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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:39 AM

DOJ Mysteriously Quits Monsanto Antitrust Investigation

DOJ Mysteriously Quits Monsanto Antitrust Investigation


There's an age-old tradition in Washington of making unpopular announcements when no one's listening—like, you know, the days leading up to Thanksgiving. That's when the Obama administration sneaked a tasty dish to the genetically modified seed/pesticide industry.

This treat involves the unceremonious end of the Department of Justice's antitrust investigation into possible anticompetitive practices in the US seed market, which it had begun in January 2010. It's not hard to see why DOJ would take a look. For the the crops that cover the bulk of US farmland like corn, soy, and cotton, the seed trade is essentially dominated by five companies: Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer, and Dow. And a single company, Monsanto, supplies nearly all genetically modified traits now so commonly used in those crops, which it licenses to its rivals for sale in their own seeds.

What's harder to figure out is why the DOJ ended the investigation without taking any action—and did so with a near-complete lack of public information. The DOJ didn't even see fit to mark the investigation's end with a press release. News of it emerged from a brief item Monsanto itself issued the Friday before Thanksgiving, declaring it had "received written notification" from the DOJ antitrust division that it had ended its investigation "without taking any enforcement action."

A DOJ spokesperson confirmed to me that the agency had "closed its investigation into possible anticompetitive practices in the seed industry," but would divulge no details. "In making its decision, the Antitrust Division took into account marketplace developments that occurred during the pendency of the investigation," she stated via email. I asked what precisely those "marketplace developments" were. "I don’t have anything else for you," she replied. Monsanto, too, is being tight-lipped—a company spokesperson said the company had no statement to make the beyond the above-linked press release.

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/11/dojs-monsantoseed-industry-investigation-ends-thud

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The Straight Story Dec 2012 OP
NV Whino Dec 2012 #1
tomp Dec 2012 #75
PATRICK Dec 2012 #2
Aerows Dec 2012 #18
bulloney Dec 2012 #3
Lionessa Dec 2012 #16
2naSalit Dec 2012 #45
xtraxritical Dec 2012 #30
Lionessa Dec 2012 #50
Dont call me Shirley Dec 2012 #61
BlueToTheBone Dec 2012 #4
niyad Dec 2012 #5
loudsue Dec 2012 #6
DhhD Dec 2012 #24
TheMadMonk Dec 2012 #60
DhhD Dec 2012 #69
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DCKit Dec 2012 #9
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freshwest Dec 2012 #56
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woo me with science Dec 2012 #14
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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:46 AM

1. Crap

Same ol', same ol'.

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Response to NV Whino (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 08:47 AM

75. that's obama....

....four more sneers.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:47 AM

2. If Monsanto were

given rein to market marijuana the DOJ would have nothing to do after Bradley Manning.

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Response to PATRICK (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:46 PM

18. I wish I could disagree with you

But I can't

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:59 AM

3. The corporate mission to make a killing supersedes our right to exist.

Welcome to 21st Century America.

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Response to bulloney (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:37 PM

16. I agree, this isn't the only anti-trust issue that gets

 

no investigation or accountability. Seems to me we have all manner of too big to compete against corporations in many many arenas.

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Response to bulloney (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:19 PM

30. It's the same B. S. as it was at turn of the 20th century America, it never ends.

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #30)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:50 PM

50. IE TPTB never learn.

 

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Response to bulloney (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:26 PM

61. It's the corporate mission to cause mass suffering raking in massive profits from "treating"

all that suffering. Endless supplies of victims and their money...

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:03 PM

4. Vilsack has leaned on DOJ.

JMHO

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:04 PM

5. why am I not surprised?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:04 PM

6. This is an abomination and is one of the MOST DANGEROUS threats to our planet.

This GMO crap is far more dangerous than anyone was ever told, and the latest scientific tests have proven it.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:59 PM

24. How long will it take for polyploidy to work with the rain, wind and birds to return seeds to

reproductive viability again; with the transformed new genes outside of the so called containment field? That is when genetic seed companies will say that destruction of native seeds is the fault of someone else; that they missed stopping a thief. That it was the responsibility of government to keep the genie in the bottle. That the destruction can be removed by and taken care of by the taxpayers.

Are their hybrid seeds out there? The human insulin gene(s) are placed near E. Coli bacteria so they can transform (absorb) the gene and begin to make human insulin. Then the bacteria are KILLED and the insulin collected and readied through a process before being injected into humans with sever diabetes that need insulin shots. These plant seeds are NOT killed. These seeds/grains are in the food chain.

