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Monsanto Protection Act Proves Corporations More Powerful than US Government

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Analysis
Published: Thursday 21 March 2013
If this rider passes with the bill, Monsanto would have complete immunity from federal courts when it comes to their ability to act against any new Monsanto GMO crops that are suspected to be endangering the public or the environment.
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We’ve seen similar scenarios in the past, events in which the massive financial power of multi-national corporations is able to buy out legislators who were elected to ‘represent’ voters. But now, Monsanto has set the bar even higher. Instead of just getting a few kickbacks or avoiding USDA regulation, Monsanto lobbyists have gone as far as to generate legislative inclusions into a new bill that puts Monsanto above the federal government.

It’s called the Monsanto Protection Act among activists and concerned citizens who have been following the developments on the issue, and it consists of a legislative ‘rider’ inside (Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) a majority-wise unrelated Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill. You may already be aware of what this rider consists of, but in case not you will likely be blown away by the tenacity of Monsanto lobbyist goons.

If this rider passes with the bill, which could be as early as this week, Monsanto would have complete immunity from federal courts when it comes to their ability to act against any new Monsanto GMO crops that are suspected to be endangering the public or the environment (or considered to be planted illegally by the USDA). We’re talking about courts that literally can do nothing to Monsanto if it’s found that their newest creation may be promoting cancer, for example. Whether it’s a GMO banana or an apple, Monsanto could continue planting the food abomination all it wants under court review.

Food Democracy Now has launched a petition on the subject, explaining:

“The Monsanto Protection Act would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops.”

What really enraged Monsanto was the incident back in 2010, when a federal judge actually revoked Monsanto’s approval to plant GMO sugar beets due to environmental concerns. This is exactly what Monsanto intends to stop, literally becoming more powerful than federal courts in their conquest to monopolize the entire food chain.

Monsanto Overcomes US Government

Monsanto has literally gotten away with murder ever since it was founded way back in 1901. Very few people actually realize the history of this company. Not many activists realize that this is the same company that was responsible, along with Dow Agrosciences, for creating Agent Orange. Created for the US military to be used during Vietnam as a ‘defoliant’ (really used for incognito chemical warfare operations which affected both allied and enemy troops), the concoction that was Agent Orange consisted of a medley of highly toxic ingredients including dioxin — a type of toxic substance considered to be one of the deadliest on the planet.

Agent Orange, from Monsanto, killed 400,000 people and led to 500,000 children born with troubling birth defects. And in addition to those stats 1 million were rendered disabled or at least suffer from health issues from Agent Orange exposure. This includes US soldiers.

So what happened to Monsanto after they designed a ‘defoliant’ that was actually a deadly chemical weapon that killed, maimed, and ruined lives of innocents and US soldiers? Monsanto issued a truly heart-felt statement that their Agent Orange wasn’t really that dangerous despite all of the evidence that is now accepted as fact:

“We are sympathetic with people who believe they have been injured and understand their concern to find the cause, but reliable scientific evidence indicates that Agent Orange is not the cause of serious long-term health effects.”

Oh, and they settled for what amounts to chump change in order to silence the dying veterans, paying 45% of the 180 million dollar payout in order to make the veterans drop the charges. Then, of course, they eventually went on to make genetically modified crops and take over 90 plus percent of the GM seed market. A market that they have actually cornered by patenting their seeds, which India calls ‘biopiracy’. Before that, they mass produced plastics that we now know are morphing the hormones of consumers.

But let’s also not forget that Monsanto has so many ties inside the US government that it has managed to slip into a very comfortable position. Former Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto, Michael Taylor ultimately became a major head the FDA. Before that, Taylor conveniently worked specifically on Monsanto’s “food and drug law” practices. Specifically in regards to Monsanto’s cloned rBGH. But remember, this was before Monsanto decided to go for a more ‘blatant’ route.

Now, instead of just operating in the shadows, Monsanto is pushing a much bolder move with the Monsanto Protection Act. It not only sets a troubling precedent for Monsanto, but also for other bloated multi-national corporations that want to obtain higher authority and immunity from US courts.



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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

The problem with the USA and

The problem with the USA and the world is it's filled with stupid people.
There is a technology 6 thousand years old that will fix this problem it is called
TM
see

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfIqvZLIZz8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2UHLMVr4vg&NR=1&feature=endscreen

study everything on these sites - watch all the videos
cough up the money to learn TM properly & sit twice a day in silence for 20 minutes
nature will come to save us
Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself.
If you live in the USA travel to Fairfield Iowa - see their plans
for the future of our dear world ... the light glows bright there.
Good luck !

What do you mean, "stronger

What do you mean, "stronger than the government"? The corporatists ARE the government!

