Editor’s note: The following was sent to The Rock River Times via e-mail from Food Democracy Now!, a grassroots group of more than 350,000 members aimed at “building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.”
Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry are working behind closed doors to undermine your basic rights. This time they’ve gone too far! As your Senators debate the Continuing Resolution spending bill, biotech lobbyists have desperately snuck provisions into the spending bill to make sure their new GMO crops can evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.
Hidden under the guise of a “Farmer Assurance Provision” (Section 735), the provision strips the rights of federal courts to halt the sale and planting of genetically engineered crops during the legal appeals process.
In the past, legal advocates have successfully won in court the right to halt the sale and planting of unapproved GMO crops while the approval of those crops is under review by a federal judge. This dangerous new House provision, which we’re calling the Monsanto Protection Act, would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment.
Posted March 13, 2013