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Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act Into Law After Promising GMO Labeling in 2007

Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act Into Law After Promising GMO Labeling in 2007

President Obama has signed into law the notorious Monsanto Protection Act legislation hidden inside of the Continuing Resolution spending bill, which protects Monsanto and its genetically modified creations from federal courts.

by Anthony Gucciardi
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March 28, 2013

Passing up the chance to veto the bill in favor of stopping Monsanto’s increasing monopoly on the food supply, Obama pushed the bill through into a law in a move that reminds us of his failed 2007 promise to ‘immediately’ label GMOs upon his election.

Contained in the rider (Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) of HR 933, Monsanto is now even protected (at least under this law) from the United States government.

As I pointed out in a previous article, the Monsanto Protection Act’s success actually proves how corporations have more power than even the United States federal government. Monsanto’s lobbyists managed to slip the rider into the major bill, which — despite the rider — has virtually nothing to do with the topic.

This is a typical and routinely practiced move by lobbyists to insert an incognito line of legislation into a bill generally viewed as favorable overall. One that has proven to be effective for Monsanto.


2007 Promise to Label GMOs

The result is now major outcry against Obama for signing the bill into law and protecting the biotech juggernaut Monsanto. Many fail to remember, however, that Obama first decided to allow Monsanto to continue pulverizing the food supply and the health of the nation back in 2008 when he went back on his promise to ‘immediately’ label GMOs. It was in 2007, during a campaign speech, that Obama first stated his support of non-GMO and GMO labeling activists, in which he promised to swiftly label GMOs.


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For a brief period before the bill was passed by the Senate and now signed into law by Obama, both myself and many others in the alternative news community crusaded tirelessly to alert politicians and activists in order to stop the Protection Act from going through. Unfortunately, time was not on our side. The hasty vote by the Senate and the news blackout from the mainstream media were enough to break through the warnings of concerned activists (and people who just want real food). Now, however, renewed interest in the GMO labeling campaign and the fight against Monsanto brews.

With such a blatant and cocky act against the United States and its people, Monsanto has set itself up to fail. Let’s remind Obama of his promise to label GMOs he made many years ago.

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Old 04-02-2013, 11:01 PM   #76
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Top Senator Apologizes for Monsanto Protection Act

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 ‘prevent a government shutdown’.

by Anthony Gucciardi
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April 2, 2013

Mikulski is the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman, one who was ultimately responsible for passing the bill that contained the notorious Monsanto Protection Act — a legislative ‘rider’ that grants biotech juggernaut Monsanto immunity from federal courts when it comes to their GMO crops. Although ‘written’ 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.

A rider that Monsanto thought they could slip through the Senate without much of a fight, only to find that the alternative news has made it a mainstream media topic by force (despite GMO lovers saying that it never even happened).
Massive Activism Leads to Apologies

In a release from Senator Mikulski’s office, Mikulski states that she actually sides with frustrated activists who are against the Monsanto Protection Act and had no other choice but to pass the spending bill to prevent ‘government shutdown’. And she’s not the only one. Senator Tester reportedly told Politico that the rider serves no one but major biotech corporations, and many others have begun to speak out following the outcry.

The Mikulski office press release written by a staffer and summarizing the stance of Mikulski, reads:


“She didn’t put the language in the bill and doesn’t support it either. As Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski’s first responsibility was to prevent a government shutdown. That meant she had to compromise on many of her own priorities to get a bill through the Senate that the House would pass. She will continue to fight for a regular and timely Appropriations process and other valuable priorities, including food safety.”


Now the question is whether or not she is being sincere or simply performing PR damage control following the fact that the public is finding out about the severity if the issue. Instead of arguing the reality behind the politics of the bill and whether or not it would lead to ‘government shutdown’ as she says, let’s look at her fruits regarding the GMO issue. First of all, my question is why did she not say anything before the issue got super hot in the media? Why did she not warn her citizens and the US at large about what was happening before she was a target?

