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Monsanto Protection Act Proves Corporations More Powerful Than US Government

Anthony Gucciardi
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March 20th, 2013
Updated 03/20/2013 at 2:53 pm
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monsantoprotectionactcorporations Monsanto Protection Act Proves Corporations More Powerful Than US GovernmentWe’ve seen similar scenarios in the past, events in which the massive financial power of multi-national corporations is able to buy out legislators who were elected to ‘represent’ voters. But now, Monsanto has set the bar even higher. Instead of just getting a few kickbacks or avoiding USDA regulation, Monsanto lobbyists have gone as far as to generate legislative inclusions into a new bill that puts Monsanto above the federal government.

It’s called the Monsanto Protection Act among activists and concerned citizens who have been following the developments on the issue, and it consists of a legislative ‘rider’ inside (Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) a majority-wise unrelated Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill. You may already be aware of what this rider consists of, but in case not you will likely be blown away by the tenacity of Monsanto lobbyist goons.

If this rider passes with the bill, which could be as early as this week, Monsanto would have complete immunity from federal courts when it comes to their ability to act against any new Monsanto GMO crops that are suspected to be endangering the public or the environment (or considered to be planted illegally by the USDA). We’re talking about courts that literally can do nothing to Monsanto if it’s found that their newest creation may be promoting cancer, for example. Whether it’s a GMO banana or an apple, Monsanto could continue planting the food abomination all it wants under court review.

Food Democracy Now has launched a petition on the subject, explaining:

“The Monsanto Protection Act would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops.”

What really enraged Monsanto was the incident back in 2010, when a federal judge actually revoked Monsanto’s approval to plant GMO sugar beets due to environmental concerns. This is exactly what Monsanto intends to stop, literally becoming more powerful than federal courts in their conquest to monopolize the entire food chain.

Monsanto Overcomes US Government

Monsanto has literally gotten away with murder ever since it was founded way back in 1901. Very few people actually realize the history of this company. Not many activists realize that this is the same company that was responsible, along with Dow Agrosciences, for creating Agent Orange. Created for the US military to be used during Vietnam as a ‘defoliant’ (really used for incognito chemical warfare operations which affected both allied and enemy troops), the concoction that was Agent Orange consisted of a medley of highly toxic ingredients including dioxin — a type of toxic substance considered to be one of the deadliest on the planet.

Agent Orange, from Monsanto, killed 400,000 people and led to 500,000 children born with troubling birth defects. And in addition to those stats 1 million were rendered disabled or at least suffer from health issues from Agent Orange exposure. This includes US soldiers.

So what happened to Monsanto after they designed a ‘defoliant’ that was actually a deadly chemical weapon that killed, maimed, and ruined lives of innocents and US soldiers? Monsanto issued a truly heart-felt statement that their Agent Orange wasn’t really that dangerous despite all of the evidence that is now accepted as fact:

“We are sympathetic with people who believe they have been injured and understand their concern to find the cause, but reliable scientific evidence indicates that Agent Orange is not the cause of serious long-term health effects.”

Oh, and they settled for what amounts to chump change in order to silence the dying veterans, paying 45% of the 180 million dollar payout in order to make the veterans drop the charges. Then, of course, they eventually went on to make genetically modified crops and take over 90 plus percent of the GM seed market. A market that they have actually cornered by patenting their seeds, which India calls ‘biopiracy’. Before that, they mass produced plastics that we now know are morphing the hormones of consumers.

But let’s also not forget that Monsanto has so many ties inside the US government that it has managed to slip into a very comfortable position. Former Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto, Michael Taylor ultimately became a major head the FDA. Before that, Taylor conveniently worked specifically on Monsanto’s “food and drug law” practices. Specifically in regards to Monsanto’s cloned rBGH. But remember, this was before Monsanto decided to go for a more ‘blatant’ route.

