It’s time to call your members of Congress!
Today, Congress took a giant step backward on the genetically modified organism (GMO) front by passing the Continuing Resolution spending bill, which included the “farmer assurance provision,” a rider perhaps more accurately known by anti-GMO activists as “the Monsanto Protection Act.”
The provision makes it easier for biotech companies like Monsanto to push their GM seeds into farmers’ hands without proper safety reviews. Under the provision, even if a court of law finds that a given type of GM seeds was approved illegally and may not be safe for human health or the environment, it would not be able to halt the seeds’ sale or planting. The Monsanto Protection Act also forces the USDA to immediately approve any permits for continued planting of GM seeds at the biotech industry’s request.
“The US judicial review process serves as a vital check on any federal agency decision that may negatively impact human health, the environment, or the livelihood of farmers,” write our allies at Food Democracy Now. “This provision gives Monsanto and its biotech cohorts a way around the law so it can continue to sell its biotech seeds regardless of the cost to people and the planet. This provision creates a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review and a dangerous assault on fundamental judicial safeguards.”
The current version of the CR bill is only good through September, at which point a new spending bill will need to be sent through Congress.
Click here to send an email via our allies at Food Democracy Now to your senators, member of Congress, and the White House demanding that Section 735 is removed from the CR spending bill in September.
Then, call your representatives and senators to help tie up the Congressional switchboard with demands that this dangerous rider be stopped.
Sample text: “I am a constituent and asking ________ to oppose the biotech rider, section 735, in the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill when it comes back to Congress in September. I’m very concerned that GMOs are not safe for my family, and this rider removes vital judicial safeguards.”
It’s critical that we all take action today to protect the health of our families and the environment. The right of consumers to access safe and healthy food should always come before the right of Big Biotech to line their pockets with more cash.