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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monsanto's First Lady?

Happy Father's Day, dear readers!

First of all...why is Michelle Obama in cahoots with Monsanto in attempting to craft childrens' school  menus?

GMO Hypocrisy and Double Standards against the working Class Americans

The average consumers are becoming more and more aware of the health risks associated with foods that are contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, growth hormones or genetically modified.

Surprisingly, many government officials and corporate elites who promote genetically modified foods publicly, eat only organic privately.

During the 2008 presidential campaign Obama mentioned that the public had the right to know if their foods are genetically modified. Now four years later, GMOs are banned in 27 different countries but the biotech industry and FDA don’t even acknowledge that there is any difference in genetically modified foods compared to traditional foods. It’s pretty amazing how Michelle Obama, the first lady, launches a campaign to fight childhood obesity and digs up the White House front lawn to plant an organic vegetable garden and on the other hand her husband shakes hands with biotech industry and appoints, Mike Taylor, the former VP and attorney of Monsanto, as FDA deputy commissioner.

Michelle Obama insisted, during Obama's presidential campaign in 2008, that their family has been on organic diet for the past few years. Yet President Obama has made no efforts to lead America towards healthier food production with temporary halt to GMO foods while conducting a comprehensive research study of its long term side effects. In fact, he has not even made any attempts to simply label GMO to protect babies, pregnant women and those with chronic diseases. Activists, minorities, women and the young who voted for Obama hoped that his policies will be different than George W Bush. During Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, his supporters got the signals that Obama will make a real difference and start reform by putting the demands of the average American ahead of few corporate elites.

So far Obama’s policies seem far away from the promises he made in 2008 presidential election. Soon after he took office he appointed Roger Beachy, the former director at Monsanto as head of USDA, Tom Vilsack, creator of Governors' Biotechnology Partnership as the commissioner of USDA and Mike Taylor, the former Monsanto’s attorney and VP as the deputy commissioner of FDA. On the other hand, Obama's opponent Mitt Romney hasn’t revealed any details about his agricultural policies like his economic and healthcare policies. But since actions speak stronger than words, let’s take a look at Mitt Romney’s romantic ties to Monsanto.

Recently Wayne Barrett, as reported on The Nation explained how Mitt Romney helped Monsanto to dominate the world’s chemical and GMO seeds.

How Mitt Romney Helped Monsanto Take Over the World

Mitt Romney, Monsanto Man

Ironically, according to Peter Alexander, Mitt Romney, a man who helped Monsanto to dominate the world’s GMO seeds and chemicals, secretly eats organic. Ann Romney, his wife is also on organic diet and sometimes eats grass fed meat.

Mitt's favorite sandwich and more food dish from Romney Air

It is quiet amazing how both presidential candidates have promoted genetically modified foods but have been privately avoiding GMOs by eating only organic and grass fed meats. Interesting enough the former presidents including both Clinton and Bush were also on organic diet according to the former White House executive chef Walter Scheib.

The Presidential Palate

The biotech and chemical companies including Monsanto are aggressively pursuing their anti-GMO labeling policies by bribing lobbyists and politicians. You would think that the staff and scientists who work for these companies don’t have a problem eating GMOs and contaminated foods with pesticides. However recently Monsanto’s canteen removed all the food items that were genetically modified because the staff in Monsanto demanded foods that weren’t sprayed with pesticides or been genetically modified. Monsanto agreed to remove all GMO items and Tony Coombes, Monsanto’s spokesman ensured Monsanto’s staff that all the GMOs were removed and publicly reassured their employees by saying, “yes, this is the case, and it is because we believe in choice."

GM food banned in Monsanto canteen

But the word “CHOICE” is quite laughable coming from Monsanto among the big “6 pesticide firms” who have been campaigning and spending 19 million dollars so far to kill Proposition No.37. What is ironic is that Monsanto believes in the choice of their staff for non-GMO or contaminated foods with pesticides but on the other hand ignores and disrespects the choice of the whole nation for non-GMO and organic foods that aren’t contaminated with pesticides. This is hypocrisy and double standards against the freedom of choice in America and against the interest of the American people.

