Why this is important
Tasmania’s GMO moratorium ends in 2014. Vote here if you want Tasmania to remain clean, green and GMO-Free!
Tasmania has nothing to gain and everything to lose if we allow GMOs in.
We are a small island and must make the most of our unique attributes for competitive advantage. It will always be difficult to compete with the large mainland and overseas producers in bulk commodities. We can, however, capitalise on our clean, green and GMO-free status to gain a trade advantage in domestic and international markets where consumers are very concerned about the potential impacts of GMOs.
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Monsanto Protection Act: The Real Story
Barack Obama’s signing of ‘The Monsanto Protection Act’, or H.R. 933 is really only small part of a much bigger pattern and corruption and collusion between …
People are up in arms in the USA and around the world due to a bill passed by Obama that is being labeled the Monsanto Protection Act or HR933
When a company becomes the law or above the law then the system has broken down and needs to be reviewed and changed.
This whole thing is just a small part of a pattern of corruption and collusion between Monsanto and the US government.
Senator Roy Blunt, Republican for Missouri crafted the wording for HR933 and was accused by Senator Jon Tester of having collaborated directly with Monsanto for the creation of HR933 and this is not surprising considering Monsanto is one of his main campaign contributors.
Talk about buying a senator. This guy should be kicked out of office and his pension and other entitlements should be with held.
It is time we set up a court of anti corruption and took people like Tester to it. Seize all his assets and make him live the way he is condemning other.
Irish Monsanto company pays no tax
Monsanto Finance Holdings Ltd, an Irish-incorporated company with an address on Lower Hatch Street, Dublin, made a profit of €2.5 million in 2012 but paid no tax, according to accounts just filed.
The firm made a profit of €3.69 million in 2011, when it again paid no tax.
Monsanto Finance Holdings is “exempt from all forms of taxation including income, capital gains and withholding taxes as it is tax resident in Bermuda”, the accounts state.
The firm has no employees and its three directors have addresses in Bermuda.
The firm’s balance sheet shows that at the end of August 2012 it had financial assets of €50.8 million. Accumulated profits at that stage were €53.3 million and shareholders’ funds were €103 million. The firm is owned by a Monsanto company based in Switzerland, and is ultimately owed by Monsanto of St Louis, Missouri, US.
Is the Dream of a GMO-Free Europe Myth or Reality?
Written by Sylvia Onusic, PhD It was business as usual at a meeting in March in London where Jack Bobo, senior biotechnology adviser to the U.S. State Department, was still trying to sell GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, to Europe. He said that “it will take a crisis to make everyone [in Europe] see the point of GM. There will be a move from not liking GM to requiring it.” He argued that GM techniques could deliver improved yields and reduce the use of pesticides, greenhouse gas emissions and soil erosion, arguments that have already been proven false in the U.S.Bobo also warned that when rejecting GMOs, Europe should be aware of “the consequences of technology choices,” because Europe depends on food imports, especially from Brazil, and that the “extra land mass needed to feed Europe was about the size of Germany.”1Some sources report that the food crisis in Europe of 2007-2008 was driven by speculation, artificially inflated markets and political manipulation, all intended to influence the opinion of citizens in Europe positively towards GMOs. That sea change still has not occurred. But since that time, stockpiles of grains and cereals are sufficient to prevent another such crisis in the near future.2GMO crops in the U.S. have failed miserably to increase yields, perform in drought situations or tame pesky weeds and pests. The Union of Concerned Scientists, in their report, “Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops,” found that yields of corn and soy have not increased any more than conventional crops; there is an advantage of only 3-4 percent in insect resistance; and, by comparison, non-GMO crops have increased yields of 13-25 percent. They say that:GE crops have received huge investments of public and private research dollars since their introduction. Yet their minimal gains in yield stand in sharp contrast with the past gains and future potential of a suite of alternatives that require more modest initial investment and risk fewer potentially adverse impacts.To read the full report, visit www.ucsusa. org.3But that doesn’t keep U.S. officials from the commitment to the biotech industry, to forcing GMOs down the collective throat of European nations at every opportunity through threats, law suits, and underhanded activities, even though Europeans, through the individual nation states, continue to vigorously reject and resist them.
The Guardian, a British newspaper, reported in January 2011 an updated story about the “Wiki Leaks” which revealed the contents of U.S. Embassy cables, among them a cable drawing up a list of countries for “retaliation” over refusal of GM products in Europe, particularly in France.4