSN News, a USDA spokesperson said, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack "has asked the Office of General Council to review this provision as it appears to preempt judicial review of a deregulatory action which may make the provision unenforceable."




Basically if it holds up which it might not because of that provision in it (Doubtful that it doesn't stand), it would allow dupont, monsanto and other GMO seed producing companies to plant new types of seeds no matter the effects to human life or the environment and the government can not intervene to stop them or prosecute them, no matter the consequences. Nor can the USDA ban the new seed if it is in fact found to be harmful to humans or the environment.

So in theory if Monsanto or dupont could plant a test seed outside a small farming town that makes the town sick and even cause death and nothing could be done about it by anyone in the government. Monsanto and other GMO seed companies would be untouchable and above law basically.

http://gerson.org/ge...rganic-farming/

The bill gives biotech companies free rein to plant, harvest and sell GMO crops before they are even deemed safe by the USDA. Worse, if any GMO crops are found harmful by a court of law, the USDA is forced to allow continued planting of the proven dangerous crops. The provision goes even further and bans the court from suggesting that the USDA take action against any agricultural policies that may be harmful to the environment or farmers.



Other companies and agencies or groups supporting the bill allegedly are the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Seed Trade Association, the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:36 PM

nice to have genetic modification of fruits and veggies with the test subjects being the general public...now not even a fund for out of court settlements..

so are those Monsanto chem trails accurate now? ..cant sue em.. <tinfoil hat time> but close to the real truth than we want to admit.

Other companies and agencies or groups supporting the bill allegedly are the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Seed Trade Association, the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association.


Corn industry is the most culpable..from food to ethanol filler that reaps the profits for the oil industry.

Corn, Soy(fast food filler), Seed assoc. Monsanto influenced and funded...its a cluster and no one cares.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:41 PM

nice to have genetic modification of fruits and veggies with the test subjects being the general public...now not even a fund for out of court settlements..

so are those Monsanto chem trails accurate now? ..cant sue em.. <tinfoil hat time> but close to the real truth than we want admit.




Tin foil hat time for sure.... Seriously it makes the American populace guinea pigs for testing new seeds and other crap for Chemical companies like dupont and Monsanto with them having no repercussions for any action they take. I think i'll be driving down to whole foods for my shopping now.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:57 PM

that's not even the big problem... the big problem is putting all of our agriculture into one proverbial basket. if you have 90% of farmers using a certain strain of seed and we get some sort of agricultural black-swan event (which is anything but unheard of,) overnight you have a severe food shortage for no reason outside of greed.

Anyone disagree? want to quietly grow your own crops? they'll sue you till you're out of business. All the GM stuff and copyrighting DNA stuff ASIDE, consolidation of food supply is inconceivably stupid in almost every way.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:58 PM

I vaguely remember hearing about the labeling... What exactly did they prevent though? I check things that you expect to be full of junk, like a bag of Doritos, for instance, to see if their ingredients list GM corn and such and I haven't been seeing anything in those.

And I still see some things, like taco shells, that have a label on the front of the box that says "GMO Free."

Oh well, I already know Monsanto is an evil arm of elitists looking to poison and kill off the bottom (and middle) feeders, so no surprise there. fug them.

We already buy a lot of our produce and meats from Whole Foods, so with stuff like this being blatantly on the horizon, we'll just go ahead and start buying all of our stuff from there. If everyone goes that route, laws won't matter... Farmers won't buy their seeds/products, and they'll slowly wither away because no one will want to purchase from them. Hopefully...



Sure but this is where there is a nutritional divide for people who cannot afford Whole Foods or eat outside of fine dining. Nutrition is expensive. It is cheap to eat at dollar menus, Ramen, Pizza...Applebees is a fancy dinner for some.

GMO labeling is voluntary but not FDA mandatory. I feel it should be as the FDA makes it mandatory to label and validate organic foods which drive up the costs bc of regulation that Monsanto does not have to endure.

We just have to realize that very few parts of the Governments interest will be to benefit the public. Simply put we are Overpopulated so treating illness, medicating people are the few things that are driving wall street.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:06 PM

Because there is no race or religion baiting or Fox news opinions this thread is wayy tooo quiet.

Some Education for the Monsanto apathetic.



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:08 PM

Way too quite in here compared to other threads on the tinder. More people should be upset about this and afraid of the ramifications for the general populous.


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