Very cool article!
Oregon food activists rejoiced upon the demise of a bill this July, because it would have blocked localities from making their own policies about genetically engineered seeds and other agricultural policies. But the bill, with the backing of agri-business giants like Monsanto and Sungenta, has resurfaced.
The measure was passed Wednesday after being re-introduced as part of a bipartisan-backed package of bills, SB 863, which was intended to address state spending, taxes and education on it’s face. But it would also give the state the sole authority to regulate seeds and was debated in a special session last week.
Critics say Democrats compromised on their principles by voting for the bill, using the measure as a bargaining chip to bring Republicans to the table on tax and public pension reform.
“It is incredibly disappointing that the Oregon Legislature has voted today to take away the rights of Oregonians to establish local food and agriculture ordinances intended to protect the viability of local farms, food and agriculture,” the group Friends of Family Farmers wrote in a statment Wednesday.
The group called the legislation a clear giveaway to Monsanto, Syngenta and others, because it does nothing to protect Oregon farmers from the increasing risks of cross-contamination with genetically engineered material.
Governor John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, says he is assembling a task force to address genetically modified and non-genetically modified crops at the state level, and plans to introduce a bill in 2015 specifically addressing genetically modified crop issues.
That’s small consolation to Friends of Family Farmers, who say time will tell whether the Governor will be able to stand up to “the powerful interests responsible for inserting SB 863 in the so-called ‘grand bargain.” The group expects agribusiness to obstruct, delay and oppose any changes that will keep their products away from farmers and consumers.
Residents of Jackson County, Ore., had been trying to force a vote on a bill designed to ban the planting of genetically engineered crops in the district—a law that could have served as a precedent for other counties throughout the state.
“We believe this is an anti-democratic piece of legislation because it takes away the rights of people in Jackson County to vote on these issues, and takes away the rights of other local jurisdictions to make decisions about their own future as it relates to local agriculture and food,” Ivan Maluski, Policy Director for Friends of Family Farmers, said in April.
But while Wednesday’s ruling was a loss for those working to ban GMOs at the county level in Oregon, activists say they will work to regulate transgene crops at the state level.
“We’ll definitely be exploring statewide options,” Scott Bates of GMO-Free Oregon told Oregon Public Broadcasting this week. “It’s a little harder because you have to get the whole state on board as opposed to dealing with matters of county concern, but we’ll be chasing that for sure.”
But considering lawmakers were apparently influenced heavily by the lobbyist group Oregonians for Food and Shelter—which has been called a “front for the GMO, pesticide and aerial spray industries,” with board members from Monsanto, DuPont, and Syngenta—non-GMO activists may have an uphill battle in convincing them to regulate or ban GE crops.
Its great to see a state that is so concerned about GMOs and their health. I love seeing that they are working so hard to get of GMO foods and that they will continue to keep pushing with their new bill for 2015. I am hoping that Oregon will be a trend setting for the rest of the 50 states and that will we be able to one day be able to put a stop to Monsanto and the GMO seeds. I enjoy the fact this article even ends with saying that they know it will be a great challenge and a continuos battle but that they are going to keep trying and keep pushing!
(NaturalNews) In May 2013, two million people in over 50 countries expressed outrage over Monsanto’s desire to own the food supply through genetically-altered (and patented) seeds that threaten all life on this planet. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are when a plant or animal has been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. Whether you like it or not, you are eating genetically manipulated food without your consent.
Henry Kissinger once said, ‘Who controls the food supply controls the people…’ This comment plus many other dark and sinister ideas come from control hungry, greedy and, often times, dangerous people and corporations. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour – we’ll expose the hidden agenda behind Monsanto.
Monsanto, the most hated corporation in the world, has a deceptive message for you
Generally speaking, many of the biggest bio-tech companies in the world would have us believe that GMOs are ‘perfectly safe’ and designed to ‘more efficiently’ feed the world. But, GMOs do not generate greater yields; effectively resist drought conditions; have greater nutritional value or any other consumer benefit.
In fact, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. The unforeseen consequences of altering the natural growth cycle of our food may be staggering. The following is just a sample of what the experts say:
“The process of genetic engineering always involves the risk of altering the genetics and cellular functioning of a food organism in unanticipated ways. These unanticipated alterations can result in GE foods being allergenic, toxic, or reduced in nutritional value”. – Professor John Fagan, award-winning Geneticist, Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA.
Back in 1998, Bob Shapiro (the eventual CEO of Monsanto) even admitted that the effects of GMOs are unknown when he said:
“But we realize that with any new and powerful technology with unknown, and to some degree unknowable – by definition – effects, then there necessarily will be an appropriate level at least, and maybe even more than that, of public debate and public interest.”
