Friday, December 14, 2012

This Is Capitalism?

Trey Smith

“The Farmers Assurance Provision” is the title of a rider, Section 733, inserted into the House of Representatives 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Somehow, as a farmer, I don't feel the least bit assured.

The only assurance it provides is that Monsanto and the rest of the agriculture biotech industry will have carte blanche to force the government to allow the planting of their biotech seeds.

In addition, the House Agriculture Committee’s 2012 farm bill draft includes three riders – Sections 1011, 10013 and 10014. These amendments would essentially destroy any oversight of new Genetically Engineered (GE) crops by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

If these riders had been in place during the review of GE alfalfa, Monsanto could have requested – no they could have compelled – the Secretary of Agriculture to allow continued planting of GE alfalfa even though a federal court had ruled commercialization was illegal pending completion of an environmental impact study.

Essentially, the riders would prevent the federal courts from restricting, in any way, the planting of a GE crop, regardless of environmental, health or economic concerns. USDA's mandated review process would be, like court-ordered restrictions, meaningless. A request to USDA to allow planting of a GE crop awaiting approval would have to be granted.
~ from Monsanto Gets Its Way in Ag Bill by Jim Goodman ~
This is how we're told that capitalism works: Companies compete to influence consumers into purchasing their products and services. Those companies that win the most consumers are those who provide the best and most cost-effective products and services.

But where is the competition factor when certain companies are allowed to rewrite the rules in such a way that their products and/or services are foisted upon the consumer -- a consumer who can't say no?

This is not the way capitalism is supposed to work...but it IS the way that Fascism works.

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