Admittedly, and as her release states, she has supported the labeling of genetically modified fish — something that the FDA should do anyway without political pressure (but they won’t) through legislation. But what about the fight against Monsanto’s immunity? The reality is that multiple Senators are now being forced to answer for their actions thanks to serious outrage from the public and readers like you that genuinely just want to eat real food and prevent destructive corporations like Monsanto from receiving immunity against the law.

Even if some of the Senators are just covering their rear ends, the fact is that we do have a voice and we are forcing those responsible for passing corrupt legislation accountable.

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There's a shitload of bullshit anti-GMO propaganda with this "Monsanto Protection Bill".

It doesn't protect Monsanto, it protects farmers who buy seeds and don't have to destroy their crops because of a frivolous lawsuit. It's a small regulatory reform. And I'm guessing not many here have much experience with the regulatory affairs of a biotech company.

GMO is a scary acronym due to baseless hysteria.

Here, here! People are so freaking bent out of shape about "frankenfoods" and about a dozen documentaries (made by hippies) have made Monsanto out to be the Hitler of food. This bill protects the food supply of the nation during any one of the 1000's of frivolous lawsuits brought about by said hippies. The nation would be ultra screwed if we had to stop selling seed to farmers, or if farmers were forced to destroy their crops or stop harvesting during a legal process that will ultimately be thrown out of court. (in the meantime the damage would be done)
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Here, here! People are so freaking bent out of shape about "frankenfoods" and about a dozen documentaries (made by hippies) have made Monsanto out to be the Hitler of food. This bill protects the food supply of the nation during any one of the 1000's of frivolous lawsuits brought about by said hippies. The nation would be ultra screwed if we had to stop selling seed to farmers, or if farmers were forced to destroy their crops or stop harvesting during a legal process that will ultimately be thrown out of court. (in the meantime the damage would be done)
I call bullshit on all points, you shouldn't need protection if you're totally above board. Hippies...lolz

So it's ok for Monsanto to bring frivolous law suits to put the small farmer out of business because the GMO crops infect the organic farmer but it's not ok for the small farmer to bring litigation against the giant company in return?
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You can't mention GMO & Monsanto without talking about 'Roundup'. 'Roundup' is not "safe as table salt." (As Monsanto would have you believe.) It's been documented that Round up contains 1,4-dioxane; a carcinogenic substance to mammals & a probable carcinogen to humans. It damages the brain, lungs, and liver amongst other organs. To deny this is a lie. Monsanto has been ramrodding toxic chemicals on the American public for decades. And the federal government has been an absentee gatekeeper when it comes to public safety & properly regulating dangerous chemicals in our country.
Do you even know what 1,4-dioxane is and what it's used for? It is labeled as a 2b carcinogen which is what damn near every organic solvent is labeled because it is a cover-your-ass classification. It's routinely used as a solvent in organic synthesis. I use it often. To say it is a carcinogen is a bald faced lie.
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Organic rice farmer in India yields over 22 tons of crop on only two acres, proving the fraud of GMOs and Big Ag


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(NaturalNews) Despite all the claims made by industry-funded hacks that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and other industrial agricultural methods are necessary for the future of humanity, it is the traditional growing methods that continue to shine through as the real sustainers of life. As reported by Gaia Health, Indian rice farmers using traditional, organic growing methods are achieving yields far higher than farmers using more modern methods.

In the case of Sumant Kumar, rice yields have surpassed the national average per hectare (about 2.5 acres) nearly ten-fold. According to reports, Kumar is currently yielding about 22.4 tons of rice per hectare, greatly surpassing that of other rice farms currently outputting roughly 2.3 tons per hectare. His secret? A traditional crop management protocol known as System of Root Intensification, or SRI.

Farmers adhering to SRI techniques will typically plant about half the number of seeds as farmers using more modern methods, and will space them out at intervals of about 10 inches. They also plant their seeds much younger, and keep the soil dryer, while paying much closer attention to weed growth. By hand-removing weeds, SRI farmers are able to allow more water and nutrients to feed their rice plants, which results in significantly higher yields.

