Standing up to Monsato, The GMO King, is not easy even in powerful USA – Tola Adenle

July 4, 2016

General

After my short write-up is an e-mail recently circulated to supporters of Bernie Sanders who ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s ticket for president.  Sanders ran/ and still running, so to say, against almost everything that Hillary represents although she seems to be taking Bernie’s cue these days and tempering her support for big Money.

Check out how Monsato is wielding the big cudgel to get his way in America, and to its advantage, Nigeria, with systemic corruption, is easy pickings for the GMO King.

Nigerians fighting against the approval of dreaded NK603 GMO for Nigeria which was carried out by a Nigerian, Director-General of the  National Biosafety Management Agency, Rufus Ebegba on MAY DAY, A NIGERIAN WORK-FREE DAY.

Monsato has fought back by deploying its massive pr machine to which can be added the folks at Nigeria’s so-called ‘National Biosafety Management Agency’, NBMA. How?

After Nigerian government –  read NBMA – denied that it “… merely issued permits for corn and cotton field trials (emphasis blogger’s), Monsato merely dismissed the lie with a bold-face assertion based on confidence from holding two permits signed by THE top Nigerian official to go ahead and plant (rather than a trial) in a press release that includes: “… Many of us at Monsanto are parents who have spent a lot of time thinking about and studying GMOS and we feel confident feeding them to our kids …”.

If Monsato can get around US laws by deploying US lawmakers through always available Republicans, Nigerians could have a chance but not when their reps are always easy pickings by machiavellian government representatives.

Often, Bernie’s type of appeal to those whose voices do count IF AND WHEN DEPLOYED work if voters swamp their legislators’ mailboxes/phone lines.

In the end, whatever kind of leaders we get are those we deserve.

Bernie Sanders’ letter to his supporters follow.

The corporate interests are at it again. Monsanto, agribusiness and the bio-tech industry have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to overturn legislation passed by Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Alaska that calls for the labeling of GMO food. In fact, they are moving aggressively now because Vermont’s strong law goes into effect today.

This legislation is important because people have a right to know what is in the food they and their children eat. The more information we have, the better consumers we become. This is not a radical idea. It is why over 60 countries around the world have passed GMO labeling laws.

Unfortunately, the major agribusiness and bio-tech companies disagree. They do not believe people have a right to know what’s in the food they eat. That is why they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions to overturn the GMO right-to-know legislation that states have already passed and that many other states are on the verge of passing.

A bill in the Senate would overrule Vermont’s law, and prevent states from passing similar laws. This bill, introduced by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will be coming up for a vote on Wednesday or Thursday of next week. It must be defeated.

Can you write to your senators today and ask them to oppose the GMO bill? You can click here and we’ll direct you to write your senators immediately.

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Their goal is to deny states the right to go forward in this area and to pass legislation that is useless and with no value to consumers. And, if we don’t stop them, they may just succeed.

On Thursday evening, with no hearings and no debate, a corporate-backed bill was introduced on to the floor by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

This legislation would create a confusing, misleading and unenforceable national standard for labeling GMOs. Instead of a uniform labeling standard like Vermont’s law, the language allows text, symbols, or an electronic code to be used. This is intentionally confusing to consumers, and the information may be entirely inaccessible if the consumer does not have access to the internet.

Perhaps most shockingly, this bill imposes no penalties whatsoever for violating the labeling requirement, making the law essentially meaningless. Thus, this is a weak bill, full of loopholes, without any requirement to comply.

The issue of labeling our food isn’t controversial. The overwhelming majority of Americans favor GMO labeling. People have a right to know what is in the food they eat. The Senate shouldn’t stop states from passing laws that let that happen.

Congress must stand up to the demands of Monsanto and other multi-national food industry corporations and reject this outrageous, weak, and confusing bill. I will continue to do my best to defeat it, and take the necessary action to protect Vermont’s GMO labeling efforts. But I need you with me in order to ensure its defeat.

Click here to write to your senators today and say that you want them to oppose this GMO labeling bill. States should be able to decide for themselves – without multinational corporations getting involved – if they want their food to be labeled.

 

RELATED ESSAYS

https://emotanafricana.com/2016/06/15/monsato-finds-fertile-market-in-nigerias-unregulated-pesticide-market-tola-adenle/

https://emotanafricana.com/2016/06/22/update-nigeria-changes-tune-on-nk603-gmo-we-only-approved-field-trials/

MONDAY, 4TH OF JULY, 2016. 2:35 p.m. [GMT]

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