The Clinton, Bush, Obama, Romney families, and GMO scientists at Monsanto, all eat organic foods only. But American consumers who must be protected and represented by their government are gradually poisoned every day with foods that contain high levels of pesticides or are genetically modified. The whole purpose of having a government in the first place is to solve the problems that we as individuals can’t solve alone. But unfortunately GMO foods and foods that are contaminated with pesticides and growth hormones are regulated and presented as safe by the government. This corrupt political system and the Washington corporate lobbying are now causing serious consequences in the health and well being of the hard working American people and resulting in cancer and chronic diseases as well as record levels of allergies among children.

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Lastly, an email from OCA:

Organic Consumers Association
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Eyes of the Future

The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time. – Terry Tempest Williams
Dear Vincent,
On Thursday of this past week, Monsanto’s minions in the U.S. Senate claimed they were "just inches away" from snagging the 60 votes they need to snuff out Vermont’s mandatory labeling law.
They have five more business days—until Friday, June 24—to get a bill to President Obama in time to keep Vermont's law from going into effect July 1.
That means we have five days to stop them.
This week, we kicked off our summer online fundraising campaign. Please help us raise $200,000 by midnight June 30, so we can protect Vermont's law and  take the GMO labeling battle to the next level.  You can donate online, or by U.S. mail or by phone, details here.
Win or lose the GMO labeling battle, we have our work cut out for us.
Because win or lose, labels or no labels, Monsanto’s Roundup will still be poisoning us. And factory farms will still be polluting our drinking water, killing the oceans, and contributing to a public health crisis with their reckless use of antibiotics.
So far, you’ve helped us keep Congress from snuffing out Vermont’s law. We couldn’t have come this far without you. Thank you.
Still, we haven't crossed the finish line yet. Sens. Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow will burn the midnight oil if they have to next week to hand Monsanto a victory.
Just so you know, we’ll be burning the midnight oil right along with them. Mobilizing teams of labeling advocates. Writing letters. Making phone calls. Knocking on Senate office doors.
But we’re also looking to the future.
And what we see out there is a food and farming system, labels or no labels, that is dominated by greedy, ruthless corporations whose singular focus on shareholder profits blinds them to the devastating consequences of their bad behavior.
For example: About 250 million pounds of Monsanto’s glyphosate are sprayed on food crops, lawns and parks in this country, every year.
Glyphosate—classified as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
Glyphosate—present in 93 percent of people who sent urine samples for testing . . . and in 100 percent of European Parliament members who were tested.
Glyphosate—250 million pounds of it—linked to everything from allergies to birth defects to kidney failure to cancer.
"It is going to be incomprehensible to future generations how our generation could have let glyphosate poison the earth's ecosystems, cause multiple species die-offs, and destroy global human health for over four decades, while standing by and doing nothing to stop the devastation.” - Stephanie Seneff, senior research scientist at MIT.
You have become the greatest threat to Monsanto and Big Food. Win or lose the GMO labeling battle, we need you to help double the size of this movement, so we can take on the factory farms, the junk food giants and the Biotech Bullies..
We need you to help create a future where our food will be real food. Nutrient-dense food. Toxin-free food. Food grown using methods that heal, not harm, the earth.
Food that doesn't need to be labeled because it's just . . . food.
Please help us raise $200,000 by midnight June 30, so we can protect Vermont's labeling law and take the GMO labeling battle to the next level.  You can donate online, or by U.S. mail or by phone, details here.
The “Eyes of the Future” are looking back at us.
In solidarity,

Ronnie Cummins
International Director
P.S. We can't wait for corporations or politicians to do the right thing. The food movement was built from the ground up. It's success depends on grassroots support. We rely on individual donors like yourself for nearly 80 percent of our budget. Every donation counts. Please know that every donation, no matter how small, is critical to this fight. Donate online here.

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