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Monsanto Threatens To Sue Vermont If Legislators Pass A Bill Requiring Food To Be Labeled

By Will Allen and Ronnie Cummins
Alternet

What it really comes down to this: Elected officials are abandoning the public interest and pubic will in the face of corporate intimidation.

April 4, 2012

The world’s most hated corporation is at it again, this time in Vermont.

Despite overwhelming public support and support from a clear majority of Vermont’s Agriculture Committee, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if the bill passes.

The popular legislative bill requiring mandatory labels on genetically engineered food (H-722) is languishing in the Vermont House Agriculture Committee, with only four weeks left until the legislature adjourns for the year. Despite thousands of emails and calls from constituents who overwhelmingly support mandatory labeling, despite the fact that a majority (6 to 5) of Agriculture Committee members support passage of the measure, Vermont legislators are holding up the labeling bill and refusing to take a vote.

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wow, over-react much? I'm

wow, over-react much? I'm what's destroying America? Never voted for a neo-con, let alone a 'lesser evil', donated to the '08 and '12 Paul campaigns, voted for Paul in two primaries so far, etc, etc... and I'm the problem?

You, sir, fit the definition of "troll". Didn't address a single point in my post and instead just started in on the name calling. I'm done wasting my time on you.

Have a nice day and thank you for supporting Ron Paul.

disagree

With all due respect, your position is basically advocating that because HPV can have negative consequences, Rick Perry should be able to require girls to get vaccinated.

Ron Paul was a critic of that mandate and I find it highly unlikely that he would support this mandate.

GMO labeling mandates are none of government's business - federal or state.

your talking apples vs

your talking apples vs oranges. just because they're both mandates doesn't mean the issues are the same. The HPV one involves individual rights, the GMO one involves regulating commerce. Gov't can't (or shouldn't) infringe on individual rights, but last I checked even the Constitution OK'd commercial regulations. (intra vs inter notwithstanding...)

back to first principles

Let's go back to first principles. As a libertarian, I basically believe in the non-agression policy. I understand this policy to mean that one cannot initiate force against another.

Government forcing the Amish farmer, you, or Monsanto to label their wares in a particular way violates the non-agression policy. Ergo, I cannot support it.

To bolster my argument that Ron Paul would not support this mandate, I recall the following:

While listening to a RP interview with Neil Boortz, when Neil asked Paul whether he supported state medical licensing for doctors, Paul said he opposed it and suggested leaving it to the market to regulate - perhaps via private licensure boards. If Paul opposes state licensing mandates for doctors, I'm willing to bet he would oppose labeling mandates, too.

Again, I think you need to separate the legal argument (it's Constitutional) from the policy.

I'm with you, in principle.

I'm with you, in principle. In principle we could sue polluters and whatnot, but that's not how the real world works. At least not yet. Maybe after President Paul serves a term or two and President Rand Paul serves two after him we might start getting to the point where every libertarian principle is practical. But I'm very, very, very sorry to say that right now not all of them are.

At the risk of hijacking this

At the risk of hijacking this back-and-forth, I'd just like to say that we need to be working towards making these principals a reality. Every step we take as a movement should bring us closer to our goals of true freedom.

In the fight for freedom we shouldn't be erecting new bureaucracies and regulations, regardless of how well-intentioned they are. We should be working on dismantling the core problems (corporatism, the EPA, etc.) that make our libertarian principles impractical. We need to stop these unjustified uses of force, not merely steer the use of force in the direction that we think is best.

I'll 2nd that

Less bureaucracy = more freedom.

Companies are people.

Companies are people. Imagine if an Amish farmer selling raw milk was required to print out a warning label each time they sold raw milk. Listen to Peter Schiff, he talks about how burdensum the government regulations are in his industry, costing him millions.

Yet Congress

..has no problem passing laws that are unconstitutional!

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

They need to grow some balls and COUNTER SUE

Excuse my language but FUCK Monsanto! They should rally up some other states and sue the pants of Monsanto

Pass That Bill!!!!

Damn the lawsuits! . . . Full disclosure ahead!

Ha, ha, pubic will!!!??

sorry, I'll never grow up : P

please help us Vermonters to make them label GMO food!

i have this link right here to sign the petition to make it required for them to label their cancer causing food! I don't see Vermont giving up on this! we are a strong and indepedent state! http://www.vtrighttoknow.org/

Michael Nystrom's picture

Bring it!

We can hold a chipin for Vermont.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

This is Monsanto's way of

This is Monsanto's way of telling the American people and the State of Vermont to eat $hit and die.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

It probably looked impossible to stop pink slime to

but they have filed bankruptcy. Nothing is impossible given enough time and pressure.

I hate Monsanto more than almost anything.

THEY ARE PURE EVIL.

I hope the bill passes but the private market can fix this.

Any company that labels there food product Non GMO I am sure the people and the market will reward them richly.
Lets find companies that have products that do not contain
GMOs.
We simple ask them to volunteer to label there products Non GMOs and convince them that millions would support there products. We would defeat Monsanto in short order without it being legislated.
Lets educate those that have no idea about what GMOs are.

Yes!

A fantastic idea Maccheese!!

Deekey

Problem is

that will be illegal too just like made in the USA will soon be illegal

Funny but....yikes, it's true!

I started to laugh and then read where it already is happening.

optimystic's picture

It's against the law

to label food as non-GMO. Thus, it is possible to buy certified organic food that is also a GMO product - such as Canola oil.

It's also against the law to label beef as being tested and found free of mad cow disease (which has the same symptoms as Alzheimers). You can thank the USDA and the FDA.

Bio Dynamic foods are much higher grade than organic

they don't allow chemicals. It takes 5 years to be certified
as a Bio Dynamic Farm maybe that is a way around it.
Label it Bio Dynamic.

optimystic's picture

Read this....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09...

The labeling matter is further complicated because the FDA has maintained a tough stance for food makers who don't use genetically engineered ingredients and want to promote their products as an alternative...

It has sent a flurry of enforcement letters to food makers, including B&G Foods, which was told it could not use the phrase "GMO-free" on its Polaner All Fruit strawberry spread label because GMO refers to genetically modified organisms and strawberries are produce, not organisms.

It told the maker of Spectrum Canola Oil that it could not use a label that included a red circle with a line through it and the words "GMO," saying the symbol suggested that there was something wrong with genetically engineered food.

Ok they don't like the term GMOs call it Frankin foods

just so people know and have a free choice.

Further, whether its GMO/non-GMO....

That depends on State rights.

The point is the Federal Department of Health shouldn't even be stating anything. They don't get to decide what is/isn't GMO, and New Hampshire just went out to prove it.

USDA & FDA......Corporate shills

Do the geniuses at these (EPA et al) bureacracies think that they and theirs will be spared from the poison they pass as fit for human consumption?

Just sayin'

Thanx,

Jason

You can't get clean in a dirty bathtub.

Debbie's picture

It's not against the law. I see it all the time. Look up Non-

GMO Project.

Debbie

optimystic's picture

Yep, an end run

around the labeling restrictions. The Manufacturers can't advertise their product to be GMO free so they get a third party sticker on the item. You get to pay extra for that item due to the added layer of cost.

Exactly

There's even an app for the iPhone. I buy quite a few non gmo productst and try to stick with organics as much as possible.