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Why Does Monsanto Always Win?

Bribing Lawmakers

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  • Monsanto spent $5.3 million lobbying US lawmakers last year, and has already spent $1.4 million in the first quarter of this year. Monsanto also exerts powerful influence over the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—all of which have a say in whether or not you get to know whether the food you’re eating has been genetically engineered
  • Rep. Frank D. Lucas has received the most money so far from Monsanto. Lucas is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, through which every farm-related piece of legislation must pass
  • A total of 17 members of the House agriculture committee or their leadership PAC’s have received funding from Monsanto so far during this election cycle
  • Monsanto has filed more lobbying reports on the upcoming farm bill than any other organization. The new farm bill is an omnibus piece of legislation that sets the nation's agricultural policy and addresses nearly every aspect of America’s farming and food industries. The current bill expires in 2013, and legislators are currently busy writing the new proposal, which will undoubtedly be skewed in favor of the biotech industry

By Dr. Mercola

If you've ever wondered how Monsanto―a company that admits it wants to own the world's food supply through its patented genetically engineered seeds―gets away with not having to label its products, all you have to do is follow the trail of money leading from their coffers into the pockets and campaign funds of well-placed politicians and regulators.

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