Michelle Obama teaming up with Monsanto to promote children’s food

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Why Michelle Obama Is Teaming Up With Monsanto and Friends to Block Your Right to Know What’s in Your Children’s Food

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The popular agriculture company Monsanto is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to promote nutritional foods for kids. According to reports from the Associated Press, Monsanto will spend $50 million over five years on a campaign to market ‘healthy’ genetically modified food to children. The agrochemical company will also bring its food offerings for kids in line with the new federal standards for labeling and nutrition.

Obama announced her intentions in front of crates of fresh produce on Thursday. “When I see a company like Monsanto launch an initiative like this, I feel more hopeful than ever before,” said the First Lady. “We can improve how we make and sell food in this country.”

“It’s a natural extension of what we do,” Monsanto vice president, Michael Stern, told the AP in reference to the new partnership with the first lady.

Throughout the First Lady’s trademark campaign, “Let’s Move,” she has attempted to tackle childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating. Although the first lady has largely avoided pursuing big food corporations, most often detailing the importance of personal responsibility and fitness rather than government interference, there are signs that she’s getting more aggressive. Late last year she convened a White House summit to convince agribusiness to rethink their marketing efforts towards children.

Conservatives, who have blasted Obama’s efforts to improve public school lunches as “the nanny state personified,” are equally displeased with her ventures into the private sector. “Get ready to see Michelle Obama’s face plastered all over your local grocery stores,” said one right-wing blogger.

For Michelle Obama, Monsanto represents a key ally, albeit a controversial one. It is the leading producer of genetically engineered seeds in the country and works with a vast array of farmers across the world. One move by Monsanto can ripple throughout the industry, and the company has grown increasingly bold in tackling complex social and political issues.

“We are obviously conscious about where we walk and who we walk with,” said Sam Kass, assistant White House chef and coordinator of food initiatives. “But it was clear that this is potentially transformative.”

In recent years, Monsanto has reached out to Democrats and sought out political appointments within government. Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former Vice President for Public Policy, is now Deputy Commissioner of the Federal Drug and Food Administration. Time will tell how these ties between Monsanto and the federal government effect our nation’s youth.

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  • Flowerdamsel

    Do NOT tell me what to eat! You are not my mother and you surely have been endowed with lots of money to make this for profit in the USA. I am ashamed at you. You have your ‘Organic’ garden but will willingly feed everyone else a cancer. NO. I say NOT! I say Impeach for disregards to human life in the USA!

    • Jan Phillips

      Before you get your panties in a wad — this story is not true. Chill out, lady in distress

      • Susan

        I certainly HOPE it’s not true — Jan Phillips– can you share with us what you know about this being not true. ….

        • 1776

          Susan, why do you hope this story is not true?

        • Benjamin Gazzi

          Learn to look at your environment. This website just posted “news articles” that Carmelo Anthony is moving to China and people are handing out DIY abortion kits at Hobby Lobby. It’s a satirical website.

      • Patrick

        yes it is true.. sorry..

        • Hilary
          • Robert Garcia

            Many of the facts are true, & some of the article is satire, or suggestive thinking. Michelle Obama never directly makes a statement on GMOs, or the Monsanto infiltration into the US Government, or her involvement with them in her salad bar in schools program. Millions of americans are dying to know, while she keeps silent about it, which makes her guilty by association. I’ve seen the awful lunches in public schools. They are slow poison that create brain dead, autistic kids. The “Monsanto For Kids” promotion with Michelle Obama’s picture online is, in a round about way, completely true whether or not it was authorized by Monsanto or Michelle Obama.

      • Shari Peterson

        It works because it IS so believable.

  • thinkingdeep

    Well the First lady can’t be impeached. The White House Garden though is a big ole slap in the face. They get to have their chef-prepared meals but a Big Ag company can further degrade the factors that affect children’s health. I think this should be on Change.org pretty darn soon. There’s NO way this can stay under the radar.

    • Markee Harris

      So sad! Michelle Obama you got some nerve! How dare you try and poison innocent young children! Shame on you Michelle Obama to fix your mouth and say those words! I’m disgusted!

    • Oldfart

      Apparently “thinkingdeep” doesn’t do that and can’t read.

  • Sivapriya

    Time for a Million Man March Against Monsanto!!!!!!!!!!

