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Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act! Betrays America - It's Time to Label GMOs!
Food Democracy Now! ^ | 3.28.2013 | Dave

Posted on 03/28/2013 3:53:13 AM PDT by WCH

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we regret to inform you that late last night President Barack Obama signed H.R. 933, which contained the Monsanto Protection Act into law. This is an outrage that will not go unanswered.

While we are still waiting to hear from the administration all the final details, we understand at this time that Section 735, the Monsanto biotech rider is intact.

President Obama knowingly signed the Monsanto Protection Act over the insistence of more than 250,000 Americans who signed an urgent letter asking that he use his executive authority to veto H.R. 933 and send it back to Congress to remove the Monsanto Protection Act from the bill. Regretfully, President Obama failed to live up to his oath to protect the American people and our constitution

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics
KEYWORDS: 113th; agriculture; bho44; food; foodsupply; gmo; monsanto
Yet another group who finally see the failure that is Obama.
1 posted on 03/28/2013 3:53:13 AM PDT by WCH
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To: WCH

This bill is so dangerous and the average fool doesn’t even know about it.


2 posted on 03/28/2013 4:01:55 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: WCH
Almost seems they could be hoping to poison people or to let it happen.
3 posted on 03/28/2013 4:04:42 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: WCH
Regretfully, President Obama failed to live up to his oath to protect the American people and our constitution

He hasn't done so going on FIVE YEARS now!

These people are surprised.......why?

4 posted on 03/28/2013 4:17:19 AM PDT by MamaTexan (Please do not mistake my devotion to fairness as permission to be used as a doormat)
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To: sneakers

bttt


5 posted on 03/28/2013 4:22:51 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: WCH

Oh please, they would rush to vote for him again if they could. Goldfish have a longer memory span than these idiots.


6 posted on 03/28/2013 4:24:27 AM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: WCH

“Here’s what I’ll do as president... we’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying.”


7 posted on 03/28/2013 4:26:07 AM PDT by bryan999
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To: WCH

What the heck is the Monsanto Protection Act?


8 posted on 03/28/2013 4:28:11 AM PDT by dartuser (My firearm is not illegal ... its undocumented.)
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To: WCH

Luddite tears are pretty much valueless.


9 posted on 03/28/2013 4:29:06 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: WCH

$$$$$$$$$, as usual.


10 posted on 03/28/2013 4:29:42 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: dartuser

http://www.ibtimes.com/monsanto-protection-act-5-terrifying-things-know-about-hr-933-provision-1156079


11 posted on 03/28/2013 4:30:32 AM PDT by bryan999
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To: WCH

And Russia bans them to protect their people from cancer. Obama is on the WRONG SIDE AGAIN!!!

Russia Bans GMO Corn Over Cancer Fears as Pressure Builds on Monsanto
http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/13050-russia-bans-gmo-corn-over-cancer-fears-as-pressure-builds-on-monsanto


12 posted on 03/28/2013 4:47:58 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: WCH

????

genetically modified foods???

maintain safety....then modify away.

now if we can only get zer0 to build nuclear power plants and the Canadian pipeline...


13 posted on 03/28/2013 4:49:32 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: WCH

So many progressive/liberal/hippy/democrat voters/idiots talk about how bad Monsanto is and how it destroys and pollutes our food supplies.

Now Obama is on the bandwagon with what these people loathe. Bwahahahahahahaha


14 posted on 03/28/2013 4:52:02 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: bryan999
5 "terrifying" things about the Act... a quick read of them shows that only idiots are opposing it. Ergo, I will be happy that it passed.

The 5 "Terrifying" things":

1. "The 'Monsanto Protection Act' effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting"...
Yeah, I'd love to see this language be upheld by ANY court, LOL. Judges always look for ways to block their own decisions. SMH

2. "The provision's language was apparently written in collusion with Monsanto... Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, actually worked with Monsanto on a provision"
This is not exactly a new phenomenon. Oooohh, can't you feel the TERROR!!

3. "Many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the 'Monsanto Protection Act' even existed within the bill they were voting on."
Again, nothing new. More non-terror.

4. "The President did nothing to stop it, either."
OMG!!! WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE!!! We stamped our little feet and the government didn't obey us! Waaaah!

