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Excerpt: "Lawmakers in Vermont are looking to regulate food labels so customers can know which products are made from genetically modified crops, but agricultural giant Monsanto says they will sue if the state follows through."

Monsanto, who has brought us such things as Agent Orange, doesn't think residents of Vermont need to know if their food is genetically modified. (photo: CT NOFA)
Monsanto, who has brought us such things as Agent Orange, doesn't think residents of Vermont need to know if their food is genetically modified. (photo: CT NOFA)



Monsanto Threatens to Sue the Entire State of Vermont

By RT News

09 April 12

 

awmakers in Vermont are looking to regulate food labels so customers can know which products are made from genetically modified crops, but agricultural giant Monsantos say they will sue if the state follows through.

If the bill in question, H-722 (the "VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act"), passes the state Senate and House, manufacturers will be required to label products that are created either partially or in full from a genetically modified organism, or GMO. Such man-made crops have become a trademark of the billion-dollar Monsanto corporation, and in the past the company has gone to great lengths to keep themselves the number-one name in American agriculture, even if those profits are made possible from playing God.

Monsanto is going mad over the proposal, however, which would also make them unable to label their productions as "natural," "naturally made," "naturally grown" or "all natural," if, in fact, they are not. For the corporation, it would seem that moving products and making money is much more of a worthwhile venture than telling its customers what exactly they are consuming.

With Vermont legislators now standing in the way of what could mean even more money for Monsanto, the company says they will sue the state if H-722 is approved. Now in fear of a lawsuit in the future, lawmakers in Vermont have put a hold on any future voting regarding the bill. If history is any indication, Monsanto is more than likely to have their way and win yet another battle.

Monsanto is no stranger to the American legal system, and has forced competing farm after farm to be shut down or bought out by bringing lawsuits against the little guy throughout their history. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto's legal team tried to file nearly 150 lawsuits against independent farmers, often for allegations that their patented GMO-seeds had someone managed to be carried onto unlicensed farms. Often those farms have been unable to fight against Monsanto's mega-lawyers and have been forced to fold in response. The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association tried taking Monsanto to court earlier this year to keep them from following similar suits, but a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan shut down their plea. The group has since filed an appeal.

Regardless of if the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association's appeal will be granted, Monsanto is making waves in Vermont where they hope to continue creating GMO products and pushing them to consumers without warning. Between state lawmakers putting their vote on hold and past precedents, Monsanto looks more than likely to win their latest battle, though. Back in 1994 Vermont tried to keep dairy corporations from marketing milk made from cows injected with the Bovine Growth Hormone, citing incidents where the rBGH had been tied to cases of cancer. Monsanto was victorious in that battle, and numerous others in the years since.

 

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+177 # tismeinaz 2012-04-09 17:23
maybe it is time for Occupy Monsanto. We need to bombard them with petitions and citizen actions to let them know they are not in charge and they don't get to make the rules and run roughshod over the rest of us.
 
 
+57 # LeeBlack 2012-04-09 23:19
Monsanto will invest a lot of money in this because they know if Vermont succeeds many other states will follow.
 
 
+16 # Street Level 2012-04-10 22:42
Maybe that's exactly what needs to happen. More states standing up and demanding the right to know.

If it's not labeled, don't buy it. Any organic product will proudly display it's USDA Organic (100%) certification on it's package. Other tables that I have not yet verified state that Organic means 95% and the remaining 5% is Non-GMO. Made with Organic means 70% and the 30% is Non-GMO.
 
 
+30 # Jerry 2012-04-09 23:48
Maui HI did an occupy Monsanto - Picketing in front of Gate for several weeks.
 
 
+31 # Barkingcarpet 2012-04-10 00:06
Screw Monsanto. Pure ethic less and moral less, EVIL.
 
 
+52 # John Locke 2012-04-10 08:33
Just boycott any products they make, they can't sue every American!
 
