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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:13 PM
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Monsanto Swallows Defeat
Every now and then, reason, outrage, and citizen activism combine to defeat the forces of avarice. This is one of those times: Children, organic farmers, and cows have just triumphed over mighty Monsanto Co. and its political handmaidens.

For years, this biotech behemoth has thrown its weight around in Washington, in the media, and in state governments, trying to force Americans to swallow Posilac. You wouldnt know the name of this artificial growth hormone, because Monsanto spent millions trying to hide it from consumers.

But Posilac is not a product that people wanted. Its essentially a bioengineered sex hormone thats injected into dairy cows to force their bodies to produce more milk. Its not at all healthy for the cows, and it provides no health benefits for humans.

So the corporation weaseled its way into government, getting a ruling that Posilac milk did not have to be labeled as such. That was not enough though, since farmers and retailers began labeling their products as free of the artificial hormones. So Monsanto tried suing them and tried to get the feds and state officials to outlaw the hormone-free labels...cont'd

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http://www.texasobserver.org/article.php?aid=2838
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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:16 PM
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1. Woohoo!! Finally, and is it really over???
:woohoo: :applause:
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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:21 PM
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5. Knowing Monsanto, it won't be over until Monsanto is over. nt
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:17 PM
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2. all I have to say is
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:19 PM
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3. Monsanto should be shut down!
It's one of the more evil of the fascist enterprises that have taken over.

They are trying to privatize the world's food supply. If they had their way, Blackwater goons would be in the fields killing farmers who used anything other than Monsanto franken-seeds. :mad:
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ElectricGrid Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:03 PM
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6. BS my company works in the seed industry
monsanto has about 4 big direct competitors.
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:38 PM
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9. Great, so five fascist corporations will control the world's food supply..
Monsanto being the most evil of the bunch.

No BS! Ask some of the poor farmers who are victims of these mutherfuckers. :thumbsdown:
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TXN in WA Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:19 PM
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4. Monsanto is truly the devil.
I learned about this practice and the politics related to it in Marion Nestle's book, "What to Eat" (pp 85 - 90). It's incredibly well-researched and one of favorites, even though I have not finished reading it yet. I highly recommend it.
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Bob Dobbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:08 PM
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7. monsanto is the poster child for corporofascist abuse.
Shut them down and redistribute their wealth.
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AnnaLouise Donating Member (189 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:34 PM
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8. For Monsanto and others, Bremer forbade Iraqi farmers from saving seeds
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lutherj Donating Member (788 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 12:38 AM
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10. I have this vision 30 years from now of the great unwashed hordes
with machetes chasing Monsato scientists and executives across a landscape dead fields.
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