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Monsanto Versus Democracy In Vermont

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The Bullies are worried sick.

The Bullies are worried sick about Vermont. They think democracy has gone wrong because voters there just passed a law (that the Bullies hate), which will take effect on 1 July 2016 that would make it possible for shoppers to know which of their foods contain DNA from GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Come July 2016, all they will have to do is read food labels.

The Bullies are telling their Stooges in Washington that this is evil.

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They want their Stooges in Washington to write and pass a federal law that would nullify Vermont's labeling law as well as similar laws passed in Maine and Connecticut (or in any state in America that is considering a similar law for that matter. Unlike the law in Vermont, the laws in Maine and Connecticut do not take effect until bordering states pass similar laws.)

The Bullies know that the writing is on the wall for them unless their Stooges can do something.


Vermonters (and most Americans) tend to trust natural foods more than genetically engineered foods.

Natural foods do not contain DNA from GMOs. Natural foods took millions of years to be produced by evolution. On the other hand, GMOs were created by bioengineers relatively only yesterday.

The Bullies who sell GMO-made-food say the citizens of Vermont are wrong. They say there is no need for people to know which foods contain DNA that was altered in GMOs. Because GMOs are actually great.

They say there is a tremendous advantage of GMO DNA, especially for them.

Natural seeds can be collected and cultivated and saved by anyone. Unlike seeds that contain GMO DNA, they cannot be patented. On the other hand, seeds that contain the Bullies' genetically modified and patented DNA cannot be legally cultivated or collected. They must be purchased annually. GMO-altered seed saving becomes illegal. Monsanto has armies of private investigators who run around spying and threatening anyone who they think has used Monsanto's seeds (or seeds contaminated by Monsanto pollen) without permission. Violators are prosecuted vigorously. SWAT teams invade their farms and confiscate their crops. Before they know it, they are forced out of business. GMO DNA (even if you don't want it) becomes the new forbidden fruit growing in your garden unless you pay them an annual fee for it.

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James and Jean Anton were born and raised in New York City, and spent ten years living and working abroad in countries as diverse as Brazil, Ecuador, Denmark, Italy and Iran. They have written and illustrated books for Scholastic Inc, McGraw (more...)

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