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Robert Zwilling | 1998 comments The USDA won't regulate genetically edited plants

All the work put in place to regulate genetically altered foods has gone out the window. The same way a hundred years of consumer protection and regulations for telephones went out the window when cell phones were declared not to be the same as telephones.

message 2: by K.G. (new)

K.G. (kgjohnston) | 25 comments Yes, "corporate personhood" (corporations having the same or more rights than people) has become a reality. There needs to be a shift back to where people and nature hold the balance of rights.

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Clare O'Beara | 6035 comments Mod
Avaaz which is campaigning against the chemicals used in this industry (GM crops are created by weedkiller and insect killer firms, essentially) was hit with a subpoena as a timewasting move, by Monsanto, and has won.
They say:

Our hearing just ended, and the judge absolutely DESTROYED Monsanto's subpoena on Avaaz!!!!

He said the subpoena would have a “tremendous chilling effect”, saying "no member would want to have their privacy and their activity known" and actually gave Monsanto a lecture on democracy and free speech!!

Avaaz members in the courtroom spontaneously broke into applause and huge smiles at his words. Here's a quick video filmed minutes ago from our Campaign Director Iain Keith on the steps of the courthouse:
[edit: a facebook link so I have not seen it as I do not use facebook]

This subpoena was terrifying and would have had Avaaz spend months and hundreds of thousands of euros digging up and handing over to Monsanto everything anyone on our team ever said or wrote about them for YEARS. Including even the email addresses and identities of our members who had sent messages to officials about Monsanto!

Even worse, lawyers told us that courts in New York tend to AUTOMATICALLY GRANT requests like this! Because usually, more info means more justice.

But then our community got involved. Over 200,000 of us donated, and we hired the best lawyer in the business -- Andrew Celli, who has taken on cases like this before and won. He and his team worked with the Avaaz team to write a ridiculously great takedown of the Monsanto subpoena. It's long and legalistic, but if you speak that language, it's a thing of beauty -- you can read it here.

Monsanto flew in a top lawyer, a man who's defended everything from asbestos to lead and arsenic. But between our briefs, and the powerful oral arguments, the judge was convinced, and took the incredibly RARE step of throwing out the ENTIRE subpoena!!! Normally they just narrow the scope of the subpoena to something more reasonable, but the judge couldn't find anything reasonable in Monsanto's claims about Avaaz!

Avaaz members, team and lawyers celebrating on the courthouse steps!

It's a moment to celebrate, but it may not be over.

Monsanto can still appeal, or come at us another way. But we've got an amazing win and precedent set, and an amazing legal team, and as ever, an amazing movement that will stand by, stand up, and speak truth to power when it threatens.

The purpose of these big legal attacks is to scare us. I have tears right now as I think about how, with the Avaaz community at our back, I really don't have to fear stuff like this. Because even the most powerful actors in this world, are not more powerful than the truth, than the power of good people coming together to work for everything we love, than the power of all of us in this incredible movement.

With immense gratitude,
Ricken and the whole Avaaz team.

PS - in another amazing example of our movement, an Avaaz member wrote in response to our fundraiser, suggesting that the team reach out to Bayer, who are buying Monsanto, to ask them to discuss this attack. He then took the initiative to write personally to both me and the CEO of Bayer. The CEO of Bayer actually called him hours later, saying he'd love to talk to me! So, we're talking on Monday. No idea yet what will come of it, but another example of the ridiculously wonderful movement that we get to be part of. Thanks so much to everyone for being you.

Avaaz is a 47-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

message 5: by Susan (new)

Susan Budd (susanbudd) I do my best to avoid GMOs by buying mostly organic fruit and vegetables and looking for the Non-GMO Project verified label on packaged food.

message 6: by Ivan (last edited Sep 09, 2019 08:42AM) (new)

Ivan Yordanov | 2 comments I am not sure if every kind of genetic modification is wrong or harmful for the health.Unfortunately the human being's population grow exponentially and money and resources are not divided evenly ,therefore there are so many people exposed to starvation in developing countries and overconsumption in developed countries.The only one way for us to have enough food in future ,may be is genetically engineering.Unfortunately many governments refuse to build common policy for sustainable development and decrease of human's population in ethic way-with humanity.GMO is a result of wrong approach of the world leaders and it is only one small part of the huge problem which we -the people create.I totally believe that it is possible people to live in civilized communities in harmony with nature as many people in Japan for example do.

message 7: by Robert (new)

Robert Zwilling | 1998 comments That's a good place to start but we still have the underlying problem of around a third of the world's food being thrown in the garbage because it spoiled before it could be sold. Even if modifying the food so it never rotted was accomplished, that would only mean the people that really needed it still wouldn't get it as it would only stay in the warehouses where maybe the rodents and insects could still get to it. Everyone has to personally change the way they interact with both the natural world and the virtual world we have created.

Then we got the problem of the weather which use to be a problem that sat in the background, occasionally screwing things up. Powerful large events that used to be truly random are now running on clockwork like schedules that never leave enough time between events to fix everything that was damaged before another event happens. The weather now has the capabilities to wipe clean anything we have made because everything is made to specifications that refer to a time that doesn't exist anymore. You could say our future is behind us as caves are beginning to look better and better.

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