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Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO
Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013

Posted on 05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT by opentalk

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1 posted on 05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

But the same folks don’t have a problem using food for fuel.


2 posted on 05/26/2013 8:32:40 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: opentalk

Obviously they’ve been drinking the GM kool aid for years already.


3 posted on 05/26/2013 8:33:41 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: rktman

21st Century No-nothings.


4 posted on 05/26/2013 8:34:41 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: opentalk
Why Do G .M.O.’s Need Protection?

… Monsanto.....or at least its friends, recently managed to have an outrageous rider slipped into the 587-page funding bill Congress sent to President Obama.

The rider essentially prohibits the Department of Agriculture from stopping production of any genetically engineered crop once it’s in the ground, even if there is evidence that it is harmful.

That’s a pre-emptive Congressional override of the judicial system, since it is the courts that are most likely to ask the U.S.D.A. to halt planting or harvest of a particular crop.

5 posted on 05/26/2013 8:43:13 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Chemical’s the new food group.


6 posted on 05/26/2013 8:45:14 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

They must not be the no/low info voters we’ve heard so much about. Apparently they are the wrong info voters.


7 posted on 05/26/2013 8:47:51 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: opentalk

What does the nobility (Husseins, etc.) care? Apparently, when they’re not shoveling junk food into their troughs, they have their slaves prepare only organic food.


8 posted on 05/26/2013 8:51:35 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: opentalk
Why are you here posting?

Shouldn't you be marching with the rest of the clowns?

9 posted on 05/26/2013 8:54:07 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: opentalk

Amazing how the left has demonized Monsanto. There are scores, probably hundreds, of companies developing GM seeds around the world. Demonizing just one of them is classic Alinskyism in action.

I would have hoped that most people here would know better.


10 posted on 05/26/2013 8:56:41 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: opentalk
They would rather let Africans and Asians starve then modify food. Sometimes I wonder if starvation isn't the real left wing agenda.
11 posted on 05/26/2013 8:58:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: opentalk

The same people favor the biggest federal government possible ... without which Monsanto, ADM and others would not exist because they get so many subsidies and favored tax status, exclusions from lawsuits, etc.


12 posted on 05/26/2013 9:00:03 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: opentalk

Yep. They would not be able to be such a huge company and monopolize the market without big federal government bully protection from competition.


13 posted on 05/26/2013 9:01:38 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The words “Genetically Modified” terrify ignorant leftists....they haven’t a clue.


14 posted on 05/26/2013 9:06:25 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: Lorianne
What subsidies does Monsanto get?

What is their favored tax status?

What makes you think they can't be sued?

15 posted on 05/26/2013 9:10:39 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: BenLurkin
some comments at the link

...Not only GMO's, but Monsanto has the 'terminator seed'. This seed produces a plant with no viable seed to reuse for the following year. This seed is sold primarily in 3rd work regions desperate for food. AND - Here in the USA Monsanto patrols the heartland looking for farmers trying to reuse the seed they bought. Farmers are hit heavy with fines if they save seed for the next year. Monsanto has bought many small seed companies and now controls a large market share of our food supply. Follow their rules, or pay

... Monsanto seeds require the application of the Round-up chemicals to activate features; this way farmers have to buy the seeds AND the chemicals to spray on them!

16 posted on 05/26/2013 9:11:46 AM PDT by opentalk
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more from link

... if GM seeds are no big deal then why all the fuss against labeling? Why not let consumers make their own choice? Why spend nearly $6 million on lobbying for the "Monsanto Protection Act," which was written anonymously, passed in secret, and allows Monsanto to keep selling genetically engineered seeds even if a federal court says they may pose a health risk?..

17 posted on 05/26/2013 9:14:40 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Monsanto has bought worldwide influence to prevent anyone from questioning them in a legal forum.

If they are so proud of their gmo crops, why are they afraid to label it in stores?

Let everyone who wants to eat gmo crops do so knowingly. Let everyone who wants to avoid eating gmo crops have the knowledge to do so. Seems fair.

Around here, an Amish farmer threw some gmo corn out by the edge of the woods and even the dear won’t eat it... If they don’t want it, I sure don’t.


18 posted on 05/26/2013 9:17:49 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: opentalk
... if GM seeds are no big deal then why all the fuss against labeling? Why not let consumers make their own choice?

I've had this discussion on here before. The answer was, essentially, "Adding a small label that says 'GMO' would be far too burdensome on companies and drive them out of business."

So now we know.

19 posted on 05/26/2013 9:18:16 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: opentalk
Corporate owned and manufactured food supply is a bad thing. The primary source of our physical health is nutrition which must be supplied through food.

I am very uncomfortable allowing increased centralization and control of food supplies by uber-corporations.

Food supplies like politics is best controlled at the local level.

