Wednesday, March 7, 2012

#Monsanto : #Obama's Dirty Secret He Hopes To Keep Hidden !

Story at-a-glance
  • Activist Adam Eidinger attended Monsanto's 2012 annual shareholder meeting, where he spoke about the dangers of the herbicide Roundup and genetically engineered foods, Monsanto’s questionable business practices, and the growing consumer backlash. He proposed a GMO shareholder resolution to address these issues
  • The White House has refused to release an email sent from a Monsanto-linked lobbyist to top Obama administration policy analyst Peter Schmeissner, requested by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. PEER believes the email could reveal the White House is colluding with lobbyists to defend the planting of genetically modified crops in wildlife refuges
  • At the end of January, 55 farmers belonging to the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) defended their class-action lawsuit against Monsanto, in which they sought to have Monsanto’s seed patents invalidated. The suit was dismissed on February 27 by a federal judge.
  • Dangers of genetically engineered food crops run the gamut from contamination of organic varieties and development of herbicide-resistant superweeds, to organ disruption and increased rate of miscarriage and infertility in animals raised on GM feed; to air- and rain samples contaminated with glyphosate and waterways in agricultural areas contaminated with genetically modified bug-killing protein. The greatest threat yet may come from a brand new organism related specifically to GM crops, found to be responsible for disease and sudden death in both plants and mammals