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New farm bill gives Monsanto carte blanche - Massive public outcry necessary to stop the legislation

(NaturalNews) Imagine judicial review for protecting consumer rights and the environment going up in a puff of smoke and biotech corporations like Monsanto having complete immunity to plant whatever they want, whenever they want -- without testing. This is exactly what a small amendment in the proposed new farm bill guarantees.

The fine print

H.R. 5973: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 is legislation that will form agricultural and food policy in the U.S. if passed. According to American Farmland Trust:

"The farm bill is a package of federal legislation enacted every five to seven years to set the general direction for America's farm and food policy. Congress enacted the first farm bill in the wake of the Great Depression with the dual goals of supporting America's farmers and ranchers and helping them to maintain their land."

H.R. 5973 (otherwise known as The Monsanto Protection Act) carries a small rider in section 733 that grants biotech companies free reign with little oversight. The legal team at the Center for Food Safety translates section 733 as a "dangerous assault on fundamental federal and judicial safeguards" and "would create a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review."

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Colin Peterson is my

Colin Peterson is my Congressman. He is in charge farm bill. He gets a lot of money from Monsanto. He is killing small farms in Minnesota.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl4Yg2zcj5c

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zXvdow7-geY

I wasn't aware that the Constitution

gave courts a mandate of judicial review in order to protect consumers and the environment. Please someone, enlighten me by pointing out what part of the Constitution I've missed, seeing as how I've only read it about two dozen times.

What part of the Constitution provides for Government funding to

Agribusiness and biotech Companies?

H.R. 5973 (the Farm Bill) Is all about Government spending and subsidies.
THIS WHOLE BILL IS BAD, not just this rider.

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+1 Point.

+1 Point.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

NaturalNews writers sure do love government regulations

It seems like every NaturalNews article demands more government power and oversight.

"Blah blah blah MONSANTO blah blah blah GMOS blah blah GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND REGULATIONS MUST SAVE US blah blah blah."

Why don't we just get rid of the Department of Agriculture and the FDA so market forces can do what needs to be done?

**Ha! Multiple down votes for pointing out that Natural News continuously pumps out pro-statist propaganda? Some people here are suffering from severe cognitive dissonance and denial. The "natural"culture is based on pseudoscience and fallacy. Throughout history there has always been a vocal faction opposed to science and technological innovations. The Industrial revolution had plenty of people demanding government save us from industry. The computer revolution had plenty of people calling for government to save us from the 'evils' capitalism will do with computers. Nuclear technology still has plenty of opponents (some of whom write for NaturalNews.) The modern science boogie man is genetic engineering.

Are you aware this bill is a Government Spending Bill?

yet you seem to be cheerleading it?

H.R. 5973 (the Farm Bill) Is all about Government spending and subsidies. So if you are a free-marketer as you claim you are contradicting yourself.
THIS WHOLE BILL IS BAD, not just this rider.

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Except for this

Except for this, that I find too strong and just partisan:

"The "natural"culture is based on pseudoscience and fallacy. Throughout history there has always been a vocal faction opposed to science and technological innovations."

... I wholeheartedly agree with the rest of your comment.

I want to be able to decide who evaluates food for me, I want to judge for myself whom to trust, who makes sense in their reports, per which science standards that I chose, and whether or not I feel like eating some junk food or healthier one, how, when, where and for how long.

Continue to delegate everything to the FDA? Or to whatever Congress-based lobbying clubs passing more bills that nobody will read, or that I would disagree with for the most part?

Heck, no.

When will people understand that THE MARKETS and consumers CAN decide for themselves IF ONLY we'd allow them to?

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

We completely agree on the politics/philosophy here.

What I am trying to explain to people is that often times NaturalNews is not arguing from the position of more individual freedom, but that of pseudoscience.

It is "my cause is too important for the market to solve so I'm demanding government." LysianDad, I am partisan because I believe that they are basing their demands for government intervention on pseudoscience. I disagree both ethically and scientifically.

This tactic of "my cause is too important for the market" is exactly what progressives do with "climate change." They say it is too important for the market. The government must act, immediately! To save the world!

We don't have a free market anymore

This rider would provide for special privileges for the biotech Cartel which is not free market. There are other examples of government giving special privileges to Cartels, the banking Cartel aka The Federal Reserve is one we should all be familar with. Are you arguing for giving Cartels "independence" from oversite?
So why are you suporting a big government spending bill in the first place?

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I hear you. I know.

I hear you. I know. It's no easy to change, or at least, invite people to reconsider their mentalities.

It always takes time.

The people is still numb of an almost overdose of over-regulations and bureaucracy for DECADES. As ubiquitous as the air they breathe.

It's gonna take us time. We have simplicity and common sense on our side.

So, keep speaking out, yes.

As I'm neither for all GMO or all natural, I'm with you:

NO DELEGATION to WHO has to decide what is good or not that I put IN MY BODY for WHAT. Certainly NOT someone I DIDN'T chose myself.

(Or maybe my personal doctor whom I chose, sure, if I feel I need him to heal me, etc.)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Notice they downvote you, but, don't bother to respond.

