Bayer to Acquire Monsanto

By L.J. Hodek-Creapeau

Well it’s not just a rumor anymore, stockholders have been notified that Bayer will indeed acquire Monsanto. As one headline read, “German drug and crop chemical maker Bayer clinched a $66 billion takeover of U.S. seeds company Monsanto on Wednesday, ending months of wrangling with a third sweetened offer that marks the largest all-cash deal on record.”

Bayer and Monsanto have announced that they signed a definitive agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for $128 per share in an all-cash transaction. Based on Monsanto’s closing share price on May 9, 2016 – the day before Bayer’s first written proposal to Monsanto – the offer represents a premium of 44 percent to that price.

What does this mean for Joe Consumer – the average person? It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why a German drug and chemical maker would buy a seed and farming company. Does it? What business does Bayer have being involved with agriculture when they make drugs and chemicals? That is the question you should be asking yourself.

That the fight against Monsanto for crimes against the environment just got tougher because now they aren’t just using Monsanto money to bury bad press, override votes, and discredit scientific evidence that implicates them in various health hazards along with manipulating legislation in their favor, now they have Bayer’s money behind it all too.

Of course the website about the merger tells farmers how this acquisition is going to be such a benefit to all of them and revolutionize the Ag industry. You can bet there is something more sinister behind it than that. Neither one of these companies has ever given a hoot about the environment, what they are doing to destroy it, or our health in their quest for huge profit margins.

They talk about “Shaping the future of farming” and “Advancing the next generation of farming” like they are space cowboys about to revolutionize the Ag industry. Heaven help us if that is true. Because Monsanto has proven over and over it cannot be trusted.

“Numerous fundamental challenges affecting the agriculture industry can be directly translated into a new set of requirements that farmers will have in conducting their business today, and into the future.”

Oh, you go to Monsanto’s website now and it’s all about bringing miraculous technology to farmers to solve our world food supply problems and how they are now supporting organizations that support bee research and preserving the environment. We all hope this is truth, but Monsanto’s track record has been lies, cover-ups, and deceit for decades. How do we ever trust them now?

The news that Monsanto is being bought by Bayer probably won’t be well received in the cannabis sector. The deal brings together two research powerhouses that reportedly have long eyed cannabis as a possible new business. The worry is that the combined firm will have the financial and political influence to do to cannabis what it has already done to corn, tobacco, and other cash crops—namely to use pricy patented cannabis seeds (Roundup Ready Blue Dream, anyone?) that favor large-scale operators and rigidly control how all cannabis farmers farm. The merger, in other words, could be the first step toward “big cannabis.”

In truth, it’s far from certain just how worried “small cannabis” should be. On the one hand, Bayer clearly has designs on the multi-billion-dollar cannabis market. The German firm has been working with GW Pharmaceuticals on a cannabis-based medicinal extract since 2003. And while Monsanto says it “has not and is not working on GMO marijuana,” the company will soon enjoy access to Bayer’s cannabis expertise, which, given Monsanto’s control-through-litigation tactics, might lead one to imagine some pretty bleak scenarios.

This is a common plight of farmers across the United States, with the global agriculture industry in a wrenching downturn. Because farmers have produced too much corn, wheat and soybeans, they have been forced to slash prices to sell their crops. They have also reduced spending on seeds, pesticides and fertilizer, which has eaten into sales at agribusiness giants, including Monsanto and DuPont.

We want you to remember this quote, engrave it in stone, because you can assume that after everybody has forgotten about this merger and the press has died down about it, Bayer is likely to do this very thing when our backs are turned.

Bayer CEO Werner Baumann was quoted Monday as telling German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung: “We don’t want to take over Monsanto in order to establish genetically modified plants in Europe.” He added that Bayer accepts European resistance “even if we are of a different opinion.”

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Monsanto’s Day of Reckoning Finally Coming in Crimes Against Humanity Trial?

by LJ Creapeau, Circkles Editor

This is it. This is the event that needs every eco-friendly business, sustainable organization and every environmental group and health-conscious citizen to come together in group support, because that is what it will take to put any kind of a dent in Monsanto’s reign of genocide on our planet, or what the tribunal is calling ecocide.

