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Monsanto Versus Democracy In Vermont

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To be honest, Vermonters tend to distrust GMO-altered food.

Before GMOs, food allergies were comparatively rare. Now in 2014, food allergies affect 5% of children (about three and a half million children) in the U.S alone. Suddenly gluten (found in wheat), soybeans, and peanuts -- staples of society since the beginning of history -- induce severe allergies in some children.

Not long ago peanut butter and jelly was a favorite lunch of millions of children. It was spread on Wonder Bread before anyone ever worried about gluten. Now children are prohibited by many schools from bringing this sandwich into the lunchroom. All of a sudden even touching a peanut could kill a child.

The Bullies say food allergies do not come from GMOs. They say that there is no proof. They quote ex-Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, who is most famous for saying something like (paraphrase): 'There are things Vermonters know that they know, and things that they know that the Bullies don't want them to know, and things that the Bullies don't seem to know that they know, and things that are simply unknowable by anyone.'

Geez.

Still Vermonters know that some plants that contain GMO-modified-DNA, produce insecticide inside their cells to prevent bugs from eating them. Vermonters don't like the idea of eating plants that produce insecticide. They know that the Bullies inserted a human gene into rice, which makes rice easier to grow.

Geez.

They know that suddenly bees are dying because they cannot process GMO-modified pollen. They know that Cornell University's CornellChronical reported on 9 May 2014 that toxic pollen from widely planted GMO corn is killing Monarch butterflies. That if something is not done, there will be no Monarch butterflies.

They love Monarch butterflies.

Geez.

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