Monsanto Spends Millions to Defeat State's GMO Labeling Effort ---- Colorado's Proposition 105
like previous state efforts to label GMOs, faces well-funded corporate opposition
they are willing to spend
The funds went to the No on 105 Coalition, which hopes it can beat Proposition 105, one of four statewide ballot measures Colorado voters will see on their November ballots. If passed, the measure would require most food made with genetically modified material (GMOs) to be labeled "Produced With Genetic Engineering" starting July 1, 2016.
The GMO-labeling effort is backed by Right to Know Colorado, which says its "movement is built on the foundation that we have the basic right to know what is in our food and what we are feeding our families."
The campaign contribution continues a pattern of big spending to defeat state GMO labeling efforts, such as those in California and Washington, not only by by the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant but by other industry groups like the Grocery Manufacturers Association, ConAgra Foods and PepsiCo.
According to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group, industry groups disclosed $27.5 million of spending in the first half of 2014 towards lobbying expenditures that made reference to GMO labeling—a surge from such spending in 2013.
The Union of Concerned Scientists noted that Monsanto has frequently used its deep pockets for influence:
Monsanto consistently outspends all other agribusiness companies and interest groups to protect and maintain industrial agriculture’s dominance over our food system.
But all the spending has apparently not been sufficient, as Monsanto Chief Executive, Hugh Grant said earlier this year, "There’s a recognition we need to do more" to win in the GMO debate.
Despite the well-funded opposition, the pro-labeling effort is forging ahead.
In a recent op-ed published in the Denver Post, Right to Know Colorado co-chair Larry Cooper writes:
Over the last two years, the world's largest chemical and biotech seed companies and America's giant food manufacturers have spent nearly $70 million to defeat GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington. In just three weeks, those opposed to Proposition 105 raised $1.4 million, dwarfing the $22,000 raised by Right to Know Colorado.
While these spending differences are staggering, Right to Know Colorado's statewide grassroots support will continue to fight for greater transparency in our food system through this GMO labeling initiative despite the well-funded corporate opposition.
The evil of Monsanto and GMOs explained:
Bad technology, endless greed and the destruction of humanity
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger --- Editor of NaturalNews.com
By now, nearly all informed people recognize that Monsanto is widely regarded as the most evil corporation on our planet. But what, exactly, makes Monsanto so evil? Why is Monsanto worse than a pharmaceutical company, a pesticide company or even a weapons manufacturer?
The answer to this question is found in probing the virtue of the corporation in question. As virtuous people, we expect corporations to act with a sense of fundamental human decency. We expect them to behave within the boundaries of respecting human life, honest business practices and reliable science. We (naively) wish that corporations would act like decent human beings.
But they don't. In their quest for profit at any cost, they violate the basic tenets of virtue. They betray humanity. They destroy life. They malign Mother Nature herself, and in doing so, they threaten the very future of sustainable life on our planet.
Here, I unravel the fundamental "violations of virtue" that Monsanto practices on a daily basis. It is these things, I think you'll agree, that make Monsanto a despicable corporate entity and a threat to all humankind.
Corporate greed over service to humanityMonsanto's actions are designed to maximize its corporate profits, not to serve the people. Its entire seed-and-herbicide business model is designed to trap farmers in a system of economic dependence... to turn farmers into indentured servants who can never return to traditional farming after their soil has been destroyed with Roundup.
Death over lifeMonsanto's products cause death. They compromise and violate life. Monsanto's GM corn grown a toxic chemical right inside each and every corn kernel. This corn is what is subsequently eaten by humans.
In a recent scientific study, a shocking 70 percent of female rats died prematurely when fed GMOs. Fifty percent of males died early. Almost all of them died from cancer tumors.
Secrecy over transparencyMonsanto is spending millions of dollars to try to defeat Proposition 37 in California -- a bill which would simply require GMOs to be indicated on food labels.
But Monsanto and other companies such as those that own Larabar, Silk and Kashi do not want consumers to know the truth about GMOs in the foods they buy. (See the GMO boycott infographic here.) They're also spending huge sums of money to try to defeat Proposition 37 so that the food companies can keep GMOs a dirty little secret about the poison in your food.
Plainly stated, these companies do not want you to know what you're eating. And why? Because you're eating poison!
Domination of technology rather than sharing of wisdomMonsanto does not create technology and then share wisdom with farmers; instead the company patents its GE seeds and thereby claims monopolistic ownership over them. This patent is used to punish farmers!
