Block the Merger of Bayer and Monsanto by Ellen Brown

2013 March Against Monsanto DC 53

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 5, 2018

Bayer and Monsanto have a long history of collusion to poison the ecosystem for profit. The Trump administration should veto their merger not just to protect competitors but to ensure human and planetary survival.

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How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy Into Their Plutocracy by Ralph Nader

Citizens United Carpet Bombing Democracy - Cartoon

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
October 4, 2017

A major chapter in American history – rarely taught in our schools – is how ever larger corporations have moved to game, neutralize and undermine the people’s continual efforts to protect our touted democratic society. It is a fascinating story of the relentless exercise of power conceived or seized by corporations, with the strategic guidance of corporate lawyers.

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The War on Weed Part II: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for Corporate Cannabis by Ellen Brown

Odeigorri II

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 7, 2016

California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make access more difficult and expensive, squeeze home growers and small farmers out of the market, heighten criminal sanctions for violations, and open the door to patented, genetically modified (GMO) versions that must be purchased year after year.

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The War on Weed Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto Be the Winner? by Ellen Brown

Graffiti tunnel, XI

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
June 23, 2016

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy investors linked to Big Ag and Big Pharma.

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Abby Martin: Monsanto, America’s Monster

Linoleum Block Print Shows Monsanto No Love

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jun 10, 2016

Few corporations in the world are as loathed—and as sinister—as Monsanto. But the threat it poses to people and planet could be reaching new heights, as the World Health Organization has recently upgraded Monsanto’s main product as carcinogenic to humans. With protests against the agrochemical giant held in over 40 countries in May, learn why the global movement against Monsanto is of critical importance to our future. In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin issues a scathing expose on the corporate polluter, chronicling it’s rise to power, the collusion of its crimes by the US government, and highlighting the serious danger it puts us in today.

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Monsanto and its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information by Ralph Nader

Linoleum Block Print Shows Monsanto No Love

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
October 2, 2015

Next year, the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary as one of the finest laws our Congress has ever passed. It is a vital investigative tool for exposing government and corporate wrongdoing.

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Losing Credibility: The IMF’s New Cold War Loan to Ukraine by Michael Hudson

Barry

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com, September 9, 2014
September 16, 2014

In April 2014, fresh from riots in Maidan Square and the February 22 coup, and less than a month before the May 2 massacre in Odessa, the IMF approved a $17 billion loan program to Ukraine’s junta. Normal IMF practice is to lend only up to twice a country’s quote in one year. This was eight times as high. Continue reading

Corporations Spy on Nonprofits with Impunity by Ralph Nader

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 22, 2014

Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t see in the daily papers: corporations conduct espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice.

Yes, that means using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned electronic surveillance, wiretapping, information warfare, infiltration, dumpster diving and so much more.

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Elizabeth Kucinich: Congress Considers Blocking GMO Food Labeling + Action Alert

Cherry Tomatoes

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RT America on Apr 10, 2014

Congress is considering a bill that would override state laws requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. Called the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” the bill would allow the Food and Drug Administration to set the standards for the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, potentially eliminating more stringent standards set by individual states. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the legislation, saying there is no evidence foods containing GMOs are unsafe. RT’s Ameera David speaks with Elizabeth Kucinich, executive producer at GMO OMG, who believes the bill “obliterates” the progress made towards proper labeling in recent years.

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Agriculture in a Changing World with Noam Chomsky et al.

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with Noam Chomsky

Cherry Tomatoes

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ontheearthproduction on Feb 27, 2014

“Agriculture is the oldest environmental problem,” the Land Institute’s Wes Jackson tells us early in this 27-minute video. Through interviews with 11 scientists, researchers and environmental experts, this short documentary considers that fate of agriculture and the environment in the age of agri-business and climate change. Continue reading

#TPP Fast Track Targets Local Foods Efforts by Karen Hansen-Kuhn + Take Action!

Dandelion Salad

by Karen Hansen-Kuhn
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
January 28, 2014

New York Day of Action

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Congress is quietly considering legislation that would speed the passage of two mega trade agreements, and seeks to specifically eliminate government programs that favor “localization.” The bill would give the Obama Administration what is known as “fast track” authority—meaning Congress would surrender its constitutional authority to shape trade agreements negotiated by the president and instead can only vote up or down on the deal.

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Ellen Brown on Bail-ins (the Big Disaster Coming), GMO Foods, Trans Pacific Partnership (#TPP)

2013 March Against Monsanto DC 10

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with Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 4, 2013

Greg Hunter on Dec 1, 2013

Ellen Brown, founder of WebofDebt.com, thinks so-called ‘bail-ins’ are coming. Depositors’ money will be legally taken. Brown says, “That’s the big disaster that’s coming. Probably one of these big derivative banks will go bankrupt . . . the derivative players will get first dibs. They’ll grab all the deposits, and there won’t be anything left.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with author and journalist Ellen Brown.

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Genetically Modified Politicians by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
England
Originally published by The Ecologist, Nov. 24, 2013
November 27, 2013

Say NO to GMO

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The official UK government policy on genetically modified (GM) crops is “precautionary, evidence-based and sensitive to public concerns”. Who are they kidding?

My heart always sinks when, listening to the BBC’s Today programme, someone from the Department for International Development starts talking about the “international food crisis”, and the starving people in all those poor undeveloped countries (the ones we helped to pauper with our empire building).

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