Now, instead of just operating in the shadows, Monsanto is pushing a much bolder move with the Monsanto Protection Act. It not only sets a troubling precedent for Monsanto, but also for other bloated multi-national corporations that want to obtain higher authority and immunity from US courts.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail Monsanto Protection Act Proves Corporations More Powerful Than US GovernmentGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • USsoulja

    once again GJ USA
    the WHOLE world thanks you

    i guess i just terrorist now?
    no bomb me pls i just honest

  • SMSURFER

    Lets remember one thing here… Monsanto just didnt become this powerful by accident. Presidnet OBAMA put these Monsanto execs into office. Yes, he appointed 5 of the biggest Monsanto boys to head ..the FDA, the USDA, and USAID. I hear nothing about this …. do the research yourself. President Obama gave them this position. SM

  • GoodNeighbor

    I live in Canada and I want to help! How?

  • http://twitter.com/1FastMopar @1FastMopar

    This happens while the country stands by and watches, or has no clue what to do, and myself, I don't know what we can seriously do to put a stop to these type situations, no doubt they go on every day. If they don't get through today, they get through tomorrow hidden in another bill or act, with some different verbiage.. :-(

  • Lino

    Is only one solution for this problem . Monsanto went to far , so we have to Nuke them.

    • Anonymous

      As crazy as u sound those were exactly my thoughts

  • http://NMUrbanHomesteader.blogspot.com/ TNTCrazyLady

    I think it is more like the government and corporations like Monsanto have an unholy affair going on – they are in bed with each other and both are playing their Jolly Greed Giant cards ;-{

  • Jude55wastingaway

    I believe this article was purely based on a Canadian video posted on the Dr. Mercola site 3/19/13. It is a life changing, end of the world`s food supply as we know it video. It is an 1hr 49mins. but every second worth it. It gets more interesting as the truth gets deeper and blatantly obvious. Starting w/ Bush Sr. and continuing w/ Bush Jr. and Clinton. From antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, GM`d foods all Monsanto based and based on global overtaking of the food
    supply. Watch it for your kids sake. Our well being is in jeopardy. The URL IS…
    http://articles. mercola..com/sites/articles/archives/2013/03/19whole-foods-gmo-labeling.aspx

    I came across this doing research on my CIPRO toxicity which has kept me crippled for 4 years after one course was
    prescribed to me for a case of POISON IVY by my BIG PHARMA brainwashed doctor. Bush Jr. made it possible for
    BIG PHARMA and doctors not to be sued for the side effects of drugs. So, next time you get an itch, get out of the bush`s
    otherwise you may end up in a wheelchair.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, the maneuvering around this rider proves the point that Monsanto has become too large and too ingrained in our daily infrastructure for legislation to effectively curb their projects or to provide required oversight. Now they are basically getting a free pass with the FDA and immunity from the courts (with the money they’re shelling out, neither should be a big surprise). What is a populace to do? We can boycott their products as best we can – that will at least keep most of it out of our bodies, but pretty much EVERYTHING at the grocery store contains SOMEthing touched by unproven GM ingredients, fertilizers, and pesticides/herbicides. Grow your own veggies. Hunt or raise your own meat. That is the ONLY way to be sure of what you are putting in your body. Will that stop Monsanto? No. Will it slow them down? No. Will it even make them think for half a moment? Hell, no. Monsanto is waging a war on American soil that our military and government are ill-equipped (and undesirous) in fighting (which is nothing new, conspiracy theorists or not, it is a verifiable fact that Monsanto, with the assistance of both the military and government agencies, directly tested Agent Orange and other chemicals on entire towns of unsuspecting innocent American citizens). As has always been the way, for Americans to demand what is right, action (not words) must happen at the grassroots level. Our farmers need to break their contracts with their seed suppliers. As citizens, we can’t force grocery store chains to get different suppliers, nor can we do the same for restaurants. We can take action against the farmers who choose to continue to do business with Monsanto for their seeds – this is the lowest rung on the ladder. If the farmers won’t grow it, then it won’t get grown. Period. Should we for Southern-style posses and start stringing up nooses? Well, that’s no better than what Monsanto is doing. Conversation can do wonders – how many farmers would stubbornly refuse to change once they know their ENTIRE community is against what they’re growing? If they still refuse, crops can be torn up, killed with Monsanto’s own chemicals, flooded, or burned. (Although burning can cause a LOT of collateral damage and would likely move a lot of the crap directly into the atmosphere.)

