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Thanks @Rachel for keeping us informed. I just left a message with Senator Stabenow to voice my displeasure over a compromise bill. I also wrote my Senator (Kaine, D, Va) and Representative (Griffith, R, Va), who had voted "yes" on the original House bill, but I felt he needed a reminder of my displeasure.

Thank you so much, for doing that. We have to stand up for our rights, otherwise they will take them away. Right on and sincerely Thank you. Rachel

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Court Finds GMA Guilty of Unlawful Shenanigans, Monsanto Has a New Immunity Rider, an

From Dr. Mercola's newsletter:

Accept No Compromise


We can expect the issue to resurface sometime after Easter, and this gives the agrichemical businesses and junk food manufacturers time to buy off more Senators for some sort of compromise, such as the use of QR codes, which completely fail to provide people with clear and mandatory transparency.

As noted by American Soybean Association President Richard Wilkins, this vote was only "a temporary detour in a larger effort," adding:

"We think that we're close to a solution that helps the industry stay innovative while providing consumers the information they're looking for. Once Congress returns from the Easter break, we'll get back to work with leaders in the Senate and continue on the path to a compromise."

It's become quite clear that any compromise they come up with is likely to be deeply flawed, and will go against the clear majority of Americans who want clear labeling on packages that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.

So please, keep the pressure on your Senators, and urge them not to accept any compromise that would jeopardize state and individual rights.

the article goes on to cover many aspects along with Monsanto's new rider, to protect them from any future law suits...
along with a boycot list and a petition to sign.....

What You Need to Know About Monsanto's GMO Labeling Act

http://www.theboycottlist.org/infographic.html

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Thanks @Rachel for keeping us informed. I just left a message with Senator Stabenow to voice my displeasure over a compromise bill. I also wrote my Senator (Kaine, D, Va) and Representative (Griffith, R, Va), who had voted "yes" on the original House bill, but I felt he needed a reminder of my displeasure.

Senator Kaine's office responded to my email. Here is his response. So he voted against the bill and he seems to favor a compromise. A Business friendly compromise such as "call 1-800 blah blah to find out if this product contains GMOs" would not cut the mustard. I will let him know that.
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Senator Kaine's office responded to my email. Here is his response. So he voted against the bill and he seems to favor a compromise. A Business friendly compromise such as "call 1-800 blah blah to find out if this product contains GMOs" would not cut the mustard. I will let him know that.
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Hi JohnS,

Regarding our governmental officials, I have two thoughts: either they are bought in some way: they have stock in a company, they are being given campaign money or they are promised a job at Monsanto when they leave office or asked to lobby for Monsanto when they leave office. The other side of the coin, they do not have enough information, so I am posting some links, you may want to share with them, so they see more than what Monsanto representatives are telling them.

World famous whistleblower, Dr. Giles-Eric Séralini, will speak March 6 in San Diego - Institute for Responsible Technology (note: Seralini is a scientist and did a 2 year study, were Monsanto's in house studies are only 3 months in duration, which is not enough time, to really see any effects of GMO's and Roundup). Note: trusting a company like Monsanto to do their own tests, is having a fox guard the hen house. Why would we trust Monsanto when their past track record is to misrepresent a product and say, it is not harmful only many years later, their product is found to cause harm. Example they brought these products to market: Saccharin, PCB pipes, DDT, Agent Orange and Bovine Growth Hormone. Monsanto has still not cleaned up the environmental mess they made with PCB or DDT yet. They get a law passed so they don't have too. Do you see a pattern forming?

Monsanto Employee Admits an Entire Department Exists to ?Discredit? Scientists | Natural Society

Widely Used Herbicide Linked to Cancer - Scientific American

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/wikileaks-reveals-monsantos-close-relationship-us-government

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/weeks-main-articles-genetically-engineered-foods-crops-july-13-2008

https://www.organicconsumers.org/old_articles/ge/Seeds021706.php

Monsanto guilty of bribery
1. https://www.organicconsumers.org/newsletter/organic-bytes-48-food-and-consumer-n...und-guilty-international
2. https://www.organicconsumers.org/newsletter/organic-bytes-479-regeneration-revolution/what-really-scares-us
3. https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/us-politicians-bought-and-owned-big-biotech-%E2%80%93-and-maybe-media-too
4. https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/factory-farms-taxpayers-pay-politicians-take-agribusiness-profits
5. https://www.organicconsumers.org/old_articles/monsanto/bribes010705.php
This list is longer but this should be enough to get the point across.

Ask your Senator to read these links and see what his response is then, then you will know, if he was just uninformed or if he is bought. If he is bought, does he deserve to be your Senator?

PS Those new codes, they were trying to get passed have a couple of things wrong: not everyone has a smart phone and it was written that the government would do PR for GMO's etc. We will keep our ear's and eyes open, to see what if anything they try to pass into law before Vermont's law goes into effect.


