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(Russia Today)   While Americans shriek over healthcare and gay marriage, the Monsanto Protection Act slipped silently through Congress   (rt.com) divider line 243
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2013-03-27 11:39:05 AM  
Well, it's about time a giant corporation got a break in this country!
 
2013-03-27 11:43:20 AM  
"...officially known as the Farmer Assurance Provision... "

Seriously?
 
2013-03-27 11:47:04 AM  
FTA: As the Washington Times points out, the provision's success is viewed by many as a victory by companies like Syngenta Corp, Cargill, Monsanto and affiliated PACs that have donated $7.5 million to members of Congress since 2009, and $372,000 to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

I was going to write some snarky comment but the cash says it all
 
2013-03-27 11:50:54 AM  
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain........
 
2013-03-27 11:54:51 AM  

CaptSacto: "...officially known as the Farmer Assurance Provision... "

Seriously?


George Orwell warning about language assisting facism/communism became a guidebook.
 
2013-03-27 11:56:19 AM  
So giant, faceless multi-national corporations have total control over our food supply, and we pay them.

What could possibly go wrong?
 
2013-03-27 11:58:39 AM  
Impossible! I've seen many, many images on Facebook protesting this.
 
2013-03-27 12:00:32 PM  
Next up, outlawing farms under 100 acres

/hippy dippy organic "buy a share" farms.
 
2013-03-27 12:12:16 PM  

vernonFL: So giant, faceless multi-national corporations have total control over our food supply, and we pay them.

What could possibly go wrong?


bristle.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-27 12:14:08 PM  

vernonFL: So giant, faceless multi-national corporations have total control over our food supply, and we pay them.

What could possibly go wrong?


Good thing we don't have something like that with our currency.
 
2013-03-27 12:14:36 PM  
"Don't Copy That Poppy"
 
2013-03-27 12:21:44 PM  
sgrodahl.files.wordpress.com

"There's a reason education sucks, and it's the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It's never going to get any better. Don't look for it. Be happy with what you've got... because the owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now... the real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.

"Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.

"They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable ofcritical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests."
 
2013-03-27 12:25:01 PM  
We should give Monsanto a tax break too, just to be sure they're ok.
 
2013-03-27 12:38:24 PM  
From someone in a major agriculture state, WE GROW TOO MUCH DAMN CORN!

Farmers will be okay with a slightly lower quality fellatio, trust me.
 
2013-03-27 12:47:43 PM  
And that's hiw Congress actually works
 
2013-03-27 12:52:23 PM  
Not smart.. fill me in.   They are prohibiting people from suing GMO seed makers?  Is that what this is about?

I could see some positives there.  So many public works projects are tied up in stupid litigation that nothing gets done or that so much money is wasted that the cost eventually out weighs the benefit.  Could this be a means of protecting labs from similar lawsuits?

Just curious
 
2013-03-27 12:54:23 PM  
Urge to punch rising.
 
2013-03-27 01:04:46 PM  

Weaver95: We should give Monsanto a tax break too, just to be sure they're ok.


Maybe we should just flat out give them money through government subsidies...
 
2013-03-27 01:05:07 PM  

netizencain: Not smart.. fill me in.   They are prohibiting people from suing GMO seed makers?  Is that what this is about?

I could see some positives there.  So many public works projects are tied up in stupid litigation that nothing gets done or that so much money is wasted that the cost eventually out weighs the benefit.  Could this be a means of protecting labs from similar lawsuits?

Just curious


If I understand correctly, let's say Genetically Engineered Seed "X" may have links to cancer.

The government has no rights to prohibit the continued planting of these seeds. And it would be up to the companies to self-regulate.
 
2013-03-27 01:06:07 PM  

CaptSacto: "...officially known as the Farmer Assurance Provision... "

Seriously?


Theres a software application where I work that breaks down to FAP. All the old people just say "fap", but you can tell the young people know better so they all pronounce it as "F.A.P"

I still chuckle every time I see it.
 
2013-03-27 01:07:29 PM  

Lollipop165: netizencain: Not smart.. fill me in.   They are prohibiting people from suing GMO seed makers?  Is that what this is about?