So we have genes from the Fungi Kingdom transformed in to cells of the Plant Kingdom. These Plant Kingdom cells have NOT been KILLED but are trying to be collected by the genetic companies. Will Man win or will Nature win? In the meantime, living organisms are eating the bounty.

How do Fungi genes effect cells of the Animal Kingdom; our cells? To me, competitiveness is not the issue, biological injury is the issue.

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Response to DhhD (Reply #24)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:14 PM

60. And your plan is for all POOR diabetics to just die quietly in a corner?

 

How REPUBLICAN of you.

Prior to GM insulin, insulin was harvested from the carcases of pigs in slaughterhouses. Demand is far far higher today than it was back then too.



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Response to TheMadMonk (Reply #60)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:40 PM

69. My reply is about SEEDS not the cloning of insulin. Poisonous molecules made in seeds and sent

across state lines: So in my opinion, it is both a violation of interstate commerce and domestic terrorism.

Cloning of insulin was only an example. It is very ok to kill bacteria but not ok to sicken or kill people with molecules that are eaten as a part of food. Corn is food.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:05 PM

7. Mystery? Nah. With the current DOJ, this is the standard program.

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Response to Zorra (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 04:14 AM

72. Many of us remember

when DoJ was an honorable agency. Growing up during the 60s, I learned me respect for the law through DoJ's actions We will end up, after 16 years of incompetence, w/ an agency that is a shadow of what it once was. What a shame.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:06 PM

8. Not in the least bit mysterious

Money talks and governing agencies roll over and play dead. You should have seen the lengths Smithkline Beecham went to in the nineties to squash and discredit studies frm the CDC. I remember I wrote a blog title called "losing My Religion" and I did. I've never trusted another word coming from the CDC. They are not a credible source. And I hope if their is a hell, their go to guy Verstaeden (sp) has a special place there. what he did for his corporate overlords is unforgivable.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:10 PM

9. The DOJ's investigation into Microsoft went the same way.

 

I had the pleasure of working on both sides of that investigation, and it just "went away".

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Response to DCKit (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:49 PM

19. "Poof" or "Abracadabra" even.....

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:12 PM

10. Not a mystery, just business as usual. No wonder

Bill Gates created his own seed bank (snark).

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:18 PM

51. his seeds and money is in with monsanto offshore I think Iceland

No snark because here is the issue even for the Obama admin. Both Romneys and Obamas and Bushes all who can afford it or take the time/employees for gardening and preserving enough for thier family are eating organic and staying away from comfronting GMO (perhaps profiting?) yet not realizing that it will affect everyone.
Its not just about getting away from it, becuase it is destructive to nature
Just one of those things in the end you can not buy your way out of imo.

I try to stay away but have limited outlets and also limited time to produce food and preserve myself
plus crops like corn are hard for small land. What i buy often has GMO perhaps but how much can I know without labeling
And how much research must a working person spend to find out and trace sub suppliers

For the 90% of us I think the best we can do now in the United States( how many other countries have banned GMO?) is to push for a labeling win in a large state and push from there -it is going to be local and state cases which may be lame players for GMO giants

this doj case shows no fed help

head in sand as much as it ever was seems

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Response to lunasun (Reply #51)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:17 PM

56. A major blow for us. The marketplace rationale came from the defeat of GMO labeling in CA.

The farmers made the case they couldn't afford to prove their crops had not been contaminated with GMO from neighbors. They said truthfully, perhaps, that the DNA testing cost to prove their crop had remained non-GMO was prohibitive for them. I'm thinking they felt they would be unable to pay their mortgage if they couldn't pass the test and sell their crop 'AS IS.'

This was rumored to have affected some of the organic certified fruit growers in Latin America. To get that organic certification, IIRC, required five years of test results to prove they had not used pesticides or fertilizer on their trees. They had bought the land AS IS and said they could not hold the land for five years without a crop to sell and while there may have been a way to work around, the result was less organic fruit. Did they tell the truth? IDK.

Whether the CA farmers' claim was bogus, just like that, IDK. But that is a marketplace decision, from the producers and voters who voted GMO by voting down labeling. I think the voters of CA got that one wrong, or the bill was written badly. I was disappointed they listened to the growers, if they were acting in bad faith. Perhaps they felt they would be denied produce at a good price if the farms went out of business as some claimed, even here on DU.

A clause offering to subsidize the testing with tax dollars, instead of adding it to the cost of production, might have changed the minds of the growers. But again, IDK their real intention, and it won't do much good to rail at them, but rather, look to make this work with another bill.