 
+44 # Erdajean 2012-04-10 09:38
The woe is, given our Justice system (???) they ARE in charge, and they DO make the rules, and they DO run roughshod over all of us.
Now -- that out of the way, WHAT do we do? Petitions and any attempts to "reason" fall on deaf ears with that bunch. They have NO shame. SO -- YES. Let's OCCUPY -- in such force and numbers as not yet seen. Let's BOYCOTT everything we can determine Monsanto had a hand in. Let's PICKET relentlessly -- though we get carried off and treated like criminals.
Above ALL -- let us DEMAND JUSTICE in this country. The idea that thugs like Monsanto can use our courts against us is obscene.
And when we re-elect Obama let's do so with the demand that he stand for US -- and against Corporate America. and hound him till he does it.
Life without SPINE is the life of a worm. I don't know about you, but I am tired of crawling.
 
 
+12 # SpyderJan 2012-04-11 06:30
If you want to know what thugs they really are, just visit a VA hospital where you will find veterans suffering from Agent Orange related illnesses. That was Monsanto's gift to the American fighting man.
 
 
+2 # Kev C 2012-04-13 14:15
To everyone who has cause for concern please take note. The very fact that Monsanto have threatened to sue Vermont for carrying out the democratic wishes of the people of Vermont tells you all very plainly and very clearly who actually runs the US of A.
I'm sure that you all knew that the corporations ran your country and have done so for many years. If they did not then Vermont would have stuck two really big fingers up in the air and told Monsanto to go swivel!
It is a sure and certain fact that Vermont is in all but name Monsanto in disguise otherwise they would have al,ready insisted on labelling laws.

So people you think Occupying Monsanto will work? I really wish you luck but as i have said you will be better off not buying the crap Monsanto produces and avoid anything that any of these corporations that run the US of A produce. Start living off your patch of land and become as self sufficient as possible.
If you try to take on Monsanto with an occupation you will get shot and no-one will be charged with a felony. That is because Monsanto et al are in charge of the country that you think of as 'Free'!

They also proved many times already that they control the judiciary so what chance of a fair trial under any circumstances?

These corporations cannot survive without your money so don't give them any.

Best wishes and all the support in the world from a fellow anti-GMO campaigner in the UK.
 
 
+25 # tbcrawford 2012-04-10 10:47
Sadly, because they have established a legal basis for their power and their lawyer is in charge of FDA food policy Monsanto et al do have the ability to run roughshod over us...until we understand how our own indifference and ignorance allowed this to happen. Democracy takes hard work if it is to survive. Americans may now be incarcerated for no cause, strip searched for no reason and "disappeared" with impunity. This is far more than GMOs but ending their immunity from research is a start.
 
 
+12 # disgusted American 2012-04-10 17:20
What is Monsanto's claim?

VT wants (well, wanted until the wussy legislators got scared of who the heck knows what) to pass a law that forces Monsanto to label products. On what grounds is that suable?

VT legislators need to get a life. What are they afraid of? There's no legitimate complaint for this lawsuit, so they should carry on as orignally planned and let Monsanto bear the burden of telling why it can't provide honest labels. Maybe the judge will find that VT has a right and Monsanto can suck eggs.

Washington won't do a darn thing b/c it works for its money masters.

Big Pharma and the health insurance cartel are most likely in bed with Monsanto b/c people get sick from Monsanto's poison and it's GMO bs that the body treats as toxins, and the the other two make out lots of money.

The last thing Big Pharma and the insurers want is healthy people.

When the food bill was passed, Pelosi announced, surrounded by her grandchildren, that now parents won't have to worry. Food will be safe for our kids.

Another load of bs from Capitol Hill.
 
 
+133 # KrazyFromPolitics 2012-04-09 18:19
It is time for Monsanto and their strong arm methods to lose their corporate charter, or whatever is done to decommission them as a corporation. In addition, their products have assaulted the environment for years.
 
 
+33 # ericsongs 2012-04-10 05:57
Quoting KrazyFromPolitics:
It is time for Monsanto and their strong arm methods to lose their corporate charter, or whatever is done to decommission them as a corporation. In addition, their products have assaulted the environment for years.


Now that we are thinking of it; Do corporations, of any type, do anything other than provide shelter for cowards?

If we can agree to define corporations as "A company or group of people authorized to act as a single entity (legally a person) and recognized as such in law", can we not also agree that the creation of said "virtual person" only benefits the scoundrel as a cloaking device? Maybe these "rugged individualists" need to find out what it really means to stand on their own two feet. Maybe we should eliminate "incorporation" altogether!
 
