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You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers

You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers

Ronnie Cummins

On Thursday, 275 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to legislate on matters relating to food safety and labeling.

They voted against the 90-percent of Americans who are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs. They voted against the producers of non-GMO foods.

They voted against you.

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Back when Monsanto was primarily a petrochemical company I remember its campus in St. Louis and refineries in Texas all had “Safety First” signs posted at their entrance. I guess this GMO issue reveals more of the corporate values. (As if the jungles of southeast Asia hadn’t already…)


Monsanto has proved that It can never be defeated by our corrupt courts or legislature. Assume everything is tainted and grow your own food as best you can with increasingly polluted soil, air, and water. Love of nature demands action.


Monsanto has been losing money over the past years. In order to turn that trend around they are investing in Governments in the EU and North America so as to advance legislation that will reverse their fortunes.At the Corporate level this is how that so called “free market” works , this is how it always worked and this is how it will always work just as long as Capital is the foundation on which economic systems are built.

When Socialism and Communism arrived on the scene many millions of dollars were invested by the Capitalists into Think tanks and to fund and promote so called “economists” and “Researchers” who pumped out books and theories and “proofs” that Capitalism was inherently democratic and promoted Social justice. That was all one big lie and is made manifest here.

(You will see that meme repeated here when the champions of Capitalism claim “Socialism never works” or "Under Socialism stalin killed 60 million of his own people. These are lies premised on those “studies” accepted as fact)

This is not a “new feature” of Capitalism and the current Patriarchy. It goes back to its very beginnings. The only difference is they feel they no longer have to hide their intentions and their view of how the world should work.They have always believed MONEY and those with MONEY should own and run everything and that the masses must serve those with money.


I’ll do what i can to stop it in the Senate, knowing that it is an almost 90 degree slope i’m climbing. :O)


“They voted against the 90-percent of Americans who are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs. They voted against the producers of non-GMO foods”
Well let’s see if the lazy asses whose representative’s voted for H.R.1599 get off their duffs and go for the forced removal of the representatives that voted for the corporations and not their constituents. My money says they won’t! Not a peep!

Only Representatives that are soooooo corrupt that they could care less about the health of millions of Americans would vote for this egregious bill. 275 corrupt, corportocracy Representatives have sold out 90% of the American people, of whom they are suppose to represent.


You want to know whats in your food? You don’t need to know, your mother made it so shut up and eat it!

Well, perhaps We the People of the World, as well as We the Subjects of the US Fourth Reich are beginning to see, if not to learn the lesson of Hellas (Greece) and the New World Order.

  • The Corporate Monopolies have spent a great deal, buying the governments of the world. There are only a few they don’t own or control.
  • Within their sphere of control, the only thing that matters is Profit!
    Ecology does not matter except when it interferes with profit. Then they spend much, buy many, to expunge it.
  • Health does not matter beyond profit. If you can’t afford thousands for a few minutes in the ER, or hundreds of thousands for a hospital stay, and tens of thousands for even minor surgery, you can die. There are lots more out there.
  • Food does not matter. Now it is eat GMO and eventually die from its side effects or starve. There are a lot more of you out there that have to keep eating (and paying).
  • Information was published regarding the fact that the Carbon Industry (coal, oil, gas, even nuclear) was briefed on the eventual destruction that was coming from use of these products.
  • The result was, “So, the end of the world is coming, how do we maximize our profits from that?” (Sort of like the findings on smoking.)
  • This is just a thought, but if 6.5 billion people were to decide that they didn’t want to be ruled by the greed of a few hundred, they could stamp it out rather quickly. Economically by ***BDS***ing them all until the profits disappeared. Physically by throwing out the sock puppets that infest governments around the world and electing true and genuine representatives of We the People of the World.
  • The alternative is that we will all wind up like Greece. For having the guts to stand up against the Troika, their Quisling representatives sold them into even more debt slavery and an agreement to sell all of their national assets to the wealthy pals of the Troika.
  • It is hard to find out details as, apparently they, like the Ukraine, are no longer newsworthy, but I fear that, if we do not stand up in the billions and take control away from the 0.001% and their bought governments, we shall have to accept being hopeless serfs, grateful for any crumbs they may brush from their tables, to try to feed your families.
  • Re-read Orwell’s 1984, carefully. Pay attention to what O’Brien taught Winston, Read the excerpts from “Immanuel Goldstein’s” book.
  • Read what has been released of the secret TPP and the European version of the same. Corporations rule, governments serve, and profit is the god to be worshipped, but not by the serfs. They just pay and work until starved.
  • We are perilously close to the point of no return, if we don’t wake up and act!

