THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: HAWAIIAN BAN OF GMOS, AND MON(STER)SANTO’S ...
The recent (s)election cycle wasn't a complete wash for sanity, though it came very close to being so. After all, the only thing the American electorate managed to do was exchange donkey dung for elephant dung, blue dung for red dung. But one Hawaiian county, Maui, managed to pass an ordnance banning GMOs, and the predictable result has been that Mon(ster)santo, in its endless quest to deny citizens their right to self-governance, has brought suit against the state of Hawaii over the whole matter:
Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County
The suit is a microcosm of what is wrong with the corrupt system, and why out-of-control GMO corporations like Mon(ster)santo and the bought-and-paid-for federal goobernment will never acknowledge the real problem and concerns of those seeking such moratoriums:
"The lawsuit said Monsanto would have to substantially downsize its activity in the county, where it employs over 365 people and owns or leases more than 3,000 acres of farmland on Molokai and Maui islands. Mycogen Seeds, a unit of Dow AgroSciences, would shut down critical parts of its development and production operations in the county, and downsize its work force, the complaint said. Mycogen Seeds employs over 100 people and farms about 420 acres on Molokai.
"Local businesses, seed company employees and the farm bureau joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs.
"'This local referendum interferes with and conflicts with long-established state and federal laws that support both the safety and lawful cultivation of GMO plants,' John Purcell, Monsanto Hawaii's business and technology lead, said in a statement.
"The Maui law imposes a moratorium on the growing of genetically engineered crops until scientific studies are conducted on their safety and benefits. The moratorium would be lifted only after a vote by the Maui County Council.
"The law, which doesn't apply to crops in mid-growth cycle, goes into effect when officials certify the election results. That's expected to happen late this month.
"The case has been assigned to Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren, who earlier this year declared a Kauai County law regulating genetically modified crops was invalid because it was superseded by state law. The case is currently before a federal appeals court.
"The Maui initiative's authors sued the county in state court Wednesday to ensure the county implements the law.
"Michael Carroll, their attorney, said they would request the federal court to hold off from deciding this case until the state court on Maui has ruled."
Now, when one reads between the lines a bit, it is clear that what is really occurring is that if you're a big shiny corporate peddler of junk, such as Duponzanto, Mon(ster)santo, or Syncrudda, then you have special status - almost a kind of "corporate nobility" - a privileged status protected at the federal level, a status gained by the ability to buy influence within federal agencies and to afford the protection of federal law; states and counties are largely helpless before this juggernaut. After all, corporate hydras like these companies could bankrupt most states, let alone counties, by such lawsuits, and have the power, through their purchased morally corrupt attorneys, to string along such legalities in a blizzard of paperwork.
And this highlights the problem: in modern Amerika, there is no rule of law; justice is a thing to be purchased, not deliberated upon or dispensed. There is a privileged class, and then there is the rest of us. And then there are the corrupt, bought, or blackmailed judges that "dispense" it.
There is another problem, one also evident in the above case: ultimately the GMO issue is not only an issue about increasingly evident "bad science" (for the corruption extends to the falsification, or suppression, of opposing scientific data, not only about the productivity of GMOs, but about their potential health and environmental hazards), it is about life itself. And thus the GMO giants are really, and at root, in fundamental opposition to one of the founding documents of this country: The Declaration of Independence.... you know, that whole "endowed- by-their-Creator-with-certain-unalienable-rights,-that-among-these-are-life,-liberty,-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness"-thing. They do not want people to have the freedom to grow (and eat) what they will; they do want to control the world's food supply, using the mechanism of patent law to do so.
And this means that ultimately, they are against life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This means that ultimately, and as a recent Princeton study has concluded, Amerika is not a republic at all. That may be what it is on paper, but in reality, it is a kind of combination of fascism(corporate socialism) and oligarchy. So maybe the real question is: who owns the major blocks of shares in these companies? That would probably tell quite a story, and why they are so against life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
See you on the flip side.
