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‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Sneaks Through Senate

On March 15 we posted a article on the Monsanto Protection Act’. You can view the post here, and the article here. Here is a update on this “biotech rider.”

monsanto-no-food-shall-be-grown-that-we-dont-own-03-21-2013Yahoo News: When the Senate passed a budget resolution Wednesday, the Continuing Resolution included several food- and agriculture-related earmarks.

But one inclusion in particular is especially controversial. The “biotech rider” would require the USDA to approve the harvest and sale of crops from genetically modified seed even if a court has ruled the environmental studies on the crop were inadequate. This aspect of the bill infuriated many sustainable food and agriculture groups, who nicknamed the bill the “Monsanto Protection Act.”

If signed into law by President Obama, here’s what the rider would do: It will allow farmers to plant, harvest and sell genetically engineered plants even if the crops have been ruled upon unfavorably in court. A Center for Food Safety statement called the rider “an unprecedented attack on U.S. judicial review of agency actions” and “ a major violation of the separation of powers.”

But perhaps more frightening, other critics say, is that the rider threatens the health and wellbeing of the public by undermining the federal courts’ ability to protect farmers and the environment from potentially hazardous genetically engineered (GE) crops.

The rider was slipped into the bill while it sat in the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski. According to the Center for Food Safety, the committee held no hearings on this controversial biotech rider and many Democrats were unaware of its presence in the larger bill.

“In this hidden backroom deal, Senator Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental, and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto,” Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement. “This abuse of power is not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Senator Mikulski or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.”

Food Democracy Now is calling on concerned citizens to call Congress and petition President Obama to remove Section 735 from the Continuing Resolution bill.

More than 100 of the nation’s top organizations and businesses have come out against this section of the bill, including the National Farmers Union, American Civil Liberties Union, Sierra Club, Environmental Working Group, Stonyfield Farm, Nature’s Path, Consumers Union, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and Public Citizen.

Read article here: http://news.yahoo.com/monsanto-protection-act-sneaks-spending-bill-180416331.html

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2 Comments on “‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Sneaks Through Senate”

  1. Dea March 28, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    This is a direct hit by Miikulski to help destroy the American farmers! Monsanto GMO’s have been proven to stop livestock from reproducing, thereby destroying the farmers in every country that they have tested these products in. They are so sneaky that they have used this woman to help them sneak this bill into another one and most Congressmen get so many bills across their desk that they do not read any of them or just skim over them, (vis: Obamacare). Call, write or wire your Congressmen now to stop this destruction by Monsanto! (Ignorantly we used to spray chemicals to kill insects and I mixed them, not knowing I was poisoning myself. I have had many health problems since then that are mysterious. When we found out what the underlying problems were, we stopped this business. Now I speak out for health and welfare of others.)

  2. Kerry Reynolds April 20, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    The FDA, Center for Disease Control and the Department of Agriculture attack Section 735 from the continuing Resolution Bill until such time it can be determined if it is safe for human consumption. Obama will not sign bill.

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