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Friday, April 06, 2012

Monsanto Threatens Lawsuit Against Vermont

The Vermont legislature is considering a law requiring all genetically modified food to be clearly labeled so consumers will know what they’re buying.  The bill, H. 722, is called the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.

Monsanto is threatening to sue the state of Vermont if this law gets passed.

As far fetched as this sounds, Monsanto filed a similar lawsuit against Vermont in the 1990s — and won.  Vermont had passed a law requiring milk producers to label their products which contain bovine growth hormones.  After Monsanto successfully sued the state, Vermont had to modify the law to make it strictly voluntary.

Monsanto even tried to crack down on Ben and Jerry’s, because it said on the label that their ice cream was free of hormones.  Monsanto thought Ben and Jerry’s was implying that there might be something hazardous in consuming recombinant bovine growth hormone.  Preposterous!

Monsanto tried — unsuccessfully — to persuade several states to prevent Ben and Jerry’s from using these “hormone-free” labels.

California has a state initiative on the ballot that’s similar to Vermont’s proposed law.  If this initiative passes, will Monsanto sue California too?  Since California is the world’s eighth largest economy, they’d be a much tougher opponent than Vermont.

And if this initiative passes in California, other states might start passing similar laws.  We can hope.

Fuck Monsanto.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


What do you expect with Bernie Sanders shooting off his mouth aboot every little thing?

"god" bless ya Bernie.

April 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

This calls for a lot of publicity — exactly what Monsanto doesn't want. Publicity that asks the question, if Monsanto's hormone is safe, why does the company fear honest labeling?

April 7, 2012 at 1:26 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Pay no attention to the hormone behind the curtain.

April 7, 2012 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger Dusty,Hells most vocal Bitch said...

Fuck Monsanto is right...those greedy bastards could give two shits if they poison us, so long as their coffers are full.

I guess lobbying is old school for them eh? Suing the states is the newest method these fucking heinous bastards get what they want.

April 7, 2012 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Dusty,Hells most vocal Bitch said...

Monsanto is easily one of THE MOST evil corporations in the world. They lead the world in genetically altered seeds/crops for starters. Don't get me started on these guys I might have to do my own post on them.;-)

April 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every year Monsanto sells their genetic signature seed to the farmers. Every year they change the signature so that if a farmer must buy the new seed every year. If a farmer grows last years seed, Monsanto can and will (with the full support of the law) take him to court.

This is how Monsanto gets the patent of common grains that Mother Nature invented millions of years ago.

I’m sure Monsanto figures that if any of it’s cases ever reach the Supreme Court, sitting there is a former staff attorney named Clarence Thomas who will look on them kindly


April 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

What Dusty said, times a million.

April 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: You're right, publicity is exactly what Monsanto doesn't want, and that's why we need to bombard them with it.

Randal: It ate the curtain.

Dusty: I think Monsanto might actually be THE most evil company in the world. I hope you will do a post on them; the more the merrier.

Erik: It's even worse than that. If a few GM seeds from one farm get taken by the wind over to a neighboring farm which isn't using GM seeds, Monsanto will sue the other farmer for stealing their seeds, or patent infringement, or something. Sort of like getting robbed and then getting arrested for vagrancy.

Jess: Absolutely.

April 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

TO HELL WITH MONSANTO! Those sneaky, greedy bastards are only out for their own profit, and will ruthlessly do anything to get that profit. The people of Vermont have every right to know the information in question, so Monsanto AND the courts be damned!

April 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Monsanto has, AFAIC, murdered thousands of Indian and Central American farmers. They are a textbook example of why antitrust laws are needed and most be enforced.

April 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jack: I agree. I hope Vermont prevails in court, especially if Monsanto also sues California.

JR: I knew that about India; hundreds of thousands of farmers have committed suicide after being driven into bankruptcy by Monsanto. I did a post on it a few years ago.

I didn't know that about Central America too, but that figures.

April 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

You can't Fuck Monsanto!!! Everybody knows Corporations are asexual! Duh!

The chains of Corporate Wage Slavery are being created one link at a time...

April 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

WOW They are almost as powerful as the EPA

April 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Grung: That's right, one link at a time. We've got to find a weak link somewhere.

April 9, 2012 at 1:36 PM  

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