If you follow Circkles.com at all, you know we have been publishing information regarding Monsanto for years (just do a search for Monsanto on any of our site pages if you need to catch up because you live with your head buried in the sand and have missed the last 4-5 years of Monsanto in the news.)
For our Circkles founder…the campaign against this agricultural Hitler started about 15 years ago – before it was fashionable to be a Monsanto-hater in the press. Before the world was made publicly aware, we have been pushing to put an end to this fraudulent killing machine for over a decade. Now…the rest of the media has caught up to where they should have been over 50 years ago: supporting our health instead of buying into the Monsanto hype like the rest of the public.

Now, finally, thanks to the ability to spread news like wildfire on the internet, and thanks mostly to small publishers and writers like ourselves who can’t be bought, bribed or threatened into silence, the word is finally out about Monsanto and it is escalating to the point now where there is nowhere this planet-and-people-poisoner can hide; although they have tried their darnedest to, by falsifying test studies, lying to the public and government regulatory agencies, and infiltrating most of these agencies in order to ensure their secrets, power and lies continue.

Monsanto will be investigated by a tribunal of environmentalists, activists, and scientists in The Hague, Netherlands, next year in October, against charges of “ecocide”. The citizens’ trial was announced at a press conference on December 3 in Paris, to tie in with the COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change.

“That’s why today I am calling on all citizens of the world to participate in this exemplary tribunal.”

monsantotribunalCalling themselves the Monsanto Tribunal, the citizen-funded group will evaluate allegations made against Monsanto regarding damage caused to the environment and human health. However, we’re sad to say, regardless of the outcome, they won’t be able to sentence or charge Monsanto. Still, they claim the trial is more than just a symbolic act, with the larger goal of establishing ‘ecocide’ as a crime for the first time, which will hopefully make this a giant step toward showing group support for our environmental health in public which may some day lead to consumer-based flogging of these types of corporate practices.

Finally, Monsanto, the US-based, transnational company responsible for introducing multiple genetically modified crops and numerous toxic chemicals into our environment – including saccharin, aspartame, polystyrene, DDT, dioxin, Agent Orange, petroleum based fertilizers, recombinant bovine growth hormones (rGBH), Round Up (glyphosate), Lasso (an herbicide used in Europe), Bt toxic plants, and more –will have to answer to the world for its reign of terror even if they can’t be held accountable thanks to their ability to convince the U.S court system to pass the Monsanto Protection Act.

The proceedings will take place on World Food Day, October 16, 2016.

This International Criminal Court, established in 2002 in The Hague, has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.

The court, in The Hague, Netherlands, will use the UN’s ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ developed in 2011 to assess damages for Monsanto’s acts against human life and the environment.
The court will also rely on the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002, and it will consider whether to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense.
This International Criminal Court, established in 2002 in The Hague, has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.

Speaking at the press conference, Ronnie Cummins, international director of the OCA (US) and Via Organica (Mexico), and member of the RI Steering Committee, said:

“The time is long overdue for a global citizens’ tribunal to put Monsanto on trial for crimes against humanity and the environment. We are in Paris this month to address the most serious threat that humans have ever faced in our 100-200,000 year evolution—global warming and climate disruption. Why is there so much carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere and not enough carbon organic matter in the soil? Corporate agribusiness, industrial forestry, the garbage and sewage industry and agricultural biotechnology have literally killed the climate-stabilizing, carbon-sink capacity of the Earth’s living soil.”

Andre Leu, president of IFOAM and a member of the RI Steering Committee, said:

“Monsanto is able to ignore the human and environmental damage caused by its products, and maintain its devastating activities through a strategy of systemic concealment: by lobbying regulatory agencies and governments, by resorting to lying and corruption, by financing fraudulent scientific studies, by pressuring independent scientists, and by manipulating the press and media. Monsanto’s history reads like a text-book case of impunity, benefiting transnational corporations and their executives, whose activities contribute to climate and biosphere crises and threaten the safety of the planet.”
Marie-Monique Robin, journalist and author of the best-selling documentary (and book by the same name), “The World According Monsanto,” said: “This International Citizens’ Tribunal is necessary because the defense of the safety of the planet and the conditions of life on Earth is everyone’s concern. Only through a collective resurgence of all living forces will we stop the engine of destruction. That’s why today I am calling on all citizens of the world to participate in this exemplary tribunal.”