"Farmers use less seeds, less water and less chemicals but they get more without having to invest more," says Dr. Surendra Chaurassa, agriculture minister to the region where Kumar's farm is located, as quoted by The Observer. "This is revolutionary. I did not believe it to start with, but now I think it can potentially change the way everyone farms. I would want every state to promote it. If we get 30 to 40 percent increase in yields, that is more than enough to recommend it."

System of Root Intensification methods could provide more than enough food to feed humanity
According to Gaia Health, SRI methods originated in ancient Madagascar, and were passed on from generation to generation among villagers. An agronomist by the name of Henri de Laulanie observed the methods back in the 1980s, and brought them back into use, teaching other farmers how to utilize them with limited resources. And perhaps the greatest aspect of SRI is that it is not tied to the biotechnology industry or Big Ag.

"SRI offers millions of disadvantaged households far better opportunities," Norman Uphoff, Director of the International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development at Cornell University is quoted as saying by The Observer. "Nobody is benefiting from this except the farmers; there are no patents, royalties or licensing fees."

This is good news, as Monsanto and others in the agriculture-for-obscene-profits industry are aggressively pursuing market expansions in developing countries like India. If the truth about the benefits of SRI can be widely disseminated, poor farmers across the globe will be well-equipped to reject the lies of Big Ag and the GMO industry.

"The farmers know SRI works, but help is needed to train them," says Anil Verma, an agronomist from the small Indian non-governmental organization (NGO) Pran, or Preservation and Proliferation of Rural Resources and Nature, which has been reintroducing SRI methods to villages all across the third-world for the past three years. "We know it works differently in different soils but the principles are solid. The biggest problem we have is that people want to do it but we do not have enough trainers."

SRI methods can also be used to grow other crops like wheat, sugar cane, and teff. To learn more, visit: http://sri.ciifad.cornell.edu/

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Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it. Excluding, of course, those who’ve made money from it, appropriately represented in the public’s mind by Monsanto. That corporation, or at least its friends, recently managed to have an outrageous rider slipped into the 587-page funding bill Congress sent to President Obama.[1]

The rider essentially prohibits the Department of Agriculture from stopping production of any genetically engineered crop once it’s in the ground, even if there is evidence that it is harmful.

That’s a pre-emptive Congressional override of the judicial system, since it is the courts that are most likely to ask the U.S.D.A. to halt planting or harvest of a particular crop. President Obama signed the bill last week (he kind of had to, to prevent a government shutdown) without mentioning the offensive rider [2] (he might have), despite the gathering of more than 250,000 signatures protesting the rider by the organization Food Democracy Now!

The override is unnecessary as well as disgraceful, because the U.S.D.A. is already overly supportive of genetically engineered crops. When a court tried to stop the planting of genetically engineered beets a couple of years ago pending adequate study, the U.S.D.A. allowed it. And the secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsack – who, in fairness, does not seem happy about the rider but was powerless to stop it – was quoted in this (excellent) Politico piece as saying, “With the seed genetics today that we’re seeing, miracles are occurring every single growing season.”

True enough. But “seed genetics” refers not only to genetically engineered seeds but to seeds whose genetics have been altered by conventional means, like classical breeding. In fact, as I said up top, genetic engineering, or, more properly, transgenic engineering – in which a gene, usually from another species of plant, bacterium or animal, is inserted into a plant in the hope of positively changing its nature – has been disappointing.

In the nearly 20 years of applied use of G.E. in agriculture there have been two notable “successes,” along with a few less notable ones.[3] These are crops resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (Monsanto develops both the seeds and the herbicide to which they’re resistant) and crops that contain their own insecticide. The first have already failed, as so-called superweeds have developed resistance to Roundup, and the second are showing signs of failing, as insects are able to develop resistance to the inserted Bt toxin — originally a bacterial toxin — faster than new crop variations can be generated.

