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CNN: Millions protest genetically modified food, Monsanto, organizers say

Posted: May 28th, 2013 | Filed under: Press, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Millions protest genetically modified food, Monsanto, organizers say

Two million people in more than 50 countries marched over the weekend in protest against a company called Monsanto, organizers claimed. CNN could not independently verify those numbers.

Monsanto is a giant, $58 billion multinational corporation with field offices in 60 countries. It was founded more than 100 years ago – and is best known for producing the chemical known as Agent Orange that scorched thousands of miles of earth during the Vietnam war.

Monsanto currently produces pesticides designed to deliver a death blow to living things, and also produces seeds designed to resist those lethal chemicals.

Now the company, with a history of questionable ethics practices and close ties to the government, may have received protection from future trouble. Slipped into a bill signed by President Barack Obama back in March is something called the “Monsanto Protection Act,” which would shield Monsanto seeds and other genetically modified crops approved by the Agriculture Department to be grown – even if there is action in the courts against them.

The weekend protest was focused on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. GMOs are plants, bacteria, and animals whose genetic makeup has been scientifically altered.

Some opponents want GMOs banned, others say foods whose DNA has been changed needs to at least be labeled.

Monsanto is a leading producer of genetically modified seeds and herbicides. In the last quarter alone it sold seed – much of it modified – worth more than $4 billion. The company said their business helps to feed the planet.

“It’s a vision that strives to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population,” said a Monsanto ad.

Some of the outrage was sparked by shocking photos showing massive tumors that developed on rats that ate genetically modified corn over a lifetime.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Caen, France. It has been criticized by many in the scientific community, and by the European food safety authority, who said it is simply not up to scientific standards.

Even so, the disturbing tumor photos lead many to question their own standards about what exactly they are eating.

But consumers have no way of knowing if they are eating genetically modified food, or feeding it to their family.

Last week, U.S. senators debated whether states could require food labeling for products with genetically engineered ingredients. The legislation, introduced by Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, failed.

“When you take on very powerful biotech companies like Monsanto and large food corporations, who, in many ways, would prefer that people not know what is in the food that they produce, they’re very powerful,” said Sanders. “They were able to gather a whole lot of support in the Senate.”

On its website, Monsanto states, “plant biotechnology has been in use for over 15 years, without documented evidence of adverse effects on human or animal health or the environment.”

Legislators who sided with Monsanto say the company is improving on nature.

“I think it would more accurately be called a modern science to feed a very troubled and hungry world,” Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts said on the Senate floor last week.

But Sanders said the company, and others like it, need to be more transparent, and that slipping protection for Monsanto into that March bill was wrong.

“People have a right to know what is in the food they’re eating,” said Sanders.

“You have deregulated the GMO industry from court oversight, which is really not what America is about. You should not be putting riders that people aren’t familiar with, in a major piece of legislation,” said Sanders.

Law or no law, grocery giant Whole Foods said they will start labeling all genetically modified food by 2018.

“The fact is there are no studies, as yet, linking GMO to health problems,”said Michael Moss, New York Times investigative reporter and author of “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.”

The flip side, said Moss, is there are few scientists doing that kind of research, and the agency in charge of GMOs is “the FDA, which has a real spotty record on food safety, which concerns people.”

At the moment, the issue appears to be evolving into a matter of disclosure.

“People care about what they’re putting into their bodies, and they want to know what is in the products that they’re eating, so they can make that decision,” said Moore.


Source: Senator Sanders Youtube + CNN

Washington Post: Probe of 3 FDA Officials Sought

Posted: November 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Genetic Crimes, Press | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Probe of 3 FDA Officials Sought

Industry Ties Before Approval of Bovine Growth Hormone Are at Issue

By John Schwartz, Washington Post Staff Writer, April 19, 1994

Three members of Congress have called for a federal investigation into possible conflicts of interest involving three officials of the Food and Drug Administration, which approved a controversial genetically engineered Monsanto Corp. drug last year. All three agency officials had some ties to Monsanto before coming to the FDA, but an agency spokesman denied there was any misconduct.

In a letter Friday to the General Accounting Office, Reps. George E. Brown Jr. (D-Calf.), David R. Obey (D-Wis.) and Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) asked the watchdog agency to conduct a 30-day review of the FDA’s approval of recombinant bovine somatotropin (bST), a substance that increases milk yields in cows.

“A troubling pattern of unanswered questions is emerging that suggests an altogether too cozy relationship between some FDA officials central to this food safety decision and their close dealings with the Monsanto Company,” Sanders said in a statement.

The letter- which cites an anonymous March 16 complaint ostensibly written by members of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM)- asks the GAO to probe the roles of three “key” FDA officials in the approval of the Monsanto drug.

The highest ranking is Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for policy, a past FDA employee who rejoined the agency in 1991 from the Washington law firm King and Spalding, which represents Monsanto. Also named was Margaret A. Miller, deputy director of the agency’s office of new animal drugs. The letter characterized her as “a former Monsanto company employee” who wrote the FDA’s opinion on why milk from bST-treated cows should not require special labeling.