Also speaking at the conference were Valerie Cabanes, lawyer and spokesperson for End Ecocide on Earth; Hans Rudolf Herren, president and CEO of the Millennium Institute, president and founder of Biovision, and member of the RI Steering Committee; Arnaud Apoteker, creator of the anti-GMO campaign in France, which became one of the priority campaigns of Greenpeace France, and author of “Fish in Our Strawberries: Our Manipulated Food;” and Olivier De Schutter, co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPESFood) and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. More information will be available at www.monsanto-tribunal.org/, after 2:30 p.m. EU time on December 3, 2015.

 

World Wildlife Fund in bed with Monsanto and DuPont

By their own admission, on a website listing a panel of speakers they are using to host their Fuller Symposium on Wednesday, November 12th at National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Auditorium, The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has listed guest speakers who work for Monsanto and DuPont.

If that isn’t bad enough, rumor has it that a huge deal is in the works between WWF and Monsanto to turn billions of acres of Amazon rainforest into GMO crops as part of what WWF calls their new “Whole Planet, Full Plate”  campaign to “find ways to feed the world sustainably.”

The WWf is catching so much bad press for their apparent hypocrisy in portraying themselves as protectors of wildlife for literally decades and now joining forces with the likes of Monsanto and DuPont to destroy that very wildlife they are accepting donations for protecting. Needless to say, there are calls out all over the internet to stop supporting the World Wildlife Fund as it now appears they do not have the best interests of those they have sworn to protect at all. Labels like “traitors” and “hypocrites ” now describe an organization that used to be associated with protecting the innocent and the greater good. One has to wonder just how much Monsanto and DuPont have donated to the WWF to cause them to do such an about-face.

Monsanto is infamous for “green washing” their products, making people think they are for the environment. The corporation calls their GMO soy a “responsible” choice for protecting the environment. This deceit ultimately infected the WWF, which went along with plans to unleash GMO soy in the Amazon. Now Brazil and Argentina are being turned into GMO plantations as the Amazon is cut down to make way for Monsanto’s GMO “save the planet” brainwashing.

Contained within a book of secrets, including WWF’s relationship with Monsanto, whom the WWF admitted they took money from according to one German newspaper.

As stated on the website GMWatch, the friendly panda logo charity actually collaborated with Monsanto to create something called the “Round Table on Responsible Soy.”

The campaign has been criticized as being a covert exercise in Monsanto’s patented brand of “greenwashing,” which calls GMO soy a “responsible” choice for protecting the environment despite much independent evidence to the contrary.

In other words, the countless people across the world who donate 20 bucks or more per month to the WWF are actually funding a charity with ties to what many call the most evil corporation in the world.

Although Circkles researchers could not find actual documents to support the claims that the  WWF has accepted donations from Monsanto and DuPont, we did find plenty of evidence that the WWF is admitting they have done so, and are in fact publicly announcing their support of the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest to support GMO crops in spite of the fact that environmental groups have protested the destruction of the rainforests for any agricultural activities as doing so will seriously disrupt our climate, rain amounts and clean air: all closely connected to the very existence of rainforests.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-teams-up-with-world-wildlife-fund-wwf-to-convert-amazon-into-giant-gmo-plantation/5476826

Dept. of Agriculture Being Sued for Withholding GMO Info

CFS_lawsuitThe Center for Food Safety (CFS) is suing the Department of Agriculture for years of withholding safety information regarding GMO crops. According to the CFS, the Department of Agriculture has been violating the Freedom of Information Act for over thirteen years.

Cristina Stella, staff attorney for the Center for Food Safety said this about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

 “APHIS has a track record of irresponsible and inadequate regulation of GE crops. In the absence of thorough government oversight, public access to information about these crops becomes all the more critical. This lawsuit is necessary to stop APHIS from continuing to ignore.”

Under the current agricultural regulations, experimental field trials of GE crops have repeatedly been found to escape containment, and APHIS has refused to do its job to make sure that GMO cross-contamination does not occur.