    • Benjamin Gazzi

      Time for a million man execution of idiots who think this is real and probably shouldn’t be allowed to use the internet.

  • Shanon Fuller

    Grow YOUR OWN FOOD!! The best way to fight shit like this is to grow ur own teach ur kids this is un natural and poison!!! Homeschool cuss pretty soon u wont have a choice to pack ur kids lunch…the government is not for u there against u

    • JL

      Won’t be able to if Monsanto owns the patent to the seeds. Terminator seeds (Monsanto patent) do not reproduce (they are sterile) forcing farmers to buy Monsanto seeds season after season. Why on Earth would anyone support such a company?

      • 1776

        Why support such a company? I don’t know; perhaps because it provides excellent products that are reasonably priced. But that may not last for long, since it made a deal with the she-devil…

      • Oldfart

        There are no such things as terminator seeds.

    • Oldfart

      Lie to your kids! Of course. Do NOT under any circumstances teach them critical thinking! After all the streets are littered with the bodies of school children who eat lunch at school.

  • Shanon Fuller

    They should b puting gardens in every school…not fake ill infested food

    • Deb Furlin

      SATIRE. Not true.

  • Christian Ferris

    This story is fake. Thought you idiots should know.

    • Ted Miner

      Can you provide some proof that supports your allegation?

      • http://aqmhealthcoaching.wordpress.com/ Andrea Quigley Maynard

        I’m not the person you are commenting to but I agree that the story is fake. They say these quotes are from an Associated Press story – go to AP and search for michelle obama and there is no story related to this. Google the monsanto quote by Michael Stern in the article or the one where Michelle Obama mentions Monsanto – this article is the only one that comes up. If this was a real program that was launched on Thursday and actually covered by the AP, other news groups would have also picked it up, but there’s nothing out there.

      • Breeana Cantu

        The proof would be found in the FAQs of this site where they explain that this is a satirical news site ;)

        • bernard

          Thank you.

      • Christian Ferris

        Also they lifted all of the quotes from a 3 year old article… those they didn’t make up.
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/20/AR2011012001581.html

      • Patrick

        Blocking you right to know… The Obama Way. “In an effort to balance this violation of our basic rights, I am urging you as President to issue an Executive Order to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, something that you promised farmers while on the campaign trail in 2007. It is urgent that the U.S. government rectify the 20 year old politically engineered loophole and allow for open and transparent labeling of genetically engineered foods,” the letter continues, “a basic right that citizens in 62 others countries already enjoy.”
        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/critics-slam-obama-for-protecting-monsanto/

        • Oldfart

          And it should be blocked. There is no difference between GMO food and so-called organic food and so-called conventional food. Humans have been genetically modifying their food sources for tens of thousands of years. There is little or nothing that you eat that could be considered “natural.” Why do I get the feeling that you hang out with the eco-terrorists at Naturalnews?

      • Deb Furlin
    • david

      i really hope so..

    • matt

      oh yeah Obama passing the Monsanto Protection Act is fake you moron people can’t even sue those losers for getting cancer from them now thanks obama..just because someone put out a fake article doesn’t mean the white house isn’t blatantly working with monsanto to destroy our food industry and small farmers..grow up ..

      • Oldfart

        Obama passed the so-called “Monsanto protection act” all by himself? Amazing. Maybe he can pass immigration changes, carbon taxes, open birth control, new pro abortion laws, fair pay and economic stimulus acts all by himself and we can finally get something postitive done in this country.
        I believe YOU luddites are the ones that need to grow up, read the science and stop the fearmongering.

    • Sterling Headset

      I’ve confirmed that the story is true.

      • Deb Furlin

        Please show your source.

    • sidweiss

      no it isn’t !!!!!

    • JL

      It’s linked in MANY sources online. Drudge, Progressive Today, EAG News, and Daily Leak…
      Please enlighten us you defender-of-the-insane…

      • 1776

        I guess Mr. Ferris is employing a little-used Leftist tactic: boldly deny the obvious when an elite Leftist seemingly (even if not actually) wanders off the reservation. And notice his impressive 16 (at the time of this witting) up arrows. I think they are circling the wagons.

        • sheldon

          Actually, Mr. Ferris is employing a little-used Right wing tactic: being able to fucking read.

