United States of Monsanto

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:   This important testimony from Robert Cohen – the non-milk man.


Profile in Congressional Courage

"A man does what he must ”” in spite of
personal consequences, in spite of
obstacles and dangers, and pressures - and
that is the basis of all human morality."
 - John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

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Yesterday (November 13, 2014), I read the
obituary in my local newspaper. Republican
Congresswoman Marge Roukema had died.

In February of 2000, I personally requested
of Congresswoman Roukema that she cross party
lines to support the "Public's Right to Know
Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Bill".

Not only did she do so, but Roukema held a
T.V. news conference to announce her support.
Her action required courage and integrity.

That bill had been written by two members of
Congress who were unlikely to ever receive
Republican support, but this was a powerful
matter of principle, and Marge did not
hesitate to do the right thing.

The House of Representatives lone Socialist,
Bernie Sanders (Vermont), and the most liberal
of Democrats (Dennis Kucinich), had written the
bill. Senator Barbara Boxer had the courage to
introduce a Senate version after Monsanto and
other Biotechnology companies pledged a billion
dollars over the following ten years to support
pro-genetic engineering congressional friends.
Boxer did not gain even one co-sponsor.

The proposed bill died 14 years earlier than
Marge's death. Marge had courage, and I mourn
her passing. To me, Marge was a hero.

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"Heroes aren't always the ones who win. They're
the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep
fighting, they keep coming back. They don't
give up. That's what makes them heroes."
 - Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

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Robert Cohen


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