Top Lobbyist for Monsanto: Mr. Obama

From Natural News: Meet Monsanto’s Number One Lobbyist: Barack Obama

During his 2008 campaign for president, Barack Obama transmitted signals that he understood the GMO issue. Several key anti-GMO activists were impressed. They thought Obama, once in the White House, would listen to their concerns and act on them.

These activists weren’t just reading tea leaves. On the campaign trail, Obama said: “Let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they’re buying.”

Making the distinction between GMO and non-GMO was certainly an indication that Obama, unlike the FDA and USDA, saw there was an important line to draw in the sand.

Beyond that, Obama was promising a new era of transparency in government. He was adamant in promising that, if elected, his administration wouldn’t do business in “the old way.” He would be “responsive to people’s needs.”

Then came the reality.

After the election, and during Obama’s term as president, people who had been working to label GMO food and warn the public of its huge dangers were shocked to the core. They saw Obama had been pulling a bait and switch.

The new president filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA and the FDA:

At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.

As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.

As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors’ Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.

As the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.

As the new counsel for the USDA, Ramona Romero, who had been corporate counsel for another biotech giant, DuPont.

As the new head of the USAID, Rajiv Shah, who had preciously worked in key positions for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of GMO agriculture research.

We should also remember that Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, once worked for the Rose law firm. That firm was counsel to Monsanto.

Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court. Kagan, as federal solicitor general, had previously argued for Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Geertson seed case before the Supreme Court.

The deck was stacked. Obama hadn’t simply made honest mistakes. Obama hadn’t just failed to exercise proper oversight in selecting appointees. He wasn’t just experiencing a failure of short-term memory. He was staking out territory on behalf of Monsanto and other GMO corporate giants.

And now let us look at what key Obama appointees have wrought for their true bosses. Let’s see what GMO crops have walked through the open door of the Obama presidency.

Monsanto GMO alfalfa.

Monsanto GMO sugar beets.

Monsanto GMO Bt soybean.

Coming soon: Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn.

Syngenta GMO corn for ethanol.

Syngenta GMO stacked corn.

Pioneer GMO soybean.

Syngenta GMO Bt cotton.

Bayer GMO cotton.

ATryn, an anti-clotting agent from the milk of transgenic goats.

A GMO papaya strain.

And perhaps, soon, genetically engineered salmon and apples.

This is an extraordinary parade. It, in fact, makes Barack Obama the most GMO-dedicated politician in America.

You don’t attain that position through errors or oversights. Obama was, all along, a stealth operative on behalf of Monsanto, biotech, GMOs, and corporate control of the future of agriculture.

From this perspective, Michelle Obama’s campaign for home gardens and clean nutritious food suddenly looks like a diversion, a cover story floated to obscure what her husband has actually been doing.

Nor does it seem coincidental that two of the Obama’s biggest supporters, Bill Gates and George Soros, purchased 900,000 and 500,000 shares of Monsanto, respectively, in 2010.

Because this is an election season, people will say, “But what about Romney? Is he any better?” I see no indication that he is. The point, however, is that we are talking about a sitting president here, a president who presented himself, and was believed by many to be, an extraordinary departure from politics as usual.

Not only was that a wrong assessment, Obama was lying all along. He was, and he still is, Monsanto’s man in Washington.

To those people who fight for GMO labeling, and against the decimation of the food supply and the destruction of human health, but still believe Obama is a beacon in bleak times:

Wake up.

Here is more hypocrisy, this time involving the first lady, whose successful, lavish vegetable garden at the White House was sneaked-in overnight by truckload, fully grown. Read the shocking details about her “hospital job”. The phony concern about your health is but a ploy to exercise even more control over you, your money, and your privacy.


Sea-Borne Bacteria Vibrio Travels Northward

Vibrio, courtesy of Wikipedia

Vibrio Outbreaks

A number of illnesses, including cholera, are caused by the Vibrio family of bacteria, which comes in ten forms if not more by this date, as it apparently loves to mutate as well as proliferate. Vibrio bacterii cause gastrointestinal problems, soft tissue infections, and sepsis, which is deadly.