I would be very curious to see someone from NaturalNews point out the difference between technological innovations in food which lowers the cost of food and technological innovations in those other things you mentioned.

if GMOs really lower the cost of food...

why do we need this Farm Bill that subsidies the farms that use the stuff? Shouldn't their cost be lower and they should be able to make a profit on their own without government (our) money?
Well it doesn't cost less in the long run. They need to use more and more pesticides and chemicals, more running machinery over the fields (more fuel and compaction) And it destroyes the land of humus (valuable organic matter) which makes it even more costly to grow food. Plus we now have huge health issues.

I'm against all farm subsidies

including this Farm bill. But, I don't think big agra relies on these subsidies to stay afloat.

now who is not "bothering to respond?"

????

then why are you promoting a bill that is doing just that?

Do you even realize how much they are spending on this?
H.R. 5973 (the Farm Bill) Is all about Government spending and subsidies.
THIS WHOLE BILL IS BAD, not just this rider
This rider would provide for special privileges for the biotech Cartel which is not free market. There are other examples of government giving special privileges to Cartels, the banking Cartel aka The Federal Reserve is one we should all be familar with. Are you arguing for giving Cartels "independence" from oversite?
So why are you suporting a big government spending bill in the first place?

Discoverer of GM food is credited as saving a billion lives

The Natural News crew can downvote me all they want. I am an unrepentant free-marketeer and scientist, and they are mutually inclusive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug#Wheat_research_i...

Frankenfreaks hell-bent on destroying the world

And just think, most of us ate their garbage food today.

Abolish the Dept. of Agriculture and the FDA

.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

bump

for the preservation of our natural heritage and food integrity for future generations.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

Thanks my friend

Who was it that said: "we will use food as a weapon"?
Kissinger I think. Yes.
In 1974 Henry Kissinger suggested using food as a weapon to induce targeted population reduction.
http://www.activistpost.com/2011/07/6-ways-food-is-being-use...

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OK, so that means you do want

OK, so that means you do want food to be handled by the free market (read: anyone including you and me) or that you want government to continue to be involved in food production whose effects are many led by which producers continue, therefore which producers go out of business, whose outcome forces people to have fewer places to buy their food from?

This coercion, mind you, streamlines food production which must mean those producers and their distributors and sellers are enriched and become that much closer to securing their businesses to no end. Their enriched is to the degree everyone who can't afford to get food from elsewhere and people who are prohibited from growing their own food because this legislation bars them from it outright or raises costs on them past what they can afford to comply with.

LL, do you understand laws on GMOs will yield new meaning to the phrase food pyramid, that this pyramid will be brought to life, where the masses will eat food of the lowest quality whose prices will increase indefinitely or where persons in the masses who can't afford that food will die? This, while life continually progresses to automation which forces people who for whatever reason (say, even to fight the machine) are disconnected to the electricity grid and unable to buy food? <--good scenario or bad scenario?

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

I'm anti GMO food

If would be wonderful if we had real free market.
Instead what we experience is corporatism against which Dr. Ron Paul often speaks.

Monsanto I liken to a modern day plague.
In India alone thousands of farmers commited suicide because of this company.

2am here in Toronto I'm sleepy my mind needs rest... Thanks for commenting.

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I understand you're against

I understand you're against GMO. I've known it many months. If you would, though, would you answer my questions? As well, do you think I am for or against GMO foods?

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Free market

Free market is always best.
Govt dealing with food creates shortages (I grew up in at the time Communist Poland).

Mind you raw milk was legal in Communist Poland and it's not legal under crony "capitalism" in America.

I have a question for you.
Why do you think the laws in regards to food are written by politicians and lobbysts many of whom worked (or will be working after leaving office) for Monsanto?

I think you might be against GMO foods.
Or perhaps you are still researching the subject?

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Idaho is Monsanto Country!

And I am just so proud... Seriously, back when "GMO" was some futuristic sounding thing to a bumpkin like me, Idaho was legislating in Monsanto's behalf. Look into Syngenta - charming folks. They peddle such toxic goo they can't even make or sell it in their home country, only in the good old US of A. They have a huge field lab here, along with many other GMO seed companies and such.
We also gave the right to oversee fracking to the state, quick before any locals learned what fracking was about. They are not doing it here yet, but when they start the counties will have no say.
Fight, by all means possible. But build a bioshelter where you can have control of your food supply, it is the only real hope.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

Fracking has turned a bunch of Ohio farmers into millionaires

It has been going on for 50 years. I don't see what the big deal is. It doesn't contaminate the water tables because it is far below them.

** 6 down votes, no refute. If it has a scary name like fracking and corporations are involved, we better oppose it and demand government save us, IMMA right?!

I'll give you a refute,

and a downvote, too:

Busted, Part Deux! Fracking Chemicals Found in Wyoming Water Supply
Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2012/09/28/usgs-finds-fracking-wate...

Here in Pennsylvania we have water that burns; it wasn't like that before the fracking industry came...

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Yeah, I heard about that in PA

from an uncle of mine. I hope the companies responsible for the damage in there get their pants sued off of them. But, fracking is the primary reason, well, the only reason we've seen an increase in oil production here in the U.S. (contrary to what the Obama admin. would have us believe). In most cases, franking does not contaminate people's drinking water. Being anti-fracking because of several unfortunate incidents is like being anti-industry because of several bad cases of pollution as a result of carelessness on the part of several factories. Just because the bath water's bad doesn't mean we should throw the baby out too.

Thanks Fishy

Your comment and this post was just down-voted.
Seems somebody here likes corporatism and its fascist face Monsanto.

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