Congress Passes “Monsanto Rider”, Pushing Genetically Modified Foods Onto Our Plates

 Do We Have a Right to Know If Our Food Has Been Genetically Modified?Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com.

… And Stripping Courts of Power

We warned a little more than a week ago that Congress was poised to pass a bill that would make it more likely that genetically modified food ends up on your plate … and destroys the separation of powers.

Congress has – in fact – passed the bill … and Obama has signed it into law.  Some have petitioned Obama to

People are understandably furious that Congress and Obama have sold us out … and the congress critters responsible for passing the bill are scrambling to make excuses.

The International Business Times notes:

1.) The “Monsanto Protection Act” effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future.

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[GMO food has never been subjected to any real government or private safety studies.] Now it appears that even if those studies are completed and they end up revealing severe adverse health effects related to the consumption of genetically modified foods, the courts will have no ability to stop the spread of the seeds and the crops they bear. [Genetically engineered foods have, in fact, already been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases (brief, must-watch videos here and here).]

2.) The provision’s language was apparently written in collusion with Monsanto. Lawmakers and companies working together to craft legislation is by no means a rare occurrence in this day and age. But the fact that Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, actually worked with Monsanto on a provision that in effect allows them to keep selling seeds, which can then go on to be planted, even if it is found to be harmful to consumers, is stunning. It’s just another example of corporations bending Congress to their will, and it’s one that could have dire risks for public health in America.

3.) Many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the “Monsanto Protection Act” even existed within the bill they were voting on. HR 933 was a spending bill aimed at averting a government shutdown and ensuring that the federal government would continue to be able to pay its bills. But the Center for Food Safety maintains that many Democrats in Congress were not even aware that the provision was in the legislation:

“In this hidden backroom deal, Sen. [Barbara] Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement. “This abuse of power is not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Sen. Mikulski or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.”

4.) The President did nothing to stop it, either. On Tuesday, Obama signed HR 933 while the rest of the nation was fixated on gay marriage, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument concerning California’s Proposition 8. But just because most of the nation and the media were paying attention to gay marriage doesn’t mean that others were not doing their best to express their opposition to the “Monsanto Protection Act.” In fact, more than 250,000 voters signed a petition opposing the provision. And Food Democracy Now protesters even took their fight straight to Obama, protesting in front of the White House against Section 735 of the bill. He signed it anyway.

5.) It sets a terrible precedent. Though it will only remain in effect for six months until the government finds another way to fund its operations, the message it sends is that corporations can get around consumer safety protections if they get Congress on their side. Furthermore, it sets a precedent that suggests that court challenges are a privilege, not a right.

“I think any time you tweak with the ability of the public to seek redress from the courts, you create a huge risk,” Seattle attorney Bill Marler — who has represented victims of foodborne illness in successful lawsuits against corporations [said.]

New York Daily News asks:

Who’s more powerful, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified crops or the U.S. government?

But that’s not the right question.

The right question is how destructive will the malignant, symbiotic relationship between big government and big corporations be to we the people?

Given the way that things are playing out with regard to the the Cyprus grab of bank deposits, the horse meat (and now dog meat) scandals, Fukushima and the BP oil spill, and various other scandals, the answer is very far indeed.

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  • nveric

    “Many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the “Monsanto
    Protection Act” even existed within the bill they were voting on.”

    ( Here I go again )

    Lack of proper representation in the House makes reading these bills impossible, therefore, We the People demand more representatives in the House. Instead of 435, please add 6,000 more. Then there will a proper amount as to enable reading the bills BEFORE voting on them, and an ability to understand after reading will be the next issue to address.

    http://www.thirty-thousand.org/

    • gozounlimited

      So…..ignorant Washington Oligarchs and Congresspersons will eat the poison while the educated….enlightened (who avoid the poison) watch them die like rats…… Gods natural selection

  • ToNYC_EWR

    “By His Own Rules” by Bradley Graham, longtime Washington Post reporter lays out the facts how Don Rumsfeld, “Chemistry was not his thing” – Joyce Rumsfeld) was the key man behind chemical ingredient food like aspartame which was written into the Orphan Drug Act of 1982 when he was CEO of Searle which he sold to Monsanto in March 1985 holding them up for a blank check at the close! That we speak of the Monsanto Protection Act of 2013 is a testament to his lasting business of unnatural selection. Genesis 1:29 is still working and self-regulating without paying the Terminator gene manufacturer.

  • amerikagulag

    Monsanto is Rothschild-owned. Speaks volumes as to who the Congress and the president really serve.

  • Colleen
  • BlastTyrant

    and all of this under the cover of the gay Marriage banner again, distract america and do as you please.

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