Nothing else in the world of agricultural genetic engineering even comes close to the “success” of these two not-entirely-successful creations. Furthermore, at least in these cases, their pattern of success (and high profits) followed by failure was inevitable.

Don’t take my word for it. Let me summarize extensive conversations I’ve recently had with Doug Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientist and plant pathologist at the Union of Concerned Scientists: Roundup Ready seeds allowed farmers to spend less time and energy controlling weeds. But the temporary nature of the gains was predictable: “There was no better way to create weeds tolerant to glyphosate (Roundup) than to spray all of them intensively for a few years,” Gurian-Sherman told me. “And that’s what was done.”

The result is that the biggest crisis in monocrop agriculture – something like 90 percent of all soybeans and 70 percent of corn is grown using Roundup Ready seed – lies in glyphosate’s inability to any longer provide total or even predictable control, because around a dozen weed species have developed resistance to it. “Any ecologist would have predicted this, and many did,” Gurian-Sherman said.

In the case of seeds containing the Bt toxin, insect resistance took longer to develop because breeders, knowing that insects evolve faster than new crop species can normally be generated, have deployed several variations of the Bt toxin in an effort to reduce the “selection pressure.” But, says Gurian-Sherman, “We’re starting to see that resistance now.”

Aside from the shame of Congress, there is another important issue here. Many steps could be taken right now to improve yields while diminishing the need for herbicides and pesticides, including sophisticated rotational systems, targeted applications of chemicals and other methods tested and demonstrated in the U.S.D.A./Iowa State University Marsden Farm study (about which I wrote last year). Acknowledging that — and recognizing that, at least for now, classical breeding methods remain superior to genetic engineering for whole crop improvement — is not the same thing as making inflated claims about the hazards of genetic engineering to human health, as some opponents of genetic engineering have taken to doing.

There is far from any scientific consensus on this, because there’s currently little or no reliable evidence that food manufactured with ingredients from genetically engineered plants is directly harmful to humans[4]. That’s not the same thing as saying that the potential isn’t there for novel proteins and other chemicals to generate unexpected problems, which is why we need strict, effective testing and regulatory systems.

It’s also why the pre-emptive “biotech rider” is such an insult: Congress is (again) protecting corporations from the public interest. This is all the more reason that food derived from genetically modified organisms should be so labeled, especially since the vast majority of Americans want them to be.

Still, we should abhor the use of genetically engineered seeds without adequate testing, and protest against hijacking the Constitution to guarantee the “right” to unregulated use of genetically engineered seeds. It’s smart to prudently explore the possible benefits and uses of genetically engineered materials in agriculture, and to deploy them if and when they’re proven to be a) safe (otherwise, no) and b) beneficial to society at large (otherwise, why bother?). I don’t believe that any G.E. materials have so far been proven to be either of these things, and therefore we should proceed cautiously.

We should also note that far less expensive – sometimes 100 times less expensive – conventional breeding techniques have outstripped genetic engineering techniques over the last 20 years, during which G.E. techniques have gotten far more publicity. (Conventionally bred drought resistance has raised yields around 30 percent in the last 30 years; Monsanto’s drought-resistant corn, says Gurian-Sherman, promises at most a 6 percent increase, and that only in moderate drought.) We’re using more pesticides than ever (something like 400 million pounds in the last 15 years), and net yields from applied genetic engineering in the United States are only a bit higher (and then only in monocrop systems) than net yields from seeds developed using more conventional techniques.

All of this explains why producers of genetically engineered seeds feel they need protection. (One can only hope that this is temporary, since the rider expires at the end of this fiscal year; though it’s hard to see it going away without a whole lot of noise.) Their technology is not that great (did Polaroid, or Xerox, or Microsoft need protection?) and their research costs are high. They need another home run like Roundup Ready crops – serious drought tolerance would be an example — yet there isn’t one in sight.

