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Monsanto’s Congressional Cartel: List of Senators Who Betrayed Constituents in Favor of Biotech Dollars

Daisy Luther
The Organic Prepper
May 28th, 2013
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Once upon a time, a system was designed in which “the people” elected 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 very clear that a great many people wish to see, at the very least, labels on toxic GMO foods. The fact that this success was covered up by the media 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 modus operandi 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 mouthpiece Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee. Stabenow, incidentally, received over three quarters of a million dollars from agribusiness interests ($739,926 to be exact) in agribusiness donations. Stabenow utilized the propaganda that is being dispersed by the likes of Monsanto and the Gates Foundation to argue her point:

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee, spoke on behalf of the biotech giant seizing the opportunity to focus primarily on the myth that genetically modified ingredients feed the hungry people of the world, ignoring the fact that 64 countries now require GMO labeling.

“This particular amendment would interfere with the FDA’s science-based process to determine what food labeling is necessary for consumers,” Stabenow said.

“It’s also important to note that around the world now we are seeing genetically modified crops that have the ability to resist crop diseases and improve nutritional content and survive drought conditions in many developing countries,” she added.

Unable to make the connection with how allowing states to label GMO foods would interfere with corporate biotech operations abroad, she instead took the opportunity to show that the chair of the Agriculture Committee is marching lockstep with the Gates Foundation.

“We see wonderful work being done by foundations like the Gates Foundation and others, that are using new techniques to be able to feed hungry people,” she said. (Source)

This puts Stabenow right up there on the list with Senator Roy Blunt (R- Mo), the inextricably-linked congressman from Monsanto’s home state of Missouri who slipped the rider in for the Monsanto Protection Act last March. But Stabenow and Blunt are not the only enemies. Monsanto is the number one donor in the agricultural lobby, having spent nearly 6 million dollars in 2012, ($5,970,000) as well as more than $925,000 directly to political candidates. ($541,854 as Monsanto, $384,890 as Scott’s Miracle 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:

“…the concept we’re talking about today is a fairly commonsense and non-radical idea.

“All 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.”

Sanders also noted that in the past he has helped pass laws in his home state of Vermont that would require GMO labeling but hasn’t 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 not GMOs should be labeled. As long as these politicians are in office, GMOs will NOT be labeled at a national level, because these politicians will not allow legislations to pass that might harm the bottom line of their puppet-master, Monsanto. Real Farmacy put together a list of the US Senators who voted AGAINST our right to know what we are eating:

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cowan (D-MA)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kaine (D-VA)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lee (R-UT)
Levin (D-MI)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Moran (R-KS)
Nelson (D-FL)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Despite the vast campaign donations the politicians receive from special interest groups, the recent grassroots movements like Occupy Monsanto and March Against Monsanto have proven that activism works without the huge budget. Even though Monsanto has a kennel full of obedient pet congress members, we can defeat the biotech enemy by spreading information. Teaching the public about the dangers of consuming 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 by while our elected representatives betray us for the benefit of Monsanto.

  • Find the email addresses and phone numbers of your Senator 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,  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 on Facebook. Actively post in the comments sections and post on their timelines 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.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States.  She is the author of The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom.  Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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  • Lutz

    This list of sewer rats is extensive indeed.

  • Legion5440

    If voting changed anything it would be illegal.

    Voting is like the sheep choosing between wolf A & Wolf B to watch over them.

    When will you folks get it. THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED.

    The system presents you only with choices that do not change or threaten the system of entrenched large money interests getting what they want @ your expense.

    By participating the democracy charade you lend legitimacy to that exploitative & irretreivably corrupt system.

    The only real power you have as an sovereign man (short of starting to shoot these overlords) is to say NO!
    ~No, I will not feed the beast with my money. ~No!, I will not fund my own oppression. ~No!, I will not participate in the voting farce.

    —-
    > My name is Legion, for we are many. Expect us. <

    • George

      I like the way you think. We all need to stop the funding of this beastly government that gives the people the scraps off their tables while they enjoy the riches of our society. We all need to stop paying our taxes but this has to be a universal movement with many involved.

