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Monsanto Protection Act

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In March 2013 the US House of Representatives passed an addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 that “includes a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.” This is commonly referred by critics to as The Monsanto Protection Act. Food Democracy Now says “this forces the USDA to allow the planting of untested GMO crops even if a federal court ruled that the USDA had not properly considered the environmental or economic risks these new crops posed to family farmers.” Here is Snopes take on the subject.

According to Food Democracy Now!, “the U.S. House of Representatives has decided to put forward the same language for the Continuing Resolution spending bill that contained the Monsanto Protection Act that Congress passed and President Obama signed into law last spring…If allowed to pass again, this new provision would undermine agency oversight and this dangerous provision could eventually become permanent, allowing Monsanto to succeed in stripping judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested GMO crops.”

FDN further states that “Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) is working behind the scenes to introduce a bill that would kill state GMO labeling efforts by preempting it with a bill that would place GMO labeling under federal authority, circumventing successful citizen led efforts in Maine and Connecticut and trying to invalidate the ballot initiative in Washington state before it even passes.”

Click here to make a call to Congress to tell them to vote no on the continuing resolution if it contains protections for Monsanto or undermines state’s rights to label genetically engineered foods!

Many of us feel that, Monsanto, DuPont and the largest junk food companies in the world are determined to try to steal our basic democratic rights to protect their corporate profits. Just this week Monsanto dumped $4.5 million to defeat Food Democracy Now’s efforts to win Yes on 522 and GMO labeling in Washington state while DuPont dropped $3.4 million.

What do you think about this?