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Forum Post: Monsanto Undercuts Democracy Too!

Posted 8 years ago on Nov. 8, 2011, 2:03 p.m. EST by thefoxandthehunt (0) from Orono, ME
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Let's not forget that Monsanto too has high jacked our political system. Major players in Monsanto have weaseled there way into the FDA and EPA, and Monsanto purchased former attorney general John Ashcroft with their largest ever campaign donation. Environmental effects concerns aside, Monsanto actively undermines democracy every day. Farmers of all kinds (organic, non-organic, small, large) are threatened by lawsuits and Americans are denied the chance to make informed decisions about the foods they buy and the businesses they support. The banks are not the only corporations controlling Washington. While their influence might be easier to recognize, and perhaps more relevant to people struggling to get buy, we need to remember that patent laws have granted Monsanto the right to any seeds that contain their gene and therefore the food those seeds produce. With the courts upholding lawsuits (like Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser) against farmers whose non-GM crops have become contaminated with the Monsanto GM genes (a rapidly occurring process for which over which there is little control), there exists the potential that within a short amount of time Monsanto will have legal right to all viable seed grown anywhere in the world....

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[-] 1 points by PandoraK (1678) 8 years ago

Once it was not possible to patent nature, genes are nature. Cross pollination via wind, insect and avian influences are also nature.

Monsanto has changed this via the expediency of the politics of money.

[-] 1 points by Faithntruth (997) 8 years ago

This problem is why we need more than simple campaign reform... We need to remove the incentives of big monied interests from government completely, including the practice of promises jobs. Ethical violations, evidently, need to be made into formalized laws with harsh consequences strictly enforced.

[-] 0 points by Perspective (-243) 8 years ago

You need to watch a documentary called "The Future of Food" It's available for view on Hulu. It's a real eye opener and kind of scary.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/67878/the-future-of-food

[-] 1 points by PandoraK (1678) 8 years ago

Saw it excellent documentary.