A third staff member, Susan Sechen, was described as a data reviewer at the FDA who had worked as a graduate student for a Cornell University professor who conducted Monsanto-sponsored research on bST.

Anti-biotechnology activist Jeremy Rifkin first made the charges about Taylor in February, when he petitioned the FDA to rescind the approval of bST and investigate the three staff members’ role in the agency’s policy.

On March 15, FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler sent Rifkin a four-page letter stating that “none of the activities of Mr. Taylor cited in your petition were in violation of any applicable law or regulation, or were otherwise inappropriate … I believe that Mr. Taylor’s behavior adhered to all applicable ethical standards.”

Kessler said that Taylor had not been “intimately” involved in Monsanto’s efforts to obtain approval, as Rifkin charged, and that he was involved in the FDA’s bST policy only in the final stages of review.

Kessler attached a nine-page memo by FDA ethics official Jack M. Kress supporting that position. Upon arrival at the FDA in the summer of 1991, Taylor recused himself for one year from taking part in any agency action dealing directly with Monsanto or any other King and Spalding clients.

Some longtime agency critics found the charges against Taylor misplaced. Sidney Wolfe, a physician who heads the Public Citizen Health Research Group here has filed complaints with the FDA about revolving door ethics issues concerning other officials. But he said yesterday that “It’s barking up a silly kind of tree to be going against Mike Taylor.”

Wolfe said that “as far as we’re concerned, he’s done a perfectly good job.” Wolfe compared Rifkin’s charges to saying that anyone who worked for a drug company and began working for the FDA should not be allowed to say anything about drugs in general- a stance that Wolfe characterized as “preposterous.”

As for the two other FDA employees named in the House members’ letter, agency spokesman Jim O’Hara said there was no impropriety. “As we have learned of these allegations, we have looked at them. The appropriate safeguards against conflict of interest have been taken,” O’Hara said.

Miller was no involved in the decision to approve bST, and Sechen’s involvement with the bST review was approved at the outset by the FDA’s ethics and program integrity division, which “determined that there was no a conflict of interest based on the information they were provided,” O’Hara said.

Although reluctant to comment in the face of a possible investigation, Taylor said yesterday that “I would welcome any scrutiny of my actions.”

Much of the material used in the lawmakers’ letter, including the anonymous CVM letter alleging Miller’s conflict of interest, came from Rifkin, a long-standing opponent of bST. Bill Goold, a spokesman for Sanders, said the search of scientific literature relied upon by Sander’s staff in drafting the letter came from Rifkin’s organization.

Rifkin has fought against the approval of bST for more than seven years as a part of an all-fronts assault against biotechnology. He called his ethical charges “a significant scandal” that he said showed moral weakness at the top of the organization. “We want Kessler’s resignation,” Rifkin said yesterday. He said that the nine-page ethics memo by FDA’s Kress was “people in government trying to protect their own.”

Sanders and Obey have previously taken stands against the approval of bST and its use without consumer labels that identify the milk as coming from cows treated with the drug.

But many Capitol Hill staff members were surprised to see Brown- who chairs the Science, Space, and Technology Committee- as a signer of the letter.

Sources familiar with the process said key committee staff members felt they had been end-run by activists. One congressional aide said staff members who normally would be informed of such an action were unaware that Brown had signed the letter.

“George’s issue is with the process of approval. He wants to make sure people are squeaky-clean,” the aide said. Brown did not see the FDA response to the Rifkin petition before signing the Sanders letter, an aide said. Obey said yesterday that he had seen the FDA response and “I’m frankly not impressed.”

Some acquaintances of Taylor were incredulous that the official would be the object of ethical scrutiny. “There’s no more ethical person in this town than Mike Taylor,” said Wayne Pines, a former FDA official who now consults with companies on FDA matters. “Mike would never get involved in a situation in which there’s a conflict- that’s such a no-brainer.”


Source: Washington Post, April 19, 1994

The Nation: Mitt Romney, Monsanto Man

Posted: September 12th, 2012 | Filed under: Press | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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Mitt Romney, Monsanto Man

by Wayne Barrett, September 12, 2012


This article was reported in collaboration with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, where Barrett is a reporting fellow.


Though Mitt Romney has been campaigning for president since 2006, it’s alarming how little is known about critical chapters of his business biography. Nothing spells that out more clearly than his ties to Monsanto—the current target of a mid-September Occupy nationwide action—whose dark history features scandals involving PCBs, Agent Orange, bovine growth hormone, NutraSweet, IUD, genetically modified (GM) seed and herbicides, reaching back to the 1970s and ’80s. That’s when Monsanto was the largest consulting client of Romney’s employer, Bain & Company, and when Romney helped move Monsanto from chemical colossus to genetic giant, trading one set of environmental controversies for another.
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Why Senator Bernie Sanders’ GMO Labeling Amendment to the Farm Bill Failed: Monsanto’s GMO Money

Posted: June 27th, 2012 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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Last week corporate cash killed Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) GMO Labeling amendment to the Senate Farm Bill (S. 3240). The Genetic Crime Unit of Occupy Monsanto decided to cross-reference the Amendment’s vote tally with the last 10 years of Monsanto’s PAC contributions to U.S. Senators.