    In our nation that is “Of the people, by the people, and for the people” – where a corporation may now be considered a “person” – where this “person” can ultimately wield the power of multiple positions within our government simultaneously – it is clear that our government has become abusive of the society and the people that it is meant to preserve and protect. “…and if the government should ever become abusive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government.” Not just the “right of the people”, it is our DUTY as Americans to preserve the rightousness of our nation – and to protect the people that it is comprised of.

    • READ MORE

      Your statements were well-written and I don't think I could say it better. We need to take our freedom into our own hands instead of expecting our government to give it to us. Freedom is TAKEN, not given.

    • Anonymous

      Well said, sadly we are like 1% of the population who is actually aware that there’s a war between us and gmo foods. Everyone else is blissfully eating gmos. And a lot of people don’t care.

  • info

    http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news.cfm?met

    SEC. 735. In the event that a determination of non regulated status made pursuant to section 411 of the Plant Protection Act is or has been invalidated or vacated, the Secretary of Agriculture shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon request by a farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer, immediately grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation in part, subject to necessary and appropriate conditions consistent with section 411(a) or 412(c) of the Plant Protection Act, which interim conditions shall authorize the movement, introduction, continued cultivation, commercialization and other specifically enumerated activities and requirements, including measures designed to mitigate or minimize potential adverse environmental effects, if any, relevant to the Secretary’s evaluation of the petition for non-regulated status, while ensuring that growers or other users are able to move, plant, cultivate, introduce into commerce and carry out other authorized activities in a timely manner: Provided, That all such conditions shall be applicable only for the interim period necessary for the Secretary to complete any required analyses or consultations related to the petition for non-regulated status: Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Secretary’s authority under section 411, 412 and 414 of the Plant Protection Act.

  • Johnny_Warbucks

    It doesn't take Monsanto to realize that the government is nothing but the long arm of the corporations to steal for them and to repress the serfs. It was the banksters that let that cat out of the bag not Monsanto as evil a corporation as it may be.

  • alex

    *… MON$ATAN was & is WAR MACHINE!!!…CULL of USELESS EATERS…ring any bells???

  • RC

    Sign the petition at the link below:
    http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_monsanto_protection_act_today_senate

    Then copy & paste the same letter onto Notepad or an email. Change “Dear Senator” to “Dear Mr. President”, add your name at the bottom, print it out & FAX IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE:
    1-202-456-2461.

    A bill doesn’t become law until the president signs it. Obama returns from Israel later today. If he has a thousand or 5000 faxes waiting for him, telling him NOT to sign the Monsanto Protection Act, it could make all the differrence.

    If you can’t fax from home or your job, you can fax it for free online: http://www.FaxZero.com

    • RC

      That petition is way too long, nobody will read all that claptrap! Here’s a condensed version that can be faxed on a single page. (And be sure to increase the font size to “Heading 3″ on the FaxZero page after you paste in the letter.)
      ———————————————————

      Dear Mr. President,

      I am writing to urge you NOT to sign the Monsanto Protection Act into law! Please support Senator Tester’s amendment #74 to remove the biotech rider (Section 735) from the Continuing Resolution spending bill currently before Congress.

      The Monsanto Protection Act is a smokescreen that will let biotech firms continue selling GE seeds even though the court has already ruled that they were illegally approved by USDA. Congress should not meddle with the judicial review process solely to support the interest of biotech companies.

      The provision also forces the USDA to immediately approve permits for continued planting of GE seeds, effectively giving companies like Monsanto a “back door approval” mechanism. It is the USDA’s responsibility to protect the interests of THE PUBLIC, farmers and the environment, not Monsanto. That duty would be eliminated by this provision.

      I urge you to demand that Appropriations Chairwoman Mikulski pull this unconstitutional rider and I ask you to support any amendment that will strike Section 735 from the Continuing Resolution.