5. "It sets a terrible precedent. Though it will only remain in effect for six months"...
Seriously, the full summary of the FIVE TERRIFYING THINGS is that it was written with language that will be utterly ineffective in a legal challenge, Monsanto was consulted, it passed, it passed, and it passed but is only effective for 6 months.

Once again, judging solely by the words of the opposition, I have zero problems with this bill now.

15 posted on 03/28/2013 4:53:41 AM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: WCH

http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/12911-france-reponds-to-study-of-gmos-that-show-links-to-tumors-and-organ-damage

Biotech massaging Pharmatech


16 posted on 03/28/2013 4:55:41 AM PDT by WCH
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To: bert
Luddite tears are pretty much valueless.

It's hard to see the real issue from inside your colon.

17 posted on 03/28/2013 4:56:10 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: dartuser

If you’re comfortable with fish DNA spliced into your produce or eating plants which produce their own pesticides then don’t worry.

Tons of cash will always speak louder in D.C. than ordinary Americans who are too busy to find out what’s going on.


18 posted on 03/28/2013 4:58:31 AM PDT by EricT. (The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.)
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To: FreedomStar3028

How about Monsanto and DuPont ‘owning’ the food supply while in cahoots with our FedGov.


19 posted on 03/28/2013 4:58:42 AM PDT by WCH
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To: WCH
this[rider] makes GMO companies exempt from our judicial court system. Even if a court orders Monsanto to stop planting seeds until an environmental review is carried out, this bill overrules that.

Isn't there a separation of powers issue with this?

20 posted on 03/28/2013 5:00:16 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: bryan999

LOL...I had to look up that quote to see if it was real. Sure enough—OCT 2011.

As ridiculous as this is, it’s not surprising in the slightest.


21 posted on 03/28/2013 5:00:37 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Here’s the full quote and he said it in 2007 actually:

“Here’s what I’ll do as President. I’ll immediately implement Country of Origin Labeling because Americans should know where their food comes from. And we’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying.”


22 posted on 03/28/2013 5:06:53 AM PDT by bryan999
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To: EricT.

Agreed. GM foods are a real danger. Removing the random triggers that God built in is a dangerous things. Like commies and their central planning it is another attempt to controllife itself. Genetic manipulation is ahallmark of the the totalitarianist. Hitler, Stalin... They would love this. Studies do indicate some links with cellular decay over time. This could beva disaster but is so far into the supply chain it may be impossible to stop. We are in bizzaro world where Russia seems tobe the one doing the right things to protect and preserve their nation while we flush ourselves down the toilet.


23 posted on 03/28/2013 5:08:53 AM PDT by Deathtomarxists (collapse death heartburn heartache dingdongs diaherea)
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To: bryan999

Not exactly terrifying ...


24 posted on 03/28/2013 5:21:46 AM PDT by dartuser (My firearm is not illegal ... its undocumented.)
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To: WCH

Ahh the fun of the Internet. Here is H.R. 933.
http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20130318/BILLS-113hr933eas.pdf

Monsanto is not mentioned. Section 735 is the “Plant Protection Act” and doesn’t relate to Monsanto but vacates it, thus removing regulations for all farmers unless Obama’s EPA says otherwise in a specific case.

Yep, it does give the EPA too much power but on the other hand, it removed regulation. It did not protect Monsanto or any other entity.


25 posted on 03/28/2013 5:34:33 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: dartuser

It is a term made up by people on the internet to cause wailing and gnashing of teeth. Here is the actual bill.
http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20130318/BILLS-113hr933eas.pdf

Good luck finding any reference to Monsanto in there. People are freaking because it removed some government regulations and oversight in the plant protection act giving farmers and farm producers a bit more freedom without big brother breathing down their neck.


26 posted on 03/28/2013 5:36:05 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Of course it doesn’t mention particular companies.

It essentially deregulates genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to override judicial rulings and grant temporary permits for conventional farmers to plant and grow genetically modified crops while pending review. Previously, a court could suspend the planting and selling of genetically engineered crops if presented with a potential health or environmental risk or if not properly approved by the USDA. However, as legal battles persist, the “biotech rider” protects the ability of large biotech companies including Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and DuPont, to continue business as usual with the USDA’s blessing.

