1. EPA Increases Levels of Pesticides on Food

    Thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency, you can now eat more of Monsanto's (NYSE: MON  ) herbicide Roundup in your food.

    Roundup remains the largest crop protection brand globally, and because it genetically modifies seeds to survive an application of the herbicide, Monsanto has oriented the focus of its crop protection business to support Roundup Ready crops sold to farmers. Buy seeds that can withstand Roundup, sell more Roundup to spray on crops.

    A byproduct of this symbiotic relationship, though, is the creation of superweeds, weeds that have developed a tolerance to the herbicide and are spreading across farmland, impervious to man and machine. Because farmers who grow GM crops typically use 25% more herbicide, not less, than those who grow traditional seeds, the weeds are developing a thirst for it.

    Yet it’s not just weeds that are growing resistant. Bugs, too, have become immune to the chemicals. Monsanto’s GM corn, for example, was molecularly modified to kill pests like rootworm, but they’re making a comeback even as GM corn accounts for 86% of the country’s supply. Now we’ve got superinsects, too!

    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/27/a-new-monsanto-growth-initiative-sprouts-up.aspx

    -Except the bees.  This is killing them.  Soon there will be no pollinators and no food.  Just superweeds and starvation.

     
  2. March Against Monsanto


    Happening tomorrow, everywhere.

    http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/

     
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    Organic brands worth buying.

    Organic brands worth buying.

     
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    Monsanto and Washington, DC, the Revolving Door
There’s more:  Linda Fisher, Ex Vice President of Monsanto – Deputy Admin of the EPA, swapped jobs 3 times back and forth. Clarence Thomas, Monsanto attorney - Supreme Court Justice. Michael Taylor, Monsanto attorney - Deputy Commissioner of the FDA. Micky Kantor, Senior Executive, Monsanto – United States Secretary of Commerce William Ruckelshaus, Monsanto Board Member – Chief Admin. Of EPA Donald Rumsfeld, President of Searle, a direct subsidiary of Monsanto - Secretary of Defense. The former Attorney General of the United States, Mr. John Ashcroft, received the largest campaign contribution every from Monsanto.BOYCOTT MONSANTO ~ MAY 25TH, 2013 An international protest planned for later this month against biotechnology company Monsanto is slated to span six continents and include demonstrations in dozens of countries around the globe:http://rt.com/usa/monsanto-march-protests-world-069/

    Monsanto and Washington, DC, the Revolving Door

    There’s more:
    Linda Fisher, Ex Vice President of Monsanto – Deputy Admin of the EPA, swapped jobs 3 times back and forth.
    Clarence Thomas, Monsanto attorney - Supreme Court Justice.
    Michael Taylor, Monsanto attorney - Deputy Commissioner of the FDA.
    Micky Kantor, Senior Executive, Monsanto – United States Secretary of Commerce
    William Ruckelshaus, Monsanto Board Member – Chief Admin. Of EPA
    Donald Rumsfeld, President of Searle, a direct subsidiary of Monsanto - Secretary of Defense.
    The former Attorney General of the United States, Mr. John Ashcroft, received the largest campaign contribution every from Monsanto.
    BOYCOTT MONSANTO ~ MAY 25TH, 2013
    An international protest planned for later this month against biotechnology company Monsanto is slated to span six continents and include demonstrations in dozens of countries around the globe:
    http://rt.com/usa/
    monsanto-march-protests-world-069/

     
  5. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has never denied a single application from Monsanto for new genetically engineered crops. No wonder. Monsanto’s board members have worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they’ve advised the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and they’ve served on President Obama’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Just recently, Congress gave Monsanto immunity from the federal courts under a law now commonly referred to as the “Monsanto Protection Act.” Monsanto is responsible for environmental disasters that have destroyed entire towns, and for international waves of suicides among farmers whose lives it has ruined. The Biotech Behemoth has monopolized our food system largely by taking over regulatory agencies like the USDA. Our friends at Roots Action Network think it’s way past time Congress investigates the revolving door policy between the world’s most destructive chemical company, and the folks in Washington D.C. who are supposed to be representing us and looking out for our health and safety. If you agree, please sign their petition to Congress demanding an investigation. Demand Congress Investigate Monsanto’s Takeover of the USDAhttp://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7803&track=OCA&tag=OCA
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has never denied a single application from Monsanto for new genetically engineered crops. No wonder. Monsanto’s board members have worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they’ve advised the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and they’ve served on President Obama’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Just recently, Congress gave Monsanto immunity from the federal courts under a law now commonly referred to as the “Monsanto Protection Act.”