 
-39 # RnR 2012-04-09 21:40
Every employee of Monsanto should lose their voting rights
 
 
+5 # mim 2012-04-10 13:01
I disagree. Most people, especially now, don't have great job mobility and man don't have the luxury of looking for an ethical company to work for. How many citizens would lose their votes if this principle were universally applied?
 
 
+93 # Majikman 2012-04-09 22:22
If you buy anything with possible GMO ingredients, such as soy or corn, look for a "NON GMO" notice on the label. If you don't find it, don't buy it and tell the store manager why. The same with dairy...look for the notice "not from cows treated with Growth Hormone rbst".
Store mgrs. pass on these comments and objections to their bosses. If the stores can't sell crap, things will change whether or not Monsanto wins court cases. Power of the purse works both ways.
 
 
+74 # Doggone 2012-04-09 22:53
All of their products are harmful to humans and the environment, Monsanto is an evil monster. Occupy Monsanto till it dies!
 
 
+4 # FLAK88 2012-04-09 23:19
This is an easy one. Locate their fields and plow them under ! I'm really getting tired of the Ghandiesque stuff. We're Americans; let's start acting like it.
 
 
+2 # tedrey 2012-04-10 08:56
Quoting FLAK88:
This is an easy one. Locate their fields and plow them under ! I'm really getting tired of the Ghandiesque stuff. We're Americans; let's start acting like it.


Plow them under? Just plaster their fields with Agent Orange!
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-10 11:50
They are already doing that so we do not have to. But trespass is trespass nd subject in least to court...larger. ..shot
 
 
+3 # douglassmyth 2012-04-10 09:06
Not easy at all! Local farms, proprietorships and agri-business farms all use Monsanto products: isn't 90% of Soybeans GMO's? Mostly by Monsanto. You'd have to get a monster, armored plow and fight off all the farmers whose farms you're plowing up, and then we'd have a food shortage right here in the USA.
 
 
+24 # Richard Raznikov 2012-04-09 23:28
This corporation is not only evil, it has permeated the political structure so well that the government will not stop it. President Obama, in fact, appointed a Monsanto lawyer and lobbyist to run the 'food safety' area of the FDA. He is the same swine who authored the original opinion which prevented non-GMO food producers from informing the public of that fact.

This obscenity must be stopped. First, please encourage the legislators of Vermont to stand up against this corporation. Second, educate everyone about the facts on Monsanto.

Here's one background source: http://lookingglass.blog.co.uk/2012/02/17/the-face-of-evil-12807395/
 
 
+14 # tbcrawford 2012-04-10 10:32
Indeed we should let the FDA know that Michael Taylor, Monsanto's former lawyer and employee should be dismissed. He's done enough policy directing! Another petition might get some attention. A small start but publicity uncovered ALEC, why not the devious legal manoeuvring.
 
 
+14 # Gibbous 2012-04-09 23:58
Hey America!
Who's your Daddy.
monstersanto knows!

As long as people buy their stock or their products, they own us. If enough people sell their stock and don't buy their products, once things start sliding there, people will abandon ship.

Good luck America! Good luck Vermont!
E Pluribus Beholden.
 
 
+12 # Guangzhou 2012-04-10 01:01
Periodically a list should be published in as many media as possible stating what products Monsanto produces.
Another list should also be made of the harmful ingredients Monsanto's products contain and how they are harmful.
 
 
+35 # Vegan_Girl 2012-04-10 01:13
I have my eyes on Vermont. Last month, the state wanted to shut down an old and dangerous nuclear power plant. The federal government stepped in and stopped this effort. And now this. Unregulated crony capitalism at its worst.
 
 
+15 # Jane Gilgun 2012-04-10 02:14
When are US Citizens going to outpower money grubbing predators like Monsanto? These soulless corporations are way too powerful.
 
 
+14 # xavieronassis 2012-04-10 04:51
I don't even trust labels promising non gmo, but them I'm weird.
The ultimate solution seems to be - grow your own - or get organic produce from farmer's markets, buy raw milk - or become a partner, owning a share in a milk cow where laws insist buying raw milk is illegal or switch to almond milk (easy to make), etc. Get grass-fed beef from farmers you know, if you don't know any there are resources available to find those who produce quality products. Above all don't buy Monsanto products. Our voices are mostly ignored by politicians but everyone takes notice of where the dollars are spent.
 