Monsanto has been fighting this for a while:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto_Co._v._Geertson_Seed_Farms


27 posted on 03/28/2013 5:55:09 AM PDT by WCH
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To: WCH

And one of Obama’s recent ‘appointees...a former Monsanto employee.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/youre-appointing-who-plea_b_243810.html


28 posted on 03/28/2013 6:01:57 AM PDT by WCH
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To: WCH

Everyone distrusts Monsanto. Watch Obama’s approval rating plummet. This is something liberals and conservatives can come together against Obama for. Maybe the media will start kicking up some dust....and realize that if Obama would do this, then it starts to get people to thinking.

“Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act? Maybe the right wing crazies were right all along” *Starts googling and researching Benghazi, FnF, origin of birth, etc* *Finds freerepublic.com*
*discovers the truth*.


29 posted on 03/28/2013 6:02:01 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: WCH

Here is the Plant Protection Act that section 735 voids.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/pdf/PlantProtAct2000.pdf

Good luck with finding GMO or genetically modified in that too.

Other than increasing the EPA’s powers, the bill itself does almost the opposite of what is claimed on these blogs. It eliminates regulations that are what hurt smaller farmers. It would do nothing for big agribusiness that always find ways around the system. At that, Monsanto’s presence grew after the Plant Protection act and more and more small farmers were pushed out, so eliminating it hopefully will mitigate that.


30 posted on 03/28/2013 6:05:40 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Yea, proponents like to call it ..Farmer Assurance Provision

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/1906/center-for-food-safety-denounces-dangerous-biotech-earmark-in-senate-passed-spending-bill


31 posted on 03/28/2013 6:16:51 AM PDT by WCH
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To: FreedomStar3028

Not exactly right wing. Look at the source article. Pro-Occupy, promotes global warming, links to environmental wacko groups, anti-Capitalist, etc.


32 posted on 03/28/2013 6:16:58 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: WCH

Fortunately this ‘rider’ only has a 6 month shelf life at this point.


33 posted on 03/28/2013 6:18:09 AM PDT by WCH
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To: mnehring

I’m saying that if Obama will do something like this, that even liberals and pro-occupy are against, then they may start digging and researching OTHER things that they don’t know about Obama and become informed.


34 posted on 03/28/2013 6:18:29 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: WCH

No biotech event is commercialized until it is tested and approved. Once it is approved, farmers and downstream purchasers need to be able to rely on the determination. Suppose Farmer Bob has planted an approved event. The corn is up, or in the bin, or on a boat to China. An anti-biotech advocacy group goes judge shopping and finds a left wing tool willing to overturn the event approval based on Luddite fantasies and fear mongering press releases. Suddenly everyone in the supply chain has tons of unapproved product, which has very likely been commingled with other varieties, and you’ve now got a major trade disruption. All this legislation does is allow USDA to throw a circuit breaker and buy time for a rational review. Remember that this is with regard to reconsideration of previously approved events that have now entered the supply chain.

Political risk is a growing problem in our brave new world, and a lot of it is judge driven. If an activity is regulated and you have the relevant permits, licenses, or approvals, you should be able to proceed in good faith without gunslinging activist judges changing the rules retroactively.

As to GMOs, most U.S. corn and soybeans have been GM for 15 years. The technology is also spreading rapidly around the world. Activist groups hate it not because it is unsafe (it’s not), but because it’s big corporate agriscience and is best adapted to modern hi tech farming. Those who are nostalgic for endless lines of peasants toiling in the fields hate modern agriculture. The rest of the world, however, is not obligated to remain poor in order to provide photo ops for vacationing westerners.

For its part, Europe doesn’t like biotech because Europe doesn’t want to compete with modern producers in the U.S., Argentina, and Brazil. Partly as a result, Europeans pay twice to three times what we do for food, measured as a percentage of disposable income. Sane people in Europe understand perfectly well that they’ve created a mythological bogeyman as a smokescreen for naked protectionism, but the politics have taken over and reform will be difficult.

Some here seem not to like biotech because they’ve bought in to some of the hobgoblin stories put about by the usual Luddite suspects. If you are one of these folks, the good news is that you have a perfectly simple solution. Buy organic. You will pay a stiff premium and incur the higher health risks attendant on premodern production methods, but that is your call to make.


