Monsanto's Money Defeats the Will of the People, Again

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 10th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/22n4q2-b/
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The battle to label genetically engineered food and inform people what they are consuming is currently being lost, but we will fight on knowing that the American public wants it to happen.

Monsanto's money talks

Last year a proposition on the ballot in California that would make it mandatory to label foods that contain GMOs went down to defeat after Monsanto and DuPont spent many millions of dollars running misleading and false commercials on television. Monsanto knew that California is frequently a bell weather for the nation, with a consumer market so huge that if a GMO labeling initiative were to pass there big agriculture would eventually and inevitably be forced to label GMO products everywhere.

Their television ads scared a naive public into believing that should the proposition succeed, prices at the supermarket would climb through the roof. Of course, any discerning individual could have figured out that putting the words "Contains Genetically Engineered Organisms" on a label would not add a dime to the cost of a food product, but since most people spend their time listening to Fox News and following the adventures of the Kardashians at the expense of keeping themselves informed, a gullible public bought the arguments of big agriculture and the measure went down to defeat.

I522

This year, in Washington state, proponents of GMO labeling succeeded in placing on the ballot Initiative 522, known as I522, which like the California initiative would also require the labeling of GMO food. At the beginning of the election campaign polls showed over seventy percent of the electorate were planning to vote for the measure. However, after Monsanto and friends had poured over 22 million dollars into defeating the measure, spending 37 dollars per voter on their propaganda campaign to scare Washington's citizens into believing that implementation of the measure would cause prices to skyrocket and rob the consumer of freedom of choice in choosing what foods to buy, GMO labeling was again defeated.

All is not lost

As of this writing twenty-three other states are considering GMO labeling laws, and while the industry, led by Monsanto's filthy money, has demonstrated it can defeat these proposed laws at the ballot box, state legislatures rather than the voting public will decide the issue in most of those states. This means that in those states we must pressure our elected representatives to vote according to the wishes of the overwhelming majority their constituents. It will only take success in one or two of those states to turn the tide. If you live in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Oregon, New Mexico, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Colorado or Maryland, e-mail, call or write your state senator or representative and tell them you expect that they will side with their constituents and not with big agribusiness in this fight.

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Agribusiness, Citizens United, Dorporate Power, Dupont, Genetically Modified Food, Gmos, Monsanto, Stebe Kinsman

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
11th Nov 2013 (#)

Good morning, Steve. Thank you for an informative article on an issue that most Americans do not realize. As you correctly point out, the fear of any increase in prices on necessary consumer goods frightens most people. However, as you also point out, rewording a label would not be that great of a cost to the manufacturers but would alert the country to the chemicals contained within the products. Thank you for addressing issues that continue to be something that each of us should pay more attention to in our lives. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Nov 2013 (#)

And thank you for your support, Marilyn. It is much appreciated.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Nov 2013 (#)

Why would anyone NOT want to know, are they blind?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Amazing, isn't it?

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
11th Nov 2013 (#)

We ignore the likes of Rachel Parent at our peril . She is utterly amazing in her wisdom .
Thank you Steve for bringing this situation to our attention with your normal aplomb .
Many blessings to you and yours
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar Mariah
11th Nov 2013 (#)

Mega bucks spent on hush money only serves to speak volumes..it's madness to go by 'exactly what it says on the tin' if when you open it.. it's a very different ball game altogether.
Anything hidden is never good.
Excellent and informative article.. in true
Steve Kinsman style
Thank you

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you very much Mariah. Good comment.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Interesting post and well narrated, good one Steve!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Nov 2013 (#)

It is indeed sad that the health of people are no concern to those who depend on them. Our moral fiber is under attack by the day. After a while we will not be able to separate right from wrong - everything will be decided by the money one can make. Thanks Steve for the highlight and speaking out; we need to get to the truth of the matter - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Good Steve that you highlighted this

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Nov 2013 (#)

excellent indeed Steve...we need people to enlighten others as you always do....thank you...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
14th Nov 2013 (#)

I think changing the packaging will not change people -- judging by how many people buy organic but still drink and smoke to excess. Still, when big corps spend millions to hide the obvious, one must wonder why. Frustrating, for sure...

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author avatar Zola
21st Dec 2013 (#)

Very interesting, and worrying. Serbia has one of the toughest GMO laws and is a big producer of organic food, but in order to qualify for EU membership, it will now have to allow GMO products into the country. Everyone's against it, but no one seems to care how people feel. A tough battle is ahead of us.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Dec 2013 (#)

Stand your ground and don't let them bully you into GMOs. Thanks for commenting Zola. I appreciate it.

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author avatar chrysolite
21st Jan 2014 (#)

Glad you brought up the word "bullying" here! As I wrote before, here in Europe we have GMO labeling, but what happens? GMO is allowed and if there is no other corn available, then labeling or not, you have no choice, you have to buy GMO.

In our case here, I wish I could buy organic animal food/grains, but it is not available.

My point: What is the good of labeling GMO if afterwards we don't get a choice?

I can't go to the healthfood shop to buy the grains for my chickens - as an example! It's too expensive!

Very good stance of Monsanto to pour so much money into trying to avoid labeling, because while the battle is waging for labeling, people are distracted from battling for FORBIDDING GMO FOREVER! And that is the only way forward.

I so despair that I cannot make myself understood on this subject! The Monsanto farming practices DESTROY the soils instead of building them up every year as organic and biodynamic farmers do.

World starvation??? Indeed! Thanks to modern farming practices, the world IS starving. Oh, there IS enough food, but there is not much nutrition in it anymore, hence the explosive epidemic of all those modern illnesses.

Well, I guess, I'll just go back into my little corner now and despair and tomorrow I'll go out into my fields and work again and again and again and again to improve my soil! With perfect soil, I can grow anything in it, I've proven that beyond any doubt and I don't have any pests on my crops either.

Despair .........

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