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Old 04-09-2013, 07:43 AM   #1
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Monsanto gets its own law

http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/03/...-very-own-law/

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Hope and change strikes again. A provision many are dubbing the “Monsanto Protection Act” was covertly inserted into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill that President Obama signed Tuesday. The provision protects genetically modified food interests from litigation.
The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks and has thus been dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by activists who oppose the biotech giant. President Barack Obama signed the spending bill, including the provision, into law on Tuesday

Since the act’s passing, more than 250,000 people have signed a petition opposing the provision and a rally, consisting largely of farmers organized by the Food Democracy Now network, protested outside the White House Wednesday. Not only has anger been directed at the Monsanto Protection Act’s content, but the way in which the provision was passed through Congress without appropriate review by the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees. The biotech rider instead was introduced anonymously as the larger bill progressed — little wonder food activists are accusing lobbyists and Congress members of backroom dealings.

Pretty awful even by Washington standards. America is one of the few developed countries that does not even label its foods to tell consumers if they have been genetically modified. Now the GM companies get litigation protection from health risks? Not to mention this provision was passed in secret by the most transparent administration in history ™.

“In this hidden backroom deal, Sen. Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement, according to IBT. “This abuse of power is not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Sen. Mikulski or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.”

Many members of Congress were unaware that the “Monsanto Protection Act” even existed. They voted for HR933 to avoid a shutdown not exempt Monsanto and the GM companies from the rule of law. Maybe Monsanto was jealous of Wall Street.


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Yeah, why would we want to stop them from putting allegedly/potentially products on the market? This is crazy.
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Yeah, why would we want to stop them from putting allegedly/potentially products on the market? This is crazy.
The free market will sort them out eventually as bad products. What a pro-business move by our government.
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There's no indication that these GMOs have any deleterious effects when consumed, so there's no reason to label them. Sometimes a fish is just a fish.
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There's no indication that these GMOs have any deleterious effects when consumed, so there's no reason to label them. Sometimes a fish is just a fish.
What exactly is wrong with having a label indicating that the food you buy is GMO or not? Consumers should have the freedom to choose what they put in their body.

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What exactly is wrong with having a label indicating that the food you buy is GMO or not? Consumers should have the freedom to choose what they put in their body.
See this all the time with product/packaging from Asia. Mislabeling when we test and know there are ingredients not listed on the package.
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The free market will sort them out eventually as bad products. What a pro-business move by our government.
I read somewhere that their seeds will destroy other seeds if they come into contact, sounds like monsanto products will "weed" out everyone else
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What exactly is wrong with having a label indicating that the food you buy is GMO or not? Consumers should have the freedom to choose what they put in their body.
There's nothing wrong. And if food manufacturers want to label their products as non-GMO they should be free to do so.

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See this all the time with product/packaging from Asia. Mislabeling when we test and know there are ingredients not listed on the package.
There is a huge difference between mislabeling and not labeling.
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There's nothing wrong. And if food manufacturers want to label their products as non-GMO they should be free to do so.


There is a huge difference between mislabeling and not labeling.
I guess I'll stop being nice. Not listing ingredients on the package and claiming the product does not have them. I.e. lying to consumers.
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I guess I'll stop being nice. Not listing ingredients on the package and claiming the product does not have them. I.e. lying to consumers.
I think you're missing the point.

How specific do we want to be in labeling foods? And how specific must we be in labeling ingredients?

There are thousands of varieties of tomatoes. Does a food producer have to label which variety of tomato goes into their product? Do they also have to list the genus and species classification as well?

At what point does this information actually help/benefit the consumer? If the consumer wants non-GMO food products, then the people who sell those food products will voluntarily label their foods as non-GMO. The problem solves itself.

Until it is proven that food products with GMO have a proven deleterious effect on the human body, there is no compelling reason to have the government force food producers to label their products as such.
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I think you're missing the point.

How specific do we want to be in labeling foods? And how specific must we be in labeling ingredients?

There are thousands of varieties of tomatoes. Does a food producer have to label which variety of tomato goes into their product? Do they also have to list the genus and species classification as well?

At what point does this information actually help/benefit the consumer? If the consumer wants non-GMO food products, then the people who sell those food products will voluntarily label their foods as non-GMO. The problem solves itself.

Until it is proven that food products with GMO have a proven deleterious effect on the human body, there is no compelling reason to have the government force food producers to label their products as such.
Preservatives and acids are different from a tomato species.
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Preservatives and acids are different from a tomato species.
The FDA does require food manufacturers to add preservatives and acids to the ingredients label of their products...

I'm not sure you know what a "GMO" is. The only acid in a GMO is the nucleic acid found in its DNA and RNA.
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The FDA does require food manufacturers to add preservatives and acids to the ingredients label of their products...

I'm not sure you know what a "GMO" is. The only acid in a GMO is the nucleic acid found in its DNA and RNA.
Yes I know what a GMO is. In case you haven't figured it out I've been talking about something unrelated to the OP.
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How is this Obama's fault again? Because he signed a budget bill - that the house created?
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How is this Obama's fault again? Because he signed a budget bill - that the house created?
Signing a bill can't be attributed to the person signing it now? God, you're smart
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How is this Obama's fault again? Because he signed a budget bill - that the house created?
It happened on his watch. Just like Bush is to blame for 9/11.
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Signing a bill can't be attributed to the person signing it now? God, you're smart
Maybe you missed this gem
"Many members of Congress were unaware that the “Monsanto Protection Act” even existed. They voted for HR933 to avoid a shutdown not exempt Monsanto and the GM companies from the rule of law. Maybe Monsanto was jealous of Wall Street."

As if it's purely Obama's fault that none of the law makers who wrote the bill, didn't read it either. But I can't really expect a non partisan analysis from a article that starts as "Hope and change strike again"
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Maybe you missed this gem
"Many members of Congress were unaware that the "Monsanto Protection Act" even existed. They voted for HR933 to avoid a shutdown not exempt Monsanto and the GM companies from the rule of law. Maybe Monsanto was jealous of Wall Street."

As if it's purely Obama's fault that none of the law makers who wrote the bill, didn't read it either. But I can't really expect a non partisan analysis from a article that starts as "Hope and change strike again"
I guess you really do need to pass it to find out what's in it!

p.s - in the real world, not knowing what you are signing is called malpractice
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I've done lots of contract analytics for GMOs...

There's nothing harmful about them. Hell, that's the main reason why we aren't all starving in the USA.
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