This is what I can’t stand about professional activists. Right company–MOnsanto sucks big–, just cause (all food should be comprehensively labelled), but stupid argument.

The juvenile, snarky argument about how the “DARK Act” violates the Constitution is the stupidest thing I’ve read this week. And to be in food justice activism and not know about the legal reach of teh commerce clause strikes me as dishonest. Either the author is an idiot or a liar.

And maybe not insult your readers by talking to them like they’re 8 year olds. Reading this crap was like enduring an op-ed on Fox.

Right message, wrong messenger.

The burden of labeling falls upon the non-GMO producers, which might increase their costs infinitesimally. Right now, I only buy food labeled non-GMO, and will continue to do so regardless–happily paying a bit more to ensure healthy eating for myself and my family.

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Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The USA founding fathers knew this. They warned of the dangers of centralizing power. They setup the best checks on government power they could at the time. It was supposed to keep government from wronging the people they’re supposed to serve. So, did it work? Is this government’s power held in check? Or does it continually wrong its own People? Has “abuse of power” and “wrong doing” by government gotten out of control? LOL!

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Abuse of power and wrong doing by government can and will be overturned and held in Check by the People when the political mechanism that puts them back into Direct Control of government is adopted.

What political mechanism could put the control of government back into the hands of the People? There’s a political movement with said mechanism at its core. The core principle is that of true Checks and Balances on government power. - A “People’s Branch” of government allows the People to exercise DIRECT oversight of government. The People literally govern the government! Ultimately Checking and Balancing government power will bring those responsible for governmental power abuse and wrongs to justice!

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Checks and Balances!

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Many GATEKEEPERS use the words Checks and Balances every day. Yet, why don’t they want You to know about the ultimate mechanism for implementing them. www(dot)ThePeoplesBranch(dot)org.

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If the People/You don’t wake up then they will continue by default to control the closed system. They know that they win and You lose as long as they can direct You into the pretend paths that are designed to keep out any DIRECT Checks and Balances from the outside - We the People! Think about it! Why should it have taken women sixty years to get the right to vote? Why should it have taken so many years for blacks to get the right to vote?

Isn’t it obvious, GATEKEEPERS push their pretend methods for improving and/or stopping government wrong doing because their pretend methods are designed to fail You and keep SPECIAL INTEREST in control? It’s the job of GATEKEEPERS to push their pretend methods because they are proven to keep the power in the hands of SPECIAL INTEREST. Yet, while the People are directed down their pretend paths to change and improvement, SPECIAL INTEREST continues their own direct access and participation with Your elected officials for the purpose of seeing to it that THEIR best interest gets served!

Don’t you realize that if a People’s Branch of government had existed in the past then the People would have made sure that most of the bad things of those times would’ve been avoided? Yet, it’s still not too late. We must now focus on the present and prepare for the future. Remember, if you want things to be better for Yourself and Your loved ones, now and in the future, then You’ll join us. Together we’ll Check and Balance government and make sure that government serves the People’s and YOUR best interest!

In the meantime most GATEKEEPERS will continue to push their PSYOP of getting You to believe that their pretend methods are new and they’ll work for You this time? It’s a sophisticated PSYOP. We know their PSYOP has worked in the past - maybe even on You. Many have fallen for it. Many still believe that these same old approaches will work for them. Yet, their pretend methods for improvement are not new and they’ll never work to insure that government serves YOUR best interest.

