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How the Monsanto Protection Act Snuck Into Law

A provison that protects the biotech giant from litigation passed Congress without many members knowing about it.

BY NATASHA LENNARD

Slipped into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill, which passed through Congress last week, was a small provision that’s a big deal for Monsanto and its opponents. The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks and has thus been dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by activists who oppose the biotech giant. President Barack Obama signed the spending bill, including the provision, into law on Tuesday

Since the act’s passing, more than 250,000 people have signed a petition opposing the provision and a rally, consisting largely of farmers organized by the Food Democracy Now network, protested outside the White House Wednesday. Not only has anger been directed at the Monsanto Protection Act’s content, but the way in which the provision was passed through Congress without appropriate review by the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees. The biotech rider instead was introduced anonymously as the larger bill progressed — little wonder food activists are accusing lobbyists and Congress members of backroom dealings.

The Food Democracy Now and the Center for Food are directing blame at the Senate Appropriations Committee and its chairman, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. According to reports, many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the “Monsanto Protection Act” even existed within the spending bill, HR 933; they voted in order to avert a government shutdown.

“It sets a terrible precedent,” noted the International Business Times. “Though it will only remain in effect for six months until the government finds another way to fund its operations, the message it sends is that corporations can get around consumer safety protections if they get Congress on their side. Furthermore, it sets a precedent that suggests that court challenges are a privilege, not a right."

by Anonymousreply 904/06/2013

ALERT!

by Anonymousreply 104/04/2013

Jon Stewart called them all out on that last night. Tester (Montana Senator) brought it to everyone's attention on the Senate floor in mid-March. No one didn't know it was in there.

by Anonymousreply 304/04/2013

Snopes has this to say:

by Anonymousreply 404/04/2013

This is a Call to Action for a Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere

Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world's food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. This site is dedicated to empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & it's enablers like the FDA, USDA, EPA, GMA, BIO, and the processed food companies that use Monsanto's products without honest food labels.

We are going to have an Eat-In at the FDA's Center for Food Safety And Applied Nutrition on Monday, April 8, 2013. Come join us for a picnic protest as we demand the FDA require GMO labeling in America!

by Anonymousreply 504/04/2013

Monsanto is evil.

by Anonymousreply 604/06/2013

Why should I care what "Snopes" has to say? Who is Snopes?

by Anonymousreply 704/06/2013

Senator Roy Blunt wrote the "Monsanto Protection Act."

Between 2008 and 2012 Monsanto and Agri-Pacs gave Blunt $524,500.

I liked it better when bribes came in paper bags.

by Anonymousreply 804/06/2013

R7 are you stupid or just a moron?

by Anonymousreply 904/06/2013
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