Term limits are becoming a

Term limits are becoming a necessity. ban Lobbyists and any elected official proven to accept corporate money is done immediately. The constitution is to protect us all not the rich corporate few. They now longer care about majority wishes anymore.

Large corporations are the

Large corporations are the masks for the extremely powerful/rich around the world. They are in control of the world affairs. Here, there, and everywhere. Avatar the movie shows in graphic form how corporations run not only here and now but the future as well. Humans have become slaves of the corporate world and I do not see any change in now or future. Avatar idealizes a win for humans but that is a fantasy we can indulge in movies, not in reality. If the planet can survive the effects of corporate "harvesting", the future of humans and all living things, including the scions of big corporations, is bleak, deadly. Humans created a monster for self destruction. That is the LOGICAL conclusion if you believe in mathematics, logic and real history.

More and more, Congress is

More and more, Congress is acting like the Mafia running a protection racket.
They propose laws that would limit the Health Insurance industry, then water them down after bribes (political donations) are paid.
They propose budgets that would trim the military, then increase military spending after bribes are paid by those companies involved in supplying our military.
This is happening again and again.

O' say can you see by the

O' say can you see by the Dow's trading light
What so proudly we hail as the God In we trust
Whose default swaps and blue chips thru the tax loopholes
O'er the SEC who watched while so blatantly offshoring
And the regulators' dead glare, bailouts falling out of thin air
Gave proof to Madeoff, that the profits were still there
O say does that golden parachute still unfurl
O'er the land Wall st. rules and the home of tax free riches.

What bugs me about these

What bugs me about these stories is that there is naver any accountability.
Who introduced the rider and which Senators and Representatives are supporting it?
Why not hold their feet to the fire by naming them.

The question is: What can

The question is: What can anyone really do to prevent Monsanto from doing what they have always done?

To answer that, one would first have to identify how it is that they have always been able to do it and then do it again even after it becoming obvious what they had done before?

And once one had the answer to that second question, the ONLY answer to the first would be: systemic change of our government structure

Yes, I mean a re-write of the US Constitution. I like the argument that it was, by far, the best that humanity could do at the time, but in the context of today's world, has become obsolete. If this "rider" becomes law, it will make it legally and philosophically obsolete, but there is already ample demonstration that it has already become functionally obsolete.

What we need is a true democracy. Even if it still contains elements of a republic, those elements need to be subordinate to the elements of democracy. What we do NOT need is Democratic and Republican "parties" as pretenders of democracy and republicy. The news is full of reminders that drunken parties facilitate rapes.

Some will argue that in a process of constitutional re-write, the result will be complete loss of individual rights via the dominance of megalomaniacs in the process. I will argue that the existing constitution is ever more failing to prevent that, anyway, so there is nothing to lose except for a slow, increasingly painful death.

It has nothing to do with the

It has nothing to do with the Constitution - that idea is the purest escapism from the actual cause, which is that Monsanto is one the most effective corrupters of the Constitution. Justice Thomas worked for Monsanto, which was his stepping stone to power. Because he too was sold out to Monsanto, Pres Clinton refused to support the veterans' attempt to overthow the sell out settlement mentioned in the article - even though it would have been good politics for Clinton to help the veterans by filing a short brief in the US Supreme Court. Money was more important to him.

The corruption of money in politics has absolutely nothing to do with the Constitution, but the Constitution does show the way toward what we can do about kicking the bums out who have corrupted it. We have to understand that it is our Constitution and not whatever 5 corrupt plutocratic nonentities on the Supreme Court says it means. Once you get to that point then you are ready for pursuing a strategy that will do more good than harm: http://tinyurl.com/12ekeys
http://tinyurl.com/MOPSIVO

Complete Blatant Arrogance.

Complete Blatant Arrogance. No one is above the Law. This $hit has got to Stop!

Further evidence of the

Further evidence of the complete lack of morality in D.C. and reflection that our congress is interested only in making themselves wealthy by being whores for large corporate interests, along with Big Oil and Wall Street. In light of Monsanto's response about Agent Orange: "“We are sympathetic...” I think we ought to invite them to prove the good faith of that statement - with their officers, board and those members of congress who protect and assist them - to take a bath in Agent Orange on the steps of congress. Since they're certain it's harmless and the rest of us are just whiners, wouldn't this settle it once and for all? I mean, they seem to be so sincere that they truly care for us and our welfare...

The arrogance of Monsanto and

The arrogance of Monsanto and others such as Conagra, Bayer, ADM, Elanco, Dupont is beyond belief!! The stupidity of our elected representatives who have abdicated their duties to the electors/voters is a crime. Most do not understand the repercussions of this bill and in addition the Supreme Court is being 'courted' by the Monsanto etal group for bribes. Since when has bribery become acceptable by judges, representatives etc.? What stinking sad mess they have made in Washington and across the United States!!!

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