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Monsanto Versus Democracy In Vermont

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Vermonters have read about the Monsanto Boss (Phil Angell) in the New York Times who said, "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the not our job."

That from a Boss's mouth: "Assuring its safety is the not our job."


The Bullies are deeply troubled by Vermont.

They want to shut down the citizens in Vermont. They are worried about recent polls. In 2012 a Mellman Group poll found that 97% of American consumers wanted GMOs labeled. According to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 53% of consumers said they would not buy food that has been genetically modified.

"Very, very, very bad trend," worry the Bullies.

Some citizens in Vermont wonder why the Bullies are so worried.

It's not like they are closing the book on GMOs. They did not pass a law prohibiting DNA modification altogether. They did not outlaw GMOs altogether. They wonder why -- if GMOs are actually good for people -- is it so important for the Bullies to keep their presence a secret.

Shouldn't they be proud of the GMO label?

They wonder if maybe there are other issues.

Maybe the Bullies are worried about the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies that Washington pays them to spread their product all over the world in places like Africa and India. Maybe the Bullies are worried that taxpayers won't want Washington to spend any more of their tax dollars buying genetically-altered seeds to ship to third world countries. Because once those plants take over, farmers in places like India and Africa will have to purchase new seeds every year at very high prices.

The esteemed medical journal, the Lancet, reported that 19,000 farmers in India committed suicide in 2011. According to the BBC news the reason is "in order to buy genetically modified seeds, some farmers get into unmanageable debt."

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