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Even at the level of the local courts its money that buys justice. I know from experience. I’ve unfortunately had to attend various local courts to answer for speeding tickets. I’ve also had multiple friends that were brought up on petty possession charges. If one can afford a lawyer they get off with nothing other than fines and usually don’t even have to appear in front of a judge. If one can’t afford a lawyer the law comes down on them HARD. I sat in the court room and watched as people clearly higher than kites, but that had representation would get off with a slap on the wrists regardless of it being their 8th offense. Then someone like a single mother with a first time offense that couldn’t afford a lawyer would get her children taken away and/or sent to jail. Thinking about it makes me sick to this day.
If the bricsa bloc wants to make gmos a geopolitical they should either openly or secretly help finance these type of gmo cases. Give monstersanto a taste of their own medicine. Lets see their corrupt lawyers actually argue a case as oppose to hiding behind all their money and back room deals.
Its been alleged that lawyers were at one time human children, hard too believe but there could be some truth to it.
99 percent of money raised by the humane society is diverted to lawyers to shut down farm operations….strangely it is implied that they are affiliated with local humane societies….i guess in spirits they are, which is why you always see them hanging out at bars.
The mask of deceit is falling off and the real face is revealed. The Corporate Confederate States of America it was corporations that created the colonies that became the USA. Welcome to the planet of Killer Kane of the Buck Rogers 1930’s serial rule by (corporate)gangsters. Poisons are food, Weapons promote Peace, War builds Economy, Murder is Living.
“We the people” are a significant shareholder through pension plan contributions and individual mutual fund, stock, and IRA purchases. People mainly consider the 1,3,5,10 year performance markers when choosing funds or hold onto inherited securities through inertia. Plus the system continues to work for a critical mass. Suburban Yuppies realize they can’t retire where they live so they can earn now and adapt later just by moving to cheaper if not greener pastures. Plus the majority of the populace are clueless or only vaguely aware of GMO’s. They probably think GMO stands for general motors.
The first sign of a 3rd World country is the selective enforcement of law.
I’m as hopeful on this as I was the BP Gulf Coast settlement. They got off cheap and faced no criminal charges. Where, what MonSantano et al are doing is criminal endangerment of the public health and welfare. There is a huge trend towards micro farms and people growing their own food. If it becomes epidemic look for draconian measures against yet another independence movement from FedGov.Inc. That being said, this might be the one issue that gets Joe Public to just say “NO!” Note how when faced with serious defeat, the FedGov.Inc boyz a la (Bundy Ranch) back off. For a serious public beat down mars the finish on their papal infalibility.
Um, by that logic if some small farmer were doing his/her on genetic engineering of crops that would be okay.
Cliven Bundy really?
You no favors to those who don’t trust Monsanto and BP when they say “what we’re doing is safe and well tested”. In fact you look to be siding with those who assert special privileges for the likes of Monsanto.
I know of no small growers / farmers that knowingly growing GMO. Do you know of any instances, where small growers choose to grow MonSantano crops? Cliven Bundy, like it or not, was a rather large bit of civil disobedience. The fact that the Feds were out manned and out gunned scared the hell out of them.
Cliven Bundy was breaking the law, so as to avoid perfectly legal grazing fees which he owed longstanding law and wasn’t exempt from, and doing so with guns. He’s a criminal thug with a gun–and friends at Fox News.
He’s doing huge favors for the likes of Koch and Monsanto. Koch in particular really doesn’t want to pay mining fees on fed lands, and think like all “libertarians” that they get to have free stuff and free action.
As for small growers using GMOs, that wasn’t my point. It’s that by the logic propounded small farmers can run their own genetics labs, and that would be okay.
top shareholders same as top shareholders facebook. Institutional shareholders
Is it possible to find out who owns the major blocks of stock?
Companies and their executives purchase their own stock and receive stock for compensation and some of this is made public and can be found on the net though I can’t say exactly where but can be found poking around. Large investment companies like Vanguard sometimes list the companies invested in their funds. For other large investors in certain companies I would doubt this is public or could be found but I could be wrong.