There’s been an enormous amount written re: the Monsanto Protection act and there were actually very long threads about it on this page. I, like quite a few people, did not know that the Monsanto Protection Act was only going to be in effect for 6 months. Ultimately what came out was that if Obama hadn’t signed the budget, HR 933, containing Section 733, the government would have shut down. This is all true.
But let’s be real clear here about what the bill says. Again keep in mind the bill applies only for the next 6 months…..From Collective Evolution….. “The Monsanto Protection Act allows Monsanto to override United States federal courts on the issue of planting experimental genetically engineered crops all across the U.S. The government has no power what so ever to stop Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations from planting and harvesting. After Obama signed H.R. 933, the provision was final, there can be no litigation against these corporations at all. Corrupt food corporations are now allowed to plant and sell their genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds…”
From HuffPo “Without any hearings on the matter, the Senate included language that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to essentially ignore any court ruling that would otherwise halt the planting of new genetically-engineered crops.”……
As per Business Times with whom I happen to agree……“It sets a terrible precedent,” noted the International Business Times. “Though it will only remain in effect for six months until the government finds another way to fund its operations, the message it sends is that corporations can get around consumer safety protections if they get Congress on their side. Furthermore, it sets a precedent that suggests that court challenges are a privilege, not a right.”
I am told, by both liberals and conservatives, that I am a fool and of very little brain for paying any attention to what is essentially a “non-existent act.” The Monsanto Protection Act is a throwaway, without impact, snuck into HR 933 to satisfy Republicans. In other words I am supposed to believe that Section 733 and its contents are going to disappear in six months. I don’t, anymore then I believed a pre-emptive war against Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, would stop terrorism. I also don’t believe that more regulation will make fracking safe, nuclear power is clean, the XL Pipe Line will create lots and lots of jobs, and that Jesus, whose Gnostic teachings I happen to enjoy quite a bit, died for my sins.
The Monsanto Protection Act will simply morph into another bill, another law. Why do I think this? Because in 2010, Obama appointed Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s Vice President and chief lobbyist, senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA. Michael Taylor was in charge of FDA policy when GMO’s were allowed into the US food supply without one single test to determine their safety. Michael Taylor still has his job.
We fight on.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Kat Manaan MAWT