Abby Martin speaks with Scott Kinnear, director of the Safe Food Foundation, about the case of Steve Marsh, an Australian organic farmer who lost his organic certification after his crops were contaminated by Monsanto GM seeds from a neighboring farm. As a result, Marsh and his family are no longer able to sell their product on the organic market and have lost a great deal of their income.
The US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto’s claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company’s ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials. The high court left intact Monday a federal appeals court decision that threw out a 2011 lawsuit from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and over 80 other plaintiffs against Monsanto that sought to challenge the agrochemical company’s aggressive claims on patents of genetically-modified seeds. The suit also aimed to curb Monsanto from suing anyone whose field is contaminated by such seeds.
This arbitrary, groundless retraction of a published, thoroughly peer-reviewed paper is without precedent in the history of scientific publishing, and raises grave concerns over the integrity and impartiality of science. These concerns are heightened by a sequence of events surrounding the retraction: the appointment of ex-Monsanto employee Richard Goodman to the newly created post of associate editor for biotechnology at FCT…
That a former Monsanto scientist should find himself in charge of a specially-created post at the very journal that published two landmark studies questioning the safety of that company’s products should surprise no one who is aware of the Monsanto revolving door. This door is responsible for literally dozens of Monsanto officials, lobbyists and consultants finding themselves in positions of authority in the government bodies that are supposedly there to regulate the company and its actions.
Yes on 522 might not have succeeded at passing a labeling law. Although labeling advocates are disappointed, progress can be found elsewhere, if not in state congresses throughout the United States.
Anthony Gucciardi of NaturalSociety breaks down how Monsanto’s propaganda has killed the GMO labeling initiative in Washington and the company is becoming even more desperate than ever in this report.
With Monsanto taking the lead, millions of dollars have been funneled illegally through a slush fund to try to sway voters in Washington state against passing the 522 Initiative that would require grocery stores that sell foods containing GMO food to label it as such.
Voters are already mailing in ballots for food labeling initiative I-522 in Washington State, where large food corporations have set a state record, contributing 17.1 million dollars, to defeat the truth-in-labeling initiative. Shameless and arrogant agribusiness behemoth Monsanto leads the way with 4.8 million dollars in donations to defeat the initiative. Other large donations were made by General Mills, Inc. ($598,819), PepsiCo, Inc.($1,620,899), Kellogg Company ($221,852), and Nestlé USA, Inc. ($1,052,743) .
A worldwide rally against genetically modified food giant Monsanto is being held across the globe. Activists are protesting the use of potentially harmful chemicals in food production, something Monsanto says is the only way to feed the globe’s growing population. Hundreds of cities are set to take part in the march across more than 60 countries.
Monsanto has utterly failed in convincing the public that their disease-linked genetically modified creations are ‘safe’, and the only option left is to resort to an assembly of dirty tricks. Spending a whopping 8.2 million just to fight GMO labeling in Washington, we have really begun to see the desperate and clinging nature of the failing biotechnology giant.
Thanks to the intellectual campaigns against the agricultural corruption brought upon by Monsanto and its GMOs, we are now winning the overall war against the corporate monopoly and genetically modified creations at large.
In a major victory brought upon by serious activism and public outrage, new legislation changes will shut down the Monsanto Protection Act rider that granted Monsanto protection from legal action and was set to renew on September 30th
Abby Martin breaks down how the Ag giant Monsanto has established a permanent revolving door in Washington, highlighting major conflicts of interest between top government officials who have personal stakes in the company.