Since its inception, Professor Richard Lacey, a microbiologist, medical doctor, and Professor of Food Safety at Leeds University has been strongly against the introduction of genetically engineered foods because of the health risks. Professor Lacey make an important point:
“The fact is, it is virtually impossible to even conceive of a testing procedure to assess the health effects of genetically engineered foods when introduced into the food chain, nor is there any valid nutritional or public interest reason for their introduction.”
Discover the secret agenda of Monsanto and how this major chemical company has deceived the world with its genetically engineered seeds. Learn how to stop the most hated corporation in the world from owning (and poisoning) the food supply – before it’s too late.
Why millions of people are angry at Monsanto and the creation of GMOs
The facts are undeniable – science has proven that eating GMOs can cause cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration – which is supposed to protect the public from unsafe foods and drugs – is being run by ex-Monsanto executives. Can you say ‘conflict of interest’?
The U.S. government refuses to conduct long-term research on the effects of GMOs on human health.
The U.S. Congress and president have approved the (nicknamed) Monsanto Protection Act which bans the courts from stopping the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds. This, alone, proves how little politicians care about you and me.
In truth, most lawmakers care more about corporate interest and getting re-elected with the help of corporate campaign contributions (payoffs), than human health concerns.
Organic farmers suffer to make a living, while Monsanto and other bio-tech companies receive corporate handouts and political favors.
Monsanto’s GMO seeds harm the environment. Just google, “gmo and bee colony collapse” and you’ll uncover one of the worst effects of GMOs.
This week’s guest: Ronnie Cummins, Founder of Organic Consumers Association
Want to stop Monsanto from poisoning our food supply? Learn more about GMOs – Sun. Aug. 11
Ronnie Cummins is founder and Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), a United States based, non-profit of nearly one million consumers, dedicated to safeguarding organic standards and promoting a healthy, just, and sustainable system of agriculture and commerce. The primary goal of OCA is to work on national and global campaigns to promote health, justice, and sustainability. Ronnie is also editor of OrganicConsumers.org and newsletters, Organic Bytes and Organic View.
Since the 1960’s, as a writer and activist, Ronnie has extensive experience in human rights, anti-war, anti-nuclear, labor, consumer, and sustainable agriculture campaigns. For several decades, he has served as director of United States and international efforts such as the Pure Food Campaign, and the Global Days of Action Against GMOs.
okay so here are my thoughts on the matter, i find it scary that one company is able to determine what goes into so many peoples food. I think that Henry Kissinger is most definitely right that who controls the food supply control the people, of everything in this world food is one of the most important things that all living being need. With Monsanto being able to do whatever they want to the seeds, and with the government backing them theres no telling what is to come of us and of this world.
I also found it shocking and frightening to learn that the FDA who is supposed to be protecting us from people such as monsanto is being run by ex-Monsanto executives. That just goes to show how much power Monsanto really does have. With so many other countries banning Monsanto seeds and GMO foods from entering them, its a shame that the US has not jumped on the bandwagon to stop Monsanto and stop feeding its people GMO foods.
Everyone: Try to keep a look out for GMOs, stay healthy!
well, i got a ridiculous email today
In an obscene development, a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture” — the prestigious World Food Prize — for creating GMOs. Receiving it legitimizes the sort of rampant genetic modification Monsanto pioneered, and helps validate a ruthless business model that impoverishes farmers and monopolizes our food.
If that wasn’t baffling enough, the founder of Syngenta, the same biotech giant joining Bayer in suing Europe to keep selling bee-killing pesticides, will also win the prize — and with it, a share of the $250,000 prize money. We cannot allow this prize to legitimize frankenfoods and bee killers. The ceremony is in just over a week, so we need to act now.
Winning this prize will encourage the wider use of genetically engineered crops and be a huge obstacle to those fighting to investigate the long-term effects of its frankenseeds — which is exactly what Monsanto wants. In 2008, Monsanto made a $5 million pledge to the World Food Prize Foundation, part of its plan to buy the credibility it can’t legitimately earn. By handing its benefactor this award, the Foundation risks undermining the credibility of the most respected prize in agriculture.
In protest, 81 Councilors of the World Future Council have penned a statement blasting the World Food Prize Foundation for betraying its purpose. In the words of the esteemed authors: “GMO seeds reinforce a model of farming that undermines sustainability of cash-poor farmers, who make up most of the world’s hungry… The most dramatic impact of such dependency is in India, where 270,000 farmers, many trapped in debt for buying seeds and chemicals, committed suicide between 1995 and 2012.”
Despite the criticism, Monsanto and Syngenta executives are set to receive their prize on World Food Day, October 16 — a slap in the face to everyone harmed by their products. We don’t have much time, so we need to publicize this obscene decision — if enough of us get word of this out, and let people know the World Food Prize is threatening its reputation, we can shame it into choosing a more suitable candidate.
Thanks for all that you do,
Claiborne and the rest of us.
Obviously this is obscene ceremony. Please stand up and sign the petition. We really need all the honey bees that are alive! And put a stop to Monsanto and what they are doing to us and our environment.