          It’s a satirical news site. Do you know what satirical means?

  • Tina Hunter

    She drank the kool aid…. :(

    • 1776

      “She drank the [Kool-Aid]…” Perhaps she did, notwithstanding her fatuous “Drink Up [water]” campaign! But then again, that would be entirely in character for a hypocritical elite Leftist such as our First Lady.

  • bernard

    There is satire and then there is just plain stupid. Why would you put out a story like this that could easily be mistaken as real by someone not familiar with your website. What is your point in this story? There’s no punchline, no lesson learned. It’s just put out as a factual article. Why intentionally confuse people?

    • Sterling Headset

      This is certainly not satire, sorry to disappoint you.

      • Deb Furlin

        This is certainly satire, sorry to disappoint YOU.

        • Sterling Headset

          No it’s not.

          • Oldfart

            Yes it is, unfortunately. Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah.

          • Sterling Headset

            Actually, no, it’s not.

          • Oldfart

            Actually, yes it is. Apparently, you can’t read. Or, perhaps you want it to be true and can’t deal with reality. Or, just want the attention. And I’ve already given you too much.

          • Sterling Headset

            No you haven’t.

    • Oldfart

      Maybe it’s a test to see how many people can research and read or to see how gullible the right wing and anti-GMO websites are. So far, they are very gullible.

      • Sterling Headset

        Gullible? As in “If you like your Health Insurance plan, you can keep it.”?

        Lmao!

  • http://efherne.wordpress.com/ EFHerne

    And Michelle is arrogant enough to think she can pull Monsanto’s reputation out of the sewer because she’s on-board? Now that’s funny. Everyone hates her pompous attitude to begin with, and when she twerked THAT WAS IT FOR ME. I’d had enough of her shenanigans.

    But Michelle backing a LETHAL company like Monsanto KNOWING what their GMO’s do to human DNA is NOTHING SHORT OF GENOCIDE. I have the 1993 GMO study the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services conducted PROVING GMO’s cause gastric necrosis and a host of other diseases. And that was ONE TEST. So they absolutely know GMO’s are lethal to humans, especially our children. And I’ll make it my personal mission to derail that bitch’s murderous campaign as soon as it starts. She needs to be imprisoned along with her treasonous ass for a husband.

    • Robert Rubolin

      Genius its a fake story ! Really imprisoned yet Bush and Cheyney walk free ? Let me guess Laura Bush is a good person …… oh wait she killed someone with her car ! You’re an idiot !!

      • matt

        you are a moron Obama passed the Monsanto Protection Act Michelle Obama works with them and the Koch brothers all the time, the Koch brothers are registered Democrats ran for office as Democrats keep watching MSNBC and all the fake news you watch, who cares of this article is fake we all know Michelle Obama and Barack Obama support anything Monsanto does and now we can’t go after them with the law because Obama and his pen

      • Sterling Headset

        Wrong, this is accurate information.

  • david

    what a shame…i thought she was for organic foods….Eventually all politicians and wives are bought by corporations

    • Original Prankster

      She’s for the money to buy $11,000 dresses

  • Steve_I_Am

    The Obamas are Corporatists tools.

  • paulysworld

    THIS IS SATIRE PEOPLE! It’s not real! Never was.

    • Sterling Headset

      It’s not Satire. It’s true.

    • Hannon

      She’s even on record telling parents that lunchables are healthy and nutritious for kids.

  • Rick Davis
  • MontanaDiva

    This is a sad day…Monsanto is trying to make their Franken food main stream…Michelle you of all people should know better..Jamie Oliver please give her a call..

    • Hannon

      I only wish they were trying to make it mainstream, it’s already pervasive in the food supply.

    • Jonah

      obama appointed an ex-monsanto big shot to run the fda, what do you expect?

  • Original Prankster

    Hey libs – further proof the OBullys will do whatever they please – Monsanto probably gave her a big check

  • johnny mars

    Monsanto, the most sued corporation in history, is the poster child for the evil, greedy corporation. Monsanto intends to control the seed business throughout the world and its monopoly must be broken up immediately by the government.

    • 1776

      See what happens, Monsanto, when you make a deal with the she-devil? You invite every Leftist, both great and small (such as johnny mars here), to attack you. Good luck; you’ll need it…

      • kirb

        The Founders wanted us to all eat genetically modified foods.