 
+27 # tedrey 2012-04-10 05:14
Perhaps not just Vermont, but other states and groups should join in a countersuit against Monsanto, on the grounds that there is no "right to poison."
 
 
+26 # walt 2012-04-10 05:27
There is a huge message here!

What does it say to see a huge, rich, corporation threatening to sue a state? That conveys a pretty accurate picture of where the power has gone in America.

BUT! Imagine a state-wide (maybe nation-wide?) consumer action in response! It would be the 1% vs. the 99%. That would be interesting.
 
 
+17 # tbcrawford 2012-04-10 10:35
I'm in! Thanks for a great idea.
 
 
+20 # Barbara K 2012-04-10 05:39
Since when is it okay for a company like Monsanto to shove its poisons on us even when we don't want to be poisoned? Maybe it's time for lots of lawsuits against Monsanto and its poisoning of our food supply. They don't have the right to poison our food and make us sick. If it kills insects and animals, it will eventually kill us.
 
 
+19 # feloneouscat 2012-04-10 06:17
If I were VT I would go for it.

I mean, it would be interesting to see Monsanto attempt to redefine what words mean in court (PR is one thing, court of law is another).

Then again, SCOTUS redefined expenditures to mean speech so I have some trepidation that the courts would find a reliable dictionary.
 
 
+23 # rhgreen 2012-04-10 06:17
People and legislators in Vermont, you're a good state in many many ways. Just remember that there is a principle at issue here and maybe you're meant to fight for it.
 
 
+22 # tbcrawford 2012-04-10 10:36
Maybe we're ALL meant to join Vermont to fight for it.
 
 
-21 # MidwestTom 2012-04-10 06:23
Without GMO's crop yields would drop by 30 to 40 percent, back to the levels of the mid 1960's. Which would mean that a little over one billion people would starve to death. We may not like GMO;s, but the world population is growing at such a rate that science can barely keep up with the need to produce food. Organic food is healthier, but we cannot supply the needs of this country with total organic faming, let alone export food. We now are a nation with healthy organic food for the rich, and less healthy food for the poor.
 
 
+17 # tedrey 2012-04-10 09:06
Lots of poisonous food for all but the rich, you mean? But your claims are off the top of your head. GMO is part of the problem, not the solution
 
 
-11 # MidwestTom 2012-04-10 12:04
The yield numbers are from an agriculture meeting at University of Illinois and apply to both corn and soybeans. Average corn yields prior to GM were were in the 140 to 150 bushel per acre; they are now 220 to 240 per acre; and the objective is to achieve 300 BPA by 2030. These yields are on good midwestern farm ground, and obviously achieved with fertilizer and GMO seeds. The food crisis numbers are remembered from an article last year in the Economist, on world food supplies.
 
 
+13 # ptalady 2012-04-10 12:37
I read everywhere that there is little "good" farmland in the USA now -- all depleted from artificial fertilizers. The pre-GMO yields were NOT based on best practices, just on expedient practices. It is not known what best practices might yield.

We are still paying US farmers to not grow, so I question whether there are insufficient crops being grown. We send our excess crops overseas to prop up the American market, depressing prices overseas, wiping out farmers in India, and elsewhere.

Most of our corn and soy is fed to animals to make cheap slime burgers, bacon and chicken nuggets, and chicken legs to send overseas to prop up the American meat market. Put the crops to human food instead, and "food crisis" disappears completely in terms of inability to grow enough.
 
 
+11 # xavieronassis 2012-04-10 13:49
Quoting MidwestTom:
The yield numbers are from an agriculture meeting at University of Illinois and apply to both corn and soybeans.


Can't help but wonder who's money made the "meeting" and info possible.
In any case we don't need *more* poison food - we need more healthy food.
I guess farmers got over the fact that it's now illegal to save seeds?
The story that we can't feed everyone without GMO seeds is a smokescreen - follow the money Tom, they are controlling farms, eliminating the small family farms, they're controlling what gets planted - so ultimately what we put in our bodies and telling us it's "for the best". My question is "Who's best?" There's too much money to be made to just let farmers do what they've always done. Period.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-10 11:53
Good
 
 
+9 # Richard Raznikov 2012-04-10 12:37
This is a propaganda story supported by fake science and paid for by Monsanto and its lobbyists. The facts are otherwise. Studies done over many years in Europe show that the numbers work at the very beginning but then plummet. In the long run, GMO REDUCES crop yield.

