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Follow The Money: The Maui-Monsanto War
Category: ACTIVITISM
Tags: Big Corp globalist agenda GMO food health freedom Monsanto take action

by Jon Rappoport

This is a stunner.

On Election Day, Maui passed a local initiative blocking Monsanto and Dow from developing new GMOs in Maui County.

According to Ballotpedia, the winning war chest in the election was, overwhelmingly, composed of contributions from five individuals.

Total? $55,000.

 

The losing war chest consisted of contributions from three groups: Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, and the Council for Biotechnology Information.

Total? $7,876,000.

I can think of a hundred things to say, but I’ll let most of them ride.

You decide what the lessons are.

Yes, Monsanto is now suing Maui to reverse the results of the ballot measure, claiming state and federal law trumps a county vote.

But check your cynicism at the door long enough to appreciate what it took for the citizens of Maui and the local SHAKA Movement to shock the world.

Authentic hope and change? THIS is what it looks like.

 

Alert: Monsanto is Trying to Crush Maui Right Now
Category: ACTIVITISM
Tags: Activism globalist agenda GMO food health freedom Monsanto take action

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.”

Really.

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.


power outside the matrix


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.

Jon Rappoport

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

 

Starbucks Plays Middle Of GMO Road; Gets Run Over
Category: GMO food
Tags: Activism MO food health freedom Monsanto take action

by Jefferey Jaxen

With the recent buzz still freshly roasting, Neil Young has plucked the GMO boycott nerve like a finely tuned guitar string. His recent announcement calling for a boycott of Starbucks products covered by Rolling Stone magazine has resonated for better or worse. On Young’s website he states that “Monsanto might not care what we think — but as a public-facing company, Starbucks does.” Last spring, Vermont passed the very GMO labeling law that fell short this year in Oregon (92) and Colorado (105). To no one’s surprise, four corporate food organizations filed a lawsuit against the state to challenge it and forever be branded as ‘the bad guys’. Starbucks, along with Monsanto, both belong to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA); one of the four horseman plaintiffs in the Vermont lawsuit riding away with what’s left of corporate America’s integrity.

In response to Young’s call to boycott that went viral, Starbucks was forced to release a rapid public statement in which it wisely denied its active part in the lawsuit. Here is part of that statement:

“….Starbucks is not a part of any lawsuit pertaining to GMO labeling nor have we provided funding for any campaign. And Starbucks is not aligned with Monsanto to stop food labeling or block Vermont State law.

The petition claiming that Starbucks is part of this litigation is completely false and we have asked the petitioners to correct their description of our position.

Starbucks has not taken a position on the issue of GMO labeling. As a company with stores and a product presence in every state, we prefer a national solution.”

GMA & Monsanto: Birds Of A Feather

 

Taken at their word, Starbucks may not be part of the Vermont lawsuit, but they are part of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (with Monsanto). Put a different way, Starbucks may not be attempting to rob the bank or disable the alarm, but they are outside in the getaway car. Starbucks is in the 5% of top grossing GMA member companies as measured by the coffee slingers 2013 revenue earnings of $14.9 billion. It appears that by being one of four associations suing Vermont, the GMA is breaking its agreed upon benefits and advantages initially marketed and offered to its members (Starbucks). The GMA’s ‘Benefits of Members‘ PDF found on their website states the following points (bold emphasis added):

GMA works across a broad spectrum of issues and disciplines to maintain and improve the trust consumers have in our member companies, their brands and products.

GMA is uniquely positioned to educate policymakers, the media and the public

GMA is committed to and promotes a culture of excellence that delivers value to member companies

GMA will advocate for the public policy interests of its members by participating and responding to legislation and regulation

Re: Topic For Tomorrow’s Starbucks Board Meeting

A quick pulse check of the current GMO labeling climate would reveal that the GMA is neglecting its duties by actively suing the state of Vermont. Vermont’s residents voted in favor of helping GMO companies to market their product to their consumers through better labeling. GMO labeling is arguably one of the more popular, common sense initiatives to ever activate an awake and empowered public. Large corporations such as Whole Foods have witnessed the movement coming and have wisely chosen to surf the coming wave with the introduction of their ‘Responsibly Grown‘ ratings system and their public promise to label all GMO food in their store by 2018. The Internet, social media, and the open sourcing of ideas are ending, one by one, companies and associations who talk out of both sides of their mouth while waving a ‘transparency’ flag. It is ultimately up to every person and corporation to decide which side of the road they are on. In a time when consumers are more educated than ever before, it’s telling that ‘the fifth most admired company in the world’ according to Fortune makes a statement like this:

Starbucks has not taken a position on the issue of GMO labeling

I would like to bring their attention to American writer Max Eastman who wrote, “People that demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.”
The status quo has changed and companies are scrambling to keep up, stay relevant, and grasp on to their market share accrued during less transparent times. The business and market leaders of tomorrow will not show indecisiveness on major issues that are mobilizing and passionately affecting communities across the world.

Where do you stand regarding GMO labeling?

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