Long-known as a tropical maritime bacterial family, Vibrio has continued northward to the chilly Baltic Sea, and now Scandinavians and their many tourists are prone to the ill-effects of compromised seafood. It only took a one-degree increase in sea temperature to cause a 200% rise in the cholera-like Vibrio bacteria. People are thus being sickened by eating seafood that is even just slightly undercooked.

To avoid the potentially disastrous effects of Vibrio, make sure your seafood is properly cooked, which is difficult to determine especially in restaurants. Sound advice would be follow the example of the man who recently “saved” a seventeen-pound lobster from a restaurant tank, and  avoid eating seafood completely!

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Food Safety Website

It’s a government website, so take everything you read here on food-hazards with a grain of salt. Remember who is running the show: an entity that has so far proved its abysmal ineptitude, and a propensity to take campaign money among other bribes from big insurance, big food, big oil and big pharmaceuticals. There is, however, some common-sense advice on the page.

What We Need to Know about GMOs in Food

Genetically-Modified Organisms

Genetically modified ingredients are in very many common American foods, though they are outlawed in Europe for health reasons. The above-linked site, by author Jeffrey M. Smith, is very enlightening. GM foods can be harmful to your health, or even deadly.

Non-GMO Shopping Guide

The following is a note from Jeffrey Smith, who was interviewed by George Noory on Coast-to-Coast a.m this week:

Genetically Modified Foods: Toxins and Reproductive Failures

By Jeffrey M. Smith

Rhetoric from Washington since the early 1990s proclaims that genetically modified (GM) foods are no different from their natural counterparts that have existed for centuries. But this is a political, not a scientific assertion. Numerous scientists at the FDA consistently described these newly introduced gene-spliced foods as cause for concern. In addition to their potential to produce hard-to-detect allergies and nutritional problems, the scientists said that “The possibility of unexpected, accidental changes in genetically engineered plants” might produce “unexpected high concentrations of plant toxicants.”[1] GM crops, they said, might have “Increased levels of known naturally occurring toxins, . . . appearance of new, not previously identified” toxins, and an increased tendency to gather “toxic substances from the environment” such as “pesticides or heavy metals.” They recommended testing every GM food “before it enters the marketplace.”[2] But the FDA was under orders from the first Bush White House to promote the biotechnology industry, and the political appointee in charge of agency policy was Monsanto’s former attorney—later their vice president. The FDA policy ignored the scientists’ warnings and allowed GM food crops onto the market without any required …..
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Check It & Chuck It, Update


The world is now very concerned about “black-hearted” goods made by fraudsters and negligent manufacturers in China, many of which have killed or sickened animals and people with poisons and other hazardous materials. Protecting yourself and children from dubious items containing poisons and other hazardous materials can be difficult.
Learning to identify those products that are made in China is important, depending upon what they are.  Something like a cleaning tool may be of no concern, but a baby toy or a grooming product is. Makeup is potentially dodgy, since it frequently contains lead and aluminum. Read the fine print; many makeup products such as eyeshadow made in China will contain one or both of those carcinogens. I wouldn’t apply their makeup for all the tea in China.
The first 3 digits of the barcode is the country code showing where the product was made.

Sample: All barcodes that start at 690 – 695 are MADE IN CHINA. 471 is Made in Taiwan

Companies now attempt to obscure place of origin.

However, you may now refer to the bar-code for proof.   If the first 3 digits are: 690-695, it is Made in China.


00 ~ 13 USA & CANADA
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ Denmark
64 ~ Finland
76 ~ Switzerland and Liechtenstein
471 ~ Taiwan
480 ~ Philippines
628 ~ Saudi-Arabia
629 ~ United Arab Emirates
690 ~ 695 China
740 ~ 745 Central America

We all try to support our local producers and manufacturers, but it can be difficult indeed to find their products, if they do exist at all.