If you do your research instead of relying on the corporation's lies, you'll easily come up with more reliable data. In fact, Monsanto and its friends early on decided to 'sell' the GMO deal as 'helping to fight world hunger' when they knew it was untrue. In fact, Monsanto and GMO crops have contributed to world hunger, especially in Africa.

Please do your own research.
 
 
+10 # mim 2012-04-10 13:07
So if GMO food is such a blessing to humanity, why does Monsanto have to sneak it into us against our will?
 
 
+3 # feloneouscat 2012-04-11 14:16
Quoting MidwestTom:
Without GMO's crop yields would drop by 30 to 40 percent, back to the levels of the mid 1960's. Which would mean that a little over one billion people would starve to death.


Slow down there... I just went to the USDA and they had a really nice PDF:

http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/nass/htrcp//2010s/2011/htrcp-04-26-2011.pdf

GMO went on the market in 1996. So let's do a comparison.:

CORN
1994 yield per acre was 138.6 bushels.
2010 yield per acre was 152.8 bushels.
Change of about 10.3%

But 2002 it was only 129.3 bushels! Hmmm...

WHEAT
1994 yield per acre was 37.6 bushels
2010 yield per acre was 46.4 bushels
Change of about just under 28.7%

BUT what happened in 2002? It was 35.0 bushels! That is a DROP!

So, yes, if we are talking about the farming practices of the 60's, we will have crappier production. But 28% is not 30-40% and GMO is not a magic bullet. There are now Roundup resistant weeds - apparently Monsanto also does not believe in genetic selection.


The 60's were ACTUALLY far smaller than today.
Corn was 54-79 bushels per acre. in 2000's it was 136-164 bushels per acre. But prior to GMO you can also see a trend towards greater production per acre. GMO was not the reason. Farming practices were.
 
 
+12 # Sandy 2012-04-10 06:31
Fine go to court. We already have a right to know if our food is 'artificial' - thus 'artificial flavor' labeling. Wouldn't this apply to GMO altered food in a court of law?
 
 
+9 # tbcrawford 2012-04-10 10:40
Sadly, Monsanto's lawyers have already covered their bases on this: Their products have been judged "substantially the same" as organic crops. Sadly, they are way ahead of us on this...Boycott and education are best approaches for now.
 
 
+10 # Richard Raznikov 2012-04-10 12:41
Monsanto planted their own lawyer on the FDA under Clinton, who wrote the government opinion that 'substantially the same' may be used by the corporation for its GMO products. Now this lawyer, Michael Taylor, has been brought back to the FDA to be its 'food safety czar' by President Obama.

Sad to say it, but the Obama administration is bought and paid for by Monsanto. Through the twisted logic of these people, it is 'unfair' to force Monsanto to tell us when we're buying their garbage. We have to educate ourselves and pass the word –– but until they censor the internet, the people have the power to overcome this imposed ignorance.
 
 
+16 # erogers 2012-04-10 07:36
Monsanto is a stain on the planet. Vote with your wallet, insist on knowing if Monsanto has been anywhere near the food. Buy local from known organic farms and ranches. Tell Monsanto to go to hell.
 
 
+9 # xavieronassis 2012-04-10 08:37
Jane Gilgun said:
"When are US Citizens going to outpower money grubbing predators like Monsanto? These soulless corporations are way too powerful."

Just a guess Jane, but I'd say a whole lot sooner rather than later if everyone would read this: "Dillon, Read and Co. Inc. And The Aristocracy of Stock Profits" by Catherine Austin Fitts - www.dunwalke.com
Every taxpayer in the Country should be - no needs to be - aware of this information.
 
 
+7 # katlat 2012-04-10 09:28
I thought that in order to sue a state, the state had to give permission. That was how things were in the 1960's, when a small company I know of tried to sue the State of Hawaii for breach of contract and was denied permission to sue. Has the law changed?
 
 
+18 # troimille 2012-04-10 10:29
Want to know what products to avoid? Just go to Monsanto's own website! They were kind enough to provide a complete list: http://www.monsanto.com/products/Pages/monsanto-product-brands.aspx
 
 
+7 # Richard Raznikov 2012-04-10 12:56
Thanks, however the corporation does not provide a list of commercial products other than the seeds and poisons themselves... we really need a list of the brands of frankenfoods using GMO and sold to the public as food.