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So, the question is - WILL IT WORK ON YOU NOW? Now that You can see their game and You see a real viable solution for Yourself and Your loved ones - a People’s Branch! Only YOUR Direct Participation in government can insure that YOUR best interest is served! Can’t you see this?

It is paramount that You Participate Directly in government where You can pass or fail Your elected officials vote on matters that affect You.

Isn’t it foolish to let others, especially GATEKEEPERS - politicians, elected officials, public servants, bureaucrats and media mouthpieces, etc., continuously undermine Your best interest? Wouldn’t it be prudent to have a Direct say in the things that affect You and Your loved ones? Many Reasonable, Responsible and Conscientious people are now coming to realize that they need a mechanism whereby they can Participate Directly in government in order to help safeguard their own best interest!

What could this mechanism be?

The answer is a People’s Branch of government!

The process to get a People’s Branch of government starts with the petition!

Why a Petition? Because it’s time tested and a Constitution guaranteed method whereby People/Citizens can take action and change the governing and political process! People are now beginning to see how the Petition can be used to help protect their rights and freedoms. Therefore, none should forget or forgive any GATEKEEPERS that make fun of or demonize the Petition and its power and strength for good in the hands of good people!

We advocate only patronizing the good GATEKEEPERS. i.e. ONLY The ones that are working to help you safeguard You and Your loved ones own best interest. Only they are truly worthy of Your attention, admiration, alliance, loyalty, and support! To find out if the ones You follow are truly worthy simply ask them - if they are interested in promoting the best way (Citizens Participating Directly in government as an incorruptible Checks and Balances!) for everyone to help safeguard their own best interest!

If the GATEKEEPERS You follow genuinely care about the People’s/Your rights and freedoms then they will show that they have faith in the judgment of People as a whole! Many GATEKEEPERS demean the People for trying to exercise their best judgment when they’re forced into having to choose between two evils! Is that really fair when they demean the public and say it’s the public’s fault for electing a corrupt politician! Yet, it’s never really the People’s fault when some slick politician fools their constituents and gets elected - then double-crosses them! Wouldn’t the answer be to institute a foolproof mechanism to Check and Balance the double-crossers? A People’s Branch of government!

The GATEKEEPERS that genuinely care about their follower’s best interest will have no problem in helping to get the word out about this powerful solution i.e. our Petition for a People’s Branch of government! With our petition we create a way to set-up a mechanism for corruption-proof Checks and Balances on government. If you’re not hearing about this movement from the GATEKEEPER you’re following then you’ll know they’re probably a Controlled Opposition GATEKEEPER SHILL.

An ACTIONABLE Long Term SOLUTION for most of our problems exists HERE: www(dot)ThePeoplesBranch(dot)org

People are coming to understand that not unlike the original need for a Constitution and Bill of Rights, the true strength of a People’s Branch of government is that it will help them protect themselves from the tyranny of government and SPECIAL INTEREST. They are coming to realize that their own best interest and the best interest of the vast majority of the people are one and the same.

ABOVE EVERYTHING THE PROPAGANDISTS THROW AT YOU – REMEMBER THIS: A People’s Branch of government can and will Stop/Reform/Amend/Reverse and Heal the power structure and justice system. A People’s Branch will see that those responsible for governmental wrongs are justly punished!

Only when citizens have a direct participation in their government concerning matters that affect them will their and their loved ones’ issues (Freedoms, Rights, Security, Financial, Health, Political and Justice etc.) have a true chance to be properly addressed!

Your Direct Participation in government on matters that concern You and Your loved ones is paramount!

Ultimately a People’s Branch of government will hold accountable those behind government’s multifaceted injustices and wrong doings - namely, the governmental authorities doing SPECIAL INTEREST bidding!

