Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon speaks out against trade deals that favor multinational corporations like Monsanto

IRT applauds Congressman DeFazio’s action as a champion of the people vs. Big Food.deFazio

“Call it the smoking gun,” said DeFazio. “Proof that fast track and massive free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are written by and for multinational corporations such as agriculture giant Monsanto. Instead of using trade deals as an opportunity to protect and strengthen consumer rights by joining the countries which require genetically engineered food to be labeled, this administration wants to benefit wealthy corporations at the expense of the public.”

The provision, included in Section 2, Trade Negotiating Objectives, requires that U.S. negotiators fight for rules in trade agreements that eliminate so-called “barriers” to markets such as the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Currently 64 countries require genetically engineered food to be labeled including some of our largest trading partners like Japan, China, Brazil, and the countries of the European Union.

Several consumer groups joined DeFazio in criticizing the fast track bill:

“Consumers coast-to-coast are fighting for the right to know what is in the food they are feeding their families, but fast track would make it even harder to get commonsense food labels,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “This approach to trade could eliminate country of origin labeling and GMO labeling and weaken imported food inspection to satisfy the corporate interests who are writing these trade deals.”

“At a time when Americans overwhelmingly want a right to know what they are buying and feeding their families, it is appalling that Congress would encourage stripping other countries of their right to label genetically engineered foods,” said Colin O’Neil, Director of Government Affairs at Center for Food Safety. “Each country has justifiably required the labeling of GE foods; the only thing that cannot be justified is why consumers in the US don’t have the same right to know as consumers in 64 other countries around the world.”


Replacing Nature: GE Trees and Monoculture Crops


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This 30 minute free film is a MUST SEE:

The new documentary, Synthetic Forests, from director Ed Schehl (A Silent Forest, 2010) illuminates the issue of genetic engineering versus nature as never before. Along with the expansion of industrial agriculture, tree factories are yet but one more example of the conversion of natural resources to corporatized assets. Includes appearances by Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, Ronnie Cummins, and a host of scientists, environmentalists, and citizen stakeholders.

Produced by Earth Links, Inc., the film is showing free online at with an appeal for donations to fund translation into Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, and other languages.

 “Corporations in the USA and Brazil have requested government authorization to release hundreds of millions of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees to be turned into fuel.

The Genetically Engineered ARCTIC APPLE has just been approved and it was recently learned that a GE LOPLOLLY PINE tree was approved for release without public comment in 2012!

Many other species of trees such as pear and chestnuts are planted in hundreds of test plots around the world and will soon be ready for release as  food if they are not stopped by informed public action.

Because trees could be  genetically engineered to grow faster, have increased density, resist toxic chemicals or kill insects, they are expected to greatly expand the number of industrial tree plantations and bring about the loss of millions of acres of native forests worldwide.  Rich Biologically Diversity would be replaced by plantations of cloned trees, growing at accelerated rates,diminishing groundwater and leaving a forest devoid of  wildlife and understory plants.” [read more at]


Environmental Medicine Training Course with Jeffrey Smith on GMOs

Environmental Medicine Training Course with Jeffrey Smith on GMOs

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Monsanto at Work on GMO Wheat – Again

Claire CaJacob, Global Wheat Technology Lead for Monsanto, stands in the growth chamber at Monsanto’s Chesterfield Village Research Center.  Photo by Laurie Skrivan,  01-08-14.

Claire CaJacob, Global Wheat Technology Lead for Monsanto, stands in the growth chamber at Monsanto’s Chesterfield Village Research Center. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, 01-08-14.

Oh No, No, NO!!!  No GMO WHEAT.

GMO wheat is not yet on the market, but Monsanto has been hard at work in their Chesterfield Village facility, where one particular 10-foot-by-20-foot growth chamber on the fourth floor of Building GG is filled with young wheat plants. The plants are part of the experiment to create a new strain of GMO wheat that will be resistant to three kinds of herbicides–glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba. It began, according to Tim Barker in his January 11, 2015 article published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in the summer of 2009 when Monsanto “grabbed the raw seed materials needed by its scientists, spending $45 million on WestBred, a Montana wheat breeding company.”

Monsanto’s first stab at introducing Roundup Ready wheat ended in 2004 when the company decided not to seek approval because the market wasn’t ready for it, but in 2013 rogue GMO wheat was found in Oregon, news of which immediately rippled to overseas buyers and caused importing countries including Japan and South Korea to suspend purchases over fears of contamination. The USDA investigation called the Oregon case an isolated incident, however the subsequent discovery of a genetically modified strain in the field of a Montana wheat farmer more or less put the lie to that story. In November of 2014, Monsanto settled the lawsuit brought by farmers in the Pacific Northwest for $2.4 million to cover damages due to the loss of export markets.

The failure of the USDA to recognize the “pervasive and persistent nature” of contamination from outdoor field trials, is a travesty of long term planning for food security, as is the bald one-sided support of corporate agribusiness over the interests of small farmers and environmentalists.

What to do? Contact your elected representatives at both the federal and state levels. Let them know how you feel. Even more importantly, switch brands to avoid GMOs already in your food. And let companies know why you’re switching!

Join us on Facebook and Twitter for answers to GMO questions, tips on choosing healthier non-GMO foods, and more.

About IRT. The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) is a non-profit organization that researches and reports news and information about the health risks of genetically engineered food. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are present in processed foods and many food products.

Major commodity crops raised from GMO seed include: corn (90%), soybeans (93%), canola (93%), cotton (90%), and sugar beets (98%).* GMO sweet corn, papaya, zucchini, and yellow summer squash are also for sale in grocery stores, but in lesser amounts. Genetically modified alfalfa is grown for use as hay and forage for animals.   For more information about avoiding GMOs in food, go to

*percentages are based on U.S. acreage as of 2013 (USDA)



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