With a Democratic super majority in CA now, it will still be a hard job to get CA voters to agree to the creation of another agency they pay for. I am encouraged by my CA political kindred, but at times I forget they still have a lot of radical GOP Tea Party conservatives to deal with.

I know farmers in Oregon who grow everything organically, for over 40 years now, who tried to convince their neighbors who grow beets to refrain from using GMO Roundup-ready seed, for all the reasons we care about here. They were unable to convince them they would get good market price and hose who grew the beets were looking for a good cash crop. We don't know what the rate of subsidy or no subsidy what would have convinced those voters or the ones in CA otherwise.

It's very tasty to find a bogeyman in D.C. when we are fighting these things locally. Washington reflects the will of a lot of people I don't agree with, but it's pretty hard to change their views at the grass roots. We have to keep on pushing against the corporations that have deceived our neighbors, in my mind, anyway, to continue to support these poisonous practices.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:28 PM

11. Those campaign donations don't come free.

New boss.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:29 PM

12. very sad indeed. nt

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 PM

13. Monsanto said, "Stop it."

Mystery solved.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:33 PM

14. There's a new one every damned day.

We all know that by now.



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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:36 PM

15. Hardly surprising...

What would have surprised me is if Monsanto had been fully investigated and we'd see some actual *gasp* prosecutions coming out of doj.

United States of corporations, indeed :p

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:45 PM

17. Mysteriously

should be changed to "expectedly" or "obviously".

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:50 PM

20. The investigation was "holderized" - it's lousy

 

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:51 PM

21. We The People

We the People does not really hold water anymore, and when monsanto is done they will change the composition of water and charge us more for that. sad very sad

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Response to mtasselin (Reply #21)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:40 PM

47. As well as

the air we breathe.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:51 PM

22. k.r

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:52 PM

23. Two words:

 

campaign contribution.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:09 PM

26. too big to fight wins again

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:14 PM

27. Is It Too Early to Call America

A Plutocracy?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:14 PM

28. Too often Dems and Repugs are two sides of the same argument screaming at each other

while both quietly doing the corporations bidding in the shadows.

We should pay our leaders more and make the laws stricter for being corporate tools in government. The disappearing investigation of Monsanto shows the fruits of paying our leaders ridiculously low wages in comparison to their private sector counter parts.

The idea that politicians serve from a moral imperative rather than an economic one is a very noble ideal. However, it is obviously NOT working in this day and age....

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:14 PM

29. I would be way more suprised if the DOJ had taken action against Monsanto

than I was on hearing that they just quietly let the matter drop and slunk away without explanation.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:23 PM

31. marketplace developments that occurred

Why does the phrase "campaign contributions" pop into my head...

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:24 PM

32. Seems we couldn't get a simple law passed to label genetically modified food

ingredients as such in California either. They were able to spend so much money in advertising on it that they convinced the average Californian that it would hurt farmers. What a crock! These people need to be brought down somehow. They will be poisoning the planet where the energy industry hasn't already and it's our food supply.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #32)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:51 PM

40. Well, I strongly supported 37

But it had enough loopholes to drive a truck full of GMO fruit through. Badly written, even if well intentioned.

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Response to The Green Manalishi (Reply #40)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:57 PM

41. The badly written meme was part of what Monsanto propagandized on.

A lot of propositions that pass are badly written and you can drive trucks through them, yet when passed they seem to accomplish what their purpose is. In this case labeling food would have been the result. Simple.

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Response to The Green Manalishi (Reply #40)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:27 PM

79. It was not badly written.

The so-called loopholes are foods not yet GMOed.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:27 PM

33. Doubleplusungood

majorly suspicious

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:27 PM

34. Time to provide an assist: 'What (food) movement? I don't see it. Show me.' Sounds like a plan.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:28 PM

35. There is still an Antitrust Department?

WHY? They never enforce anything and obviously have no real power. Plutocracies don't need antitrust laws, they might affect the uber-wealthy. AT&T is laughing at the DOJ.

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Response to Rex (Reply #35)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:17 PM

44. You nailed it.

There is NOBODY watching corporations (which are 'people, my friend'). There's only time, effort, and $$$ to go after individuals of little means for any freaking infraction, even victimless crimes.