When Monsanto's GMO seeds blow into the fields of farmers who are trying to avoidgrowing GMOs, Monsanto uses its patent "rights" to sue the farmers and claim they "stole" Monsanto property!
This is an example of the kind of pure evil Monsanto engages in on a regular basis. From the top company executives to the bottom of the corporate ladder, people who work for Monsanto are engaged in promoting a sickening, unprecedented evil that's spreading across our planet like a black slimy cancer tumor.
That's no coincidence, either, considering that eating GMOs causes massive cancer tumors.
Artificial manipulation of nature rather than honoring of natureInstead of working with the beauty, the genius and the abundance that has already been engineered into nature, Monsanto seeks to violate nature, overriding healthy plant genes with poison genes that generate insecticides right inside the crops.
Instead of honoring the natural ability of seeds to reproduce generation after generation, Monsanto develops "terminator seed" technology that causes seeds to self-terminate after one generation. This, by itself, is a heinous crime against nature, humankind and planet Earth. It is a crime worse than the Nazi holocaust, for terminator seeds threaten ALL human life on our planet... billions of lives are threatened by the behavior of Monsanto.
Environmental destruction over environmental stewardshipRoundup herbicide devastates soils, rendering them contaminated and unable to produce healthy crops using traditional (or organic) farming methods. Once a farm plot is destroyed with Roundup, that farmer is forever enslaved to a chemical-based farming protocol. It's unhealthy, it's a disaster to the environment, and the actual crop yields are LOWER than with organic farming, over a period of five years or more.
By encouraging farmers to spray literally millions of acres of farmland with Roundup, Monsanto is engaged in a conspiracy to destroy our agricultural heritage and turn us all into "food slaves" that must pay tribute to Monsatan.
Scientific deception over scientific truthThe so-called "science" coming out of Monsanto is some of the most inane, malicious and brutally deceptive junk science ever fabricated by corporate science sellouts. Instead of testing GMOs for long durations on animals, Monsanto-funded scientists test GMOs for a mere 90 days and then adamantly declare the food to be "safe" for a lifetime of consumption by humans.
It's no wonder they didn't run long-term tests: The real acceleration in cancer tumors only emerged after the 90-day milestone in rats.
Even if Monsanto-funded scientists found GMOs to be safe in a "lifetime" feeding study, you couldn't trust those results anyway: Any scientist, politician or media group with financial ties to Monsanto must now be assumed to be compromised and lacking any credibility whatsoever. Monsanto has bought off countless scientists, experts, media writers and politicians. But paying them off doesn't alter reality. Poison in the corn is still poison in the corn, even if you pay a group of sellout scientists to foolishly declare otherwise.
The CHANGE we really need: Corporations with virtueSomething is terribly, terribly wrong with corporate behavior in America, and Monsanto is just one of thousands of corporations which demonstrate highly irresponsible, extreme, destructive behavior.
The very design of corporations is missing something: HUMANITY. Sure, corporations are great at generating profits, streamlining logistics, manufacturing, marketing and so on. But where's the humanity in all that?
It's nowhere to be found. Corporations don't care WHO they harm, WHAT they destroy, HOW they behavior or even HOW FAR they have to go to make another buck.
Here at NaturalNews.com, we've documented corporations engaging in the most despicable, anti-human behavior imaginable, including using little children as vaccine guinea pigs, secretly testing diseases on prisoners, routinely falsifying evidence, bribing physicians, lying to regulators, engaging in efforts to deny consumers access to more affordable products, inventing fictitious diseases ("disease mongering") to market toxic drugs, and even hiring P.R. firms to spread lies and disinformation online through social networks and websites.
And that's just the pharmaceutical industry. Think about the evils perpetrated by the agricultural giants, weapons manufacturers and globalist banks. There is no end to their destruction.
A corporation is like a cancer tumor. It wants to tap into more and more resources, growing larger and larger until it kills everything. That's the innate drive of nearly every large corporation you've ever heard of: Get big, destroy the competition and DOMINATE! Even if it means killing our future.
When corporations become so powerful that they practically run the government -- as they do now -- the correct descriptive term for that arrangement is Fascism.
How do you stop Fascism? With a revolution, of course. And a peaceful one would be far preferable.
The revolution we need is a revolution against the corporationAs we see our present-day society being utterly destroyed by corporations -- banking, agriculture, pharmaceutical, etc. -- we must get serious about what needs to happen tochange the structure of corporations so that they serve humanity rather than destroying humanity.
