Thursday, March 14, 2013

Please Help! Monsanto Manipulates Mikulski

Food Democracy Now reports: "Once again Monsanto is working behind closed doors to corrupt our basic democratic rights to give a blank check for the approval of their new GMO crops.
This week, Senator Mikulski (D-MD) has introduced an outrageous rider giving a blank check to Monsanto and other corporations to plant illegal genetically engineered crops and it could be voted on tomorrow!

This dangerous rider was not included in the House-passed CR, and we are extremely disappointed to see that Senator Mikulski has included it in the Senate version.

Thanks to our pressure Senator Tester has introduced an amendment (#74), co-sponsored by Senators Boxer, Gillibrand, and Leahy, to strike the rider from the Continuing Resolution!

Click here to help stop the Monsanto Protection Act in its tracks!
Late Monday night, biotech lobbyists succeeded in slipping the dangerous biotech rider (Sec. 735) into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill in an effort to strip federal courts of their authority to halt the sale and planting of any illegal, potentially hazardous GMO crop.

If approved, the Monsanto Protection Act would force the USDA to allow continued planting of any GMO crop under court review, essentially giving backdoor approval for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health or the environment.
Clearly Monsanto and the biotech industry are getting desperate and want to try an end run around a growing movement of farmers and citizens who are rejecting their products and calling for GMO labeling in an effort to make sure their new GMO crops can evade any serious scientific or regulatory review."

Yes, please click that link, Gentle Readers. I added to the form letter FDN provides that organic (True Green) farms need protection from genetically modified organisms; you're encouraged to share your thoughts along this line.