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Has anyone posted about Monsanto threatening to sue the state of Vermont yet?

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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If this was posted already, forgive me.

Monsanto Threatens To Sue The Entire State Of Vermont For Trying To Label GMO Products

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Lawmakers in Vermont are looking to regulate food labels so customers can know which products are made from genetically modified crops, but agricultural giants Monsanto say they will sue if the state follows through.

If the bill in question, H-722 (the “VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act”) passes the state Senate and House, manufacturers will be required to label products that are created either partially or in full from a genetically modified organism, or GMO. Such man-made crops have become a trademark of the billion-dollar Monsanto corporation, and in the past the company has gone to great lengths to keep themselves the number-one name in American agriculture, even if those profits are made possible from playing God.

Monsanto is going mad over the proposal, however, which would also make them unable to label their productions as “natural,” “naturally made,” “naturally grown” or “all natural,” if, in fact, they are not. For the corporation, it would seem that moving products and making money is much more of a worthwhile venture than telling its customers what exactly they are consuming.

With Vermont legislators now standing in the way of what could mean even more money for Monsanto, the company says they will sue the state if H-722 is approved. Now in fear of a lawsuit in the future, lawmakers in Vermont have put a hold on any future voting regarding the bill. If history is any indication, Monsanto is more than likely to have their way and win yet another battle.

Monsanto is no stranger to the American legal system and have forced competing farm after farm to be shut down or bought out by bringing lawsuits against the little guy throughout their history. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto’s legal team tried to file nearly 150 lawsuits against independent farmers, often for allegations that their patented GMO-seeds had somehow managed to be carried onto unlicensed farms. Often those farms have been unable to fight against Monsanto’s mega-lawyers and have been forced to fold in response. The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association tried taking Monsanto to court earlier this year to keep them from following similar suits, but a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan shut down their plea. The group has since filed an appeal.

Regardless of if the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association’s appeal will be granted, Monsanto is making waves in Vermont where they hope to continue creating GMO products and pushing them to consumers without warning. Between state lawmakers putting their vote on hold and past precedents, Monsanto looks more than likely to win their latest battle, though. Back in 1994, Vermont tried to keep dairy corporations from marketing milk made from cows injected with the Bovine Growth Hormone, citing incidents where the rBGH had been tied to cases of cancer. Monsanto was victorious in that battle and numerous others in the years since.

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Do you think GMO food should be labled? Should food containing genetically modified crops still be allowed to call themselves natural?

by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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This is one of the few situations where most conservatives and most liberals agree. Where most Republicans and most Democrats agree.

At least from all the ones I have met, and even debated with here.

However. This is where money prevails against all. Monsanto continues to prevail whether through lobbying, or intimidation.

This is something we need to focus on as a group if we want to change it.

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Monsanto is going mad over the proposal, however, which would also make them unable to label their productions as “natural,” “naturally made,” “naturally grown” or “all natural,” if, in fact, they are not. For the corporation, it would seem that moving products and making money is much more of a worthwhile venture than telling its customers what exactly they are consuming.

Aislinn
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM
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 Monsanto sued a small local dairy in Maine because they were the first in the nation to label their milk as hormone free. Monsanto LOST. lol I think we should be able to know as much about our food as possible. Right down to the region it was grown in. Lets be honest, well over half of consumers will not give two craps, but the rest of us should be able to find out what we are putting into our bodies.

Aislinn
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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 Oh, I meant to add it would not surprise me. This is how Monsanto works. They have lots of money and use it to intimidate. And, instead of being punished for their strong arm tactics, they get cushy government jobs when they retire from Monsanto.

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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 It freaks me out that Monsanto is so concerned about food labeling.  Why are they so scared to have people decide for themselves whether they want to ingest their product or not? 

I hope the Vermont lawmakers push through without Monsanto's influence or threats against them. 

Kitschy
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM


Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 It freaks me out that Monsanto is so concerned about food labeling.  Why are they so scared to have people decide for themselves whether they want to ingest their product or not? 

I hope the Vermont lawmakers push through without Monsanto's influence or threats against them. 

I find it terrifying too and currently Vermont is putting the vote on hold becuase of the pressure. I wonder how long before we start to see the commercials telling us why GMO isn't bad.

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM
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Quoting Kitschy:


Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 It freaks me out that Monsanto is so concerned about food labeling.  Why are they so scared to have people decide for themselves whether they want to ingest their product or not? 

I hope the Vermont lawmakers push through without Monsanto's influence or threats against them. 

I find it terrifying too and currently Vermont is putting the vote on hold becuase of the pressure. I wonder how long before we start to see the commercials telling us why GMO isn't bad.

Or that it would hurt small farmers like they had on here in California before the Proposition that would have had GMOs labeled... that failed.
Sisteract
by Whoopie on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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 Research GMO wheat- good lord is all that I can say.

I am sick to death of what big Corp money is doing and is legally allowed to do to our food supply.

 

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Ugh....I would hope the land of Ben and Jerry would be able to take a stand.

:(

survivorinohio
by René on Apr. 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Very upsetting.

finnbar
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM
Hurray for the Green Mountain folks!!
Every state should be pushing this kind of legislation. Transparency truly begets responsible food growing practices.
In the mean time, I gotta nother 40 lb bag of lime to spread on my freshly plowed garden plot ;)
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