SILENT PASSAGE FOR THE MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT
Temecula, CA – That’s right folks, you read the story titles correctly. Monsanto has taken over the US
“In the typical slippery nature of Monsanto’s legislation-based actions, the biotech giant is now virtually guaranteed the ability to recklessly plant experimental GM crops without having to worry about the United States government and its subsequent courts. The Monsanto Protection Act buried deep within the budget resolution has passed the Senate, and now nothing short of a presidential veto will put an end to the ruling.
In case you’re not familiar, the Monsanto Protection Act is the name given to what’s known as a legislative rider that was inserted into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill. Using the deceptive title of Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735 of this bill actually grants Monsanto the immunity from federal courts pending the review of any GM crop that is thought to be dangerous. Under the section, courts would be helpless to stop Monsanto from continuing to plant GM crops that are thought even by the US government to be a danger to health or the environment.
It is a lobbyist-created recurring nuisance that has been squashed in previous legislation thanks to outcry from not only grassroots but major organizations. Last time we saw 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 come out against the Monsanto Protection Act from the 2012 Farm Bill.
This time, the swift resistance was thought to be enough, however sadly the Republican Senate acted so quickly on this and entirely ignored the issue so that it has now passed despite thousands of petition signers against it. This bio-tech rider gives Monsanto the power of policing itself.
The old petition by Food Democracy Now detailed the effects of the bill:
“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.”
That said, a new petition exists telling Obama to veto the bill. The sad reality is that the bill is actually seen as a positive one by most politicians, which is why Monsanto lobbyists were so deceptive and slippery as to throw in their rider (the actual Monsanto Protection Act into the bill). This makes it very unappealing to veto the bill, but also we must remember that Obama actually promised to immediately label GMOs back in 2007 when running for President. [“Still waiting for that one, aren’t we, Brian?”]
The simple fact is that this bill will likely not be vetoed by Obama, and instead Monsanto will get what they wanted. That said this ushers in an entirely new era of activism. Monsanto has decided to push the envelope in a way that is unprecedented, fighting the US federal courts."
Hopefully expect to see almost immediate legal action that will certainly hit the headlines, leading to even more people to become aware of what’s really going on with this company and therefore their dinner.
Nowadays in order to truly have an intellectual revolt on a subject, more people need to see exactly what they are facing. With the truly blatant and downright arrogant Monsanto Protection Act, it should now be clearer than ever that United States citizens are now considered as [test tube] subjects purchased with their own fiat currency and the government has become a self-licking ice cream cone.