Additionally, governmental persons acting against the best interest of the People should be forewarned that, at a future date, their actions may be deemed unlawful and therefore punishable. They should be aware that their actions or lack thereof that result in the creation of wrongs, such as so called “trade agreements,” that ultimately harm the People’s best interest may at some point be adjudicated to be harmful and therefore unlawful. Further, it would be wise of the wrong doers to realize that they, the perpetrators of governmental wrongs, may be held responsible and accountable for those wrongs as easily as a simple declaration or adjudication! Said wrongs may have dire consequences for those found to have helped implement or aided their authorization, through their actions or lack thereof. Those individuals may be found guilty of sedition and/or treason and tried for treason to the United States of America. Any and all elected officials and officeholders would do well to remember that there’s no statutes of limitation for the crime of treason!

Many governmental wrongs such as “Fast Tracking, NAFTA, TPP, Shielding GMOs and their harm from discovery etc.,” and others may yet result in charges and convictions of treason for those responsible and accountable for their implementation. Charges and convictions for treason may be possible if it’s found that government officials failed to represent the best interest of the People and their actions subsequently turn out to undermine national security. It should be understood that any governmental officials, especially current or ex-presidents and current or ex-congressional officeholders, may be open to charges of treason should their actions and/or lack of actions be deemed to have ECONOMICALLY undermined national security. Everyone would do well to remember that the final judgment rendered by the People concerning many governmental wrongs has yet to be written!

Did you hear that? GATEKEEPERS - What’s your response? Why do GATEKEEPERS always refuse open debate with this political movement? Why would any GATEKEEPER have a problem bringing this political movement to their followers and the masses? What part of the people’s ability to participate directly in their government thereby creating an incorruptible Checks and Balances upon governmental wrongs - atrocities and corruption - DON’T YOU GET?..

In the US we don’t need a big Federal Government anymore. All it does is produce tyranny against the people. Let’s go back to the Articles of Confederation with a weak central government that does not function as muscle for Wall Street. Local laws about labeling must be respected.

Boycott all processed food. Resolve to eat nothing in a plastic bag or can. It’s all got additives to preserve shelf life and make CEO’s rich. Beside that, plastic residues leach into the food, causing cancer, even on cans (which also have solvents and biocides from can forming). Everyone grow “Victory Gardens” and refuse to recognize unconstitutional laws and zoning that prohibit them.

Don’t put anything in your mouth unless you are sure of the source. Establish a “Chain of Custody” with your food, and be certain it didn’t pass through the hands of a greedy CEO. Refuse to take worthless dollars for your produce; Barter instead. This socks it to the banksters, since they can’t skim interest off bank transactions or Federal Reserve Central Bank printing.

Let’s face it Z54,

We are virtual prisoners in the USA. 263 intelligence agencies (including the Corporate ones), death squads, FBI and JAsock assassination teams, militarized swat teams everywhere, NSA, etc, etc. And soon Obama will unleash 30,000 drones across the domestic USA. There are already unmanned Lockheed Hindenbergs at 60,000 feet watching and listening to everybody. God knows how many NASA image satellites are actually pointing at us since they merged with the military.

Larry Summers is pushing for negative interest rates where the government steals 10 percent of your bank account every year. Changes in the law now mean that depositors are on the hook to pay creditors if the bank fails…

It just keeps getting better.

My advice would be to cash out and get out while you still can. But now many overseas banks are required to hand over all records to the Wall Street Bank Mob (the US government; same thing). Many Swiss banks and foreign banks won’t accept American’s money, and won’t let them open new accounts since they don’t want the headaches.

It’s illegal to carry more than 10,000 dollars out of the U.S. Pretty soon, it will be illegal to jack off.

There is a principled case against mandatory GMO labels that progressives should care about.

The right of free speech includes the right to be free from compulsory speech. It is not a question of whether corporations are people or have human rights. This is because the First amendment is not a grant of rights to people, but a restriction on the powers of government.