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Response to Rex (Reply #35)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:26 PM

52. It was replaced with the Taxpayers Bail Them Out Department.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:33 PM

36. It's all about $$$$$ In USA, Inc. Money talks and has power, the rest of us are supposed to

just knuckle in and go die.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:35 PM

37. Well, somethings up...

...neither of them are talking. Does one have to file a FISA to find out WTF our government is doing? I'm not too keen on secrecy. I can understand it, sort of (don't like it, though), for national security. Yeah, I don't have enough time today to rant about the subject of "secrecy" in our government. Here's a thread on DuPont hiring seed police:



[link:http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014322285|

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:43 PM

38. Will the payoffs to DOJ be made in traditional brown paper bags?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:58 PM

42. I'm shocked, I tell you...

no, really, I swear.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:05 PM

43. I realize and am forced to accept that Obama is pragmatic,

but I can't understand how Michelle Obama can sit by and let our children be hurt by an unsafe food supply while her children enjoy organic food. I am not Michelle bashing. I'm not even Obama bashing. I just know how I get when the issue of safe food comes up. I'm a real mama bear. I want safe food NOW for my children and for every child. Please, Michelle, remind your husband at dinner that we want our children to be healthy, too. Monsanto shouldn't be allowed to exist. Stop the revolving door of Monsanto executives getting high positions in government. Bring it down like Enron. Bury it in lawsuits. Imprison its criminal executives. Argh! I think I'll double up on the blood pressure meds now.

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Response to rainin (Reply #43)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:27 PM

57. What you say. nt

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Response to rainin (Reply #43)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:11 PM

68. I agree with that, and understand Vilsack came in with ties to GMO industry

I'm disappointed as hell that he could give a shit if we ever label food for GMOs.

As garden tending one of the touted USDA "People's Garden" I take great offense to all this shit.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:38 PM

46. Hmmmm. (nt)

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:43 PM

48. Related good read. My go-to on the subject is gmwatch.org news aggregating section.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:45 PM

49. "Mysteriously?"

Perhaps to anyone with an IQ below room temp.

The Corporate States of America has no interest in real justice.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:29 PM

53. This is a big deal.

Thank you, President Obama, from Global Monsanto.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:46 PM

54. I'm just surprised they ever started it.

 

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:58 PM

55. OK then someone got paid off

and the next step is to find out who got bribed and go from there. Follow the money.

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Response to felix_numinous (Reply #55)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:51 PM

59. It could have been the stick

and not the carrot.

just sayin'

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:48 PM

58. Holder DoJ "Investigation" = double cover, whitewash & spin. Sickening. ~nt

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 06:17 PM

62. Death Penalty For MONSANTO - K&R n/t

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:26 PM

63. Monsanto POWER inside the Executifve Branch:

Tom Vilsack was appointed to head up the US Department of Agriculture.
Google: "Vilsack & Monsanto"

Michael Taylor was appointed head up the FDA.
Google: "Michael Taylor & Monsanto"

And that is only the tip of the iceberg.



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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:05 PM

64. WOW buy Organic if you can. These people are working way to hard to keep us in the dark

Something ain't right

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #64)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:47 PM

66. The Corporate Ag Borg is making steady WAR on organics

undermining, checking, co-opting, dissing, and muscling (Goliath Vs. David sans sling).

SCIENTIFIC MATERIALISM, INC. IS MONOPOLIZING & CORRUPTING FOOD.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:30 PM

65. That is just the election being over, back to business as usual.

No need to have any blue link material sales points now to argue possible progress now.

Back to funneling resource control and fattening bottom lines.

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #65)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:04 AM

77. I was wondering where they were too -

wondering why they hadn't appeared in this thread - the links, the lists - They've been such a reliable fixture. But you've probably nailed it.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:51 PM

67. If you garden at home, please use hierloom seeds

It's very important to not let these seeds be made extinct. You can save the seeds and replant the following year.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #67)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 08:12 AM

74. Exactly, save the seeds while it's still legal to do so!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 02:58 AM

70. And that's the way it's gonna be...

buy local and/or grow your own.

Local markets.

If you chose to buy from the chains, you get what you get.

It ain't gonna change.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:43 AM

71. Collusion.

Holder's DOJ is a joke.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:42 AM

73. Elections are over-back to the same old....

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:52 AM

76. Give me a "C"! Give me an "O"!

Give me an "R"! And another "R"! Give me a "U"! Give me a "P"! Give me a "T"! Give me an "I"! Give men an "O"! Give me an "N"!

What'd'ya got?

CORRUPTION!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:26 PM

78. Can you point to any actual evidence of antitrust activity by Monsanto? Even speculate

as to what the possible activity could be?


As the article indicates, the licensure availability would probably obviate the antitrust issues.

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