Anyone find such a list? Google search has not helped me so far. There's a partial listing from 1988 but is there anything more recent?
 
 
+3 # Street Level 2012-04-10 23:15
This might help. It's a shopping list put together by the Institute for Responsible Technology. It's not where Monsanto is but where it's not.
www.nongmoshoppingguide.com
 
 
+3 # mim 2012-04-10 18:08
Thank you, troimille.
 
 
+10 # mim 2012-04-10 11:15
The Supreme Court that ruled that Fox News has a right to lie will probably rule the same for Monsanto.

But if this case goes to court, the issue will be before the public. How will Monsanto claim to have the moral right to keep us ignorant of what goes into our bodies?

And how will the Republicans try to convince us that we are free when we are ignorant?

I have thoughts about that, but I'd rather not suggest them in a public forum - that might give the Republicans ideas.

Stephen Colbert should have a field day with this.
 
 
+3 # mim 2012-04-10 13:09
Sorry, it was a Florida court that ruled for Fox.
 
 
+5 # mim 2012-04-10 13:38
Deliciously, the Fox-can-lie suit was about Monsanto. Type "Jane Akre" into your favorite search engine.
 
 
+20 # lmmaloney 2012-04-10 11:19
Greetings from Vermont, and thanks to Vegan-Girl for noticing our plight. Our state legislature ordered our 40+-year-old Fukushima-model nuclear reactor shut down, but -- even though it had signed an agreement not to appeal to federal preemption when the time came, Entergy corp. (HQ in Louisiana) sued and was awarded the right to keep operating in defiance of state law because -- pay attention here! -- only the federal government, not the states, is allowed to care about the safety of nuclear reactors! No matter what the law says, the judge ruled that in their hearts the legislators were really worried that the plant isn't safe, so he threw out the law. Vermont, which was hard hit by Hurricane Irene and lost $$ and lives,is appealing the ruling, but it's understandable if we're unable to take on another corporate giant at the same time. I was scheduled to attend a hearing on the bill at the State House on Thursday, but I wonder if it will be held. Vermont is a parade example of a state being subjected to bullying by one corporation after another and the bells should be rung across the nation! (BTW, it was Ben & Jerry's who lost the right to say there was no rBGH in their milk. A dairy inspector has told me that the hormone is undetectable in tests, so we have only the farmer's word that the milk is not tainted. Check the B&J packages for the new wording!!)
Maybe the state of Vermont should establish a defence-against -corporations fund!
 
 
0 # GMB 2012-04-11 18:17
I think money is a large part of the problem. We haven't got piles of money sitting around to cover all the normal expenditures in the state budget and have enough left over to try to outlast Monsanto in a battle of motions and appeals. It may sound ludicrous to say it about an entity as large and imposing as a state, although I’m guessing we only appear imposing to New Hampshire, but Monsanto likely has more resources with which to feed their squadrons of bloodthirsty lawyers and win a war of attrition than Vermont does. How much would defending such a lawsuit cost? Yes, there’s the noble principle, which I support 100%, and expected health benefits, but the same money spent fighting Monsanto might help feed 100 needy families a year, or provide winter fuel assistance to 100 homes (or 50, or 500, I have no idea). That is my best guess why the legislature is wavering, because I don’t think it is because they don’t have the guts.
 
 
+2 # 6thextinction 2012-04-10 11:30
midwesttom & tb crawford,
you both have so much knowledge about monsanto, might you consider organizing a boycott? it would mean getting this info into various blogs, websites, enviro newsletters, etc. could be a doable job, tho, esp. for 2 or more people. i would help but am on overload now with enviro projects.
 
 
-11 # MidwestTom 2012-04-10 12:15
Farmers objective is to produce the highest yield per acre for whatever crop they plant. They also want the highest price per bushel that they can get. If they arrive at the grain elevator with corn or beans that have weeds in with the crop they are penalized, roundup ready seeds allowed the farmers to eliminate weeds, and achieve higher prices. GMO seeds give the highest yields. No farmer around here is going to boycott Monsanto because their seeds produce the highest yields.
 