        In fact, wasn’t Ben Franklin an original Monsanto board member?

  • MontanaDiva

    This is a joke, I believe..this is like the Onion..and I don’t think it is true.

    • WestTexasRose

      Make up your mind. Your comment 16 hours ago agreed that it is wrong. Hmmmm.

  • WestTexasRose

    Monsanto is the producer of Agent Orange and another chemical used in V.N. Become aware and informed about what GMO seeds really are, how they are pushed on third world countries. Farmers refusing to use GMO seeds are being run out of business and the methods used by these huge chemical companies is disgusting. Inform yourselves. You may be shocked at what you find.

  • Sheila Cain

    She is living proof that you don’t need a single working brain cell in your head to do something TOTALLY STUPID. POS liar!

  • Tennessee Nichols

    Mutations you can believe in

  • JL

    Who created agent orange (killed/maimed 400,00 and led to 500,000 birth defects)?? Oh yeah Monsanto. Aspartame, rBGH, GMOs, terminator seeds (forces farmers to use Monsanto seed), oh yeah… and they own the FDA.
    Nice move, Michelle…. you fascist.

  • Babs Hennelly Kothe

    http://dailyleak.org/faq/ glad it’s fake..

  • lionsuar77

    Democrats, Republicans, it doesn’t matter. Big money and big corporations run the show, and Monsanto is one of those corporations. The Obamas are no different than any other puppet that masqueraded as President. It’s time we realize who’s really in charge. Monsanto is poison food!

  • DailyLeakPrintsLies

    Read the FAQ dummies – this is a SATIRICAL website – the stories are, literally, jokes :http://dailyleak.org/faq/

  • donna

    http://dailyleak.org/faq/ – this is satire! learn how to evaluate where ‘news’ is coming from. it’s an important life skill.

  • Patrick

    Blocking you right to know… The Obama Way. “In an effort to balance this violation of our basic rights, I am urging you as President to issue an Executive Order to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, something that you promised farmers while on the campaign trail in 2007. It is urgent that the U.S. government rectify the 20 year old politically engineered loophole and allow for open and transparent labeling of genetically engineered foods,” the letter continues, “a basic right that citizens in 62 others countries already enjoy.”

    • Patrick

      Blocking you right to know… The Obama Way. “In an effort to balance this violation of our basic rights, I am urging you as President to issue an Executive Order to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, something that you promised farmers while on the campaign trail in 2007. It is urgent that the U.S. government rectify the 20 year old politically engineered loophole and allow for open and transparent labeling of genetically engineered foods,” the letter continues, “a basic right that citizens in 62 others countries already enjoy.”
      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/critics-slam-obama-for-protecting-monsanto/

  • TooMuchAlready

    Yea it’s got to be a joke. A respectable company like Monsanto wouldn’t do business with a dumb ass bitch like Moochelle.

  • Deb Furlin

    People…THIS IS A SATIRE SITE! This is a satirical article. NOT TRUE!!!!

    • bless us all

      thank you for highlighting this along with the gentleman’s comment above…i will be aware next time when i see this site’s postings anywhere else. did not know this of this site.

  • alicia previn

    No No No! The Bees are dying because of Monsanto and Bayer and without them there ARE no fruits and vegetables ! Savethebees# https://soundcloud.com/alicia-previn/give-bees-a-chance

  • alicia previn

    listen and learn the song that will help inform everyone https://soundcloud.com/alicia-previn/give-bees-a-chance

  • Akiko Bharoocha

    :(

  • Kenneth H Ransome jr

    I am disappointed in Michelle Obama!

  • Paul Janes-Brown

    This is NOT TRUE! Read this story from the Arizona Republic … “I admit I’m a gambler. But this is just easy money.

    The Drudge Report this morning (Friday) posted thisstory about First Lady Michelle Obama “partnering” with the Monsanto Corp. to “promote nutritional foods for kids.”

    According to the news-like report at the DailyLeak.org, the agro-chemical company “will spend $50 million over five years on a campaign to market ‘healthy’ genetically modified food to children,” something that Ms. Obama supposedly believes will “improve how we make and sell food in this country.”

