1.) The "Monsanto Protection Act" effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future. The advent of genetically modified seeds -- which has been driven by the massive Monsanto Company -- and their exploding use in farms across America came on fast and has proved a huge boon for Monsanto's profits.
But many anti-GMO folks argue there have not been enough studies into the potential health risks of this new class of crop. Well, now it appears that even if those studies are completed and they end up revealing severe adverse health effects related to the consumption of genetically modified foods, the courts will have no ability to stop the spread of the seeds and the crops they bear.
A small provision that slipped into last week’s Agricultural Appropriations Bill is raising the ire of food, health, and farming activists who see it frightening victory for Big Agriculture. Dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by opponents, it aims to shield biotech giants from litigation in the face of health risks associated with genetically-modified crops. Critics also say the provision was snuck in with the larger bill without appropriate review by congressional Agriculture and Judiciary Committees.
Today the International Business Times wrote a piece titled “5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision” which details what the protection act does; how Monsanto colluded with lawmakers to write the bill; and why President Obama seemed to do nothing to stop it.
H.R. 5973 (otherwise known as The Monsanto Protection Act) carries a small rider in section 733 that grants biotech companies free reign with little oversight. The legal team at the Center for Food Safety translates section 733 as a "dangerous assault on fundamental federal and judicial safeguards" and "would create a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review." Food Democracy Now states that, if allowed to pass, The Monsanto Protection Act "fundamentally undermines the concept of judicial review and would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment."
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Of course CNN.com has it covered...http://www.cnn.com/search/?query=%22The%20Monsanto%20Protection%20Act%22&sortBy=relevance
and Fox is on top of it as well... http://www.foxnews.c...Protection Act"
Anyone know any better info on this?