I could see some positives there.  So many public works projects are tied up in stupid litigation that nothing gets done or that so much money is wasted that the cost eventually out weighs the benefit.  Could this be a means of protecting labs from similar lawsuits?

Just curious

If I understand correctly, let's say Genetically Engineered Seed "X" may have links to cancer.

The government has no rights to prohibit the continued planting of these seeds. And it would be up to the companies to self-regulate.


Well, if the risk is real enough, surely the media will report it, and the Invisible Hand of the Free Market will cause them to stop!

/for the sake of transparency, no, I did not keep a straight face while typing that.
 
2013-03-27 01:07:58 PM  
Biotech
Biotech
Biotech
Is Godzilla
 
2013-03-27 01:09:57 PM  

Lollipop165: netizencain: Not smart.. fill me in.   They are prohibiting people from suing GMO seed makers?  Is that what this is about?

I could see some positives there.  So many public works projects are tied up in stupid litigation that nothing gets done or that so much money is wasted that the cost eventually out weighs the benefit.  Could this be a means of protecting labs from similar lawsuits?

Just curious

If I understand correctly, let's say Genetically Engineered Seed "X" may have links to cancer.

The government has no rights to prohibit the continued planting of these seeds. And it would be up to the companies to self-regulate.


There are only a few Farkers I would trust to correctly understand and explain this law, and you aren't Nabb1.  Even Nabb1 couldn't predict the legislative outcomes of eventual court challenges in the wild and wacky world of modern jurisprudence.
 
2013-03-27 01:14:42 PM  
Monsanto et al. - GMO foods are 100% safe
//can we haz a liability exemption from the above statement?
 
2013-03-27 01:16:41 PM  
Lots of websites opposed. Not a one that I've seen that actually links to the offending text. Weird.
 
2013-03-27 01:18:05 PM  
monsanto is ming the merciless evil

so are syngenta, adm, con-agra, and dupont

meanwhile, dupont and monsanto just agreed not to sue each other so they can keep busy farking our food supply.

all 'research' now done at places like Iowa State University only benefits Big Ag...not the public. and don't dare try to find any findings that they are killing the bees either 'cause then you're just a crazy whackjob.


it's the bees, man!
 
2013-03-27 01:18:34 PM  
I'm shocked.  SHOCKED, I SAY!

:/
 
2013-03-27 01:18:54 PM  
the ole' misdirection play, gets 'em every time.
 
2013-03-27 01:19:52 PM  
Don't forget gun control.

Man, politicians these days have it easy.  You can distract the majority of the populace with issues that are the equivalent of political "shiny objects," which give you cover to pass legislation at the behest of your lobbyist masters.
 
2013-03-27 01:20:04 PM  
There is something seedy about this whole business.
 
2013-03-27 01:21:05 PM  
Omahawg

all 'research' now done at places like Iowa State University only benefits Big Ag...not the public. and don't dare try to find any findings that they are killing the bees either 'cause then you're just a crazy whackjob.


it's the bees, man!


No worries. With drone technology still advancing, they can make billions and billions of cute little drone bees to pollinate the food supply and spy on you.
 
2013-03-27 01:21:47 PM  

monoski: Monsanto et al. - GMO foods are 100% safe
//can we haz a liability exemption from the above statement?


Not to back the companies here, but there ARE a lot of idiots out there who will sue just because they can.  Anti-GMO people are often the same sort of folks who are anti-vaccine.  Granted that corporations don't need more protections.  A better bill would have been "bring an idiotic law suit to court and get a free kick in the gonads".
 
2013-03-27 01:22:11 PM  
I_Am_Weasel
There is something seedy about this whole business.

But do you think we'll ever get to the root of it?
 
2013-03-27 01:22:21 PM  
farking Calorie men...
 
2013-03-27 01:23:14 PM  

SuperTramp: I_Am_Weasel
There is something seedy about this whole business.

But do you think we'll ever get to the root of it?


Could this get any cornier?
 
2013-03-27 01:23:49 PM  

CaptSacto: SuperTramp: I_Am_Weasel
There is something seedy about this whole business.

But do you think we'll ever get to the root of it?

Could this get any cornier?


This whole thing will branch out, trust me.
 