Stella explains further:

 “The longer APHIS fails to use its full authority to regulate the environmental and agricultural harms from GE crops, such as transgenic contamination of nearby crops, pesticide drift, and endangerment of protected species, the more these harms will occur. CFS has been seeking information about these harms for over ten years—and for over ten years, APHIS has continually ignored our requests. It cannot continue to do so.”

This is the fourth time CFS has had to sue APHIS to compel compliance with FOIA, and this is reportedly the most extensive challenge to APHIS’s pattern of unreasonable delays to date.

Lawsuit Claim Filed: Plaintiff’s requests that pertain to APHIS’s oversight of GE crops, unlawfully and unreasonably delaying responses, and withholding public disclosure of information sought by Plaintiff. View the actual filing document here.

Avoid Teflon Pans

Non stick frying panNon-stick surfaces are metal pans (such as aluminum pans) coated with a synthetic polymer called polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE), also known as Teflon, a DuPont brand trademark.
Since it comes from DuPont, you know it’s made from chemicals. Non-stick pans have been all the rage for decades, but you are paying a price with your health for their convenience.

Toxic fumes from the Teflon chemical released from pots and pans at high temperatures may kill pet birds and cause people to develop flu-like symptoms (called “Teflon Flu” or, as scientists describe it, “Polymer fume fever”). Ingesting particles that flake off scratched non-stick cookware isn’t toxic because solid PTFE flakes are inert.

Manufacturers’ labels often warn consumers to avoid high heat when cooking on Teflon. But EWG-commissioned tests conducted in 2003 showed that in just two to five minutes on a conventional stove top, cookware coated with Teflon and other non-stick surfaces could exceed temperatures at which the coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases.

The best pans to use for cooking are stainless steel. Cast iron is good, but problems have been reported with people getting too much iron from them. Stainless steel is the safest because it leeches nothing harmful into food. The best pots for baking are glass.

See our main health page, Health Circkles, for much more alternative health information than what is posted on this blog, including full articles on health issues, news, nutrition and anything alternative health related.

Flushing Medications Down the Toilet Poisons Us All.

Two-headed-shark--016 Many tests have proven that the medications we flush down the toilet to get rid of are showing up in our drinking water and waterways, poisoning us and the wildlife. Most people do not think before they flush an old prescription medications down the toilet that that is not the end of it.

If you think this is a problem that doesn’t affect you, you are wrong. The improper disposal of pharmaceutical drugs ends up right back in your water supply where you are ingesting and absorbing all kinds of drugs you never planned on in your drinking water through city water systems .High levels of chemical estrogens have already been detected in the majority of city drinking water. These chemical estrogens are up to 1000 times more potent than what the body makes and have been proven to cause hormone imbalances leading to many diseases, neurological disorders, weight problems and digestion problems.

My mother was a member of her lake association, and when she found out that the lake she lives on was actually being poisoned by prescription medications when it was tested by the DNR, she took action to try and educate her neighbors on the proper way to dispose of medications, and set them up with a local medication dispensary that would collect old and expired medications for the elderly.

However, just flushing old meds is not the only way they end up in our water supply and waterways. When we take medications, they are flushed out of our bodies when we urinate as well. Also, numerous medications such as growth hormones, antibiotics and supplements are given to livestock and they in turn urinate these chemicals into their environment.

We’re now at a point where pharmaceuticals in the environment have become a big problem because we have not disposed of them properly for years. Millions of vultures died off in Asia after exposure to an anti-inflammatory painkiller used in cows. Male fish have also been observed with feminized characteristics due to exposure to synthetic estrogens in birth control pills.

2 headed turtleOtters, sadly, may be next in line, as researchers have discovered traces of drugs in their fur, which could be having serious consequences. As reported by the campaign group Chem Trus.

Pharmaceutical pollution is by no means a threat directed at only one species or one country. It’s a worldwide problem, and one that has the potential to threaten virtually every species on the planet.

As recently reported in the journal Philosophical Transactions.

“Expanding and aging human populations require ever increasing amounts of pharmaceuticals to maintain health. Recent studies have revealed that pharmaceuticals, both human and veterinary, disperse widely in aquatic and terrestrial environments with uptake into a range of organisms.

Pharmaceuticals are designed to have biological actions at low concentrations rendering them potentially potent environmental contaminants. The potential risks that pharmaceuticals pose to the health and long-term viability of wild animals and ecosystems are only beginning to be assessed and understood.”

