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Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:31 AM

 

New bill could make biotech companies immune to federal courts

New bill could make biotech companies immune to federal courts

By Anne Sewell
Jul 11, 2012 -

An amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill would not just allow, but would require the Secretary of Agriculture to grant permits for planting of GM crops, even if a federal court has given an injunction against it.
In a move that would allow Monsanto and other biotech companies to do whatever they want, if this amendment is passed issues like damage to farmers or consumers, court orders, crop contamination or U.S. Department of Agriculture studies will all fall by the wayside.

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Calling it the "Monsanto Protection Act", Food Democracy Now says it would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment. In the meanwhile it would also "open the floodgates" for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, which would endanger farmers, consumers and also the environment.
Representative Peter DeFazio, who is a supporter of labeling of GMO products, has been attempting to push through an amendment which would kill this dangerous rider. With the support of organizations like Organic Consumers Associations, Center for Food Safety and others, their warnings are circulating on the Internet, gathering attention and support, but people are asking if this be enough to do the job.
The Center for Food Safety claimed in a recent statement that, "Ceding broad and unprecedented powers to industry, the rider poses a direct threat to the authority of U.S. courts, jettisons the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) established oversight powers on key agriculture issues and puts the nation's farmers and food supply at risk."


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Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/article/328317#ixzz20NZhEKN9

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Huey P. Long Jul 2012 OP
lunasun Jul 2012 #1
pnwmom Jul 2012 #2
hootinholler Jul 2012 #3
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Response to Huey P. Long (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:55 AM

1. Everything is a cave in nowadays here so IMO the best we can hope for is forced labeling so

individuals can avoid it if they choose that is it

With the enviroment and indep farmers already pretty much Monsanto can already do what they want in USA.

Really what federal entities are doing anything to stop Monsanto or review it's impact??

The best we have going is the labeling IMO

Other countries have refused Monsanto or at the least have all GMO food sold labeled as such but not here
sad
Starting with Vilsak,President Obama has taken his team of Food and Farming leaders directly from the biotech companies and their already established hacks so that is who is in power now

http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm
millionsagainstmonsanto

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Response to Huey P. Long (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 03:32 AM

2. This is reprehensible. n/t

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Response to Huey P. Long (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:01 PM

3. I'm hoping we can get this story some traction

It's been posted several times and seems to wither, so here's a kick.

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:07 PM

4. Much obliged, but I also believe (as others) that this sort of thing will be in the TPP as wel. -eom

 

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