      Sincerely,

  • JGP

    Things people can do is to boycott GM products. Do not buy anything with corn fructose in it. Help support initiatives for labeling of food in the US. Use cane sugar instead of GM beet sugar ..Boycott Pepsi and Coke which are loaded with corn fructose.Do not use any products (diet products) with aspartane, sucralose, etc. Google Monsanto and become familiar with this horrendous nightmare of a multi national corporation and tell everyone you know about their practices and products.

    • janetoo

      Also – Become gluten and sugar free and starve them of sales. You will feel better physically and you will be sticking it to big agra business.

  • Somebody

    FDR said when corporations become more powerful than government, it is fascism.

    • READ MORE

      FDR worked with those same corporations. Don't forget, he was a 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite. He was part of the global control structure.

  • JDK
  • Tess

    You got some things we need to hear. Try writing facts succinctly.

    • Anonymous

      He did!!!

  • newscale62

    The United States of Monsanto-has a nice ring to it.

  • Kim

    May I suggest that this petition become MUCH easier to find so that (many) others will be able to easily sign it? If this may be voted on in Washington very soon, let’s hurry up with spreading this news.

    Also, who can we call to voice a strong outcry to stop this, our Senators or Representatives?

    • Kandice

      Reddit. Call to Reddit. The Reddit community is responsible for starting the internet blackout & the Occupy movement. Reddit gets shit done.

  • ndjinn

    So some facts would be nice. I think Monsanto is a horrible company but putting 6 paragraphs about Agent Orange does't tell me anything about this rider or what it means outside or your emotional tangents. Every point in this "article" when I think there is about to be some information heads in another direction. This seems to be a blog on a story which was about an article that based on a conversation overheard in a Starbucks.

    • Ludwig Solski

      I think you are right Monsato is big and powerful and doing things to protect their own interests but there is not enough information to draw any type of difinitive ideas or conclusions.I believe Monsanto is blazing new trails through genetic modifications and people want to hinder them so they can get their piece of the pie. genetic modification of anything is inherently dangerous and is afront of God , nature ,mother nature, or any omnipotent power.We must tred lightly went we screw with any almighty power!

      • LucyLou

        I think what Monsanto is trying to do is put farmers out of business who don't adhere to Monsanto's planting dictates. For instance: a farmer plants seeds bought from Monsanto, those seeds produce one crop and are the "dead". If that farmer then wants to plants seeds that have not come from Monsanto or are not genetically altered, they cannot…Monsanto will put them out of business if they try.

      • Kenneth Smith

        There is enough facts I have followed and researched Monsanto for the last 9 years and I have the facts. I once had a lot more until I got hacked by the Chinese and Monsanto is very close to the Chinese. I lost everything after being hacked files, contacts all of it. When I found out I went outside and threw up. They want a ONE WORLD ORDER–CONTROL THE WORLD FOOD SUPPLY–CONTROL THE POPULATION. A hungry people are much easier to control.

        • READ MORE

          These exact same ideas are found in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.. These are not new ideas, they have been formulated and planned out for 100+ years.

    • Johnny_Warbucks

      The rehash is necessary so that people know who Monsanto is and their history.

      • Anonymous

        I agree .. People need to know the background info to see just how long this has been going on.. NWO has slowly but surely been moving their agenda forward for decades.. With a multitude of new and evolving methods of mass , but slow de-population !! A planet of panic stricken masses would quickly get out of control.. Slow lingering deaths from cancers , vaccines, poisoned air and water,GMO’s and weather modification (HAARP).. are the easiest ways to eventually decrease worldwide populations quietly.. Ensuring a sustainable planet for the elites future.. Although, I wonder what will they have left after all the death and destruction and poisonous plants they will be left with?

    • Ramon

      I for one, like to see some emotion in reporting. I think reporters need to reveal their feelings on their topics. The info on agent orange sets
      the stage by an example showing M's moral degradation. Result: We conclude that such a firm shouldn't be trusted with such all encompassing legal power.

  • Linda Craemer

    In the second paragraph click on the blue link the Monsanto Protection Act. On the next page 3rd paragraph click on the blue link massive petition and the petition will be there… sign it….. for your own protection and good health. To understand the importance google GMO foods and Monsanto round-up ready seeds.

  • Calvin

    So where's the petition?