20 posted on 05/26/2013 9:21:46 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: opentalk
and allows Monsanto to keep selling genetically engineered seeds even if a federal court says they may pose a health risk?..

A liberal judge decides they may pose a risk?

Sounds like a good reason to destroy billions of dollars in value.

21 posted on 05/26/2013 9:22:46 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Ethanol subsides for a start. Monsanto reaps huge benefits from subsides to corn farming for ethanol production. There is much more. The new bill in Congress proposes protection from lawsuits.


22 posted on 05/26/2013 9:23:39 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Future Snake Eater
from the article

..Whole Foods says there is growing demand for products that don't use GMOs, with sales of products with a "Non-GMO" verification label spiking between 15 percent and 30 percent.

23 posted on 05/26/2013 9:24:30 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Awgie

Exactly. This should be a Conservative issue ... if more conservatives would get their heads out about what centralization of EVERYTHING means.

Smaller is better. More local is better.

I thought Conservatives were supposed to be for more local control and less top-down control.


24 posted on 05/26/2013 9:25:17 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: ErnBatavia

Centrally controlled food production should terrify Conservatives.


25 posted on 05/26/2013 9:27:10 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Lorianne
Ethanol subsides for a start.

Oh please. Ethanol subsidies don't give Monsanto any taxpayer funds. You're really stretching. Any more realistic proof of your claim?

There is much more.

I'll wait for your proof.

The new bill in Congress proposes protection from lawsuits.

Can you be more specific in the protection you think they get?

26 posted on 05/26/2013 9:27:27 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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“They would rather let Africans and Asians starve then modify food. Sometimes I wonder if starvation isn’t the real left wing agenda.”

Exactly what I was thinking.


27 posted on 05/26/2013 9:32:53 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: opentalk

I don’t think that is quite right. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a Monsanto supporter.

The GMO foods are resistant to the weed killer in Round-UP. In other words, it makes it possible to spray the weeds and not kill the crop along with the weeds. The problem is that no one really believes that Round-Up is not harmful to humans.

GMO foods enable farmers to grow more crops on less land. There is a huge push to open up land in the Pacific Northwest to growing grain and soybeans to ship to China, land which has been banned from growing anything by the federal government. GMO crops are the back-up crop for some of those new “coal” terminals that the Obama administration is pushing, with the support of of Republicans and TeaParty members. According to some of the representatives of the Gateway Pacific Terminal (Goldman Sachs), the Chinese have told them that they don’t want our sub-bituminous coal, they want grain and soy beans. (but coal is the product that earns the support of the Republicans).


28 posted on 05/26/2013 9:34:08 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Why are you here posting?
Shouldn’t you be marching with the rest of the clowns?


You need to learn about GMO’s and Monsanto.


29 posted on 05/26/2013 9:36:06 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: opentalk

Hey, I like that solution! There’s nothing to stop companies from labeling their food NON-GMO.


30 posted on 05/26/2013 9:36:37 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: opentalk

I didn’t see any mention of the fact that the TeaParty was the original backer of this anti-Monsanto demonstration. I heard this because the local left, which has been opposing GMO foods for a long time, backed out of the local event when they found out that it was connected to the TeaParty.


31 posted on 05/26/2013 9:36:40 AM PDT by Eva
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To: laplata

Teach me. Use facts, not feelings.


32 posted on 05/26/2013 9:38:18 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

So you are for ethanol subsidies?
Why should any industry get Federal subsidies?

Why does Monsanto need Federal laws to protect it from competition. If it has such great products, then why can’t they stand on their own?


33 posted on 05/26/2013 9:38:40 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Eva

That’s interesting (and encouraging) about the tea party opposition to Monsanto. Got any links to this?


34 posted on 05/26/2013 9:39:56 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: BenLurkin

Once they control all the seeds they control the entire food producion chain. Africans and Asians would be at their mercy if they didn’t want to starve.

Slavery is coming back.


35 posted on 05/26/2013 9:42:18 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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Centrally controlled food production should terrify Conservatives.


You’re right. But some conservatives see some lefties protesting and automatically shut their minds.


36 posted on 05/26/2013 9:44:09 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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So you are for ethanol subsidies?

Not now, not ever, never.

You said Monsanto couldn't survive without the subsidies they get. They were around a long time before the idiot politicians gave us these idiotic ethanol subsidies.

Why should any industry get Federal subsidies?

I agree, get rid of them. What does that have to do with your claim about Monsanto.

Why does Monsanto need Federal laws to protect it from competition.

You need to be more specific. What law protects them from competition?

37 posted on 05/26/2013 9:44:47 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Teach yourself.


38 posted on 05/26/2013 9:46:02 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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I don’t shut my mind when I see ignorant conservatives protesting alongside ignorant liberals.


39 posted on 05/26/2013 9:46:07 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: opentalk

It’s easy to demonstrate against GMO foods when you’re a low information luddite who has never been hungry a day in your life or watched family members die of starvation.


