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  • No to HR875, HR759, HR814, HR1105 and S.425 and No to NAIS!
    By Linn Cohen-Cole
    February 27, 2009

Corn engineered with human genes (Dow)

Rice engineered with human genes (in California) (Applied Phytologics)

Sugarcane engineered with human genes (Hawaii Agricultural Research Center)

Corn with pig, hepatitis B virus & simian immunodeficiency virus genes (ProdiGene)

Pigs engineered with mouse and e-coli genes “Enviropigs” (Ontario’s University of Guelph, which is financially supported by Monsanto)

Corn engineered with mouse and human genes (Garst)

Eggs with human genes (Avigenics)

Corn with UNDISCLOSED GENES on nearly 500 acres in UNDISCLOSED LOCATIONS in 20 states, including California, Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan & Wisconsin (Pioneer/Monsanto)

The FDA approved CLONED CATTLE, SWINE and GOATS (AND the offspring of all clones) in our food supplyon 1/15/08. How can they possibly know the LONG TERM EFFECTS of cloned meat, since the first mammal was only cloned in 1996?

What is in your food now? What will be in food in the future?

Monsanto (with Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, etc.) is trying to push through HR 875, HR759, HR814, HR1105 & S.425.These bills will mean NO MORE ORGANIC FOOD OR FARMERS MARKETS! If you think you can just grow your own vegetables or have community gardens, NATURAL SEEDS ARE INCREASINGLY BEING MADE ILLEGAL! You won’t be able to buy any seeds that aren’t genetically altered.

DID YOU KNOW?…

Monsanto is trying to patent EVERY PLANT ON EARTH? They alter, add or delete one piece of DNA, then file a patent on the entire plant. Monsanto people are working in the FDA and the U.S. Patent Office and are facilitating this.

Clarence Thomas, who was a lawyer for Monsanto, wrote the overly broad Supreme Court decision on “life form patenting” favoring Pioneer Hi-Bred (one of Monsanto’s companies) making it easy for Monsanto to file patents on plants.

Monsanto sues our small farmers when wind carries Monsanto’s patented seeds onto neighboring farms.

Stewart Parnell, Pres. of the American Peanut Corp., which caused the recent salmonella outbreak, was on the USDA’s Peanut Standards Board.

SWAT teams have been raiding farms and the USDA is staging raids against the Amish farmers in Wisconsin and the Mennonite farmers in Pennsylvania.

Over 166,000 farmers in India have committed suicide in the last 10 years because buying Monsanto seeds and fertilizer caused them insurmountable debt.

In Iraq, Paul Bremer issued Order 81, paving the way for Monsanto.

Congresswoman DeLauro, who introduced one of the bills, is married to Stanley Greenberg (Greenberg Research). Monsanto is his client.

PREMESIS ID(with NAIS, see pg.2)

This is what REALLY scares farmers! This makes farmers“STOCKHOLDERS”of their own property (NOT OWNERS of theirOWN LAND!) And their animals willNOTbe defined as THEIR ANIMALS, but as part of the “NATIONAL HERD.” This abolishes a freedom our country was founded on…to OWN PROPERTY!

HR875, HR759, HR814, HR1105 & S.425

These bills, using “food safety,” are about turning farmers into industrial workers on their own land…telling them what kind of feed to use (GMOs) and when, how they must medically treat their animals (drugs) and when and with what they must spray (pesticides). The wording on HR875 may sound innocuous, but codewords will put FDA and USDA regulations into operation (regulations have never had public discussion or debate and weren’t voted for). “Traceability” and “source verification” mean NAIS (National Animal Identification System)will be enacted (explanation about NAIS below). “Best farming practices” will force farmers to use drugs, pesticides and certain feeds (genetically altered). Farmers won’t be able to have animals and vegetables on the same farm. These become operable with Smart Grid, part of the Stimulus Package. Right now, per writer Linn Cohen-Cole, House Commerce and Agriculture Committees and the Senate Agriculture Committee are havingsecret meetingsregarding these bills, and we won’t even know how they vote. They’ll try to push these bills to House and Senate votes the same day they come out of the Committees. The USDA and Homeland Security have planned six CLOSED-TO-SMALL-LIVESTOCK-OWNERS meetings around “depopulating” animals “in case” there is a disease outbreak.They could completely wipe out normal breeds of animals and substitute genetically engineered animals.

