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Agricultural giant Monsanto has another bug up its ass, and this time it’s picking on a whole state. The bully corporation has threatened to sue the State of Vermont if it passes a bill requiring all manufacturers to label their products if they contain GMOs.
In an attempt to allow consumers to know what is in their food, Vermont lawmakers drafted the H-722 bill, aka “VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” which would require companies to “label products that are created either partially or in full from a genetically modified organism, or GMO.” Monsanto’s problem with this bill is that it would no longer be able to claim that its products are “all natural,” “naturally made,” or “naturally grown,” if they aren’t.
Of course, the corporate giant and its legal team are not happy about the bill, as it will likely mean a dip in an already absurd amount of profits, which, apparently, are more important than fully disclosing to consumers exactly what they are eating.
Monsanto is no stranger to a courtroom, as they have consistently brought lawsuits against small farmers because its “patented GMO-seeds had somehow managed to be carried into unlicensed farms.” Even if we turn a blind eye to the fact that the last thing organic farmers would want is to have pesticides or GMOs turn up in their crops, we can’t ignore the fact that Monsanto uses bully tactics to ensure that its seed literally takes over the world.
Vermont, caving to Monsanto’s threat, has put its tail between its legs, and “put a hold on any future voting regarding the bill.” This isn’t, however, the first time that Monsanto has bullied Vermont into submission. In 1994, the State had tried to “keep dairy corporations from marketing milk made from cows injected with the Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH),” however Monsanto quickly squashed any hopes of that happening.
So for now, it looks as if Vermont consumers will continue eat GMO food products that are “all-natural,” or “naturally” grown. It makes you wonder where the world is going when a corporation can bully an entire state into submission. We guess you can say that this is a classic case of a corporation that is too big to fail?
Read more at RT.