Obama signs Monsanto’s GMO-Frankenfood bill
Monsanto is the Big Food giant that gave us the first genetically engineered Frankenfood, insecticides such as DDT (which almost single handed made the Bald Eagle extinct), recombinant growth bovine hormone (rGBH- used to increase cow milk production), herbicide Roundup, and Agent Orange. They created the herbicide Roundup and then sold genetically engineered corn seeds that are resistant to it as a one-two punch which led to the corn explosion in the U.S. And don’t forget the countless lawsuits, false advertising, and small farmer shakedowns they continue to do.
I honestly believe that Big Food is the ultimate in conspiracy theories because it’s not a “theory;” it’s an outright fact. Big Food giant Monsanto pushed through legislation that allows genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be fed into the food stream regardless of the damage it is capable of. There is no proof that GMOs or other genetically modified Frankenfoods are safe, but most of the modern countries of the world have banned them for various reasons. The USA and its obesity epidemic can surely owe some of the problem to this corn obsessed culture and convenience foods loaded with artificial foods that are loaded with sugar, salt and fat.
The Monsanto Protection Act is part of the “Farmer Assurance Provision” in the HR933 in section 735 that allows for deregulation of the genetic foods. This is read straight from Monsanto’s website:
As a member of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), we were pleased to join major grower groups in supporting the Farmer Assurance Provision, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Seed Trade Association, the American Soybean Association, the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Cotton Council, and several others. Additional supporters included former Secretaries of Agriculture.
A broad bipartisan group of legislators in both the House and Senate have supported the provision dating back to June 2012, and it passed with broad bipartisan support.
As we understand it, the point of the Farmer Assurance Provision is to strike a careful balance allowing farmers to continue to plant and cultivate their crops subject to appropriate environmental safeguards, while USDA conducts any necessary further environmental reviews. This letter, submitted by the industry in June 2012, provides additional information about what the provision is intended to accomplish.
If you take a look at this, you can see that they are basically equating “bipartisan” with lobbyist influenced, and “careful balance allowing farmers to continue to plant and cultivate their crops subject to appropriate environmental safeguards” with pushing GMOs at every turn with no regulation or regard for the safety.
I’ve read that the USDA is having some kind of shady dealings with the approval of GMOs and people are trying to sue them, so this Monsanto Protection Act will make it illegal for the lawsuits to occur. Monsanto have been deeply entrenched in politics for years, including California’s recent “decision” to not allow GMO labeling. From Wikipedia:
Monsanto spent $8.1 million opposing the passage of Proposition 37 in the US state of California, making it the largest donor against the initiative. Proposition 37, which was rejected by a 53.7% majority in November 2012, would have mandated the disclosure of genetically modified crops used in the production of California food products. Biotechnology labeling is not required by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but it has been adopted by over 40 countries. According to public disclosures, the Council for Biotechnology Information and The Grocery Manufacturers Association, have each made matching donations of $375,000 to fight the initiative.
Here’s more on it from RT.com, who sum it up in one paragraph:
With the president’s signature, agriculture giants that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds are given the go-ahead to continue to plant and sell man-made crops, even as questions remain largely unanswered about the health risks these types of products pose to consumers.
Here is Infowars reporting on the Monsanto Protection Act: