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Monsanto's dream bill, HR 875

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To begin reversing GM contamination will require ending the power biotech companies such as Monsanto exert over our government and through that, over our food.  

HR 875, was introduced by Rosa DeLauro whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto.

The bill is monstrous on level after level - the power it  would give to Monsanto, the criminalization of seed banking, the prison terms and confiscatory fines for farmers, the 24 hours GPS tracking of their animals, the easements on their property to allow for warrantless government entry, the stripping away of their property rights, the imposition by the filthy, greedy industrial side of anti-farming international "industrial" standards to independent farms - the only part of our food system that still works, the planned elimination of farmers through all these means.  

The corporations want the land, they want more intensive industrialization, they want the end of normal animals so they can substitute patented genetically engineered ones they own, they want the end of normal seeds and thus of seed banking by farmers or individuals.  They want control over all seeds, animals, water, and land.

Our farmers are good stewards.  That is who is threatened by Rosa DeLauro's bill (and because of that, we all are).  At a time in this country when wise stewardship and the production of anything real - especially good food - is what is most needed, it is our best stewards whom Rosa DeLauro threatens, under the cruelly false name of "food safety."

And now Monsanto wants its own employee, Michael Taylor back in government, this time to act with massive police power as a "food safety tsar" from inside the White House.  This is the man who forced genetically engineered rBGH on us (unlabeled, and without warning) when the Clintons placed him over "food safety" in the 90s.  HR 875 would give him immense power over what is done on every single farm in the country and massive police state power to wield over farmers and punishments to break them at will.

The following quotes show Monsanto and its biotech ilk are not "stewards" at all.  Their inhuman focus on profit has led to inhuman, insane, sickening products that require intense corruption of democracy and science institutes and media, to foist them on country after country which don't want them.  

It is our farmers who stand between us and this outrage which masquerades as science, as food, as normal business, as government.  And it is our farmers who need not only protecting but actual freeing from government intrusion, control and harm.

Vegetarians and vegans do not identify with farmers who raise animals but what is at stake here is critical for all of us.  "First they came for the Jews" is an apt reminder of what matters in standing with each other because the overwhelming bureaucratic burdens, the record requirements, the warrantless inspections, the end of farmers' markets, the criminalization of seed banking, the ten years in prison for stepping out of line in any way -- this will next be applied not to animals breaking out of fence onto a neighbor's farm, but for such things as not spraying pesticides on an organic farm to eradicate earthworms (now listed as an invasive species) because the government's "food safety tsar" has deemed it necessary. 

HR 875 is the beginning.  This time, it is about handing over control of our food supply to enhance profits of the chemical industry. This time it is aimed with ferocity at farmers who keep animals.  Next time it will be totalitarian control. 

Rosa DeLauro and Stanley Greenburg have a great deal to account for in attempting through a mislabeled bill with hidden intent to wipe out our farmers and harm all of us.  HR 875 gives Monsanto greater power and opens doors wider to the following ...

GM and non-GM crops cannot coexist 


"OK, we know that cross-pollination will occur but we’ve got thirty years of experience to say we know how far pollen will travel. And therefore what we’ve done is we’ll grow a GM crop at a distance away from a non-GM crop, so the people that want non-GM can buy non-GM, and the people that want GM can buy GM. The two will not get mixed up. Everybody will have the right to choose."
Paul Rylott, Seed Manager for Aventis CropScience, and later chief spokesperson for the agricultural biotechnology industry in the UK, "Matter of fact”, BBC2 Eastern Region, broadcast 12 October 2000


"Global incidents of genetic contamination from genetically modified (GM) crops are on the rise, while the companies responsible ignore the consequences. Since 2005, the GM Contamination Register has recorded 216 contamination events in 57 countries since GM crops were first grown commercially on a large scale in 1996. While companies claim they can control the use of GM crops, the reality is very different." 
Greenpeace International, “Biotech companies fuel GM contamination spread”, 29 February 2008


"If some people are allowed to choose to grow, sell and consume GM foods, soon nobody will be able to choose food, or a biosphere, free of GM. It’s a one way choice, like the introduction of rabbits or cane toads to Australia; once it’s made, it can’t be reversed." 
Roger Levett, specialist in sustainable development, “Choice: Less can be more",Food Ethics, Vol. 3, No. 3, Autumn 2008


"The hope of the industry is that over time the market is so flooded [with GMOs] that there’s nothing you can do about it. You just sort of surrender."
 
