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Friday, May 31, 2013

Greening - Did Monsanto Know -- that their testing of unapproved GMO wheat would be made public -- Eventually?

Dear Folks,

I am outraged as are others over the revelation that GMO wheat was found in an Oregon Field.  I have been urging the labeling of GMO to give consumers a choice.

This is about more than voluntary choices by consumers -- this is about Monsanto's total desire to do whatever they want, when they want.

There are all sorts of conspiracy theories in this day an age.  Most of the time they are nothing but repeats of no-source verbiage.

Well I have a conspiracy theory to consider:

Did Monsanto know their unapproved testing of GMO wheat would be made public?

(GMO wheat is NOT approved for planting, sale or otherwise in the US.)

Is that why they got Congress to pass the so-called "Monsanto Protection Act" which allows the sale and planting of any GMO or GE product whether it has been approved or not?

(Only a lawsuit demonstrating damage would supersede this law.)

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) said the Monsanto Protection Act was made law to protect farmers.  Baloney!! It was put in place by Monsanto, through Congress, to protect Monsanto.

The Japan and the European Union have now entered the controversy with Japan halting all wheat shipments from the US until testing is done.

How did that protection for the American Farmers work out Senator Blunt?  You and Congress just gave the American Wheat farmer a black-eye and a double-cross.

The rest of the world is trying to tell us the United States of America has a problem with GMO regulation and we have not been listening.  Maybe this will be the real wake up call.

Unapproved GMO Wheat in an Oregon Field and Monsanto has no idea how it got there!?!!!??!

Here are some current articles on this mess:

Unapproved GMO Monsanto Wheat found in Oregon

Senator Blunt defends protecting Monsanto

Japan halts shipments of American wheat imports.

Our Senator John McCain just voted AGAINST allowing states to make their own mandatory GMO labeling laws, along with 70 other Senators.

What did your Senators do to AGAIN aid Monsanto?  Here is a link to see who voted against this amendment to the farm bill.

I am asking you all to:

1)  Please share this blog post.
2) Let your Congressional Representatives and Senators know you are the consumer and voter and you have a right to KNOW and a right to CHOOSE.

"If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." - Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994

The above quote is why Monsanto is bank-rolling every fight it can muster to avoid labeling and pre-approval of GMO / GE products.  They know the more the public (you and me) know the more we will be worried.

Their argument is they do not want to confuse the buying public.

I think it is time to let our elected officials know we are perfectly clear - we want labeling, we want all the testing required of any pharm-chemical, creature or seed before one unit of it is put in our food and lives.

There - got that off my chest.

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Be safe this weekend, folks -- many parts of the country are under severe weather conditions.  Take care of your family and pets and be sure they are safe.

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Farm Bill GMO Labeling Amendments NEED to added

Dear Folks,

This is so important - whether you care about GMOs or not - we as consumers should have a choice and labeling is what will give us that choice.

Monsanto just won one in the US Supreme Court - make sure they don't get these amendments deleted.

Please share this with everyone.

Catherine, The Herb Lady

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The full U.S. Senate is debating the Farm Bill, S.954, this week.

Like the last several Farm Bills, the proposed Farm Bill will generally support the large consolidated corporate agriculture system.

 There are several potentially significant amendments on specific topics that affect sustainable farmers and local food consumers.

Please take action--call your U.S. Senators about the amendments listed below!

Your calls really do make a difference!

Please share this alert with friends and family.

Action to Take Call BOTH of Your U.S. Senators

Here are Arizona Senators' Flake and McCain Telephone numbers:

Senator Flake:
By phone:
Phoenix - 602-840-1891
Washington - 202-224-452

Senator McCain:
Phoenix - 602-952-2410
Washington - 202-224-2235

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, tell them your State and
ask to be connected to your Senators' offices. You can also find your
Senators and their contact information at

When you reach the each Senator's office, ask to speak to the staffer
who handles agricultural issues.

Convey this Message:

"I am a constituent from ____ (state) calling about the Farm Bill and
I urge Senator _______ to:

1) Vote YES on King's Amendment #1042 to clarify the exemption for
small farmers under the Food Safety Modernization Act;

2) Vote YES on the Tester "Seeds & Breeds" Amendment #972 to dedicate
a portion of USDA's research to classical breeding;

3) Vote YES on all of the amendments protecting farmers and consumers
from GMOs:

Merkley's Amendment #978 to repeal the biotech rider, aka "Monsanto
Protection Act";

Begich's Amendment #934 to ban GMO salmon;

Boxer's Amendment # 1025 to support labeling of GMOs;

Sanders' Amendment #965 recognizing states' right to adopt GMO
labeling requirements at the state level;

4) Vote YES on King's Amendment #1033 to require FDA to do an analysis
of the science and costs imposed by its proposed regulations under the
Food Safety Modernization Act;

5) Vote YES on Boxer's Amendment #1027 to protect honeybees and other

6) Vote YES on Grassley's Amendment #969 to improve enforcement of
antitrust laws and address consolidation of our agricultural system;

7) Vote YES on Wyden's Amendment #952 to remove the prohibition on
planting hemp;

8) Vote NO on Johanns' amendment to eliminate Country of Origin
Labeling (COOL).

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady