STOP THE NEW BIOTECH PROTECTION ACT
The Monsanto Protection Act that got folks in an uproar about six months ago is set to expire shortly, however, you know the drill. Our fellow patriotic American politicians, the best money can buy, have already included the same bill in another spending budget up for passage, extending the Monsanto Protection Act another three months.
Of course the ploy is to keep popping this up until folks forget, wear down, or citizens take back the government from the corporations that now own it.
This past March, Monsanto succeeded in sneaking the controversial rider into a must pass spending bill, which is now set to expire on September 30th. Roll Call reported this week that House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, (R-KY) has introduced the short-term Continuing Resolution, with the exact same language as last time, which could be voted on as early as next week. With the new continuing resolution, the Monsanto Protection Act would be extended for 3 additional months!
The Monsanto Protection Act undermines the basic concept of judicial review and 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 pose to family farmers.
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.
So it’s back to making a presence again in Obama’s court. Use this link to make your voice heard against the MPA.
At the same time, Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) and others are working to introduce a language that would make it illegal for states to pass laws to label GMOs by preempting state's rights and forcing the issue to be decided at the federal level.
After you sign the petition, call Your Congressperson in the next 24 hours. If you can't reach your Congressperson by entering your information below, please call the Congressional switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Here is the script [improvise if you are talking to the switchboard]
Dear Member of Congress,
I am writing to urge you to strike the Monsanto Protection Act, otherwise known as Section 735, currently included in the Continuing Resolution's spending bill (H.J.RES.59).
Though wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, this provision is simply an industry ploy to continue to sell genetically engineered (GE) seeds even when a court of law has found they were approved by USDA illegally. It is unnecessary and an unprecedented attack on U.S. judicial review. Congress should not be meddling with the judicial review process based solely on the special interest of a handful of companies.
I am urging you to vote No on the Continuing Resolution because it contains Section 735, AKA the Monsanto Protection Act, and vote against any bill or provision that would eliminate state's rights to label genetically engineered foods. This past March, Americans were outraged when Congress passed the “farmer assurance provision”, Section 735 in HR 933 and now Congress is considering passing it again in the current continuing resolution spending bill.
It's important that as Congress consider the financial health of our nation that the Monsanto and the biotech industry are not allowed to undermine our basic democratic rights and the concept of judicial review.
As your constituent, I believe it's important that our elected officials support more oversight of the agricultural biotech industry, not less. It's important to me and my family what we eat every day, and biotech lobbyists shouldn't be allowed to corrupt the review process for new biotech crops.
I support more openness and transparency in food labeling and government!
Last spring when the initial Monsanto Protection Act was exposed to the world more than 300,000 of us stood up and demanded an end to the special interests handouts to Monsanto and the biotech seed and chemical giants.
Right now, we are once again calling on you and your friends and family to stand with us again to help expose this corruption of our basic democratic process once again!
Monsanto’s days are numbered and they know it! This year, you helped passed GMO labeling bills in Connecticut and Maine and right now we’re working hard with our allies to help win a citizen led ballot initiative in Washington State that would mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Unfortunately, Monsanto, DuPont and the largest junk food companies in the world are determined to try to steal our basic democratic rights to protect their corrupt corporate profits. Just this week Monsanto dumped $4.5 million to defeat our efforts to win Yes on 522 and GMO labeling in Washington State while DuPont dropped $3.4 million. These are identical to the No on 37 campaign amounts done in derailing California’s bid to collar GMOs.
Right now is the critical window where we need to stand together to stop Monsanto and these corrupt corporations from trying to betray our basic democratic rights once again. The enemies of safe access are the same enemies of Occupy and the same enemies of GMO labeling and the same people who mandate fluoridation of the country’s water companies.
The is only One cause and One Love, and One Together We Stand!