Commons Dreams Inc is a corporation too. Do people associated with Common Dreams have the right to be free from compulsory speech when acting together to publish this website? If not, the only thing that prevents the government from compelling Common Dreams Inc to publish its propaganda is enabling legislation. And you know how easy that is to buy!

There is no “right to know” in the Bill of Rights. Maybe that’s an oversight, and we need to add it to the Constitution. But it raises questions: Who has a right to know? What do they have a right to know? On what basis does the right exist? These are really important questions. The answers will affect you in ways you probably haven’t considered.

If the government can mandate labels to satisfy consumer curiosity, other curious consumers may insist on having their right to know met. Foods that you like and support (such as certified USDA Organic) could be stigmatized with a label that reads Produced with Animal Manure or in some cases Produced with Radiation-Induced Mutagenesis.

We have the right to preferentially do business with companies who provide the information we want. The consumers who care the most about GMO status are the ones who pay the added cost of tracking that status through the supply chain for Non-GMO Project and USDA Organic labeled foods. The commodity supply chain is not otherwise segregated on the basis of genetic engineering. That means the information demanded on GMO labels doesn’t exist, definitively, in most cases because there are costs to preserving it, but no benefits.

oroboros -
As I understand your post, you are talking about that there is no requirement that a food… let’s say a carrot need be labeled as “just a carrot and nothing but a carrot”.
However if that carrot is altered say by cooking or seasoning or combined with other ingredients then the FDA says you should be told.

The issue is whether a GMO carrot is the same thing as an ordinary carrot. By definition the GMO carrot has been altered in some way.

Monsanto naturally (unpunny intended) says that there is no difference. If Monsanto is correct, then how do you define a plain ordinary carrot (untreated, unchanged, unaltered genetically etc.) from one that has been genetically modified?

To make something different from something else is easy but to make something the same as something else is difficult if not impossible.

A GMO carrot is not a ‘carrot’ …it is a ‘GMO carrot’. By the very fact that Monsanto can take you to court for growing their GMO carrots (not for growing ordinary carrots , of course) presumes a difference which they deny when it comes to you buying their carrots.

There are no genetically engineered carrots approved for sale. But for the sake of argument let’s say one is introduced next year by Monsanto and is patented to match your example. How in particular will it differ from whichever conventional carrot variety from which it was produced? Well, that depends on the particulars, so the hypothetical case doesn’t carry us far.

It is important to distinguish between plant traits and food attributes. Every variety of carrot has its own distinct characteristics as a result of centuries of breeding. The carrot is not just the orange root you eat. It is also the stems, leaves, flowers and seeds that you don’t eat. Variations between different carrot breeds may affect the nutritional composition of the edible parts, but it is not forgone that they will. It all depends on the particular trait.

Which variety is the baseline “plain ordinary carrot” against which GE carrots should be compared?

Shouldn’t all varieties be labeled as different from the variety you select as a plain carrot? Why single out those with traits produced by genetic engineering? Either the new plant trait causes the end product to have a measurable difference that affects consumer health, or it doesn’t. If it does substantially change the nutritional content then it should merit a label to that effect. And it doesn’t matter if that change happens with conventional breeding or biotechnology. Contrary to what some people assert, this is the FDAs stance. But traits produced with conventional breeding aren’t subject to mandatory pre-market screening. Since any new trait could alter nutritional content, your risks are slightly higher from eating conventional non-GMOs with new traits produced by cross-breeding.

It is also very important to understand that traditionally bred varieties of carrot can also be protected under Plant Variety Protection Act patents or utility patents. I have a small garden in Maine and we buy some of our seeds from Johnny’s Seed which pledges to not sell genetically engineered seeds. However, a search of their site shows many of their seeds are patented. If those plants are unique enough to be patented, why doesn’t that make them unique enough to label too?

We can use genetic engineering or conventional cross-breeding to produce the same types of trait. Is conventionally-bred herbicide resistance in sunflowers a reason to reject cross-breeding too? Maybe it’s bad enough that we need to put labels on all artificially selected organisms.

