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‘Monsanto and Agribusiness companies have managed to insert two dangerous provisions into the Continuing Resolution (“CR”) that is about to be voted on by the U.S. Senate.
The first provision is the “Monsanto rider” we asked you to take action on last year. Although it was stripped out of the previous versions of the CR, now it’s back!
Though cloaked in “farmer-friendly” language, this “farmer assurance provision” is simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to plant genetically modified (GMO) crops . The provision undermines USDA’s oversight of GMO crops and interferes with the U.S. judicial review process. It is also completely unnecessary and offers “assurance” only to biotech companies like Monsanto, not farmers.
The second provision would prevent the USDA from taking action to address anti-competitive abuses by Agribusiness. Fraudulent, deceptive and anti-competitive practices by large corporations are rampant in the livestock and poultry industries. USDA needs to do more, not less, to stop the abuse – but the rider in the CR would tie the agency’s hands and strip farmers of the few protections that exist now.’
Their site has suggested language. The House version passed two weeks ago had no such amendment. It turned out that the ‘anonymous’ Senator who offered the amendment was Barbara Milkulski. (Thanks, Barbara.) I will say that the phrase ‘even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally‘ baffles me a given the history of all this, but that phrase is ubiquitous in coverage of this current flap.
Apparently Jon Tester and friends have offered an amendment to strip the offending amendment.
Action Alert – Support Tester Amendment 74
Call the Senate Today—Support the Tester Amendment to Stop Biotech Rider
Dear friends of local organic food and farming: Congress wants to remove key regulations on genetically-engineered seeds. Don’t let them get away with it! Buried in the latest stop-gap budget resolution from the US Senate is language that would strip federal courts of authority to stop plantings of illegal transgenic crops. This ‘biotech rider’ also compels USDA to allow continued planting of illegal seeds. This dangerous precedent is an automatic backdoor approval for GE crops, even when federal courts rule them a threat to organic farms or biodiversity.
Thanks to our pressure, Senator Tester (D-MT) has introduced an amendment (#74) to strike the biotech rider from the Continuing Resolution!
Their site also suggests language.
If you contact your state’s Senators, you might consider commenting on Tester’s other press release:
Tester, Baucus, Hoeven introduce bipartisan plan to approve Keystone XL pipeline:
(Washington) – Montana’s U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus teamed up with the North Dakota delegation to introduce bipartisan legislation today to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. The bill is building on momentum following a fourth favorable State Department environmental review indicating “no significant impact to the environment.”
“Built to the highest safety standards and with strong protections for private property rights, the Keystone XL Pipeline will boost our economy, create good Montana jobs, and increase our energy security,” Tester said. “This bill lets the President know that the Senate will keep pressing to build the pipeline, and that it should be approved without further delay.”
“This is about one simple thing: jobs,” Baucus said. “At a time when job creation must be our number one priority, approving the Keystone Pipeline is the perfect opportunity to put Montanans and folks across the country to work right now. American workers cannot afford to wait any longer for Keystone jobs, and there is absolutely no excuse for further delay.”
Meanwhile, Harry Reid said yesterday on the Senate floor that they’re working hard to find common ground (heh), over which amendments will be debated…or not, and that since the appropriations bill is not subject to filibuster, debate will be limited to 50 hours. He’d hoped to get a vote last night. If they voted, I can’t find it this morning. But please, if transgenic foods are an issue for you, do what you do with your social networking to get folks to write or all their Senators NOW.
Three of my many posts on Monsanto and their ilk, explaining some of the inherent dangers are here (Obomba fast-tracking of GMOs), here (French rat study) , and here (the bio-wrecking of Africa by Bono, Obomba and the G-8).
You okay? You alright? Hell, no! (h/t nonquixote)