Senate Decides to Let Monsanto Protection Act Die

Genetically modified organisms have permeated our food supply without a single thought for how they affect our health or the environment.

For those fighting back against the bottomless pockets of the biotech industry, it often feels like there’s no way to overcome powerful companies like Monsanto, but today, a small victory has been won.

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the U.S. Senate will allow the greatly controversial “Monsanto Protection Act” to expire. Unlike their counterparts in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, who just days ago voted to extend the Act, legislative leaders in the Senate “will propose an end to a budget provision that protects genetically-modified seeds from litigation despite possible health risks,” reports RT.com.

In plain English, the Monsanto Protection Act would have made it impossible to hold biotech companies legally responsible, even if it’s scientifically proven that their products are dangerous for human consumption.

The biotech rider ”could override any court-mandated caution and could instead allow continued planting. Further, it forces USDA to approve permits for such continued planting immediately, putting industry completely in charge by allowing for a ‘back door approval’ mechanism,” the Center for Food Safety said earlier this month upon news the House was reviving the measure.

Thankfully, the massive public outcry against the Monsanto Protection Act seems to have penetrated the ears of the Senate, and it will kill the rider, officially titled the Farmer Assurance Provision under Sec. 735 of the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill.

“This is a victory for all those who think special interests shouldn’t get special deals,” said Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, in a statement. ”This secret rider, which was slipped into a must-pass spending bill earlier this year, instructed the Secretary of Agriculture to allow GMO crops to be cultivated and sold even when our courts had found they posed a potential risk to farmers of nearby crops, the environment, and human health. I applaud the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have worked hard to end this diabolical provision.”

As InfoWars reports, “It was last March that Obama signed the initial Senate spending bill into law, subsequently bringing the Monsanto Protection Act rider into legal validity as well. But the rider only extended until September 30th of this year.”

Assuming the Senate follows through on its proposal, the Monsanto Protection Act will take its last breath in just a few short days.

Image: Donna Cleaveland

187 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven6 months ago

thanks for the article.

Sen Senz
Sayenne H.1 years ago

Win!

Ans Weevers
Ans Weevers1 years ago

Monsanto get out of our planet

George Markopoulos

close this deadly company once and forever. I had a question. What do the Monsanto Monsanto Employees eat? I found this http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/02/11/monsanto-employees-dont-even-eat-gmos/ . But still I have one more question. What will they eat if some day there is no healthy food at all.?

June Tinney
June Tinney3 years ago

Hooray!!! Finally!!! It's really too bad that big business is allowed to do anything they want, no matter who gets hurt, as long as they can make a buck. The almighty dollar is God to these people.

Caili W.
A. Cailia W.3 years ago

I was quite pleased to see this act expire. Let's hope it is never quietly slipped into another piece of legislation at the last minute again.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Vrishni S.
Vrishni S.3 years ago

That's good news.

HELEN V.
Star S.3 years ago

at last. I only hope that these wily devils (Monsanto) don't find another way to get what they want. We must ve vigilant and keep the pressure up. Unfortunately, this is an ongoing war, and we have only won one battle. These guys will never stop trying. I am afraid it will be difficult to get them to compromise and find middle ground.