Monsanto’s Congressional Cartel: List of Senators Who Betrayed Constituents in Favor of Biotech Dollars
The Organic Prepper
May 28th, 2013
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Once upon a time, a system was designed in which “the people” electedÂ delegates to go to Washington DC. These members of Congress had the specific duty of representing the wishes of their constituencies when laws were being voted upon.
The success of last weekend’s March Against Monsanto should have made it veryÂ clear that a great many people wish to see, at the very least, labels on toxic GMO foods. The fact thatÂ this success was covered up by the mediaÂ does NOT mean that the members of Congress were unaware of it – just the opposite. Our success was frightening, and that is why it was covered up.
Despite that, the day before the event, an amendment to the farm bill that would have allowed the individual states to pass laws protecting consumers from unlabeled GMOs was quietly shot down in the Senate with a vote of 71-27 against this right. The timing of this betrayal, right before a long weekend, goes along with the general modusÂ operandiÂ of sliding through things that will meet with objections from the public when they are otherwise distracted.
The failure to pass this amendment was due in part to Monsanto mouthpieceÂ Sen. DebbieÂ StabenowÂ (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee. Stabenow, incidentally,Â receivedÂ over three quarters of a million dollars from agribusiness interests ($739,926Â to be exact) in agribusiness donations. StabenowÂ utilized the propaganda that is being dispersed by the likes of Monsanto and the Gates Foundation to argue her point:
Sen. DebbieÂ StabenowÂ (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee, spoke on behalf of theÂ biotechÂ giant seizing the opportunity to focus primarily on theÂ mythÂ that genetically modified ingredients feed the hungry people of the world, ignoring the fact that 64 countries now require GMO labeling.
âThis particular amendment would interfere with the FDAâs science-based process to determine what food labeling is necessary for consumers,âÂ StabenowÂ said.
âItâs also important to note that around the world now we are seeing genetically modified crops that have the ability to resist crop diseases and improveÂ nutritional content and survive drought conditions in many developing countries,â she added.
Unable to make the connection with how allowing states to label GMO foods would interfereÂ with corporateÂ biotechÂ operations abroad, she instead took the opportunity to show that the chair of the Agriculture Committee is marching lockstep with the Gates Foundation.
âWe seeÂ wonderful work being done by foundations like the Gates Foundation and others, that are using new techniques to be able to feed hungry people,â she said. (Source)
This puts Stabenow right up there on the list withÂ Senator Roy BluntÂ (R- Mo), the inextricably-linked congressman from Monsanto’s home state of Missouri who slipped the rider in for the Monsanto Protection Act lastÂ March. ButÂ StabenowÂ and Blunt are not the only enemies. Monsanto is the number oneÂ donorÂ in the agricultural lobby, having spent nearly 6 million dollars in 2012, ($5,970,000) as well as more thanÂ $925,000Â directly to political candidates. ($541,854 as Monsanto, $384,890 as Scott’s MiracleÂ Gro, which is an agent for Monsanto’s “Round-up”. ) Any politician who took money from them and then voted in favor of them is equally guilty of betraying their offices and the trust placed in them by voters.
There is simply no excuse for voting against the individual state’s rights to allow consumers to make informed choices about the food they purchase. The sponsor of the failed bill, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) of Vermont, said:
â…the concept weâre talking about today is a fairly commonsense and non-radical idea.
âAll over the world, in the European Union, in many other countries around the world, dozens and dozens of countries, people are able to look at the food that they are buying and determine through labeling whether or not that product contains genetically modified organisms.â
Sanders also noted that in the past he has helped pass laws in his home state of Vermont that would require GMO labelingÂ butÂ hasnâtÂ seen those laws actually be enacted over fears that Monsanto would sue the state. This bill would allow states to do what they want without fear that the company that brought us agent orange could end up having more power than an entire state government. (Source)
The saying goes, “The friend of my enemy is also my enemy.” By this rationale, those who are in the back pocket of Monsanto are the enemies of those of us who demand proper oversight of the evil corporation through the checks and balances that are SUPPOSED to be in place to protect consumers. Therefore, it is patently clear that those in Congress who vote in favor of Monsanto are the enemy.
Let’s out the politicians who voted against the amendment last Friday that would have allowed the states to choose whether or notÂ GMOsÂ should be labeled. As long as these politicians are inÂ office,Â GMOsÂ will NOT be labeled at a national level, because these politicians will not allowÂ legislationsÂ to pass that might harm the bottom line of theirÂ puppet-master, Monsanto. RealÂ FarmacyÂ put together a list of the US Senators who voted AGAINST our right to know what we are eating:
Despite the vast campaign donations the politicians receive from special interest groups, the recent grassroots movements likeÂ Occupy MonsantoÂ andÂ March Against MonsantoÂ have proven that activism works without the huge budget. Even though Monsanto has a kennel full of obedient pet congress members, we can defeat theÂ biotechÂ enemy by spreading information. Teaching the public about the dangers of consumingÂ GMOs, the environmental and health tolls of Monsanto’s farming methods, and the unscrupulous business practices that are designed to put small farmers around the globe out of business, is our most powerful weapon.
This is a call to action. Use the list above to make it clear that we will not stand idly byÂ while our elected representatives betray us for the benefit of Monsanto.
- Find the email addresses and phone numbers of your SenatorÂ HERE. Write them a polite letter or make a polite phone call. Firmly and courteously demand answers.
- Use public forums provided to you on your local level to share information about the selling out of our health by these elected officials. Write letters to the editor, Â post on social media, and hand out fliers, being sure to follow local ordinances. Always be courteous to encourage dialogue.
- Find your senator’s page onÂ Facebook. Actively post in the comments sections and post on theirÂ timelinesÂ about your displeasure regarding their betrayals.
- Use the power of social media to spread the word that these senators are the friends of Monsanto, and thus the enemies of food freedom and GMO labeling.
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Contributed by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper.
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