September 25, 2018

Senator Mikulski Introduces Bill to Repeal Monsanto Protection Act

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is introducing an alternative short term government funding bill today that would repeal the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act.” Last week the House passed a Continuing Resolution that would fund the government for three months beyond the deadline of September 30, 2013, and also extended a rider that guarantees agrichemical companies can sell GMO and genetically engineered seeds even if a federal court declares them unlawful. Mikulski’s bill would strip that provision before sending the bill back to the House.

GMO FoodsCenter for Food Safety is asking interested consumers to call their senators and ask them to support Senator Mikulski’s bill. Colin O’Neil, director of government affairs for the Center for food Safety said in a statement, “Chairwoman Mikulski’s proposal to halt the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ rider in its tracks would be a major victory for the food movement.”

Consumer food advocates oppose the Act because it strips federal courts of their authority and undermines the USDA. O’Neil said, “short-term appropriations bills are not an excuse for Congress to grandfather in bad policy. Despite millions of dollars from agrichemical lobbyists, this bill demonstrates that the people still have the power on Capitol Hill.”

Comments

  1. Daniel VanEmburgh says:

    The Monsanto Protection Act should have never been passed in the first place. GMO’s are proven to be u safe, cause cancer and sterility. They are banned in nations across the world yet are openly sold in the U.S. and Canada. If they weren’t so deadly why would they even need a “protection act” for their sales! Also why cant’t they be labeled? People have a right to know what they consume, especially experimental cancer-causing foods. The point here is anyway for this bill either doesn’t know what they’re talking about or, the more likely cause, they have been bought out by the most rich pesticide company, that controls nearly all of the U.S.’s food supply.

    • Daniel, I would like to start by saying that I am neither connected to, nor a part of, any group or organization that is involved in this debate. Despite your well meaning plea you are sadly mistaken and misinformed. There has not been enough time or adequate research to say definitively that GMOs are unsafe. This overaction by well meaning persons such as yourself is exactly what led to the ban on other life saving and world changing advances in Science. DDT, the reason that Yellow fever and Malaria was almost completely eradicated from this world, was outlawed due to faulty data and outright intentional fraud. The research done over the past 40 years has proven that the data was manipulated to show harm where none existed. The product was and is completely safe. We need to; as well informed and responsible scientists, make sure that double blind testing is done and verified by independent labs so that no politics comes into play. Politics kills and hampers the worlds best researchers and hamstrings their efforts to benefit mankind. I ask each and every person to research your facts before jumping on the politically correct bandwagon and thereby inadvertently causing harm to science’s efforts to better our world.

      • Linda Larsen says:

        Actually, the opposite is true. There hasn’t been enough research to prove that GMOs ARE safe. All tests conducted by Monsanto have been stopped after three months, which isn’t enough time to prove safety. And Monsanto prohibits anyone else from testing their product, which violates the scientific method. If they knew their products were safe, they would let anyone and everyone test them.

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