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Thursday 03/21/13

Details and Clarification on CR Biotech Rider
I made a mistake in Wednesday's blog on the Continuing Resolution in the Senate and the biotech policy rider language added to it.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:53AM CDT 03/21/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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Let's simplify the language in a way everyone can understand. Example: There are far more 'experimental' products than are currently in the field, including, but not limited to: Fast-Growing Salmon, Rice with human proteins, Tomatoes with frog genes, and don't forget the wheat with the Carbohydrate Uptake Disruptor Gene in it. None of these have ever had human trials-nor, for that fact have whats in the field, as the Michael Taylor controlled FDA has long ruled there's no difference between Standard and GM Seeds. Right.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:07AM CDT 03/21/13
While nicely dressed in very "We're Just Protecting The Farmer" language, the Biotech rider puts Monsanto and other Biotech Companies in a position to deploy whatever they want without recourse from the Administrative, Legislative or judicial Branch of Government. The issue is NOT about the pros and cons of the Technology, nor is it Pro-Farmer or Anti-Farmer as it's being spun, it's about a huge group of Companies having no direct Government oversight. Well...we saw how well that worked with LIMITED oversight with Wall Street, the 'Banksters' and the now totally chaotic Derivatives Market. NO Company should be above the Government...period.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:08AM CDT 03/25/13
And for the FINAL "Clarification: In summary from this(one of many in the last 36 hours)article: Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland has released a public statement apologizing to the public for the passing of the Monsanto Protection Act, stating that the legislation was buried deep within a government spending bill that was required to â?˜prevent a government shutdownâ?™. Mikulski is the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman, one who was ultimately responsible for passing the bill that contained the notorious Monsanto Protection Act â?” a legislative â?˜riderâ?™ that grants biotech juggernaut Monsanto immunity from federal courts when it comes to their GMO crops. Although â?˜writtenâ?™ by Senator Roy Blunt, who actually gave Monsanto the ability to write their own Monsanto Protection Act and has received over $60,000 from Monsanto, Mikulski has taken serious flak for the passing of the rider.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:26AM CDT 04/04/13
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