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Here is one that is verifiable.

 

Last year, Monsanto spent nearly $6 million on lobbying, and their payoff was the "Monsanto Protection Act," which was written anonymously, passed in secret, and allows Monsanto to keep selling genetically engineered seeds even if a federal court says they may pose a health risk.1

 

This year, Monsanto has sneaked an amendment into the farm bill that would block GMO labeling laws moving forward in states like Vermont and Connecticut.

 

Sources:

1. "Lobbying Spending Database—Monsanto Co, 2013," OpenSecrets.org, accessed May 21, 2013
http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000000055

"How the Monsanto Protection Act snuck into law," Salon, March 27, 2013
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=290195&id=68663-23275918-ZdBzOnx&t=5

2. "'Monsanto Protection Act 2.0′ Would Ban GMO-Labeling Laws At State Level," International Business Times, May 20, 2013
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=290225&id=68663-23275918-ZdBzOnx&t=6

 

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I have mixed feelings on Monsanto, but one thing I will say after attending a conference they paid for, holy fug do they have brilliant scientists that really, really want to save the world.

 

Too bad the corporation itself is crazy as fug.

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I can understand Monsanto's desire to increase farm yields and no doubt they employ some very intelligent scientists.  However, Mother Nature has been in the business of doing genetic modifications since the beginning of time.   So it is hardly surprising that "weeds" and insects are already adapting to and overcoming Monsanto's misguided efforts.

 

Monsanto - the Most Hated Corporation On Earth? [opinion]

Glenn Ashton All Africa Global Media

 

What does it take to be the most hated corporation on earth? How many global corporations have had an entire day of global protest declared to draw attention to their nastiness? Well, the worlds leading producer of genetically modified seed, Monsanto, has just managed this feat, with millions having participated in over 450 actions across 52 countries on the 25th of May. It is worth examining how and why Monsanto has become so uniformly hated around the planet.

 

More here...

http://www.equities.com/news/headline-story?dt=2013-05-29&val=1454484&cat=materials

 

 

 

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I can understand Monsanto's desire to increase farm yields and no doubt they employ some very intelligent scientists.  However, Mother Nature has been in the business of doing genetic modifications since the beginning of time.   So it is hardly surprising that "weeds" and insects are already adapting to and overcoming Monsanto's misguided efforts.

 

 

Who is surprised by this?  I was unaware anyone was.  It was expected.  I don't see why you think monsanto's science is misguided.  Please be more specific here.    Just because resistance is growing in some insect populations doesn't mean you shouldn't try to come up with ways to combat them.  Agriculture always has been, and always will be, an arms race.  Monsanto is just an arms dealer of sorts... Whether we buy from them or someone else that just crosses plants the "natural" way, you're dealing in a lot of the same stuff, with some similarity in risks.  There are obvious differences, but ultimately I think that genetically modified crops are a good tool to have, though they shouldn't be the only one (hence some of my issues with monsanto).  That being said, I don't approve of ALL GMOs...

 

Not going to try to defend their business practices, because I think they are basically slime.

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It's sad that any of our lawmakers can be bought for only few thousand dollars in donations. 

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Y'all have no idea, the stuff on the other side of this curtain is AWESOME. 

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gotta get the bee population back up. they go....WE go.

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I can understand Monsanto's desire to increase farm yields and no doubt they employ some very intelligent scientists.  However, Mother Nature has been in the business of doing genetic modifications since the beginning of time.   So it is hardly surprising that "weeds" and insects are already adapting to and overcoming Monsanto's misguided efforts.

 

 

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gotta get the bee population back up. they go....WE go.

 

Well, maybe you go but I have a few electric toothbrushes, some tomato plants, and tons of free time

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gotta get the bee population back up. they go....WE go.

 

yeah, colony collapse is a big deal.

 

could have to do with taking too much honey from colonies.  more research is needed, but:

http://www.pnas.org/content/110/22/8842.abstract?ijkey=75f949210f101dce34788b9eef0797019dfd5b4e&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha

 

suggests that honey boosts the bee immune system in way other sweetners (like high fructose corn syrup) do not.  so, overharvesting of honey replaced by a substitute of sugar may be weakening bee immune systems; that being said, I do not know enough about bee colony maintenance to say how much bees are fed from other sweeteners, so this might not be quite as big a deal as it seems.

 

http://www.pnas.org/content/110/22/8763.full contains an opinion piece on the above scientific paper.

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