You are not discussing the issue I raised but nitpicking over wording and definitions.

Short and sweet. The for the sake of argument GMO carrot is different from a naturally growing carrot (including a selectively bred variant. Which btw is still derived from unaltered carrot stock).

That is the point - that it is different (genetically) in some way from any and all types and breeds of regularly developed carrots. Man has artificially altered its genetic structure not selected for traits that naturally occur in carrots.

You and monsanto want to pretend that adding the genetic material of one species to another species is a natural process and so forth.

Would it then be okay to create a GMO human baby and claim the chimera is the same as a normal child?

The definition of the process is the issue. Monsanto wants to make money and fears that GMO labeling would rightly deter people from buying the GMO foods.

Why shouldn’t it btw? Why force people to eat GMO foods when there are plenty of naturally developed foods except that Monsanto doesn’t get to rack up the profits?
A: We don’t need GMO foods
B: Monsanto wants us to use them.

Another ‘two different things’ distinction that you have also missed it seems.

Every variant is different from every other variant regardless of how it was developed. There is a range of nutritional composition and no one true carrot to compare. So the question becomes Is this new genetically engineered carrot within the range of conventional carrots?

And that will have a different answer for each new trait produced with genetic engineering, and for each new crop that trait is introduced to. I can’t tell you in advance that everything created with biotechnology will be identical to (or as safe as) to its parental line. But that same statement is equally true of conventional breeding methods.

Some new foods derived from GE will be biofortified to have more vitamins such as with golden rice. This is an important case where the patent protection is used to ensure that the technology is given away freely to those who need it most. When biofortified foods are introduced into the US market they will be labeled appropriately, not because the biofortification is done with biotech but because it is relevant to consumer health.

Scientists are able to chemically analyze foods and compare the nutritional composition The idea of “substantial equivalence” is sound. If the modified plant’s edible product is within the normal range of chemical composition, the way in which the new trait was produced is irrelevant to consumer health.

With most genetically engineered plants there are 1-3 new genes added and their products are known and well studied. The proteins they produce are the biggest potential hazard, and these proteins are studied closely to ensure there are no allergenicity issues.

Conventional breeding can produce dangerous foods, as with the Lenape potato. Conventional breeding alters thousands of genes at a time with no knowledge of what those genes do. There is no way to profile new proteins or phytochemicals you don’t even know you’ve created. You can only find them by trial and error.

You and monsanto want to pretend that adding the genetic material of one species to another species is a natural process and so forth.

There are various processes by which DNA moves between species that are collectively known as horizontal gene transfer. This is from one individual to another, and is in contrast to vertical gene transfer which is better known as sex. Vertical gene transfer by sexual recombination is the basis for conventional plant and animal breeding. The genes that cause traits in one line are recombined to add them to the genes that cause desirable traits in another line. Hopefully the breeder winds up with something more resistant to pests or drought, or which produces more or tastier food.

Genetic engineers use naturally evolved mechanisms of gene transfer such as agrobacterium. The sweet potato contains the DNA of agrobacterium that was inserted in the wild without human intervention. The new White Russet genetically engineered potato also contains agrobacterium DNA that was inserted in a petri dish. In both cases it is because the bacteria evolved to invade plant cells and insert its own DNA and make more copies of itself.

The bigger mistake is thinking that because something is natural it is better. It doesn’t matter if genetic engineering with agrobacterium is natural. Many things that evolved in nature are harmful. The appeal to nature fallacy is just a special form of the genetic fallacy.

A trait isn’t good or safe just because it is made with cross-breeding. A trait isn’t bad or dangerous just because it is made with agrobacterium transformation. In many cases could make the same trait using either method. The genetic fallacy says a thing is good or bad because of its origins. But what really makes a thing good or bad is its material qualities. As a whole, GMOs are not a “thing”. Each new trait in each new crop is a thing. Saying that GMOs are bad or dangerous is as non-nonsensical as saying they are good or safe. Unfortunately the public debate on this is polluted with demagoguery.