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GOP Snuck in Monsanto Bill into Defund Obamacare
4 years ago


House Republicans vote to extend 'Monsanto Protection Act' in spending bill that would gut ‘Obamacare’ A three month extension of the controversial Farmer Assurance Provision that critics say circumvents court authority to stop the planting and cultivation of GMO crops was passed in the US House of Representatives on Friday. By David Knowles/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, September 20, 2013, 4:46 PM

	People carry signs during a protest against Monsanto in Montpelier, Vt. on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Marches and rallies against seed giant Monsanto were held across the U.S. and in dozens of other countries Saturday. Protesters say they want to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it. Monsanto Co., based in St. Louis, said Saturday its seeds improve agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving resources such as water and energy. (AP Photo/Mark Collier)
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In May, shortly after Congress passed the original Farmer Assurance Provision, thousands of protesters participated in demonstrations dubbed the "March Against Monsanto." House Republicans passed an extension of the provision on Friday.

Tucked into the GOP’s latest bid to gut the Affordable Care Act, the House passed a three-month extension on Friday of the Farmer Assurance Provision rider that circumvents judicial authority regarding the sale and planting of genetically modified crops.

Dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by foes of the provision that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March, the legislation states that the United States Department of Agriculture will have final say over whether GMO crops can be planted and sold, rather than the courts, and shields companies like Monsanto and Dow Chemical from certain lawsuits.


Opponents of the provision blasted House Republicans for continuing to support what they see as an industry giveaway.

“It is truly disappointing that the House Republicans continue to push forward this overreaching and damaging corporate earmark,” Colin O’Neil, director of government affairs for Center for Food Safety, said in a statement.

In the Senate, the rider is staunchly opposed Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), while championed by Roy Blount (R-Mo.).


Now that the provision has been attached to H.J. Res 59, its chances of passing in the current bill are close to zero, lest Senate Democrats make the surprise move of torpedoing the president’s healthcare law.

Still, the lingering presence of the “Monsanto Protection Act,” which is set to expire on Sept. 30, has anti-GMO activists on edge.

“The American people deserve better than dirty politics, yet the Republican leadership continues to side with the agrichemical companies that the rider seeks to protect,” O’Neil said.

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This post was modified from its original form on 23 Sep, 11:19
4 years ago

GREAT, GMO foods are getting okayed by Washington D.C.


I want to know what is genetically modified foods in my shopping cart!


I don't want to be in the dark when I go shopping and have a choice.

More shady deals with these buffoons and Monsanto is unacceptable.

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