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Say No to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Release in the Florida Keys

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Hormone Disruptors: Everyday Poisons in Non-Organic Food, Body Care Products etc

Corporations would have us believe that there’s no harm in consuming or inhaling or absorbing small amounts of these chemicals into our bodies. But mounting evidence suggests otherwise. Here’s a scary thought: New research shows that the additives (co-formulants) used in glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, may have damaging endocrine-disrupting effects. Sobering news, given that billions of pounds of Roundup are sprayed on both GMO and non-GMO crops every year, everywhere in the world.

Read this week's essay

https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/hormone-disruptors-everyday-poisons-non-...oducts-water-bottles-and

Co-formulants of glyphosate herbicides are endocrine disruptors

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Let the free markets decide!!!!!

Get national government out of our business. If a company gets third party testing of its products or doesn't use GMOs it will bring in more revenue if that is what the consumers want. This is only possible with free market capitalism as Ayn Rand wrote. The national government has no right to regulate to the extent it has, it needs to stop NOW!!.


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Wikileaks: two faces of Global Security regarding GMO's

https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/17/178870_-os-rok-food-gv-two-faces-of-food-security-.html

Cut and paste part of an email from an email on Wikileaks: Two Faces of Food Security

"Syngenta's space-saving technology involves use of pesticides and GMOs.

For instance, the company's annual report says that herbicides can help
saving water by killing weeds and lower the need to till the land,
explaining that agriculture uses 70 percent of the world's all available
fresh water and 40 percent of that goes wasted. The soil of the non-tilled
land absorbs water better, and is protected against erosion, the firm
says.

The technology, however, isn't perfect. A type of a herbicide would kill
all kinds of plants with the common trait the herbicide is targeting. The
crops the farmers are actually cultivating would be no exception. As a
result, herbicide makers had to genetically engineer the seeds to have
resistance against the herbicide. Now, the herbicide and the GM seeds come
in one package.

Take the case of Roundup, a signature glyphosate-based herbicide made by
Monsanto, the world's top producer of genetically-engineered seeds and
herbicides based in the U.S. The agricultural giant is the major rival of
Syngenta with a much worse reputation.

Monsanto's Roundup accompanies seeds with "Roundup-ready" traits which the
company patented.

While some criticize such practices as vile attempts to control the
market, weed resistance to glyphosate emerged as an annoying problem.

Nine types of weeds in the U.S. and 12 worldwide including horseweed and
Johnson grass have been identified to be resistant to glyphosate
herbicides and many more, and showing more tolerance to them
, Syngenta
says in its website. The Swiss counterpart also developed its own version
of Roundup called Touchdown Total as well as the NK-Brand crops with the
"Roundup Ready" trait that has been genetically engineered under a license
from Monsanto.


Syngenta may be shifting its attention from the business that is as much
controversial as it is lucrative.


In addition to mentioning less use of pesticides in the future, Syngenta
CEO Mack said, "We are in an industry that has traditionally come up
through targeting really specific pests... A big area of science we are
now working on is how to improve the productivity in absence of pests.""

Note: we have heard that using GMO's and Roundup, weeds become resistant to them and you need to use more and more Roundup and other chemicals to kill these super weeds. For this one reason alone, we should not use Roundup or GMO's. Also, this was the first time, I heard, there were weeds that were resistant to Roundup, which brings up the question: Why are we using Roundup etc, how good of a job does it actually do?
Also, Roundup has been classified as being a carcinogen to humans.


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Tell Congress: Don't Give My Money to Monsanto!


It’s not enough that many of our Congress members are fighting alongside Monsanto to keep GMO labels off of food products.

Now some of our federal lawmakers want to use your tax dollars—$3 million of it—on propaganda to promote Monsanto under the guise of “educating” consumers about the “benefits” of GMOs.

Last week, as millions of tax returns traveled through the mail to the IRS, the House Appropriations Committee decided that Monsanto needs some of your hard-earned money.

The committee passed an agriculture spending bill that includes $3 million “to promote understanding and acceptance of agricultural biotechnology and biotechnology-derived food products and animal feed.”

This new “Monsanto Promotion Act” was championed by Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) who said, “We need to avoid consumer confusion.”

Not everyone agreed. House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said, “The jury is still out on genetically modified organisms. Some may be safe. Some may be of concern. It’s not the responsibility of FDA to mount a government-controlled propaganda campaign, particularly when the science is far from certain.”

Unfortunately, her amendment to strike the Monsanto Promotion Act from the agriculture spending bill failed 29 to 20.

It’s not too late to stop the Monsanto Promotion Act. If we make a big enough stink about this, we could strike this provision from the spending bill before there’s a final vote.

https://action.organicconsumers.org/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18812

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