Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act

I sign a lot of petitions these days making me quite popular with anyone with an issue looking for support. Everyday, my inbox is filled with various worthwhile campaigns. When they are vital and timely (well most of them are), I post them on DoYourHw.org as in the case of repealing the “Monsanto Protection Act.”

A little background– The “Monsanto Protection Act,” so named by the media, is formally section 745 entitled, The Farmers Assurance Provision. It is a provision buried deep within the HR993 SPENDING bill– a bill that has nothing to do with agriculture, hurriedly passed to avoid a government shutdown on March 27th! Essentially, the amendment now entitles Monsanto to market GMO seeds despite any pending legal action or injunctions, even in the face of health risks. Wow! Talk about an extreme act of deregulation! If only we could all write laws to benefit ourselves and hide them deep within non-related bills passed under duress. Can you imagine?!

According to Food Democracy Now’s Executive Director Dave Murphy– “It’s basically an ATM machine [and a] corporate handout to Monsanto.” Murphy adds that every farmer and consumer is at risk.

If you haven’t noticed, I am extremely concerned about Genetically Modified Foods. How many of you watched the documentary Genetic Roulette that I posted a bit ago? It is not too late. Watch and you might understand my heightened worry and why you should be too.

Or spend some time this summer reading, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public” by Steven Drucker— a man who sued the FDA and during discovery uncovered thousands of internal emails questioning the safety of genetically engineered food and fraudulent activity within the FDA.

GMOs are unavoidable. Everyone in this country is ingesting GMOs daily– rich/poor, Republican/Democrat…even people like me who try to avoid them like the plague. So why is the media seemingly silent? Silent about the many influential ex-Monsanto VIPs who hold key postions within the USDA and FDA? Like FDA “food safety czar,” Michael Taylor? Why were GMOs not the hot topic or even just a topic of the Presidential debates? Why are they never mentioned on channels like MSNBC or CNN??

Yet the news channels love gun control. The barrage of coverage is incessant. Same for Benghazi or austerity measures, but can not GMOs potentially cause greater harm than random acts of violence, terrorism or cutbacks??!! Think about all the related health issues–tumors, Parkinsons, obesity, diabetes, infertility… and the magnitude of those possibly effected, i.e. every citizen of this country! Given the complete infiltration or as some of us believe–infestation of our food supply, shouldn’t this topic be the frenzy du jour similarly occupying every broadcast?

However, with the “Monsanto Protection Act,” whether you are for or against GMOs (like me), is somewhat irrelevant. Why? Because we should all be against any corporation receiving preferential treatment from our government. If this is the first time you are hearing about this duplicitous provision, then take the time to let Jon Stewart explain. He makes it very clear with his wit and humor, that giving Monsanto a pass on USDA regulation or legal challenges is ludicrous. Sometimes it takes humor to fully understand how lobbyists and interests groups are continually chipping away at “a government of and for the people.”

When finished watching this clip, see below and SIGN THE PETITION TO REPEAL THIS UNDEMOCRATIC  LAW!! Thanks to Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) an amendment to repeal this act is a real possibility. I trust, nobody believes Monsanto deserves freebies!!!


THE PETITION

Tell Congress to Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act!

This week, an amendment to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act could be introduced in Congress by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) during the farm bill debate and we need your help to make sure this blatant corporate handout is no longer law.

The passage of the Monsanto Protection Act was the last straw for millions of Americans and citizens worldwide who are outraged over the continued corruption of our democratic institutions, the contamination of our environment, and Monsanto’s relentless march to take over of our food supply.

The Monsanto Protection Act has been called the most outrageous corporate handout in recent history.This dangerous provision, strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer and farmer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, citizens and the environment.

Join Food Democracy Now! to ask Congress to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act!

A copy of your letter of support will be delivered to President Obama, your Member of Congress and Senators:

Dear Senators,

I urgently request that you repeal the Monsanto Protection Act. I am outraged that the so-called “farmer assurance provision”, Section 735, currently included in HR 933, was not struck from the Continuing Resolution spending bill passed by Congress this past March.

It’s time for Congress to reject the corporate takeover of our food supply! I’m asking you to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act, Section 735 of H.R. 933 and block any other amendment or provision that would limit state or local elected officials from effectively governing food and agriculture at the local level. Don’t let Monsanto, biotech lobbyists or Congress short circuit the growing grassroots movement to label GMOs at the state level.

Please protect the American people, our Constitution and our farmers and repeal the Monsanto Protection Act. It’s time to put America’s farmers and the health of our nation’s citizens over corporate profits.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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