“Following protests against Monsanto that took place in 52 countries, the company has thrown in the towel in most parts of Europe.” …
Political Update: Lobbying And GMO Giant Monsanto Buckles In Europe
Successful “March Against Monsanto” & Reaction To Seed Escape In Oregon Spur End Of Monsanto Push In Most Of Europe
It’s been a good week or so for those concerned about GMO seeds, GMO foods, and the push by industry giants like Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences towards putting their creations on your table and in your body whether you like it or not. First came the successful “March Against Monsanto”, which saw people protest in over 400 cities in 52 different countries against the company’s policies, its undue influence over their governments, and its GMO seeds and foods in general. The focus of the protest, however, was simple labeling. People want to know what’s in the food they eat; Monsanto doesn’t like that. They want to control your food supply and they don’t want to have to tell you what they’re doing to it, or what they’re putting into it. They keep telling us there is nothing harmful about their GMO foods and seeds, and yet they fight like the devil against any regulation that would require them to let us know when we’re consuming them. Doesn’t that raise a red flag for you? It sure does for me.
The next “good” thing that happened this last week was the fact that the USDA officially announced that GMO wheat had somehow “escaped” and was growing in Oregon wheat fields. How can this be “good”? Well, it wasn’t the escape itself that was good, of course. It was the reaction that brought about a good result, and we’ll get to that presently.
This “escape” of Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds was, of course, just one more in a long line of things that Monsanto had assured the world “could not happen”. They said it was an impossibility and we shouldn’t worry about it. Well, just like DDT, PCBs, and Agent Orange … all of them brought to us by the Frankenstein mentality of Monsanto … they were wrong about this too. Now the wheat crop in Oregon is contaminated, and no one can tell how far this will spread. Also, no one really knows what to do about it or even if anything can actually still be done now. The wheat futures markets are technically in a short term down trend, but are poised for a long term turn around to move up. If containment efforts turn out to be questionable or more new outbreaks of escaped GMO seeds are reported, the fundamentals of this market could send wheat prices upwards to levels not seen since the spike of 2008.
The “good” part of all this was the reaction: Japan immediately announced it would cease buying all Western wheat and feed, while Korea also announced they were suspending all purchases of U.S wheat until further notice. Now, I’m not saying that countries refusing to buy crops and seeds from the US is a good thing. However, the reaction of these countries has proved to be the “final straw” … at least for now … in the Monsanto push to occupy Europe with their GMO seeds. The company has announced it is suspending all lobbying in most of Europe for the foreseeable future. The genetic agri-business giant is tucking its tail between its legs and going home.
Here’s an article from Wolf Richter at TruthOut that goes into detail:
But now it (Monsanto) threw in the towel in Europe – where its genetically modified seeds have faced stiff resistance at every twist and turn. Even its deep corporate pockets and mastery of lobbying have failed: “It’s counterproductive to fight against windmills,” its spokesman told the Tageszeitung.
The Fight Against Monsanto And GMO Seeds, Foods: You Can Still Help
There is still time to take some action on what’s going on here in the US. There is an amendment proposed to the Senate Farm Bill that would repeal the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” that was inserted by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) into the “must-pass” budget bill of last March. This amendment was a really shameful political move designed simply to embarrass President Obama, who had to sign the budget bill whether it contained this kind of garbage or not. Blunt’s amendment essentially requires the government to approve Monsanto GMO seeds and also protects the company from any lawsuits that come about as a result of their products. The Farm Bill amendment that would repeal Blunt’s horrendous protection of his corporate master was presented by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and he could use all the support he can get. More Senators are joining the fight daiily, but we need to do everything we can to urge more and more of them to do so as well.
Here’s a link to a site where you can make your voice heard and ask your Senators to support Senator Merkley’s amendment. Click one of the links below and you’ll be taken to a “CREDO Action” petition that you can sign that will be delivered to the U.S Senate.
“The Monsanto Protection Act is an outrageous and dangerous giveaway that forces approval of genetically modified foods ahead of our safety. Please support Senator Merkley’s amendment to repeal this shameful act of Congress.” […]
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