John Stewart describes how the Monsanto Protection Act was snuck in under our noses. DN! [video] A Debate on Controversial New Measure Over Genetically Modified Crops. AARON MATÉ: President Obama outraged food activists last week when he signed into law a spending bill with a controversial rider attached.
Critics have dubbed the rider the "Monsanto Protection Act. " That’s because it effectively says the government must allow the planting of genetically modified crops even if courts rule they pose health risks. The provision calls on the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the USDA, to, quote, "grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation," unquote, to the crop growers until an environmental review is completed. In other words, plant the GE crop first and assess the impact later.
AMY GOODMAN: One of the biggest supporters of the provision was Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, Monsanto’s home state. SEN. AARON MATÉ: Well, Senator Tester’s effort failed, and the rider was included in last month’s legislation that avoided a government shutdown. We’re also joined by Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of Food & Water Watch. [break] SEN. Greenpeace: 'Monsanto Protection Act' adopted in the US. Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act, Get Ready for A Riot. How the Monsanto Protection Act snuck into law.
Updated, March 28: A number of readers have requested to know exactly where in the HR 933 they might find the provision dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act.”
It is Section 735 in the bill, the full text of which can be read here. Original post: Slipped into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill, which passed through Congress last week, was a small provision that’s a big deal for Monsanto and its opponents. Obama betrays America yet again by signing the 'Monsanto Protection Act' into law. (NaturalNews) President Barack Obama campaigned on promises to end secret prisons, decriminalize marijuana, balance the budget, honor the Second Amendment and make health care affordable.
But what really unfolded was an explosion in the national debt (now $16 trillion and climbing), the signing of the NDAA, a claimed new power to kill any American at any time, even on U.S. soil, the use of military drones to murder American children overseas, a full-on assault against the Bill of Rights, a doubling of health insurance rates and the destruction of the U.S. economy. But that's not all. Now Obama has signed the "Monsanto Protection Act" into law, stabbing America in the heart yet again and proving that no matter how convincing politicians appear on the campaign trail, they are still sociopathic liars in the end.
A Food Democracy Now petition now states: What's interesting about this development is that now even democrats are starting to wake up and see how evil Obama really is. Monsanto Buys the Senate and Democracy Buys the Farm. When the U.S. government was first created, the founding fathers took great pains to distribute power across three branches of government to avoid the tyranny of concentrated power that most of them had crossed the ocean to get away from.
The idea was to create a system of checks and balances, to keep certain human tendencies like greed, corruption, ideological extremism and abuse of power from getting out of hand. They also made sure to keep the church and state at a safe operating distance for more or less the same reasons. Today, we may have drifted about as far away from those original intentions as we ever have in our history, though there may have been a couple of other times when we those stretched those principles nearly as far.
During such times, industry, in fact, became a fourth branch of government, and money become a new religion, one that was not at all separated from the state. Now, we are declaring biotech chemical companies to be above the law. Obama sells out U.S. citizens by signing Monsanto Protection Act into law - Dallas healthy living. Food, shelter, and clothing are often considered the three basic needs by humans and the actions by President Obama on Tuesday have now left millions of Americans across the land in shock as the very first tenet has been horrifically jeopardized by his signing the Monsanto Protection Act into law (H.R. 933) as mentioned on the Facebook page for Food Democracy Now.
For those that are new to this situation, the Monsanto Protection Act is the name given to what's known as a legislative rider that was inserted into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill. Using the deceptive title of Farmer Assurance Provision, Section 735 of this bill actually grants Monsanto immunity from federal courts pending the review of any GM crop that is thought to be dangerous. Under the section, courts would be helpless to stop Monsanto from continuing to plant GMO crops that are thought -- even by the US government -- to be a danger to human health or our cherised environment.
'Monsanto Protection Act' slips silently through US Congress.