  • ManCavePatriot

    Rand Paul is a two-faced scumbag who talks a good game, but when it comes to protecting our food supply, he sides with the demon. Change will NOT come from Washington. We MUST decide to change our lifestyles and starve the beast.

    • Anonymous

      Someone posted this somewhere else and I’m just copying and pasting here: “Probably because the federal government doesn’t have the authority to tell states what labels they can and cannot mandate for products sold within their borders. Last I checked labeling food isn’t an enumerated power of Congress and therefor falls under the 10th amendment purview of the states.

      Congress passing a bill “granting” the states a power that they already have and the federal government doesn’t have the authority to grant is unconstitutional. It’s like Congress passing a law “granting” states the power to elect governors.”

  • Tom Thatcher

    Scum, everyone of them would pimp there own mother out……

  • passing it on

    The Current State and Local Revolution to Refuse GMO’s and Monsanto for Good:

    Your own city, county, town and state can BAN and totally refuse Monsanto
    and genetically engineered foods for good (bypassing the soft approach and already corrupted FDA and USDA). Mendocino County in CA completely banned and refused any GMO plants, food and animals in their own County. And Santa Juan County in WA has followed by their own Local initiative on ballots.
    We need to kick Monsanto out – town by town, city by city and not allow them to co-exist at all in your own local neighborhoods and adjacent to our pure food supplies, land and farms. WE need to kick them out completely. No compromise. It’s time.

    The government = Monsanto and friends. City by city, town by tow, we kick them out for good.

    *******

    Initiative to Ban GMO Cultivation:
    here’s how we can do it:

    “Initiative to Ban GMO Cultivation:
    Each individual has the opportunity to make a positive change in their own city, as 13 other cities have done so far with proactive citizens across the U.S. that have banned GMO cultivation.

    If there were a GMO ban on cultivation in every city and county across the U.S., GMOs and GE’s would cease to exist – game over!
    Let’s not wait for someone else to do it.

    The How-to Guide to Ban GMOs in Your City
    This website is designed to provide comprehensive yet simple guidelines for each individual to approach their respective city council with tools on how to end GMO cultivation and toxic pesticides associated with them in their own city.

    This has been done in San Juan County, Washington and 13 other cities across the nation. Proactive citizens all across the country have taken a stance and made their voices heard, and have made a positive change in their cities by urgently requesting the end of GMO cultivation – this can be done and is being done on local levels, right now, in over 30 cities across the U.S. – but there are as many as 30,000 cities across the nation – we need your help!

    “Power of The People” is the foundation of our nation; it is the freedoms and liberties that we hold sacred still to this day – you, are the singular voice of The People – let it be heard loud and clear.

    With that in mind, this website’s sole purpose is to offer you the necessary information to complete the courageous task of banning GMOs in your city by:

    1. Offer the GMO FAQ brochure, to the right, to your city council members for quick info about GMOs.
    2. Visiting State and Local Government Directory to find your city council phone number and location.
    3. Downloading the PDF file below, which include references on how to request GMO ban ordinance.

    THIS IS A FIVE-STEP PROCESS

    Step 1 – Get familiar
    Call your local city council clerks office and ask them how you can go about getting a copy of zoning and by-laws on toxins and hazardous substances in your city. This process will be giving you information about the by-laws that are already in place pertaining to hazardous materials. If you’re also seeking to introduce an ordinance to ban GMOs exclusively, your city may require a certain number of signatures needed to pass an ordinance, so call to get any necessary information needed to introduce ordinances in your city that may not be covered on this website.

    Step 2 – Make a plan of action
    Find out when your city council meets and has open public comments, then schedule to go to a city council public meeting and approach the city council and present your case with the documents and information you’ve gathered from this website. You will usually have 3 minutes to present your case to the city council. If you can find others to support you in your efforts, bring them with you for moral support, and ask if they too would like to speak to the city council, as 3 minutes may not be enough time for you to present your entire case – they can continue where you left off after your time has expired.

