Monsanto is threatening the very core of our ecosystem. Genetically modified foods have been proven to cause liver and kidney damage in lab mice and are CREATED to accept bacterial toxins, i.e. BT corn. Laden with a genetically modified organism and designed to freely accept spraying of the pesticide RoundUp, greater yield for the farmer is clearly not best for the consumer. In addition, Monsanto is performing the proverbial "shake-down" when it comes to farmers who refuse to use their seed or who wish to continue the age old tradition of "seed-cleaning". If GMO plants are found anywhere on a farmers property without the proper signed Monsanto contracts, farmers are being sued in what amounts to millions of dollars of fees and fines to the farmer. Many of these lawsuits stemmed from seed that was blown into a farmers crop and never planted by the farmer. Let's stop these makers of Agent Orange, Aspartame, Bovine Growth Hormone and PCB's from further poisoning our World!
UPDATE July 20th, 2010:
I recently received this email letter from my Congressman John Salazar( Ken Salazar's brother) regarding genetically engineered "crops" . I also recently learned that not only do the Salazar's own VERY large GMO canola farms right here in Colorado, Congressman John Salazar was the ONLY politician in the entire state of Colorado who accepted campaign donations up to $13,000 from Monsanto and it's political organizations. Certainly this letter that I received from the Congressman is mass generated lip service but I have to say that I have sent MANY emails to Congressman Salazar and this is the only one I have ever received a response to. Something OR SOME BEINGS (i.e YOU) are starting to be heard.
July 19, 2010
Mr. Tracie Olsen
PO BOX 915
Ridgway, Colorado 81432-0915
Dear Mr. Olsen:
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding genetically-engineered (GE) crops. As I travel around our district, I have heard from many of my constituents on this issue and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.
As you may know, U.S. consumption of genetically-engineered crops has increased significantly over the last decade. Americans consume many GE-derived products, such as cornmeal, oils, and other foods, though they are often unaware of the products' GE content. Some concerns have been raised that GE crops include genes that could prove allergenic, introduce increased toxicity, or would otherwise be harmful to human health. Though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that all foods and feeds (whether or not they are derived from GE crops) meet the same safety standards, many consumers advocate the labeling of GE-derived products.
In June, Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio introduced H.R. 5577, the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act. H.R. 5577 would require food manufacturers to label products that have been produced with a genetically-engineered material, and would subject violators to monetary penalties. This bill has been referred to the House Agricultural Committee. While I do not serve on this committee, rest assured that should legislation regarding GE crops come to the House floor for a vote, I'll be sure to keep your thoughts in mind.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to express your views on this issue. It is an honor to represent the residents of Colorado's Third District. Please do not hesitate to contact me again on this, or any other issue before Congress. My door is always open.
John T. Salazar
Member of Congress