 
+5 # Street Level 2012-04-10 22:06
Tom, this is sadly true. I only learned this yesterday from talking to a woman in Iowa who comes from a long line of corn farmers. She said that the organics yield a paltry sum and it's a no-win situation. It's up to us consumers to vote with the little money we have left and demand labeling and buy organics when we can.
It's all about demand, if we demand it, we can drive up the prices on Non-GMO crops and make it worth growing.
California is pushing for food labeling also and I hope more states follow suit, for all our sakes.
 
 
+3 # feloneouscat 2012-04-12 12:15
Roundup ready crops is only temporary. Because the constant use of an herbicide creates resistant weeds. It's called natural selection.

Nor is having greater yields a brilliant plan. I have fields in hay and when everyone has hay, the price drops. Same in corn, wheat, cattle, etc. Chasing after decreasing returns is a lose-lose situation.

Y'all are betting on a losing horse with Monsanto. Short term you might make some cash, but long term it will bite you.
 
 
+10 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-10 12:04
I have been fighting Monsanto for over 30 years. They have been poisoning our animals, water, air, wells, land.

There was a list published, I will look for it later. I know that more than half the companies are in your kids school food that deals with Monsanto....Hav e you had your Cheerios today...Stop. GM signed with them with in the five years past. I know I have told you all. GE backs them.
I buy local, I ask my farmer if he used genetically altered seeds...some do not know. Pa doesnot want us to know.
Purina uses their seeds and grains, I know because I asked. I tole them then their food was not organic. Purina doesnot care...call them also. Too many dog and cat food companies are poisoning our animals.
But there are bread makers, ceraels, flours all dealing with Monsanto. Alfalfa was first grain farmers sued over. It did not curb bugs but the bugs are larger, not afraid fo Monsanto poison. Weeds are supersized which causes farmer's more money which in turn causes you to pay more/
Local, Grow your own, Organic is the only power we have. It must be certified Organic Grains, Flours otherwise it is a ruse. Walmart has been large part of it.

I will try to find a list. I know one was on here in past year. It certainly is on web as well as fights in many States. The States should join together and fight together, we should be allowed to enter comments.
 
 
+7 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-10 12:12
Demand all markets show where food comes from, if irradiated, if GMO. Pass it on and get others to do it. Keep it going.
Get petition to local government, Super Markets.
Demand the Right to Know ACT to be enforced on products you, your family and animals eat. Freedom of Information on all products and what is used to make them.
Call FDA in you area, State, Federal til they are tired.

Stop buying food that is not marked now. Complain in letter form to your supermarket. Then get petitions. They are hurting children too, remind them.

Demand a Readng of the Constitiution by Local, State and President to Congress on the Quality of Life Clause and ask how food poisoned by Monsanto and others is considered good for the life of you and your Children, Grand Children. Demand Local, State and Federal referendum under the Quality of Life Clause, Freedom of Information and Right to Know. Ask other Organic Organizations who are fighting Monsanto what you can do. Food Watch is one, Biodiversity Group, Union of Concerned Scientists all have suits against Monsanto. Europe has told them to get out of their food chain. Get the reasons why and use it in your meetings
We have been doing this for a long time, we will appreciate your efforts. Go to search engine and look, there are lot of groups that need support and signatures. Keep calling Vermont. Tell them to stand up to Monsanto and join other States.
 
 
+8 # jwb110 2012-04-10 12:15
Let groups, Urban Guerrillas, sent info thru the mail as private citizens to inform the citizenry of the GMO products.
As for the Nuclear issue, start proceeding to succeed from the Union. This is a states right issue and it will be the first time that a succession started in the North!
 
 
+11 # msleepyhead 2012-04-10 14:14
Go Vermonters!!! I love you Vermont!
 
 
+8 # Annalois 2012-04-10 14:44
I am beginning to think if Monsanto can get away with stealing other peoples property and sue them for taking it back, America is not a Democratic Country, anymore
 
 
+6 # worldviewer 2012-04-10 16:32
CHEMICALLY gmo foods may be substantially the same, but GENETICALLY they are different and our bodies respond to that difference.
My body is not genetically modified to be able to digest GMO products.
 
