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Gucciardi reports: "It's a legislative weapon that could be passed as early as next week if we don't gather enough support to force our Senators to eliminate the section."

Genetically modified (GM) crops. (illustration: Melvyn Calderon/Greenpeace)
Genetically modified (GM) crops. (illustration: Melvyn Calderon/Greenpeace)


'Monsanto Protection Act' Gives Monsanto Power Over Government

By Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

14 March 13

 

here truly is no rest for the wicked, and Monsanto is at war once again against health conscious consumers with the latest 'Monsanto Protection Act', managing to sneak wording into the latest Senate legislation that would give them blanket immunity from any USDA action regarding the potential dangers of their genetically modified creations while under review. The USDA would be unable to act against any and all new GMO crops that were suspected to be wreaking havoc on either human health or the environment.

It's a legislative weapon that could be passed as early as next week if we don't gather enough support to force our Senators to eliminate the section. It all started in the late hours of Monday night, when lobbyists working for the Monsanto-fronted biotechnology industry managed to slide a 'rider' (through the deceptively worded Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill that is currently on the table of the Senate.

A massive petition to stop what has been labeled as the 'Monsanto Protection Act' has been launched by Food Democracy Now, detailing what could come if the legislation is signed into law within the coming days or weeks:

If approved, the Monsanto Protection Act would force the USDA to allow continued planting of any GMO crop under court review, essentially giving backdoor approval for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health or the environment.

Monsanto Protection Act Trumps US Government

Federal courts would be powerless to regulate the sale and even cultivation of illegal and dangerous GMO crops, succumbing instead to the power of the biotech industry and Monsanto. The same threat we faced last summer during the initial emergence of this act. During that time, we saw major groups assemble against the act, from national farm institutions to food safety titans. The Center for Food Safety, the National Family Farm Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists all came together to speak out against the incognito bombshell slipped into the 2012 Farm Bill and the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

And now Monsanto is back at it.

Thus, it is imperative that we peacefully kick Monsanto out of the Senate and back into the alleyways of Washington D.C., and let it be known that any politician who sides with Big Biotech will not be staying in the Senate for much longer.


 

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+10 # AMLLLLL 2013-03-14 20:28
I second that emotion! But I'm not sure about the 'peacefully' part....
 
 
+9 # robcarter.vn 2013-03-14 20:46
They and Sygenta etc are doing exactly the same in SR Vietnam with TPP, other legal tricks, and bribes to legislators.
 
 
+15 # PABLO DIABLO 2013-03-14 21:05
Evil never sleeps.
 
 
+20 # jlg 2013-03-14 23:03
Monsanto needs to understand that American citizens run this country, not their corporation, and most of us want their GMOs out of our land and off our plates.
 
 
+6 # tbcrawford 2013-03-15 08:48
Absolutely! BUT, each one of us must act as well; call, write, network to spread the word of this issue. Democracy was never sold as "easy".
 
 
+3 # Surflar 2013-03-16 17:33
The only people that want GMO's are our politicians any fool can see that GMO anything just isn't right or good for us in any way. Outlaw them please.
 
 
+5 # tref 2013-03-15 00:59
I used google.com to try to find the title or number of the bill that contains "section 735" and was unsuccessful. I DID get a lot of hits for sites ranting against "the Monsanto rider."

I despise what Monsanto et al did to the California GMO labeling bill and *IF* there is a rider that exempts Monsanto's new GMO seeds and animals from USDA review, LET ME SEE IT. I do not want to write my Congressional representatives spouting either right or left wing hysteria. I want to be able to quote the wording that is offensive and demand that it be removed.
 
 
+5 # morrisahearn 2013-03-15 05:25
I agree and just found this site with the necessary info:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9982
 
 
+10 # morrisahearn 2013-03-15 05:28
Senator Mikulski (D-MD) added the rider.
"Thanks to our pressure Senator Tester has introduced an amendment (#74), co-sponsored by Senators Boxer, Gillibrand, and Leahy, to strike the rider from the Continuing Resolution!.... Tell your Senators to support the Tester amendment (#74) to strike the biotech rider from the Continuing Resolution."
 
 
+1 # Lolanne 2013-03-15 06:27
Quoting tref:
I used google.com to try to find the title or number of the bill that contains "section 735" and was unsuccessful. I DID get a lot of hits for sites ranting against "the Monsanto rider."

I despise what Monsanto et al did to the California GMO labeling bill and *IF* there is a rider that exempts Monsanto's new GMO seeds and animals from USDA review, LET ME SEE IT. I do not want to write my Congressional representatives spouting either right or left wing hysteria. I want to be able to quote the wording that is offensive and demand that it be removed.