Don Westfall, biotech industry consultant and vice-president of Promar International quoted in, “Starlink fallout could cost billions”, Toronto Star, 9 January 2001


"The industry is in reality making serious efforts, whether legally or illegally, to contaminate the cultivated species all over the world." 
Devinder Sharma, trade policy analyst, “The great genetic scandal”, Center for Alternative Agricultural Media, 1 August 2002


"[Dale] Adolphe [of the Canadian Seed Growers Association] said it's ironic that even as public protests and opposition to GM food products seem to grow and even as new regulations and controls are put in place, the total acreage devoted to GM crops around the world is expanding. That may be what eventually brings the debate to an end, said Adolphe. 'It's a hell of a thing to say that the way we win is don't give the consumer a choice, but that might be it.'"

Adrian Ewins, quoting Dale Adolphe of the Canadian Seed Growers Association in “Biotech wins by giving consumers no choice", The Western Producer, 4 April 2002


"People will have [GM] Roundup Ready soya whether they like it or not."
Monsanto spokesperson in Britian, Ann Foster, “The politics of food", Maria Margaronis, The Nation, 27 December 1999


"The US Department of Agriculture claims to know where the maize — banned from all food use globally and only recently approved for US exports — is located. Aventis, the French firm which developed the genetically modified maize sold throughout the US maize belt in 1999 and 2000, says it knows, also. So do I: StarLink maize is everywhere." 
US agricultural journalist Alan Guebert, "Another contamination scandal dents US biotech hopes", Farmers Weekly, 8 December 2000


"It's important for countries around the world to adopt a uniform standard of acceptable levels of contamination."
 
Biotechnology Industry Organization spokesperson, Lisa Dry quoted in, "Engineered DNA found in crop seeds", Rick Weiss, Washington Post, 24 February 2004


"In 2006 it was discovered that 30% of the entire US long-grain rice supply had become contaminated by experimental GM rice varieties unapproved for human consumption. Not only was this a public safety disaster, but also cost the rice industry over $1 billion. The contamination source? 'Controlled' field trials."
The Soil Association, “Government to defy critics with secret GM crop trials",Today's News, 17 November 2008


"If they can’t prevent it there, there is little chance they will avoid it in the field." 

Dr Brian Johnson of English Nature, after sugar beets genetically modified to resist one company’s herbicide accidentally acquired GM genes resistant to another company’s herbicide, despite being grown in greenhouses. “Stray genes highlight superweed danger", New Scientist, issue 2261, 21 October 2000


"Cross-pollination of the environment is an issue, and that has to be addressed. And for those countries that have very small landmass, there’s no way they can segregate GM crops from conventional crops or from organic crops, and so the likelihood of cross pollination exists." 

Prof Patrick Wall, until 2008 the Chairman of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the EU Agency mandated by the European Commission to advise on the safety of genetically modified food and animal feed for the European Union, in an interview: "We cannot force-feed EU citizens with GM food", 2 December 2008


"The cultivation of genetically modified maize [in Spain] has caused a drastic reduction in organic cultivations of this grain and is making their coexistence practically impossible."
Conclusion of research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics: “An impossible coexistence: transgenic and organic agriculture", Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 30 June 2008


"Mexican plant biologist, Ignacio Chapela, and his student David Quist, were the target of attack for their painstaking research that established the spread of transgenes in the centre of origin of maize. Such genetic contamination would ultimately destroy the world's available genetic purity and in the very hotspots of diversity. The National Biodiversity Commission of Mexico accepted the findings. ‘It is confirmed. There is no doubt about it,’ Jorge Soberon of the Commission was reported as saying. Two separate teams found transgenic DNA in around 10 per cent of crop plants sampled in Oaxaca province, describing it as ‘the world's worst case of GM contamination’."
Devinder Sharma, trade policy analyst, “The great genetic scandal”, Center for Alternative Agricultural Media, 1 August 2002. Quist and Chapela's findings were further confirmed by a study published in 2008, see "Modified genes spread to local maize"

 