40 posted on 05/26/2013 9:46:14 AM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: laplata

Great idea! Should I read silly articles like you?


41 posted on 05/26/2013 9:46:39 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: opentalk
... if GM seeds are no big deal then why all the fuss against labeling? Why not let consumers make their own choice? Why spend nearly $6 million on lobbying for the "Monsanto Protection Act,"

I am extremely Conservative. Monsanto is using government power to abuse the Capitalist system.

I hope that GMO labeling moves forward. Let the marketplace decide, not D.C.

42 posted on 05/26/2013 9:46:41 AM PDT by sand88
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To: Toddsterpatriot
Crony Capitalism used to game the system. This is as far from capitalism and as far from what the founders intended as can be. Did you know that Monsanto has strong ties to Obama?

...........................

Meet a few of the games’ players

MICHAEL TAYLOR

FDA – Monsanto – FDA – USDA – Monsanto – FDA – FDA

Michael Taylor was most recently appointed by Barack Obama to be the ‘Senior Advisor’ to the Commisioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration. His previous post was also under Obama as the Deputy Commissioner for Foods (Food Safety Czar) at the FDA. He was also put in charge of the FDA under Bill Clinton where he approved Monsanto’s rBGH. Taylor worked with Monsanto by establishing and leading a ‘food and drug law practice’ as well as later serving as Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto. He also had a stint with the United States Department of Agriculture. Michael Taylor’s back and forth positions with Monsanto, the FDA, and the USDA over the course of nearly three decades is a perfect example of how big government and big business operate.

 

ISLAM SIDDIQUI

USDA – CropLife(Monsanto) – USDC – CropLife(Monsanto) – USTR

An Obama recess appointment, Mr. Siddiqui is the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). He also served as Vice President for Science and Regulatory Affairs at CropLife America and lobbied for that same federation earlier in his career (CropLife America represents Monsanto among others). Siddiqui is a big supporter of GMO’s and as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the USDA, he oversaw the release standards permitting both irradiated and GMO foods be labeled as organic.

 

ROGER BEACHY

Founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, which is a de facto Monsanto non-profit research center. Appointed by Obama to direct the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which is an agency of the USDA. This puts Mr. Beachy, unconfirmed by the public and unelected, in charge of hundreds of millions of dollars for the country’s agricultural research policy.

 

TOM VILSACK

Mr. Vilsack serves as the United States Secretary of Agriculture for the Obama Administration. Both as Iowa State Senator and Governor, Vilsack has shown his support for GMOs as well as CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations (factory farms). He even went so far as to support legislation that would prevent local governments from regulating CAFOs, and later, the local’s regulation of genetically engineered seeds. There was also controversy surrounding Vilsack’s travels via Monsanto corporate jet. Vilsack founded the Governor’s Biotechnology Partnership, and also was named governor of the year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. As governor of Iowa, he was a big proponent of the use of GMO corn in the production of ethanol. Prior to being appointed Secretary of Agriculture, Vilsack worked as an ‘of-counsel’ lawyer for Dorsey & Whitney.

 

Are you beginning to see the picture? Big agri business has its tentacles all throughout big government and vice versa. As those in control jump from one ship to the other, kickbacks, favors, and even employment opportunities are given while favorable laws are paid in turn. The result is an uneven playing field, and ultimately, the increased likelihood that your local farmer will be put out of business.

So when you see legislation that promotes “public health” or “food safety” you better band against it because it pretty much ensures you that both will be threatened, along with your basic liberties.

43 posted on 05/26/2013 9:47:25 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Obama has to s of Monsanto people in his admn. Hope tha helps.


44 posted on 05/26/2013 9:49:37 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave ofo attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: ErnBatavia

Somewhere, Dr. Norman Borlaug is laughing at these people.


45 posted on 05/26/2013 9:49:41 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Are you against irradiated foods?


46 posted on 05/26/2013 9:49:42 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: opentalk
Hundreds passed us yesterday. The sad thing about it, is all of the very young children marching and chanting. Just shook my head...

As it was, we were at a Corvette Car Show and they came by chanting "No More GTO's".

47 posted on 05/26/2013 9:50:05 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: GlockThe Vote
OMG! A big corporation is using big government!

My solution is to shrink government, a lot.

Not to team up with ignorant liberals to spread ignorance.

48 posted on 05/26/2013 9:51:23 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: opentalk

Thats exactly right, this should not be political thing, I join my smelly brothers and sisters on the left in opposition to all GMO, s


49 posted on 05/26/2013 9:52:03 AM PDT by cmsgop ( The left always accuses the right for the sins of the left. from FReeper Just Lori, RIP)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

No kidding. To these idiots, starvation is better than technology.


50 posted on 05/26/2013 9:52:08 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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