Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act

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Unless you've been locked up in a bomb shelter, hiding out for the past few years, it's fairly apparent: our government has turned into a shit show. Rather than do things, like, govern our elected Representatives have been too busy bickering over one thing after another.

Well, there is some good news: Congress finally agreed to pays the government's bills and keep running. Yesterday, the President signed off on the Continuing Resolution Act. The bad news: it contained the "Monsanto Protection Act," a legislative rider sneakily inserted into the bill.

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After it making its way through Congress late last week, the President signed the Continuing Resolution Act, the bill put together to keep the government running until the end of the fiscal year. The bill left the sequester's $85 billion in budget cuts in place, but it has attempted to ease the impact of cuts to food inspection and other items.

Sounds great, right? Well, as Congress so frequently does, an unrelated rider was snuck into the bill. Referred to as the Farmer Assurance Provision, Section 735, slipped its way into the Continuing Resolution. This section of the bill requires the USDA to approve the use of GMO seed, even if environmental studies were ruled inadequate by a court. Basically, Monsanto and other biotech companies can now do whatever the heck they damn well please without any government oversight--even if human health and environmental concerns are an issue.

Hey, we're glad the government has agreed to keep running, but the passage of this bill and some of its riders highlights some serious concerns with the US legislative process. Why should a controversial bill aimed at keeping the government financially afloat contain sections intended to disempower the US legal system? Let's be honest: the Continuing Resolution had to pass.

With 90% of the US population supporting mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, its fairly obvious that the populous does not support these products. Could the underhanded insertion of section 735 to the budget bill be considered a breach of democracy? We think so. And unfortunately, that's now just the way it is.



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christie.craig
christie.craig

Write Obama, write you congressman, post to Facebook, and remember American's real voting power is through our wallets. It's amazing, but most people are unaware of what we think is obvious. Share in kind way information with people who just don't know. 

natswrd
natswrd

Monsantos is a snake in the grass.  They can't be trusted.  Did you know the DNA in the GMO foods is being taken up by the bacteria in our guts and mutating.  No wonder animals become barren eating GMO corn.  I can just imagine what it's doing to us?  I wonder if Obama will feed his family GMO foods he just signed to protect.

natswrd
natswrd

Monsantos is a snake in the grass.  They can't be trusted.  Did you know the DNA in the GMO foods is being taken up by the bacteria in our guts and mutating.  No wonder animals become barren eating GMO corn.  I can just imagine what it's doing to us?  I wonder if Obama will feed his family GMO foods he just signed to protect.

kilonsky15
kilonsky15

As much as I, would like to take, ANY of this into, account, I can't because the author, failed to even, use correct punctuation. So, unfortunately, no.

mikemoskos
mikemoskos

I wish you would have included the votes of the Florida Senators and local representatives too. 

davedixter
davedixter

In Forestville, CA in 2005 the conversation about Monsanto was about the cross pollination occurring between small farms and the Monsanto giants.  And, how is the Delta Smelt treating California's Central Valley these days?  The small farmer is a dying breed with apparently no "Hope" for them, just "Change".

Masticator
Masticator

Again please explain, in logical terms, why genetically modified crops are bad for us again? Last time I checked organic heirloom tomatoes qualify as a GMO...

tristessa88
tristessa88

Thank you Clean Plate Charlie!  Shame. Sneaking the Monsanto Rider into the bill!  Our Pres., Sec'y of Ag., Head of the FDA, all in bed with The Big Biotech Bullies using money and corporate influence over people/farmers rights and health. *We need to push back hard!*  Since about 90% of all grocery items have some form of GMO ingredient. Why give your hard earned money to the major mainstream brands that are sickening this country?  It's easy, support your local farmers now more than ever, and your Mom & Pop Organics. Get involved!

saraventiera
saraventiera

@MasticatorHeirloom vegetables are produced from seeds that have been passed by farmers or gardeners that have preserved a specific varietal. Hybrid tomatoes do qualify as GMO, as certain traits have been bred into them. There are many concerns about genetically modified crops ranging from possible negative environmental impact to human health. The biggest problem is lack of long term studies pertaining to safety. However, there was a long term peer-reviwed study, conducted in France, on rats that had been fed a diet of GMOs. The study concluded that the rats fed the GMO diet had much higher incidences of tumors and cancers. For most people, the issue lies in the lack of certainty.

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