Monsanto’s terrifying power grab
There’s something rotten in the state of agriculture. And I’m not talking about produce that’s been left on the vine a little too long.
Monsanto…and what I see as an attempt to weasel out of taking any responsibility for its practices… that’s smelling up the place.
The biotech giant appears to have “called in some favors” because somehow they have managed to sneak in a “Monsanto rider,” burying it in the 90-page Agricultural Appropriations bill for the 2013 fiscal year.
When I say the rider would allow them to do more or less whatever they want, I’m not exaggerating. It gives Monsanto terrifying advantages when it comes to federal law. This “free ride” could allow them to rush genetically engineered crops into the food supply, without any review for health or safety, by creating deadlines for the USDA that would be difficult for them to meet.
Under the requirements of the rider, the Secretary of Agriculture would be required…yes, required…to grant a permit for cultivation of genetically engineered crops…even if a judge decides they were approved illegally.
This could mean that even if a federal court orders planting of such a crop should be halted until completion of an Environmental Impact Statement, the Secretary of Agriculture might have to still grant the permit. A farmer need only ask, and he’ll automatically get the go-ahead to unleash plantings that could contaminate other crops. And our food supply.
The rider essentially outlaws the review of any genetically engineered crop impact based on environmental policy, the Endangered Species Act, or any other environmental laws. And the only agency that would be required to analyze the crops would be the USDA.
Not that they would be given enough time to complete their analysis. And even if time weren’t a factor and they were able to compete the analysis considering the USDA’s love affair with the GMO crowd I don’t have much hope it would make a difference anyway.
It’s absolutely crazy, I know.
You’d think something like this would be struck down immediately. I mean this seems too far even for our antic-prone government. But the fact is we’re dangerously close to this passing. And if it does our food supply will be forever changed by one “hidden” line in a 90-page bill.
Numerous organizations are joining the fight to strike this rider from the bill. And they need all the help they can get. The vote on an amendment to kill the rider should be taking place this week, so there’s no time to lose.
The Organic Consumers Association has easy-to-use alerts that are updated regularly to reflect the latest call to action. Click here to access them. There are also numerous petitions making the rounds on the Internet.
Please, take the few moments necessary to add your voice to this critical fight. Our safety and freedom really do depend on our voices.
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“The ‘Monsanto Rider’: Are Biotech Companies About to Gain Immunity from Federal Law?” Organic Consumers Association (organicconsumers.org)
‘Monsanto Rider’: Biotech companies to gain immunity from Federal law on 2013 Ag Bill,” Food Freedom News (foodfreedomgroup.com)