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Monday, May 20, 2013

"End the Dictatorship": A Call to Repeal Monsanto "Giveaway"

"In an email to supporters on Sunday, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced his proposed amendment to the upcoming farm bill which would effectively eliminate the Act: 'It's one of the most outrageous special interest provisions in years. Written anonymously, the Monsanto Protection Act allows corporations to sell genetically-modified (GM) seeds even when federal courts have blocked them from doing so. Think about that: We have a process for making sure that genetically-modified seeds aren’t sold, planted and grown until we know that they don’t pose a threat to other crops or to humans.
The Monsanto Protection Act overrides that process. It lets Monsanto and others ignore a court order designed to protect other farmers, the environment, and human health. That's just wrong. And even worse, the Monsanto Protection Act was passed in secret, stuffed quietly into the budget bill that averted a government shutdown. That's why I've proposed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would repeal the Monsanto Protection Act. Please join me - and demand a vote in the U.S. Senate that would end this outrageous special interest override of judicial decisions."