Genetic engineering has its problems. Like nuclear power, it may someday become safe and productive or – again like nuclear power – it may become completely unnecessary. Our job as citizens is to support the production of energy and food by the most sustainable and least damaging methods scientists can devise. If that’s genetic engineering, fine. But to date it hasn’t been; in fact, the technology has been little more than an income-generator for a few corporations desperate to see those profits continue regardless of the cost to the rest of us, or to the environment.

1. Incredibly, it was done anonymously. No member of Congress has taken responsibility.

2. Nor did he mention another horrendous House-inserted provision that gives increased market power to our three largest meatpacking corporations at the expense of small farmers and ranchers, and hogties U.S.D.A. attempts to put the brakes on the worst abuses of big meatpackers.

3. This from a technology that its advocates promised would be revolutionary, a technology that some believe is our only hope of increasing yields quickly enough to “feed humanity” later this century. (Not that we need to increase yields to feed humanity, and not that we’re feeding “humanity” now. But that’s another story.)

4. On the other hand, there has been no monitoring of humans for harm, so the very often heard claim by many G.E. advocates that the technology has harmed no one is, says Gurian-Sherman, “flat out wrong scientifically.”
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:55 PM   #87
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Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act Into Law After Promising GMO Labeling in 2007

President Obama has signed into law the notorious Monsanto Protection Act legislation hidden inside of the Continuing Resolution spending bill, which protects Monsanto and its genetically modified creations from federal courts.

by Anthony Gucciardi
NaturalSociety.com
March 28, 2013

Passing up the chance to veto the bill in favor of stopping Monsanto’s increasing monopoly on the food supply, Obama pushed the bill through into a law in a move that reminds us of his failed 2007 promise to ‘immediately’ label GMOs upon his election.

Contained in the rider (Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) of HR 933, Monsanto is now even protected (at least under this law) from the United States government.

As I pointed out in a previous article, the Monsanto Protection Act’s success actually proves how corporations have more power than even the United States federal government. Monsanto’s lobbyists managed to slip the rider into the major bill, which — despite the rider — has virtually nothing to do with the topic.

This is a typical and routinely practiced move by lobbyists to insert an incognito line of legislation into a bill generally viewed as favorable overall. One that has proven to be effective for Monsanto.


2007 Promise to Label GMOs

The result is now major outcry against Obama for signing the bill into law and protecting the biotech juggernaut Monsanto. Many fail to remember, however, that Obama first decided to allow Monsanto to continue pulverizing the food supply and the health of the nation back in 2008 when he went back on his promise to ‘immediately’ label GMOs. It was in 2007, during a campaign speech, that Obama first stated his support of non-GMO and GMO labeling activists, in which he promised to swiftly label GMOs.


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For a brief period before the bill was passed by the Senate and now signed into law by Obama, both myself and many others in the alternative news community crusaded tirelessly to alert politicians and activists in order to stop the Protection Act from going through. Unfortunately, time was not on our side. The hasty vote by the Senate and the news blackout from the mainstream media were enough to break through the warnings of concerned activists (and people who just want real food). Now, however, renewed interest in the GMO labeling campaign and the fight against Monsanto brews.

With such a blatant and cocky act against the United States and its people, Monsanto has set itself up to fail. Let’s remind Obama of his promise to label GMOs he made many years ago.

http://intellihub.com/2013/03/28/oba...ing-in-2007-2/
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I really, really dislike this company. And I really really dislike this law.

I totaly agree. This is bad news.

Now when the Republicans take back control of the white house in 2016 can we expect this law to be repealed?
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:18 PM   #88
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I really, really dislike this company. And I really really dislike this law.
My thoughts as well. I have no problem with us developing GMO's, but they should be labelled, and I have a big problem with Monsanto's methods. The President said one thing and did another, so in this case he either didn't read the bill, was powerless to stop the "We Heart Monsanto" rider, or didn't care, and none of them reflect on him particularly well.

