Senator Stabenow Works Hard to Help Biotech Push GMOs
We had a big win against Monsanto recently when the DARK ACT (Monsanto’s favorite bill that would effectively ruin the food supply and halt GMO labeling initiatives) was stopped cold in Congress. Make no mistake, though; Senator Debbie Stabenow has been working overtime to make sure that you won’t know what’s in your food.
She worked overtime for biotech interests to make sure that DARK-Act provisions were attached to the end-of-the-year budget bill, and though they didn’t pass, she will do her bidding again come January.
She used familiar tactics to avoid high-profile votes on controversial issues that members of the House and Congress KNOW would upset their constituents. This is why the anti-labeling clauses were ‘slipped’ into the omnibus with riders. She was hoping that no one would notice. 
Stabenow must not realize that we’re watching her actions. For instance, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) recently thanked Senators Stabenow (D-MI), Coons (D-DE), and Franken (D-MN) for introducing S. 2271 (the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2015). It’s a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide credits for the production of renewable chemicals and investments in renewable chemical production facilities – a fancy way of saying biotech and chemical companies would get tax write-offs for continuing to pollute the planet. 
Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said clearly that she supports the biotech industry in her opening statement at a recent hearing on agriculture:
“That’s one reason why I support the use of biotechnology in agriculture.” 
Sen. Debbie Stabenow is the chair of the Agriculture Committee, and is often referred to as a mouthpiece of Monsanto – one of the world’s largest biotech companies responsible for manufacturing chemicals and genetically modified organisms. Incidentally, she received over three quarters of a million dollars from agribusiness interests ($739,926 to be exact) in agribusiness donations. Stabenow utilizes the propaganda being dispersed by the likes of Monsanto and the Gates Foundation to argue her point.
She recently spoke on behalf of the biotech giant seizing the opportunity to focus primarily on the myth that genetically modified ingredients are needed to feed the hungry people of the world, ignoring the fact that 64 countries now require GMO labeling. 
Senator Stabenow may have tried to get legislation supporting GMOs past us once, but we’ll fight hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.