It’s not surprising that of the 73 Senators who voted against (‘Nay’) the amendment, 37 Senators, or over 50%, received a combined total of $237,500 in campaign contributions from Monsanto’s PAC. Only 2 Senators, Senator Inouye from Hawaii & Senator Leahy from Vermont, who received a combined total of $8,000 from Monsanto’s PAC, voted in support (‘Yea’) of the GMO labeling amendment.

Monsanto’s GMO Money is rampant in the halls of Congress and the corporation’s patented genes are becoming a biohazard to the health of American democracy. With nearly half of American U.S. Senators becoming genetically mutated, we must take action to remove Monsanto’s GMO Money from the currency supply. Do you have plans for the third week of September? Yea.


State Last Name Vote Monsanto’s GMO Money
MO Blunt Nay $36,000.00
GA Chambliss Nay $21,500.00
MO McCaskill Nay $15,000.00
IA Grassley Nay $14,000.00
IA Harkin Nay $13,000.00
NE Nelson Nay $13,000.00
MT Baucus Nay $11,500.00
ID Crapo Nay $11,000.00
KS Roberts Nay $9,000.00
IN Lugar Nay $8,000.00
UT Hatch Nay $7,000.00
MS Wicker Nay $6,000.00
LA Vitter Nay $6,000.00
ID Risch Nay $5,500.00
ND Hoeven Nay $5,000.00
OH Portman Nay $5,000.00
KY McConnell Nay $5,000.00
NC Burr Nay $5,000.00
IL Durbin Nay $5,000.00
KS Moran Nay $5,000.00
OK Coburn Nay $4,000.00
NE Johanns Nay $3,000.00
MI Stabenow Nay $3,000.00
SD Thune Nay $2,500.00
LA Landrieu Nay $2,000.00
MS Cochran Nay $2,000.00
AL Sessions Nay $2,000.00
AR Pryor Nay $2,000.00
NY Gillibrand Nay $2,000.00
PA Casey Nay $1,500.00
MN Klobuchar Nay $1,000.00
AZ Kyl Nay $1,000.00
GA Isakson Nay $1,000.00
ND Conrad Nay $1,000.00
DE Carper Nay $1,000.00
WY Enzi Nay $1,000.00
NC Hagan Nay $1,000.00
NM Bingaman Nay $0.00
KY Paul Nay $0.00
WY Barrasso Nay $0.00
NV Reid Nay $0.00
FL Rubio Nay $0.00
TN Alexander Nay $0.00
NH Ayotte Nay $0.00
CO Udall Nay $0.00
VA Webb Nay $0.00
VA Warner Nay $0.00
PA Toomey Nay $0.00
NH Shaheen Nay $0.00
NY Schumer Nay $0.00
ME Snowe Nay $0.00
AL Shelby Nay $0.00
SC Graham Nay $0.00
MN Franken Nay $0.00
DE Coons Nay $0.00
TX Hutchison Nay $0.00
NV Heller Nay $0.00
OH Brown Nay $0.00
ME Collins Nay $0.00
IN Coats Nay $0.00
SC DeMint Nay $0.00
TX Cornyn Nay $0.00
TN Corker Nay $0.00
AZ McCain Nay $0.00
MA Brown Nay $0.00
MI Levin Nay $0.00
FL Nelson Nay $0.00
NJ Menendez Nay $0.00
WI Kohl Nay $0.00
WI Johnson Nay $0.00
OK Inhofe Nay $0.00
AR Boozman Nay $0.00
UT Lee Nay $0.00
IL Kirk Not Voting $0.00
HI Inouye Yea $7,000.00
VT Leahy Yea $1,000.00
OR Merkley Yea $0.00
OR Wyden Yea $0.00
MD Mikulski Yea $0.00
AK Murkowski Yea $0.00
CT Lieberman Yea $0.00
WV Manchin Yea $0.00
MT Tester Yea $0.00
NM Udall Yea $0.00
RI Whitehouse Yea $0.00
WA Murray Yea $0.00
RI Reed Yea $0.00
VT Sanders Yea $0.00
CT Blumenthal Yea $0.00
CA Boxer Yea $0.00
WA Cantwell Yea $0.00
HI Akaka Yea $0.00
AK Begich Yea $0.00
SD Johnson Yea $0.00
MA Kerry Yea $0.00
NJ Lautenberg Yea $0.00
CO Bennet Yea $0.00
CA Feinstein Yea $0.00
MD Cardin Yea $0.00
WV Rockefeller Yea $0.00

Note: These figures are only from Monsanto’s PAC. Congress receives millions of dollars from the biotech industry as a whole, undoubtedly influencing their vote against the people’s right to know if they are eating GMOs.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) slams Monsanto as he introduces a GMO Labeling amendment to the Farm Bill

Posted: June 14th, 2012 | Filed under: Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

Today during the Senate debate over amendments to the Farm Bill (S.3240), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) slammed Monsanto repeatedly during his remarks. Please click here to contact your Senators and tell’em to support the GMO labeling amendment.



Text of amendment from the Library of Congress:

   SA 2256. Mr. SANDERS (for himself and Mrs. BOXER) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 3240, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 2017, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

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