35 posted on 03/28/2013 6:52:40 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: sphinx

Thank you for your ray of rationalistic light in this.


36 posted on 03/28/2013 6:53:58 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: WCH
You posted an article on FR from Food Democracy Now!?

Really?

Will your next post be from CPUSA, CSPI, PETA, or Occupy Wall Street?

Apparently, you'll believe anything that's published on the internet. Luddites unite! We have nothing to lose but our brains. Junk science marches on.

37 posted on 03/28/2013 7:05:10 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: sphinx

Bump.


38 posted on 03/28/2013 7:09:01 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: sphinx

I’ll add in that much of this opposition to agribusiness is by environmental depopulation proponents. Companies like Monsanto have made farming a lot more efficient to support greater populations. Radical environmentalists want to push that our population is unsustainable.


39 posted on 03/28/2013 8:02:01 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: sphinx

Show us Luddites the alledged “science” that proves the safety of these seeds.
Fifteen years ago we did not have half the proliferation of diseases that we have now. Coincidence? When man convinces himself that he is smarter than God and Mother Nature, we are all in trouble.
Nothing to see here.. move along folks.


40 posted on 03/28/2013 8:35:17 AM PDT by acapesket
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To: acapesket

As long as we allow markets to work, we can agree to disagree and get along fine. I have no problem with GM corn and soybeans. YMMV. By all means, buy organic if you want, and if the higher price persuades you that you are buying a premium product. But be aware that biotech crops significantly reduce fertilizer use, herbicide and pesticide application, energy inputs, water consumption, and soil runoff. Biotech is green. The lefty Luddites don’t want you to know that.


41 posted on 03/28/2013 9:13:26 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: acapesket
Fifteen years ago we did not have half the proliferation of diseases that we have now.

Hyproble much? Actually, not even hyproble, it isn't even factual.

U.S. cancer rates down 20% after 1991 peak

Heart disease prevalence down in U.S.

At that, the only thing I could find that is rising is Diabetes which even the deepest stretch conspiracy websites rarely could connect those too. It has more to do with increased consumption of processed and fast foods as well as sugars.

When man convinces himself that he is smarter than God and Mother Nature, we are all in trouble.

Selective breeding and hybridization have been going on since the dawn of civilization. Most food crops we know today were created by some sort of genetic manipulation such as splicing or selective breeding. Ever wonder why you could eat a potato? Thank the South American Indians centuries ago who basically genetically mutated (though hybridization and plant splicing) what was a toxic species to be a safe, staple crop (the same thing for Tomatoes, part of the Nightshade family). The only thing that has changed is the method and efficiency (direct action on the genes versus trial and error over many generations).

God gave us a brain that strives to maximize the production of our surroundings. He didn't just make us cattle to munch on whatever is in front of us.

42 posted on 03/28/2013 9:45:40 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

God did not put Bacillus thuringenisis in our seed, Monsanto did.

I don’t engage in hyproble as I do not comprehend that concept. Where is the Scvience?

Try researching Lymes, autism, aspbergers, multiple sclerosis ,food allergies gluten intolerance just to name a few.


43 posted on 03/28/2013 10:17:27 AM PDT by acapesket
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To: acapesket
Show us Luddites the alledged “science” that proves the safety of these seeds.

Alleged? Sure.

Whatever you do, don't stop eating that organic corn. Be sure to ignore the scientific fact that Bt-corn contains, on average, 900% less cancer causing mycotoxins than the non GM corn you prefer. You might want to learn something about Fusarium molds, and the cancers they are known to cause. Death and illness from mycotoxins in non-GMO corn is real. Death and illness from Bt corn is not.

44 posted on 03/28/2013 11:09:18 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase

Again, I ask, where is the science? You want to eat viruses, insect parts etc? Feel free. Ever hear of Laginex and David Bell? Agraquest was a spinoff of Monsanto. I have had cancer twice, both times prior to my changeover to an organic non GMO diet. Hybridization is one thing, bastardization is a whole ‘nother subject.
What kind of a stat is 900%?

Happy Luddite.


45 posted on 03/28/2013 11:21:05 AM PDT by acapesket
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