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
Monsanto Corporation is trying to gain a monopoly on the seed industry. 90% of seed ( corn, canola, soybean) grown in the United States is now GMO seed created by Monsanto. The very idea that consumers are eating plant life that has never been properly tested on human life is indeed distressing, but the fact that Monsanto is suing farmers all over the World utilizing a "shake down" on privately owned fields is criminal. Investigators for Monsanto travel the country or accept "hotline" calls accusing private farmers of utilizing Monsanto seed without the proper contractual evidence in the hands of Monsanto. In Canada a judge ruled that even if seed is blown into a farmers field via natural causes the farmer is still in violation of the seed patent. Never in the history of our country has an individual been held accountable for natural disasters. In the case of a organic farmer or farmer that elects to not use Monsanto seed this is considered a natural disaster if GMO seed is found in their field. As well, Monsanto is now charging more for their seed and more for RoundUp which in turn is another form of shakedown to the farmer. Upon initial use every farmer is required to sign a contract acknowledging that they will continue using Monsanto seed, thus turning a private business into one with "terms and limitations" to the farmer who owns the farm. How did this ever happen in a country labeled as "land of the free and home of the brave." Trying to stay independent in this day and age of conglomeration is a brave act on its own and the farmer who utilizes Monsanto GMO seed truly is not free to make his own decisions or changes for the livelihood of himself and his consumers. It's time to recall the monopoly that Monsanto has created by holding over 11,000 patents on seed, truly a form of life. Protect your citizens, protect your farmers and recall the legislation that has allowed Monsanto to create a monopoly never before known to our country.
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