Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont if Legislators Pass GMO Labeling Bill

MonsantoWill Allen and Ronnie Cummins write on AlterNet:

The world’s most hated corporation is at it again, this time in Vermont.

Despite overwhelming public support and support from a clear majority of Vermont’s Agriculture Committee, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if the bill passes.

The popular legislative bill requiring mandatory labels on genetically engineered food (H-722) is languishing in the Vermont House Agriculture Committee, with only four weeks left until the legislature adjourns for the year. Despite thousands of emails and calls from constituents who overwhelmingly support mandatory labeling, despite the fact that a majority (6 to 5) of Agriculture Committee members support passage of the measure, Vermont legislators are holding up the labeling bill and refusing to take a vote.

Instead, they’re calling for more public hearings on April 12, in the apparent hope that they can run out the clock until the legislative session ends in early May.

What happened to the formerly staunch legislative champions of Vermont’s “right to know” bill? They lost their nerve and abandoned their principles after Monsanto representative recently threatened a public official that the biotech giant would sue Vermont if they dared to pass the bill…

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23 Comments on "Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont if Legislators Pass GMO Labeling Bill"

  1. Marx_was_wrong | Apr 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

    How the left-wing outrage machine works: 

    1. Left-wingers complain about corporation, and demand government intervention.

    2. Government intervenes, dictates to business.

    3. Due to government interference with marketplace incentives, prices rise dramatically (e.g., housing, healthcare, higher education).

    4.  Left-wingers complain about high prices, and demand government intervention. Return to step 1.

    • Did you pull that scenario out of Thomas Sowell’s ass?  How are marketplace incentives supposed to work when the consumers aren’t informed about what they’re buying?

      • Auto5734955 | Apr 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm |

        S-h-h-h-h!  You’re talking to a genuine Bill O’Riley think alike.

    • InfiltratedSlacker | Apr 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm |

       No shit.  Stupid complainers whining about not knowing what is in their food.  Government regulation is bad – I mean the labelling as is is such a headache for the poor corporations, they only want to make a profit, after all, and profits are morally right.  We should abandon labelling alltogether. I think.  If Monsanto doesn’t have to do it, why should anyone else? 

      • Vincent Vega | Apr 9, 2012 at 3:50 am |

         Monsanto is the largest seed company in the world by such a large margin you can’t even say there is any competition.   They own 90% of the known, likely much more of unknown shit going on.

        some of the sadistic shit going on out there by these companies and the people that own the majority of the wealth it is downright fuckin scary.

        They go hide in their fall out shelters, send out the plagues, maybe a nuke or two, come out 10 years later and kill anyone that survived.    But that wil never happen because they gotta have some slaves to build the roads and airports.  They gotta have slaves or it doesn’t work for them…….. but I digresss…………

    • Redacted | Apr 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm |


    • Jin The Ninja | Apr 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm |

      regulatory economics is CENTRIST. the position of the radical left is ANTI CAPITALIST.

    • the fact that you think there is a left-wing/right-wing thing going on
      shows yer a clueless dupe of a government psyop
      the puppets on the left and the puppets on the right
      all work for one puppet master

      now go back to watching Fox and swilling beer

  2.  that is awesome reasoning, what do you purpose instead.

    • Writeous | Apr 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm |

      How about the world’s largest class-action lawsuit against the stupid,shitty ass…., while also consumer-boycotting them, and protesting/occupying their affiliated – outlets (selected supermarkets)?

  3. Monsanto need to accept facts. If they don´t they´ll be living in the land of UFO debunkers and anti – individualists. They´ll be where the people in charge of the European Union are right now – refusing to face the fact of absolute , total , overwhelming , undeniable collapse. Monsanto was shit to begin with that nobody wanted , and if the stupid , shitty ass , fatty and ugly crap heads in charge of Monsanto can´t accept that , so be it.

  4. Hadrian999 | Apr 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm |

    if things keep going the way they are all monsanto crops will be un exportable and their price will crash. the whole rest of the world want’s nothing to do with it.

    • Jin The Ninja | Apr 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm |

      well, that’s an optimistic possibility…i don’t know- somehow i have a feeling that those monsanto crops will be exported for food aide shipments to impoverished NAFTA countries like haiti…

      • Hadrian999 | Apr 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm |

        probably too optimistic, oh well, this industrial ag model isn’t sustainable. we expend 52 calories of energy to produce 1 calorie of food, super weeds are becoming immune to chemical herbicides. the current model of food production cant last, but life as we know it will end in about 50 years if we fail to adjust to reality.

  5. Monsanto is a litigious little fictional person, isn’t it?

  6. Touch down | Apr 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm |

    I see this resulting a climactic event in which Monsanto will ultimately be defeated, or brought to some manner of justice. They are making quite a few too many enemies within our states, and all the other nations they make their presence known in. Don’t you agree?.

    • I was kinda thinking the same thing, what if they’re hoping their public hearings attract more attention to the issues surrounding Monsato? Doubt it though.

  7. Proof-positive that governments are owned by conglomerates.

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