by Jon Rappoport
Right now, the heart of the ACTUAL American struggle against Monsanto is in Maui.
On Election Day, voters in Maui County passed a local ballot measure blocking Monsanto and Dow from further development of GMOs.
Maui is a very importance piece of Monsanto’s empire. Because of the year-round weather, they can run many, many tests on new GMO crop varieties.
So Monsanto and Dow immediately turned around and sued Maui County.
On top of that, the federal judge in the case is Barry Kurren, who has already sided with Monsanto against Kaui’s attempt to regulate GMOs.
Monsanto’s mouthpiece, John Purcell, released a statement: “This local [Maui] referendum interferes with and conflicts with long-established state and federal laws that support both the safety and lawful cultivation of GMO plants.”
In that case, why was the ballot measure allowed to be voted on, in the first place?
Why didn’t Monsanto file suit, win its case before Election Day, and knock the measure off the ballot? (Update here).
The truth is, Monsanto lost the vote. Now, they’re whining. If they had won, they wouldn’t uttered a peep of protest about the legality of the measure.
The county of Maui has every right to make a decision about GMOs and Roundup. They have every right to put the clamps on Monsanto and Dow.
This is a matter of public safety.
I don’t care what state or federal law says.
Local citizens always have a right to defend their lives and health. In this case, they are challenging official science. They are ready to oversee authentic investigations of GMO and Roundup safety.
Essentially, they are saying that any state or federal law that would hamstring them is based on false science.
And what is the sub-text of Monsanto’s remarks? “We got the laws on GMOs passed in the first place. We lied about the science. We got the FDA, in 1996, to lie and obfuscate and allow GMO crops to enter the US. So now we are appealing to those laws to make our case.”
I don’t know, Michael Carroll, the lawyer who is defending the voters of Maui against Monsanto. I know they could use a man like Gerry Spence, if he would come out of retirement and take up the sword one more time.
I know they could use a few PR sharks, who would blow this case up into the global scandal that it is, for all the world to see.
But that costs money.
The men who have been bankrolling the soft and weak GMO labeling initiatives could start writing checks, if they really cared about banning GMOs. Talking to you, Gary Hirshberg. Joe Mercola, David Bronner, Grant Lundberg.
And there is another man who could step in and make a difference. He lives far away, but he was raised in Hawaii. He claims to cherish those roots. Once upon a time, he seemed to be an ally.
His name is Barack Obama, and his silence is deafening.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com