For instance, exposure to low concentrations of psychiatric drugs can alter foraging patterns, activity levels and risk-taking behaviors in fish and birds.

The common antidepressant fluoxetine has been found to cause starlings to eat less, and synthetic estrogens in birth control pills reduce fish populations in lakes. Changes such as these have the potential to affect the entire ecosystem.

As reported in The Guardian:

“Another new study, led by Karen Kidd at the University of New Brunswick, showed synthetic estrogen used in the birth control pill not only wiped out fathead minnows in lakes used for experiments in Ontario, but also seriously disrupted the whole ecosystem.

The lakes’ top predator – trout – declined by 23-42%, due to the loss of the minnow and other prey, while insects increased as they were no longer being eaten by the minnows.”

The Proper Way to Dispose of Meds.

You can help by not flushing unused medications down your toilet or drain. What should you do with them instead? Some states are considering legislation that would require drug manufacturers to develop and pay for a program to collect residents’ unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and safely dispose of them.

As it stands, however, the EPA and other government agencies have released the following guidelines for “safely” disposing of drugs:

  • Throw most drugs in the trash after crushing them or dissolving them in water, mixing them with kitty litter, coffee grounds or other unappealing materials, and placing the mixture in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Remove and destroy any prescription labels before throwing away the containers.
  • In some states, pharmacies can take back medications. When in doubt, you should ask your pharmacist for advice.

Unfortunately, some of these suggestions merely move the environmental peril from one place to another — such as diluting medicines in water and mixing them in garbage that eventually ends up in a landfill anyway … but it does stop the drugs from travelling through water treatment systems that are ill-equipped to treat them.

On a larger scale, Chem Trust recommends that new medicines be designed so they don’t persist in the environment, and sewage treatment works be improved to treat medications that come through.

See our main health page, Health Circkles, for much more alternative health information than what is posted on this blog, including full articles on health issues, news, nutrition and anything alternative health related.

Avoid Antibacterial Soaps

antibacsoapA U.S. FDA advisory committee found that use of antibacterial soaps provides no benefits over plain soap and water for killing bacteria. But that’s not the most important reason to avoid antibacterial soaps.

The main reason to avoid anti-bacterial soaps is its active ingredient: triclosan (and the related triclocarbon). Triclosan is an anti-bacterial chemical found in many consumer products, and it’s nearly ubiquitous in liquid hand soap. It is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and even low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Further, the American Medical Association recommends that triclosan not be used in the home, as it may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

EWG Guide to TriclosanIt also affects the natural environment. Wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemical, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources. That’s especially unfortunate since triclosan is very toxic to aquatic life.

The Denying Americans the Right to Know Act Passed.

It’s all such a SCAM: Also known as “Monsanto’s Dream Bill”.

label_gmosOnce again Republicans deny us our rights for the sake of their supporter’s profits. The House last Thursday passed hotly contested legislation that would keep states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that contain GMOs.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, which passed 275-150, would instead create a federal standard for the VOLUNTARY labeling of foods with GMO ingredients.
This means it is now up to manufacturers to be honest and tell us what’s in their food. Which ultimately means those who use GMO ingredients will NOT put them in their labeling and those who do not use GMOs but wish to win over consumers WILL label them as GMO-free.

SOLUTION: Only support those manufacturers and products who honestly tell you what’s in their products. This will cause the ones that are not honest to either tow the line or lose business – the only thing that will give us our right to know back!

Consumer groups, backed by Democrats including Reps. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) and Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), are instead calling the bill the Denying Americans the Right to Know Act.

“American families deserve to know what they are eating and feeding to their children,” DeLauro told reporters Wednesday. “The FDA already requires clear labeling of over 3,000 ingredients, additives and food processes. GMOs should be no different.”

See what Neil Young, the musician, says about “The Age of Monsanto.”

Make Your Own Laundry Soap.

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Make Your Own Laundry Soap for a Fraction of the Cost.

We should all know by now the dangers soap products are creating for our environment and Tide is one of the worst offenders. Unfortunately, people like to just pour something out of a box. But a box of Tide can cost $20 per gallon and can destroy your septic system and any underground water sources as well. This is easy and very inexpensive, and you can order all the ingredients off of Amazon.com or find them in most grocery stores.

