MONSANTO DEATH RIDER Means Total Immunity

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Monsanto Death Rider

Monsanto death rider.

Published  August 3, 2012

The MONSANTO Protection Act

Monsanto Protection Act’ to Grant Biotech Industry Total Immunity Over GM Crops.

Authored by Congressmen and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill rider, known as the “farmer assurance provision” (Section 733), specifically outlines that the Secretary of Agriculture will be required, upon request, to “immediately” grant temporary approval or deregulation of a GM crop, even if that crop’s safety is in question or under review.

In other words, if the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is strong-armed into approving a new GM crop that is later legally challenged in court (which is basically what happened for GM sugar beets and GM alfalfa), the Secretary of Agriculture, under the provisions of the Kingston rider, will be required to approve the cultivation and sale of that crop anyway, even if a higher court has already ordered a moratorium on that crop.

“A so-called ‘Monsanto rider,’ quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, would require – not just allow, but require – the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is completed,” wrote Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins in a recent piece for AlterNet.

“All the farmer or the biotech producer has to do is ask, and the questionable crops could be released into the environment where they could potentially contaminate conventional or organic crops and, ultimately, the nation’s food supply.”

 

Sign Petition to Congress to keep genetic engineering out of any food aid and agricultural research legislation:
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/t/5915/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1920

Research Links:

Monsanto Immunity?  US bill could make biotech companies immune to courts:
‘Monsanto Protection Act’ to grant biotech industry total immunity over GM Crops:
Monsanto connected to at least 200,000 suicides in India throughout past decade:
Monsanto Trumps Food Safety and Democracy Again:
What Genetically Modified Foods Do to Our Body:
65 Health Risks of GM Foods:
Huffington Post — Will congress Write Its Own Rules?:
Monsanto Starting to Reap What They Sow? Stock Decline:


 

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