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‘Monsanto Protection Act’: it is in The HR933 spending Bill


President Obama signed a spending bill, HR933, into law on last Tuesday. HR 933 was a spending bill aimed at averting a government shutdown and ensuring that the federal government would continue to be able to pay its bills. However, under the Farmer Assurance Provision- Section 735 of the spending Bill, ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ is added, the food and consumer advocates and organic farmers are not in favor of what is put into the Bill.

There are important points in the provision are:

1/ ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ prevent the Federal Court to shut down GMO (Genetically modified organism) or GE (Genetically Engineered) seeds operation.

2/ Even if it is found to be harmful to consumers, Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, actually worked with Monsanto on a provision that in effect allows them to keep selling seeds, which can then go on to be planted

3/ “In this hidden backroom deal, Sen. [Barbara] Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement.

4/ While the Media are focusing on gay marriage, the Bill was passed and signed by President Obama.

5/Disregard we have more than 250,000 voters signed a petition opposing the provision, it won’t stop the Bill moving forward.

Though the Bill lasts for six months, it may find its way to extend the operation. The big bio company is buying time to work into the system and politician may generate more campaign money. It is a win win situation for them, but the consumer loss big time.


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