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT NAIS:

NAIS, the National Animal Identification System, was formulated by Monsanto, the big meat packers and tag companies. The tag readers they want to use to read the RFID tags aren’t accurate 15% of the time andalso double read 15% of the time. They don’t workAT ALLin cold weather! Small farmers will have to tagEVERYanimal, butBIG INDUSTRIALIZED FARMS will HAVE ONLYONE NUMBER for 800,000 ANIMALS!

THERE IS ALREADY A TRACKING SYSTEM IN PLACE FOR LIVESTOCK! Livestock ALREADY have tags on their ears for tracking. In addition, when cattle or livestock are sold and shipped, the trucker uses a special glue to stick a big piece of paper on each animal, which has a barcode and huge ID numbers on it. The trucker records both of these numbers in his receipt book and gives a copy to the farmer (this is how the farmer gets paid for his livestock), the trucker keeps a copy (this is how he gets paid for transporting each animal) and the livestock market gets a copy. The government knows EXACTLY where each animal comes from NOW! NAIS will drive small ranchers out of business, because if they don’t record the birth/death ofevery animal within 48 hours, they face huge fines (up to $500,000/10 yrs. In prison) and forfeitures!

They also have to report each time an animal goes off of the property. The tag readers and software (not counting the tags and labor to put them in on each animal) will cost each farmer about $1,400. Farmers will also need to get an extra computer if they don’t want agents showing up to inspect their records on their home computer, and coming inside their home anytime they want. WHO PROFITS FROM NAIS? Electronics companies who make the software and tags. Angel Dynamics, a tag producer, is an owner of Verichip (which made the human implant chip). After testing revealed a high rate of cancer in rats implanted with the human implant chip, the USDA bought the chips to shore up Angel Dynamics. Tommy Thompson, Bush’s Secretary of HHS, is now on the Board of Verichip. The USDA and FDA will make money on fines and forfeitures.

Small farmers are the only ones producing our SAFE FOODS! Monsanto has brought us PCBs, Agent Orange, rBGH in dairy products (so that girls now develop breasts at 8 or 9 years old). The FDA doesn’t label irradiated foods or warn us about foods imported from other countries, which have been grown under who knows what environmental and health conditions. U.S. meat packers and grain traders want to make a huge profit selling safe U.S. food overseas, while the U.S. imports lesser quality foods for Americans to eat.

THIS IS ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS, TOO!

Steve Hixon, a farmer in Illinois, has been followed and has had his home broken into. He met with some neighboring farmers who told him they were cornered and shoved against their farm machinery by “investigators” hired by Monsanto’s law firm (The “investigators” are with McDowell & Associates of St. Louis, MO).

Paul Griepentrog, a farmer in Wisconsin, has had his home broken into and his computer e-mails changed and deleted. Two helicopters and a small plane flew at treetop level over his farm, scaring one of his sheep to death. One of his neighbors called the National Guard and was told the helicopters and airplane belonged to the Coast Guard (even though Paul’s farm is 45 miles inland from Lake Superior) and that they were doing mining research. In another incident, two dark green helicopters, unmarked and without identifying numbers, were flying low and buzzing the buildings. The FAA, and most airports, require planes and helicopters to have numbers or identification visible. (So who owns those helicopters?) When Paul went to the police station to file a complaint, they refused to file a report and told him he should just go along with things (Monsanto).

Rodney Nelson, a farmer in North Dakota, details his ordeal with Monsanto on his website,http://www.nelsonfarm.net/ Rodney stood up to Monsanto and refused to sign a gag order (Monsanto forces most farmers sign gag orders.)

TO LEARN MORE:

Read Linn Cohen-Cole’s articles about Monsanto on http://www.opednews.com/
(you can click on her name on a recent article, and get a list of her articles).

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