 
+4 # localmooch 2012-04-10 17:04
We have to stop monsanto,they are feeding people S*&T,it has no nutritonal value, your are what you eat. better to keep the small farmers that grow crops that keep us healthy. Its time we stopped monsanto.Its( WE THE PEOPLE!) who can make that decision. Its time for the people to start making the decisions for us not some crooked politician in monsantos back pockets.
 
 
+2 # Street Level 2012-04-10 23:33
Google "Petitions Against Monsanto" and sign them ALL.
 
 
+2 # BeaDeeBunker 2012-04-10 23:39
Oh, my! And here I thought that Monsanto only made carpeting!!
I think the State of Vermont should take a page from that gifted orator, George W. Bush, and tell Monsanto to "Bring it on!" When Monsanto sues, every lawyer in the State of Vermont should be made into a special state defense lawyer, and part of the State defense team. Monsanto will have to deal with every lawyer in the state. It should be interesting. It could even be made into a reality TV show, with advertising to defray the costs of paper and printer toner. All those working on the case would get free Ben & Jerry's ice cream, any flavor, all they want. The one rule about who can advertise...no Monsanto products, or any product that contains any Monsanto product. I'll even get an HD TV to watch this show.
MONSANTO, BRING IT ON!!!
 
 
-1 # Dreaming 2012-04-11 09:11
I'm a little surprised that no one here as addressed the actual point raised in this article. I have a bit of a legal background and an extensive science background, and the protest expressed by Monsanto is that it opposes the word "natural." Another label, such as "non-GMO," would not garner its protest. I believe that this legal argument will come up more and more in various areas. What is natural, and where is the line? Is a canola oil processes through hexanes more or less "natural" than cold-pressed oil? Is a drug synthesized in a lab from "natural" ingredients the same or different from a drug extracted directly from a plant? The emotional outrage in the comments section, and frankly in this article, while an interesting discussion in its own way, seems odd here.
 
 
+2 # bittersweet 2012-04-11 10:06
I request that you stop referring to foodstuffs derived from plants, whose genes have been changed by humans, as genetically-mod ified or genetically-eng ineered. The nomenclature given by businesses to making genetic changes in plants and animals, such as "genetically-mod ified" or "genetically-en gineered" are mis-leading. Genetically-mod ified sounds like genetically-mol lified, a no-big-deal thing. Genetically-eng ineered implies certainty and precision. The long-term effects of changing the genetics of food in relation to how those crops will interact with unmodified crops, and how the eating of tampered food will affect humans is unknown and un-certain. I request that you refer to these organisms as GTO's or "Genetically-Ta mpered Organisms" in order to put a negative spin on the subject. We need to put a negative "spin" on this subject, just as the promoters of this technology have put a posItive spin on this subject. Share with friends.
 
 
+1 # Street Level 2012-04-12 11:01
bittersweet, I like it, but perhaps "Tampered" is too soft a word for the amount of damage GMO's have done. "Frankenfood" is too general, "Adulterated" maybe? GFWO - Genetically F*'ed With Organism comes to mind.
 
 
0 # heyjude 2012-04-11 18:08
Please copy and paste this website, which has links to multiple sites, with much info.
http://www.labelgmos.org/the_science_genetically_modified_foods_gmo

Bottom line:
As human beings, we have a right to know what we're feeding our babies and ourselves--and that means any GMO'd component in the product would be named, just like Peanuts are now shown.

For example: Right now, High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)is created from GMO corn, UNLESS the product currently states "100% ORGANIC" or if in the tiny-print Ingredients it says Organic next to the HFCS listed. Go thru any grocery store. Try and find ANYTHING that does NOT contain this GMO chemical called HFCS.
Or, right now, try and find items that do NOT contain some form of SOY. Or Canola. Both are from genetically-mod ified crops UNLESS the label says "100% Organic."

Continued....
 
 
0 # heyjude 2012-04-11 18:10
Part II

Of the "developed" world, only Canada and the USA do NOT require this info on all labels. All of Europe, and most other countries have such laws in place.

The Fed Gov has MANY people that were affiliated with Monsanto or related companies or organizations-- for example:
Tom Vilsak
Clarence Thomas
Donald Rumsfeld

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_15573.cfm

http://redgreenandblue.org/2011/02/09/monsanto-employees-in-the-halls-of-government/

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Labeling_Issues%2C_Revolving_Doors%2C_rBGH%2C_Bribery_and_Monsanto#Revolving_Doors
 

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