Senate votes 73–26 to deny states the right to label GMO foods (Or, Meet your Monsanto Senators)

The headline tells it all, but there’s an excellent piece by Howie Klein at Down With Tyranny on this news — “Genetically Modified America” — that’s well worth a read. Do go there for more. A taste:

Last week the House Agriculture Committee– basically a bipartisan arm of Agribusiness whose members are handsomely bribed to trample on consumer interests– voted in favor of Frankenfoods….

Not hard to get Howie’s drift.

Here I’d like to do the Dems thing, and talk about the actual votes — who did what.

This is the Senate amendment (my emphasis):

Question: On the Amendment (Sanders Amdt. No. 2310)

Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 2310 to S. 3240 (Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012)

Statement of Purpose: To permit States to require that any food, beverage, or other edible product offered for sale have a label on indicating that the food, beverage, or other edible product contains a genetically engineered ingredient.

Note that this isn’t a federal labeling requirement. It simply allows states to decide labeling for themselves.

The amendment failed, 26–73. These are your Monsanto senators:

NAYs —73
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lee (R-UT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Moran (R-KS)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reid (D-NV)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Your Monsanto senators in action:

  • Al Franken (202-224-5641)
  • Sherrod Brown (202-224-2315)
  • Dick Durbin (202-224-2152)
  • Tom Harkin (202-224-3254)
  • Amy Klobushar (202-224-3244)
  • Debbie Stabenow (202-224-4822)

Six of many … forces for good on a mountain of evil.

Except for Gillibrand, these folks voted to keep $4.5 billion out of the school lunch program — and all were PIPA supporters or co-sponsors as well.

Evil must be rubbing off.

UPDATE: Looks like we have a Monsanto President. Commenter ezpz has the goods, here and here and here.


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