Check out http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Sign-On-Letter-Strike-the-Biotech-Industry-Assurance-Provision-6.19.12.pdf
Apparently this first surfaced in the House last summer, as mentioned in the last section of the above. It was, however, Section 733 then rather than 735.

This appears to be a legitimate concern; however, the link in the article goes to a letter addressed to "Dear REPRESENTATIVE" although it is in the SENATE now as the article indicates.

A further search turned up the correct link: http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_monsanto_protection_act_today_senate/?akid=769.395338.Yg-Are&rd=1&t=8

It is an appalling rider and we'd better ALL speak out loudly against it, so I've signed on.

RSN, please note: a little more research on articles you run would be very helpful.
 
 
+15 # James Klimaski 2013-03-15 04:06
Can't we learn the name of the Senator(s) who put this rider into the Bill? We need open government to extend to Congress.
 
 
0 # artouzel 2013-03-17 08:58
www.thomas.loc.org
beta.congress.gov
www.govtrack.us
www.opencongress.org/bill/all
 
 
+3 # Texas Aggie 2013-03-15 06:53
GM by itself is neither good nor bad. But when it is put to uses that ARE good or bad, then it needs to be looked at very carefully. On the good side are modifications that would add nitrogen fixation to nonlegume plants. On the very bad side are modifications that promote the use of herbicides. And this latter needs to be controlled even when it is done by nonGM methods as has been done in the case of canola.

Monsanto could be a benefit to the world's agriculture, but they have deliberately chosen to be detrimental and for that reason they need someone looking over their shoulder 24 hours a day. It's what happens when the bottom line becomes the sole source of motivation.

Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand were in large part responsible for this by claiming that stockholder value is the only criteria for measuring success of a company and that corporations had no responsibilitie s towards either their customers or their employees or their communities. Monsanto is the poster child for this philosophy and the destruction that results from it.
 
 
+6 # pbbrodie 2013-03-15 08:52
I'm sorry but I must strenuously disagree. I used to be a strong backer of GMO's but after learning about the extremely dangerous problems with the way it is currently done, I am adamantly opposed to anything but research into GMO.
The way the modifications are done today, splice much larger portions of the genetic coding than what is required to move the gene that is required for the modification. The problem is that they have no idea what the extra parts they are splicing are for and what they might be transferring, nothing at all or something extremely hazardous.
It just isn't exact enough. They are unable to cut out only the gene they need to transfer and wind up with portions at the beginning and end of the gene without knowing what effects these extraneous portions will have on the newly formed organism!
There are way too many unknowns for this to be allowed into our environment and especially without any strict controls over the entire procedure from start to finish.
 
 
+7 # lawrencegold 2013-03-15 09:35
Folks, Monsanto's ongoing actions are unethical and an example of ongoing unhealthy (abusive) capitalism. Sueing and bankrupting farmers whose lands are contaminated with Monsanto's (patented) GMO pollen; introducing GMO to our environment while seeking to undermine safety constraints ... They should be stopped, rebuked, and if necessary, taken down (effectively) (i.e, dismantled/brok en up).
 
 
+2 # Street Level 2013-03-15 18:05
Arborgen is trying to get clearance for GMO Eucalyptus trees and the USDA is accepting public comments.
Global Justice has a petition and more info on their website about it.
http://globaljusticeecology.org/stopgetrees.php?ID=636&tabs=2

If you haven't seen David Suzuki's "Silent Forest" on youtube, see it.
We simply can't have monocrop forests, devoid of life and sprayed with Roundup.
 
 
-1 # SOF 2013-03-16 01:49
This is legit. I've been posting about for months. The Farm bill was delayed before elections because Repubs objected to provisions for food stamps, etc- which was dealt with separately after elections.

Here is link for the 2013 Agricultural Appropriations Bill (aka the Farm Bill) Section 733 is near the end. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr5973/text

Amendment (#74), co-sponsored by Senators Tester, Boxer, Gillibrand, and Leahy, to strike the rider from the Continuing Resolution! http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9982
 
 
0 # artouzel 2013-03-17 08:47
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php

This is one of the best sites, if not the best, from the Library of Congress, regarding up to date bill information and live video feed of House and Senate action. It's called thomas as inspired by Thomas Jefferson and loc is Library of Congress. You can read the full texts of bills and who introduced them, and what stage they are at, including what is submitted to the President, and so on.
A search for "congress bills" and you'll find other relevant sites are listed.
 

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