And I would hope it gets repealed first day no matter who President Obama's successor is, but I have a feeling it won't. By 2016, we'll likely have a whole new crop of outrages to fume over.
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Ignore Hysteria Over New ‘Monsanto’ Bill
By Ramesh Ponnuru Apr 8, 2013

If you have read anything about the “Monsanto Protection Act,” chances are what you have read is wrong.

The provision in question was part of a wide-ranging bill to keep the government funded that President Barack Obama signed into law in late March. Its horrified opponents think the legislation will furtively protect biotechnology companies, such as Monsanto Co., from legal action if they produce genetically modified organisms that have harmful side effects. They argue it would make federal courts “powerless to stop Monsanto,” and claim it was produced in a “hidden backroom deal” and “snuck” into budget legislation. Oh, and it also “shreds the Constitution.”

Actually, the law, which expires on Sept. 30, leaves both courts and federal regulators free to pull products they find dangerous. And the law’s real impact is modest. Let’s say that the Agriculture Department, after a laborious process of review, has allowed the sale and use of a genetically modified organism. Let’s say that a court then finds, perhaps several years afterward, that the department didn’t follow the proper process in deciding to allow it. Under those conditions, the law says farmers are still allowed to use the product, pending a final determination.

In fact, we don’t need to imagine this scenario because it happened in real life and led to the law’s enactment. In 2005, the department approved a kind of alfalfa that was genetically modified to resist a mild herbicide, thus enabling farmers to avoid having to use harsher weed killers. Several environmental groups sued to overturn the approval. They didn’t argue that the product would cause any health hazards. Instead they claimed, among other things, that it would hurt organic farmers -- that, for example, farmers would lose the right to label their unmodified alfalfa “organic” because it would be contaminated by the new product.

Greg Conko, who studies biotech issues for the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, points out that this fear is overblown, since organic standards require farmers to keep their crops isolated from possible contaminants, and don’t penalize unintentional cross-pollination.

In 2007, however, a federal judge ruled that the department should have done a more thorough review and blocked new seeds from being sold. Three years later, the Supreme Court ruled 7- to-1 that the lower court had gotten it wrong.

In 2010, another judge made a similar ruling about herbicide-resistant sugar beets, which at the time made up 95 percent of all sugar beets in the country. Two years later, the department concluded that yes, it is all right to plant the beets.

Keep in mind, again, that in these cases nobody has even alleged that the crops pose any health risks and no court has concluded that they harm the environment.
When they debated a farm bill last year, several congressmen discussed the need to make it clear that, in these cases, farmers are allowed to keep using products while the department reviews its approval. Disagreements over other issues kept any farm bill from passing. The biotech provision, though, made it into the temporary government-funding bill that Obama signed. (Full disclosure: My wife works for Senator Roy Blunt, who reportedly helped get the provision inserted.)

The same activist groups that filed the lawsuits went into overdrive blasting the new law. The issue took off, partly because a lot of people find genetically modified crops alarming, no matter what the evidence says about their safety. And in a post-bailout world, legislation that looks like a favor for particular companies receives heightened suspicion across the political spectrum.

Senator Barbara Mikulski, the Maryland Democrat who runs the committee that had responsibility for the law, felt moved to distance herself from it, saying it was on its way to passage before she took charge. Fox News backed up her story by noting that Stonyfield Farm Inc., a subsidiary of Danone SA that makes organic yogurt, had warned against the law before her tenure.

The involvement of Stonyfield -- and other organic-food companies and their supporters -- casts a different light on the entire controversy. It may be that these companies believe that genetically modified crops really are a threat to the integrity of their products. But they are surely a threat to their bottom line.
In other words, on one side of this issue are companies that would benefit if nuisance lawsuits pushed their competitors’ products off the market. On the other side are companies and farmers wanting to limit the impact of such a tactic. I’ll leave it to you to decide which side has the better case.

(Ramesh Ponnuru is a Bloomberg View columnist, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior editor at National Review. The opinions expressed are his own.)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...anto-bill.html
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