Monday, July 9, 2012

'Monsanto Rider' Slipped Into 2013 Ag Bill

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Biotech) wants to kill us all. Actually this bought-and-paid-for congressman for the biotech industry just wants us... and the courts and the USDA... to be rendered incapable of saving ourselves from pretty much anything Monsanto or any other biotech firm wants farmers to plant. Here's Alexis Baden-Mayer at TruthOut:

A so-called "Monsanto rider," quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural 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 is completed. 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.

Unless the Senate or a citizen's army of farmers and consumers can stop them, the House of Representatives is likely to ram this dangerous rider through any day now.

If you like your frankenfood with components you were never engineered to digest, let this pass. Otherwise, sign one of the petitions listed in Ms. Baden-Mayer's post.

(H/T SouthernDragon at FDL.)

UPDATE: all the action links in the FDL article are scrambled. Try these: Organic Consumers Association, Center for Food Safety, FoodDemocracyNow!, the Alliance for Natural Health USA.

1 comment:

  1. One imagines that, at the end of times, Monsanto freaks will join cockroaches as the last survivors.



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