2013-03-27 01:24:50 PM  
On GMO food - haven't humans been "genetically modifying" their fruits, vegetables, grains, and livestock for thousands of years?

Nowadays its done in a sterile lab, but is it really that different from what farmers have been doing forever?
 
2013-03-27 01:24:57 PM  
THIS is why all our foods are glopped with tons of HFCS, people.
 
2013-03-27 01:25:05 PM  
Monsanto Protection Act? Really? Really?
 
2013-03-27 01:25:25 PM  
Odd the the house would do something while the Supreme Court has a case already about just this.
Oh wait, no, its not odd.
Please stop sending these  morans to dc  .

http://www.ip-watch.org/2013/03/05/monsanto-v-bowman-stocktaking-aft er -supreme-court-hearings/

/eat me monsanto and dow chemical
 
2013-03-27 01:26:09 PM  
Obama signed it, so he gets 100% of the blame too
 
2013-03-27 01:27:45 PM  

verbaltoxin: CaptSacto: SuperTramp: I_Am_Weasel
There is something seedy about this whole business.

But do you think we'll ever get to the root of it?

Could this get any cornier?

This whole thing will branch out, trust me.


We better nip this in the bud.
 
2013-03-27 01:27:47 PM  

verbaltoxin: CaptSacto: SuperTramp: I_Am_Weasel
There is something seedy about this whole business.

But do you think we'll ever get to the root of it?

Could this get any cornier?

This whole thing will branch out, trust me.


This thread is about to go full potato.
 
2013-03-27 01:28:09 PM  

SuperTramp: I_Am_Weasel
There is something seedy about this whole business.

But do you think we'll ever get to the root of it?

That is where it stems from.

//quietly leaves...
 
2013-03-27 01:28:37 PM  

NateGrey: Monsanto Protection Act? Really? Really?


No. No. No.

Farmer Assurance Provision.
 
2013-03-27 01:30:26 PM  

verbaltoxin: CaptSacto: SuperTramp: I_Am_Weasel
There is something seedy about this whole business.

But do you think we'll ever get to the root of it?

Could this get any cornier?

This whole thing will branch out, trust me.


Smoke weed every day
 
2013-03-27 01:30:35 PM  
I'm a pretty big supporter of the technology itself, but come on guys, seriously?  Stopping litigation before it can even start?  The courts toss frivilous suits all the time, you don't need to codify it into law you can't even file.

I hate Monsanto, Bayer, ConAgra, etc. and their business practices, because let's face it, they've poisoned a lot of people and animals with a variety of their products, as well as damaged a very viable technology for improving plant resilience (even entirely within the same species) without having to rely on more traditional plant breeding and hybridization.

Yes, I realize they pretty much feed the planet.  Maybe they could use some more oversight, and maybe we can stop patenting life soon too.

//And stop turning corn into fuel goddamn it.
///And stop growing so much goddamn corn.
 
2013-03-27 01:31:18 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Obama signed it, so he gets 100% of the blame too



Breaking news:  Democrats and Republicans are all corporate whores to varying degrees because of our insane system that allows unlimited campaign contributions and corrupt lobbying practices.
 
2013-03-27 01:31:23 PM  

Lollipop165: netizencain: Not smart.. fill me in.   They are prohibiting people from suing GMO seed makers?  Is that what this is about?

I could see some positives there.  So many public works projects are tied up in stupid litigation that nothing gets done or that so much money is wasted that the cost eventually out weighs the benefit.  Could this be a means of protecting labs from similar lawsuits?

Just curious

If I understand correctly, let's say Genetically Engineered Seed "X" may have links to cancer.

The government has no rights to prohibit the continued planting of these seeds. And it would be up to the companies to self-regulate.


But then they will just make a strain that makes the person who consumes it immune to such a disease.  Of course, they will have to continue consuming said product or they will lose immunity.  Of course they will have to sign a contract that forbids them from passing the immunity to any of their offspring.
 
2013-03-27 01:33:16 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Obama signed it, so he gets 100% of the blame too


There is no such thing as the Monsanto Protection Act. It's a rider on a larger spending bill, which allegedly expires in six months. The President doesn't have line-item veto powers and it would have been stupid to veto the entire spending bill. Unless someone can prove differently, I'd say Obama did the right thing here.
 
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