Memorizing these bar-code prefixes can aid you in that quest, and help you to survive.
000 – 019 GS1 US

020 – 029 Restricted distribution (MO defined)
030 – 039 GS1 US
040 – 049 Restricted distribution (MO defined)
050 – 059 Coupons
060 – 139 GS1 US
200 – 299 Restricted distribution (MO defined)
300 – 379 GS1 France
380 GS1 Bulgaria
383 GS1 Slovenija
385 GS1 Croatia
387 GS1 BIH (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
389 GS1 Montenegro
400 – 440 GS1 Germany
450 – 459 & 490 – 499 GS1 Japan
460 – 469 GS1 Russia
470 GS1 Kyrgyzstan
471 GS1 Taiwan
474 GS1 Estonia
475 GS1 Latvia
476 GS1 Azerbaijan
477 GS1 Lithuania
478 GS1 Uzbekistan
479 GS1 Sri Lanka
480 GS1 Philippines
481 GS1 Belarus
482 GS1 Ukraine
484 GS1 Moldova
485 GS1 Armenia
486 GS1 Georgia
487 GS1 Kazakstan
488 GS1 Tajikistan
489 GS1 Hong Kong
500 – 509 GS1 UK
520 GS1 Global Office
528 GS1 Lebanon
529 GS1 Cyprus
530 GS1 Albania
531 GS1 MAC (FYR Macedonia)
535 GS1 Malta
539 GS1 Ireland
540 – 549 GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg
560 GS1 Portugal
569 GS1 Iceland
570 – 579 GS1 Denmark
590 GS1 Poland
594 GS1 Romania
599 GS1 Hungary
600 – 601 GS1 South Africa
603 GS1 Ghana
608 GS1 Bahrain
609 GS1 Mauritius
611 GS1 Morocco
613 GS1 Algeria
615 GS1 Nigeria
616 GS1 Kenya
618 GS1 Ivory Coast
619 GS1 Tunisia
621 GS1 Syria
622 GS1 Egypt
624 GS1 Libya
625 GS1 Jordan
626 GS1 Iran
627 GS1 Kuwait
628 GS1 Saudi Arabia
629 GS1 Emirates
640 – 649 GS1 Finland
690 – 695 GS1 China
700 – 709 GS1 Norway
729 GS1 Israel
730 – 739 GS1 Sweden
740 GS1 Guatemala
741 GS1 El Salvador
742 GS1 Honduras
743 GS1 Nicaragua
744 GS1 Costa Rica
745 GS1 Panama
746 GS1 Republica Dominicana
750 GS1 Mexico
754 – 755 GS1 Canada
759 GS1 Venezuela
760 – 769 GS1 Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera
770 GS1 Colombia
773 GS1 Uruguay
775 GS1 Peru
777 GS1 Bolivia
779 GS1 Argentina
780 GS1 Chile
784 GS1 Paraguay
786 GS1 Ecuador
789 – 790 GS1 Brasil
800 – 839 GS1 Italy
840 – 849 GS1 Spain
850 GS1 Cuba
858 GS1 Slovakia
859 GS1 Czech
860 GS1 Serbia
865 GS1 Mongolia
867 GS1 North Korea
868 – 869 GS1 Turkey
870 – 879 GS1 Netherlands
880 GS1 South Korea
884 GS1 Cambodia
885 GS1 Thailand
888 GS1 Singapore
890 GS1 India
893 GS1 Vietnam
896 GS1 Pakistan
899 GS1 Indonesia
900 – 919 GS1 Austria
930 – 939 GS1 Australia
940 – 949 GS1 New Zealand
950 GS1 Global Office
955 GS1 Malaysia
958 GS1 Macau
977 Serial publications (ISSN)
978 – 979 Bookland (ISBN)
980 Refund receipts
981 – 982 Common Currency Coupons
990 – 999 Coupons
Note: Prefixes not assigned yet are reserved for future use.

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