    There are real-life journalism reasons that explain plainly why this story is a fake. I won’t bore you with a lot of them, but the big ones are that wire services would have jumped all over such an insanely newsy item were it true, and they haven’t. The White House would have sent out a press release about it, and it hasn’t.

    But, really, let’s cut to the chase on this story: It was written by some clever fellow to drive insane those people who believe the manufacture of genetically modified foods is the greatest corporate conspiracy ever devised. For those of you uninitiated into American food wars, the American Left (and a fair number of apolitical natural-food advocates) despises Monsanto for its involvement in GMO foods. I…mean… despises.

    Just the idea that natural-food maven and Hero of the Busybody Left Michelle Obama might accidentally acknowledge that Monsanto may be directed by sentient human-like beings would make her fans’ heads spin into outer space. The idea of her “partnering” with them to promote GMO foods is so crazy that only a Liberal might believe it.

    Ergo, the now-removed Drudge link to the DailyLeak.org story. Somebody clearly thought it would be a good Friday for yanking the natural-food chain. And, from thecredulous responses, it appears somebody was right.

    The White House has not yet knocked down this ridiculous spoof. Perhaps they consider it beneath them. I think they’re right.

    But I am certain it will be knocked down. Every bit as certain as I was about this future Triple Crown winner.”

    • bless us all

      thank you for taking the time to write this; answered all the questions i had after i saw–or rather didn’t see… the article it was blocked for me–on drudge.
      if anything it was worth the mention to bring out this issue on the” food war” and is more intense than i [and others?]are aware..

  • lostforsolution

    bull shit. they are dealing poison

  • Mother of 2

    Although this is satirical, it is not something that wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it was true. I am against any food company that fights to keep it’s ingredients off of labels and Monsanto has certainly done that in the past. I will not touch anything genetically modified nor allow my kids to.

  • Leslie Schneider

    everything monsanto does is about money. Gates Foundation also has bought into this. They will be supplying gmo seeds to Africa to solve the food crisis there. How stupid can educated people be?

  • awakeawareomshanti

    Mike is Satan. pass it on. i am not standing for this.

  • blueeyedsong

    Sometimes, becoming a friend of your enemy can accomplish more than fighting your enemy!

  • Hilary
    • Sterling Headset

      Quoting the Dailykos as a source of real information? It’s on par with the Dailyleak as far as reliability. Nice haircut.

  • rj74210

    It’s a hoax, people.

  • ModerateMartin

    OK a satirical paper says satirical stuff. Right?

  • Lydia R. Dougherty

    “Obama announced her intentions in front of crates of fresh produce on
    Thursday. “When I see a company like Monsanto launch an initiative like
    this, I feel more hopeful than ever before,” said the First Lady. “We
    can improve how we make and sell food in this country.”
    We do not ‘make’ food – we GROW food – at least, our farmers did before Monsanto and other monster agricultural firms destroyed the family farmer, and before they discovered that controlling the seed increases profits. Every other country has banned GMO foods as unhealthy, because it alters the human genetic at the DNA level. We fed our entire country before Monsanto decided to play god and ruin natural food production. It’s time our farms were placed back in the hands of those that have a true vested interest in the best NATURAL product – the REAL family farmer.

  • Justin Biebers Colon

    It’s on the internet, it MUST be true.

  • Chelsea Eiben

    Ewe. Does anyone know that Monsanto doesn’t even EAT THEIR OWN “FOOD”!? http://boards.dailymail.co.uk/news-board-moderated/10251615-why-does-monsantos-staff-demand-organic-their-canteen.html

  • Juls

    time for a revolution!

  • Karen Hicks McLendon

    Are you kidding me? Really, this just went all over me….Monsanto is responsible for alot of problems our children are suffering from and they are going to help feed our kids right….Really???? Monsanto is a kid killer and Michelle Obama is a shemale….need any more truths????

  • Amy jones

    Does Michelle feed this GMO garbage to her kids? Hell no! But she sure wants to feed it to ours!

  • Ellie Clinton Issa

    This is satire. That’s what they do at dailyleak.com

  • RileyS59

    While this might be a faked story, there is some basis for it: the Monsanto Protection Act. http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/mpa.asp

  • Katie Wiberg
  • Gill Nijs

    OMG what an ignorant lady, or maybe not, wonder how her bankaccount looks like.

  • Gershon Wolf

    Monsanto =DEATH to the earth