    Step 3 – Show a video about GMOs
    Watch Genetic Roulette below about GMOs, which is a 10 minute video. It should be considered being played (if requested at your city council and time is allotted) to your city council so they can see, from experts and researchers, the adverse impacts of GMOs.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB5EBFUwaw0

    Step 4 – Download the PDF file
    Below, there is a PDF document you can download and take with you for reference when speaking to your city council. Edit as necessary. Also, there are other PDF files that you can download (optional) throughout this website that offer useful tools and resources like research studies and such with even more information about GMOs and the pesticides that are used to cultivate them.
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LZi58YhTIswB3J_hWuDs75PM4UuWGsgg-yQ9_mCCw2U/edit

    Step 5 – Learn about Preemption

    Many legislative officials oppose Preemption, so simply call your representatives and ask their stance on Preemption. If they oppose it, you may have a potential ally on your side. Find if Preemptive Legislation is in your state, then click the link below to learn how to fight Preemptive legislation if it’s in your state with this toolkit – Click here.

    The movie, Genetic Roulette by Jeffery Smith.
    Ken Akopiantz, a farmer speaking to the city council about GMOs in San Juan county, Washington where they recently banned GMOs.

    *******

    additional information:

    “State and Local Victories in Banning GMO’s.”

    “OREGON: GMO Free Jackson County: Makes it unlawful for any person to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically engineered plants in Jackson County.” A video about the effort can be found here: http://youtu.be/imzPue6xGCs
    GMO Bans in Effect

    Colorado
    City GMO Restriction: In the City of Boulder, it is illegal to plant GMOs on public land. The City is the largest land owner in the city, with approximately 40, 000 acres under its control.

    Washington
    San Juan County: Washington was able to pass what is known as Initiative Measure No. 2012-4, which actually bans the growth of genetically modified organisms within the county.

    Maine
    Town GMO Ban: On March 25, 2006 the town of Montville approved a resolution that declared itself a GMO free zone. “Montville Bans Genetically Modified Seeds,” Bangor Daily News, 27 March 2006 http://youtu.be/imzPue6xGCsCalifornia
    County Yes No Prohibited
    Mendocino 57% 43% Yes
    Marin 61% 39% Yes
    Butte 39% 61% No
    Humboldt 35% 65% No
    San Luis Obispo 41% 58% No
    Sonoma 44% 56% No

    County GMO Ban: Measure H passed by voters (March 2004) in Mendocino County which states that “it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically modified organisms in Mendocino County.” (Measure has yet to be codified) http://www.gmofreemendo.com/

    Santa Cruz County, California – Passed by Board of Supervisors (moratorium)

    County GMO Ban: Marin County voted for a measure which states that “it is unlawful for any person or entity to cultivate, propagate, raise or grow genetically modified organisms in Marin County.” (2004) http://www.smartvoter.org/2004…..n/meas/
.

    County GMO Ban: Trinity County passed Ordinance No. 1284 which states that “it is unlawful for any person to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically engineered organisms in Trinity County.” Chpt 8.25 of County Code (2004)

    City GMO Ban: City of Arcata City ordinance states that “it is unlawful for any person, partnership, corporation, firm or organization of any kind to sell, distribute, propagate, cultivate, raise or grow seeds or crops of genetically engineered organisms in the City of Arcata
” Ordinance No. 1350 (2004) http://www.environmentalcommon…..-ordina
.

    City GMO Ban: Point Arena passed Ordinance No. 193 which states that “it is unlawful for any person, partnership, corporation, firm or organization of any kind to sell, distribute, propagate, cultivate, raise or grow seeds, whole plants, or crops of genetically modified organisms in the City of Point Arena” Chpt 8.25.”

    Yes,
    WE CAN BAN.

  • get it on

    This pos from Michigan is quite obvious not human. It is astoundingly clear that she is has been genetically modified ,much like most politicians and rich people. Unfortunately we must watch this horror show play out before our eyes on a daily basis. Mr.’S sessions,cornyn,paul,etc,shame on you. Truly have seen your colors once and for all. Goes to show you are all just doing your little dance for our viewing pleasure. Classic good guy bad guy,I say exterminate all these cocka roaches

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