Borax: $2.99 for a box.
Washing Soda: $2.99
5.5 Oz Bar of Fels Naptha Soap: $0.95
Essential Oil (optional)

To make only 1 gallon of soap, cut all the ingredients into 1/4 and mix in a gallon jug filled half way with hot water. Mix and then add remaining water to fill.

To Make 5 gallons of soap:

Step 1: Grate the Fels Naptha soap using a cheese grater.

Step 2: Add the soap to a half gallon of hot but not boiling water. You don’t want it to boil, otherwise it’ll get all sudsy and makes a mess. Stir until completely mixed, usually around 10 minutes.

Step 3: Fill a 5 gallon bucket with four and a half gallons of hot tap water. Pour in the melted soap mixture, making it five gallons total of the mixture.

Step 4: Stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda.

Step 5: It you’re opting to use the essential oil now’s the time. Add in .5 to 1 oz of oil, depending on how strong of a smell you want your detergent to have.

Step 6: Stir continuously until everything has been effectively mixed together. Snap on a lid and let it sit for a full 24 hours. In this time, it will gel and look a lot more like laundry detergent. After 24 hours, pour it into used gallon bottles if you want to make it more convenient.

WARNING: If you have a front load washer, only use about 1/4 -1/2 cup or less. This soap goes a long way, so you may want to start out with a very small amount first and work your way up to more if needed or you could have a mess in your laundry room.

You will get quite a few batches of soap out of one box of Borax and Washing Soda. So a gallon of this laundry soap costs on average about $2.00 – $2.50 . You can’t beat that! Or the savings to the environment. Basically, you are paying a fortune for the convenience of having somebody else make it for you when you buy name-brand laundry detergents.

What The New TPP Agreement Means for Joe Consumer.

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Everyone in Congress, and politicians abroad, of course think the TPP agreement is a good thing. But they aren’t looking at it from an organic consumer’s eyes, an environmentalist or anyone who is the least bit concerned about their health. Right now, Democrats are not backing the agreement and news reports state that their lack of support will jeopardize all the progress Obama has made in Asia. But what type of progress are they exactly talking about? Well, the monetary gain type of course. What best benefits Corporate America’s bank accounts and to heck with the health or welfare of our environment and us.

 Stop the Secret Trade Deals: the Monsanto Protection Act on Steroids!

If you thought the Monsanto Protection Act was bad, the secret trade deals called the TPP and TAFTA are a global nightmare. Right now two secret trade agreements, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), also called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are being negotiated behind closed doors like this spring when the Monsanto Protection Act was passed.

Just as we are on the verge of winning GMO labeling in the US, these secret negotiations could eliminate the ability of countries around the world to label GMOs or impose common sense restrictions on the sale of genetically engineered seed and food in their countries if Monsanto and other biotech companies get their way. They could also make it illegal to label GMOs in the U.S., placing the decision in the hands of corporate lobbyists and Monsanto GMO stooges.

Senate Votes 60 to 37 for Monsanto’s Secret Trade Deal

We regret to inform you that earlier this morning the U.S. Senate voted 60 to 37 to pass cloture on Fast Track authority on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Today’s vote was a procedural vote on cloture, which limits debate on this secret international trade agreement, the language of which, the American public has not been allowed to read.

This vote, and the secrecy surrounding the Fast Track agreement, is an absolute betrayal of the American people that undermines representative democracy and the important consumer protection laws that local, state and federal elected officials have passed to protect our health, environment and economy.

How you feel about the newest trade agreement (TPP) depends on who you are listening to: politicians, corporations or environmentalists. Now which one do you think probably has our best interests in mind over anything else?

What this all means is that as a food consumer, you had better get yourself educated on what is best for you and your environment, because we certainly cannot rely on our representatives to do it. Can we?

Bottom line: you can’t go wrong supporting organic. And you had better do so before Monsanto legislation and Corporate America abolish it so we no longer have organic as a choice – because that is what they are shooting for. Eliminate the competition.

The fact that consumers are not, and have never, been allowed to even read the TPP agreement should give us all concern that this bit of legislation most certainly does not benefit us in any way.