"MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT" RENEWAL MAY BE DEAD ON ARRIVAL
September 26, 2013
(NATIONAL) -- Is the renewal of the so-called "Monsanto Protection Act" dead in the water due to angry citizens across the country standing up and saying no?
Possibly. That controversial legislative rider added by Monsanto supporters to the Agriculture Department budget last spring "will no longer be effective after Sept. 30 under a draft stopgap government funding bill being drafted by Senate Democrats," according to Politico.com.
This month the blogosphere and left-leaning news web sites have been on fire with outrage over the resurrection of the "Monsanto Protection Act" .
This is the rider in that agriculture bill passed by congress last March that gives, "The biotech juggernaut protection from any legal action, even when it comes to federal courts," as one left of center blogger called it.
The rider protects big U.S. biotech companies like Monsanto from being sued - even from the federal government - if their GMO (genetically modified) seeds turn out to be dangerous.
Critics call it an outrageous and unprecedented "get out of jail free" card that was a gift to Monsanto from politicians who rake in hefty campaign cointributions from the biotech industry.
The continuing resolution approved by the House last week would extend the rider without comment for the first months of the new fiscal year.
But according to Politico, "The Senate substitute, to be unveiled Wednesday, will explicitly go back and make clear that that Monsanto-backed provision will end this month.
“That provision will be gone,” Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) told Politico which noted the Center for Food Safety, a Washington-based non-profit, welcomed the decision as “a major victory for the food movement” and “sea change in a political climate that all too often allows corporate earmarks to slide through must-pass legislation.”
The Politico report is located here .
Background on this latest opposition to the act can be found here .