BACKROOM DEAL EXPOSES POLITICS REALITY SHOW
Temecula, CA – Occurring in only 5 days after the 436 city March Against Monsanto in 52 countries around
The cyber-attack was carried out as part of #OpMonsanto, an attempt to demonstrate against Monsanto’s reach into every aspect of America, from nature to farmers to consumers to corrupt government public servants, like governors. The corporation’s main website, Monstanto.com, appeared to have been briefly disabled Wednesday night. Why this action was called for, follows after the jump.
Last week, we watched in amazement as the Connecticut Senate heroically passed a strong GMO labeling bill by a vote of 35 to 1. Rather than passing the same version of that bill, the House was forced into a devious compromise by Governor Malloy's office and Speaker Sharkey who gutted a bill that would label GMO baby food in an effort to kill the Senate bill and make it look like on paper that they supported GMO labeling.
Sharkey and Malloy intentionally added an amendment that is so broad and twisted in its logic that it would make enforcement of GMO labeling nearly impossible.
According to advocates at GMO Free CT, who have been working hard on the ground to pass GMO labeling for over 2 years, a backroom deal was brokered at midnight between Governor Malloy's office and Speaker Sharkey that gutted the bill.
The story of how the deal was struck is a classic tale of cowardice and compromise in the face of special
A letter from GMO Free CT to their supporters tells the story of how Connecticut House members had worked through the night for 3 days in a row and were forced to stay on the House floor, while "the amendment was being drafted behind closed doors". And after 4 hours of intense negotiations with the Governor's office, all communications were cut and hours later a toothless amendment was added to the bill, which House members did not have time to read. This is classic behind the scenes shenanigans of Monsanto and the biotech industry that we have all watched for years, and most recently with the passage of the Monsanto Protection Act.
According GMO Free CT, Sharkey and Malloy's Amendment to the House bill:
"(1) will excuse many US farmers (those who gross under 1.5 million dollars per year for a single crop). When these crops are sold to manufacturers, who put the crops into their corn chips, crackers, ice cream, and breads, labeling of those products would not be required. That means an unlabeled bag of tortilla chips may still have GMOs in it, if the corn came from a farmer who grosses less than 1.5 million dollars. As a consumer, how are you ever supposed to know that? Why even bother having a food labeling law if you still have no clue what is in the food? This exemption undermines the entire intent of the bill - food transparency, and because of this exemption, the bill would most likely be overturned in a court because of being too vague"
"(2) The trigger clause placed in this bill is not a reasonable trigger connected with any reasonable rationale. The law will only take effect if the following conditions are all met: Five additional states AND an aggregate population of more than 25 million people, AND two of those states will have to be touching CT (NY, MA, RI) OR New York AND New Jersey. These conditions were not meant to be a meaningful trigger clause, but a roadblock and they know it. If VT, ME, RI, MA and WA pass a GMO labeling law, the bill would still not trigger. And, if NY passes a law, shouldn’t our law automatically trigger regardless of how many other states have passed a law? But it won’t, until four other states pass a law. Why should 25 million residents of other states get the right to know what’s in their food before a single Connecticut resident is granted such a right?"
If you are not tech savvy or a part of #opMonsanto but would still like to tell Governor Malloy what a douche bag he is for selling out mothers and babies in Connecticut, go (here*) with my blessings. * Link hacked day story was released. Guess the Gov'ner didn't want any voter input.