HERE’S ONE THE AMERICAN MEDIA MISSED: FARMERS VS MONSANTO
A couple of days ago I reported on the growing revolt in the rest of the world against genetically modified crops and foods, a newsworthy story that seems to get little to no attention in the American mainstream "media" (big surprise there, right?). Well, once again Russian television is reporting something going on right here that See BS, Faux News, See No News, and all the rest, seem to have missed:
Now, let's focus on that opening set of paragraphs:
"Around 300,000 organic farmers think that Monsanto, the biotech giant known for genetically modifying Mother Nature’s handwork for profit and pushing over the little guys all the while, is pretty seedy.
"Now a judge in New York is debating if Monsanto’s questionable methods will go before a jury.
"Judge Naomi Buchwald of the Southern District Court of New York says she will have a decision on March 31 in regards to whether a lawsuit waged against the mega-corporation Monsanto should make it to trial.
"Last year, 270,000 organic farmers from around 60 family farms tried to take Monsanto to court over issues pertaining to a genetically-modified seed masterminded by the corporation. Not only were the smaller farms concerned over how the manufactured seeds had been carried by wind and creature alike onto their own plantations, but the biggest problem perhaps was that Monsanto was filing lawsuits themselves against farmers. Monsanto went after hundreds of farmers for infringing on their patented seed after audits revealed that their farms had contained their product — as a result of routine pollination by animals and acts of nature. Unable to afford a proper defense, competing small farms have been bought out by the company in droves. As a result, Monsanto saw their profits increase by the hundreds of millions over the last few years as a result. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto tackled 144 organic farms with lawsuits and investigated roughly 500 plantations annually during that span with a so-called “seed police."
That's right, 300,000 farmers are hoping to get a federal court to hear a lawsuit to allow them to continue to growing crops that are not Monsanto's genetically modified crapola, in other words, to be free... yea, good luck with that. Hoping for any agency of the Federal government to defend the freedom of the American people and to serve the public, rather than the corporate, good is like expecting the laws of physics to be vindicated by the Warren Commission's magic bullet.
If you don't believe the fix is in, then read the end of that article again:
“'Monsanto's threats and abuse of family farmers stops here,” says Jim Gerritsen, president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. “Monsanto's genetic contamination of organic seed and organic crops ends now. Americans have the right to choice in the marketplace — to decide what kind of food they will feed their families — and we are taking this action on their behalf to protect that right to choose.'
"Elizabeth Archerd, the director of a Minneapolis food co-op, adds in support of the farmers to the New York Times, “Pollen and DNA do not play by the USDA’s rules.” Although hundreds of thousands of farmers feel the same way, it’ll take a judge to decide the next step in the case. From there though, things could get dirty. Michael Taylor, a former attorney for the US Department of Agriculture and lobbyist for Monsanto was recently appointed to a federal role as the deputy commissioner for foods at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since then, the FDA has refused requests to label genetically modified products as such despite demands from consumer protection groups."(Boldface emphasis added).
That's the rub, for Michael Taylor is not the only one within the agribusiness community to move easily through that revolving door between government agencies such as the FDA, US Department of Agriculture, and the corporate world. Funny how that works, huh? that there is no one in those agencies representing the families and farmers of America that don't want to eat hormone-injected meat, or vegetables or fruits genetically mingled with pesticides or God knows what else.
But what's sadder is that we now have to rely upon foreign media to relate stories that directly affect the issues of liberty and freedom in Amerika, to rely on Russian Television to report on issues affecting the public good.
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