    Monsanto is responsible for environmental disasters that have destroyed entire towns, and for international waves of suicides among farmers whose lives it has ruined. The Biotech Behemoth has monopolized our food system largely by taking over regulatory agencies like the USDA. Our friends at Roots Action Network think it’s way past time Congress investigates the revolving door policy between the world’s most destructive chemical company, and the folks in Washington D.C. who are supposed to be representing us and looking out for our health and safety. If you agree, please sign their petition to Congress demanding an investigation.

    Demand Congress Investigate Monsanto’s Takeover of the USDA
    http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7803&track=OCA&tag=OCA
     
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    Dr. Thierry Vrain, former research scientist for Agriculture Canada, was responsible for reassuring the public about the safety of GM crops. However as more and more evidence has emerged over the last 10 years, he has publicly changed his position. Read the full article: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Genetically+modified+food+rapped/8308415/story.html

    Dr. Thierry Vrain, former research scientist for Agriculture Canada, was responsible for reassuring the public about the safety of GM crops. However as more and more evidence has emerged over the last 10 years, he has publicly changed his position.

    Read the full article:
    http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Genetically+modified+food+rapped/8308415/story.html

     
  7. Senator Roy Blunt wrote the anonymous Monsanto Protection Rider.  Monsanto and Agri-PACs have given him $524,500.00  …just another cheap D.C. whore.

    Senator Roy Blunt wrote the anonymous Monsanto Protection Rider.  Monsanto and Agri-PACs have given him $524,500.00  …just another cheap D.C. whore.

     
  8. Monsanto Protection Act passed by Congress

    The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week - including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.

    The rider, which is officially known as the Farmer Assurance Provision, has been derided by opponents of biotech lobbying as the “Monsanto Protection Act,” as it would strip federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns.

    The provision, also decried as a “biotech rider,” should have gone through the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees for review. Instead, no hearings were held, and the piece was evidently unknown to most Democrats (who hold the majority in the Senate) prior to its approval as part of HR 993, the short-term funding bill that was approved to avoid a federal government shutdown.

    Senator John Tester (D-MT) proved to be the lone dissenter to the so-called Monsanto Protection Act, though his proposed amendment to strip the rider from the bill was never put to a vote.

    As the Washington Times points out, the provision’s success is viewed by many as a victory by companies like Syngenta Corp, Cargill, Monsanto and affiliated PACs that have donated $7.5 million to members of Congress since 2009, and $372,000 to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    http://rt.com/usa/monsanto-congress-silently-slips-830/

     
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    Monsanto and DuPont Collaborate

The world’s largest seed companies, Monsanto and DuPont, have agreed to drop their respective $1-billion lawsuits. Instead, they will now cooperate on certain genetic-modification projects that were previously the subject of heated legal battles.

Monsanto is ready to shelve its $1-billion claim against DuPont for what they called an infringement of their ‘Roundup Ready’ soybean patent. DuPont, in turn, promised to stop calling Monsanto a monopoly power that stifles innovation.
Genetically engineered foods are portrayed as safe in both companies’ national advertising campaigns. However, critics claim that GM products may cause health disorders, infertility or even cancer. Dozens of countries around the world have banned or restricted GM imports.
In the US, however, GM foods have become a part of public policy, with Monsanto and DuPont lobbyists having a strong influence in Congress – their latest move was the ‘Monsanto Protection Act,’ adopted this week.
http://rt.com/business/monstano-dupont-seed-battle-910/
-Poison now produced in cooperation by the chemical companies.

    Monsanto and DuPont Collaborate

    The world’s largest seed companies, Monsanto and DuPont, have agreed to drop their respective $1-billion lawsuits. Instead, they will now cooperate on certain genetic-modification projects that were previously the subject of heated legal battles.

    Monsanto is ready to shelve its $1-billion claim against DuPont for what they called an infringement of their ‘Roundup Ready’ soybean patent. DuPont, in turn, promised to stop calling Monsanto a monopoly power that stifles innovation.

    Genetically engineered foods are portrayed as safe in both companies’ national advertising campaigns. However, critics claim that GM products may cause health disorders, infertility or even cancer. Dozens of countries around the world have banned or restricted GM imports.

    In the US, however, GM foods have become a part of public policy, with Monsanto and DuPont lobbyists having a strong influence in Congress – their latest move was the Monsanto Protection Act,’ adopted this week.

    http://rt.com/business/monstano-dupont-seed-battle-910/

    -Poison now produced in cooperation by the chemical companies.

     
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    The latest Farm bill stripped out support for small organic farmers while leaving subsidies for big agriculture. 

    The latest Farm bill stripped out support for small organic farmers while leaving subsidies for big agriculture.