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This is Brad from Monsanto. Several of us have bee... by Brad Mitchell on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 3:49:51 PM
She gets it from what Monsanto does!  What? d... by Marti Oakley on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 9:49:45 AM
So, everyone else is wrong and Monsanto is right?&... by Barbara Peterson on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 10:29:52 AM
Brad, are you the Brad Mitchell that's the Dir... by Dee West on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:51:57 PM
I think it's great that a spokesperson for Mon... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 2:34:00 PM
I appreciate the support. I would prefer that the ... by Brad Mitchell on Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 7:26:50 PM
I realize everyone needs to create a boogie man an... by E. Nelson on Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 3:38:59 PM
Brad, Of course we know Monsanto does not stand a... by gail combs on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 7:58:57 PM
If all these gmo seeds are such a good thing......... by Marti Oakley on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 10:07:43 AM
AGENT ORANGE!  Brought to you by those fine a... by Marti Oakley on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 11:19:24 AM
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I encourage everyone to do so, and of course, let&... by Stephen Fox on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:16:00 PM
The place to start is the AG committee.  Ther... by Marti Oakley on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:06:37 PM
There is no Stanley Greenburg in my listing of Mon... by Brad Mitchell on Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 5:03:33 PM
Brad -First off, so sorry for you. We all know tha... by Sue Diederich on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:32:44 PM
Linn's article about the bill is very timely, ... by Kiran Vissa on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 3:18:19 PM
Kiran,I want very much to go to the link you provi... by Barbara Peterson on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 3:57:39 PM
How right you are Marti!  Brad, if Monsanto was s... by Karen Nowak on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 3:27:09 PM
Being a huge agricultural country with 1 billion+ ... by Kiran Vissa on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 3:33:49 PM
Organization for Competitive Markets - OCM - is co... by Marti Oakley on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 5:08:07 PM
Brad, I am a farmer,puts me way ahead of any insid... by Lee Cornell on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 5:46:56 PM
Brad,Monsanto has made enemies around the world.&n... by Barbara Steever on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 6:09:03 PM
 Brad,Shame on you to think that people will ... by Somu Kumar on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 10:26:02 PM
Thank you Somu! The eggplant looks delish. I didn&... by Barbara Peterson on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 10:27:06 PM
Well mitchell, if you and any one of your monsanto... by B.S. I Love You on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 10:31:01 PM
I am very concerned about the demise of small fami... by Kathy Callan on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 1:25:12 AM
Monsanto has no involvement in this bill. The pass... by Brad Mitchell on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 8:59:36 AM
I am going to agree with Brad's comment but not ne... by E. Nelson on Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 8:25:50 PM
If you want safer food, please strike down HR 875.... by Arktig Silver on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 10:48:44 AM
Sure Monsanto has customers that dont buy GMO,they... by Lee Cornell on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 12:15:49 PM
Ask a SILLY question.... And let's not fo... by escapefromobamastan on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 2:19:49 PM
can you try again?... by camanokat on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 7:40:19 PM
I for one, pray for the Hand of Yahweh to be revea... by Mitch Robinson on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 2:34:29 PM
I stumbled across this article and noticed that Br... by rawmilkdrinker on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 4:32:07 PM
If he does,  he should be ashamed of himself ... by jersey girl on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 4:59:22 PM
Brad didn't mention where he worked previously... by Dee West on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 9:04:56 PM
for keeping this discussion civil. But I also not... by Oh on Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 1:58:56 AM
His point of view is that he works for monsanto an... by jersey girl on Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 6:04:40 AM
From Organic Consumers Association "Organic B... by Jim Eldon on Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 9:20:48 PM
Did the person who wrote the above OCA article cit... by Dee West on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 1:39:40 PM
I've read it, and although I can see how an or... by b. mosher on Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 1:00:56 PM
Thank you for responding to my comment and I apolo... by Oh on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 7:53:36 AM
I wasn't trying to be rude. I was just stating... by jersey girl on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 1:46:47 PM
Food-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund wrote a very c... by Linda Gonzales on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 2:52:29 PM
Sure, let anyone defend monsanto,they have th... by Lee Cornell on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 7:18:22 PM
Brad Monsanto is a Monster. They are forcing us to... by Rolland Miller on Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 3:03:08 AM
"You would be surpised how many of our custom... by Debra Colvin on Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 11:36:03 AM
Can you point to any exact wording in H R 875,&nbs... by Mary Bell Lockhart on Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 7:03:10 PM
You might want to read "A Solemn Walk Through HR87... by Dee West on Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:44:06 PM
Well, I've gone through the whole bill now, an... by b. mosher on Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:45:18 PM
I was writing this while reading the bill, not the... by b. mosher on Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 1:08:12 PM
I recommended it on another one of Linn's articles... by Arktig Silver on Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 5:12:04 PM
For one its not an issue because the complicit med... by fred thomas on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 3:14:31 AM
OK, I think this group could use a good laugh. I d... by Brad Mitchell on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 11:03:47 AM
You just don't get it, since you're on Monsanto's ... by Dee West on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 3:42:40 PM
Hey guys,There are 6 food safety bills being circu... by Hayley Mirek on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 9:38:25 AM
Hayley, HR875 doesn't EXCLUDE any of the things yo... by Dee West on Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 5:35:05 PM
Yes, the language is too broad, too open to interp... by Lee Cornell on Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 8:08:48 PM