Here are some suggestions worth considering:
#1) Strip away corporate personhood protections.
#2) Deny all patents on seeds, genes and medicines. Such things should belong to everyone, not to a monopolistic few. This would also take the profit out of medicine, meaning drug companies would no longer have a financial incentive to fabricate and promote fictitious diseases.
#3) Ban all corporate lobbying and campaign contributions. No corporation should have access to lawmakers, period. Lawmakers should serve the people who elected them and no one else.
#4) Disband all corporations that currently function as a danger to humanity. This would include, of course, Monsanto, Merck and many others. Who decides this? Whoever wins the revolution, of course. (Isn't that always the case?)
#5) Nationalize the Federal Reserve and make it "America's bank" so that Fed money is owned by the People and benefits the People instead of globalist banks.
#6) Halt the "revolving door" where government regulators take high-paying jobs at the very corporations they've been regulating. Once a person works in an influential position for a government regulator, they should be forever restricted from working for the industry they once regulated.
#7) End "Free Speech rights" for corporations. Corporations are not people. They have no God-given rights. By ending this fabricated "right," we could institute strict advertising limits that would prevent corporations from advertising harmful products to children and adults.
Stop supporting evil
The ultimate solution, of course, is a consumer solution: Stop purchasing products from evil corporations! This means you need to stop buying non-organic corn products such as breakfast cereals, corn tortillas, and corn snack chips.
Stop buying lawn pesticide chemicals. Stop buying medications. Stop buying toxic perfumes, cosmetics and personal care products. Stop buying soda pop and aspartame!
YOU help shift the world in a more positive direction by shifting your own personal purchasing habits. And that's something you can control right now, today, starting with the very next dollar you spend at the store.
BUY ORGANIC, non-GMO products wherever possible. You'll be changing the world one purchase at a time. That's a genuine, practical way to diminish the power of evil corporations starting right now.
Wake up America, your dinner is banned in 30 countries:
from Seattle Organic Restaurants
Although the giant biotech company Monsanto claims that GMOs are perfectly safe for human consumption, one would wonder then why GMOs are banned in 30 countries and 72 other countries have required GMO labeling? However, GMOs are embraced in both US and Canada and recently, the U.S. Congress votes “No” on a farm bill that required States to label GMOs.
More and more countries are rejecting GMOs and join the next march against MonsantoVenezuela and Denmark are joining 30 other countries that have already banned GMOs in their countries. According to GMwatch, socialist deputy of Venezuela, Alfredo Urena said that Venezuela is moving forward on approving laws and crafting a new legislation that will protect his country from the threat of GMO seeds and crops.
Alfredo Urena made a comment on the state run TV mentioning that “there are a number of studies throughout the world which affirm that the health of humans and animals may be impacted when they consume genetically-modified foods”. He also said that “this is a Law on Seeds that is anti-GMOs, because it is not only Venezuela, but the whole world that is saying that we cannot continue supporting GMOs, not only for the use of food and consumption, but for their technology that makes use of agro-chemical fertilizers.”
Denmark is also joining Venezuela and in fact, many food companies in Denmark have been rejecting GMOs. Although GMOs are not illegal in Denmark, they are growing more and more unpopular among food distributors and the public.
Even the giant biotech company, Monsanto is giving up on planting GMO crops in Denmark. Brandon Mitchener, the head of PR for Monsanto in Europe said that “Monsanto only sells GMO corn in three European countries. We won’t be spending more money trying to convince people to grow them.”
According to OrganicConsumers.com even Peru has put a 10 year ban on genetically modified foods that prohibits the production, import and use of GMO foods and crops. Banning GMOs in Peru is meant to protect the country’s biodiversity and prevent the chances of cross-contamination of GMO crops with native or conventional ones.
Also, after the famous Seralini study showed huge tumors on rats that were fed with GMOs, Russia banned the import of Monsanto’s GMO corn so did other countries including France, Ireland, Japan and Egypt.
At the same time, countries who don’t have a ban on GMOs are putting more and more restricted laws on growing genetically modified organisms. For example in Germany, the farmers who grow GM foods are required to maintain a certain distance from native crops and are held liable if their GMO crops contaminate organic or conventional ones.
More than 72 countries have also required GMO labeling including the European Union, Japan, Australia, China, Thailand, Chili, south Africa and Saudi Arabia.
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